Some ‘mindful’ thinking on future trends

MiNDFOOD is a popular magazine that never lasts long on the shelves. Marketing promotes it as containing:

intelligent, inspirational ideas and information. A completely integrated concept, MiNDFOOD the magazine brings you in depth features on society, wellness, environment, culture, travel and food. It’s all about Smart Thinking.

Cover of The Everyday Fermentation HandbookSo when MiNDFOOD publishes its Trends for the Future, we should surely sit up and listen. Bear in mind however that these trends are very much focused towards the MiNDFOOD reader – urbane, “mindful”, middle-class and with a spare bob or two.

Preserving:  Whether it’s eating like a caveman or revisiting Grandmother’s preserving tips, we are still searching for ideas from the past. Of late fermenting has become an added twist to this trend.

Later Learning: This is an area that the Library excels in. Research suggests that career changes, redundancies and retirement mean we have a lifetime of learning ahead of us. The CINCH directory is the ideal place to start looking for that next option.

Cover of Side by SideChild’s Play:  You can’t but help but have noticed the proliferation of colouring books on sale this Christmas. Although this is not an area the Library can contribute to, a previous blog post has a suggestion for Zentangles that could well satisfy the need to doodle and colour. There are also many books in the craft section that can help you to glitter and glue to your heart’s content.

Fashion to the people: Apparently runway shows are opening up to the masses with social media making them no longer the realm of the elite.  Here are some tips to help you keep one step ahead of the next big thing.

Cover of Furniture HacksInside and out: Individuality is becoming the essence of living environments… apparently.  I suspect the vast majority of us already know this, not having the time, money or inclination to redecorate in the latest trends each year, however here are two books that encourage your unique style.

Travel Smarter: It’s all about Wellness Tourism, Eco Tourism and Adventure Travel.

Cover of Happy CityUrban Renewal: Now this is a trend that we in Christchurch can understand!

Lifestyle Matters: It’s all about co-housing, communities and community living and “rural retreats”

Mindfulness goes mainstream:  You can be mindful in the kitchen, the bedroom and have mindful children and cats. We are now mindful when we eat, exercise and work. In fact Mindfulness seems to have permeated almost every aspect of the Library collection.

Art and mindfulness

One trend in the publishing industry that we are unable to keep up with is colouring books. I bought one for myself a while back, and find myself every now and then quietly colouring in, enjoying the quietness, with the only worry being what colour I will choose next. Colouring books for adults have originated from the current interest in Mindfulness, and even though we can’t cater for the colouring-in enthusiast we can supply mindfulness for every occasion.

If you enjoy colouring-in you may also enjoy Zentagles (see Rachel’s 2013 post on zentangling):

Zentangles are a new trend in the drawing and paper arts world. The concept was started by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas as a way to practice focus and meditation through drawing, by using repetitive lines, marks, circles, and shapes. Each mark is called a “tangle,” and you combine various tangles into patterns to create “tiles” or small square drawings

Cover of One Zentangle Cover of The Art of Zentangle Cover of Zentangle untangled Cover of Mindfulness at work Cover of Mindfulness Cover of The Mindful teen Cover of Mindful birthing Cover of The mindful athlete Cover of Mindfulness- based cancer recovery

New Year’s resolutions apathy: Let’s do less.

Are you having trouble being motivated to do your New Year’s resolutions?

Maybe you’re doing too much. Maybe your resolutions are all wrong.

This year I don’t feel I need to do more – but actually need to do less or at least do it more efficiently. Do you feel this way too?

Here’s some good titles to get you inspired to slow down and enjoy life: