Mindfulness is quite a new concept to me but one I have been hearing a lot about recently, especially with the rising popularity of ‘mindful’ colouring books which suddenly seem to be everywhere. It is a concept I have been quite keen to learn more about and so when the opportunity arose to review Amber Hatch’s new book ‘Mindfulness For Parents’ I couldn’t wait to get started on it.
The meaning of mindfulness is being focussed on the present moment and what is happening at that exact second rather than allowing your mind to wander on to other things such as what to cook for dinner, etc. It is about appreciating every detail of what is going on around you and soaking it up unhindered by life’s worries and woes.
The author Amber Hatch is a mother herself, as well as a childminder, teacher and of course writer. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation for several years and although this book is not about ramming Buddhism in your face, it draws on the teachings of Buddha and how those teachings can be used in mindfulness. It is a fascinating insight into the history of a practice that has actually been used for many years but is more recently becoming very popular.
The book is bigger (in terms of having more pages) than I had anticipated and is absolutely crammed full of fascinating information and ideas as well as testimonies from parents who are actively striving to use mindfulness practices in their everyday life. One thing I found really really great about this book is that each chapter is split into smaller paragraphs or blocks of text so it is easy to dip in and out of or read short bursts in between the constant interruptions from your little darlings (because of course the best way to get your kids attention is to sit down looking comfortable!). The chapters are well planned out so you can choose to read the bits that are most relevant to you (i.e. you might not want to read the section about mindfulness in the early weeks with a newborn if your kids are already school age).
The book is being published on 16th February 2017 and is available to order from Amazon via the following link Mindfulness For Parents