Calm by The School of Life
'Rather than strive to empty the mind, a favoured route to calm involves looking more carefully and slowly at our own agitated experiences with the aim of clarifying our underlying concerns.'
If you read my blog, you'll know that I subscribe to everything that The School of Life puts out there. I'm a full-blown School of Lifer, if that's even a thing. The description of this book resonated with me as soon as I read it. If there's one thing I need more of in my life, it's calm. I struggle with severe anxiety, panic attacks, and have ongoing problems with distress tolerance. My hope with this book was to gain more insight into the underlying agitations that make being calm and living calmly more difficult for me.
The introduction states "Calm has a natural and deep appeal. Most of us long to be more patient, unruffled, at ease and capable of reacting with quiet good humour to life's setbacks and irritants. But we are often still only at the beginning of knowing how to be calm."
I own more than ten School of Life books, and I'd definitely place this in the top three, although each one speaks to me on a different level. I took a bunch of notes throughout this book, and made highlights on almost every page. I highly recommend checking out this free excerpt from the book, courtesy of The School of Life.
These Calm Prompt Cards contain ideas and observations to help us handle these frustrations. Through ironic humour, consoling cultural references, and a small amount of pessimistic wisdom, they help to summon up our best and calmest selves.
The School of Life is an organization built to help us find calm, self-understanding, resilience and connection - especially during troubled times. They place an emphasis on the need to understand ourselves better, so that we can secure serenity and make optimally reliable decisions, particularly around love and work.