This is one of my favourite books. I've had it a few weeks now and it's already well leafed and loved
It's a slim book, containing just 30 affirmations, one to be read each day (don't read them all at once and never return to them), but don't let it's size put you off. Each affirmation is beautiful, thought provoking and gently grounding.
Because they're numbered, and each affirmation has it's own page, it's easy to select the affirmation whose number corresponds to the date, eg, affirmation number 23 on the 23rd, etc.
I read mine first thing in the morning, then sit and reflect on Richard's words while I sip my cup of tea, letting their essence settle on and in me. Doing it this way I find that Richard's words return to me throughout the day, usually as I'm beginning to let the day's stresses build too high, and they centre me, calm me, remind me.
For example, yesterday's (number 27 on the 27th) was " Just for today, let me focus on one sense and one sense only. For a period of time close my eyes and allow my sense of hearing to become my main focus." It then goes on to expand upon that wish, reminding us what, and what not, we can pay attention to. As a standalone thought, it's beautifully simple, but I found myself going back to it several times yesterday, and the centerig effect was instant.
I wouldn't say I'm a meditator - tried it, can't do it - but these quick timeouts are not a million miles away from mini meditations. They certainly bring my focus smack bang, right into the present moment.
Oh, and when I get to the 31st of the month, I open the book at random and use the affirmation I've landed on for that day. Then start again on the 1st of the month, and I swear that the effect is sweeter and more centering each time I relive through an affirmation.
Used as intended, this book sets me in the right frame of mind for each day. I love that Richard's words can live on in our actions and enhance not only the lives of his readers, but the lives of those with whom his readers come into contact.