Mindfulness: A Journal
by Catherine Price
ABOUT MINDFULNESS: A JOURNAL
Featuring a sleek, modern design in a toteable, giftable package, Mindfulness: A Journal provides the user with a series of simple journaling prompts designed to nurture a positive, calming framework to approach the day. Each of the writing prompts provides the user with space to examine one’s self and ponder some of the basic tenets of mindfulness. The journal can be completed at whatever pace the user prefers to work at (daily, weekly, etc) and features inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout, as well as introductory material on the practice of mindfulness and a list of resources for further reading.
Through my struggle with mental health issues I’ve gone through a number of classes that either focus on mindfulness or at the very least include it as a core component. I admit I’m not at all skilled with this practice but have always found it interesting and helpful when I do use it in my life. I also love to try out new journals so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try this one out.
My first response was just the physical aspect of the book. I was expecting a rather simplistic cover as in the pictures. I’m pleasantly surprised to find that the photo’s really don’t do the book justice at all. It is simplistic but rather than being boring it’s just enough to not be overly distracting and elegant enough to have out on your desk or table. On the front, the flowers are slightly indented and slightly silvery in color – just enough to grab your attention. The copy I have is somewhere between a hardcover and softcover with a flexible front and back. I’m on the fence with the binding itself. It’s possible to get the book to lay flat but in doing so over time you’ll probably need to break the spine which I’m not overly fond of doing with any book – even journals. I’d prefer something that laid flat on its own for easier writing in the journal itself. This is hardly a deal breaker though as I’ve come across journals in the past with much tighter binding that have been far harder to write in.
The prompts themselves are a mixture of quotes and what I’d refer to as guided instructions. I found myself liking the guided instructions far more than the quotes as it felt easier to stay ‘mindful’ with a goal oriented prompt. The quotes are also good but my mind wanders a bit more freely when doing this kind of writing than something that feels more ‘task’ focused. One thing I really do like about the journal is how the author encourages you to skip around. You can go in order of the pages but you don’t have to. I appreciated how this created a sense of making the experience entirely my own rather than following some predetermined course someone else had created.
Overall I think it’s a worthwhile purchase for anyone who loves to journal and is interested in mindfulness. Or if you are interested in journaling but have a difficult time figuring out what to actually write without guided prompts. Mindfulness is something I think everyone could benefit from (even though, as the author admits, it’s become a bit cliche). If you are at all curious about mindfulness I think this is a great starting point to see if it’s something that you’d like to find out more about. It’s also a great tool for those already involved in mindfulness to keep up the practice in daily life or as an addition to therapy or any classes.
I received this book free in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for Books. This did not change my opinion of the material in any way and I was compensated in no other manner.