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K-Gr 3—Through a poetic text, children are encouraged to identify and explore their emotions. "Do you have a feeling/that's visiting today?/Can you open your door/and invite it to play?/Can you ask what it wants,/and then check it out?" Readers are asked to embrace their feelings, to treat them like friends. Feelings are described through the use of similes and metaphors: "Is it sharp like stepping/on stones with bare feet?/Or smooth like ice cream-your favorite treat?" They are also personified: "Is it warm or cold?/Sour or sweet?/Does it shiver with fear/when the two of you meet?" The full-page, digitally created illustrations feature hand-painted textures and overlays. They have a dreamy quality as the feelings swirl around the youngsters in soft pastel colors. The end pages offer additional information for parents. The high-quality, appealing art will hold the attention of younger children, but discussion will be necessary for understanding this lyrical flow of moods. Paired with Wendy Cooper's A Is Amazing: Poems About Feelings (Frances Lincoln, 2013), the book has a lot of potential for teaching students how to describe their reactions to different situations. —Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

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Visiting Feelings presents an exquisite lesson in mindfulness and dealing with emotions by letting children know it s OK to feel however they may and simply embrace the experience. The book stresses that feelings are neither bad nor good, they just are. Welcoming your feelings in, and actually making friends with them, is the best way to learn more about yourself and what your emotions are trying to teach you. The lesson is simple yet deep and playfully accessible for children and adults alike. --AnxietyFreeChild.com

This lyrically illustrated beauty of a book is the doorway into accepting feelings that arise and accepting oneself for experiencing those feelings. From the first page through the last, a light-hearted, rhyming poem encourages the young reader to welcome and listen to feelings, as though they are visitors, inquiring into shape, color image,location in the body, and the origin of the feeling. In the author s note to parents, she includes activities adults and children can do together to increase meaning and connection between them, along with breathing and self-awareness exercises.
Written by a psychologist and yoga teacher, this book belongs on the shelf of everyone who serves children parents, grandparents, therapists, aunts, uncles and teachers. --LifeForce Yoga

A beautifully illustrated children s book; a soft poem that is a lullaby to children in preschool or primary grades that takes a mindfulness-based approach to the many feelings that children will experience...Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein, a clinical psychologist, and illustrated by Shelly Hehenberger is one of those books you can cuddle up and read with a child on the couch or before bedtime. - --Lily's Blackboard

A beautifully illustrated children s book; a soft poem that is a lullaby to children in preschool or primary grades that takes a mindfulness-based approach to the many feelings that children will experience...Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein, a clinical psychologist, and illustrated by Shelly Hehenberger is one of those books you can cuddle up and read with a child on the couch or before bedtime. --- Lily's Blackboard

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Magination Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433813394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433813399
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first lines of Visiting Feelings "visited" Dr. Rubenstein while she was in savasana at the end of a yoga class. She was inspired by Rumi's "Guest House" poem, which suggests that being human is like a guest house; feelings come and go, and we should treat each one like a guest, inviting it in.
She was also inspired by having studied iRest / yoga nidra with Richard Miller, PhD. This beautiful guided meditation practice takes Rumi one step further, asking us to experience feelings with all of our senses, using the non-judgmental observation skills that are at the heart of mindfulness. So we invite a feeling in for a "play date," in children's terms.

As a culture, we tend to label the positive emotions as Good and the negative emotions as Bad. We can be almost phobic about "bad" or negative feelings - "I'm angry, that's Bad" - although anger is no more or less a set of passing thoughts and sensations than joy. Some children (and adults) are more comfortable feeling angry, but have great difficulty acknowledging sadness. For some, sadness feels more acceptable than anger. In truth, they are all passing feelings, and they are all part of the human experience. Just like the old story about going on a bear hunt, we can't go over them, can't go under them - we have to go through our emotions.

Learning how to process feelings is a skill every child deserves. Many adults are still working on the ability to experience a feeling, engage with it, explore where it lives in the body - all while knowing it is there for a visit but will not take up permanent residence. Dr. Rubenstein hopes children learn to appreciate that strong feelings can occur and they are just part of their experience, not their whole experience. Just like when we tell our kids their behavior might have been "bad" but they are not bad, we can feel sadness but not be consumed by it. This can help us meet any situation or set of feelings with greater equanimity.

