For the last month or so I have been reading Maureen Cooper’s fabulous new book, The Compassionate Mind Approach to Reducing Stress Reducing Stress. Combining an authentically Buddhist approach with modern scientific discoveries, this book skillfully addresses one of the most beguiling symptoms of modern life: Stress.
In the opening chapters, Ms. Cooper, lays out the definition of stress and its biological function followed by a carefully considered examination of compassion and the latest scientific insights. Drawing on classic buddhist wisdom, without lapsing into any jargon or religious proselytizing, the author shows all the potential mistakes and sidetracks we can get into while pursuing happiness and avoiding suffering.
Explaining by way of easy to follow examples, she makes the case that most of our unhappiness and stress comes from a set of habits, which by following the steps and exercises in the book, we can begin to transform. By employing ancient meditations on compassion and loving kindness, the author leads on a gradual but sure path to personal healing and insight.
There are several things that make this book remarkably unique. The author, having been a practicing Buddhist for more than 30 years, clearly has gone through the processes she is recommending. It isn’t just theory, but hard won personal insight that gives these pages so much authority. This is combined with over ten years of leading workshops that are specifically designed to help people manage and transcend the stresses of daily life and the wisdom gleaned from the success stories of the participants. Lastly, I can’t think of another book that addresses a uniquely modern problem—stress—by skillfully utilizing the ancient Buddhist wisdom tradition. I guess it is worth pointing out that this is both cheaper and easier on your body than any of the popular pharmacological solutions so easily proffered by doctors and drug companies.
Check this book out, it could easily change your life!