Do you think inner peace is for people with easier lives, people who are not sensitive like you?
You can’t afford a retreat? Don’t have time to sit for hours in meditation?
Well, I have good news. Here is a book that makes inner peace accessible for everyone.
I have read the book, Shortcuts To Inner Peace 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity by Ashley Davis Bush which is a recently published book which offers simple exercises to help people find inner peace in everyday life.
What is nice about it is that it is not shortcuts in the way we usually mean them. These “shortcuts” are very simple exercises to intersperse throughout your day to make the path to inner peace easier.
Ashley Davis Bush is a licensed psychotherapist and grief counselor living in Epping, New Hampshire. The exercises that she created came from her own life experience of trying to find inner peace and also as an attempt to help people she met in her practice who found it difficult to meditate. Not only does she have a busy practice and large family of five children, but Ms. Bush also suffers from insomnia and panic attacks.
The Shortcuts To Inner Peace book is divided into two main sections:
- Your Daily Thread which are serenity exercises designed to be combined with a specific regular daily activity. Washing hands, having a cup of coffee, taking a shower, or stopping at a red light are just some of the activities around which the book offers opportunities to reduce stress and reclaim our inner wellness. Your Daily Thread includes sections on finding serenity in relationships and sensory experience.
- The Peace Portals is the second section of the book that focuses on serenity exercises for four aspects of our being:
- physical well being
- mental well being
- emotional well being
- spiritual well being
- The book includes appendices that cross reference the serenity exercises make it easy to locate exercises:
- by type: verbal, action and imagination,
- by need: mindfulness, developing compassion, improving perspective, improve gratitude,
- by situation, extreme stress, anger, anxiety and
- by location: home, work and car.
So if you are tired of daily life getting you down get this book and pick one exercise and incorporate it into your day. Many of the exercises help reframe your perception so picking one where you are having particular difficulty can make you feel a lot better.
I particularly like this approach because it is low on drama but high on results. As a long time practitioner of TM, I know how valuable meditative techniques can be. This book turns everyday events into a meditation. I highly recommend it.