There are more than a lot of books on the market these days that try to teach us how to make our lives better. What I believe sets The Practice, Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace and Uncovering Happiness by Barb Schmidt apart from other books in the spirituality category, is the sincerity of Schmidt. One gets an immediate sense of genuine authority from the start yet it is not about authority over the reader or even life, it’s about authority over herself. See, this book gives us the steps Schmidt took to bring herself into balance which in turn has allowed her to live a more peace-filled life.
The tools Schmidt refers to include meditation and mantra which when coupled with the step-by-step instructions, create an outline that pretty much anyone willing to do the work can use to achieve positive results. Naturally the impetus for Schmidt’s transformation will not resonate with some but because she illustrates her success with her true-life examples, we find ourselves considering that this advice might just be a viable option for us as well. No, this was not always easy for her and yes she had to make a commitment to the practice until it all became second nature. We get the distinct impression that this is one of the most loving things Barb Schmidt did for herself and believe that we can do it for ourselves.
We will learn how to start, integrate, maintain and expand or as Schmidt titles her chapters: Waking Up, Living Present, Letting Go and Deepening the Practice. What is so refreshing is that we are learning without feeling like we are in school for unlike some classes we may have taken, we look forward to doing this home work. The take-away information at the end of each chapter brings it all together in a thoughtful way, as though Schmidt herself is remembering the beginning of her journey and what worked for her to help her maintain focus and retain the knowledge.
There is a lot of great guidance in what could have turned out to be a rather lengthy book, yet The Practice, Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace and Uncovering Happiness, is technically less than 200 pages not including those informational pages at the end which tie up loose ends and direct us to more information. Written from the heart in plain, direct language, this will make not only a wonderful addition to your self-help library of spiritually based books, but a thoughtful gift for anyone who might be needing to apply the skills of ancient wisdom in their modern life! Brava to Barb Schmidt for a fine book and kudos to you for getting your copy.