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I love this book!,
This review is from: Calm (Paperback)
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This is a slim book with 2 pages (1 with a picture, 1 with text) each dedicated to one of about 50 different ways of dealing with stress / finding serenity (information so many of us can use). It's divided into 4 sections (Nature, Rhythm, Sharing, Focus), each with approximately a dozen lessons from around the world.
My favorite part is that a practice from another culture is described, and then ways to incorporate similar benefits into everyday suburban life are suggested. For example: Free Diving among the Bajau people is described & then breathing practices used in pranayama yoga are suggested as an alternative; Buddhist monks celebrating impermanence with sand mandalas is described & drawing in condensation is suggested as an alternative; Gregorian chants are described & any soothing music is suggested; Carnivale is described & acting like someone else is suggested. Etc.
Many tips are things we already know - slow down, exercise, share your problems, unplug... but reading about them and their roots in powerful traditions is a nice reminder. And there were a good many things I didn't know- kayaking is described and I didn't know that bilateral stimulation is often used by trauma therapists to release anxieties.
I started reading this myself, dipping into it and reading a practice or two when I had time. But now I have it at the diner table and we read one practice every night and talk about what we can take away from the lesson. We spend maybe 5 minutes on this before diving back into hectic schedules, but I feel it's an emotionally healthy ritual. Love.