A World of Pausabilities: An Exercise in Mindfulness

Frank J. Sileo (Author) Jennifer Zivoin (Illustrator)


In our increasingly hectic world, even children are often inundated with responsibilities and activities, and end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Everyone has the capacity to be mindful, including (especially ) children. A World of Pausabilities is a gentle reminder to stop, take a break, and notice details even as we go about our busy days. Sometimes the simplest moments are the most important ones--if
we don't let them pass us by Following a neighborhood on a summer day, readers will learn how to apply mindfulness to simple, everyday moments, and how days are filled with endless possibilities to take a pause. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers that further discusses mindfulness and ways to introduce pauses into your child's life.

Product Details

$15.95  $14.67
Magination Press
Publish Date
February 28, 2017
8.1 X 0.5 X 10.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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"Sileo invites readers to explore the potential in 'pausabilities'...he offers a wealth of ideas for how children and families can stay engaged in the present."--Publishers Weekly
Gold medal, Mom's Choice Awards

Silver medal, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards

"Sileo invites readers to explore the potential in 'pausabilities'...he offers a wealth of ideas for how children and families can stay engaged in the present." --Publishers Weekly

"Ideal for a yoga storytime or as a bedtime read to encourage children to pause, take a breath, and go to sleep with a sense of appreciation...elementary teachers could use this title as a warm-up read before starting the day's activities, to provide a respite from work, or to stimulate concentration." --School Library Journal

"I really liked this book. I've learned a lot about "pausabilities." When I get upset, I think of how I can take a pause and calm down."--Brian, Age 6, Kids' Book Buzz

"A great resource for parents and teachers interested in teaching children about mindfulness." --Mom's Radius

"This charming and delightful new book for children has beautiful illustrations and short poems that clearly and playfully express the essence of mindfulness. Best yet, it offers children simple guidance to incorporate and experiment with mindfulness in their lives." --Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education, UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, Author of Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness

Dr. Frank Sileo has written another incredibly beautiful and inspiring book for children. A World of Pausabilities cleverly and engagingly introduces kids to the concept of mindfulness, teaching them practical everyday skills to cope with the emotional ups and downs of life. This is a must-read for all children--and parents!" --Lawrence Rosen, MD, Integrative Pediatrician and Founder of The Whole Child Center

"...with spontaneity and breathless delight, Dr. Sileo illustrates how children can use a pause to get to know and explore their own inner awareness. Especially impressive in Pausabilities is the absence of any kind of preaching or use of "shoulds." Pausabilities is an affirmation and an adventure...Bravo, Dr. Sileo!" --Diane Handlin, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Center of NJ

"We live in a busy, hectic world. As adults we have become accustomed to the pace and often do not realize how wound up we have become. Our children's health, well-being, and happiness are suffering today due to the chaos of this pace. Remembering to pause, or even knowing what that means is so unfamiliar...until now. A World of Pausabilities cleverly introduces the possibility of what it means to stop, notice and enjoy the everyday wonder of living. As a parent, pediatric therapist and a yoga/mindfulness teacher, it is so helpful to have this extraordinary book as another tool to offer children (and adults) to easily understand and explore the practice of mindfulness. Each page offers a new idea of how to be mindful in our everyday life. The words are only complimented by each illustration which coveys feelings of peace and joy. What a great combination." --Allison Morgan MA, OTR, E-RYT, Director of Zensational Kids, LLC

"There is nothing more restorative than pausing to go within in order to be fully present to our lives. To better connect with ourselves, others, and the world around, this beautifully illustrated book with its lively narrative invites children (and the adults who love them) to slow down, pause, and to become aware of their experiences in a kind-hearted and curious way. In a world that is increasingly fast, with distractions and stressors at an all-time high, our children need a way to create refuge within themselves in order to find a place of solace and to build resiliency. This book is their invitation." --Gael Belden, MA, Mindfulness and Compassion Educator with UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center

"In our 'hurry up and do something' culture where children are often rushed and over-scheduled, they can easily lose touch with their natural ability to be fully present in the moment. Dr Frank Sileo has come up with the antidote. In his new book, he highlights the spontaneous moments of presence in children's lives, describing them as A World of Pausabilities. A beautifully illustrated and imagined work, he both encourages and validates the importance of such small and simple moments. He also includes an excellent beginner's guide in mindfulness in the back for teachers and parents. This book is a great first step toward getting the whole family more present and connected to their lives." --Carol Potter, seen as Cindy Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, co-creator of Best Practice Parenting

"Dr. Frank Sileo has crafted a wonderfully written introduction to mindfulness for both kids and adults, making this book perfect for bedtime reading as well as to help your child begin to learn about their minds, bodies and emotions... In a world of constant connectivity that screams for more, demands things faster and is constantly looking to the future or the past; this is a crucial message for all of us... This book is a must-have for all--especially for parents, caregivers, teachers and counselors." --John Dennis, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor & Co-owner Parenting & Family Solutions