One Year Wiser: An Illustrated Guide to Mindfulness


We all need to talk about One Year Wiser: An Illustrated Guide to Mindfulness by Mike Medaglia.

I discovered the book last week at a local bookstore while scanning through the “Spirituality” section. It was my first time looking for books about mindfulness and I was overwhelmed. I was just about to give up on finding something when I spotted the book. I quickly flipped through it and liked the layout, so I decided I wanted to buy it. Since then, I have kept it in my “back pocket” and it has already helped me SO much.

I don’t think this is a book I could or should ever say I finished reading. It is the type of book I will continue to come back to. The book is separated into four parts, each part corresponds with a season (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) and explores six topics such as meditation, valuing oneself, simplicity and anxiety.

The author does an excellent job of communicating short and simple information that is deeply meaningful and useful. Books in this category can easily paralyze the reader with the amount of information and over explaining of ideas, but that is not the case with this book. Even when I haven’t felt great and am laying in bed, I open it up and just scan over 1-2 pages and feel the love, compassion and positivity.

The illustrations throughout the book are no only visually beautiful, but they also depict other ideas that one can reflect on separate from the words.

I am so thankful that I have this book as a tool as I begin my journey to practice mindfulness and to be more peaceful and content.

I highly recommend this book to every human being because life is challenging, but there are tools like this book out there that can help us more clearly see and amplify the peace, contentment and happiness that is already there.