Calm: Calm the mind, change the world by Michael Acton Smith

This is one of the better ‘mindfulness’ books I’ve encountered, and I find myself dipping into it more and more for inspiration. Ways to find calm and beauty in the everyday can be difficult but Calm provides easy, accessible, and non-patronizing ways to re-connect with your mind, body, and environment.

I find that some books or narratives on the concept of ‘mindfulness’ can be incredibly disappointing and superficial; the whole idea of ‘wake up and BE happy or ‘make your own happiness’ makes me gag when I have everything I need in life, except a brain that can balance itself in the chemical sense without medication.

Depression and anxiety doesn’t discriminate and this book knows that – the writer isn’t trying to make you look on the bright side of life and feel happy no matter what’s happening inside your head. It’s all about taking a step back and finding small bits of goodness – an evening walk, pressing flowers, hot chocolate, taking a break from technology. It’s something to dip in and out of, pick and choose from, and hopefully find some calm along the way.

Read: March 21st 2017

4/5 stars

I would also recommend: How to be a Wildflower by Katie Daisy (not really related to mental health but certainly worthwhile), The Little Pocket Book of Mindfulness by Anna Black, and The Book of You by Various.

*If you are really struggling please make sure you seek help: family, friends, teachers, your doctor, the Samaritans – don’t suffer.

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2 thoughts on “Calm: Calm the mind, change the world by Michael Acton Smith

  1. Harder To Destroy says:

    Sounds interesting, I’ll need to check it out.

    A similar sounding book that I really enjoyed is 10% Happier by Dan Harris. He used meditation to control his panic attacks and it’s an honest look at what meditation can add to your life.

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