"Effortless mindfulness" is a new way to immediately enter an optimal flow state available to us in the midst of our busy lives. In The Way of Effortless Mindfulness, Loch Kelly teaches that when you "unhook" awareness from chattering thoughts, you can access a peaceful mind and a naturally embodied wakefulness. From this heartful space, students report they find that right action comes easily and a loving tenderness for all of life is freely available.
This follow-up to Kelly’s award-winning Shift into Freedom outlines practical and supportive material from neuroscience, psychology, and the wisdom of various spiritual traditions. Here you will find a reader-friendly guide to understanding exactly what effortless mindfulness is, practices for engaging with it, and how to avoid the pitfalls to the full embodiment of this timeless awareness. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness offers a compelling introduction to the next stage in the ongoing mindfulness revolution.
About the Author
Loch Kelly, MDiv, LCSW, is a leader in the field of meditation and psychotherapy. He is author of the award-winning Shift into Freedom and founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. Loch is an emerging voice in modernizing meditation, social engagement, and collaborating with neuroscientists. For more, visit lochkelly.org.
“In this groundbreaking guidebook, Loch Kelly offers contemporary versions of ancient practices to help us access the fundamental experience of being aware. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness teaches a unique form of mindfulness, which is advanced, yet simple. Loch offers effective ways to shift from focusing on what we are aware of, to awareness of awareness, which is one component of integrating consciousness, a process that can liberate our lives with meaning, connection, and clarity. What a beautiful book!” —Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence
“The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is a profound and practical book of spiritual guidance. If you are really ready to awaken through and through, read this book, put it into practice, and it will transform your life.” —Adyashanti, author of The Most Important Thing
“Loch Kelly offers a rich array of unique mindful glimpses that reveal our naturally awake, openhearted awareness. His guidance is clear, precise, and arises from a wise, caring heart. There are very few who can guide with such mastery. For those dedicated to realizing what is beyond our dualistic perceptions, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is truly a gift.” —Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance
“Many of us have heard that it takes years of discipline and effort to tame the mind in order to taste awakening. Loch Kelly travelled to India and Nepal to find traditions that could directly access our natural awakeness. In this profound book, he offers his contemporary ways to ‘glimpse’ our awake nature immediately and heal our wounded parts. When Loch and I have taught together, I have found, for myself and students, that Loch’s practices are amazingly effective. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness brilliantly weaves together meditation, neuroscience, and psychotherapy to truly support a compassionate awakening.” —Richard Schwartz, PhD, founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS)
“The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is a wonderful, timely book! There is this natural ground of our consciousness which is not bound by thoughts and emotions, from which we can experience true freedom by seeing reality clearly. Such consciousness is the effortless mindfulness taught in many sacred traditions. Loch Kelly skillfully explains how we can access it. I hope many people will read this guidebook to illuminate their path of awakening.” —Anam Thubten, Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author of The Magic of Awareness
“Loch provides, in a single work, a comprehensive guide that spans the entire spectrum of effortless mindfulness practice. Loch does this by expertly sharing meditation from a wide variety of cultures and traditions. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is written from deep mastery and personal experience. You feel that as you read, and it’s inspiring.” —Shinzen Young, author of The Science of Enlightenment
“Loch Kelly’s book is one of the most important awakening manuals of our times. There is no doubt that the definitive revolution for our world is the waking up and growing up of humankind. Loch's deep heart and profound wisdom shine through the words in a way that makes awakening available to us no matter our backgrounds, belief systems, or previous experience. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is a set of valuable keys to the treasure that is already within you.” —Kurt Johnson, PhD, coauthor The Coming Interspiritual Age
“Are you curious about the whole mindfulness thing and not sure where to start? Or are you a seasoned mindfulness practitioner who thinks they know all there is to know about this whole mindful thing? Well, Loch Kelly is your guy and The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is your book. Loch, in very clear and concise writing, brings so many new (or often overlooked) pointers, practices, and teachings to the table. This is an exceptionally accessible book for anyone interested in a new version of mindfulness. Oh, how I wish I had Loch Kelly’s The Way of Effortless Mindfulness when I first began my spiritual exploration. Thank you, Loch, for knocking this one out of the park!” —Chris Grosso, author of Dead Set on Living
