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“A 21st century book, grounded in ancient ways of practice.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness In The Mindful Twenty-Something, the cofounder of the extremely popular Koru Mindfulness program developed at Duke University presents a unique, evidence-based approach to help you make important life decisions with clarity and confidence. As a twenty-something, yo “A 21st century book, grounded in ancient ways of practice.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness In The Mindful Twenty-Something, the cofounder of the extremely popular Koru Mindfulness program developed at Duke University presents a unique, evidence-based approach to help you make important life decisions with clarity and confidence. As a twenty-something, you may feel like you are being pulled in dozen different directions. With the daily tumult, busyness, and major life changes you experience as a young adult, you may also be particularly vulnerable to stress and its negative effects. Emerging adulthood, which occurs between the ages of 18 and 29, is a developmental stage of life when you’re faced with important decisions about school, relationships, sex, your career, and more. With so much going on, you need a guide to help you navigate with less stress and more ease. The Koru Mindfulness program, developed at Duke University and already in use on numerous college campuses—including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Dartmouth, and several others—and in treatment centers across the country, is the only evidence-based mindfulness training program for young adults that has been empirically proven to have significant benefits for sleep, perceived stress, and self-compassion. Now, with The Mindful Twenty-Something, this popular program is accessible to all young adults struggling with stress. With Koru Mindfulness and the practical tools you’ll learn from this acceptance-based, proven-effective approach, you’ll be able to cultivate the compassion and mindfulness skills you need to manage life’s challenges from a calm, balanced center, regardless of what comes your way.


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“A 21st century book, grounded in ancient ways of practice.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness In The Mindful Twenty-Something, the cofounder of the extremely popular Koru Mindfulness program developed at Duke University presents a unique, evidence-based approach to help you make important life decisions with clarity and confidence. As a twenty-something, yo “A 21st century book, grounded in ancient ways of practice.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness In The Mindful Twenty-Something, the cofounder of the extremely popular Koru Mindfulness program developed at Duke University presents a unique, evidence-based approach to help you make important life decisions with clarity and confidence. As a twenty-something, you may feel like you are being pulled in dozen different directions. With the daily tumult, busyness, and major life changes you experience as a young adult, you may also be particularly vulnerable to stress and its negative effects. Emerging adulthood, which occurs between the ages of 18 and 29, is a developmental stage of life when you’re faced with important decisions about school, relationships, sex, your career, and more. With so much going on, you need a guide to help you navigate with less stress and more ease. The Koru Mindfulness program, developed at Duke University and already in use on numerous college campuses—including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Dartmouth, and several others—and in treatment centers across the country, is the only evidence-based mindfulness training program for young adults that has been empirically proven to have significant benefits for sleep, perceived stress, and self-compassion. Now, with The Mindful Twenty-Something, this popular program is accessible to all young adults struggling with stress. With Koru Mindfulness and the practical tools you’ll learn from this acceptance-based, proven-effective approach, you’ll be able to cultivate the compassion and mindfulness skills you need to manage life’s challenges from a calm, balanced center, regardless of what comes your way.

30 review for The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything Else

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vlrieg

    This book was fantastic and one I would absolutely recommend to anyone who's interested in mindfulness and meditation. I read it while taking the "Koru" mindfulness class at Duke University. The first book I read on mindfulness, "No Mud, No Lotus" by Thich Nhat Hanh, was really nice and enjoyable, but didn't fully explain why or how to practice meditation regularly. "The Mindful Twenty-Something", in contrast, walks you through 10 different types of guided meditations (accompanied by recordings This book was fantastic and one I would absolutely recommend to anyone who's interested in mindfulness and meditation. I read it while taking the "Koru" mindfulness class at Duke University. The first book I read on mindfulness, "No Mud, No Lotus" by Thich Nhat Hanh, was really nice and enjoyable, but didn't fully explain why or how to practice meditation regularly. "The Mindful Twenty-Something", in contrast, walks you through 10 different types of guided meditations (accompanied by recordings available in a really great smartphone app and online) and explains the benefits and science behind each one. This was really key for me in understanding what I'm "supposed" to get out of each practice, instead of just feeling bored and impatient and dumb while sitting with my eyes closed. Some topics include the importance of gratitude, overcoming intense emotions like anxiety, and cultivating the ability to enjoy the life you're living now instead of waiting for the stressful things to end. Reading this while participating in the class was ideal, but I think you could also get a lot out of it on your own in conjunction with the "Koru" mindfulness app, which takes you through 4 weeks of 10 minute meditations per day. Though 10 minutes a day seemed like a lot at the beginning of the class, I now actually look forward to 20 minute meditation sessions. When I feel too busy or stressed to meditate, I make an extra effort to meditate anyway, and for longer than 10 minutes if at all possible, and I've been so extremely glad I did every single time. I think I will return to this book regularly to remind myself of the benefits of meditation. I'm also eager to reread "No Mud, No Lotus" - I think I'll get a lot more out of it this time around.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Artie

