We are Edie and Paul and we created Conscious Cuts in early 2018, a publishing platform centered around mindfulness. Conscious Cuts will publish artful and inspiring children’s books that promote the idea of living more consciously in the moment. Edie is a painter and Paul is a writer.
Since we first came together, the natural fusion of our interests and talents led us to create several picture books together. At the same time we have been on a journey together to find a more conscious, calming and happy way to live. We have found that mindfulness practices – whether through meditation or through the simple act of paying attention to our thoughts and feelings – has helped a lot in this regard. In addition, the huge benefits of bringing mindfulness to our role as parents to our young daughter has inspired our current journey.
The aim of Conscious Cuts is to create beautiful books that can help to plant seeds of a mindful lifestyle in both kids and parents around the world. Our aim is to work with artists, teachers, creative souls of any kind to make this happen. Currently we are gathering a team of talented people to help us realize our vision. We are based in New York City.
Mindfulness is defined as the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences in the present moment. It is also about bringing a gentle acceptance to the present. The modern concept of mindfulness was created by the American academic Jon Kabat Zinn. But techniques associated with mindfulness (like meditation) have a long history in eastern religious traditions. That said, it is not a religious practice. You do not need any belief beyond a commitment to being in the moment.
Mindfulness has become something of a buzz word in recent years. This is in part because of a growing body of evidence showing its benefits to mental and physical well-being. It has been shown to reduce stress levels by helping people calm down. Once you quiet the mind you are more clearly able to see the the negative emotional and thought patterns that lead to a lot of unhappiness. Kids as well as adults need help dealing with their feelings and emotions. Many kids have trouble managing their anger, their fear, their excitement even. And they also reflect back a lot of the stress they see in the adults around them. Mindfulness is a simple, easy way to help kids overcome these issues and to become happier, healthier and more #consciouskids.
We are approaching this project primarily as artists and parents. We have no formal training in any mindfulness-related practices but we have been actively studying these practices for many years and have been trying to live more in alignment with them. The importance to us of living mindfully grew after we became parents. Because we saw how much our ability to be present impacted our child (kids, after all, reflect the nervous systems of the grown-ups around them). Since we don’t pretend to be experts the stories we are creating are not teaching tools. Instead, the most we can hope for them is that they will act as a gateway to ideas and teachings we ourselves are continuously learning more about.
The books are currently being created and will go to print following a crowdsourcing campaign in September/October. As part of that campaign you will be able to pre-order them and (we hope!) get them by Christmas. Stay in the loop for all the developments by signing up for our newsletter.