Book Review: Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple

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Russell Simmons is a hip-hop mogul, best-selling author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and dedicated family man. So what does he credit with his ability to find such success? The answer is meditation. In his new book Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple, Simmons provides readers with all the information they need to achieve success through the practice of meditation.

Simmons explained the reason he has been a meditator for fifteen years: “It has given me energy, strength, health, wisdom, and access to my inner stillness, inner silence, inner bliss. It is my connection to myself; it is my connection to the universe.” He insists that this practice, which he views as a way to trick the mind to be still, can help almost anyone find great success.

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.

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.

The idea that Simmons has is that true success isn’t found during times of busyness. The goal is to instead be focused on silence. He’s so committed to this idea that he wants to see every kid in America to have time in school every day where all they do is sit in silence. The San Francisco Unified School District has started using a quiet time with their middle school students and the results are outstanding.

Silence and stillness help people face their challenges because it prevents them from running away. It’s so easy to distract one’s attention away from problems that life can bring with modern technology. From TV shows on an iPad to checking email constantly instead of working, it’s incredibly easy to lose the ability to produce every day. Simmons says sometimes you’ve just go to stop, wherever you happen to be, and just let silence reign supreme.

Would you be able to lift a 200-pound set of weights the first time you go to the gym? Just like muscle needs to be developed in order to create strength, Simmons says that meditation must be developed to create results. Instead of struggling to find time to meditate every day, you’ll instead create time automatically once you are in the habit of sitting in stillness and you’ll start reaping its benefits. Once people see the benefits of meditation in their own lives, Simmons has no doubt that it will top their priority list and become part of their daily routine.

Simmons brings his real-life experience to everyone. His perspective is unique and proven, which makes it a very worthwhile read. If you’re struggling with your days, Simmon’s advice to you is simple: sit in silence, let the problem come to you, and then solve it.