on Oct. 24, 2012 :
As Oscar Wilde said “Everything popular is wrong”!
Well, that is a conclusion that I am rapidly coming to… and, whether you agree with it or not, a new way of handling something that we have presumed is a ‘hard-wired’ part of our lives (ie. STRESS!) is very welcome indeed!
The understanding of how stress is created that Smyth explains gives us back responsibility for the lives that we create.
The question is Do we want it? Unfortunately, I fear that the answer will often be (if we are honest) “ahem, no, not really”. For we are (are we not) born into a world where we are bombarded by ‘outside’ solutions – what will make me FEEL better? Alcohol, sex, shopping, prescription (or not…) drugs, etc.
The thing is, you can also add to that list above – “someone-else’s-way-of-doing-things”. Isn’t it true that we are perhaps too willing to devolve responsibility for our welfare, our learning, our well-being, our health, wealth, our everything – “it’s not my fault” (it is my wife’s fault, my boss’s, the government’s, my parents, my brother’s, the ‘system’, the authorities…) – away from ourselves?
It’s time we took our power back! Don’t blame yourself for being ‘irresponsible’ (I used to, but less so now) just move forward and reading this book is a great first step.
And don’t worry, Smyth is not offering us yet another person’s idea of how to ‘cope’ with ‘stress’, he is explaining a whole other paradigm that questions the existence of stress altogether (although, not the existence of your FEELINGS of stress – that is important – they are very real for the person feeling it, as Smyth compassionately explains).
Beautifully short, describing a simple understanding (word of advice – don’t look for something more complicated here – it really is as simple as it sounds!) reading this book will lovingly help you towards realising that you have the solutions to your problems right here. Already.
I told you it was ‘too easy’! There is even some useful science-stuff in here to help those logicians amongst you to ease into the wisdom within these pages (and within you).
No more to be said; read it and see.
(Oh, and by the way, Oscar Wilde also said “Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”)
(reviewed the day of purchase)