Children from all walks of life are exposed to stressful situations daily. Seeing family members go through hardships, being bullied at school, seeing online videos that send the wrong messages - all these things can lead to children thinking in a negative way that creates anxiety, insecurities and fears that they don't know how to handle.
Author Mary Best Lowell understands the hardships today's youth go through - that's why she decided to create a book to teach mindfulness techniques to help children ages 4-8 be more resilient in the face of stress and to help ease their worries.
The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children by Meryl Best Lowell is a brand new, how-to storybook that introduces children to mindfulness techniques for easing anxiety and promoting happiness.
In The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children, children are introduced to Yoga Nidra - an ancient form of guided meditation which incorporates a sequence of mindfulness techniques—and encourages them to add it to their lives in order to feel calmer and happier. Parents or teachers can help lead children in these exercises as they lay down before naptime or bedtime.
In the book, children are introduced to Meri, a beautiful mermaid with flowing auburn hair and her friend Aloha, a friendly grey dolphin who help guide the children step-by-step through the meditation.
The colorful illustrations help transport kids on a fun, underwater adventure with Meri as she teaches the children to pretend to blow bubbles like dolphins using slow, deep breaths. Once the children are relaxed, Meri incorporates mantras like, "I have all that I need inside me to be peaceful and happy.”
"When children are scared, tired or sad, sometimes they act our in undesirable ways, " says Lowell, "The easy relaxation techniques incorporated into the story of Meri and Aloha will help caregivers as they guide children through ways to better manage themselves when they have these feelings. Not only can the story be used for entertainment when a child is feeling tired, but it can also be referred to in scenarios when a child is upset and a parent of teacher needs to take action to calm them and stop the behavior from escalating."
Author Meryl Best Lowell hopes that by reading her book & being encouraged by their parents or teacher, little ones can begin using these techniques on their own and that the adult readers will also benefit and feel the positive effects on their own minds and bodies as they read her book together with their little ones.
"We can use Yoga Nidra methods every day to quickly shift our bodies our of 'fight or flight' mode when we're anxious," adds Lowell, "Now, children can recognize that although negative thoughts occur, they can just float on by."
In exchange for our review, we were given a sample copy of The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children. Keep reading to see what we loved about this book & where you can order a copy!
What we loved about The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children
We thought the watercolor illustrations by Polina Hrytskova were beautifully created. Our little ones loved the illustrations on every page, especially the ones with the friendly dolphins!
We appreciated that in The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children, each step is clearly described and very easy for even the littlest of listeners to follow along. We also thought that although this is targeted to children ages 4-8, the book takes you on such a fun meditational journey that older children could love it too.
The book takes children on an imaginative journey deep in the ocean with Aloha the dolphin and Meri the mermaid. During breathing exercises, children are encouraged by Aloha and Meri to imagine blowing fun, magical bubbles all around them, and focusing on letting the happy, peaceful thoughts in while any other negative thoughts float away.
At the end of the meditation, Aloha leaves your child with the charming message, "You are always loved. You are filled with light and love. Know you can always tune into this love." We loved that from there, the parent is given the option to help their child transition to a restful sleep if they are reading this at bedtime, or to help transition their child to peacefully rise and begin the day.
If you are looking for a book to help teach your child the art of meditation and self-calming, we think you will enjoy The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children.
You can order a copy of The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children for just $9.95 on Amazon!
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For more information about The Dolphin's Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children and the author, Meryl Best Lowell, visit www.merylbestlowell.com
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