I stopped into Barnes & Noble on Saturday to check out the magazine section, and much to my surprise and delight, the number of magazines which encourage you to be in the moment, breathe, quiet the mind, begin a new practice of meditation, be more mindful, or anything that feeds your soul and aims to promote wellness, calm, and serenity, seem to be growing.
Last year I had picked up a magazine from The Netherlands called Flow and was quite surprised as it was printed on beautiful paper, featured a number of interesting articles and gave me an overall sense of calm and well being just by holding it in my hands. So the purpose of my recent visit was to pick up another copy of that magazine and as I scoured the magazine racks looking for it, I was surprised to find all of these new titles including Breathe, In The Moment, Project Calm, Mindful, and many others.
Clearly, we are in the midst of a revolution in the magazine industry as publishers are recognizing there is a growing audience of those who want to learn more than how to give the perfect blow job (Cosmopolitan), where to find the hottest runway fashions (Vogue), or how to make spicy sliders for tonight's dinner (Food Network).
I love being able to read stories and suggestions of ideas that speak to me on my wellness and spirituality journey -- how I can create daily practices of meditation, find more calm in my crazy schedule, use the darker winter hours to soothe my soul with candles and music, and so much more useful information for what personally interests me.
Note that a good number of these magazines are from international publishers from the Netherlands and the UK so they are not available on just any newsstand or at the local supermarket, and they are a bit pricier. But you can get a subscription and they are definitely worth checking out -- even if you just flip through one with a cup of Chai in the Starbucks® cafe at your local Barnes & Noble.