In this wonderful book you will meet Mitchell Hoffsteader, the quirky, endearing star, and co-author of Betsy Thomson’s new book “Meditation, My Friend.” Mitch is like many kids we know. He hates doing homework, he is not fond of vegetables and he gets frustrated when Betsy, otherwise known as Betzilla, the adult figure in his life, tells him what to do. Worst of all Mitch is convinced he has an incurable case of “Restless Brain Syndrome” – “You know when you can’t stop thinking and thinking.” Mitchell also has trouble in school, making friends, and believing in himself. He finds it hard to concentrate and feel calm. All of this begins to change when Mitchell meets Betsy’s friend Tenzin, a monk from Tibet. Tenzin introduces Mitchell to mindfulness meditation. He teaches Mitchell how to cope with life’s challenges and deal with his own inevitable “gluey-sticky monster thoughts” by being mindful. Mitchell learns how to become “Mindful Mitchie” and find his “quiet place inside.” Full of playful illustrations, wonderful photography and life-size puppetry, and "how to" meditate instructions “Meditation, My Friend” is every adult’s answer to the question of how to introduce mindfulness to children. The book is also for the young at heart. As Tenzin says, “Anyone, anywhere can meditate. It doesn’t matter what religion they are or aren’t, if they are young or old, or wear tube socks or no socks – anyone can benefit.”
MEDITATION, MY FRIEND has been praised by leading mental health experts, and by noted individuals in the mindfulness, meditation, and neuro science community. Rick Hanson NY Times Best Selling author of The Buddha's Brain and Hard Wiring Happiness, Tara Brach, NY Times Best Selling author, True Refuge and Radical Acceptance, and Diana Winston the director of mindfulness education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, author of WIDE AWAKE.
Meditation, My Friend: Meditation for Kids and Beginners of all Ages, Betsy Thomson, Paperback, 2013, 84 Pages, $19.95
Betsy Thomson is an author, singer-songwriter, multimedia artist, and an experienced meditator and meditation/yoga instructor. She is the creator of Mitchell Hoffsteader.