Carolyn Valenzuela’s Heart Mind Belly: Points on the Map of Self Discovery spoke to me on multiple levels: emotionally, conceptually, and practically. I am at a stage of life when I want and need what I read to be applicable to my everyday life.

Reading the book I heard many “bells of mindfulness.” Heart Mind Belly made me more aware of the power of words and how I make meaning of the symbols I encounter. It was as though I had “new eyes” to discover how and why I make decisions and take action.

Carolyn’s willingness to share her explorations and personal experiences inspires me to focus not on what happens to me, but rather how I respond. She invites me to take a series of brave steps to increase mindfulness and acceptance of what I encounter in life. Heart Mind Belly is a book about courage and possibilities.