Friday, March 23, 2012
Book Review: Conscious Calm
Ironically, today's post is a perfect example of exactly why this book was written. For the past couple of months I've written most of my posts in advance and had them set to auto-post when I was ready for them to be presented. I had every intention of doing the same with this one, as well.
Every circumstance seemed to conspire against me, however, and I just didn't get this written on time to schedule this post for as early as I had hoped. Life at work has turned upside down (more about that in a later post), life at home has been a little more hectic than usual, and personal frustrations have gotten in the way of blogging.
"Conscious Calm" by Dr. Laura Maciuika was written for exactly this purpose. It addresses stress and worry and gives tips on how to handle those issues. The most important bit I took away from this book is that I am in control of how I handle life's curve balls. I can choose to continue allowing my emotions to take charge, or I can consciously make an effort to change the inner self-talk.
Of course I've known this since I was a child; I was raised this way. This book brings a different perspective to what I already knew and is filled with excellent reminders. It is also filled with tip after tip on how to make stress relief a daily part of life and to continuously remain calm. "Conscious Calm" addresses those little devils that sit on all of our shoulders tempting us to stay in an elevated frustration mode, discusses clear boundaries, and helps to make the reader realize he or she is definitely not alone!
There was one negative point to this book. In my opinion the vocabulary used was just a little too much on the technical side. The book did not feel like it was written for a lay-person or a casual reader. I think many might be lost in the near text-book feel of this book. Readers, push through this! The keys to a more calm and satisfying life are worth unwrapping.