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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Little Meditations is a work of inspirational poetry by author Avinash Jalani. Part spiritual and part meditative, this mid-length collection of poetic works is intended to inspire healing and mental well being by exploring various forms of self expression. The collection chronicles the author’s own journey of exploration, channeling different emotional moments in his life to illustrate the futility of resisting those feelings. By letting go and allowing them to wash over you, just as the poems do, the author attempts to offer a reminder that our existence in the universe is unique, to be celebrated and cherished.
Because poetry is such an insular and isolated form of writing, it’s rare to find poems which can successfully mix the self help and meditative genres with deeply personal explorations of feelings, but Little Meditations manages this tricky balance very well. Avinash Jalani makes a clear attempt to explore every facet of human emotion during the pages of his work, travelling from times of great stress and sadness to concepts of relief, loss, extreme happiness and slow, silent calm. I felt his expressions and use of text conveyed these emotions very well, and I could see clearly how they could be applied to someone else trying to work their way through similar moments. In reading about Jalani’s own self reflection, there is clear opportunity to do the same for oneself, and the overall message is one of harmony and calm which I took to be very comforting. Little Meditations was an enjoyable read.