This is really nice. I love the matte finish pale blue cover. The light colored flowers on the front are a light silver that at times looks white and is reflective. Each page has a quote and most have a writing prompt. There is almost two pages worth of room to write your thoughts. There is a spot for the title and date of each entry.
"Restore your attention, or bring it to a new level, by dramatically slowing down whatever you're doing."
-Sharon Salzberg Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
Try it! Pick an everyday activity (washing dishes, folding laundry, making coffee, etc.) and slow it down, paying attention to the physical details of the experience. What did you notice? What felt different? What happened in your mind?
I have really enjoyed writing in this. I haven't followed the order in which they are placed in the book, instead I pick the one I want to write about. Just taking the time to put your thoughts about whatever the prompt is helps your really take your mind off of things and decompress. When I finish I feel so much more at peace and not about to lose my mind.
Before this I never even thought about using something like this, and never actually thought it would help with anxiety. From here on out I will continue to use this on days where I feel I need some time to disconnect myself from whatever life has thrown at me.
About the Author:
Catherine Price is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, Men's Journal, Mother Jones, The Oprah Magazine, and Parade, among others. Her other books include VITAMANIA: How Vitamins Revolutionized The Way We Think About Food, a parody travel guide called 101 Places Not To See Before You Die, The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant, and the bestselling Gratitude, A Journal.
I received a complimentary copy of this in exchange for an honest review through Blogging for Books.
Quick review for a quick read. To make a few notes on my reading on "The Healing Power of the Breath", I'll admit that I didn't have access to any of the supplemental materials that were noted to be included with this text. Considering that the text hinges so much on the audio CD and supplemental material, it's difficult to grade the helpfulness of this text without it. In searching for supplemental material on meditation, health/wellness, and breathing techniques to supplement my own practices - I came across this text on NetGalley.
It's a useful text that expounds upon different techniques/approaches to breathing and how it ties into overall health and the mechanics of disease processes and body mechanics. It also (briefly) expound upon different populations that use breathing exercises. In addition, it addresses specific needs in terms of breathing exercises for various populations, such as those who suffer from anxiety and depression. The instructions are clear cut, and line up in such a way that you can follow along with the CD as it instructs, but I found the text by itself to be dry and tedious to move through for an introductory text. There were so many times when it would explain that it "would explain" certain techniques for breathing and I kept thinking "Why not explain it while you're on the subject instead of deferring it?" Also, there were very obvious anedotes to common problems with respect to meditation distractions here. Of course someone would know that their pet would be distracting in times of meditation; I wasn't turned off by the suggestion of taking one's pet to another room in that situation (because it's helpful advice), but rather the instruction in that case among others seemed to talk down to the reader in spells and state common sense practices. I think it could've streamlined the information much better and gotten to the heart of the chapter content much quicker than it did.
I'm not going to say that this book isn't useful (because I found certain expansions to be enlightening), but considering the book doesn't stand well on its own for content and that it doesn't streamline the information as much as it could've, I think this wouldn't be a good singular resource for meditation/breathing practices. It, to me, left much more to be desired for presentation and intrigue on the subject matter.
Overall score: 2/5 stars.
Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Shambhala Publications.
This book is the perfect meditation book for the person in your life who doesn't really believe in meditation but knows they need to do something to calm themselves down and slow their roll. I highly recommend it because I was laughing the entire time and felt amazingly positive by the end of the work.
I received a copy of this work from Blogging For Books in exchange for my review.