Running on Empty
By Shelley Pernot
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
In the introduction readers meet the author before
and at the start of the journey to mindfulness.
“This book is a summary of what I learned along the
way. It’s a realistic, practical, and somewhat irreverent view of a topic that,
in my humble opinion, is often over-esotericized. (Yes, I made that last word
up. It’s a pretty good one, don’t you think?)”
Author comments along the way give this book a
light, chatty, personal tone that keeps readers engaged. The crux of the book, however, is
mindfulness, something today’s quick society impedes, but something which is
mandatory if one is to reach personal balance and peace.
“Definition of Mindfulness:
The practice of focusing awareness on the present
While a simple concept, mindfulness is not so easy
to practice consistently in one’s life. In eight light-hearted chapters the
author shares insights into it through making a life intention, refraining from
being judgmental, avoiding mindfulness blocks, practicing yoga, handling
technology, and demystifying meditation.
It concludes with a scenario of Mindless Mona to
illustrate and to reinforce the book’s ideas in an amusing summary that will
stay with readers.