I heard about this book when I caught an episode of Super Soul Sunday on OWN where Russell Simmons was a guest. Like most people, I know Simmons (or Rush/Uncle Rush as he’s commonly known) as a successful music mogul and entrepreneur. I was surprised to learn that he’s been meditating for over 15 years.
He talked about the benefits he’s experienced from meditation and how it’s become an integral part of his life. He was inspired to write the book because of the many conversations about meditation he’s had with people over the years. And a lot of those people are celebrities, so there’s a fair amount of name dropping in the book.
And what a wonderful little book it is – simple and direct. But don’t let its small size fool you. It’s packed with practical information and a lot of wisdom. Simmons demystifies the meditation process and clears up common misconceptions about the practice. He believes in the practice so much that he’s on a quest to get as many people to meditate as possible. That includes institutions such as schools, prisons and businesses.
And what is meditation? According to Simmons: “It is simply a technique to help you access the stillness inside of you.” He came to meditation through yoga and shares details of his long journey to the present day where he meditates daily for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening.
One by one, the author addresses and blows away some of the most common objections and excuses given by people for why they can’t meditate, such as lack of time, inability to do it well, lack of a suitable location, conflicts with religion or a belief system, etc.
Simmons talks extensively about the physical and mental benefits of meditation, and provides information on research studies that corroborate what he says. A few of those benefits include:
- quieting the “noise” in your head
- improved eating habits
- stress reduction
- better sleep
- increased focus
- inner peace
- improved health
- weakening of alcohol and/or drug addiction
The author now practices a technique called Transcendental Meditation (or TM). I was so intrigued that I attended a free introductory presentation at a Transcendental Meditation center in New York City to get even more information. The session was excellent and I now have a better understanding of this technique. I encourage anyone considering meditation to attend a presentation.
Simmons was nicknamed Rush/Uncle Rush because of his frenetic and chaotic New York City lifestyle. Now he shares that meditation has completely transformed his life, and he believes it can do the same for us.
Meditation is a free and accessible tool to help us increase our happiness and well-being. The great thing is that we don’t have to believe in meditation for it to work. We just have to do it.