Do you have a feeling that's visiting today?
Can you open your door and invite it to play?
Visiting Feelings encourages children to treat their feelings like guests — welcome them in, get to know them, and perhaps learn why they are visiting. Through this purposeful and mindful exploration, Visiting Feelings harnesses a young child's innate capacity to fully experience the present moment and invites children to sense, explore, and befriend all of their feelings with acceptance and equanimity.
A Note to Parents provides more information about emotional awareness and mindfulness, plus practical advice and activities for introducing mindfulness into daily family routine.
Lauren Rubenstein, JD, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. She also teaches yoga and mindfulness to children and adolescents, including kids in Haiti living in extreme poverty. Her humanitarian work in Haiti has been featured in the Huffington Post.
Dr. Rubenstein plans to donate proceeds from Visiting Feelings to the Go Give Yoga Foundation.
Shelly Hehenberger studied art and design at Indiana University and received her MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati in 1994. Since that time she has worked as an art teacher, professional artist, and illustrator of children's books. The illustrations in this book were created digitally using hand-painted textures and overlays. She lives near Chapel Hill, NC, with her husband and 14-year-old daughter.
A beautifully illustrated children's book; a soft poem that is a lullaby to children in preschool or primary grades that takes a mindfulness-based approach to the many feelings that children will experience. Visiting Feelings is one of those books you can cuddle up and read with a child on the couch or before bedtime. It opens the door to an adult talking to a child about the many feelings that are inside of us, and that even the painful ones are not bad. Feelings are simply feelings, and if we are aware of them and can talk about them, we won't be frightened of them.
—Lily Eskelsen García, Vice President of the National Education Association
Visiting Feelings presents an exquisite lesson in mindfulness and dealing with emotions by letting children know it's OK to feel however they may and simply embrace the experience. The book stresses that feelings are neither bad nor good, they just are. Welcoming your feelings in, and actually making friends with them, is the best way to learn more about yourself and what your emotions are trying to teach you. The lesson is simple yet deep and playfully accessible for children and adults alike.
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