“The Way of Effortless Mindfulness artfully challenges and guides us to make the important leap from our conditioned mind into awake, heartfelt awareness. Inspired by nondual Tibetan teachings, this original, insightful, good-humored, and psychologically savvy book opens new vistas and offers a treasure trove of illuminating practices. Welcome to awakening with small glimpses in the midst of your daily life. Highly recommended!” —John Prendergast, PhD, author of In Touch
“I love this book because it is so practical. It contains a treasure trove of simple and effective exercises that help us to realize our true nature. Loch Kelly shows us that enlightenment is not esoteric and elusive, but always close to us, and always accessible. In The Way of Effortless Mindfulness, Loch shows us how to gain access to it.” —Steve Taylor, PhD, author of The Leap and Spiritual Science
“Loch Kelly’s cutting-edge new book offers a comprehensive program of direct path practices for recognizing, abiding in, and living from our natural awake awareness. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is a brilliant and original guidebook uniting "nondual mindfulness," neuroscience, and psychotherapy. It will be helpful both for newcomers and for those ready to live an embodied, awakened life. I highly recommend this book!” —Stephan Bodian, author of Beyond Mindfulness
“Once again, Loch Kelly has done a masterful job of sharing accessible, wise, and compassionate meditations and teachings. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness offers a doorway into a profound, cutting-edge form of mindfulness. With Loch’s guidance, effortless mindfulness can become accessible to anyone. Try them out, go into them deeply, and watch these practices change your life!” —Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at UCLA and author of The Little Book of Being
“Loch has a deep understanding of meditation and manifests the wisdom and compassion that comes from this. In The Way of Effortless Mindfulness, Loch shows us how to practice a unique form of mindfulness. These effortless mindfulness practices are directly in line with the beneficial qualities of effortless awareness that my neuroscience lab has studied. I wholeheartedly recommend these practices to my students, and to you.” —Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, director of research at Brown University Mindfulness Center and author of The Craving Mind
“The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is a deep drink of water for the thirsty heart. It is a practical guide for cultivating states of ease, compassion, and creative flow, yes. It is also a celebration of our birthright. Loch Kelly reminds us that awakening does not have to hurt. We were born to take refuge in our interconnectedness with All That Is. And it is from this place of graceful presence that we have hope of stepping up to alleviate suffering around us.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy
“The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is a brilliant and essential meditation guidebook. Loch beautifully introduces us to the next stage of mindfulness, bringing it into heartfelt relationship with others. In Loch Kelly, you've found a wonderful guide for the important journey of awakening, which is so vital in our world today.” —Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within
“Now that mindfulness is widely embraced by mainstream culture, it may be possible for greater numbers to take a deeper step into effortless mindfulness. Though there is an initial effort, Loch helps us discover an awareness that’s already effortlessly awake. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is an elegant, slim volume of grace that many will benefit from. May this profound guidebook help you live a compassionate, awakened life, so needed in times like ours.” —Terry Patten, author of A New Republic of the Heart
“Loch Kelly presents a groundbreaking approach with a unique form of mindfulness: a path both gentle and powerful. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness makes an important contribution to our growing understanding that spiritual awakening and personal healing are two sides of the same valuable coin.” —Judith Blackstone, PhD, author of Trauma and the Unbound Body
“Inspiring and practical, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness offers us an owner’s manual for awakening to our fullest potential as human beings. Through simple yet powerful exercises, Loch Kelly provides direct path teachings that exquisitely point to and allow us to easily recognize our most essential nature that lies at the heart of unbreakable well-being. This is an inspirational gem of a guidebook for accessing the spiritual wisdom that lies at the core of our humanness.” —Richard Miller, PhD, author of The iRest Program for Healing PTSD
“The Way of Effortless Mindfulness is an extraordinary guidebook. With deep simplicity and subtle clarity, Loch Kelly offers us ways to glimpse the natural, ever-present awareness that is our True Nature and presents mindfulness teachings and micro-meditations that reveal it ‘effortlessly’ within ourselves.” —Krishna Das, chant leader and Grammy®-nominated vocalist