Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The A to Z of Mindfulness: Simple Ways to Be More Present Every Day


The A to Z of Mindfulness is a philosophical and practical treatise on incorporating more mental presence in our daily existence. Due out 5th Jan 2021 from Andrews McMeel, it's 128 pages and will be available in hardcover format. 

Arranged as an alphabet primer, each of the letters A to Z contains a concept or observation (A is for Acceptance, B is for breathing and so on), along with some guided exercises to improve learning and integration. The exercises are gently written and presented, such as writing down words which describe how the reader is feeling and focusing on breathing and visualizing thoughts as clouds passing overhead and moving along and drifting away. 

The accompanying art is beautifully relaxing and appealing. Much of it is nature inspired (see cover) and relaxingly simple pastels. In a world which feels increasingly anxiety inducing and out of control, these small exercises and gentle concepts can have a remarkably large positive impact on our daily lives. 

I loved the coloring mandala and a lot of the visualization and breathing exercises. This would make a superlative and thoughtful gift choice or present for oneself. 

Four stars. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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