Sit with your legs crossed. Or lie down. Or curl up into a nugget. You do you. Let your inner sloth guide you with Ton Mak’s A Sloth’s Guide To Mindfulness
Artist, author, and meditation enthusiast Ton Mak’s debut book, A Sloth’s Guide To Mindfulness helps introduce newbies, dabblers, and old hands alike to a more laid-back, relaxed approach to mindfulness and meditation.
Known for her collaborations with big names from Lamborghini to Gucci, Moleskine to Vans, Mak’s Flabjacks (bouncy, friendly, often chubby creatures) provide an adorable, light-hearted and humorous but meaningful look into what barriers might be holding us back from appreciating little everyday moments of serenity and wonder, and how we can live life to the fullest.
Following an unlikely, but wise, relatable (and adorable) meditation expert, A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness encourages readers to embrace a slower pace and begin incorporating small ways you can bring mindfulness into your everyday life.
Following our sloth guide, the book highlights the importance of going at your own pace, discovering what works best for you, and looking at the importance of taking care of yourself. Our slow, smiley sloth guide leads readers through a series of simple, light meditations and daily reflections. Accompanied by cute, often humorous visuals and comical, relatable comments, this book provides a perfect introduction to what can seem like a daunting subject upon first approach.
From simple breathing exercises to guided visualisations, staying in the present moment to the benefits of taking time to relax and just be, A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness offers playful yet practical advice. Presented in simple, easy to understand language with charming illustrations, readers can expect a laid-back approach to enlightenment filled with reminders to take things slow, smile, and enjoy the journey.
Filled with relaxed language, funny dialogue, and a relatable attitude to everything from the struggle of getting out of bed some days to being overwhelmed by work or the prospect of serious adulting, Mak creates a believable glance into how day-to-day life can be enhanced with a little more mindfulness. If you’ve ever felt like you're struggling to make progress, been kept up by racing thoughts, or worried your slower pace could be having a negative impact, you can probably relate to (and benefit from) this sloth guide.
“We forget the small, happy things. Happy things that are already within us and all around us” our sloth guide explains. “Practicing mindfulness reveals the happiness of the present, and brings awareness of the wonders around us.”
If (like me) you’re worried you may have trouble letting your mind while meditating or trying to relax and connect with the moment, this book has simple tips, kind words, and helpful reminders. “The key to mindfulness is not to try too hard. Being in the moment can help us become more aware of our feelings rather than running or hiding from them.”
Examining on the small, everyday happinesses we can miss out on by not focusing on the moment, A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness helps readers reconnect, enjoy the moment, appreciate what is around us, our own emotions, and those we love. With the emphasis firmly on focusing on what feels right for you, not the “right” way to do things, Mak’s adorable little sloth is the perfect guide to help discover what mindfulness can mean to you – and how you can benefit from it in your daily life.
A Sloth’s Guide to Mindfulness is available to purchase worldwide now.
Author Ton Mak
Publisher Chronicle Books
Images by Ton Mak, used with permission of Chronicle Books