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All psychological and spiritual growth involves not just freedom for our self, but freedom from our self — freedom from the automatic thoughts and behaviors toward which we’ve become largely unconscious, and which limit our joy and fulfillment in life.  Shira Taylor Gura’s methods are wise, gentle reminders on how to become more conscious, sane, and loving in an increasingly demanding world.”  Larry Dossey, MD, Author:  ONE MIND:  How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters.

Shira Taylor Gura knows how to get unstuck. Through dozens of everyday examples—from domestic irritations to the fear of political violence—she describes, step by step, how to free ourselves from reactivity and the limits of false beliefs. Her self-deprecating humor is winning; her practical clarity is incisive; her core of compassion is inspiring. As Gura both demonstrates and embodies, getting unstuck not only restores us to our truest selves, it opens the door to peace in ourselves and in our communities.”
Frank Rogers, Professor of Spiritual Formation and Narrative Pedagogy & Co-Director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at the Claremont School of Theology; Author of Practicing Compassion.

“With down-to-earth examples from her own life, Shira Taylor Gura presents a very practical tool to release us from the reflex-reactions we often regret.”
David Richo, You Are Not What You Think, 2015 

We can all recognize ourselves in the revealing stories Shira Taylor Gura tells about getting stuck in the everyday events of life. This intimate sharing inspires the reader to try out The S.T.U.C.K. Method for their own liberation.”
–Rabbi Jeff Roth, Director of The Awakened Heart Project  
“The S.T.U.C.K. Method is wise, skillful, and practical. Most importantly, though, it offers the possibility of real change.” Carla Naumburg, PhD, author of Ready, Set, Breathe: Practicing Mindfulness with Your Children for Fewer Meltdowns and a More Peaceful Family
“The S.T.U.C.K. Method is a wonderful, practical guide to utilizing mindfulness and emotional awareness to unstick yourself from destructive emotional patterns and live from a place of greater freedom and openness.” Dr. Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels, founder of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation
“When we get stuck in life, we often create suffering for others as well as ourselves. Learning to free oneself from this pattern is at the heart of The S.T.U.C.K. Method. Shira Taylor Gura has created a simple acronym S.T.U.C.K as a process for looking deeply at the triggers, thoughts, emotions and stories that we tell ourselves — some of which have the potential of becoming a lifetime script.” – Jerry Braza, Ph.D., author of The Seeds of Love: Growing Mindful Relationships  

“The Stoics of Ancient Greece cautioned us to check in with our emotions and consider whether each of our emotional reactions is serving us or has the potential to harm us (or others). In the 1950s and 1960s, psychiatrist Aaron Beck and clinical psychologist Albert Ellis introduced new types of talk therapies that clinicians may employ with clients, cognitive therapies, in which the connection between thoughts and emotions is explored and thoughts are modified to enhance mental health. Today we can engage in such self-examination without a therapist. Shira Taylor Gura presents a simple, step-by-step, and easy-to-remember process through which we may notice and gain control of our emotions, thereby enhancing our well-being. Several other do-it-yourself cognitive therapy systems exist, but Ms. Gura’s is particularly simple to implement and memorable. Try her approach once and I think you will be S.T.U.C.K. on it.” –Gretchen M. Reevy, PhD, editor of The Praeger Handbook on Stress and Coping and author of Encyclopedia of Emotion.

“The S.T.U.C.K. Method has been life-transforming for me in my roles as family member, friend, and physician. Each of us can use this powerful technique to guide our thoughts and emotions, and thereby our bodies, away from unnecessary, heart pounding distress and towards mindful, health-promoting calm.”  Shoshana T. Melman, MD, Pediatrician & Director, Foster Care Program; CARES Institute

“Challenging one’s automatic beliefs and interpretations, along with finding self compassion for themselves, is key to living a life of peace, joy and freedom. Shira Taylor Gura finds a simple way to help people find new ways of thinking, not only about challenging situations they may face, but also about embracing a new way of relating to themselves.” – Joanna F. Kleinman, LCSW, Creator of the “Dethroning Your Inner Critic” series and Founder of The Center For Extraordinary Relationships

“There is scientific evidence that writing about emotional upheavals can improve physical and mental health. Putting our feelings and thoughts into words can make a difference when you are stuck.  As Shira Taylor Gura clearly articulates, writing can help people get unstuck.” – Joshua Smyth, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Biobehavioral Health and co-author of “Opening Up by Writing it Down: How Expressive Writing Improves Health and Eases Emotional Pain.”

“The S.T.U.C.K. Method is wise and paced when undertaken with pen and paper. Writing is more powerful than thinking or talking, so use the Five Simple Steps to help you out of your embattled situations or dilemmas – in this companion journal.” – Dr. Gillie Bolton, author of “The Writer’s Key: Creative Solutons for Life.”