Success through Stillness

success thru stillnessHave you ever felt yourself scrambling to carve out a quiet moment away from your spouse, significant other, children, or even the madness associated with your job? “Think about how much time we waste everyday being judgmental toward people over things they have no control over.” How would you feel, what would you do if you just left all that drama alone for just 20 minutes?  SUCCESS THROUGH STILLNESS – Meditation Made Simple by Russell Simmons addresses many of the common myths, excuses and so much more.

As you read the book you might get the impression that Russell Simmons is a super salesperson for Buddhism. That may be true, but challenge yourself to look beyond the messenger and be open to the message. Let that not be the only take away you get from this book. He is determined to remind us that “the practice of meditation is not a religion.” For many people it is a strongly held misconception that serves as one of the main excuses they give. The author does a very good job of debunking that and other myths, such as “finding a good place to meditate,” and “my mind is too busy to meditate.”

SUCCESS THROUGH STILLNESS challenges us to think about how much control we actually have over our time. How much we choose to productively use or unproductively waste. Russell Simmons encourages us to start your day by being still for 20 minutes, two times a day and allow your mind, body and spirit to be still. Twenty minutes before coffee, before kids, before all other voices and endless chatter. What if you invested four and a half hours a week and it reduced you blood pressure by 50%, helped reduce your stress level by at least 25% and enabled you to get a good night’s sleep (at least seven to eight hours) would you try it? Meditation has been shown to produce these results and can also “help buildup the part of your brain that promotes memory and emotion and help shrink that part that causes stress.”


  • “It really doesn’t matter, what matters is being open and being committed.”
  • “Don’t ever forget that you always have the ability to make a change in how you perceive and react to the world.” That power is always within your grasp. You just have to learn how to harness it.”
  • “Meditation allows you to have a different relationship with your thoughts than you usually have.”
  • “Through the study of books one seeks God; by meditation one finds him.” – Saint Padre Pio.
  • “All successful men and women devote much time to deep concentration. They are able to dive deeply within their minds and to find pearls of right solutions for the problems that confront them.” – Yogi Yogananda.

Simply put, this is a book about the life-changing effect meditation can have on your life.His reason for writing the book is simple by”committing to 20 minutes, twice a day, will radically transform how you feel  about yourself and your relationship with the world.” As well as, “to feel balanced and peaceful all the time,” not just when something “good” is happening to you.

There are so many reasons to like this book. The obvious being the simplistic, easy and engaging writing style. Russell Simmons is a man of few words, “quiet and unassuming.”  Best practices are interwoven throughout the entire book and each chapter reflects his struggle to acknowledge and accept his past (demons and all). He talks about his human frailties, as well as shortcomings, and how meditation was one of the most successfully powerful ways that helped him refocus and get his life back on track.

Do you feel like you are living your life like a hamster constantly running on the wheel in a cage? If you have ever had these feelings, it’s probably time to take a new or another approach “in those rare moments of stillness…were the foundations of happiness and success.”

Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates SUCCESS THROUGH STILLNESS as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs)…just the right mixture of content and pages.

Permission granted by RandomHousePenquin Publishing



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