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Peaceful Piggy Meditation (softcover)

Peaceful Piggy Meditation (softcover)
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Sometimes life seems like it's all about hurrying : so many places to go! And sometimes it's hard when things don't go your way : it can make a piggy angry and sad. So how do young piggies find a peaceful place in a frustrating world? They meditate! They find a quiet spot, a special place with a few simple things, and just breathe. They do this every day, feeling their breath going in and out. They slow down and calm down. Now it's easier to deal with whatever comes their way, and they have time to notice all the magical things in life, too!

Age Levels 5-9, Grades K-4, 32 Pages, 10.75" x 8.5", Illustrations: Full color

The Coalition of Visionary Resources Children's Book of the Year Winner

"MacLean, a meditation therapist, presents her case for deep relaxation in terms pitched straight at kids: 'Sometimes the world can be such a busy, noisy place'; that's why 'it's good to meditate.' There's nary a lotus-blossom or a Bodhisattva to be found in the bright paintings of disarming piggies who tease their siblings, get mad, play video games, but also 'know when to take a break, find a quiet spot and just breathe, breathe, breathe.' For all that MacLean advocates an essentially abstract spiritual practice, the instruction is as nondogmatic as it is concrete. She suggests that kids 'have Mom or Dad help them set up a special place' for meditating, and concludes with an activity that invites kids to visualize the quieting of their minds as the settling of particles in a muddied jar of water. Even families that normally regard meditation as so much New Age folderol may find this chipper offering both endearing and persuasive." Booklist

"Hog heaven need not be unattainable for busy kids:er, piggies:who meditate daily, according to MacLean, a practiced children's meditation instructor. ...MacLean lists ways in which meditation helps piggies be happier. Her porcine characters repose idyllically in contemplative postures, characterized by expressive curves on their hooves and ears. An endnote offers tips and exercises for beginners and exhortations to spend time meditating as a family. Narrow in focus and lofty in aims, MacLean convincingly makes a case for the benefits of children taking time daily for their own emotional well-being." Publishers Weekly

"The young pigs in this story balance a stressful, hectic life with regular meditation. Using straightforward-though somewhat saccharine-language and images, MacLean, a certified children's meditation instructor, describes this practice and explores its benefits, which include increased self-confidence and feelings of peace and well-being. The vibrant illustrations featuring the blissed-out pigs are chidllike in their simplicity. At the end of the book, the author offers instructions on how to meditate and describes her experiences with using family meditation in her own life and in her practice. There are few titles for young children that explain and teach meditation techniques. As such, this offering will find a place in many libraries." School Library Journal

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