It is an easy read. Delightful really. Hawn intersperses some excellent information, in easily understood language, about how the brain works in respect to stress and emotions, with lovely anectdotes depicting Mindful moments from her own life and family. She not only teaches the reader how to be more mindful in ourselves, she also teaches us how to promote mindfulness and resilience in our children. She illustrates through clear writing and fun and simple games. She reminds us many times that deep, slow mindful breathing for 5 minutes twice a day, can help us relax our "guard dog" (amygdala) part of the brain and open new paths to learning for our "wise old owl" (prefrontal cortex), and build happiness and resilience. Just 5 minutes, twice a day, to bring us out of "reacting" to life and into being, seeing, and connecting.
I love the emphasis on connecting with nature and happiness. If you have read Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, or Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. think of 10 Mindful Minutes as the instruction manual, but more fun. I daresay I will need to get my own copy of this one. I don't want to be a library book hog! (