Keep It Simple & Sane: Freeing Yourself From Addictive Thinking

April 16, 2012

Book review

She offers 24 simple ideas in four sections (mind, emotions, spirituality, physicality), along with strategies and exercises to introduce them into your daily life.

by Barb Rogers —

Inspired by the 12-step saying, “Life is simple, it’s people who are complicated,” Rogers points out that it is pretty easy to tell ourselves lie upon lie as we explain away bad behavior associated with drugs, alcohol, food, sex, work or whatever in an attempt to feel better about our complicated lives.

And of course, we can’t do anything to simplify our lives because we’re too busy keeping up with our complicated lives, so we drink, smoke or eat to seek release in inappropriate ways to relieve the complications. But we never do.

Through the telling of her own story and those of fellow travelers, Rogers encourages readers to wait, stop and hold the phone! Start with Mentally Simple (the opposite of Stinking Thinking) and just do it. Start small. “Grab a mental flashlight,” and follow her lead to discover what you were thinking and how you might think differently.

She offers 24 simple ideas in four sections (mind, emotions, spirituality, physicality), along with strategies and exercises to introduce them into your daily life. This is for people on a simple path to wellness, for people who simply want to take charge and change the things they can change, accept the things they cannot change and learn to know the difference without living an operatic, addictive song and dance.

$14.95 — Conari Press, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, 500 Third St., Ste. 230, San Francisco. CA 94107.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 28, Number 1, February/March 2009.


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