New Media to Boost your Mindfulness Practice this Summer!

There’s still plenty of summer left to dive into a good book, watch a family-friendly movie, or practice mindfulness with renowned teachers.

Get back to nature with Barkskins, a new novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Proulx’s (The Shipping News, Brokeback Mountain) latest novel. Barkskins gives readers a history lesson on deforestation and the human myth of dominion over nature. Starting in 17th century Canada, the story follows the lives of the Duquet and Sel families. Beginning with their arrival in “New France,” Rene Sel and Charles Duquet make their mark, for better or worse, on the Virgin Canadian soil, alternatively clashing with and marrying into the families of Micmac Indians. Proulx’s world-class prose transports the reader from the deep, rich, unimaginable abundant lands of the colonial Northeast, through China trade routes and beyond. It’s a contemplative and meaningful read; at once entertaining and carrying a sharp reminder of the effect of human greed on natural resources. I couldn’t put it down, and I highly recommend it!

th-1Netflix and Pixar have joined forces to bring us an animated version of the timeless tale e of The Little Prince, the story of a man stranded in the desert and his encounter with a magical little boy.  The Little Prince reminds us that “What is essential can not be seen” in a heartwarming fashion that both parents and kids can appreciate.  My thirteen-year-old son loved the film, and thanyone who has a thirteen-year-old boy knows that it’s almost impossible to find a movie to watch together.  But young ladies will appreciate the story too, as this modern version adds a thirteen-year-old heroine and her helicopter mother into the mix.  Parents: have your tissues ready for this one; it’s a mindful tear-jerker.

Sometimes summer just doesn’t work out to be as relaxing as we imagined, especially if you are trying to keep young children busy or working on a new project.  Even travel and vacation can be stressful.  A new program offered by Sounds True can help you make the most of the last part of summer.  Tara Brach, Ph.D., and Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., share their decades of meditation experience over a 40-day practice.  th-2The practices are only ten minutes long so that you can make room for them even during the busiest summer  I find that late fall is an ideal time to bump up my meditation practice.  It simultaneously helps me savor that last long days of light and warmth and helps me getting ready for the beauty of Autumn.

How’s your summer going?  Stressed-out?  Blissful?  How do you practice mindfulness during the summer months?  Share what works for you with the mindful hub community.

We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!

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