I don't think this was the actual post where I first heard about it, but this gives the just of what I read). Since the library didn't have a copy, I bought it on my Kindle. I planned on reading it sooner, but didn't actually get to it until the flight home from my vacation earlier this month. I read most of the book then, but didn't actually finish it until a few days later (I actually should have finished it a day before I did - I stopped reading that night because I thought there was still like 80% of the book to go, but that turned out to be mostly notes and the index!)
So Stress Less, Accomplish More explains Fletcher's method of meditation (or at least the lite version of her Ziva Method). She grounds the book in science, showing how meditating just twice a day for 15 minutes can be so good for you, helping you finally beat stress and start accomplishing all that you want to in life. Many celebrities and successful business people (many of whom share their stories in the book) have used the Ziva method (or other forms of meditation) to do just that.
Now I'm not going to lie: the book gets a bit repetitive. It takes until chapter 8 before it finally tells you the Ziva method (the other like 7 chapters just keep going on about all the health benefits; while this was good to read, it definitely hit the point where she could have just listed the rest and gotten to the point, rather than going into so much detail). That being said though, the book is easy to read, even while being so heavily grounded in science (neuroscience in particular).
I was personally interested in reading Stress Less, Accomplish More because I had started meditating after reading You Have Four Minutes to Change Your Life, but have since fallen out of the habit. I was hoping that reading this book would help me get back into the habit. I was a bit daunted at the thought of trying to fit in two fifteen minute sessions of meditation per day (Rebekah Borucki's book was advocating for four minute sessions, and I believe only once a day). But since starting to use Fletcher's method on December 16th, I've fit in two sessions on the majority of the days (and one session on the other three). I can't point to seeing many benefits as I've only been meditating consistently for the last 11 days with the Ziva method, but I'm not going to lie, it definitely gives you more energy! I've had days where I've meditated then gone off to fit far more into my afternoon than I thought was possible!!!
So while the book itself can get a bit tedious while you're eagerly waiting to read about the Ziva method, overall I thought it was well-written and definitely worth the read!
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