Shortcuts to Inner Peace: 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity
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Shortcuts to Inner Peace: 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity

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Finding serenity every the everyday things we do.

It can be a challenge to reach a calm and relaxed mindset, especially in our modern world. But in Shortcuts to Inner Peace, Ashley Davis Bush helps readers learn how to hit the pause button amidst the chaos with a spirit of mindfulness-linking fast, easy, and restorative respites to ordinary everyday activities.

Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Berkley Trade
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Dec 18, 2011 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who want to try meditation but are short on time or patience
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The aim of this book is to make the benefits of meditation available to people who don't have the time or patience to seriously embark on a meditation practice. Bush has come up with 70 short exercises designed to get you in the habit of thinking more positively and help you de-stress. To make it easier to make them habits, she has linked each exercise—the "shortcuts" of the title—to an everyday activity or experience which acts as a trigger.

For each shortcut, the author gives a suggested trigge...more
Aug 24, 2012 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I normally don't read self-help type books, but because I like Ashley Davis Bush's newsletters (and because I'm a bit of a stress case) I thought I'd give this one a shot!

I found that not only is this a simple and focused book, but it is extremely effective and honest. Not all of the tips appealed to my own personal levels of anxiety, but the ones that did hit home hard.

I bookmarked nine of the shortcuts that stood out the most to me, and since this is a library book and I must return it, I pl...more
This was a Goodreads First Reads. I really enjoyed this book! I've been talking to friends about it since I started reading it and am going to lend it to them. There are so many good suggestions, I think I need to put up post-it notes to remember them all. I especially liked how after each shortcut, there was a "purpose" listed. It acted as a "why should you do this?" for the shortcuts. I know I won't use all of them (mostly because I will forget and the one where you first wake up in the mornin...more
As an individual who is trying to adjust to a new city, new job, and plan a wedding, my stress level has never been higher. Who has the time to do meditation or yoga? With that frame of mind, I went into this book as a very skeptical person. That being said, this book surprised me on many levels. I felt in many of the examples she used, that they were pages out of my own life's story. I not only loved how the shortcuts were outlined and explained, but I was convinced to try a few. They are easy...more
If I was to sum up this book as shortly as I could, I would say “self-awareness”. This theme travels through the book and shows that simple self-awareness allows a person to make a choice about their reaction to stressful situations.

While the content isn’t new, the format and approach are refreshing. The author is careful to use a conversational tone. The book feels more like a chat with a friend over coffee than other books of this genre that can be a bit preachy.

The author lists the many dai...more
I really liked this book. The author--a NH resident--includes lots of stories about how she uses the shortcuts in her own life and deals head-on with the issue that mindfulness practices don't always seem compatible with actual life. Serenity is much easier in a calm serene place, but it is really valuable in the middle of your daily chaos. This book seems to have some solid tools to help.

Oddly, this book was sitting on my desk waiting to be looked at when I went away for Thanksgiving. The infl...more
Celia Juliano
I love this book! I've read other self-help and mindfulness books, but this one is the simplest to put into practice and read in bits (which suits my current schedule). The shortcuts are clear and Bush's style is both anecdotal, authoritative (knowledge-based), and easy to read. I have been using the "Catch and Release" shortcut to good anything, this takes effort and time, but the tips are able to be incorporated into daily life and I have already noticed a shift in my attitude an...more
This is an amazing little book full of simple, yet effective, ways to reclaim or maintain inner tranquility. Ms. Bush points out multiple ways of using the book as a guide. The Appendices and Bibliography add enormously to the strength of this work. Would recommend it!
LOVED this. So many concrete, creative, and simple ways to cultivate inner peace and gratitude. Clears my "worthy of re-reading" hurdle to earn 5 stars.
Linda Yesline Yesline
Lovely book, lots of short easily-relatable anecdotes. Thoughtful quick meditations, though 70 was more than enough for me; I kinda caught the jist by reading about 10 or so.
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I am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Epping, New Hampshire. I am also the author of four self-help books including "Transcending Loss", "Claim Your Inner Grown-up", and "Shortcuts to Inner Peace: 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity". I've recently finished my most recent book with my husband, Daniel: "75 Habits for a Happy Marriage:...more
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