It shouldn't come as a surprise when one uncovers a treasure that they become so quickly enamored with, that treasure begins to take a life of its own, and pulling away from the compelling magnetism it affords is rather easier said than done.
Due to the scarcity of such findings when one is introduced to the ‘diamond in the rough’ it’s important to hold true to its value and potentially notify others of this rare find.
‘Bedtime Adventures for the Authentic Self’ by Attila J. Polonyi (Authentic Self Publications) is this very treasure, a diamond in the rough that shines far beyond the first few pages where children’s books typically wean into the territory of predictable and mundane.
Parts interactive workbook and parts literary tour de force, Bedtime Adventures for the Authentic Self introduces children to the idea of discovery into the authentic self.
Hardly a concept that children are introduced to let alone encouraged, however, the book does just this.
With a novel approach, the book carefully and judiciously draws a road map that begins with an instructional guide for parents and ends with fun and unique stories that capture the heart and imagination of authentic selfhood.
As you delve deeper into the stories you are transported into an abyss that formulates a combination of relaxation, release, and internal discovery. The colorfully striking and vivid illustrations embody this notion while the accompanying musical soundtrack takes these journeys of imagination into the realm of luscious ambient sound.
The Ambient Soundtrack and Audio Book which accompany the book will leave you in a state of bliss, whether young or old as the Author does an excellent job of guiding the reader into relaxation mode over a soothing backdrop of relishable music. There is a euphoric and natural element that relays being in-tune with the inner voice, the original and creative tone of the music suggest this.
While reading the book and realizing its powerful effect I began to think this self-help book, if not a guide book for children to utilize for a trip into a ambrosial escape, then a bedtime companion where children can release the tensions of the day and drift into a mode of pure bliss, a bliss that encourages optimal mental health; renewing the mind, replenishing the body and invigorating the spirit. It is an exploration into the inner self and its infinite potential.
Whether you take the time to enjoy the Rain and abate the realms of renewal and rejuvenation, or you tap into the Lighthouse and envision your own inherent dynamism, this book is a highly recommended tool not just for children and parents but for everyone who yearns to be their authentic selves.
Bedtime Adventures for The Authentic Self by Attila J. Polonyi $24.95 www.authenticselfkids.com