Mind the Gap

Navigating Transitions in Life with Mindfulness

By Beverley McGuire

Mind the Gap

256 pp., 6 x 9, 10 images, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7298-4
    Published: August 2022

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Distributed for the University of North Carolina Wilmington William Madison Randall Library

Mind the Gap encourages you to be mindful of that gap that takes place in various transitions in life: when you go away to college, travel to a foreign country, move to a new city, or start a new job. Until you start to feel at home in your new environment, you must negotiate feelings of discomfort. Mindfulness draws attention to your experience of transition, enabling you to cultivate an embodied presence, receptivity, and awareness of whatever arises in yourself and your surroundings, without judging or rejecting your experience. All too often, when we feel uncomfortable or unsettled, we immediately want to alleviate our feelings of discomfort by seeking comfort or distraction. When we do this, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to grow and develop in new ways. 


This book shows how attending to change, ambiguity, and discomfort can help you manage transitions that you will inevitably face in your life. You will learn how to be mindful of your breath, body, feelings, emotions, and thoughts, as well as how you might cultivate kindness, compassion, joy, and spaciousness in your life and relationships with others. By developing the core ability to attend to what you do, what you think, and what you say, you can enhance your own well-being as well as your relationships with others.