My rating: 5 of 5 stars
From Stress to Stillness is a first step in a learning journey about the stress that we manufacture in our own minds. Gina Lake shares her words of wisdom gently and without pretension, leading the reader gently to a sense of empowerment and control.
Creating an awareness of the personal dangers of stress is the first—and most important—piece of this book that drew me in. Gaining an understanding that negative thoughts and worries were my own will helped me open up the the messages of From Stress to Stillness. Lake effectively breaks through the defensive moment when most people decide that stress is outside of their control or just something they have learned to deal with. Realizing that stress “undermines happiness, effectiveness, and relationships” as well as health, and that stress begins when we believe our thoughts are more important than they are was enough to truly strike a chord with me.
From Stress to Stillness succeeds in teaching the reader to know when to disconnect from harmful and negative thinking, and how to reprogram their thinking to remove themselves from negative stress-driven behaviors. Although gaining increased consciousness and awareness is a challenging task, Lake thoughtfully draws from common human experience to keep the reader engaged in finding their own meaningful connection to the book.
Lake creates a place for the reader where they may come to understand things about their inner voice and ego, encouraging mindfulness about the way we think. She is not the first person to help readers understand that they are not their inner voice, or that we can overcome and better cope with the negativity our inner voice creates for us, but her methods are different, and simply wonderful. From Stress to Stillness does not judge or over philosophize, but creates a perfectly relatable learning space within the page for readers of any type.
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