Wednesday 4 September 2013

Review: Mindful Living by Miraval

Fancy a glorious holiday at an idyllic award-winning spa and resort in the Santa Catalina Mountains, in northern Tucson, USA? So do I. Sadly, I the only holidays I could afford this year were a couple of short breaks close to home in England.

But I can always dream and when Hay House sent me a press release about a book it had published this summer about such a resort - Miraval - I had to ask if I could be sent a copy to review.

The book is called Mindful Living, and is a beautiful hardback volume full of gorgeous colour photographs of the resort as well as suggestions about how anyone can bring a little of the spa's magic into their own lives.

Mindful Living is put together by the people who work at Miraval Resort and Spa, including its culinary team, spa providers,exercise physiologists and spiritual healers. They bring their expertise to chapters on Miraval's philosophy, such as balance, joy and developing the ability to overcome obstacles. It is designed to evoke the atmosphere of Miraval whether you have never visited the resort or if you are a regular guest.

Hay House says on its press release: "Mindful Living is designed to help you more fully celebrate each moment of your life. Through recipes, exercises, meditations and spa treatments, you will learn a variety of practical ways to implement the changes you desire in your life.

"While the topics addressed in Mindful Living may seem broad, they are held together through the concept of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the ability to live in the present, using simple tools such as your own breath to help you remain focused, calm and capable of making decisions that will lead to a better existence. When you live mindfully, you empower yourself and optimise your energy in order to achieve greater health, happiness and wellbeing... each and every day."

My only complaint is that the book doesn't really go into enough detail about each therapy, and a friend I lent it to - hypnotherapist Heather Wood - agreed.

She said: "An expert has written up each section based loosely on the time of year. It describes each of the areas of therapy but doesn't really go in depth ... A nice coffee table book with some lovely pictures of the Sonoran desert centre and some nice recipes though. The chapter on using a horse for therapy was quite interesting - it's not about the horse, it's about your reactions to it. Useful - if you have a horse."

For me, I'll just look at the lovely pictures and dream of maybe having a holiday in the Catalina Mountains some day.

Links and previous related posts
Mindful Living
Soul Centred: Transform Your Life With Meditation
HJW Hypnotherapy

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