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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Book Review - Shortcuts to Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Personal & Spiritual Growth by Catherine Auman

Book Review
Shortcuts to Mindfulness: 
100 Ways to Personal & Spiritual Growth 
by Catherine Auman

Book Description
Too busy to take up a meditation practice? You don't have to with this collection of short essays by Catherine Auman, LMFT. The reader will experience mindful awakenings about spirituality, relationships, love, tantric sex, and how to become a better person.

"Catherine Auman's intelligent work inspires my heart and mind and echoes with her profound humanity. I feel grateful and happy that people can learn and practice with such a trustworthy guide." --Trudy Goodman, PhD, Senior Vipassana teacher and Founder of InsightLA

"The psychological teachings are eye opening and are weaved in with nuanced spiritual wisdom...She is a wonderful teacher." --Alan Gettis, PhD, author of It's All Part of the Dance: Finding Happiness in an Upside Down World

"I love the wisdom that Catherine offers; her writings always bring me back to a more humbled, in-tune and spiritually-connected place." --Sara Lederer, PhD, Licensed Psychologist and Professor at Argosy University

"Brilliant and Inspiring...Her insights are down-to-earth, thought-provoking, and life-changing. I love to share Catherine's amazing essays with my clients, as I know each one of them will be transformative and impactful." --Saida Desilets, PhD, author of Emergence of the Sensual Woman

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Feelings come and go like the weather.  Some days it rains; some days the sun shines, but none of it lasts.  We all know the weather will change and expect it to.  Feelings are the same - if you watch them and allow them to be as they are,  you will notice them morphing and changing - floating by like clouds.

Instead of standing guard over yourself to make sure you only experience the correct emotions, how delightful instead to watch the passing parade of human feelings that float through like the weather, ever changing.  If you remain at war with your emotional life, you run the risk of missing the truth of yourself, the truth of the experience of your life.

Our Book Review
I absolutely loved this read, it was enjoyable, interesting, inspiring and at the same time uplifting and quite thought provoking.

From the authors own collection, 100 short articles for educating the mind that is split into eight inspiring topics and includes factual techniques, information and stories.  I knew as soon as I had read the authors first story that I would enjoy reading the rest of the book. With the short chapters it was easy to pick up whenever I had some spare time and found myself reading a lot more than I had planned to each time.  The authors insight, perception, writing and underlying meaning for the process or personal and spiritual growth made it completely easy to relate to and open my mind to.  A couple of sections in the book really touched base with me especially the one below as it made sense at a difficult stage in my life...

In addition to the son in the above relationship needing to move on and create his own adult life, the mother needs to let go of being an actively involved mother and deal with her sadness about her empty nest.  Only then will she be able to create a fulfilling post-mothering life for her later years.

I will be easily reading this book over and over again, it has a lovely calming effect and I found such an interesting read.  I would love to read more from this author as we all need a spiritual lift at some point in our life.
Our Rating

About the author
Catherine Auman’s distinguished career in psychology has included working in virtually all aspects of mental heath: private practice, psychiatric hospitals, chemical dependency treatment centers, residential treatment, and consulting nationally with mental health facilities. She was previously Director of Behavioral Health Services at Glendale Memorial Hospital, Redlands Community Hospital, and the Alpha Recovery Center. She taught psychology and counseling at JFK University, the University of Phoenix, and The Chicago School for Professional Psychology. Catherine received her M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University in 1983, her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1993 (30784), and she is a Certified NLP Practitioner. In 2011, she was elected by her peers to the State Board of her professional organization CAMFT.

Catherine Auman has frequently appeared as a mental health expert on the national TV show Extra. Her writings have been published in journals, magazines, and books in the US, Finland, and Norway. She has a BA in English Lit and a Certificate in Creative Writing from Berkeley City College.

Catherine began her search early. During childhood and adolescence she read widely in mythology, literature and philosophy. She began studying meditation and yoga in 1972, astrology in 1980, and entered a graduate Transpersonal (spiritual) Psychology program in 1983. Along the way she has explored a wide variety of spiritual and personal growth paths including Eastern religions, Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, 12-step programs, entheogens, massage and bodywork. She became a sannyasin of Osho in 1985 and was given the name Ma Dhyan Shaida (“intoxicated with love”). Catherine lived in India at the Osho Commune in 1999-2000 where she studied tantra and meditation. She has had the great fortune to sit with many Awakened Beings including Gangaji, Eli Jaxon-bear, John de Ruiter, and others.
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  1. This sounds like something I would like to read, would be really helpful right now.

  2. Although I rarely read books of this type your review waas such that I think I might actually enjoy reading it.

  3. That looks like a great read for self fulfillment

  4. While this book isn't really my genre I did enjoy your review. I have someone in mind to recommend the book to.

  5. nice! I like to meditate too. Would like to read this!


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