A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh (Hardcover)
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A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh offers life lessons grounded in the simple act of slowing down, observing what is around us, and being present in our lives moment by moment. The benefits of mindfulness are well recognized: greater peace of mind, less stress, and the opportunity to work through and transform thoughts, memories, and worries. It also fosters equanimity, helping us accept the changes and challenges life brings.
In our frantic world, who better to guide readers through this transformative practice than a long-beloved bear who has perfected the art of simply being? "Just two things to do to truly be Pooh-just be present and kind," he says.
And, not coincidentally, he lives in the woods. There is a growing acknowledgment of the benefits of deeply experiencing nature. The calming quality of sounds like running water and rustling leaves, the soothing properties of smells like lavender and chamomile, and the emotional comfort of beautiful natural vistas are well known.
A Walk in the Wood is both inspiring and instructive. Simple stories with clearly stated goals and easy-to-follow exercises provide all the tools you'll need to take the first step, or continue on your journey, toward a quieter and calmer way of living.
Discover along with Pooh that mindfully exploring and experiencing the simple joys of nature is an ideal path for working on your own habits, attitudes, and emotions, while cultivating more meaningful relationships with others.
"The charming stories and illustrations beautifully introduce many engaging themes. I especially appreciated the instructions adults can share with children about how to practice aspects of mindfulness in daily life. These nicely reinforce the playful yet meaningful messages the stories express. A Walk in the Wood is a wonderful addition to the writings in this field!"—Dr. Cynthia Conlon, Northwestern University's Wellness Center Mindfulness Coordinator
"What came to mind in reading this beautifully crafted book was how marvelous it will be as a manual for our Montessori School to teach timeless truths about kindness, friendship, and mindfulness.—Riza Weinstein, past President of Association Montessori Internationale Canada
"This beautiful and moving book is rich in inspiring life lessons and playful humor. I've long known that animals are our teachers. In A Walk in the Wood, the beloved Winnie the Pooh and his friends invite us to live, learn, and love unconditionally, fully in the present moment. This is the book we've been waiting for!"—Deb Leon, CEO and Founder of WhiskerDocs.com
"What a fabulous book! It is so artfully designed, the stories are great fun, and the messages are wonderfully meaningful and inspiring. This is going to be a classic!"—Rick Dees, Radio and TV Personality
"This is a perfect Winnie the Pooh bedtime (or anytime) story that is sure to delight adults and children alike. Through the adventures and eyes of Pooh, and the wisdom writings of mindfulness teachers, we learn how to live in the present moment and appreciate that we already possess everything we need to be happy."—Sharon Salzberg, renowned meditation teacher and NY Times best-selling author of Real Happiness and Real Love: the Art of Mindful Connection