Title: ALL STORMS PASS: The Anti-Meditations
Author: Luke Benoit
Date published: 2012 by CreateSpace
Date published: 2012 by CreateSpace
Author’s Web Site: All Storms Pass
Available on Amazon: Amazon: All Storms Pass
SUMMARY: Author and Life Coach Luke Benoit knows from personal experience what it feels like to rise up from the ashes like the mythical Phoenix, and lives to help others do the same. His book has helped me in my own dark times.
all storms pass
and happiness will always be a decision
even when I feel like I can’t make it.
I can learn to stay out of my own way
no matter what has happened to me
or where I’ve come from
or what I’ve done or not done
in the past.
and I can let the good inside me
take and carry me
and let that shape be
- All Storms Pass: The Anti-Meditations by Luke Benoit
“You’re not going to get this book if you’re stupid,” said author and Life Coach Luke Benoit during a chat about his new book All Storms Pass: The Anti-Meditations. “You’re just not.”
I would love that on a t-shirt. Hope they come out soon.
Taken out of context, this statement may sound a tad arrogant, but what author hasn’t thought that about their book and kept it private? In context, Benoit was saying different people will get different things out of his book and some may never get it. The way he said it is typical of his straight-from-the-heart / take-it-or-leave-it style that forms the spine of All Storms Pass which opens with this “Statement of Self-Esteem”:
“If anyone ever told you that you were less than wonderful…they lied.”
Okay, so what about Hitler? Shouldn’t he have listened to people who said he was less than wonderful? But this proves Benoit’s point. The stout-hearted narcissistic sociopaths (aka “stupids”) of this world will never seek wisdom, humility and healthy self-esteem. You won’t find them searching their souls in a 12-Step or hiring therapists or “life coaches.”
Benoit has alchemized tried-and-true “recovery” maxims, pop culture sayings and lyrics, and a dollop of his own raw honesty to create a series of healing “poems” that move the reader and stimulate contemplation. On the back cover, he acknowledges the book's similarities with classic meditation books such as Melody Beattie’s The Language of Letting Go, but advises his meditations are “very different.”
All Storms Pass has only been out a few weeks, and is already gaining popularity as it garners great reviews, including one Midwesterner who admitted Fear of Californian Superficiality before actually reading it and finding resonance.
I also reviewed the book favorably, so it was a pleasure to be able to pick Luke Benoit’s brain about the book’s process and publication. Before we launch into the interview, Benoit expresses happy exhaustion: “It’s like having a baby!”
Q: Are you from the West Coast originally?
A: I was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Prep School educated. Escaped at 18 to be as far away from every part of my life as possible. I came to Los Angeles to go to USC Film School and study screenwriting. But as the B-52's said, "Remember, wherever you go there you are..."
Q: Where do you live now?
A: Orange County, California.
Q: Tell me about the Anti-Meditations.
A: They are called the Anti-Meditations because they are very different from meditations that you would read in traditional meditation books. A lot of them are dark or challenging, and some of them are like poems. But they're never simple and they don't necessarily give you a simple answer or tool for a "one day at a time" solution. Because sometimes I think life just isn't like that.
Q: How did you come to write this book?
A: Well, All Storms Pass is me. It just came out of me. It has my personality.
I had a lot of different trainings in Recovery and the 12-Step Program, and in mental health and personal therapy and reading and reading and lots and lots of work on myself. I suppose it sounds big-headed but it just truly a reflection of who I am.