If you love Winnie the Pooh and seek to bring more kindness, peace, and quietness into your life . . . this book is for you. A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh offers life lessons grounded in the simple act of slowing down, observing what is around us, and being present in our lives moment by moment. The benefits of mindfulness are well recognized: greater peace of mind, less stress, and the opportunity to work through and transform thoughts, memories, and worries. It also fosters equanimity, helping us accept the changes and challenges life brings. In our frantic world, who better to guide readers through this transformative practice than a long-beloved bear who has perfected the art of simply being? "Just two things to do to truly be Pooh-just be present and kind," he says. And, not coincidentally, he lives in the woods. There is a growing acknowledgment of the benefits of deeply experiencing nature. The calming quality of sounds like running water and rustling leaves, the soothing properties of smells like lavender and chamomile, and the emotional comfort of beautiful natural vistas are well known. A Walk in the Wood is both inspiring and instructive. Simple stories with clearly stated goals and easy-to-follow exercises provide all the tools you'll need to take the first step, or continue on your journey, toward a quieter and calmer way of living. Discover along with Pooh that mindfully exploring and experiencing the simple joys of nature is an ideal path for working on your own habits, attitudes, and emotions, while cultivating more meaningful relationships with others.
About the Author
Dr. Joseph Parent is a highly regarded expert in performance psychology working with athletes, actors, artists, and executives. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. He has studied, practiced, and taught Mindful Awareness since the 1970s in the lineage of the great Tibetan meditation master Venerable Chögyam Trungpa, along with his friend and fellow author, Pema Chödrön. Dr. Parent is the best-selling author of ZEN TENNIS: Playing in the Zone, and ZEN GOLF: Mastering the Mental Game, with more than a half-million copies in print, digital, and audio formats worldwide. He is a sought-after keynote speaker at a wide variety of businesses and associations events. He offers executive coaching, Mindful Awareness training, and sports psychology lessons by phone or video calls anywhere in the world. Dr. Parent teaches in person at the beautiful Ojai Valley Inn and Spa resort in Ojai, California, where he makes his home.
"A Walk in The Wood is a charming and delightful tale that introduces mindfulness in a way that is both fun and engaging. Follow Pooh on a journey through his day as he learns how to play joyfully, practice kindness, and appreciate the importance of the present moment. Beautifully crafted in word and art, it is a wonderful read for all ages."—Chade-Meng Tan, Founder of Google's Mindfulness Training Program, The New York Times bestselling author of Joy on Demand
"The charming stories and illustrations beautifully introduce many engaging themes. I especially appreciated the instructions adults can share with children about how to practice aspects of mindfulness in daily life. These nicely reinforce the playful yet meaningful messages the stories express. A Walk in the Wood is a wonderful addition to the writings in this field!"—Dr. Cynthia Conlon, Northwestern University's Wellness Center Mindfulness Coordinator
"What came to mind in reading this beautifully crafted book was how marvelous it will be as a manual for our Montessori School to teach timeless truths about kindness, friendship, and mindfulness.—Riza Weinstein, past President of Association Montessori Internationale Canada
"This beautiful and moving book is rich in inspiring life lessons and playful humor. I've long known that animals are our teachers. In A Walk in the Wood, the beloved Winnie the Pooh and his friends invite us to live, learn, and love unconditionally, fully in the present moment. This is the book we've been waiting for!"—Deb Leon, CEO and Founder of WhiskerDocs.com
"What a fabulous book! It is so artfully designed, the stories are great fun, and the messages are wonderfully meaningful and inspiring. This is going to be a classic!"—Rick Dees, Radio and TV Personality
"This is a perfect Winnie the Pooh bedtime (or anytime) story that is sure to delight adults and children alike. Through the adventures and eyes of Pooh, and the wisdom writings of mindfulness teachers, we learn how to live in the present moment and appreciate that we already possess everything we need to be happy."—Sharon Salzberg, renowned meditation teacher and NY Times best-selling author of Real Happiness and Real Love: the Art of Mindful Connection