Friday, May 15, 2015

What Does It Mean To Be Present: A Book Review

Queen Composter is sharing a way to be mindful in nature.

As I have mentioned before, picture books are a great way to engage people with ideas about the environment. I am a huge book lover and enjoy sharing favourites and new finds.

What Does It Mean To Be Present, by Rania DiOrio is one such book.

Being present, being in the moment, fully embracing what we are experiencing, is important for our happiness, our self-regulation, and our physical and mental health. We can practice mindfulness at any moment in our day, in any setting. I, however, prefer to be mindful in nature, or at least outdoors. That is one reason I am participating in the David Suzuki Foundation 30 x 30 Challenge again this year.

This book has beautiful illustrations to highlight being present in the moment in a variety of contexts, but particularly in nature. It teaches us to focus on what we are experiencing now, rather than thinking about what is coming up and possible events in the future that may be causing us stress and anxiety.

The author asks us to treat even regular occurrences, and even mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow. I love that message and try to practice that in my life.

We can savour every bite of food, enjoy the sensation of sand between our toes, and listen to the sounds and smells around us.

My favourite part of this book is how to slow down and experience our breath going in and out, and I love that most of the images in this book are set outdoors in natural surroundings.

I encourage anyone, big and small, to read this book and reflect upon ways to be present in our lives.


Tiffany said...

Sounds so good and yet it is so hard in practice. I always have to remind myself to stay present.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful book!

Mindful Momma said...

Love the idea of introducing the concept of mindfulness to kids at a young age. These things do sink in - even if it isn't evident right away!

Betsy Escandon said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to introduce kids (and adults) to the concept of mindfulness! I agree that being outdoor is a great opportunity to cultivate mindfulness.

Carissa Bonham said...

This sounds like a great book. Being present is definitely something I'm working on for myself.

Karen Lee said...

Being present seems to get harder and harder these days. This book sounds like it offers great tips!

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