Whether it's this election season, the upcoming holidays (67 days until Christmas???), or a big presentation at work or test at school, there are a lot of things that can throw our minds into turmoil, making it hard to focus and hard to feel confident in our abilities. But that's where the new book Cool Minds: 11 Easy Ways to Relive Stress, Boost Self-Confidence, and Improve Concentration in School, Sports, and Life comes into play.
Written by David Keefe, this book is actually targeted to young adults, but I think it's a great beginner guide to meditation for just about anyone!
Back when I was still practicing yoga (I need it back in my life!), meditation was a big part of the practice. I wasn't always good at silencing my mind, but even just attempting to meditate seemed to bring huge benefits. And that's why it's called a practice - because you have to practice at it!
This little book (perfect for throwing in a purse, backpack, or gym bag) gives you some background at how meditation can help you, and then offers some techniques that you can use as you begin your meditation practice. Are you looking to relax? Do you need help focusing or getting a confidence boost before a performance? How about changing a negative attitude? All of these things and more can be achieved through the practice of meditation.
I really liked this book and hope to put into practice some of these meditation techniques into my daily life. I have to say it again, this book is labeled as being "young adult", but I think it's a great book for people of any age who want to learn how to meditate.
Cool Minds is published by Shambhala Publications and is on bookstore shelves now. I received a free review copy for my honest review.