Calm is a great book for anybody interested in Meditation

Book Review: Calm, Learn How to Calm Your Mind


Calm is a great book for anybody interested in Meditation

I have to be honest with you, when I first bought Calm I had no interest in meditation. I just bought it because I liked the velvet feeling of the cover and all the beautiful images inside.

I’m going to say it once and for all, I am a bookaholic. I buy books all the time, my nightstand has two piles of brand new books waiting for me (including the new Harry Potter, the new Throne Of Glass, and too much more… ). Let’s not talk about my bookshelves.

But here is the thing, I absolutely hate nonfiction. I only read speculative YA. So you might be wondering why I bought this book and why I’m doing a book of the month on Hello Peaceful Mind.

How I ended up reading Calm

When I first showed this book to my husband. He convinced me to get it, not because of its aesthetic but because he is actually into meditation and kept trying to convince me that meditation would be good for my stress.

So I got it… And it stayed on my nightstand for months, lost between copies of the Throne of Glass series. In case you didn’t notice, I’m obsessed with this series.

After my trip to the doctor, we both took a week off and headed to Yellowstone. Since the drive was eleven hours, I brought a huge bag of books. In my defense, I was just starting week two of antidepressants, so I had some trouble making up my mind. And guess which book ended up there! You got it, Calm.

Calm is a good beginner guide to meditation

Since I was in the mood to work on having a happier life and wanted to read something easy, I picked up Calm.

What I absolutely love about Calm is that it’s very easy to read. It’s not like your usual boring nonfiction book. For one, Calm is full of images. But the cherry on top is that it’s composed of very small essays, easy to read and supported by real life studies. Michael Acton Smith goes straight to the point without boring you with unnecessary filler.

The book is separated into eight sections that you can read in any order:

  • Nature
  • Sleep
  • Travel
  • Relationships
  • Work
  • Children
  • Creativity
  • Food

In each one of them, you will find a step by step guide for a meditation related to the subject. But there is so much more than just the meditation talk, it’s also filled with tips and tricks to get a healthier mind and happier life.

I started to meditate after reading calm

Okay… when I say I started to meditate, I don’t mean I do it every day for ten or so minutes. I’m just starting to work on my well-being, so I need to take one step at a time before completely changing my life.

What I do, is when I cannot sleep I focus on my breath and do a full body scan. Guess what? It works every time!

If you want to learn how to do a full body scan, I recommend the Calm app available on iOS and Android. They have a free seven day guided meditation where they explain step by step what you need to do to meditate. And it’s also a beautiful app!

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Over to you!

Do you have any book recommendations? Share it in the comments below.


Julie was diagnosed with anxiety and depression during the summer of 2016 and have since been fighting mental health stigmas by bringing awareness on the subject and sharing tips to help people become happier. Read Julie’s inspiring story, “My Journey Into Acknowledging The Depression.” Feel free to send a message to Julie here.

  • Kate Voss

    October 6, 2016 at 9:28 am Reply

    Great blog, Julie! I am obsessed with the book “The War of Art”. It’s a really easy read and even though it is targeted towards artists, it is meant to help you push forward in your life no matter what your field. You’re awesome!

    • Julie

      October 6, 2016 at 7:59 pm Reply

      Funny you say that, Donna got it for my birthday a couple of years back and this weekend I put it on my nightstand to finally read it!

  • Salt & Life Blog

    October 8, 2016 at 10:13 am Reply

    This sounds so cool!! I really like your writing style too. It’s very well organized & easy to follow. Thanks for sharing this review!! Now I wanna go check it out!

    • Julie

      October 8, 2016 at 11:59 am Reply

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

  • Marika

    October 8, 2016 at 11:31 am Reply

    Oh Julie this is so wonderful! I have struggled to keep up my meditation routine, but you are inspiring me to get back to it. I second Kate’s recommendation of The War Of Art. I’ve read it many times. The Miracle Morning by Hal Alrod is a good suggestion for motivation and self improvement too.

    • Julie

      October 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm Reply

      Thank you Marika!! You should definitely check the book or the app Calm. The app is also beautiful, it has scenery videos with peaceful sounds to help you meditate.

      I think you guys convinced me to finally read the War of Art! And I added the Miracle Morning to my Amazon wish list 😀

  • Julia

    June 29, 2017 at 11:44 pm Reply

    This sounds pretty good but I’m definitely much more skeptical of non-fiction books as well, I feel like it takes a lot for me to really like a NF book. Meditation is something I bloody hated the thought of as well until someone taught me that there are a lot of different ways to meditate and I just had to find one that I liked. It took me a few months actually but now I finally enjoy meditating and don’t just roll my eyes at it.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Julie

      July 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm Reply

      Hi, Julia, it feels good to see that I’m not the only one having trouble starting meditation. I would love to hear what way is working for you! Would you mind to share it with us?

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