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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Find Mind, written by Ziji Rinpoche and Niko (a 6-year-old boy) and illustrated by Celine Wright, is a children's wellness education picture book and the third in the BeginningMind Series, preceded by book one, Where is Mind? and book two, Strong Mind and followed by book four, Kind Mind and book five, Rest is Best! The book provides a perspective on what the mind is and the fundamental role it plays in all of our physical, mental, and emotional states. These correlations are made before introducing meditation and how we can calm the mind, focusing on small moments of meditation for a big positive impact on health and happiness.
The simplicity of Find Mind was the initial draw for us, something we've only found in an already very, very small pool of children's meditation resources. They have mostly overwhelmed my children who are quick to disengage and 'check-out', which is the exact opposite of what this genre of kid-lit is meant to achieve. Ziji Rinpoche and Niko's uncomplicated narrative makes Find Mind approachable, and in turn, the book is engaging. This is enhanced with child-friendly and relatable sketched illustrations by Celine Wright, who brings the lesson to life in full color. My youngest reader was drawn to gender-neutral and ethnically ambiguous children who resembled her own appearance better than most. The biggest bonus here though is in my daughter asking genuine questions, which were followed by her first tiny guided meditation. The result? Sleep within moments and no stalling tactics to keep the lights on. Recommended.