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"Shortcuts to Inner Peace mines mindfulness techniques in a delightful, easy to apply way. Following the exercises would change anyone's day for the better." — Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness

"The peace we seek is right inside us. Ashley Davis Bush's 'shortcuts' are simple yet powerful techniques that train the mind and heart to more naturally access this inner peace." — James Baraz, co-author of Awakening Joy, founder of Spirit Rock Meditat

"Ashley Davis Bush helps you take do-able steps that are truly shortcuts to happiness and inner strength. I love this down-to-earth, honest, and useful book." — Rick Hanson, Ph.D., co-author of Buddha's Brain

"If your life is too busy to meditate, this book is for you. It's a treasure trove of elegant strategies for freeing the mind from its own devices." — Christopher K. Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self- Compassion

"I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to live a richer more peaceful life." — Elisha Goldstein, PhD, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Wo

"Practicing just one of these shortcuts could well transform your life - this book is truly a delight." — Martin Boroson, author of One-Moment Meditation: Stillness for People on th

"Ashley Davis Bush is a virtuoso at creatively sneaking mindfulness into daily activities." — Bodhipaksa, author of Living As a River

"We highly recommend this book to inspire a calmer and more peaceful life." — C. Alexander Simpkins, PhD & Annellen M. Simpkins, PhD , authors of Zen Med

"Shortcuts to Inner Peace should be required reading for anyone living in the twenty-first century." — Shawn Talbott, PhD, author of The Secret of Vigor

"Ashley Davis Bush's Shortcuts to Inner Peace is a treasure chest of simple and effective ways to quiet your mind and body." — Dr. Fred Gallo, Energy Psychology pioneer and author of Energy Tapping for

"Ashley Davis Bush offers an imaginative array of tools, redirecting readers' awareness toward mindful, peaceful responses to everyday stress triggers." — Susie Mantell, author of Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace

"These 'shortcuts' are powerful tools for reconnecting with calm, finding balance, and choosing joy." — Michelle May, M.D., author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat

"Shortcuts is practical and transformative." — Allan Lokos, author of Pocket Peace

"Easy to read, easy to do; you won't be disappointed." — Dawn Huebner, PhD, author of What to Do When You Worry Too Much

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"Shortcuts to Inner Peace mines mindfulness techniques in a delightful, easy to apply way. Following the exercises would change anyone's day for the better."
(-Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness )

"The peace we seek is right inside us. Ashley Davis Bush's 'shortcuts' are simple yet powerful techniques that train the mind and heart to more naturally access this inner peace."
(-James Baraz, co-author of Awakening Joy, founder of Spirit Rock Meditat )

"Ashley Davis Bush helps you take do-able steps that are truly shortcuts to happiness and inner strength. I love this down-to-earth, honest, and useful book."
(-Rick Hanson, Ph.D., co-author of Buddha's Brain )

"If your life is too busy to meditate, this book is for you. It's a treasure trove of elegant strategies for freeing the mind from its own devices."
(-Christopher K. Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self- Compassion
"I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to live a richer more peaceful life."
(-Elisha Goldstein, PhD, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Wo )

"I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to live a richer more peaceful life."
(-Ronald A. Alexander Ph.D., author of Wise Mind Open Mind )

"Practicing just one of these shortcuts could well transform your life - this book is truly a delight."
(-Martin Boroson, author of One-Moment Meditation: Stillness for People on th )

"Ashley Davis Bush is a virtuoso at creatively sneaking mindfulness into daily activities."
(-Bodhipaksa, author of Living As a River )

"We highly recommend this book to inspire a calmer and more peaceful life."
(-C. Alexander Simpkins, PhD & Annellen M. Simpkins, PhD , authors of Zen Med )

"Shortcuts to Inner Peace should be required reading for anyone living in the twenty-first century."
(-Shawn Talbott, PhD, author of The Secret of Vigor )

"Ashley Davis Bush's Shortcuts to Inner Peace is a treasure chest of simple and effective ways to quiet your mind and body."
(-Dr. Fred Gallo, Energy Psychology pioneer and author of Energy Tapping for )

"Ashley Davis Bush offers an imaginative array of tools, redirecting readers' awareness toward mindful, peaceful responses to everyday stress triggers."
(-Susie Mantell, author of Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace )

"These 'shortcuts' are powerful tools for reconnecting with calm, finding balance, and choosing joy."
(-Michelle May, M.D., author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat )

"Shortcuts is practical and transformative."
(-Allan Lokos, author of Pocket Peace )

"Easy to read, easy to do; you won't be disappointed."
(-Dawn Huebner, PhD, author of What to Do When You Worry Too Much ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425243249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425243244
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I consider myself a peaceful - a peace-filled - person. I am not one to become overly agitated or stressed, because I have learned doing so is counter-productive for me.

