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This moment is your life (and so is this one) : a fun and easy guide to mindfulness, meditation, and yoga / Mariam Gates ; illustrated by Libby VanderPloeg.
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9780399186622
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New York, NY : Dial Books, [2018]

©2018
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241 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
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"This lively, hands-on guide to meditation, mindfulness, and yoga is a perfect introduction for tweens and teens. Don't just do something, be here. The key to happiness is being able to find comfort in this moment, here and now. When you are completely present and not distracted by regrets, worries, and plans, even for a little while, you begin to feel more confident and can deal more easily with everything you experience. This is mindfulness: paying attention to this very moment, on purpose and without judgment--simply being present with curiosity. This engaging guide, packed with simple exercises and endearing full-color artwork, provides a handy starting point for bringing mindfulness into your daily life. Chapters on meditation, yoga, and mindful breathing explain the benefits of these practices, and you are free to pick and choose what to try. There are quick exercises throughout, and a more extensive tool kit at the end of each chapter. The final chapter offers satisfying five-day challenges that map out ways to pull all of the book's mindfulness techniques together in your day-to-day life. With the appeal of a workbook or guided journal, and full of examples relevant to tweens and teens today, this book will be your trusted companion as you begin the valuable, stress-relieving work of being still with skill"-- Provided by publisher.

"A hands-on guide to mindfulness for teens and tweens, with focuses on yoga, breathing, meditation, and everyday practices"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

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Don't just do something, be here.

The key to happiness is being able to find comfort in this moment, here and now. When you are completely present and not distracted by regrets, worries, and plans, even for a little while, you begin to feel more confident and can deal more easily with everything you experience. This is mindfulness- paying attention to this very moment, on purpose and without judgment--simply being present with curiosity.

This engaging guide, packed with simple exercises and endearing full-color artwork, provides a handy starting point for bringing mindfulness into your daily life. Chapters on meditation, yoga, and mindful breathing explain the benefits of these practices, and you are free to pick and choose what to try. There are quick exercises throughout, and a more extensive tool kit at the end of each chapter. The final chapter offers satisfying five-day challenges that map out ways to pull all of the book's mindfulness techniques together in your day-to-day life.

With the appeal of a workbook or guided journal, and full of examples relevant to tweens and teens today, this book will be your trusted companion as you begin the valuable, stress-relieving work of being still with skill .


Author Notes

Mariam Gates has a master's degree in education from Harvard University and has been teaching children for more than twenty years. The founder of Kid Power Yoga, she now devotes herself to training children and adults in yoga and mindfulness. She is the author of the picture books Meditate with Me , Good Night Yoga , and Good Morning Yoga . She lives with her husband, Rolf Gates, and their two children in Santa Cruz, California.

Libby VanderPloeg is an illustrator and designer living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan, on the edge of the Great Lakes, and since then, she has lived in Grand Rapids, Chicago, New York, and Stockholm. She's created book covers and editorial illustrations for the New York Times , the Wall Street Journal , and Design*Sponge , among others, and as well as a line of cards and prints that she sells via her Etsy shop and in stores.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Learning to exist in the present moment is a difficult yet rewarding task, Gates suggests in this clear and instructive handbook. Chapters focus on mindfulness, yoga, breathing, and meditation, with detailed descriptions of techniques and best practices. The mindfulness section explores living with intentionality through refocusing the mind. Journal prompts, self-assessments, and other activities urge readers to apply the ideas to their own lives. Meditation activities include a "Meditative Body Scan," or paying attention to different parts of the body, and "Naming Thoughts," which involves quietly observing, labeling, and releasing detrimental thoughts. In Vanderploeg's warm illustrations, brightly clothed figures demonstrate the yoga poses and breathing exercises. Gates emphasizes that mindfulness is a way of seeing one's self and the world, which can be achieved through taking basic steps. An end section offers "5-Day Mindfulness Challenges" for readers seeking additional structure as they embark on their own mindfulness journeys. Ages 10-14. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Mindfulnessp. 10
Chapter 2 Mindful Yogap. 54
Chapter 3 Mindful Breathingp. 86
Chapter 4 Mindful Meditationp. 104
Chapter 5 5-Day Mindfulness Challengesp. 126
Notesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 236
Resourcesp. 238
Acknowledgmentsp. 241