I have to be extremely honest with this review. (Not that I’m not normally!) This book was both good and not so good in it’s own right. To get it out of the way, lets start with the not so good of the book. It is a book meant to teach about Buddhism and meditation while practicing techniques to reduce stress and find more peace in life. While that last statement is accurate and good, the book itself is written in a very new age way that really “beautifies” Buddhism but never gets deep enough for the reader to fully understand. The next is the lack of logical positivism in statements such as:” Know that nothing exists apart from mind. Realize that mind itself is devoid of reality” or “Your thoughts do not refer to reality.” These statements can not be verified can not be verified by observation or experimentation, they are circular statements that make absolutely no sense at all. Perhaps if feeling overly philosophical or in deep stress etc. it could be made to make sense, if one can wrap their head around the “fact” their thoughts do not refer to reality and the mind is devoid of reality…
On to the good of this book. While I was not a fan of some of the specific writing and new age feel of this book, or the fact that it really didn’t divulge into Buddhism very deeply, I can’t say it was completely useless. It still had many techniques and ways to focus less on the stress, center the mind, and relax/feel more at peace. I have successfully used some of the methods from this book and have to admit I have had great success with them. I have a lot on my plate from home schooling to working on closing on a house and volunteer work, along with raising my kids and taking care of our home and my husband. All of these things put together can be extremely stressful at times and some things come up that can really take a toll on my mental state and stress is not only mentally draining, but also physically, so staying stress free is extremely important.
Since reading the book, I have been able to use different techniques to center myself, especially when I feel like I’m about to lose it and find ways to find quiet (at least mentally at least, if needed) in the midst of chaos. It has been easier to calm down and think effectively on the tasks before me and deadlines have been less stressing as well. It is extremely easy to use the techniques in this book no matter how they are written or if I do or don’t like how the book was written making it a good resource for anyone in a high stress job position or moms, or someone who finds they stress out easily.
Awsome book that will help you end stress
Do you want to eliminate stress in your life?
You can do it with this manual!
This highly practical guide shows you clearly and directly how to remove stress, anger, fear and worry by becoming more realistic, using 2,500 year old meditation and therapy tools and inspired by masters of nondual and Buddhist wisdom traditions including Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Zen, Madhyamika, Advaita and Tao. Jonathan Harrison teaches nondual and Buddhist meditation and psychology.
The guide explains how mental stress is created and how to remove it from your life in all its forms including anger, anxiety, disappointment, discontent, dissatisfaction, dread, envy, fear, frustration, guilt, humiliation, impatience, insult, misery, mistrust, regret, tension and worry.
Jonathan Harrison shows how, in order to see how stress is created, you need to understand three things:
˃˃˃ The way you think about things:
You see the world as structured, split into separate parts which may be in conflict. Your particular mental structures consisting of your personal opinions and concepts is the result of many factors including your genetic makeup, parental upbringing, social and cultural environments and the way you have perceived, internalized and acted on your experiences. These mental structures develop and change throughout your life. The world as you see it is largely a reflection of your mental history. What you think is an original creation of your mind.
˃˃˃ The way things really are:
Reality, the world as it is, is neither inherently split (dualistic), nor unified, neither structured nor unstructured. It just is. This is so simple that most people do not understand it.
˃˃˃ Ending stress
It is enough to grasp deeply how things really work. The past has gone, is unalterable, the future is non-existent except as your present expectations, and “now” is already here. Within this realization, true rest occurs naturally. This is non-meditation, natural meditation or “resting in natural awareness” as Longchen Rabjam, the renowned Tibetan yogi and Dzogchen meditation master, put it.
By recognizing the nature of reality you are able to live, love and benefit yourself and others more easily, as you no longer experience the frustration of trying to grasp at imagined parts of your experience or trying to remove them.
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