Mindfulness and Meditation: Handling Life with a Calm and Focused Mind

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Twenty-First Century Books (Tm)
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6.1 X 9.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.97 pounds
Library Binding

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About the Author

Whitney Stewart is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction books for kids--for toddlers to young adult. Her research has taken her to Nepal with Sir Edmund Hillary, to India to interview the Dalai Lama, and to China's Great Wall. She also teaches mindfulness and meditation and lives in New Orleans.


"Considering the range of challenges that today's teens face, equipping them with pertinent coping skills is crucial for their future success and well-being. In her latest book, Stewart, a practitioner of mindfulness and meditation for a number of years, provides a road map for teens to follow in order to achieve balance in their lives and a proper mind-set for obtaining happiness. Beginning with a short overview of mindfulness and its Buddhist foundation, the book provides insight into how to obtain clarity. The author makes it clear that mindfulness is not a quick fix, a religion, or a replacement for medical treatment. There are numerous simple exercises and techniques from which teens can choose. Readers are advised not to set goals when meditating, for goals are about the future. The intention within this book is to concentrate on the present to achieve equilibrium. The chapter entitled 'Anybody Listening? Mindfulness and Social Media' is timely and offers an excellent social media self-assessment. Supplementing this text are excellent features including source notes, a glossary, a bibliography, an index, a website list, visually appealing illustrations, and mindfulness/meditation apps. VERDICT Stewart, the author of Mindful Me: Mindfulness & Meditation for Kids, has produced another book that is straightforward and refreshing. Recommended for purchase."--School Library Journal

-- (7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM)

"A guide to the history, methods, and benefits of mindfulness and meditation, which a growing body of research shows can change brains in ways that reduce stress and increase happiness. The book guides readers through many strategies for practicing mindfulness, such as meditation, movement, and the cultivation of mental attitudes like compassion and gratitude. Throughout this empowering guide, the author helps teens understand their minds and frequently reminds them to reach out for help if their stressors feel overwhelming or if they are concerned about their mental health. More than two dozen practice scripts are included that present a variety of traditional approaches--such as noticing the breath, labeling thoughts, and moving mindfully--as well as contemporary updates, such as setting limits on screen time and mindful use of social media. The lack of recorded audio companions is an unfortunate omission considering that the resource is otherwise respectful of the varied lives and learning styles of its intended audience. The shaded information boxes and stock photos of diverse teens result in a textbook feel that may limit appeal, but for readers genuinely interested in the topic, this book has much to offer as they begin their practice and as it grows over time. A thorough and accessible resource for young people."--Kirkus Reviews

-- (5/1/2019 12:00:00 AM)