Quiet the Mind (secondary age)
An Illustrated Guide on How to Meditate.
In a world where finding even ten minutes to ‘do nothing’, the benefits of meditation can be profound. Meditation is simply a way of giving our brains a well-deserved break and can actually help our brains to function healthy and happily. This beautifully illustrated guide is an inspiring and practical book which shows you how to meditate without the need for uncomfortable lotus positions or prayer beads! With his typical gentle and insightful humour, Matthew’s guide to meditation will enable to you to feel more present, more youthful, have more energy and greater concentration, improve your mood and sleep more soundly.
Health Professional Review
Health Professional Reviewer: Karen Gardner, Youth Mental Health Clinical Specialist. Reviewed February 2014.
Book Title: Quiet the Mind. An Illustrated Guide on How to Meditate.
Author(s): Matthew Johnstone is an Australian writer rather than mental health professional or academic and he has written other self-help illustrated books with great success (i.e. I had a black dog)
Date published: 2012
Suitable for: Those wanting to learn how to calm their mind and thoughts. Requires average reading ability as words and concepts may be foreign to those new to the area of mindfulness.
Problems addressed: Mindfulness/Meditation
Book Summary: The focus of the book is on learning to calm thoughts and the mind for those who are experiencing stress, worry, and/or negative thinking.
It is a guide to techniques for beginning mediation/mindfulness practice at home. It uses illustrations and analogies to make the concepts clearer with brief words and descriptions to explain. The illustrations are very well done and provide great visual aids to the concepts being suggested.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
- The illustrations are very well done and provide great images to the ideas being written about.
- It is quick to read with little text
- Just reading through it without even trying the techniques has a calming effect
- It could easily be used at home for someone wanting to start looking into the concepts of meditation
The book is good for those who have some knowledge of the mindfulness/meditation concept – if using with clients it would be useful to discuss the concepts and perhaps practice with them in a session to make the concepts clearer.