A Mindful Year; 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life written by Dr Aria Campbell-Danesh and Dr Seth J Gillihan is an inspiring book that you can read each day of the year for a short, proactive lesson to learn and think about. I love these types of books where you can start your day with a short read and have a different mindset to explore. This book is one of the best examples that I have seen in years to inspire you every day of the year.
This book was written by the 2 authors sharing a day at a time of mindful thoughts and exercises that meld together as a connected flow. I feel that I got the most out of this book when I started in the beginning and read just one entry a day. However, these pages are also able to stand on their own, so if your style is more free-flowing and you like to skip around, you will also find great reward in this book.
Themes in A Mindful Year
There are a handful of themes that you will see throughout the book; compassion, authenticity, love and simplicity. Each day has a unique thought and activity, but know that these join together to connect you with what is important in everyday life.
The Style of A Mindful Year
Each days entry starts with a quote to introduce the lesson of the day. For example, “Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom. You don’t have to be swept away by your feeling. You can respond with wisdom and kindness rather than habit and reactivity. – Henepola Gunaratana”. Next you will have a lesson written by one of the authors, and these are easy to understand and filled with great examples to make them real and relateable. Finally you are given an Invitation to put the days thoughts into the context of your own life. On January 2, you are invited to “Notice today when your mind is running ahead of where you actually are. whatever today brings, remember that you can abide in the present – starting right now.”
Each day involves these 3 components and you can spend your desired amount of time doing each days events. Each entry takes under 5 minutes to read, so I have included that time in my morning routine to work my way into a mindful year. I highly recommend A Mindful Year; 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life for anyone that is looking to stretch and gain more connection in their everyday lives. I think this will also make a great gift for someone that you care about, they will remember you each day of the year as they take their own journey as well.