EFF This! Meditation:
108 Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for When You’re Stressed Out,
Anxious, or Overwhelmed
By Liza Kindred
THE HANDS-ON MANUAL OF HEALING AND SELF CARE FOR BUSY PEOPLE AND SKEPTICS LIVING IN A STRESSFUL WORLD
You already know that you should meditate, and that meditation will make you happier and healthier. But you’re tired and irritated, and every time you try to meditate, your mind races and you can't stop thinking about your to-do list. You’re constantly told that if you stop, try to get balanced and refocus, everything will be OK. But that sounds even more stressful. Can you relate?
Turn to EFF This! Meditation: 108 Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for When You’re Stressed Out, Anxious, or Overwhelmed [Rock Point Press, October 22, 2019] by meditation teacher and sought-after global keynote speaker, Liza Kindred. This hands-on manual for living in a stressful world can be integrated into your daily life and features easy, quick – and often free – things we can do to alleviate our own stress. Half of the exercises can be done in five minutes or less. Learn to celebrate the small victories in life with a “to done” list. Release yourself from phone addiction with a digital detox plan. Get your body out of stress mode by practicing diaphragmatic breathing. Be transported, and open your heart with a pick-me-up playlist. These are just a few of the simple, practical strategies that will help you find your center.
“Something has happened out there in the world where even when we are trying to find wellness, we are being told we need to constantly fix or heal or improve ourselves—as if something inside of us is inherently broken; as if the problems live inside of us, and not out there in a world that has nearly lost its collective mind,” says Kindred. “If you feel crazy, or anxious, or sad, or depressed, or overwhelmed, that makes sense. It is not because you are broken or can’t cope—it’s because the world is in a state right now. But that state is not us. And just because we are stressed to the max and freaked out doesn’t mean that we have to live like that. You can find the place of beauty, calm, and equanimity that already exists inside of you.”
The book draws upon a Shamatha (mindfulness-awareness) practice rooted in radical compassion for self. The 108 tips, tricks, and ideas presented in Eff This! are all centered on the idea that, as humans, we might not be “finished,” but we are complete. Everything you need to attain enlightenment is already contained within you, and you can use meditation—and these practices—to connect with it.
“This, right here, is your permission to be gentle with yourself, no matter what,” adds Kindred. “This is your permission to make taking care of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health a top priority.”
About the Author:
Liza Kindred is the creator of EFF THIS! Meditation, where she offers mindfulness practices to cynics, skeptics, and busy people. She is also the founder of Mindful Technology™ where she teaches companies how to build tech that values humans more than machines. Kindred is a licensed minister, a level two reiki practitioner, and a terrible but passionate surfer.
As a meditation teacher and sought-after global keynote speaker, Kindred has taught and spoken on five continents, from huge events like SxSW and Web Summit to intimate gatherings on living room floors. Her clients include companies like Vogue Magazine, Microsoft, Hearst, and FedEx. She has appeared in The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Well+Good, The Telegraph, and Entrepreneur Magazine.
EFF This! Meditation:108 Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for When You’re Stressed Out, Anxious, or Overwhelmed releases on October 22, 2019 and is available on Amazon and other retail outlets.