A well-written source


Mindfulness for Insomnia: A Four-Week Guided Program to Relax your Body, Calm Your Mind and Get the Sleep You Need by Catherine Polan Orzech and William H. Moorcroft

Book Review:  4 out of 5 star rating

This is a four-week program to help those who suffer from insomnia.  Insomnia can be such a vicious cycle – the less you sleep, the more anxious and stressed you become about not sleeping and therefore the less you sleep.  Mindfulness can help break that cycle.  I personally have been battling insomnia for many years and since I’ve started being more mindful during my days, my nights have been much better.

This is a daily program with a different meditation practice each week.  Unfortunately, although the book gave the website where the recorded meditation practice could be downloaded, the page given was not correct and I could not find the recorded practice.  I was at a disadvantage being able to only read the meditation practice each day and not listening to a recording as I meditated and I’ll be unable to review that portion of the program.  The meditation practices that I read each week were mostly standard practices.

The program used in this book is called GMATI – Guided Mindfulness with Acceptance Treatment for Insomnia.  The book is written in easy-to-understand language.  Any practice that helps to calm the mind and focus on the present would be helpful in improving your sleep and this one is a well-written source.  It will help you understand why you don’t sleep and how to work with your mind and your body to help overcome that unwanted thought process.


This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.


Influential book on the power of our thoughts


The Three Rooms: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Kevin Murphy

Book Review:  5 out of 5 star rating

I’ve been practicing Mindfulness for a while now and find it very helpful in quieting down my thoughts.  Yet I still too often find myself thinking of unhappy past events or feeling fear about the future.  I’ve been looking into the Law of Attraction and was very happy to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

The main premise of the book is that our mind dwells in three different “rooms”.  The Past Room is often where we feel negative emotions.  It’s fine to visit the past from which we hopefully have learned lessons but not to get lost there.  The Future Room can be frightening since it’s unknown what’s ahead.  It’s only in the Present Room that we can connect with our Higher Self and feel peace.

This book is written in a very down-to-earth manner and is easy to read and relate to.  The author often uses scenes from popular movies as examples of what he’s teaching.  Of all the books I’ve recently read about mindfulness and the Law of Attraction, this one resonated the most with me.  I’ll be monitoring my thoughts much more carefully and will return to this book often in the days ahead.  We’re all one in this universe and when I look at that guy who just cut me off on the road as being an extension of “ME!”, I’m feeling much more love and compassion and not being as judgmental.  Our thoughts are so powerful and life-changing, everyone should be more aware of their thought patterns throughout our spiritual journey.

Influential book on the power of our thoughts.  Most highly recommended.

This book was won by me in a Goodreads giveaway.

Would make a nice gift for someone with insomnia


The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep by Tzivia Gover

Book Review:  3 out of 5 star rating

In my never-ending quest for a solution to my insomnia, I thought this would be an excellent book for me.  I have been learning more about mindfulness and meditation so wanted to implement this in my sleep habits.  I was disappointed, though, that while mindfulness and meditation are touched on, most of the book centers on dreamwork and journaling, which is not something I really want to do.  The meditation, breathing exercises, before bed routines and yoga poses were all known to me.  As for what was mentioned about mindfulness and meditation, there was nothing new that I could use.  So unfortunately this book wasn’t a good fit for me.

All that being said, it’s really a lovely book, beautifully designed and written in a very gentle way.  I’m sure it would be of most benefit to someone looking to work out their dreams by writing in a journal or new to mindfulness and meditation.  Personally, if I were to write in a journal to record a dream upon waking in the night, I would never fall asleep again.  But I’m sure there are some people who would benefit from that practice.  Of course, if you can remember the dream in the morning, the journal could be used then.  According to the book, it’s the understanding of dreams that can help us accept our situation in life and will lead to more peaceful sleep patterns.  I strongly recommend that if you’re interested in purchasing this book, buy the paperback and not the e-book.   Some of the pages were slow to load due to the design and there are pages included at the end of the book for your adding of personal comments.  I would like to see a copy of this paperback as I’m sure it would be quite lovely.  There are beautiful quotes about sleep throughout the book.

This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.