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Island Mindfulness helps keep you on track about the things that are most important in your life which will help you be a happier person.

Synopsis

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.

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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.

Synopsis

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.

Love the Beautiful Person Who You Are Today

Self-love is not a waiting game. Who are you today, and how can you honor that person with love, support, and self-acceptance amid struggle, confusion, lost loves, career shifts, health crises and all the beauty and complications of life? We never reach perfect perfection; we are just perfectly imperfect people that are fabulous in our complexities. 


I have been that island girl running barefoot in her yard, the confused immigrant trying to navigate primary school in a new country with her very strong Jamaican accent, and the African-Caribbean-American student trying to find her identity and place on the college campuses of Penn State University and Boston College Law School. I have been the introvert trying to figure out how to function as a lawyer when I hate meetings, small talk, and being in the spotlight. I have been the “living life like it’s golden” girl—restaurant hopping, Caribbean carnival seeking, free-spending, with a live-and-let-live spirit. Speaking of Carnival seeking, I have played mass for two days in Trinidad in full costume, going two days without sleep to enjoy the festivities, and I have been to Carnival in Jamaica and Barbados, and I have taken road trips to almost every city in the United States (Miami, NY, Baltimore, DC, Atlanta) and Canada (Caribana) that had a carnival. Most of us can’t be placed in a box, although society tries awfully hard to do so.


I appreciated being the carefree 20-something, the career-driven young adult just looking for the next ladder to climb—and now, the single mother of three boys. My mission is to try to manage home life and work-life as an administrative law judge without losing all my hair and finding some time for my writing, which has always been my passion. I have fallen many times and struggled to find my way back up, but with each fall, you learn that you are strong and resilient and love and appreciate yourself a bit more. Be grateful for every step on your journey and always root for yourself. 


self-acceptance 


is a journey from

will they like me to 

will i like them to 

i am who i am

no judgment

no affirmation needed

i am enough. 


ISLAND MINDFULNESS


Eventually, you get to the point in life where you declare: I am who I am, I love me, and there isn’t much, if anything, that I want to change about myself. I am open to personal growth, but I fully embrace where I am on my journey. Wow! The road to this type of confidence and self-acceptance is usually long and rocky. Along this road, try to be mindful of every step, be kind and forgiving to yourself. See each mistake as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and the world. Use your mistakes as stepping stones to a higher place, and celebrate every victory—both the ones that you labored for and the ones that the universe blessed you with. Don’t compare yourself to others because no one else is on the same journey. Most importantly, love who you are today! 


About the author

Janet has a heart for storytelling and for empowering women. She uses her journey from humble beginnings in Jamaica to a respected attorney and writer to inspire others to embrace their unique journey. She is the author of 3 books, including her new book, Island Mindfulness. view profile

Published on June 21, 2020

Published by Autherine Publishing

140000 words

Genre: Health & Wellbeing

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