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Don Lubov's book, An End to Stress aims to provide benefit to all readers. Would you like to reduce the stress in your life? I feel fairly confident in guessing that most will answer a resounding YES to this question. The book follows a Six-Step Path that has been around for some time. The path is one that guides readers to accept life as it is, rather than wishing for something else. The basic principle is to live in the here in now, rather than letting your brain take you to the past or the future. Dwelling on the past, or guessing about the future both take you away from the present moment and when we neglect (or forget) to live in the present moment, life passes us by without our knowing. It passes us by without our ability to enjoy it or embrace it. How can we find gratitude in our lives without ever being in the here and now?
I always enjoy books that aim to help readers reduce stress, find a sense of calm and be the best versions of themselves. In An End to Stress, Don encourages readers to discover and develop our natural gifts and talents and to use them to the best of our abilities - rather than neglect them. He believes in following your heart and making time for the things (and people!) that make you happy. Don believes in making life like a meditation. Life, he says, is best lived when it is informal, spontaneous and creative. He says "...the world is not so much as we find it, but as we make it."
I enjoyed the quotes that were incorporated throughout the book in large, bold print. One includes: "Lose your ego and you lose yourself...only to gain the world." Religion and spirituality are touched on throughout the book. I generally stay away from reading books with religious undertones, however, these segments did not come off as "preachy", rather, its purpose was intended to be informative. Near the end of the book, the author includes (Chapter 38) "45 life lessons" provided by Regina Brett of Cleveland, Ohio. She wrote these lessons at age 90 and they are interesting to read. Some include: "Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about." And, "Over prepare, and then go with the flow."
If you enjoy self-help books focused on reducing stress and increasing happiness, you may want to give An End to Stress a try!
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