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“Imagine an immersive story that helps children learn about who they really are: part of a deeply and wondrously interconnected world. Deborah Salazar Shapiro integrates her knowledge of mindfulness with her personal passion for helping children become more aware of their integrated role in the life of our fragile and precious planet in this important contribution that will help develop a child’s compassionate and courageous mind. Bravo!” —Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine
If you look up “mindfulness” in the dictionary, the explanation goes something like this,” a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
The shorter version of that would be to “pay attention.” Pay attention to how we treat each other and especially how we treat our beloved Mother Earth. Earth Day may have come and gone, but caring for our planet needs to happen 365 days a year.
The Magical Mindful Day is a book that I received for review and I was delighted the second I pulled it from the envelope. This may be a children’s book, but it’s really a book for people of all ages that is intended to inspire the practice of mindfulness, to raise awareness of our interconnection with all living beings, and to remind children that the Earth is their friend. The whimsical story in this beautiful and vibrant picture book is that we all need to be reminded of the many blessings of mindfulness, wonder, and kindness.
On a visit to the beach with her mother, Gaby, the main character of Salazar Shapiro’s debut book, and her best friend, Baba, encounter a talking cat named Oreo who introduces Gaby to many aspects of mindfulness—noticing the present moment, caring about the environment, and protecting the earth and all its creatures. Together, they share a bond that transcends time and place. The Magical Mindful Day takes children on the adventure of becoming mindful and shows them that joy and caring go hand in hand. Parents, teachers, earth lovers, and anyone who wants to encourage children to be more mindful will find much of value in this delightful tale.
These lessons translate to readers, as Salazar Shapiro encourages them to engage with the world around them in the same ways Gaby has, remembering the importance of practicing kindness toward everyone and everything. “Adults can incorporate gratitude into their daily lives along with their children, bringing mindful awareness and appreciation toward the people and things we often take for granted,” she says, inviting parents to work alongside children to foster love, respect, kindness, and compassion.
For more information, please visit www.TheMagicalMindfulDay.com.
Something To Do
Talking About The Origin of the Food We Eat | Visiting an Edible Schoolyard!
The Edible Schoolyard is a 1-acre garden at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California. The Edible Schoolyard was established by restaurateur and activist Alice Waters through the Chez Panisse Foundation.
Teaching the next generation about the foods we eat in their most natural state is an excellent way to promote healthy habits. The Edible Schoolyard Project has worked for more than 20 years to cultivate and embody their mission – and ensure an edible education for every public school student in the United States.
Research shows that when schools prioritize health and social well-being in tandem with academic goals and extend their mission to involve families and surrounding communities, students thrive. Edible education shapes students’ choices at mealtime, and roots them in the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Sing “Be Aware” Together
Written by Deborah Salazar Shapiro and Myka Krstic, with music by Myka Krstic, “Be Aware” is an original song to accompany The Magical Mindful Day.
Enjoy month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” http://amzn.to/1DTVnuX