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Through personal anecdote and expert insight, Claire Thompson of BirdLife International invites us on a mindful journey through gardens, cities, open country, forests, coasts and mountains to enjoy and learn from the magnificent beauty and diversity of the avian world. Who has never gazed enviously at a bird soaring through the sky? Or delighted in the uplifting tunes of na Through personal anecdote and expert insight, Claire Thompson of BirdLife International invites us on a mindful journey through gardens, cities, open country, forests, coasts and mountains to enjoy and learn from the magnificent beauty and diversity of the avian world. Who has never gazed enviously at a bird soaring through the sky? Or delighted in the uplifting tunes of nature’s songsters? Birds can do wonders for our hearts and minds - if we simply pay them attention. With The Art of Mindful Birdwatching, Claire Thompson reveals how the practice of mindfulness enriches our birdwatching experiences - and explores how birds are, in turn, the ideal inspiration for the practice of mindfulness. To Claire, bird flight is a symbol of freedom to soar through life without constraint, and mindfulness similarly enables us to invite freedom and happiness into our own lives.


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Through personal anecdote and expert insight, Claire Thompson of BirdLife International invites us on a mindful journey through gardens, cities, open country, forests, coasts and mountains to enjoy and learn from the magnificent beauty and diversity of the avian world. Who has never gazed enviously at a bird soaring through the sky? Or delighted in the uplifting tunes of na Through personal anecdote and expert insight, Claire Thompson of BirdLife International invites us on a mindful journey through gardens, cities, open country, forests, coasts and mountains to enjoy and learn from the magnificent beauty and diversity of the avian world. Who has never gazed enviously at a bird soaring through the sky? Or delighted in the uplifting tunes of nature’s songsters? Birds can do wonders for our hearts and minds - if we simply pay them attention. With The Art of Mindful Birdwatching, Claire Thompson reveals how the practice of mindfulness enriches our birdwatching experiences - and explores how birds are, in turn, the ideal inspiration for the practice of mindfulness. To Claire, bird flight is a symbol of freedom to soar through life without constraint, and mindfulness similarly enables us to invite freedom and happiness into our own lives.

30 review for The Art of Mindful Birdwatching: Reflections on Freedom Being

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tilly

    A lovely quick read with some helpful tips on mindfulness and some lovely birdwatching stories. As someone that loves birds and is trying to meditate each day, this was a great book to read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Woody

    Thompson makes a good case for the benefits of birding to one's health and sanity. The more you learn about birds and nature, the more you can take refuge from the human-centered world. I like that she addresses the joy, the simple pleasures of bird watching and spending time in nature. I also like her philosophy of being perceptive and appreciating nature as a whole, and not simply tabulating species. Her approach is very compatible with mine when it comes to bird watching and experiencing natu Thompson makes a good case for the benefits of birding to one's health and sanity. The more you learn about birds and nature, the more you can take refuge from the human-centered world. I like that she addresses the joy, the simple pleasures of bird watching and spending time in nature. I also like her philosophy of being perceptive and appreciating nature as a whole, and not simply tabulating species. Her approach is very compatible with mine when it comes to bird watching and experiencing nature.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    Nice little book with an alternative way of looking at mindfulness through something more relatable to most people; birdwatching, or simply an interest in looking at birds. For some people it might be not quite enough one way or the other - not enough about birds or not enough about mindfulness - but I think it's a good way to find a new approach to something (mindfulness) which appears to be written about a lot lately but not always that easy to get a grasp on. Nice little book with an alternative way of looking at mindfulness through something more relatable to most people; birdwatching, or simply an interest in looking at birds. For some people it might be not quite enough one way or the other - not enough about birds or not enough about mindfulness - but I think it's a good way to find a new approach to something (mindfulness) which appears to be written about a lot lately but not always that easy to get a grasp on.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    A pleasant book, and I have taken away lots of positives that have helped me tune in to bird life around me. I did find the book a little self-indulgent though, with too many personal experiences included. They were to illustrate points just made, but I found it a little too much.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paula B

    It’s a nice book but if you’ve read any other book on mindfulness it doesn’t have anything new. It’s mindfulness with bird watching metaphors so if you love birds haven’t read much on mindfulness then it will totally be your thing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Interesting look at reconnecting ourselves with nature by combining the Buddhist practice of mindfulness with birdwatching. Some astute observations about the author's personal experiences make this book well worth reading. Interesting look at reconnecting ourselves with nature by combining the Buddhist practice of mindfulness with birdwatching. Some astute observations about the author's personal experiences make this book well worth reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Justin Walker

    Really enjoyed the thoughtful reflections on how birdwatching can help us become more aware of our own presence and that of the birds around us.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ricardo Motti

    Não vou dizer que é o melhor e mais bem escrito livro do mundo. Mas se você passa um tempo no fim de semana indo no parque pra ver passarinho, é uma bela leitura.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

    This was a deeply relaxing read that has has led to me going out into the forest nearly every day.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angeldrawers

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sue

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  14. 4 out of 5

    M

  15. 5 out of 5

    John

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ramon

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lyra

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Fowler

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lorna

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jan Nargar

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan Weir

  22. 4 out of 5

    flyfishinglady

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emma Durrell

  24. 5 out of 5

    judy Schattner

  25. 5 out of 5

    Francine Rattner

  26. 5 out of 5

    K J

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Blumensaat

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  30. 4 out of 5

    junajuna

    I found this book to be a helpful introduction to both mindfulness and birdwatching. Practicing mindfulness through observing birds is a good way to make mindfulness accessible to anyone. This was also a quick read, so I would recommend the book to anyone looking for a quick but punchy nonfiction read.

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