Russell Simmons ‘Success Through Stillness’ Review

‘Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple’ is an enjoyable read as Russell Simmons illustrates the endless benefits that individuals, and society as a whole, can receive through meditation.

Success Through Stillness by Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons is a hip-hop mogul, best-selling author, innovative entrepreneur, philanthropist and dedicated family man. So what does he credit with his ability to find such success? The answer is simple… meditation. In his new book Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple, Simmons thoughtfully provides readers with all the information they need to welcome the joy of stillness into their lives by beginning to practice meditation.

There is something for everyone in Success Through Stillness. Simmons lays out facts that prove the medical benefits of meditation which include everything from lower blood pressure to increased posture and flexibility. He further explains that with just 20 minutes of stillness a day, you will become acutely aware of the needs of your body, making it more likely that you will stick to your diet and exercise routines because meditation eliminates the “outside noise” that typically interferes with your plans.

While the body greatly benefits from meditation, it is in the mind where you will see the most results. Simmons presents studies, personal experiences and testimonials from famous meditators like David Lynch, Russell Brand, Ellen Degeneres and Deepak Chopra, which outline the increased clarity and decreased stress that can be found through meditation. While the book is primarily about meditation, Simmons also speaks of the benefits of yoga and living a vegan lifestyle.

As the title suggests, much of the book outlines various ways you can become more successful through meditation. Productivity can be increased while tapping into a childlike creativity that will set you apart from your peers. Simmons shares how some of his most inspired moments have come from meditation and he reminds us that one of our generations greatest innovators, Steve Jobs, was a dedicated practitioner.

One of the cornerstones of Success Through Stillness is that there is no wrong way to meditate. Simmons promotes meditation by any means possible, whether it means having a dedicated meditation room or finding solace in the solitude of your car. He generously shares his meditation routine to illustrate just how easy it is to increase your happiness levels by committing to daily meditation. By removing the perceived intimidating mysticism from the practice, Simmons makes meditation seem possible for everyone, no matter where you live, what (if any) religion you practice and how busy you may be. Success Through Stillness is a well-written, enjoyable read for anyone who is interested in meditation, but does not know where to start.

Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple by Russell Simmons will be available March 4, 2014 via Gotham Books.

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