A World of Pausabilities:
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Sometimes we just need to take a pause — to stop, breathe, and take a moment for ourselves. To be mindful.
Told in rhyming verse and beautifully illustrated, A World of Pausabilities is an inviting introduction to mindfulness.
Following a neighborhood on a summer day, readers will learn how to apply mindfulness to simple, everyday moments, and how days are filled with endless possibilities to take a pause.
Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers that further discusses mindfulness and ways to introduce pauses into your child's life.
Frank J. Sileo, PhD, is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and the founder and executive director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
He received his doctorate from Fordham University in New York City.
In his practice, Dr. Sileo works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Since 2010, he has been consistently recognized as one of New Jersey's top kids' doctors.
He is the author of five other children's books, Toilet Paper Flowers: A Story for Children About Crohn's Disease, Hold the Cheese Please: A Story for Children About Lactose Intolerance, Bug Bites and Campfires: A Story for Kids About Homesickness, Sally Sore Loser: A Story About Winning and Losing, and Don't Put Yourself Down in Circus Town: A Story About Self-Confidence. His books Sally Sore Loser and Don't Put Yourself Down in Circus Town are the Gold Medal recipients of the prestigious Mom's Choice Awards.
Dr. Sileo speaks across the country and does author visits. Dr. Sileo has been published in psychological journals and is often quoted in newspapers, magazines, podcasts, webcasts, radio, and television.
Jennifer Zivoin has always loved art and storytelling, so becoming an illustrator was a natural career path.
She has been trained in media ranging from figure drawing to virtual reality, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with highest distinction from the honors division of Indiana University.
During her professional career, Jennifer worked as a graphic designer and then as a creative director before finding her artistic niche illustrating children's books.
When she is not creating art in her studio, her favorite "pausabilities" include drinking cocoa while reading a good book, swimming on hot summer days, and spending time outside with her family.
Jennifer lives in Indiana with her husband and two daughters.
- Gold Medal Winner, Mom's Choice Awards
- Silver medal, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards
Dr. Frank Sileo has crafted a wonderfully written introduction to mindfulness for both kids and adults, making this book perfect for bedtime reading as well as to help your child begin to learn about their minds, bodies and emotions...In a world of constant connectivity that screams for more, demands things faster and is constantly looking to the future or the past; this is a crucial message for all of us...This book is a must-have for all — especially for parents, caregivers, teachers and counselors.
—John Dennis, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor & Co-owner Parenting & Family
A great resource for parents and teachers interested in teaching children about mindfulness.
Ideal for a yoga storytime or as a bedtime read to encourage children to pause, take a breath, and go to sleep with a sense of appreciation…elementary teachers could use this title as a warm-up read before starting the day's activities, to provide a respite from work, or to stimulate concentration.
—School Library Journal
Sileo invites readers to explore the potential in "pausabilities"…he offers a wealth of ideas for how children and families can stay engaged in the present.
This charming and delightful new book for children has beautiful illustrations and short poems that clearly and playfully express the essence of mindfulness. Best yet, it offers children simple guidance to incorporate and experiment with mindfulness in their lives.
Director of Mindfulness Education, UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, Author of Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness
Dr. Frank Sileo has written another incredibly beautiful and inspiring book for children. A World of Pausabilities cleverly and engagingly introduces kids to the concept of mindfulness, teaching them practical everyday skills to cope with the emotional ups and downs of life. This is a must-read for all children — and parents!
—Lawrence Rosen, MD
Integrative Pediatrician and Founder of The Whole Child Center
…with spontaneity and breathless delight, Dr. Sileo illustrates how children can use a pause to get to know and explore their own inner awareness. Especially impressive in Pausabilities is the absence of any kind of preaching or use of "shoulds." Pausabilities is an affirmation and an adventure…Bravo, Dr. Sileo!
—Diane Handlin, PhD
Founder and Executive Director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Center of NJ
We live in a busy, hectic world. As adults we have become accustomed to the pace and often do not realize how wound up we have become. Our children's health, well-being, and happiness are suffering today due to the chaos of this pace. Remembering to pause, or even knowing what that means is so unfamiliar…until now. A World of Pausabilities cleverly introduces the possibility of what it means to stop, notice and enjoy the everyday wonder of living. As a parent, pediatric therapist and a yoga/mindfulness teacher, it is so helpful to have this extraordinary book as another tool to offer children (and adults) to easily understand and explore the practice of mindfulness. Each page offers a new idea of how to be mindful in our everyday life. The words are only complimented by each illustration which coveys feelings of peace and joy. What a great combination.
—Allison Morgan MA, OTR, E-RYT
Director of Zensational Kids, LLC
There is nothing more restorative than pausing to go within in order to be fully present to our lives. To better connect with ourselves, others, and the world around, this beautifully illustrated book with its lively narrative invites children (and the adults who love them) to slow down, pause, and to become aware of their experiences in a kind-hearted and curious way. In a world that is increasingly fast, with distractions and stressors at an all-time high, our children need a way to create refuge within themselves in order to find a place of solace and to build resiliency. This book is their invitation.
—Gael Belden, MA
Mindfulness and Compassion Educator with UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center
In our "hurry up and do something" culture where children are often rushed and over-scheduled, they can easily lose touch with their natural ability to be fully present in the moment. Dr Frank Sileo has come up with the antidote. In his new book, he highlights the spontaneous moments of presence in children's lives, describing them as A World of Pausabilities. A beautifully illustrated and imagined work, he both encourages and validates the importance of such small and simple moments. He also includes an excellent beginner's guide in mindfulness in the back for teachers and parents. This book is a great first step toward getting the whole family more present and connected to their lives.
seen as Cindy Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, co-creator of Best Practice Parenting
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