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Rebecca Cofiño is a mindfulness expert who specializes in everyday spirituality and family life. She is the founder of mamaguru.com, a website devoted to helping people create meaningful happiness.
She is both an author and public speaker. Her first book, "Enjoy the Holidays: Turn Holiday Stress Into Holiday Cheer," is a smart guide to recapture the joy and magic of the holidays, rather than succumbing to the de facto stress that permeates the season. She offers insights and practical tips to incorporate mindfulness into the holidays.
Rebecca Cofiño grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but spent her twenties traveling the world, visiting four continents and living in three different countries. She studied yoga in India and has been a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher for fifteen years. She currently lives in Miami with her husband and two sons.
on Nov. 06, 2015 :
This book is a great introduction to the holiday season. It is well thought out and insightful. The author has a good grasp on holiday stress and its causes and then provides realistic, do-able steps to reclaim the spirit of the Holidays. It calls for honesty by saying “no” to the traps of the holidays I resent and “yes” to the moments I truly want to savor with loved ones.
As the creator of Christmas magic in my own home, this book helped me step back and acknowledge that I need a new approach to the holidays. Reading the list of holiday expectations we place on ourselves was an eye opener. No wonder we are exhausted and feel unappreciated! I have been on that Holiday Express train she introduces and I want to get off. Instead of bemoaning the train, which puts even more negative energy in the season I love, I’m ready to approach this holiday season with joy.
The section on self-care rings true. Self-care can be the first casualty of the season. I appreciate the clear suggestions for ways to find the time and the best ways to keep healthy and happy during the holidays.
I love her systematic approach to Christmas baking. The recommendations obviously are a fruit of her years as a baker in a family with children.
The most significant word throughout the book that I will carry with me is “mindful’. The author reminds you to be intentional in what you do, leaving readers open to make their own decisions on how to celebrate the holidays. This book is empowering. Yes, I can do it!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)