Everyday Mindfulness By Melissa Steginus
Everyday mindfulness was something that I was searching for when I was offered this book to review. I hung on to it for awhile because it meant something more to me than just a book review. This book coming into my life was a sign that it was time to change some things about my life. When I recently decided to go on a “at home retreat”, I decided it was time to introduce this book into my life. I have been using the practices as part of my morning routine ever since. First let me share with you some information about the book.
About Everyday Mindfulness:
“Everyday Mindfulness guides you through the most powerful daily mindfulness practices that help you rewire your habits and rewrite your life. Most of us are so busy that we forget to focus on how we really feel, what we truly desire, and what we need to do to move our lives in the right direction.”
108 Simple Practices to Empower Yourself and Transform Your Life:
Honestly I was expecting the standard 365 days or even 21 days, but 108 is fascinating. Steginus explains the magic of the number 108 in her introduction. She begins with the fact that mindfulness is a mindset and a lifestyle shift. 21 days just wouldn’t do for this shift. There is also visual symbolism in the number 108 and it holds its weight in calculating our planet’s connection to the sun. I don’t want to give it all away, but the introduction roped me further into this journey.
How To Use This Book:
Another part of the the introduction explains how the book works and how to use it. It truly is a step by step process that is fairly simple. This part helped me relax and prepared me to transform my life. Not only does the book include 108 daily mindfulness practices, but it also offers explanations behind the purpose of each practice. Questions are asked daily so that the participant can reflex on the actions. You can use your book as a journal for self-exploration.
How To Get The Most Out Of This Book:
First, you need to commit to 108 days. I admit I skipped a day here or there, but I craved it. I noticed that it was missing and I wanted more. It is about 5 minutes of your time a day. I do this first thing in the morning. I created an entire morning practice which includes, reading a poem, working in this book, completing a word find, and doing more journaling. I am worth it. You are worth it. I hadn’t realized how much about myself that I had been missing until I began doing this work.
This book was a gift for my retreat as each of the 6 chapters honors a facet of you as a person. The first one being the physical. You are guided to connect and listen to your body. The second being emotional. Here we learn how to trust and understand our feelings. The third is rational. Gain mental clarity while observing your thought patterns. The fourth chapter focuses on the spiritual. Here you will explore your relationship with yourself and your truth. The fifth is occupation. How do you manage your time? How do handle your priorities? Finally the sixth, network. Nourish your relationships that deepen your sense of belonging.
This book came into my life at the perfect time. I might not have been ready to accept it at first, but when I let it in the magic happened. It is still part of my morning practice and helping me transform my life. The book also offers online resources that I have found helpful. After all we have been through this past year, I think we could all use a little mindfulness.
About the Author:
Melissa Steginus is a coach and wellness specialist helping people structure their work and lives to be intentional, empowering, and fulfilling. She has served thousands of people through her workshops, online courses, and 1:1 sessions. For more information visit: www.melissasteginus.com
Thank you to TCK Publishing.com for sending me a copy of this book to review. All thoughts are my own and have not been influenced.