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A Sloth's Guide to Mindfulness

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  768 ratings  ·  147 reviews
A beautifully illustrated book of mindfulness that will help readers discover the path to a peaceful phioslothical life.

Follow a serene and smiley sloth through a series of light meditations and daily reflections: An unexpected and snuggable guide, you'll learn that it's OK to slow down. Take a pause and focus on your breath. Let the other animals run around; you do you. T
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Chronicle Books
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...because SLOTHS
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, humor, own
Happy thoughts to remind you to be more present, to take things slow, to treat yourself and others with kindness . . . presented by the most adorable damn creature I've ever seen! So round and precious! And his little friends, like a bunny that it basically a loaf of bread with a face, are too! A sweet little book that is perfect for giving to a friend, or just for displaying so that you and others can pick it up and have a moment of smile. ...more
Andee Marley
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(read in about 4 minutes and 23 seconds)
Anahita Solot
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
I liked it but meh.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-nem-gyerek
Read after a very stressful day, and it worked. It was really calming, knocking me out before being able to set an alarm for the next day (which made my sleep not exactly peaceful but hey). It helped me let go of all the stressful events of the day and all the bad feelings. Also reminded me to give myself a break. Short, quiet and peaceful, as you would expect from a mindfulness book.
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this fast-paced city, slowing down is a necessity. Sadly, it's a rarity. ...more
This was a refreshing and relaxing little book, featuring a happy sloth who instructs in mindfulness activities. I found this book genuinely relaxing and soothing, like a nice virtual hug. It provides some good mindfulness just really left a warm, positive feeling.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Relaxing, kind, and comforting - if this book had arms, I think it would hug me.
And I would hug it back.

I think this book is a wonderful gift to anyone who is having a little bit of a hard time, anyone who races through life, or feeling exhausted by life and wants to be reminded to take a break and enjoy the moment.

I feel like this book would listen to you, offer you some tea, and advise you not to be too hard on yourself.
It’s okay to slow down.
Rehan Abd Jamil
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reminds me of Flash in Zootopia 😂😂
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
A little happy book about a little sloth who give us some advise to be more mindful and happy with everything around us ✨
Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
3,5 stars rounded up to 4

This was a short book about mindfulness, full of adorable sloth illustrations. I knew some of the information already, but it was a nice outline of what mindfulness is about. And you gotta love the sloths! :D
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a mindfulness book about sloths or a sloth book about mindfulness. I read it slowly, mindfully, deliberately but lightly as befits the text. This is also how Ton Mak wrote it, I think. Her mother taught her to be mindful and meditative. She has been teaching others ever since. She chose sloths because they are kind, and gentle, and chubby, and seem to smile a lot, and tend not to get upset. These virtues parallel the goals of meditation. One could easily "read" this book of black-and-whi ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great option for folks who might not *like* self-help or mindfulness guides? I picked it up because of the sloth... gotta love that angle! It was well done, the black & white illustrations very restful yet engaging, and the advice is sound.
Easy to just pick up/set down as needed for a word:
Slow down and enjoy life.
(I know a bunch of folks who could use this in their lives.)
Medeia Sharif
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just reading this book put me in a better and lighter state of mind. This a short and cute read with great text and illustrations. I loved the message.
* Anjuli *
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is amazing. I love this book so much! It will be a great addition to my office :)
Richard Propes
"A Sloth's Guide to Mindfulness" is a slow, gentle breeze of a book. Even if you read it at the intended pace (think sloth), this is a breezy book that is easily finished in one sitting or evening or whatever block of time you have.

Essentially a series of reflections and meditations on mindfulness, somewhat related to the life of a sloth, this is a book with positive reminders about self-care and slowing down. While there's nothing here that's groundbreaking, the material is nicely presented an
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This cute little sloth instantly calmed me down. He reminded me to focus on my breath, to enjoy my surroundings and to chill out. That it's good to reach for the stars, but it's okay to go at my own pace.

Who knew a little drawn animal could do so much good for my peace of mind?

It's a quick read that highlights a slow pace. If your mind is going a million miles a minute like mine often does, take the sloth's advice and focus on the present. As he says, you do you, keep mindful and everything will
Sarah Brousseau
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book 64/55: A sloth's guide to mindfulness by Ton Mak. Don't mind me, just reading about mindfulness and being thankful on this sunny Thanksgiving day. A quick little read about taking a break as needed. Take it slow, take it one thing at a time. ...more
Just received this delightfully drawn little, fabulous book about being mindful and about being okay with being a sloth from my sister for Valentine's Day. I feel seen, and it is good. ...more
Cristal Mary
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read it about five times so far this month. It has helped me think and calm down... In times like these, we must practice mindfulness. Don't give up! 🦥🌿 ...more
dantheolumona | aviecayl uy
A tiny read with simple yet helpful reminders!
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need to own this

Such a great simple read on what mindfulness is, how to do it and the importance of doing so. The sloth is also very cute
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trc-2019
See the sloth. Be the sloth.
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A simple book with a great reminder.
Adrian Hughes
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
edifying picture book experience
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This is gorgeous and precious and hilarious and I'm already setting myself a reminder to reread it every January.
Dawn Stahl
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Picked this up with zero expectations, not even knowing the general layout, length, or anything other than what the cover indicates. Did not expect to be so moved by it! It's a short, simple, playful, gracious, surprisingly effective, illustrated guide to mindfulness. The black-and-white illustrations of our friendly sloth guide completely charmed me. I honestly think this did more to help me along the journey of mindfulness than anything else I've read on the matter. ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have a very love/hate relationship with mindfulness and meditation, in many ways because many of thw books and media surrounding it are complicated and kind of pushy.

This book is instantly my favorite meditation book, and one I'll be coming back to often. It's incredibly simple, with only a few words per page, dominated by stark, stylized art. You are the sloth, and the sloth is you. Just reading this book is almost a meditation in itself, the calm, slow pace of the words and images putting t
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“slowing down is hard. but trying to do everything is harder.”

“we forget the small happy things. happy things that are already within us and around us.”

“being mindful brings awareness of the wonders around us.”

“sometimes just taking pause for five minutes is the best practice.”


“dream big. work hard. but remember to give yourself a break. drink some tea...or just sit someplace nice.”
Jade Dill
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
the best quarantine read - we all need to relearn how to take a break
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Ton Mak is a writer and visual artist who grew up between England, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. She received a degree in Anthropology from University College London. Her doodles and illustrations are known as FLABJACKS, a world of imaginary characters, each with a unique story of their own. Ton is the author of A Sloth's Guide to Mindfulness and has collaborated with brands like Nike, Apple, Swatch ...more

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