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What does mindful reading mean? Mindful reading is radically different. It slows down the reader and the reading—that alone changes the experience. It is a process of quiet reflection that requires mindful attentiveness, letting go of distracting thoughts and opinions to be fully in the moment with the text.
How can I be mindful when reading? Look at an individual word; look up unfamiliar words. Maybe you use a pencil to underline language that you notice, or maybe you just make a mental note. Either way, get into the details — the rhythm of a sentence, a detail that conjures a person or place. Notice as reading causes your thoughts to meander.
Why mindful reading is important? “When you’re engaged in reading a book with mindful intention, you’re regulating the over-activated, stressed parts of your mind by bringing your attention inward,” she explains.
Is reading a book being mindful? Virtually every activity you engage with can be commandeered as an opportunity for mindfulness. The activity in which you are currently engaged, reading, is no exception to this rule. Indeed, reading unlocks characteristics and states of mind within us that lend themselves very well to mindfulness and meditation.