Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Stopping: How to be still when you have to keep going

Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep GoingStopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going by David Kundtz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a good book to pick up on your way to the basement fridge to grab a beer so you can settle into a comfy chair, make sure you have a really mean look plastered on your face, and read. The text is soothing, but we know that the only way to keep people away from you is to look really scary. I picked up Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going along with a bunch of other books that I thought might provide some material on mindfulness since I was about to teach a workshop on Emotional Intelligence. As I journeyed through the library, it became apparent that I needed help. I was soul sick, and I had no idea what to do. I know it's coming on when everything I do or say just feels wrong, and I feel detached. I also start having bizarre dreams about unfortunate him repairs. Anyway, you probably want to know something about this book.

Kundtz is very straightforward in his style and he is open to meeting you wherever you are. He offers examples of success stories, as well as examples of excuses for not taking time out to reflect on ourselves and just be in the world.

George Carlin said something similar in one of his routines, but he didn't have Kundtz's finesse. He just said that it's important to space out for three hours every day. It's good for the kids and it's good for you. You know what? Either way you like, they're both right. So go on, be free, be spacey.

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