This is your year of self-discovery, a journey to create a life filled with grace, meaning, zest, peace, and joy. With warmth and wisdom from a lifetime of spiritual seeking, inspirational force Agapi Stassinopoulos guides you through fifty-two weeks of letting go of what doesn’t work for you and finding what does. You’ll cultivate the building blocks of self-care (meditation, health, making time for yourself) and confront the common roadblocks we all face, like pouring your energy into other people or living in denial. You’ll explore your “conflict” areas, such as relationships, money, self-esteem, anxiety, and your childhood. And you’ll learn to trust your creativity, keep your heart open, and connect to the bigger spirit that lives inside you.
In my quest to find ways to ease my anxiety and depression, I often come across interesting books which sound as if they might be helpful. Wake Up to the Joy of You is one such book. Divided into 52 sections so that you can thoughtfully spend time meditating and learning about yourself each week for a year, it’s an easy introduction to the concept of Mindfulness, a philosophy and behavioral lifestyle gaining popularity in recent years, even though it’s an ancient practice. However, if you’re already well-versed in the concept of Mindfulness, and looking to explore the idea further and deepen your meditation practice, I’d recommend something else. If you’re somewhere in the middle, you’ll most likely appreciate the anecdotal style and guided meditations just as a beginner would. There are many wonderful quotes and stories to help explain the different ways in which you can be more present, and thus more joyful, and of course the design of the book is beautiful and calming too.
3.5 stars and my thanks to BloggingforBooks.com for the review opportunity!