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THREE GREAT BOOKS TO HELP YOU BRING THE ART OF MINDFULNESS HOME…

A Mindful Day – 365 Ways To Live Life by David Dillard-Wright £10.99

From the author of A Mindful Morning and A Mindful Evening comes a guide with 365 positive affirmations and short meditation exercises you can do to relax and unwind at a moment’s notice, A mindful Day.

With all the struggles of modern life, it’s easy to get lost in a whirlwind of stress, worry, and indifference. Between work, family, and day-to-day tasks, it can be hard to find a moment of peace. By taking just a few minutes a day to meditate, you can improve your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

A Mindful Day is an easy way to quiet your body and mind. With 365 affirmations as well as soothing mindfulness meditations, you can learn how to take a break from your day and find peace whenever you need it the most. Simple exercises like focusing on your breathing or listening to the sounds in nature can calm your nerves and melt away the demands of modern life.

Spending time to get in touch with your soul can help you achieve true balance and tranquility. Let A Mindful Day help release your stress and find the peace you deserve. Or, treat someone you know could really benefit from this book for Christmas.

I Am Peace – A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde for children, £9.01

When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice from the bestselling picture-book dream team that brought us I Am Yoga. Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with the earth. Wonder at the beauty of the natural world. Breathe, taste, smell, touch, and be present.

Perfect for the classroom or for bedtime, Susan Verde’s gentle, concrete narration and Peter H. Reynolds’s expressive watercolor illustrations bring the tenets of mindfulness to a kid-friendly level. Featuring an author’s note about the importance of mindfulness and a guided meditation for children, I Am Peace

With our world in a difficult place at the moment this book would be perfect for any child who seems to be struggling with everything to do with the pandemic.

For the skeptic – The Mindful Geek – Secular Meditation for Smart Skeptics by Michael W Taft £9.99

The Mindful Geek details how to derive the benefits of mindfulness meditation without having to join a religion or drink metaphysical Kool-Aid. In the book, Michael Taft gives you step-by-step instructions in the powerful and reliable techniques of mindfulness meditation, and outlines the psychological and neuroscientific research underpinning these practices.

An excellent book for beginners who are atheists, agnostics, and skeptics of all stripes who want help with anxiety, depression, and to enjoy life more.

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MY BOOK REVIEW OF THE MONTH – THE BLUE ZONES: LESSONS FOR LIVING LONGER FROM THE PEOPLE WHO’VE LIVED THE LONGEST…

My book review for this month is a book you will not want to put down. A New York Times Best Seller – The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From The People Who’ve Lived The Longest by Dan Beuttner.

National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in The Blue Zone, places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. In this dynamic book, he discloses the recipe, blending this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.

This book had me hooked from the beginning and is one you will read to the very end. Some of the fascinating people Dan writes about in the book include a 94-year-old former and self-confessed ‘ladies man’ in Costa Rica, a 102-year-old grandmother in Okinawa, a 102-year-old Sardinian who hikes at least six miles a day.

It’s such a brilliant read! It’s one of those books that you buy and read within the span of a few days because it is just that good ! The straight forward advice makes you think about your own lifestyle and how to make you feel happier.

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‘BAD SCIENCE’ – A BOOK TO MAKE YOU GIGGLE…

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre – “Ben Goldacre’s wise and witty bestseller, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, lifts the lid on quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremongering journalists and evil pharmaceutical corporations.”

Ben was a junior doctor and academic working for the NHS but since 2003 Dr Ben Goldacre has been exposing dodgy medical data in his popular Guardian column. In this eye-opening book, he takes on the MMR hoax and misleading cosmetics ads, acupuncture and homoeopathy, vitamins and mankind’s vexed relationship with all manner of ‘toxins’. Along the way, the self-confessed ‘Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General’ performs a successful detox on a Barbie doll, sees his dead cat become a certified nutritionist and probes the supposed medical qualifications of ‘Dr’ Gillian McKeith.

Full spleen and satire, Ben Goldacre takes us on a hilarious, invigorating and ultimately alarming journey through the bad science we are fed daily by hacks and quacks.

Although this is not a new book out I picked it up and couldn’t put it down. His humour is contagious and it does certainly ‘make you think‘ on some of his points in particular misleading cosmetic ads. I don’t think it will stop me from taking the odd vitamin and trying acupuncture again but it did make me laugh out loud at some points. Enjoy …