Book Nook: The Magical Mindful Day
By Bekah for Motherhood Moment
“I am a proud immigrant who wants to contribute to the well-being of all living beings. Growing up in El Salvador, witnessing the effects of a civil war, natural disasters, and extreme poverty taught me at a very young age to appreciate the things I had,” says Deborah Salazar Shapiro, author of The Magical Mindful Day, a children’s book for people of all ages.
This is Salazar Shapiro's first book. In the book Gaby and Baba meet Oreo, a cat who can talk. Oreo teaches Gaby about mindfulness - noticing what's going on at the present, and having care and concern for the environment and the earth's creatures.
The book is a good option for parents or teacher to introduce the ideas of mindfulness to their children or students. It can even be a reminder for parents as well.
“Adults can incorporate gratitude into their daily lives along with their children, bringing mindful awareness and appreciation toward the people and things we often take for granted,” she says, inviting parents to work alongside children to foster love, respect, kindness, and compassion. “Through practice, I not only discovered the feeling of being alive and more at peace with my awareness of what was happening both in my inner and outer world, but I was also able to see the futility in constant worrying, learned to accept the present as the only thing that truly exists,” explains Salazar Shapiro. An instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and a dedicated practitioner of mindful meditation for almost a decade, she practices what she preaches to others, both in her book and daily life.