I’ve been fortunate to receive a new book by Georgina Rodgers, Peace of Mind: A Book of Calm for Busy Mums.
I’ve been reading about Mindfulness and Slow-Living lately, so this book was well-timed for me and welcome. I wrote earlier this year about how the Christmas break allowed me time to switch off and offered a different perspective and a shifting mindset. I am managing to maintain it, just, somehow, by the skin of my teeth. I’m now at that stage where I know it makes me feel happier in myself and in turn makes me a better mother, it’s just hard to keep it going some days whilst trying to spin so many balls. But I remain committed, and now I have this book to help me along the way.
There is an initial introduction to the author herself, along with a little about mindfulness and how it began.
‘Mindfulness encourages us to ‘be present’ in our own lives when we are distracted by intrusive thoughts of past events, or worries about the future.’ It then goes on to share that ‘according to scientists, we have between 60,000 and 80,000 thoughts a day and most are repetitive – ones that we had the day before and will continue to have.’
Oh yes, I have lots of thoughts! And I find myself so often failing to ‘be present’, my mind wandering, to-do lists whirling about in my head. But I know I need to make this change, that it will be a good change.
‘Learning to be mindful takes time and persistence but is not complicated and is not something you can either make a success of or fail at.’
Early on in the book there are details on how mindfulness can improve your well-being, physical health and mental health.
The chapters and sections are all short, they feel bite-sized and easy to dip in and out of, crucial when appealing to busy people. They cover key areas of life and move from tips, exercises, drawing, poems, colouring in, recipes, quotes, activities and suggestions, all swapping and changing keeping it interesting to read. I really like books like this, where there’s something different at every turn of the page.
What strikes me most about this book is how it talks to me. It does not condescend, it does not use technical language or concepts, it does not presume to tell me what to do. It simply suggests and motivates, from one busy mother to another.
I plan to work my way through this, bit by bit, a little more each day to help me on my journey into mindfulness. I’m already looking forward to it.
I do have a copy of this book available to give away now to one of my readers. To be in with a chance of winning it, enter using the rafflecopter below. The competition is open to UK residents only and closes at midnight 29th February 2016. Good luck!
Peace of Mind: A Book of Calm for Busy Mums, published by Hodder & Stoughton, is available to buy from 1st March 2016 and I can see it making a lovely gift for a Mother’s Day.
What appeals to you about this book?
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book FOC for the purposes of this review, though all words and opinions remain my own