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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Panda Never Cries by Abdulaziz M. explores the wisdom of pandas and how their way of life can offer valuable lessons for humans in various aspects of our own. The book emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment, finding contentment in simplicity, and embracing mindfulness. It draws parallels between pandas' qualities, such as patience, resilience, and authenticity, and their application in education, friendships, nutrition, relationships, and goal-setting. Abdulaziz M. encourages readers to adopt the "Panda Mindset," which promotes balance, harmony, and resilience in our fast-paced world. The mindset aids in conflict resolution within families and the concept of achieving a flow state for deep focus and immersion in activities, all while advocating for a shift to a more mindful and fulfilling way of living inspired by the peaceful and resilient nature of pandas.
The part that resonated with me the most in Panda Never Cries is the importance of authenticity in relationships, drawing a parallel between pandas' authentic existence and the need for humans to show up as they are in love. Abdulaziz M. writes, "Being true to oneself—our interests, beliefs, values, and desires—creates the foundation for genuine connections." I think in a day and age where what is presented are small moments of our most perfect selves, this is one of those nuggets that will resonate for a long, long time. The writing is clear and concise, and while it is presented in an intelligent style, it is simple in its messaging, which makes it accessible to all levels of readers. The text is dense and in chapters that have a philosophy in the narrative, so I found it best read as a chapter per day. Overall, this is a guide in which I am sure many will find joy and good counseling, as I have. Recommended.