Island Mindfulness asks, am I traveling light today? What is weighing me down and how can I unload it constructively? Do you want to live an abundant, purposeful life? Are you struggling to find peace in an often-frantic world? If you have been looking for a self-empowerment book that teaches you to be mindful of each moment, this is it!
In Island Mindfulness, author Janet Autherine ties the life lessons that she learned growing up in Jamaica with her journey into adulthood as an immigrant in the United States. While readers will learn to practice mindfulness in all areas of their lives, this book also offers insights and actionable tips to:
Start and end the day with good energy
Nourish your mind, body and soul
Stop feeling overwhelmed and create a path for transformation
Adjust to major life changes without stress
Stay strong and centered in the face of racism
Create abundance in your relationships - love, marriage and friendships
Get unstuck by following your inner compass
Avoid negative thoughts and negative influences and practice self-care.In the spirit of the islands, Island Mindfulness invites you to travel light and join us on the peaceful path to an abundant life.
How To Use The Transformational Power Of Mindfulness To Create An Abundant Life is what this book is all about. Author Janet Autherine details the simplistic life on Jamaica of her early childhood, pointing out while they did not have a lot of material items, even TV, their life, steeped in traditions and family, was rich with memories and togetherness. Laced with her personal stories and poetry, she details her many falls and struggles, and how each time, she learned how strong and resilient she was and still is.
Each chapter winds up with an insightful Island Moment where she recaps the focal point of that particular chapter. While she admits her life is steeped in faith, this is not a religious book. It is more a book of self-discovery in compact form. She does not paint life like a bowl of roses. Quite the contrary. She points out how we learn from our mistakes.
For her, an abundant life involves investing in self-empowerment, meaningful relationships, spiritual fulfillment and creating a purposeful life, and every moment of the journey is significant. Even when we encounter bumps and bruises, once we turn the corner, we can discover something wonderful like a majestic mountain or gorgeous lake.
She details how self-esteem should not be based on other people's opinions, but on how you feel about you, and that will change as the journey of life is about self-discovery.
In her description of the winding career road, she explains people need to pursue their passion, what is going to make them want to jump out of bed each morning. However, not having your dream job is not an excuse to pursuing excellence. You may have to re-adjust or take positions that will take you to the place you want to be.
Waiting is not necessarily a bad thing. In this time of COVID-19, I found her take on this interesting and one we can all take to heart. Waiting can be very active. She says, 'You can accomplish many things that are important to you while in waiting mode. Waiting does not mean moping around and complaining. It means that you have time to mentally prepare for what’s next. You need to be ready when your opportunity arrives.'
To sum it up, she explains,
- Mindfulness as refusing to let life just happen to you without your full awareness and active participation.
- Island mindfulness is being aware that you are a small but significant voice in the world.
I am an award-winning journalist, communications professional, and photographer. I wanted to combine my love of writing with my passion for cats. The result: my blog at Paws for Reflection with BJ Bangs.