2 out of 4 stars
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The MISOGI Method] is a self-help guide by happiness expert Jodi B. Miller. The book outlines a way to achieve lasting happiness and success. Misogi is essentially a rite of purification which involves placing oneself under the cascade of a very cold waterfall. It is believed that this action literally washes away the impurities of the participant. Given that the origin of the Misogi ritual dates back to the eighth-century Japanese Shintō religion, The MISOGI Method is a modern-day interpretation of the traditional practice.
The MISOGI Method consists of fourteen chapters spread across five parts. There is a separate conclusion which includes misogi interviews and additional resources. The author also includes a transcript of her TEDx talk. After an overview of the differences between traditions and rituals and a brief history of the misogi ritual, Miller attempts to replicate the practice by suggesting some modern-day examples like the ice bucket challenge or a really cold shower. I am afraid to say that the only thing I like about this book is the way in which the author likens a misogi challenge to a three-act structure with a beginning, middle and end.
While the author’s consistent colloquial style highlights her efforts to create a genuine connection with her readers, this technique soon backfires as the text progresses. Miller seems to strive to self-promote her other best-selling book at almost every opportunity in the text. I dislike the author’s tone of smug self-satisfaction which appears to overshadow any feelings of humility which should ensue after a misogi. Further to this, Miller’s suggestion of trying cryotherapy as a misogi reveals that her book is aimed primarily at a privileged demographic. Readers who already have a good idea of the kind of goal they wish to achieve may find the questions at the end of each chapter helpful for reflection, reinforcement and motivation.
I rate The MISOGI Method only 2 out of 4 stars. The numerous grammatical errors in this book indicate sloppy and unprofessional editing. While many may feel inspired and empowered by the overall positive message in this book, I think there may be alternatives to the process of finding lasting happiness that do not necessarily involve moving outside of one’s comfort zone.
I would recommend The MISOGI Method to those who are in need of a little motivation to push themselves outside of their comfort zone in order to achieve a form of happiness. I hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who loathes self-help guides.
The MISOGI Method
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