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Mindfulness for Mothers – Rebecca Ryan

Mindfulness for Mothers – Rebecca Ryan

Mindfulness For Mothers

Well… What a little gem of a book this was!

There was once a time in my life not so long ago when I was on a bit of a search for answers. What am I doing here? What is the meaning of life? It led me to take up meditation. I went to classes, read books on mindfulness and ‘being in the moment’. I even attended not one, but TWO, ten day silent meditation courses in the Blue Mountains. I was in the meditation zone, so to speak… However, as it so often does, life got in the way. I became a mMindfulness For Mothers 2other, and the ten day silent solitude is but a memory, some wonderful memory from a time in my life where I could go and pee without someone dragging along at my heels. Where I could duck to the shops for groceries without dragging along a nappy bag, a toy truck and a 15kg screaming toddler… Meditation for me now mostly feels like a memory.

 

Mindfulness for mothers reminded me that we can find stillness in simple moments. Brief moments are all I have during the day now it seems!

I enjoyed that the book wasn’t too hippy or airy-fairy. Ryan made some excellent observations and quoted some scientific studies and facts without sounding like some doped up hippy love child. And I really appreciated that.

I love that the meditation exercises are EASY and absolutely realistic!  I especially love the one about being still with your SLEEPING baby!

Coming from another mother, I found I could relate easily to almost everything she was discussing. She gets the time restrictions and STRESS that having a small baby can bring. But this makes it all the more important to take some time out of our heads!

I thought this book was fantastic. It has a place next to my bed to remind me to take time out and be still. And I will be sure to have it handy if I have another baby!

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Would I recommend Mindfulness For Mothers?

Yes for any Mum with a small child! Or a big child for that matter! I am sure that many of the exercises will be beneficial for just about anyone! And the cover! GORGEOUS!

A Great mothers day present idea!

Many thanks to the author Rebecca Ryan and PanMacmillan Australia for a copy of this beautiful book in exchange for my honest review.

5 Stars (5 / 5)

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PAN MACMILLAN | BOOKTOPIA | AMAZON AU  | AMAZON US

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rebecca Ryan

Rebecca Ryan is a yoga and meditation teacher specialising in pre- and post-natal yoga. She enjoys sharing her passion for meditation with other mothers, whether long-term meditators or newbies, and encourages her students to allow mindfulness to seep into their daily lives.

Rebecca lives in Melbourne with her husband, two children and her dog, Sammy.


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Bossy Pants – Tina Fey (Audio Version)

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3 Stars (3 / 5)

I thought I was going to like this audio memoir a little bit more than I actually did, so I was a touch disappointed. However it was still enjoyable.

Tina Fey, American comedian and writer, tells of her life from awkward child and teenager, to successful producer and star of the hit show 30 Rock.

I like Tina Fey. I like 30 Rock (although have not watched many episodes) and I had heard this audio book was AMAZINGLY funny.  But I’m not sure if it was just because of the American humour, but I just didn’t LOVE it. I enjoyed that Tina Fey narrated it herself. I don’t think anyone else would have been appropriate anyway. However I felt that some of it was quite dry. Especially at the beginning.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some extremely funny laugh out loud moments. I especially liked towards the end when she was talking about being a mother and toying with the idea of having another baby at 40. I suppose I could relate to that stuff a bit more than the rest (Not that I’m quite 40, but I am a mother…). And it was certainly an interesting glimpse into comedy writing and the difficulty of putting together a TV show. However a lot of it, not being too familiar with the different people involved in the show or SNL which we don’t even get on TV over here (unless you download or pay for it) just went in one ear and out the other. Also a lot of the political stuff went over my head too because it just didn’t interest me.

I thought the chapters were put together well, each one was like a different funny story. And I loved her sarcasm. I really enjoyed it, I can’t quite put my finger on why I didn’t like it more to be honest.

Would I recommend it? Yes Bossy Pants was certainly worth reading, or in my case listening to. It had some extremely funny moments and overall was very interesting.

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