*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: You’ve always wanted to be a unicorn, deep down. This is your chance.
Anxious, depressed or lost? This easy unicorn ride to happiness will bring you insta-peace in a handful of pages. Be part of the unicause with a SnapChat competition and YouTube challenge. Don’t miss out!
I am sorry to be late in posting this review (due to personal ill health) as, as the blurb and title indicate, it ties in neatly with the enforced quarantine situation and offers methods of coping with the unique challenges we have all been facing to our mental and emotional health. However, as most of us can still benefit from such enlightenment in our ‘normal’ daily lives, here are my thoughts…!
I, Unicorn is something a little different from your average mindfulness guide.
Author, Natasha Ewendt, takes a completely light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek approach to the serious business of wellbeing, meditation and living in the now – peppering her guidance with pop-culture references and puns, for a lively, up-beat feel.
The book is short, at just 18 pages, but offers an accessible, easy-to-read guide to meditation and mindfulness practices for beginners.
The author initially states that no particular religious belief is needed in order to follow and benefit from the practices outlined, but it doesn’t take long before references to a deity/creator/divine force begin to crop up. However, Ewendt is very careful to note that you can label said entity in any way you personally prefer and thus avoids any hint of religious prescriptivism.
There are some opinions presented about the benefits of exercise for all and the use of medication that isn’t “1,000% necessary” to keep you alive. As a reader with chronic illness I found these views interesting, and while I didn’t necessarily agree with them for myself, I understood the author’s meaning and intentions in general.
Tips on how to meditate are sprinkled throughout the booklet, alongside a lot of background philosophy about living in the now, and letting go of anxiety about the past and future. At the end there is a useful ‘tool kit’ with some 3-step guides to meditation, elevation and realisation, which can easily be followed and practised by readers.
If current tense times have caused you anxiety, but you have previously considered mindfulness and meditation to be ‘not your thing’ or to take themselves too seriously, then this is the guide for you. It’s a snarky, cheeky beginner’s introduction to tools which can help you live in the now, in a calmer, more accepting way.
So you just used the last square of unicorn toilet paper. You’ve Halo‘d and binged Lucifer till your ass is flat. And all that honky bonk has done its bit for the Christmas baby boom. What now?
Good question. The answer is that: Now.
There’s never been a better time to learn to live in the now than er, now. And doing so is even more fulfilling that the final season of Breaking Bad. Pinkie swear.
If you feel like you sorta could be using your quarantine better, or if self-isolation is taking your basket casery next level, here is where you’ll find peace. These few pages will show you how to get anxiety to GTFO, make the most of your time out, and use this opportunity to become enlightened. Actually.
– Natasha Ewendt, I, Unicorn
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