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Shortcuts to Inner Peace: 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  202 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews

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 (first published August 1st 1997)
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Apr 10, 2008 Candice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone grieving, especially those farther out from the death; people supporting someone in grief
This is one of the most compelling, authentic, and affirming grief books I've read in the last almost three years of being a young widow. In all the grief books I've read, few discuss the long-term effects of grief, much to my growing frustration as it gets longer and longer since my husband died. This book does, and does it well. Everything the author describes resonates and feels accurate.

She lays out three initial phases of grief--shock, disorganization, and reconstruction--and then adds two
Dec 02, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who want to try meditation but are short on time or patience
Shelves: meditation
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
Nov 04, 2011 Jacki rated it really liked it
Shelves: guides, first-reads
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
Aug 24, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
Apr 20, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Feb 05, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
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
Ami Jo
Apr 30, 2013 Ami Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect thing to read at this point in my life. Also, I like her stages of grief (shock, disorganization, reconstruction, synthesis) a lot better than anything else I've read. Synthesis especially makes sense to me - you have to synthesize this loss into your life, because it's never going away.

Her path to making loss meaningful is through Spirituality, Outreach (not necessarily formally volunteering, but just reaching out to others going through a painful time), Attitude (how you approach life)
Celia Juliano
May 16, 2012 Celia Juliano rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-growth
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
Dec 14, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: bow, self-improvement
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
Ashley Bush
Apr 12, 2013 Ashley Bush rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My husband, Daniel Arthur Bush, PhD, and I loved writing this book together. It is essentially a handbook for a healthy relationship. Whether you want to speak the right Love Language, decrease the stress levels of your spouse, raise his testosterone levels, or calm the Four Horsemen, this book is packed full of the tools you need to bring your relationship to a higher level of intimacy and connection.
Nov 09, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
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!
Jul 11, 2012 MJ rated it it was amazing
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.
Emgee Domville
Aug 29, 2013 Emgee Domville rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful and worthy guide. Helped my partner and I to explore what we loved about each other.
Jan 25, 2017 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After all is said and done, I found it minimally helpful. A large factor is the religion/spirituality piece. If you are not inclined in that way, the book leaves you with large gaps in the healing process.
Jan 01, 2017 Yolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really helped me with my long term grief because it had a lot of stories about real people and the different things that they go through over the years as their grief changes but never goes away. I highly recommend it to anyone who has experienced the loss of someone close to them.
I really liked this book.

It was written in short digestible vignettes, each one focusing on a different habit to work on. I liked that each of the habits drew on various philosophies on relationships (which the author sketches out shortly in the beginning of the book.)

There was a mix of practical habits and more "new agey" habits and I personally preferred the former to the latter, but it was interesting to see the different perspective.

There were many habits that are applicable and useful and I
Aug 05, 2014 Tess rated it really liked it
Ich habe mir die deutsche Ausgabe von diesem Buch gekauft - mit dem herrlichen, denglischen Titel "Gelassenheit to go". Ganz unabhängig vom Titel ist der Inhalt des Buches ganz nett und ziemlich schnell erklärt: ca. 70 (?) Übungen und Mini-Meditationen, um zu lernen gelassener und entspannter zu werden. Die Übungen sind allesamt sehr kurz und einfach. Sie wirken leicht in den Alltag einbringbar, da sie immer an eine alltägliche Aufgabe gekoppelt sind, z.B. Duschen oder Türe aufschließen. Ob das ...more
Jan 15, 2011 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, grief
This is the first book on loss that I have read that addresses grief’s on-going impact on life. I found it difficult to read. It took me a long time (months). I think that it was perhaps too soon for me to read it. I have a lot underlined, and I can see that the author was meaning to provide hope, and help you eventually transcend the pain and go on to a meaningful, purposeful, joyful life. And I want to get there, and expect I will, and maybe I’ll use the info in this book, but... I just didn’t ...more
May 10, 2015 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like to read marriage books. I'm not quite three years into a healthy, happy marriage and my partner and I want to keep our marriage strong. This book is a quick survey of small acts of kindness, appreciation, celebration and open communication. Many of them we already do- and it was good to remind me that we want to maintain those habits. Others are an easy, fun addition to life and others aren't relevant or interesting to us. I bet I will re-visit this book throughout our marriage to remind ...more
Jackie Lee
Jul 18, 2014 Jackie Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: live-happy
AMAZING book. This book is exactly what I've been looking for, for years. I've tried "self help" and "meditation" books, only to find myself feeling peaceful for about 10 minutes after I get off the cushion. This book provides easy to implement ways to continue that feeling of inner peace throughout the day, to the point where feeling peaceful becomes a habit. I love this book, it's absolutely my new "go to" book when it comes to feeling good, and creating inner peace.
Jan 06, 2008 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grief-books
I love this book. I began to cry just reading the preface. The author gives words to grief that you are sure no one else can understand. The friends I have given it to report the same sense of relief when reading this book...someone understands my loss, my grief, and the never ending lesson of moving forward with the gift of a soul that once was in my life.
Sep 09, 2014 ZebraPrintRocks rated it it was amazing
One of the books that I borrowed from the library that I ended up purchasing from the bookstore later because it was so helpful. I cherish this book and find it very simple and easy to follow. I actually don't own many self-help books, but this one was a must read/buy! I find myself picking it up from time to time just to remind myself of easy little tactics to make life a bit more enjoyable.
Aug 08, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noticed another GR member reading and thought I'd give it a try, very glad I did this is the type of book that allows you to read what's of interest to you you don't need to read the whole thing. It's down to earth and honest. I would recommend it to every couple no matter how happy you are! Some good tips on keeping a strong marriage strong and building up one that's weakened.
This book might be more useful at some point, but the author speaks in such generalities that for now it's not helpful. I'm more in need of the how of the process than to stand in amazement at the results at this point.
Nov 28, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
This was a book that I skimmed. Meaning I would go to the next topic and if it interested me, I would read it. There were some practical tips and I loved that she tied mindfulness to a trigger of something you do in the day.
An actually useful book about how to find ways to ground mundane actions in your day so that your life is more meditative.
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.
Marilena rated it it was amazing
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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:
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“Synthesis is the gateway to Transcendence, because once you accept that you are forever changed and that life is forever different, you have to ask, "What are you going to do about that fact? Will the change be for the better or for worse?" It's the loss itself that becomes the catalyst for meaning. (pg 273)” 9 likes
“One griever told me that three years after her twenty-eight-year-old daughter died unexpectedly, she was having a bad day and found herself quite depressed and sad. She called a friend hoping to find a sympathetic ear but instead was assaulted by the friend’s exclamation, ‟You mean you’re still grieving over her, after three three years?” The friend’s question was not meant to be malicious. She honestly didn’t understand that to a grieving mother three years is nothing. She was sadly ignorant that major loss lasts a lifetime. This woman is not alone in her ignorance. I’ve heard educated people tell me that they thought the average length of the grieving process was two to four weeks. Maybe that was just their wishful thinking. We’re an immediate-gratification society that values quick fixes, a generation raised on microwaves and fast foods. We prefer our solutions and emotions conveniently packaged for the swiftest consumption. So we expect grief to be a quick and easy process with no bitter aftertaste. But how can we expect to love someone, lose someone—and not be changed irrevocably? How can we realistically expect this to be a speedy process? Yet time and again grievers tell me they are being asked, “When will you be your old self again?” or “It’s been three months already, shouldn’t you be over this by now?” Perhaps you’ve heard comments like this too, and chances are that as a result, you feel quite confused and isolated in your grief. Maybe you’ve been asking yourself the same questions.” 1 likes
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