The Magical Mindful Day is a children’s book for people of all ages, intended to inspire the practice of mindfulness, to raise awareness of our interconnection with all living beings, and to remind children that the Earth is their friend.
The book tells the story of a young girl named Gaby, her stuffed cat Baba, and a wise cat named Oreo. Oreo meets Gaby at the beach one day and gently guides her on a peaceful journey through awareness—of herself and her environment. With an awakened sense of wonder and respect for the earth and every living being, Gaby, discovers that mindfulness has as much to do with our inner being as it does with our outer world. In fact, she learns, we are one with all: the body, mind, spirit, oceans, forests, jungles, deserts, and plains, as well as creatures great and small.
Written and co-illustrated by Deborah Salazar Shapiro and Addison Stonestreet, with an accompanying song titled “Be Aware,” The Magical Mindful Day is born out of Deborah’s personal experiences both as a child growing up in war-torn El Salvador and as a mother raising two children in a time of tremendous environmental changes and challenges.
By planting the seeds of awareness and encouraging readers and listeners of all ages to open their hearts and minds for the benefit of the earth and all living beings, The Magical Mindful Day is intended to serve as a children’s companion book to Thich Nhat Hanh’s The World We Have. The Magical Mindful Day is as much as a guidebook as it is a beautiful and inspiring gift.
Written by Deborah Salazar Shapiro and Myka Krstic, with music by Myka Krstic, “Be Aware” is an original song to accompany The Magical Mindful Day.