Book Review: Everyday Mindfulness by Melissa Steginus
What a wonderful book for mindfulness in small, usable, daily doses.
Everyday Mindfulness offers “108 Simple Practices to Empower Yourself and Transform Your Life.” Whether you practice mediation daily and are looking for deeper fulfillment or want to immerse yourself in a new practice, Melissa Steginus’ approach builds a sense of empowerment.
Many meditative practices center around what we already do every day. To facilitate this natural inclusion, Everyday Mindfulness looks at the different facets of your life. Combined with short, easy exercises, the book teaches you to listen, understand and observe aspects of your day that otherwise pass you by.
Principles of Everyday Mindfulness:
Physical: Listening to your body and reconnecting with yourself
Emotional: Understanding your feelings and learning to trust them
Rational: Observing your thought patterns to gain mental clarity
Spiritual: Exploring your relationship with yourself and your truth
Occupation: Managing your time and energy to pursue your priorities
Network: Nourishing relationships that deepen your sense of belonging
So what makes this tome different from other books on mindfulness, you may ask? The gentle approach that is easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Each lesson is fast, uncomplicated and rewarding. There’s nothing worse than trying to embark on a new mindfulness path and ending up more stressed out about what you’re not doing or doing wrong. Nothing could be further from Steginus’ approach. She asks only one thing; that you Commit to Yourself.
My favorite lessons were Walking Meditation, Declutter Your Space, Talk To Yourself and Celebrate Change. But there are over a hundred others for you to explore and try out. Uniquely designed for use over an extended period of time, this book was worth every minute of every day.
Indulge. Lose yourself in Everyday Mindfulness. Your only regret will be not having done it sooner.