by Jennie Marie Battistin, MA, LMFT
The best thing about this book is the beautiful design and calming colors on each page. It makes me want to open the book and notice every little leaf and fruit design around the edges while I do the meditations.
The prompts begin with a simple noticing of your emotions, your body, and surroundings, and then move into more deep contemplations and journal instructions about your insecurities, your strengths and fears.
Each page encourages the reader/writer to use mindfulness as a calm place inside themselves, and from that place they can observe the world and not get caught up in reacting to everything that happens. This is a wonderful tool to deal with stress and anxiety!
One of the good things about the way this book is organized is that you can write on one page or on several in a day. You can write nothing, but just do a meditation, or go back and do a meditation you previously enjoyed. Or you could just read an inspiring quote and call it a day. The structure is very free, so that the reader can complete only what they need for that day.
There is also a short list of mindfulness apps and other books that help to deepen your mindfulness practice.
I don’t think this book is exclusively for teens. Other than a few mentions of school, this book would apply to anyone. An adult could just substitute “work” for “school” and find a lot of satisfaction and inspiration in this book.
I really appreciated that the writing uses universal wording that can apply to any generation, instead of trying too hard to sound hip by using a lot of modern slang or references to “cool” products or shows. Even as a teen, I didn’t like books that try to appeal to teens through slang. I would much rather hear the straight truth with no fancy embellishments. This book has a very good balance in the writing!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.