Hip-hop mogul, philanthropist and self-proclaimed yogi Russell Simmons signed copies of his latest book Success Through Stillness at a media event at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble in New York City. “It’s a subject I care about,” Simmons stated to the media and fans gathered at the bookstore.
Elaborating later, Simmons explained that he wanted to take a simple approach to his latest book, inspired by his 11-year-old daughter Aoki Lee Simmons and his desire to reach children. “I think every kid should meditate—I think every adult should meditate as well—but I really want to put it in schools,” he shared. “I wrote the book simple so I could give it to schools.”
Already a New York Times best-selling author, Simmons is sharing his fundamental key to success through meditation and he’s doing so in a very specific and easy read. “Meditation is simple and we should demystify it,” he says. “We should talk about the brain function and how it becomes more expansive and how meditation helps people relate to the world better and gets rid of sickness and sadness; and how meditation promotes happiness.”
While speaking to those in attendance, Simmons explained briefly how to use stillness and mental awareness to tap into your greatest potential. “When you’re driving, you should be able to see every flower,” Simmons said. Notables such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Oprah Winfrey have given glowing reviews of Success Through Stillness, with Winfrey speaking highly of its simplified depth and approach to conscientious living. Simmons says that he aims to show us that wealth and happiness comes first from within and monetary success will follow.
“It’s from the inside out, not the outside in. When you have a connection to the heart and the spirit, you’re very attractive. Needing nothing attracts everything. And I think meditation teaches you to be focused and hard-working without the drama and anxiety. You want to be happy. You want to go to work and enjoy your work.”
Co-authored by Chris Morrow, Success Through Stillness encourages readers to focus on finding inner peace as a means to increase material success. “Money doesn’t make you happy, but happy makes you money,” Simmons explained. “And if you want happiness, you should give it.”
– eeshe white