Author: Teri J. Dluznieski
Genre: Self-help / Philosophy
Recommended and Reviewed by: Sarah Porter-Pennington
“When you need a guru, one will find you.”
Although I heard this quote while watching a documentary produced by PBS, it brought a little enlightenment to how I discovered Teri J. Dluznieski and her book, “Dancing In Your Bubble”.
Before meeting Teri, I had been going through a bit of an identity crisis - a personal rough patch that I’ve been referring to as my “early-life crisis”.
To make a long story short, I wasn’t happy with most things in my life. I was second-guessing every major decision I had ever made in my life, particularly those concerning my education and career. And, I was wallowing so deeply in self-pity that I was lucky if I managed to get out of bed before 2pm. My productivity, and therefore my income, dropped to scary lows. I kept trying to make positive changes in my self and in my life, but I seemed to keep trying to backslide.
And that’s where and when Teri and “Dancing In Your Bubble” danced into my life.
In this new-age, self-help book, Teri uses easy-to-follow language to explain the ancient teachings of the indigenous people of the High Andes mountains of Peru, and how they can be applied to our emotions and modern lives. The wisdom shared in Teri’s book can be used by anyone, regardless of religious beliefs to bring enlightenment to the deeper reasons for the troubles in our lives so that readers can work to live happier lives.
Teri explains the Andean belief that everything is made up of energy and how your poq’po (poke po) – your personal energy bubble that surrounds and encompasses you - becomes clogged with useless energy. She goes on to teach readers exercises to use to push out the useless energy “hucha” and pull in “sami”- refined, nourishing energy.
Teri’s book is filled with additional teachings of the High Andes peoples, along with workbook pages, activities and self-questions aimed at helping readers heal past emotional and mental wounds to live happier, more fulfilling lives.
Title: The Blue Kangaroo ( It's Nice to be Different)
Author: Robert A. Hastings
Illustrator: Robert A. Hastings
Review: The Blue Kangaroo (It's Nice to be Different) was written and illustrated by Robert A. Hastings. It is well illustrated with nice bright, colorful illustrations.
The story tells of two red kangaroos, Joey and Sheila. They were moved to a new home in a wild animal park, where they made friends with the other animals, but something was missing in their lives, a baby.
When Little Joey climbed out of his mother's pouch, his parent's were shocked he was blue. Little Joey was teased, made fun of and snubbed by everyone. He decided to run away. Three little boys found him in a parking lot and brought him home. The boys and their parents heard on the news about a missing, rare blue kangaroo, and decided to take him back to the wild animal park.
Joey missed his mom very much. Joey's parents and the other animals at the wild animal park looked high and low for Little Joey.
The three boys and their parents took Little Joey back to the animal park and everyone was very happy, especially Sheila and Little Joey.
This story shows children it's OK to be different. It also lets them know that a mother will love you unconditionally. I think children will like the story as well as the illustrations. I think it would be a good book for kids and their parents or teacher to discuss how there is nothing wrong with being different. Everyone is different, everyone has feelings and everyone needs to be loved. This story will help kids see that.
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