Today’s Gonna Be Awesomesauce!
Available Wherever Books are Sold, September 2017
Today’s Gonna Be Awesomesauce is a daily mindfulness meditation book for youth, parents, and families (and educators too!) filled with practical wisdom, quirky wit, and edgy savviness created with an educator’s lens, a yogi mom’s heart, and a superhero love for humanity.
It’s also a book about turning grief (including our daily roadblocks) into rainbows. There are a lot of plans, strategies, checklists, and classes out there that help us try to cope with the stresses of life. Yet, if we don’t know how to practice focus and sustained concentration; identify and self-regulate our emotions; commit time to self-inquiry to gain better awareness about ourselves, how we relate to others and our environment; and learn tools that spark our creative power, then all those plans, strategies, and checklists are nothing more than what appears on the surface. My book takes readers below the surface to tap into a limitless reservoir of the special sauce, Awesomesauce, which feeds all that stuff on the outside to bring authentic transformation to how we relate in and to life.
Also included in the book are 365 mindful breathing mantras. If you are short on time and can’t read the day’s entry, take note of the mindful breathing mantra. The book isn’t meant to be analyzed; it’s meant to be felt and practiced and, to be read with a contemplative lens. Let the words clear your mind and dance in your heart space.
The book has something for everyone in the family and it’s great for educators too. Whether you read an entry a day or read a few, mindfully breath in the mindful breathing mantras in solitude, with your family, or your class, you will notice a shift in your heart and mind space. In that shift you will feel deep inside that Today’s Gonna Be Awesomesauce !
My story in conceiving and writing my first book, Today’s Gonna Be Awesomesauce: Daily Meditations for Youth, Parents, and Families began over two years ago when my life, as I then knew it, completely changed from the inside out. I had to dig deep inside for something beyond myself that gave me vision and purpose.
The words you will find in Today’s Gonna Be Awesomesauce infused my life with the breath of new meaning and I trust they will infuse your life with new meaning, too.
My former spouse and father to my son unexpectedly died in a tragic accident in the spring of 2015. My son was 9 years old at the time (he is now 11). There are seemingly no words that can describe the tailspin of unfathomable pain that this event ignited in my life. But, paradoxically, it was through words – both written and spoken – that healed a deeply seeded wound in my body, mind, and spirit.
So, I tuned into my own Awesomesauce and spread it in the pages of my book. As an educator, youth mentor for youth in the juvenile justice system, and mom I use all the tools and techniques that I write about in this book. I live and breathe the Awesomesauce every day and I’ve experienced and see the transformative impact that they’ve had in my life, my son’s life, my students’ lives, and the lives of our youth serving time in our state’s prison system.
Athea Davis, CP, E-RYT, RYT 500, RCYT, is a health and wellness educator, youth mentor, and owner of Sol Sense Yoga. She writes, lectures, and consults youth, families, educators, and businesses on topics such as mindfulness, meditation, health and wellness, classroom management, family/conscious parenting, and a variety of social and emotional learning topics. Athea has a multi-faceted background of corporate and public law experience with health and wellness education. She brings an innovative and unique approach to the education/health and wellness sectors. She is committed to increasing social and emotional performance for youth, parents, and educators. In her spare time, Athea takes adventures of all kinds, relishing her most favorite adventures with her son. Together they love to create and spread the awesomesauce in each breath, step, and light and love dab along the way.