The Way of the Mindful Warrior provides a fresh, authentic, and structured path to using mindfulness to embrace living in awareness and reconnecting with our innermost nature of peace, wisdom, and compassion.Mindfulness is a 2,500-year-old Buddhist meditation practice that involves focusing awareness on the present moment, the only place where an individual can truly embrace and experience life. In recent decades, mindfulness has gained popularity amongst scientists, healthcare practitioners, and the public more generally. An abundance of popular books has subsequently emerged providing different interpretations of how to practice mindfulness and apply it in daily-living contexts. However, most current approaches to mindfulness have removed it from its traditional spiritual context or overlook important scientific insights from research into this ancient contemplative technique. The Way of Mindful Warrior addresses this oversight and integrates the traditional Buddhist teachings on mindfulness with emerging insights from the scientific study of mindfulness, wellbeing and the human mind. This book is timely and presents a fresh, easily digestible, and structured path to using mindfulness not only as a tool for coping with the stresses and strains of contemporary living, but also as a means to cultivating unconditional wellbeing and for flourishing as a human being.
William Van Gordon, PhD, is currently associate professor of Contemplative Psychology at the University of Derby, UK. He is widely regarded as a leading international expert in Contemplative Psychology and in the last five years alone, in addition to three books, Van Gordon has published more than 100 academic papers, including in some of the world’s leading psychology and medical journals. He also writes a regular blog on Contemplative Psychology for Psychology Today. Prior to joining academia, Von Gordon was a Buddhist monk for ten years and previously worked in senior management roles for Marconi Plc, PepsiCo International, and Aldi Stores Ltd. He regularly gives keynote speeches, lectures, and workshops on meditation and contemplative practice.
Edo Shonin, PhD, is a psychologist and was a Buddhist monk for thirty years. He sits on the editorial board for numerous journals including Mindfulness and the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Shonin is internationally recognized as a leading authority in the research and practice of Buddhist meditation. He has more than 100 academic publications relating to mindfulness and Buddhist meditation. Shonin is coeditor of Mindfulness and Buddhist-derived Approaches in Mental Health and Addiction, and The Buddhist Foundations of Mindfulness. He regularly gives keynote speeches, lectures, retreats, and workshops at a range of venues all over the world.