All of us are presented with different negative things and events each day. Somehow, in some ways, we tend to get stressed which could affect our thoughts and thus our everyday living. There are hundreds of articles that offer different tips on how to stay calm every now and then to do away stress and mental fatigue. But most of these articles are written only by some know-it-all bloggers and freelance writers.
Dr. Mark Beischel, has prepared important observations, facts and explanations then laid it all in this book, Calming the Brain Through Mindfulness and Christian Meditation. Contrary to what other blogs are suggesting, which are obviously aimed narrowly at marketability of the company they were writing for, and to what medical experts offer, such as constant medications which may have serious side effects over time and could become addictive, Mark suggests to try the traditional way: mindfulness, prayer, and meditation.
The book does not only lay down the steps one by one, unlike what other books and articles usually do. It explains well how the brain, which is the very part of the body that is clouded with tons of trillions of information every minute, becomes the primary subject of stress. According to Mark, “the brain is social in nature”, so that the development of a child’s brain is greatly dependent on the surrounding environment. If the child lives in a harsh environment, the child will most probably grow up with a negative personality. Calming the Brain is a must-read especially for parents who have been too busy in their work. The book explains well how and why good parenting is one of the key factor of a child’s development? that the parent-child relationship sets the stage for all the future relationships.
Calming the Brain is spectacular in its own way, with Mark making his patients and few acquaintances as his model. What makes this book unique, unlike other self-help books, is how Mark sequenced David’s story to fit into the discussions in each chapter. David was his patient, who suffered from psychological disorder due to several abuses he had undergone in his much earlier years as a child. This sequencing makes readers sit back and give a little more time continuing to read, as they try to anticipate what really happened to David and how he was able to overcome his predicament.