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Learn to Relax : A Practical Guide to Easing Tension and Conquering Stress Paperback – May 1, 1998

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While the idea that relaxation is a skill that needs to be learned may strike some as odd, the fact remains that with today's demanding schedules and hectic paces, most people don't dedicate the time necessary to maintain their own mental well-being. Daily we abuse our bodies with stress and suffer the pain of overwork and overexhaustion. Instead of reducing our levels of stress to create tranquil work atmospheres, harmonious relationships, and healthier home lives, we pride ourselves on just how much stress we can handle. This is not the way to lead a long, happy life; learning to "quiet the spirit and calm the mind" is, and Mike George teaches just that in this collection of wisdom, Learn to Relax.

Drawing from numerous Eastern traditions--including yoga, shiatsu, Taoism, and Zen Buddhism--George presents a compilation of essays, illustrations, and quotes to teach you how to relax. There was a time, he points out, "when the quality of being was more important than the quantity of doing--when people themselves were human beings rather than human 'doings.'" We can regain the lost peace of that long-gone time. But don't expect a dry self-help manual; George gives more than just advice. Included in his book are 25 exercises to help you immediately implement the techniques he offers. The topics he covers include breathing, massage, emotional well-being, sleep enhancement, visualization, and time management.

Learn to Relax is as soothing to read as it is to follow. Wonderfully enriched by its colorful pages and the stunning illustrations that adorn every page, the book is so beautifully presented that the simple act of flipping through the pages, pausing to read the quotes and to glance at the pictures, may help you begin to unwind. --Jenny Brown

About the Author

Mike George is a renowned teacher of meditation and stress consultant who lectures around the world, and for clients such as General Motors and Mitsubishi. He lives in the United Kingdom.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811819086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811819084
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a unique blend of insight, wisdom and humour, Mike brings together the three key strands of 21st century - self-awareness, emotional/spiritual intelligence and continuous 'unlearning'.

Mike is an author of twelve books on how to expand, deepen and fine-tune your self-awareness and thereby restore the true nature of your 'being' which is peaceful, loving and contented. He illustrates how you can never permanently lose your authentic self or your true nature, only block it, sabotage it and avoid it. Any moments of stress, suffering or sorrow, are symptoms of such a 'temporary' loss.

Mike talks, teaches and tutors across the world on topics such as self-management, emotional resilience, liberating leadership, difficult conversations and 'continuous unlearning'.

He says in his latest book MINDSETS:

"If you are like the vast majority of us then no one taught you how to understand and manage your self. No one showed you how, as a 'being of consciousness', you actually work. No one could help you to realize who you 'really' are and what you are here to do. It's not an academic subject. It doesn't even come under 'parental guidance' because they probably didn't know themselves. It's not even in the domain of psychology, psychiatry or any therapy! It's in the territory of self-awareness and self-realization which are the foundations for self-management. Cultivate each of these aspects of self-understanding and all is gradually revealed from 'inside out'.

Thirty five years ago, after an intense period of stressful living, I started to realize all this. Fifteen years ago I started to write about it. This past year three more books were published on how to be well, be clear and be your self. When you are well, when you have clarity, when you are being authentic, your happiness follows naturally.

Books don't change you. No book can actually change the way you think, what you feel, the decisions you make and how your life will unfold. That's your job. But they do provide signposts and signals, insights and wisdom, inspiration and guidance. They 'help' you to realize and know for self how to live your life with greater clarity and compassion, satisfaction and success, love and laughter. Above all, laughter!"

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I suffered through most of my twenties with a pretty debilitating anxiety disorder, which unfortunately has recently come back to check up on me. I found Mike George's short-but-to-the-point book helpful in diffusing and alleviating many of the mental circumstances that contribute to anxiety.
With short, bite size chapters illustrated with soothing water-colors, LEARN TO RELAX touches on all of the important tools needed to unweave the warp of stress and anxiety that tends to bind us in knots. Mike George covers the principles of deep breathing, meditation, visualization techniques, and also shows how to use the formidable powers of the imagination to heal the body and mind from within.
This book isn't a comprehensive manual on relaxation, but it wasn't meant to be. Rather, it's a portable, user-friendly sampler that will help you take the first steps down the path of relaxation and healing. If you get something from this book, you'll definitely want to explore the subject further, but this is a great place to start.
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If you want to be in control of your life this is an excellent beginning. This book is special and different from all relaxation books I've ever read. It's easy to notice that the author has experienced everything he teaches, making it very practical, yet comprehensive. The text is focused, clear and objective, so that you can easily work on the causes of your stress, anxiety, fear or unhappiness. It's impressive!!!
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By A Customer on April 11, 2000
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I was stressed out in a hotel room trying to find a job, apartment, etc., to relocate to another city. I happen to come across this book on a shopping venture and bought the book. It totally helped me make it through that stressful week. The book itself is one of the most beautiful books I've seen -- artwork, paper quality, readings. The various topics and practice tools are short and to the point which makes the resulting relaxation quickly achieved. I actually bought additional copies of this book and sent them to friends who were also going through difficult periods in their life. I highly recommend this book.
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I found this book to be very helpful. I have purchased five copies to pass on to friends. They have all agreed that it is a wonderful tool and easy to follow.
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By A Customer on March 15, 1999
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This book is really one of the best books about relaxation that I've seen. The artwork in the book alone is relaxing but the authors words and little 'exercises' in the book are so helpful. Wonderful book.
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Learn to Relax by Mike George is an excellent tool for those interested in integrating self-care and relaxation into their lives. Since modern life is full of stresses, and many of us feel frazzled, anxious and overwhelmed at times, I highly recommend this book. It can become a part of your healing and self-care routine. Enjoy this soothing voyage of self-discovery.

When I picked up my copy of Learn to Relax for the first time, I was enraptured by the soft and calming images that give this book its soothing mood. Holding and looking at the book without even reading has a calming effect, since each page is illustrated with unique pictures, using a gentle palate that makes perusing this book a type of therapy that involves not only the meditations contained within, but also soothes with color and design.

George breaks up the content of this book into bite sized packages, dealing with many of the problems and stresses of modern life such as relationship issues, childhood hurts, the physical symptoms and energetic pattern of stress and emotions such as worry, guilt and blame.

Readers are offered easy to follow, fun and imaginative meditations, thought experiments and visualizations that help to break up anxiety and stress and to rise above problems and negative emotions, leading to enlightened perceptions and deep relaxation. Some of these exercises are mental, such as meditations and personal explorations, and other more physical or active exercises are included as well like yoga, sleep hygiene, massage and deep breathing.

George’s chapters themselves offer clarity on life and the myriad of situations, thoughts and emotions that make up each individual’s experience. The narration is friendly, easy to follow and it engages the imagination.
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By A Customer on April 21, 2001
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This is a must-have for anyone feeling stressed. By this point, just looking at the cover relaxes me. :)
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Stress is learned behavior. Not a defect or shortcoming of your character.

We cannot be our emotions or circumstances as those are transitory things.

Those are just a few of many profound messages I have received from this beautiful book. It is filled with so many techniques, excercises and information on relaxation and the need for relaxation. It has been life changing and holds great meaning to me.

As someone who has constantly lived with serious anxiety and depression, I owe all my gratitude to this book for relieving SO much of it.

Plan on using this as a reference for relaxation on a daily basis.
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