The LGBTQ Meditation Journal offers contemplative spiritual adventures to enhance confidence and tranquility. Why was this an important book for you to write?
Your question necessitates a brief history of the Meditation Journal genesis.
Mary Sheldon originated The Meditation Journal concept, back in the mid-1990s. By the end of that decade, three highly successful books of guided meditations had been published, namely, The Meditation Journal, Meditations for the Twenty-first Century, and Meditations on Relationships.
Our first three volumes flew out of Costco and Target stores nationwide, as well as traditional bookstores. We were surprised by their immediate success. For a while, we considered a fourth volume, Meditations for Teenagers, but for various reasons, the book never happened.
Five years ago, Christopher signed on with Laura Baumbach’s MLR Press, a publisher of primarily LGBTQ fiction, and he has subsequently written three novels and four short stories for the Press.
Ever since becoming an MLR Press author, I have thought about an LGBTQ Meditation Journal. In the summer of 2016, at Mary Sheldon’s housewarming party, I asked my non-LGBTQ co-author, if she would write it with me. She said, “Yes!” and soon thereafter, I pitched the book to Laura Baumbach. The publisher greenlighted the project and then blessed us with her amazing Executive Editor, Kris Jacen, as our editor.
When trying to improve any area of our lives, Mary Sheldon and I turn to the real and eternal, namely the spiritual, rather than to the erroneous and temporal, to wit, the material. So, for the both of us, it is organic to improve all of the conditions of our lives with the metaphysical discipline of meditation.
So, it follows that it was important for us to help others help themselves by using the same spiritual approach that we use effectively in our own lives.
But even though the LGBTQ Community was our focus, we were determined to write guided meditation adventures that could benefit everyone, LGBTQ, or not.
I felt that there was a focus on self-love and acceptance in this book. What were some themes you tried to capture while writing?
Yes, self-acceptance and self-love are essentials for healthy, successful living. We both believe that everything made by the Creator originated spiritually and perfectly. And so, Christopher and I ask readers to employ a spiritual perspective when using our meditation adventures. We ask everyone to think of themselves as the perfect, spiritually-created, externalized ideas of the Creator’s making, and not as the flawed material beings reflected in the mirror. Our point of view reflects Divine Science rather than Earth’s limited material sciences.
And, regardless of the current conditions in their lives, we want everyone to know they have value and worth; quite simply, they matter.
After reading this book I felt that my open-mindedness of the world was reinforced. What do you hope readers take away from this book?
We hope readers will open their minds and hearts, and come to an understanding that self-acceptance, love, peace, pride, and dignity are essential. And we want them to know that if these qualities are now in short supply, our guided meditation adventures are one excellent method of enhancing them.
What is the next book that you are writing and when will it be available?
Christopher and I would like to write The Children’s Meditation Journal.
Of course, winning a contract for such a book is largely contingent on the current book being successful.
Right now, Christopher is in edits with the second volume in his series of Minnow Saint James Metaphysical Adventures novels. It is named The Coming of Beth, and it will be MLR Press published in the first half of next year.
For the fourth in their highly successful series of guided meditations books, Christopher Stone and Mary Sheldon focus upon the LGBTQ Community, offering a month’s worth of contemplative spiritual adventures to enhance confidence and tranquility while inspiring self-acceptance, love, peace, pride, and dignity. Edited by Kris Jacen, the book explains the process of focused attention known as meditation and it offers a simple relaxation technique to induce a meditative state of mind.
Editor’s Note for eBook readers: For those that do look at page counts between print and ebook files, there is a big discrepancy between the print and ebook editions of this journal in PDF format. Don’t worry, you are not missing any content. The difference is that the print version of the book contains space to note several months observations for each meditation.
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With LEAD Yourself to Optimum Health with Plant-Based Nutrition, Glenda Gill changes the way we think about food and empowers us to take charge of our own health and prevent or reverse chronic diseases with a whole food, plant-based diet.
Extensive research has shown that a plant-based diet is the key to optimum health, and this book contains everything needed to start you on your journey. Within its pages, you will find a wealth of information on plant-based nutrition, as well as the science explaining why animal-based products are harmful to the body and the planet. In addition, you will find tools, tips, and tricks to help you or your family make a successful transition to a plant-based diet.
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Do a Day: How to Live a Better Life Every Day is written using your experience with turning your life around; losing weight and eating healthier. What was the thing that motivated you to write a book and help other people?