Dr. Rubenstein is donating book proceeds to the Go Give Yoga Foundation's work in Haiti, in the hopes that yoga and mindfulness will offer a respite from the chronic stress of extreme poverty. Her work teaching yoga in Haiti was featured in the Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-schware/yoga-how-we-serve-haitian_b_1930905.html

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Our names are ashley and sara! we are twins and we read this book because our aunt and our favorite cousin showed it to us. It made us think about our feelings and we felt good after reading it. our grandpa just passed away and this book made us feel better about our feelings made it eisier for us to talk about it. We think lots of kids should read it because it will make them better understand their feelings!Instead of five stars, we would give it a million if we could! Thanks so much Lauren Rubenstien for writing this awesome book! we hope everyone will enjoy it as much as we did!!!!!!!!
:) Ashley and Sara (age 9)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 29, 2013
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I like the book "Visiting Feelings" for many reasons. I like how it encourages you to imagine your feelings in a new way. I also enjoy it because it shows how to explore more in your feelings than usual. The book shows how to absorb your feelings and treat them with kindness. It is a great book for kids! Macy, age 10
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susan on October 17, 2013
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This is a children's book for the ages! "Visiting Feelings" is magnificently illustrated and playfully written. It invites children to explore and welcome all of their feelings, without feeling threatened or judged. Lauren Rubenstein uses poetry, imagery and mesmerizing illustrations to help children "embrace" their feelings, rather than deny or resist them. It makes all feelings safe to have. My friend's child read it and remarked, "it just makes you feel good to read it. You kind of want to read it again and stare at the pictures."

Visiting Feelings is targeted to children, but it will resonate with everyone who reads it. I highly recommend it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jacj on December 10, 2013
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Visiting Feelings is very aesthetic and inviting. The illustrations are bright, gender and ethnic inclusive, which definitely will hold children's attention.
About the content: The story line itself does not contain much educational information about feelings or how to express them... It is rather to be used as a tool to elicit feelings. (In the back, there are tips for adults on how to use the book: These are very useful)
Being a hospital chaplain, focused on child bereavement, I bought the book hoping to find a tool to help children express difficult feelings. I read it with my 12-year son using the language of the book to ask him how he felt inside. I was glad to see him interacting (he is very introverted) even thought the book seemed below his age bracket. Yet, I doubt he would have gotten much out of the book on his own.. .If the book is going to be more than a poetic sweet read for children, the parent must be proactive, lead the conversation, ask inviting questions using the language of the book....
In summary: A potential tool for conversation... And useful for visiting feeling only if guided by a parent or an adult
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Hammel on October 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a physician and mother of 4 children - ages 5-11 - all of whom are in therapy of some sort following my divorce from their father. We have all enjoyed reading this book and discussing our feelings. It's a great way to bring up feelings with them, and to bring up how we sometimes feel without it seeming like I'm forcing the issue on them. Wonderful book and helpful tool.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ChildLight Yoga on October 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a children's yoga and mindfulness teacher and trainer, I'm always in search of books and resources to use and recommend. Well, this book is an absolute GEM and has gained a prominent place on my bookshelf!

Many books on feelings focus on recognizing emotions, which is important, but "Visiting Feelings" goes well beyond that, walking children (and adults!) through recognizing, being with and processing their feelings with some level of detachment, providing an important life skill and recognition that our feelings are always changing, are impermanent. Understanding this fundamental concept allows children to be with their feelings without being INVESTED in them, which is a crucial skill in being able to self-regulate.

I am grateful for this very special book and look forward to recommending this fantastic book in our kids' yoga teacher trainings and workshops for educators! Well done!!!

Lisa Flynn, E-RYT, RCYT
Founder of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms
Author of the Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck; and Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children

ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms provide evidence-based yoga education to children in schools and communities, and to professionals whose work supports the well-being of children. It is our mission to teach strategies that help children and youth develop resilience, positive perceptions, good health habits and mindful awareness.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CO Yogini on October 29, 2013
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I am constantly looking for good resources to share with parents and teachers. Lauren Rubenstein's Visiting Feelings has not only given me a wonderful resource for trainees, but a wonderful go-to read for my own family. Beautifully written with gorgeous illustrations, Lauren makes the abstract concept of mindfulness accessible to all parents and children. The simple story helps children understand the organic nature of feelings and how to experience them as a thoughtful observer, rather than letting feelings define who we are. Lauren also provides a wonderful Note to Parents section that will be so helpful for Mindful Parents looking to expand a family practice. --Kristen Race, Ph.D.
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