In a world that pushes us to always look for the next best thing, Blooming into Mindfulness shows you how to break the cycle of discontent and take control of your own happiness.
Narrated with humor and raw honesty, Martha Brettschneider shares her transformation from ego-centered screaming mommy to a meditation-touting creative, finally at peace with the world.
Inspirational, motivational, and sprinkled with practical tips to silence our internal bully (the first step: recognizing that not all of our thoughts are to be trusted!), Blooming into Mindfulness is a must-read for anyone in search of an extra dose of internal peace.
If you're looking for strategies to reduce suffering in yourself and others, boost positive energy in your life, and not only unveil but also embrace your purpose, this book is for you.
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Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite Blooming into Mindfulness by Martha Brettschneider is an autobiographical account of one woman’s discovery of calm, peace, and meaningfulness in life. Martha, an economist and often left-brain thinker, finds solace in the garden of her home. Gardening becomes an escape from the stress and strain of work or full-time motherhood and life in general. It seems the outdoors has always drawn her and seems to be trying to tell her something important. It isn’t until Martha receives her diagnosis and then treatment for breast cancer that she begins to understand and connect with life’s spiritual message and truth. She changes from a frazzled mom, whose inadvertent negative energy impacts her children, to someone with an accepting, calm and enlightened perspective that gradually, through her exploration of theories, teachers, meditation, and Feng Shui, finds freedom and inner happiness. Martha Brettschneider’s Blooming into Mindfulness is a breath of fresh air and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Her description of how she views her life in three distinct stages matches the life of anyone who has gone through challenge and change. The dormant, pruning and blossoming stages perceptively link what the garden and nature teach with inner realization and spiritual growth. Like many who become enlightened, Martha sees how life might have been preparing her for her day of realization, and how events and situations give her marvelous opportunities for growth and maturity. The chapters bounce along, and I loved the humor and honesty as Martha narrates everyday life with two little boys and her life to date. Her openness and courage when facing cancer is inspirational too. This is a book that aims to show how to silence our inner critic, step back, do some thought-weeding, meet our true selves, practice “presence power,” and so find that life can have a very different feel. While not a text book on mindfulness or meditation, it teaches in a refreshingly down-to-earth way through the ups and downs, mistakes, and discoveries of the author’s own life. I love the idea, and have to agree that gardens and nature are unseen forces that teach us about calmness, awareness, acceptance and letting go, and that we are all connected through a shared consciousness. A special book with an encouraging and hopeful message for all, and especially for all who seek truth and calmness.
Martha Brettschneider is a writer, blogger, and award-winning photographer with a passion for inspiring mindfulness, the practice of finding beauty in the present moment. She stumbled upon mindfulness teachings in 2010 after breast cancer forced a reorientation of every aspect of her life--body, mind, and spirit. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband, two sons, and a rascally golden retriever puppy who takes great pleasure in eating her garden. Visit her at www.marthabrettschneider.com.
The writing is beautifully constructed while engaging and witty. It was a quick enjoyable read with insights for the reader which are accessible even if your philosophical perspective differs from the author. I couldn't give a better recommendation than the fact that within 24 hours of reading it I had already placed the book in a friend's hands!