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Meditation is an open sky : mindfulness for kids
2015
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Feeling mindful is feeling good! You know when you're having a bad day, you have that wobbly feeling inside and nothing seems to go right? Find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate! In this daily companion, kids of any age will learn simple exercises to help manage stress and emotions, find focus, and face challenges. They'll discover how to feel safe when scared, relax when anxious, spread kindness, and calm anger when frustrated. Simple, secular, and mainstream, this mindfulness book is an excellent tool for helping kids deal with the stresses of everyday life.
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PreS-Gr 4-Any child who's ever had a bad day and experienced strong emotions that they're not sure how to express will welcome this guide to mindfulness, and perhaps discover a great tool for sorting through emotions. This soothing picture book uses animal characters to show children how to meditate. It covers nine simple exercises that children can practice in various situations, such as "mind drawing" for focus, "protection circle" for security, "special place" for relaxation, and "mind clearing" for clarity. There are also exercises for wisdom, kindness, decision-making, self-control, and openness. The book empowers children with a great set of tools to keep in their "back pocket" as they encounter situations on a daily basis. The playful artwork helps readers envision how each exercise is completed. This book would also be a great manual for teachers to have on hand to help students. The answers to frequently asked questions about meditation at the end of the book are excellent; readers will come away understanding that everyone moves through life and these exercises a little differently-and that's okay. VERDICT Tastefully done. Even skeptics will find useful exercises for classroom management and helping children cope with conflict.-Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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This quirky little book should have real usefulness for the right sort of child. Though the title gives one definition of meditation, the term is never fully explained, and the format gives off a preschooler vibe: simple but cute illustrations introduce a monkey and an elephant as meditation guides. However, the information, written clearly and concisely, would probably be of interest to somewhat older children: how to meditate on a special place for relaxation or on a protection circle for security, or trying to attain wisdom by seeing oneself as a jigsaw puzzle. In the latter example, kids are invited to imagine they are a puzzle made of hundreds of pieces that are ever-changing feelings, moods, and thoughts. The puzzle can be pulled apart and put back together through the use of inner wisdom. Most of the meditations are less complex than the puzzle but require will and ability. Still, this is an intriguing introduction to an ancient art. Stressed parents may find it helpful, too.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2015 Booklist
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