For a brief but uplifting period of just over a year and a half the celebrated mindfulness teacher and author Martin Stepek was given the task of writing a column on mindfulness every week for the distinguished but now sadly defunct Sunday Herald, published in Glasgow, Scotland. The articles ranged widely from the purpose of life to the emotions that lie within the works of such great authors as Robert Burns and Henry David Thoreau.
They painted a radical alternative to our justice and education systems, and offered the perspective that politicians and others in positions of power needed mindfulness to properly execute their functions. Issues that cross over from individual well-being to social and political concerns were skilfully explored, including the pivotal question of national identity and political and national allegiance, a matter of seismic importance in Scotland, Britain, Ireland and the whole of Europe at this time.
Yet at all times Stepek is careful to try to avoid personal bias, and to keep as his true focus what mindfulness actually is, and how to use it to attain deep abiding peace and purpose in life.With the demise of The Sunday Herald in early September 2018 the column too came to its end.
Now, in response to demand for a collection of the articles that comprised his entire period with the Sunday Herald here is the full collection in one place. Read it and rethink who you are, why you do what you do, and how to change so as to gain more from your life, and give more to those around you.