Even so, life happens, and sometimes it isn't pretty, or easy, in any way. When life happens in that way, our established sense of peace can be challenged, and even compromised.

That's what was happening to me when I received the truly Divine opportunity to read and review this book. Being unemployed for the better part of six months, plummeting temperatures bringing on the need to engage the furnace, and precarious finances were fast adding up to an anything but peaceful existence.

Then, I opened the book, and started reading. I quickly discovered I didn't necessarily need to read it from front to back, which satisfied my "monkey mind," and so I began using it much like a "cosmic pick;" I randomly leafed through the book until compelled to stop, or simply opened it, then read what was revealed, and applied it.

I am loving this book. I can't say I loved it, because it is in active use, and will, in all likelihood, continue to be so for some time. It's not a book that will languish on a bookshelf; it's a book that will be out on a side table, within arm's reach, ready to offer me mindfully short transport to peace.
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Impressive insight to everyday situations. The author conveys typical human episodes and how to handle potentially negative resulting emotions in a peaceable manner. The chapters are short and independently written. A quick, engaging read that brings serenity and promotes better understanding and best possible outcomes.
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When reading this book I had alot of time to contemplate my life and where I am going in it. Reading "Shortcuts to Inner Peace" helped me learn how to find out where I am going in life while trying to keep peace in my life on a day to day basis. I loved this book because it was straight foward and to the point. The book not only gives a trigger, a problem and a solution to the problem but also gives anecdotes that are easy to relate to. I highly reccomend this book to people who have a hard time keeping or creating innner peace in thier lives, but I also reccomend this book to people who already have inner peace in thier lives. "Shortcuts to Inner Peace" is not only helpful but also a great read for anyone.
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By Brenda on December 12, 2012
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I am one who is striving to be more mindful in my life, and tying reminders to daily activities I do already helps entrain and encourage the new habits. This book is full of ideas to help pull it all together
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"Shortcuts to Inner Peace" teaches you how to quickly and easily access and develop the tranquility that lies within each of us and create a healthy mental outlook. As explained in the first thirty pages, the underlying principles are eclectic, so you can incorporate and apply the techniques from your own viewpoint.

The seventy "shortcuts" that follow the introductory material consist of contemplations and (mostly) mental exercises. They are easy to learn and practice during daily activities or when encountering common situations, until they become habitual.

Each concise lesson gives the trigger (situation) and tool (solution) followed by a very interesting and personal story that gives additional explanation and meaning. These triggers and tools can be summarized on an index card or sticky note and I suggest doing that with your favorites and placing them in strategic locations to help you remember to practice them. You can even use one as a scrolling screen-saver.

The organization of the book groups the shortcuts by theme. The brief appendices provide handy indexes that group them by type, situation, and trigger, which is very useful. There are also a couple of more generally meditative shortcuts in the back plus excellent suggestions for further reading. This book will also help you to create your own mini-meditations.

Browse the book and try a couple of the shortcuts. They are as simple as a mindful "count to three and take a deep breath" but are much more focused and helpful. They will work the first time you use them and their effectiveness will grow stronger with repeated practice.

A copy of this book was provided for review by the publisher.
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Shortcuts to Inner Peace was a easy great read. It offers quick easy tips to help you navigate through everyday life and situations. It give great examples of how each tip can work in anyone's everyday life. The shortcuts were easy to understand. I will be using many of these tips in my everyday life. A great read!
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I generally view "shortcuts" to anything with healthy skepticism; perhaps because I believe that anything worth having is worth waiting for. But for others like me who may have a similar prejudice toward "shortcuts," allow me to assure you that this book is far more substantial than the title might suggest. Through her work as a psychotherapist and grief counselor, the author discovered that her often spontaneous ideas for shortcuts resulted in the client success rate skyrocketing -- meaning, that they would be able to actually follow up to the session using the shortcut that had been "assigned" to them. More so, the success rate was measured in how well clients were able to disrupt their stress-related unconscious thought patterns and habitual reactions, and stay more grounded and calm.

Each of the 70 different stress triggers identified in this book is followed with a brief and honest true story -- a tool -- demonstrating how to derail habituated stress patterns. And as is the nature of story-telling, this effortlessly drives home the awareness and message for achieving well-being. In fact, "shortcuts are meant to happen so naturally that you can't help but use them," says the author. Beginning with personal well-being and branching out to universal, innate inner peace, there is sure to be something that strikes a chord for everyone in this thoughtful and useful book.
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