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  • Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids by Eline Snel This little book is a very appealing introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents. In a simple and accessible way, it describes what mindfulness is and how mindfulness-based practices can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware. More
  • Guided Meditations: Mindful Self Compassion by Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff A wonderful app with free guided audio meditations by Christopher Germer on Breathing, Compassion, and Self-Compassion. More
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  • Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions is one of my favorite books on mindfulness and self-compassion. Dr. Christopher Germer has a wise, insightful way of explaining the fundamentals of learning to bring a kind attention to our experience, and deepen our capacity to increase our skills of mindfulness. More
  • Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership by Joe Jaworski When I first read Joe Jaworski's book Synchronicity in 2004, it fundamentally transformed my work in leadership development.  Jaworski is a close colleague of Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer - a group of friends and thought leaders that catapulted leadership and systems change research into the broader field of presence, flow, and the unfolding mystery of how events and people seem to miraculously come together. I recommend all of his books, and in this one Jaworski uses Campbell's Hero's Journey as the backdrop of his own beautifully told story of personal transformation. More
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  • Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  Flow is a classic and one of my all-time favorite books, and one that I re-read every few years. Csikszentmihalyi conducted famous investigations into what makes an experience truly satisfying. His book on "optimal experience" describes a state of consciousness called flow.  During flow, people typically experience focus, creativity and a deep enjoyment. Flow is more than happiness, and his insights about mental challenge and flow are integrated into our teachings at PurposeBlue. More
  • Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson In Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, Rick Hanson reveals how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to change your brain and your life for the better. I teach his practice "Taking in the Good" to my clients and we use it at home as a family. -LJC     More

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