Bread Therapy: The Mindful Art of Baking Bread
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Making our own bread provides us with an unhurried, creative activity that is joyful, calming and productive—providing a much-needed antidote to life’s stresses and strains. From kneading dough, to taking a delicious-smelling freshly baked loaf out of a hot oven, bread-making can be a mindful experience and a therapeutic craft that can nurture and nourish us. As yeast transforms flour and water, making bread can transform us and our lives.
The more frenetic our lives, the more we need the balance that comes from activities that force us to slow down and reconnect us to our physicality. Making our own bread gives us these soothing and grounding experiences in spades. ‘Making time’ is a fascinating and helpful concept. While of course we can’t create more time than the 24 hours each day offers us, we can choose to pause, to build into our days precious periods of focus and mindfulness that serve as an antidote to the pressures of our otherwise fast-paced lives.
This publication is made possible with the support of the Lviv Yeast brand.
Pauline Beaumont has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy, a post-graduate certificate in Low-Intensity Psychological Therapy and a Diploma in Group Work Practice. She works as a student counsellor at Newcastle University, supporting students who are struggling with a wide range of mental health problems. She has found that the physical and meditative nature of making and providing bread has helped her foster the self-acceptance that she works to help her clients reach. As a mother of six, baking bread is both an expression of love and a way of staying calm amidst the occasional chaos of family life.
The translation was made by Iryna Goyal.
Author: Pauline Beaumont
Translation: Iryna Goyal
Year of publication: 2021
Release date: 25 December 2021
Number of pages: 192
Size: 148 х 230mm
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