Deepening the mindful life
By Brian Draper
A powerful new Christian take on mindfulness, from trusted author and spiritual advisor Brian Draper.
The beauty of mindfulness is that it's incredibly simple both to 'get' and to practice. And the results - increasingly backed by neuro-scientific evidence -- are priceless: calmness and reduced stress, more creativity, greater awareness, compassion. . . And yet there's a danger that mindfulness can be used in a purely consumerist and self-serving way to help people to become better adapted cogs in a still-toxic model of work and life.
Brian Draper challenges us to live not just mindfully but soulfully. Not merely to be less stressed, but to flourish, dynamically and creatively - to be present - through living intentionally and compassionately.
Brian Draper is the author of Spiritual Intelligence, Less is More and most recently What Matters Most? He is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day, and works with leaders and organisations to help nurture their spiritual intelligence. He is a writer, speaker, facilitator, as well as a retreat guide, and has introduced countless people to the ancient art of walking labyrinths.
He often writes for U2.com and was formerly editor of the Christian current affairs magazine Third Way.
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19 May 2016
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Hodder & Stoughton
Draper takes the vogue for mindfulness to a deeper level: soulfulness — Oliver James - Psychologist
Reading Brian Draper's new book Soulfulness is like coming home, but realizing home is even more spacious than you had imagined...this is mindfulness at its most simple and profound...The writing flows with mastery. — The Baptist Times
Consistently thoughtful and dynamic writing... a book to dwell on rather than devour...
We could all do with picking up this book. After all, it's in waking up to our souls that we really find out what it means to live.
— Christianity Magazine
Soulfulness though is not just about theory. Draper takes us through a practical exercise that reveals all too clearly how in our busy lives we can so easily be tempted on a path that leads to burn-out... thank you, Dr Draper, for your brief introduction in these techniques. I'll try to bear it in mind, as my father would have said, for the good of my moral soul. — Christian Today
Draper wants us to live not only mindfully but soulfully too, not just to be less stressed, but to flourish creatively by making use of the Christian spiritual tradition. — The Church Newspaper
Brian Draper has written an important book...There is much about this book that is beautiful and inspirational. — The Irish Catholic
Soulfulness [...] is actually quite radical. It takes the good things of that practice [mindfulness] and adds some salt and light to the mix. — The Church Times
Brian Draper wants to encourage those who practice [mindfulness] to move beyond simply learning a few new techniques to deepen their relationship with God. — The Herald
Simple and beautiful, an inspirational book for all...Brian Draper has written an important book... The main point of this moving and thought-provoking book is to help us become more fully alive. — The Irish Catholic