Top critical review
It’s cute but it’s not a journal or about mindfulness
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2018
UPDATE: I have no idea why my review was removed. I bought this item AND provided photos pertaining to the specifics of why I gave 2 stars. What’s going on Amazon?!?!?
I bought this about 3 months ago and only go to it once in awhile to do one of the suggested activities for a few minutes before going to sleep. It can help clear my head if I want something not too engrossing. This is not to say that this is a bad book. It’s just not quite what I was looking for.
While I like the cute quotes and drawings, this is not what I expected when I ordered this journal. I thought it was going to be a journal that went deeper into practicing mindfulness and self acceptance with questions or prompts that I could really dive into. In fact, it’s not a journal at all. There is no room on any of the pages to write more than a sentence. This is more like a hand size workbook, albeit a cute and very illustrated workbook. Plus, I don’t think it’s just my preference towards writing instead of drawing that disappointed me because there is not much space to draw either.
The activities, do not strike me as going very deep in learning and practicing mindfulness. They’re more like what I call “mindfulness light” or mindfulness in small bite sizes. For example, one of the activities provides a list of inventions that were made by mistake. The list includes: the microwave, play doh, super glue and, post-it notes. You are then encouraged to use one of these inventions during the day as a reminder that failure can lead to success. You’re not asked to go back at the end of the day reflect on what you experienced or learned while completing the activity. It does not leave me with a greater understanding of mindfulness or a lasting appreciation of myself as a unique person.
In my opinion, this book is more like a guide to use when when you’re having a “staycation” or a take it easy type of day. Or, for someone who needs to go very slow in practicing self-acceptance and or self healing. You can also use it as a coloring book for adults. If this is your intention, then this workbook is perfect for you. Just don’t get your expectations up too high as far as practicing deep sustained mindfulness and self acceptance over a long period of time.