Mindful & Intentional Living: A Path to Peace, Clarity & Freedom
“First we stop the pain, then we grow the joy.”
Mindful and Intentional Living offers a fresh, intimate and scientifically supported perspective on using mindfulness, compassion and conscious intention to navigate through challenges toward a life of meaning, value and joy. From stress and anxiety to inner peace, from chaos and scattered thinking to grounded personal clarity and direction, and from being caught in emotional reactivity to more grounded freedom to choose responses, Saccato guides us with great care to stop the pain and grow the joy.
Drawing on the foundations of mindfulness and Saccato’s mindfulness-based coaching programs and courses, you are shepherded through inevitable life difficulties to a clear, meaningful vision, intention and commitment. This book is a road map designed to help you:
What readers are saying...
“Reading JoAnn’s words are like having a kind and wise companion to guide us through life’s joys and struggles. Written with clarity, wisdom, and kindness, this book will be an indispensable support for anyone wishing to live with more awareness, kindness, and presence.”
—Mark Coleman, meditation teacher and author of
Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery and Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic
“Mindful and Intentional Living is a lovely book filled with gentle wisdom and guidance. Ranging from ancient Buddhist meditations to modern scientific research, the book provides powerful reasons to adopt a compassionate mindfulness practice. With her welcoming voice and stories of struggle and redemption, JoAnn Saccato is a trustworthy guide on the journey of awakening.”
—Kevin Griffin, author of
One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and
Living Kindness: Buddhist Teachings for a Troubled World
“She is wonderful! During the course of this past year working with JoAnn I faced serious health challenges and at times had lost complete focus of where I was going and what I still wanted to do in this lifetime. Her coaching and teaching taught me to “pay kind attention to my life,” and in the process I learned how to grow into and accept the practice of being in my life while attempting, to the best of my ability, to live my life in the present. I am still a work in progress, but some miracles I now believe just take a little more time than others. Fortunately, I have JoAnn to gently encourage me down the path toward wholeness.”
—Anita Swanson-Speake, author of
Slow Hope: The Long Journey Home
“Through JoAnn’s teachings I’ve learned to build a healthy relationship with myself by setting positive intentions and practicing mindfulness. Her book is full of practical suggestions and insights. Hearing JoAnn’s personal experiences helped me overcome many obstacles and I’m now able to enrich my spiritual growth where I was once stuck. I use the tools I learned and refer back to the chapters often. Her course was so life changing for me.”
—Jennifer Freitas, LMFT (ret.)
“Simple, clear, and compassionate steps are JoAnn’s signature in bringing mindful awareness into her reader’s lives with this book. With her gentle approach to teaching she brings us to an awareness of how we may be feeding our own stress without realizing it, then smoothly guides us to learn simple tools that help keep us grounded and in a stable and peaceful mind set, even in the face of today’s unique stresses. Her personal stories reveal her sincerity in wanting to help those who suffer from mild daily stress to those living with PTSD and uncover a vulnerable history of her own past struggles with finding peaceful stability. Her journey of awakening is an example to her readers that happiness and spiritual awakening are within each of us, lying in wait to be uncovered and released.”
—Joanie Lane, Meditation Teacher and Director of
A Positive Light Meditation Center
“JoAnn’s wonderful insights, guidance, and inspiration are valuable, regardless of the path one is taking. Her book and courses are a wealth of ideas and practices to make one’s life richer and more balanced.”
“There was a time when I thought my solution for discomfort and dysthymia came from outside myself. JoAnn’s wonderful book reminds me this is not so. Using simple tools, such as mindfulness and setting intentions, along with a dash of self-discipline, she so gracefully leads me to my loving, open, spacious, and authentic self. I’ve known JoAnn for nearly twenty years and see her practice what she teaches. Evidence-based mindfulness, along with her other suggested practices, is taking me from unconsciousness to a conscious-filled, mindful and intentionally lived life. If you want to change your life and your perspective for the good—to remember to embrace and revel in each moment mindfully—do read this book!”
—Nancy Perrin, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator (ret.) and smoking cessation facilitator
Companioning the Sacred Journey: A Guide to Creating a Compassionate Container for Your Spiritual Practice
The profound, yet simple wisdom of self-awareness tools, mindfulness meditation, recovery principles, and the personal journey of JoAnn Saccato, MA and her life with her canine companion, Shyla.
JoAnn begins the story after Shyla's passing. Having just relocated from their ten-year stretch living remotely off grid in a single room cabin (with no automobile access, running water or indoor plumbing!) in the oak woodlands of Lake County, California, JoAnn reflects on the tools she gained from this adventure and other life experiences and creates a useful guide for others undertaking a conscious spiritual path.
More than a mere guidebook, the poignancy of the personal timing coupled with the unfolding in the larger community of collapsing economies, environment and personal inquiries to a more spiritual way of life, Companioning the Sacred Journey brings real life experiences and compassionate ideas as touchstones to transform the reader's own personal journey, relationships and the larger community.
JoAnn brings a hopeful vision to her clients and community by encouraging the cultivation of a spiritual path as a core requirement for our future sustainability. The book is filled with practical exercises for creating a "compassionate container" for a personal journey. Published July, 2013.
What readers are saying...
"JoAnn's book has become like a good friend--gentle, clear and profoundly wise. If you are on a spiritual path, this book is a wonderful and true companion."
~Denise Rushing, Author, Tending the Soul's Garden
"This book conveys a big idea. But the author doesn’t put it that way. Instead she weaves short stories and glimpses of a life spent seeking spirit and healing. You’ll likely find her, as I do, a tender, sweet and tasteful soul. And then here and there she tosses off an aside that reveals tremendous grit. I read her in one sitting last night, made some notes, then slept on it. This morning she and her idea are more powerfully with me. She claims to be sharing “tools” – mindfulness sitting, Louise Hay healing, affirmations, eventually recovery, singing, dancing, relating with an intimate partner, dealing with death – I’m not giving a complete list. But most of all you’ll get her and the way she has birthed and nurtured her many faceted practice as the life she’s dedicated hers to. That’s how her “companioning the sacred journey” idea comes through to me. This ever more central spiritual focus of my life deserves to have me as the very best friend I can be. Read her: you’ll be a better friend to your greatest gift when you do."
~Artie Egendorf, Ph.D.
"This very sweet, touching and practical writing...may very well be the beginning of your journey to living your life's purpose. At the very least, your heart will be touched and it's simple, yet heartfelt process, may change your life..."
~Vicki C.rystal, Intuitive Life Coach
"JoAnn's book spoke to me and touched my heart giving me the tools I needed, when I needed them, to deal with a difficult period in my life. I know her heartfelt stories and guidance will serve me well in the future. This is a book that should be included in anyone's library, to be taken as a companion as they travel on their own personal journey."