A BEAUTIFUL MORNING by Ashley Ellington  Brown


How a Morning Ritual Can Feed Your Soul and Transform Your Life
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In this debut guide, a group of women share ideas on how to start the day in a centered, strong, and compassionate way.

In the spirit of collaboration, Brown curates the contributions of writers, artists, mothers, entrepreneurs, coaches, and other successful women that describe their morning rituals and traditions. Employing the premise that these busy women have discovered ways to forge balanced lives and perspectives, Brown creates a window for readers to peer into their routines to find recommendations about self-care, mental rejuvenation, and mindfulness. The author begins with the concept that there is no single “right way” to “transform your life.” Brown then presents 20 chapters, each one dedicated to a particular woman and her thoughts about meditating, eating, and other practices that ensure a high quality of life even when she’s feeling swamped by obligations. For example, author Keri Wilt writes that she begins each morning with tea and journaling, foregoing the news and TV to avoid any negativity. Another chapter focuses on Cynthia Morris, “an author, artist, speaker, and creativity coach,” who starts her day with meditation. She discusses how the practice reveals the power of her own thoughts: “I have a short fuse and can get angry easily; this morning I got upset about the traffic. I did some deep breathing and the anger went away. It was interesting to notice how my thoughts triggered the angry reaction.” Life coach Anna Kunnecke deftly describes a morning ritual of “dumping” her thoughts, dreams, and ideas into a notebook and then concentrating on tarot cards to examine what “message” they might contain. In fact, several women relate that they open a random book, select a tarot card, or read a quote to discover a “message” to guide the day. The beauty of Brown’s manual lies in its power to illustrate many methods so that readers may dabble in different techniques to craft their own morning rituals. Each chapter ends with a useful suggestion for reflection, calling on readers to jot down what they liked and disliked about the passage and any ideas that materialized. The lucid book stacks up as one of the more distinctive titles in the self-improvement genre. Overall, readers should find a wealth of valuable advice to guide them on their own paths toward a more purposeful day.

An intriguing collection of short testimonials from successful women about their morning rituals and practices.

Pub Date: Feb. 9th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-9995101-1-7
Page count: 210pp
Publisher: Leo Press LLC
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2018