I have decided to share my work using what I call “mindful copyright” to allow people to use it freely.
This allows schools, meditation retreats, medical initiatives, MBSR courses and anyone else to share my work without contractual hinderance.
Why I choose to share…
When I started Pocket Mindfulness, I had no idea it would put me in touch with so many wonderful people. From school teachers and stress management coaches to everyday readers and highly respected monks, I've been blessed to communicate and share my words and experiences with so many awesome people.
It would feel wholly wrong to charge such people a fee for quoting extracts of my books and republishing articles from my blog.
I began PM to share a positive message, and I shall continue to do so as best I can.
How to quote my work:
You have my absolute permission to quote my work, wherever you like. You don't need to email me or contact a publisher; just go ahead and share as you like.
– If you want to quote my work in your own book, you don't need to pay me.
– If you want to use my work in the workplace; for a presentation, meditation exercise or part of a therapy course, you don't need to ask, even if you are making money.
– If you want to use my words in a film or documentary, you don't need my permission.
I do, however, ask kindly that you accredit the work to me by providing a link back to my website or by referencing my name.
My mission is to put mindfulness in the pockets of as many people as I can, and by giving me a mention when using my words you are helping do just that.
Sharing my books:
You have my permission to share my books with your colleagues, friends and family.
Don't worry, I won't be chasing you down under piracy laws.
Of course, I'd prefer people to buy my books. After all, it helps fund my writing, my website and a coffee or two at the cafe. But giving you permission to share with a friend isn't going to prevent me continuing my tiny contribution to the literary world, and it helps me reach many more people.
So go ahead. Quote, share and spread the knowledge without my permission, and if possible, with a little credit.
Thank you for your support.