mindfulnessThe fast-paced environment that many now live and work in can take its toll on the most laidback of people. Entrepreneurs, including Michael Acton Smith, live and breathe their business and will often work all hours under the sun to see it succeed. This leads to a very stressful life and more often than not, a burn out. The answer to Smith’s stresses was to take a step back and embrace mindfulness. Smith calls this “a superpower that rewires our brains, changes the way we see the world and helps to unlock our true potential.” For Smith, the notion of calmness is not an emotion but a way of life.
Calm: Calm the mind. Change the world sets the foundations for individuals to embrace a calmer life and is set out into eight sections that apply to everyday life. The book is structured into short two-page bursts that can be read daily. Calm is an easy and enjoyable read filled with colourful illustrations, scenic photography and inspiring quotes from the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, William Shakespeare and Roald Dahl. It offers simple ways to embrace a calmer life by suggesting doodling, better sleep and adopting a more childlike perspective of wonder and imagination. Calm offers several step by step meditation guides and fascinating research on the benefits of mindfulness. This book offers a pleasurable break from a busy day and reminds us to appreciate the little things in life.