I couldn't call myself a pessimist. However, still I often experience moments when I mourn over what I have lost, complain about the imperfections in my present life, and feel anxious about the countless uncertainties waiting for me in the future.
I have been always hurry, eager and only focused on the 'useful' and 'emergent' things: I only read titles in newspaper; I skim and scan when I go through academic articles; I fail to give patience to online contents without any image.
For a long time, I had fell as a slave to 'efficiency', forgetting the simplicity of happiness and ignoring the real beauty of life, until I encountered this book - Mindfulness.
Written by Christophe Andre, Mindfulness is a book explaining how meditation can help us get closer to the world, understand and love it. Encompassing a good combination of art masterpieces and the poetic language, the author manages to help readers retreat from the busy life and enter into a magic world of meditation -- a world where you can breathe calmly, listen attentively, roll your judgments back and let your mind go free.
The book is divided into 4 sections: Becoming aware, Living with the eyes of the mind wide open, Passing through storms as well as Opening and awakening. It contains 25 lessons and 25 paintings which correspond to the themes of each lesson. Each painting is explained in an inspiring and enlightening way, giving away the philosophy behind the pictures and how it can be adapted to our modern life.
Beautiful yet practical, this book has awakened millions of 'half-asleep' young people like me, the reason why it has become the international best seller with more than 200,000 copies sold in France alone.
I got mine from Readings bookstore in State Library of Victoria. Go and find the book in the non-fiction section if you are interested. Good luck!