I have been sitting on this news for months now, and I’m just bubbling over with excitement to share. Many of you know that last year, I embarked on a journey to pursue creating a series of children’s books about meditation, mindfulness, and mantras. These stories were inspired by my own experiences as a kid with my father. They are also shaped by my experiences as a mother, teaching our multicultural, interfaith children about the many ways of connecting to our selves and the world around us through wise, loving awareness.
Well…. MY FIRST BOOK HAS BEEN ACCEPTED FOR PUBLISHING IN 2020!!!!!
Here is the official announcement in Publisher’s Weekly:
I am so incredibly joyous. Finding OM and the books that will follow intend to mindfully introduce universal mantras from South Asian traditions to young readers, families, educators, and yoga enthusiasts alike.
Thank you so much to the indie publishing house, Bharat Babies, for taking on this endeavor with me. They are a fantastic minority, female-owned company creating “diverse kids’ lit for a diverse world.” Some of their recent publications include Always Anjali, by actress Sheetal Sheth, Super Satya by Dow Jones editor Raakhee Mirchandani, and Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend by artist Nidhi Chanani.
Many, many thanks to illustrator Morgan Huff for deciding to collaborate with me! I’m so thrilled to watch her work her magic, bringing my words and illustration ideas to life. Go check her out on Instagram. She’s amazing at capturing the wonder and awe of childhood.
Speaking of Instagram, now that I'm making my debut entry into the literary world, I can use all the social media support I can get to help this #ownvoices #yogaforkids #mindfulliving #kidsmeditate #diversekidlit story become a success. Please connect with me via Instagram and Twitter @rashmibismark.
Thank you to all of my teachers.
I will be writing more in this space about my journey creating these books. Hope you’ll read along, and catch Finding OM pre-sales later this year!
Regardless of circumstance, stressful situations can be challenging on many levels. Fortunately there are many simple breath-related practices we can engage with to help initiate relaxation and re-connect us with innate wisdom, courage, and care.
My family finally got around to seeing Disney’s new fantasty/sci-fi adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time in the theater. Our girls were taken by the cinematic grandeur, all of the sparkles, and of course, the many main characters of color on the screen. Given our youngest daughter is convinced she is going to be a fashion designer/inventor of the first smart device with teleporting capabilities, this movie was a perfect spark for her imagination.
The story follows the family of a NASA scientist who discovers the ability to warp time and space with his consciousness and travel billions of light years through the universe. By attuning with the vibratory frequency of love, he enables his discovery, the phenomenon of a universal “tesseract”, to manipulate sound and light waves. This creates an opening in the fabric of the time-space continuum, allowing him to “tesser” to other planets.
Unfortunately, the father gets stuck in a dark corner of the universe, and his children set off on a journey to help him get home. Without giving too much away, the children finally learn that to break free from the evil planet holding him captive and “tesser” back home, they need to tap their red glittery slippers together and…. Oh wait – oops, wrong movie!
Back to A Wrinkle in Time – to get back to Earth, the main characters are challenged to be warriors for light and peace by: (1) feeling the “one-ness” of the universe while remaining true to their unique diverse qualities; (2) courageously confronting their darkness while staying connected to light; and (3) letting go of all resistance while vibrantly resonating with the innate frequency of love.
Though the ambitious movie is not without its own faults, its main message to young viewers of loving compassion for self and others is inspiring. In theory, the concepts sound good, but how does a kid exactly “align with the right frequency”, trust that “love is always there, even if you don’t feel it”, or recognize that it “isn’t gone; it’s just unfolded,” as the movie suggests? Perhaps it all starts with cultivating a relationship with love…
Rashmi S. Bismark
I'm a preventive medicine physician specialized in mindfulness, lifestyle, and community health. I'm a yoga teacher, an educator, a researcher, a devoted mom and expatriate wife, living a blessed global nomad life.