Book Review: The Illustrated Book of Mindful Meditations

Book cover: The Illustrated Book of Mindful Meditations for Mindful Moments

The Illustrated Book of Mindful Meditations for Mindless Moments by Courtney E. Ackerman aims to help you be a little more mindful with the basic tasks you’re doing on a day to day basis.

Each mindful moment is laid out in a 2-page spread, with a page of brief text (as in a couple of paragraphs) and a page of illustration. The book is divided into four sections: meditations to do alone, while on the go, at work, and while with loved ones.

Despite the title, it’s not so much what you probably associate with meditation, and I think this could still easily be appealing even if formal meditation just isn’t your thing. The focus is on the mindful element, and actively engaging with your senses.

Some of the mindless moments are obvious as potentially mindful moments, such as making your morning coffee, while others are less so, like taking out the trash. The description of mindfully turning a deadbolt was even a little bit sexual (or maybe that’s just me).

Chances are that most of these mindless moments are activities you do regularly, and it’s rather eye-opening to see just how many opportunities there are for us to fit a little more mindfulness into our lives.

While Christmas is over now, I think this book would make a nice little gift.

The Illustrated Book of Mindful Meditations for Mindless Moments is available on Amazon (affiliate link).

I received a reviewer copy from the publisher through Netgalley.

You can find my other reviews on the MH@H book review index or on Goodreads.

5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Illustrated Book of Mindful Meditations”

  1. I looked this up on Amazon and they they show you a few pages which was good because I had no idea what the heck this would be about – I don’t understand ‘mindfulness’ and what she is proposing is that you take ‘idle time’ like when you are doing something mundane, taking a shower, washing dishes etc and explore THAT experience – BUT – I use that time to fantasize, daydream, sing, write poems in my head – so many things I would miss if I used that time to experience that water is wet!

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