Book Review: The Art of Mindful Origami, by Dr Richard Chambers

cv_the_art_of_mindful_origamiAvailable in bookshops nationwide.

Dr. Richard Chambers, a clinical psychologist, has produced a book that is as restful and emotionally satisfying as a beautiful piece of music or a well written poem.

The Art of Mindful Origami contains the instructions needed to fold intricate designs along with perforated sheets of patterned paper the reader can use to create the origami project. Also included are pages of designs that can be coloured in to customise one’s own models.

Dr. Chambers has written about the book’s purpose: “Just folding the models is an excellent mindfulness practice in itself. However, for those wanting to take their mindfulness to the next level, I have also included additional exercises that you can do with each of the models. These involve engaging more fully with the world around you and cultivating qualities of mindfulness such as curiosity and generosity.”

This is more than a book. It is a many-layered offering from a person who has put a great deal of thought and care into something he obviously feels deeply about. I found, in my own case, on reading through it in increasing delight, that the anticipation for working with the paper and the designs was every bit as enjoyable as doing the actual work. Friends and family were as equally enamoured of the contents, a fact that means that the book will make a well-received gift.

Reviewed by Lesley Vliestra

The Art of Mindful Origami
by Dr Richard Chambers
Published by Exisle Publishing
ISBN 9781925335293

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