I have seen the Do a Day philosophy work so well, not just for myself, but for all the people I’ve been coaching and mentoring over the years. No matter how many hours I spend coaching, I still can help enough people, so I wrote the book to share the approach with as many people as possible. Based on the feedback, it’s working. Not a day has gone by since the book came out where I don’t get some kind of outreach from someone who the book has impacted.
What I like most about this book was that there were stories from your own life in it which helped me relate. Where there some experiences you felt were harder to write about then others?
Yes, definitely. It was hard to go back in time to some of the more painful moments in my life, like when my wife was in the throws of her illness and it wasn’t clear she would survive, or some of the pain I experienced as a child that shaped a lot of who I am today. But there’s so much growth from those moments that I have benefitted from, so I focused my mind of what came of the tough times rather than dwelling in the toughness of those times. That is, I used Do a Day in looking back. Instead of being trapped by past pain, I looked at what I can achieve today.
Personally, it was also very hard to talk about parenting. That chapter is the shortest in the book, and the one I wish I could do more with. I think it was hard to write because being a parent is so profound and powerful, but also because this isn’t my son’s book and he didn’t choose to be in it, so I wanted to balance respecting his privacy with getting the message across. I shared only one story in that chapter, and I think it’s enough to illustrate the point I’m trying to make, but the chapter is clearly different from others in the book.
I felt that the book did a great job giving sensible advice about everyday life. What is one thing you hope readers take away from Do a Day?
The one thing I want them to take away is the power the approach offers to overcome and achieve. Being free of the past and simultaneously not living in fear or anticipation of the future is incredibly empowering for you to do the best you can today. Each day of doing your best adds up to a life that is full of achievement instead of sadness and regret.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
My plan for my second book is to move to the next step in Do a Day. The first book was some of my stories.
For the second book, I want to share the stories of my readers and people I work with.
I have only experienced so much, but the stories people come to me with are so varied and profound, I think reading about this and seeing how Do a Day helps in even the most extreme situations would be incredibly impactful for those looking for a connection to their experience that they couldn’t find in the first book.
Beyond that, there are some specific situations that warrant a full book on them alone. I don’t want to give too much away, but I can see a series of deeper dives into these tougher life situations with more specific guidance on how to put Do a Day into action to overcome and achieve.
The good news is, life is ever changing, challenges keep evolving and are always specific to each individual experiencing them, so there is so much to share with Do a Day. You can expect much more from me and Do a Day over the years to come. I’m so excited to help even more people change their lives.
Like so many people, Bryan has faced challenges in life, like obesity, depression, work stress, the responsibilities of parenthood, the potential of losing his wife to illness, and more. And he struggled, like anyone else. Through that struggle, Bryan learned the secret to not just overcoming any individual challenge, but creating a life of achievement, happiness and harmony. In Do a Day, you will learn how to make each day contribute to your goals so you can live the life you want to live – a better life.
Do a Day will free you of the burden and judgment of yesterday‘s choices, while relieving you of the pressure of what tomorrow may bring. By teaching you how to identify your true motivation and how to use that to focus on what you have to do today, Do a Day will help you change your life.
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Do a Day by Bryan Falchuk is written from the author’s own experience of turning his life around – losing weight and eating healthier. He has turned his method into a general philosophy, which he wants to use to help others with achieving their goals and improving their lives. The book is organized into relatively short chapters, so that it can be read a little each day. In order to help readers who want to leave the book and come back to it, each chapter has a helpful summary at the end.
Do a Day is appreciative of people’s differences and faults – the author doesn’t write as if he expects everyone to live exactly as he does now. He even shares where he went wrong on his journey so the reader can learn from it. These semi-autobiographical sections are one of the strengths of this book, for me. It added interest and a more human element than lists of instructions.
I felt as if some parts were over-explained, such as the metaphor of the chapter entitled “Before My Dawn”. I enjoyed the humor that I read, but there was too little of it, making the book a little more serious than it otherwise could have been.
The chapter order was well-chosen to guide the reader through the author’s philosophy, and I appreciated the references to scientific studies and other data that lent some credibility to the method, which was otherwise based on anecdotal evidence.
The content of the method itself was not revolutionary, but I felt that in this form it might be more accessible and inspirational to some people who might otherwise not care or not have the opportunity to learn about it. Do a Day felt like an honest account that didn’t promise any quick, or low-effort fixes.
Mainly, the book gives sensible advice. It covers how to apply the described way of thinking to every aspect of daily life – exercise, eating, parenting, work, and getting through a bad day. It’s very thorough, and feels like a natural fit for each.
Overall, it contains useful advice with interesting sections of autobiography and is well-explained and is accessible and inspirational.
Pages: 137 | ASIN: B06W9L9NDT
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