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5 Invigorating Titles for 2021 Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an important technique for poets to practice and harness within their work. The techniques of mindfulness can empower poets to tap into their inner voice, find comfort in taking risks, and prioritize self-care amidst the stress of writing and publishing. However, mindfulness can be a difficult journey to begin. Let these five books help you embark on a more conscious and calm year.


1. The A to Z of Mindfulness: Simple Ways to Be More Present Every Day by Anna Barnes


“L is for listening, T is for Thankfulness, V is for Visualization,” read a few alphabetical entries in this book of advice, activities, and journaling prompts. This soothing and reflective workbook offers a summary of each trait or action, quotes from experts, and useful, concrete tips for how to build these habits in your daily life. Serene watercolor illustrations serve as a complementing detail.


Order The A to Z of Mindfulness here.


2. 52 Lists For Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy by Moorea Seal


Put down your grocery list and to-do list in favor of this more fun and relaxing list-making exercise. 52 Lists for Happiness challenges you to list people you love, hobbies that bring you joy, goals you’d like to strive toward, the best parts of your day, and more. Ultimately, the gorgeous journal acts as an exercise in gratitude, asking us to recognize what makes us happy in everyday life. Seal combats the idea that happiness is an ideal destination and instead champions the notion that we can find it in small, valuable moments.


Order 52 Lists for Happiness here.


3. Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade


Written by award-winning poet and speaker Cleo Wade, previously dubbed “the millennial Oprah,” Heart Talk contains more than 100 poems, spiritual teachings, and inspiring mantras. “Hearts break. That’s how the magic gets in,” reads one poem. The portable and comforting volume of poems is an accessible and modern take on the genre, with each poem reading like a powerful piece of advice from a friend.


Order Heart Talk here


4. Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life by Kate James


Kate James’s fans will remember the author’s earlier release, titled Believe in Yourself and Do What You Love. The anticipated follow-up, Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life, builds on James’s earlier teachings with simple, interactive prompts for reflection. For example, one page provides ideas for rediscovering joy—”fly a kite,” “take up a new hobby,” and “dance in your kitchen” stand out as just some of the whimsical suggestions—while another asks readers to evaluate what energizes them and what drains them. With such thoughtful questions, Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life invites readers into a deeper, more insightful relationship with themselves.


Order Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life here.


5. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle


The Power of Now has been hailed as a mindfulness classic. The book, which has sold more than 5 million copies, revolves around the central idea that an anxious, self-critical mind can sabotage happiness, living in the present, and relaxation—all key tenets of mindfulness. Luckily for readers, The Power of Now also contains advice on how to reexamine and reconstruct our relationship to our thoughts in order to make them healthy and encouraging, rather than self-destructive.


Order The Power of Now here.


Have a mindful 2021 and beyond!