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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 many more... ). Let's not talk about my bookshelves.
But here is the thing, I absolutely hate non fiction. 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 non fiction 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 in eight sections that you can read in any order:
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 everyday 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!
Over to you!
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