In a world that seemingly has lost the ability to initiate the next generation into anything other than consumeristic values it is interesting to be introduced to a book that digs into the essence of what modern life is like for a young girl with a desire to engage with a more meaningful set of values.
School of Awake is a book which its author, Kidada Jones
“…wanted to write since I was 9 years old and the one I wish I had as a tween.”
The result is a personal guide to teenage living by offering guidance to its reader on how, among many other things, to connect to the heart during times of challenge, how to resist bullying, clarify their wishes, use affirmatives, and build self-esteem.
A Modern Girl’s Guide
In her book, Jones offers young girls
“…a way to navigate the world without losing sight of what”s important”. The way that the author approaches this is through a colourful and light-hearted approach for this is not so much a dry work of instruction but one of guidance through a use of art, symbol and bold statement.
Jones opens her book by revealing exactly who it is aimed at, namely a group of awakening youngsters whom she describes as being members of
“The new school of dreamers, light beings and game changers who are ready to learn about the true power and love that we all hold inside our hearts.”
From there, the author skips through a veritable digest of spiritual ideas and concepts, questions and vistas drawn from the outer edges of an awakening form of twentyfirst-century spirituality. These range from a look at the importance of correct breathing, proper diet, and the role of nature the author wanders on in her exploration to infuse core empowerment values such as those of self-esteem, Self-love, and the power of thoughts. In each case she presents her take on the subject in a way that calls upon a direct response or action from her reader as to encourage them to reinforce withim themselves the qualities being espoused.
Later on in the book, Kidada Jones covers more personally challenging issues such as that arise when growing up in a difficult family environment, dealing with stress, and facing up to the deeper challenges of modern life from a spiritual and self- empowering perspective.
Above all else School of Awake presents a license to any young girl to accept herself, her nature, and the disorientation that often accompanies spiritual transformation.
In closing her book, Jones sums up her philosophy and the goal she hopes all of her readers will reach after working through her book.
“Our lives are precious. Every second that we are breathing and living we are contributing to this world and everything that we are connected to. This is why it is so important to become our best selves and operate from love so that our contribution to this world is a positive one.”
I have often been extremely critical of the New Age and its inability to forge an authentic form of modern spirituality that is genuinely useful to people in their daily lives.
Finally, we have an example of a wonderful piece of inspirational guidance that finally speaks the same language as its intended readership – one that breaks the mold and offers something genuine, different, new and exciting.
School of Awake, it has to be said, is an extraordinary book on every level. It’s sheer quality of engagement and presentation sets it above most others of this type but its content is even more impressive. Somehow Kidada Jones has managed to pinpoint the exact challenges that young spiritual seekers experience but at the same time to avoid talking down to her readership. In this regard, she comes over more as a slightly older, but wiser, sister – a contemporary who has been there and come through it than settle upon a stereotypical dialogue with a favourite but slightly patronising aunt.
School of Awake is a joyous, heart-warming and thoroughly energising publication which brings to the world a genuinely valuable contribution to modern spirituality. I enjoyed reading it immensely – and its not even targeted at my demographic!