Bee Heartful: Spread Loving-Kindness (January 2020)

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I don't know about you but these days I need a little loving kindness meditation in my life.  There is a wonderful UCLA website where you can listen to a woman guiding us through a great loving kindness meditation and on my bad days, I tune her in and try to regain my composure.  (https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/mpeg/05_Loving_Kindness_Meditation.mp3)

Our children need and deserve to learn about loving kindness meditation and this book, BEE HEARTFUL, is a great resource for teaching them these skills and tools. They can store those tools up to use whenever life hands them a tough day.

This book is part of a series coming out from the American Psychological Association (APA) through their imprint, Magination Press.  Lately, Magination Press has been sending us some really powerful and much needed picture books that teach our children emotional intelligence through skills and tools.

This series of picture books centers on a perky little bee named Bentley. Lucky for us, Bentley has some problems in life and through his experiences we learn ways to cope and even to thrive.  Hallelujah for ways to thrive.

In this quick story, Bentley wakes up, stretches his wings, puts on the red scarf that warms his heart and then does his loving kindness meditation.  It's a simple one and when he says the words to himself, he feels the love and the kindness for himself and for others.

Bentley takes the time to send his message of loving kindness out into the world even to people and wasps he does not like. As his day unfolds, he is going to need his loving kindness meditation and we get to him in action.

Yeah...it's pretty cool.  I can imagine every school starting the day with a class doing loving kindness for themselves and for others.  That could be incredibly transformative.

Those kids who just came from homes where loving kindness isn't the way of life...well, can you imagine them hearing this every single morning?  Neural pathways being carved...resilience being built....

Bentley has a run-in with a wasp because he lives in the real world where things aren't perfect.  Loving kindness is a tool to use in those moments for yourself and others.

The other titles in the series are Bee Calm: An Invitation to Meditation and Bee Still: The Buzz on Yoga. There is back matter that includes "Notes to Adult Beekeepers" and include Bentley's Loving Kindness Meditation Script and gives guidance on how to present this concept to children.

This is an important life skill our children can learn in schools and libraries.

Hallelujah for thriving!

32 pages                              978-1433831577                           Ages 4-8

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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Readers will rejoice that Bentley the bee is back in this third book in Frank J. Sileo’s award-winning series.

When compassionate Bentley sends loving-kindness thoughts to himself and others, he can feel his heart growing: May you be happy.May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you be peaceful. 

 When Willie Wasp steals Bentley’s favorite red scarf, it really stings! Bentley has the whole garden buzzing as he works through the situation. This sweet story shows the power of strong, positive, and loving thoughts.

Includes a note from the author with more information about loving-kindness and related meditation, and guidelines for how readers can practice being heartful just like Bentley!---from the publisher

32 pages                                        978-1433831577                                       Ages 4-9

Keywords:  kindness, loving kindness, meditation, Character Building Curriculum, getting along, bee, part of a series, emotional intelligence, anger, feelings, emotions, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, mental health, self acceptance, self image, self calming, self compassion

Other titles in this series: Bee Calm: An Invitation to Meditation; Bee Still: The Buzz on Yoga

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