Book Review - Mindful London by Tessa Watt
Do you live in or visit London and find the fast pace can whoosh you along without you having much to say about it? Are you looking for some moments of calm in your day, in a busy bustling city? Then this book is for you.
Watt’s tagline for the book is “How to find calm and contentment in the chaos of the city” and this book really does go some way into helping you do that.
The book is well sectioned up into themes, colour coded and has an easy to read format. We start with an introduction to mindfulness in case you’ve not encountered it before, or didn’t know what it was called (but you were already doing it). There’s also a nice couple of hat tips to Buddhism in there, without confusing the two. Then the sections cover spaces in Natural London, beautiful architectural spaces to visit, as well as focussing on how to get mindful on your commute and travels. Then there are listed spaces and places for mindfully listening, eating, moving and learning more about mindfulness in London.
You could still get some benefit from this if you don’t live/work in London too, the only London specific content is the actual locations to go to, but the rest of the book is still interesting and useful for developing your mindfulness practice.
It helped me focus on the different bits of mindfulness you can have in every day – even making a cup of tea can be a mindful experience, if done with focus and thought. I also found some awesome sounding places I’ve added to my things to do in London list!
One of the downsides however, when I was looking up some of the spaces and places, some according to Google Maps are now closed down, so a definite note to check the place still exists before you set off specifically for a visit.
My Favourite Bits
Each section has a beautiful illustration at the start and they are weird and wacky, but clever with it – probably designed to make you mindful! There are also lots of different guided meditations you can follow if you’re just starting out.
My favourite section was about mindful listening, we don’t stop enough and just listen to our environments. Being an audio geek, anything that gets my auditory flaps going is a win for me. Listening and focussing on birdsong for example - think about how many birds can you actually hear, how far away are they, what are they doing, and what are the noises combining with? Such a great prompt to stop, listen and think.
One Line Review
Spaces and methods to find some peaceful mindfulness in London and beyond.
Type of book - Hardback
Sourced from - Library
Genre - Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Stars out of 5 – 3