    I'm going to be honest this is not a book I would have picked up on my own, but thanks to my college I did, and I don't regret it! It is an amazing book that teaches you the importance of mindfulness in life. It gives you so many ways to handle stress and other intense emotions healthily! It uses a wide variety of techniques, with instructions on how to do them, stories of how they helped others, actual scientific facts related to the techniques and personal experience with the techniques. I can I'm going to be honest this is not a book I would have picked up on my own, but thanks to my college I did, and I don't regret it! It is an amazing book that teaches you the importance of mindfulness in life. It gives you so many ways to handle stress and other intense emotions healthily! It uses a wide variety of techniques, with instructions on how to do them, stories of how they helped others, actual scientific facts related to the techniques and personal experience with the techniques. I can seen myself using many of these thought processes, meditation practices and actions in the future. All together a great book that can send you on a journey. It was a bit repetitive at times, but if you can look past the writing a true message beneath there is something truly special here!

  3. 4 out of 5

    whitney

    This is an incredible book! I read it because I’m a Koru teacher-in-training, so wanted to familiarize myself with the book my students will be using, and I think it was honestly the best book about mindfulness practices that I’ve read. It’s clearly aimed at the college-aged set (I mean, that’s right there in the title) but I think groups outside of that age range could still get a lot from this. (And I’ve taught some of the skills presented in the book to my 7.5 year old already!)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Krueger

    This book offers incredible, yet simple tools to help change your mindset. The author is a Psychiatrist who is employed at Duke. Rogers supports the ideas presented in this easy read with references to research conducted. I have been applying the techniques shared, and only days later I am already seeing results. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to decrease stress and enjoy life by consciously living in the moment.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christiana

    I really enjoyed reading this! I read this in conjunction with a Koru class I am taking as a staff member in higher ed. I wish this book and Koru had been an option when I was a undergrad student. There are so many important things that anyone could benefit from.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Good stuff This is a good little book with lots of good ideas, lessons, and thoughts. Use it with the app to get the best out of it. I think it would get lost in the stream of other books like this without the app.

  7. 5 out of 5

    M.

    I found this a very interesting and helpful book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This was an excellent accompanying text to the beginner's Koru Mindfulness course I attended recently. These exercises really help me focus, and sleep better too.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Huyen

    Textbook for my Koru class.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Denmon

    Great for millennial new or beginning to meditate !

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steven Hall

    definitely worth reading if you are interested in any sort of mindfulness meditation routine.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jieun

    Accessible and useful short resource guide for those wanting to understand more about mindfulness and the reasons for its benefits.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Ledger

    I thought this book made meditation and mindfulness skills feel fun and accessible. I would highly recommend it, regardless of your age.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    This book is very good for what it is--a text to introduce college students to mindfulness meditation. It's accessible, short, and focuses on a few strong practice styles. I would use it again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Amazing book to get into mindfulness/meditation.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zack

    A basic approach to mindfulness required for a Koru class. Not verified or reliable, but a starting point. Practical and still poignant even if no longer in the 20s.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    I feel like this book is a good beginner's guide to meditation and how to deal with everyday stress. I am reading just a few pages per day and practicing the exercises each day. I think it takes a while to truly learn how to meditate efficiently, so I would recommend reading the book slowly. I haven't finished it yet, but so far, the book has done a good job explaining the process of getting your whole body to relax. My only complaint is how the book is marketed towards people in their 20's. I a I feel like this book is a good beginner's guide to meditation and how to deal with everyday stress. I am reading just a few pages per day and practicing the exercises each day. I think it takes a while to truly learn how to meditate efficiently, so I would recommend reading the book slowly. I haven't finished it yet, but so far, the book has done a good job explaining the process of getting your whole body to relax. My only complaint is how the book is marketed towards people in their 20's. I am in my late 20's and didn't feel like this book was specifically for my age group. All of the techniques mentioned can be used by anyone; you don't have to have the stresses of a 20 year old to be able to use this book. I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Avary

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    Jessica Kuipers

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    Minda Jerde

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