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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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TWENTY + REASONS TO LEARN HOW TO MEDITATE…

During this trying time on us all it is essential that we keep as fit and healthy as possible and one way of achieving this is by learning how to meditate.

Here’s 20+ reasons why you should learn to meditate.

It makes you feel happier. It improved your memory. It makes you feel more grateful. It reduces stress. It improved sleep. It improves concentration. It encourages compassion. It helps with decision making. It encourages mindfulness. It helps fight addictions. It delays onset of Alzheimer’s. It encourages a healthy lifestyle. It reduces back pain. It reduces loneliness. It encourages weight loss. It slows down the ageing process. It’s FREE. It involves no physical exertion. It heals your soul. It improved your cardiovascular health. It helps process emotions. It’s linked to a more creative mind.

Some tips on learning and practicing meditation are – Practice daily, decide a time you can practice without interference everyday. Start small, say just two minutes. Get comfortable, choose your space and sit in a comfortable position. Focus on your breathing and realise that your mind will have a lot of thoughts going through it at the moment. Your thoughts will wander, this is normal.

Four great FREE apps you can download to start your journey are – HEADSPACE – one of the most popular apps characterised by cute animations to help people start their meditation journey. Some meditations can be as short as 1-3 minutes so a great app for beginners. CALM – a great sleep and relaxation app with great pictures rather than words to help you stay with the app for longer. INSIGHT TIMER tons of free guided meditation and mindfulness. MINDFULNESS – this app was created by two yoga and mindfulness professionals. You can start your meditation practice with only 5 mins per day, and track your progress. It’s indicated for beginners, kids and even people that have been meditating for a long time. A great all rounder app.

You can find lots of infographics on meditation from Pinterest and I have written a few blog posts on the subject –

It’s Sleep Sunday – Let’s Talk About Sleep and Meditation Therapy,

Practice Mindful Breathing to Help Ease Pain

Top Tips on How to Find Your Inner Peace with Meditation

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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND YOGA FOR INSOMNIA, BOOK REVIEW…

Yoga for Insomnia, 7 Steps to a better Sleep with Yoga and Meditation is a book written by Kayla Korin, a Yoga therapist and writer who has been committed to helping people with chronic health conditions to feel better with Yoga. Kayla sent me this book to read and write a review on it.

I enjoyed Kayla’s book very much. She writes in great details about feeling tired from lack of sleep as she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when she was young. She tried everything in the book to help her sleep and then while working at an environmental health clinic, the Doctor she was working with suggested she should try a mindfulness course. The course included mindfulness and yoga and after a few months Kayla was able to sleep much better.

Even with a busy lifestyle she found yoga helped her to sleep well and decided to write this book in a step by step format so that what Kayla learnt from studying yoga, meditation and psychology could help others along the way.

There is a full chapter in all you need to know about sleep, good sleep, bad sleep, REM sleep and your heart rate. “The goal of yoga or meditation” she says, “isn’t to stay relaxed all the time, but to be able to switch between the systems if needed.”

Yoga and how it works is described well and how it can work to help you sleep. Creating a healthy sleep environment is discussed well as Kayla has travelled far and wide and understands how jet lag affects your sleep and writes about mental relaxation and darkness in your bedroom. Plus diet and creating a routine which is essential for a good nights sleep.

Kayla talks about meditation for better sleep. Mindfulness is explained very well and the goal setting is very achievable. She writes further on breathing techniques for a better sleep which is something my local pain team want to teach me.

There is a great chapter on yoga positions shown in detail with pictures to help you to try different positions to help you sleep.They are simple to do as I could manage a number of them but do check with your Doctor first before you try them out.

The final part of the book is all about building a lifestyle for a better sleep which is explained fully. I really liked this book and have it next to my bed to refer to if I’m struggling with my sleep. The book is available from Amazon.