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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
During the current season that we live in today, it's more important than ever to listen to our bodies. In Amanda Loraine Lynch's The Mindfulness Room, with beautiful illustrations by Bonnie Lemaire, children will learn how to listen to their bodies, especially during stressful times. After My'Angel's dad died, life in her household was never the same. The more sadness that her mother experienced the more it impacted My'Angel, which eventually influenced her at school. Enter Mrs. Lynch who helped My'Angel by introducing her to the Mindfulness Room. In this room, Mrs. Lynch taught My'Angel so many ways to turn her sadness into joy through breathing and meditation that she decided to share it with her mother. Through the breathing exercises, My'Angel, her mother, and sister, Leila, were able to enjoy the benefits of mindfulness as a family and smile again.
I enjoyed reading this book. One can never go wrong with exercises toward better health. This book offers children so many benefits. First, understanding the principles of mindfulness is key. Mindfulness consists of two phases: 1) self-consciousness and awareness of the present and 2) being accepting of and in tune with someone else's consciousness and presence. Second, this book offers breathing exercises that will help children learn great ways to eliminate feelings ranging from sadness to depression and to create balance through mindfulness exercises. Third, children are taught the strategies and experience the Mindfulness Room ABCs, which are necessary for embracing the practice. Last, not only will your child benefit and enjoy this book but the whole family can learn something from it as well. Whether you're a novice or advanced in the practice of mindfulness, this book is for you. Highly recommended.