Master of Mindfulness
About the Book
Faster than a speeding spitball, more powerful than a playground bully, able to breeze through homework and finish nightly chores in a single bound, it’s Master of Mindfulness—here to conquer stress, worry, and any trouble that comes your way!
Do you ever feel angry, disappointed, or stressed out about family problems, school, bullies, or trouble with friends? If so, mindfulness can help. Master of Mindfulness is a unique and empowering book written for kids by kids, with cool illustrations and tips that show you how to be confident, get focused, stay calm, and tap into your own inner strength so that you can be your own superhero—no matter what life throws your way!
Childhood is supposed to be a carefree time, but the truth is that all kids have stress—especially when dealing with difficulties at school, at home, or with friends. Sometimes things happen in life that are hard, and you can’t stop thinking about them or you react too fast. You might be mad, sad, irritated, embarrassed, anxious, jealous, or even disappointed with yourself when things don’t go the way you would’ve hoped. And when you’re really upset, it’s hard to make good decisions—you may end up doing something that you regret later or that gets you into trouble. You could probably use some help—and fast!—but where can you turn? This book will give you the skills you need to bring up your own superpowers by showing you how mindfulness, like stopping to take a few deep, mindful breaths, can help you calm down and deal with things differently.
Written by Laurie Grossman, cofounder of Mindful Schools and director of program development at Inner Explorer, and Mr. Musumeci’s fifth grade class at Reach Academy in Oakland, California, Master of Mindfulness presents helpful practices—mindful activities proven to make it easier to pay attention, accept yourself and others, manage your anger, and even get to sleep at night. The book features cool, mixed media illustrations with real kids’ drawings and stories about how mindfulness can help in different stressful situations. It even covers some of the brain science behind why mindfulness helps kids to feel better, stay in the present moment, be kind, and make good decisions. The book includes easy and fun practices, like mindful breathing, noticing your feelings, paying attention to your body, and mindful eating, as well as links to engaging audio recordings produced by Mr. Musumeci’s students. And once you become a master of mindfulness, you can help others by sharing your superpower and teaching them how to do it, too—your parents, your teachers, and your friends.
When things go wrong, or when you have scary thoughts or strong feelings, you may need help to sort it all out, no matter how old you are. Learning and practicing mindfulness can make it easier to deal with the issues you face every day by showing you how to tap into your own inner strength in times of stress. So, why not use mindfulness and start being your own superhero today?
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—Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, researcher, author of The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for Teens (MBSR-T) and Stressed Teens program
—Linda Graham, MFT, psychotherapist and author of Bouncing Back
—Marjorie Chaset, LMFT
—Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Brainstorm, and clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine
—Tim Ryan, US representative, Ohio, and author of A Mindful Nation
—Sara Stone, Network 1 deputy superintendent, Oakland Unified School District
—Sam Piha, LCSW, founder and codirector of Temescal Associates and the Learning in Afterschool & Summer Project
—Scott Duyan, head of school, Presidio Hill School, San Francisco, CA
—Daniel Rechtschaffen, author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook
—Steven D. Hickman, PsyD, clinical psychologist; executive director of the University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness; and associate clinical professor at UCSD departments of psychiatry and family medicine and public health
—Dzung Vo, MD, author of The Mindful Teen
“Master of Mindfulness is a marvelous book. Fifth graders teach readers how to use mindfulness to find their sweet spots—a place of joy, connectedness, effectiveness, and equanimity. Life is full of ups and downs, but kids who learn to ride these inevitable waves tend to know more peace. What a delight to know that kids in East Oakland have figured some of this out!”
—Christine Carter, PhD, author of Raising Happiness and The Sweet Spot, and senior fellow in the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center
“I am so happy that this wonderful book has made its way into the world! After teaching mindfulness and social-emotional skills for years in schools and settings like Mr. Musumeci’s classroom, I now have this precious resource that can speak to the wide diversity of my students—directly from the hearts and voices of these young masters of mindfulness. This is a gem to inspire both children and adults. If they can do it, shouldn’t I, too, be able to call on my own superhero?”
—Zoe Sameth, MS, educator who teaches mindfulness nationally and internationally, from Oakland to Kolkata, to a variety of groups and programs, including schools, municipalities, Head Start and YMCA programs, and other organizations
“As a resource specialist, I know from personal experience as well as extensive research (this was my master’s thesis focus) that mindfulness is a powerful tool for children. I have laid hands on ninety percent of the books about mindfulness for children, and none of them achieve what Master of Mindfulness has achieved. Your book, written by low-income students in communities of color is unique—no one else has published this kind of book. My students love seeing images of kids that look like them. They recognize their own stories and struggles when reading the students’ reflections in your book about the power of& mindfulness. And this book will serve any child well regardless of their background.”
—Elaine Peterson, MEd, educational therapist and resource specialist
“Master of Mindfulness is a fun, accessible resource for teachers and students interested in understanding what mindfulness practices are and why they might be useful. Presented in students’ voices, it offers a pathway to calm, compassion, and groundedness that is honest, authentic, and practical. I love its imaginative and personal stories and illustrations.”
—Renee A. Hill, associate professor of philosophy in the department of history and philosophy at Virginia State University
“Once you have a mindfulness practice of your own, share Master of Mindfulness with the young people you know. They’ll get it and likely be most grateful.”
—Richard Brady, founder of the Mindfulness in Education Network