Called a "Mom Must-Read" by Parents Magazine, Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms is an easy-to-read combination of short meditations, mindful breaks, and relatable stories from my life as a mom to a five-and fifteen-year-old. As a devoted mindfulness meditator and teacher, psychotherapist, and experienced mom, I was caught unawares when the birth of my second child, a decade after the first, left me feeling slightly unhinged. Opposed to throwing the baby out with the mindfulness bath water, it was clearly time to craft a new normal—one that easily incorporated five-minute mindfulness practices into a demanding, full schedule. Drawing upon the scientific research of Positive Psychology (the science of happiness and thriving) and mindfulness, as well as years of psychotherapy experience treating overwhelmed, stressed-out moms, Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms is my answer to the enduring question posed by busy moms everywhere: How do I balance it all without losing my mind(fulness)?
Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW earned her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. from Dickinson College. She writes an ongoing blog, Breathe, Mama, Breathe:Mindful Balance for Busy Moms, for the Psychology Today website and was also featured on WFMZ-TV’s Life Lessons program. A psychotherapist in private practice since 2000 and trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher in 2006, Shonda specializes in the use of Mindfulness-Based Interventions in both individual and group therapy. She has studied under Jon Kabat-Zinn, Susan Kaiser-Greenland, and Tara Brach. She is the author of Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms (January 2017, The Experiment). Shonda has also co-developed various mindfulness group curricula for children, parents, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. She has presented seminars on mindfulness to moms’ clubs, college faculties, and student groups. She has also combined therapy and mindfulness education in numerous settings, including an inner city after-school program, taught yoga classes with teen girls in a group home, and most recently, by teaching Breathe, Mama, Breathe workshops.