Ending Stress Once and For All
As some of you know, I’m a college student. I’m working on Bachelor level courses for my degree in Psychology. When offered the chance to review Ending Stress I figured it would be perfect because I seem to have more than my fair share of stress in my life and I know I don’t manage it appropriately. Between my husband’s chronic illnesses, my daughter’s surgery this past summer that is still causing issues, my two autistic children who need my constant quick thinking, and my own classes I am often in way over my head (or so I believe). One of my classes this semester is Intro to Philosophy.
I mention that because once I really delved into this book I realized that some of it sounded very familiar. Jonathan Harrison has taken a lot of sound philosophical teachings, dating back to the teachings of Socrates and Aristotle and sometimes even further back, and applied them into more modern situations. One of the biggest problems my classmates discuss running into with philosophy is that they have a hard time applying the concepts to their life today.
In Ending Stress, Harrison breaks these concepts down and shows the reader how to breathe. Almost literally, actually. The concepts are explained and then there are meditation exercises to help put the chapter into action. I found it very helpful and have actually used the concepts and ideas side by side in my philosophy class as well as in my nightly meditation sessions. I feel I have gained a lot of insight into myself and I can feel the stress building now before it becomes out of control.
Ending stress is not only beneficial to your mind but it also reduces physical health problems. When you learn to control the stress you are even able to prevent health problems. While this book is a good read, it’s also an important read. I can’t stress enough how valuable Ending Stress has been to me, and how genuinely pleased I am to have it as part of my collection.