For a calmer year and life: 5-Minute Mindfulness Meditations for Teens by Nicole Libin, PhD

As the author of this book readily acknowledges, it is not easy to be a teenager.  Pressures exist both from within and without.  Mindfulness offers one possible way of acknowledging what is happening and ameliorating stress.

This book offers an excellent introduction to mindfulness practice and information on its benefits.  The tone throughout is open, supportive and encouraging.  Chapters are divided into those on foundational meditations, followed by meditations for school life, friends and family, everyday life and self-care.  Additional resources are included at the end of the book.  These include websites, books, and apps.

Examples of foundational meditations  included are the body scan, a safe place visualization and sending kind thoughts.  More particular meditations are, for example, those on starting a new class, finding forgiveness, dealing with difficult people, loving your body and more.

Overall, this title provides excellent tips and meditations.  Suggest it to a teen you know and hope that it will help!

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.

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Happy/Safe Place Visualization

Sometimes, you just need to take a break in a place where you feel safe and relaxed, even if you can’t actually go anywhere. This visualization practice is all about that happy and safe place.

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Preparing for a Big Game or a Performance

Like a new class, this exercise is about seeing what’s alive in any moment. Athletes use meditation as a way to find their own calm amid the madness.

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