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.


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The Magical Mindful Day is available in English and Spanish! Order your copy today!

 

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About the Book

About the Book

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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 HaveThe Magical Mindful Day is as much as a guidebook as it is a beautiful and inspiring gift. 

Praise

Praise

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“The Magical Mindful Day weaves together the themes of interconnection and mindfulness in a lovely, inspiring story that teaches children and their parents how to take care of the planet and themselves.”
— Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child and Mindful Games
“Imagine an immersive story that helps children learn about who they really are: part of a deeply and wondrously interconnected world. Deborah Salazar Shapiro integrates her knowledge of mindfulness with her personal passion for helping children become more aware of their integrated role in the life of our fragile and precious planet in this important contribution that will help develop a child’s compassionate and courageous mind. Bravo!”
— Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Clinical Professor UCLA School of Medicine, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute; author, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence; Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human; and co-author, Parenting from the Inside Out; The Whole-Brain Child; and The Yes-Brain
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“This sweet, charming, and wise tale shares a profound message blending care for the Earth with the cultivation of inner peace through mindfulness. This beautifully executed book is appropriate for young children and their parents alike. I loved reading it and sharing it with my own daughter.”
— Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education, UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center; and author, Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness
“A whimsical story to remind us of the many blessings of mindfulness practice—especially caring for the earth. A lovely invitation for children to experience the waves of breath that carry them into connection with all beings and the planet we call home. For every parent and child who wishes to widen the circle of love around their hearts.”
— Trudy Goodman, PhD, founding teacher, InsightLA
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“How do we remember that the earth is our friend? In this lovely tale of mindfulness, wonder and kindness, Salazar Shapiro reminds us that we’re only one breath away from reconnecting with the beauty around and inside us.”
— Matthew Brensilver, PhD, Spirit Rock Meditation Center & UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
“The Magical Mindful Day is a gem! It beams the message of mindfulness right into the hearts of young people with its captivating story and magical illustrations. This book is both innovative and touching. Children will take a one-day adventure, inspiring them to be mindful—the centerpiece of a spiritual journey.”
— Bob Isaacson, president of Dharma Voices for Animals; and retired human rights/civil rights attorney who defended people against the death penalty
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“Gaby and Baba’s magical adventure! A socially and ecologically responsible book that will move and inspire young audiences toward well-being and appreciation of the wonders of earth and life!”
— Eugenia L. Weiss, PsyD, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Southern California.
“The Magical Mindful Day offers a delightful, and refreshing teaching on interconnection! This colorful story opens people’s hearts and imagination, showing how easy and joyful it is to make a positive impact on the planet. Deborah Salazar Shapiro’s writing gives children the teaching of mindfulness, kindness, and interdependence in a way they can understand, and perceive through their bodies, minds, and hearts.”
— Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution; author, Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Connection with Ourself, Each Other, and Our Planet
“This book is truly an inspirational and wise story for children and adults alike. Deborah blends beautifully the topics of mindfulness and care for the environment in a deep and clear way. I wholeheartedly recommend it as an excellent resource to introduce mindfulness in a fun and engaging fashion. Excellent work!”
— Eric Lopez-Maya, Ph.D., Director, Mexican Institute for Mindfulness; Guiding Teacher, Mindful Schools.
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Be Aware ♫

Be Aware

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.

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