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Redirect your attention away from the “stuck” situation and attend fully to something in the present moment. Consider noticing your breath as an example of a stop.
Tell yourself what emotion(s) you feel. Say, “I am stuck on …” (For example, “I am stuck on anger.”) Note where you feel this in your body. Where, what, how does it feel like?
Uncover the beliefs that support your emotion(s) and check the accuracy of each of them. Ask yourself, “Is this 100% accurate?”
Stretch your “consideration muscles” and consider other perspectives to your story.
Have compassion for yourself for having gotten stuck in the first place.
– 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.
–David Richo, You Are Not What You Think, 2015
–Rabbi Jeff Roth, Director of The Awakened Heart Project
–Gretchen M. Reevy, PhD, editor of The Praeger Handbook on Stress and Coping and author of Encyclopedia of Emotion.
Shira Taylor Gura has a bare, honest style of writing that not only draws readers in, but allows them to relate in some way to each of her stories. Despite being a self-help book, it does not always read like one; rather, it is more like a friend giving advice than a self-titled expert lecturing the reader into submission. This friendly tone makes Getting unStuck so much more effective. In her author’s bio, Gura attributes her inspiration for the S.T.U.C.K. Method to her experiences as an occupational therapist and yoga instructor; it is this calm wisdom that is evident on every page of her book.
The S.T.U.C.K. Method is simple and straightforward, but has a lot of promise. It demands honesty with oneself, which may be difficult for some, but would surely be worthwhile in the long run. As far as self-help books go, it’s definitely a great one. There are no false promises or tedious tasks, only honesty and reflection. This alone makes Getting unStuck a truly introspective, inspirational piece of literature.”
Originally reviewed by the staff of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com.