Find Mind

Dzogchen for Kids (an introduction to Meditation, Short Moments of Strong Mind)

Children - Educational
32 Pages
Reviewed on 11/02/2021
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Author Biography

The author of the BeginningMind Series Ziji Rinpoche loves to teach and write and her latest book is called 'When Surfing a Tsunami...' Ziji Rinpoche is the Dzogchen Lineage successor of Venerable Wangdor Rimpoche. Each metaphor and key instruction originate from Dzogchen teachings which are passed down from one teacher to another, like a chain of golden mountains. Wangdor Rimpoche asked Ziji Rinpoche to bring about the furtherance of Dzogchen within a contemporary global culture. Ziji Rinpoche established the Short Moments online community for mutual support in gaining familiarity with the nature of mind. Through the Short Moments app, anyone can access profound and powerful Dzogchen teachings. Find out more on http://shortmoments.com

The illustrator Celine loves to draw, empower children and tell stories. When she was introduced to the nature of mind by Ziji Rinpoche, she was awestruck at the power of mind, open like the sky, always clear and wise no matter the stormy feelings. She recognized she would have loved to learn about mind as a child. She was inspired to illustrate the teachings in children's books introducing strong mind to children. Combining her training in Fine Arts (BA), Performing Arts (MA), Dzogchen (Student of Ziji Rinpoche since 2007), and Early Years (Childminder), Celine now teaches Dzogchen for Kids, conducts book readings in schools and festivals and loves to illustrate new books at http://shortmomentsforkids.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Find Mind, written by Ziji Rinpoche and Niko (a 6-year-old boy) and illustrated by Celine Wright, is a children's wellness education picture book and the third in the BeginningMind Series, preceded by book one, Where is Mind? and book two, Strong Mind and followed by book four, Kind Mind and book five, Rest is Best! The book provides a perspective on what the mind is and the fundamental role it plays in all of our physical, mental, and emotional states. These correlations are made before introducing meditation and how we can calm the mind, focusing on small moments of meditation for a big positive impact on health and happiness.

The simplicity of Find Mind was the initial draw for us, something we've only found in an already very, very small pool of children's meditation resources. They have mostly overwhelmed my children who are quick to disengage and 'check-out', which is the exact opposite of what this genre of kid-lit is meant to achieve. Ziji Rinpoche and Niko's uncomplicated narrative makes Find Mind approachable, and in turn, the book is engaging. This is enhanced with child-friendly and relatable sketched illustrations by Celine Wright, who brings the lesson to life in full color. My youngest reader was drawn to gender-neutral and ethnically ambiguous children who resembled her own appearance better than most. The biggest bonus here though is in my daughter asking genuine questions, which were followed by her first tiny guided meditation. The result? Sleep within moments and no stalling tactics to keep the lights on. Recommended.