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Reviewed by Mary C. Blowers for Readers' Favorite
Your '20th-Hour of Mindfulness' is an interesting concept. Mindfulness: The 20th-Hour Of Mindfulness - A Complete Guide to Mindfulness with Simple Step-By-Step Methods To Reduce Stress, Anxiety & Overcome Emotional Barrier suggests that it takes 20 hours of a new habit to make it stick. Mindfulness means not doing more than one thing at the same time i.e. multitasking. When you multitask you are not focusing on either task and you are not in the present. You are also not in the present when you are worrying about the future or mourning the past. To put this on a more practical level, the book mentions not doing the dishes while you are cooking.
I’m not sure I agree with this because, as a busy working woman, I need to multitask to get more done. As long as I am in the kitchen, waiting for a pot to boil so to speak, why not wipe down the cabinets or wash a few dishes. But I admit that I could enjoy cooking more if that was all I was doing. I believe a cook tends to put more love into their craft if they are doing it mindfully. That being said, this book lists several ways to become more mindful. The very first one, and I believe very important, is to become mindful of your breathing. No matter what you do, doing it mindfully can enhance your enjoyment and your mood. It can help you to be more effective in your job and in your personal life. You can even become more creative. It’s written by The 20th-Hour Series and it’s well worth a look.