This book gives insight into the many aspects of stress, and shows how we can develop skillful ways to deal with stress and prevent burnout and other stress-related complaints. The author examines the various forms of stress we experience at work and in our private lives, giving particular attention to the causes of stress. He also explains the important role that awareness plays in managing and preventing stress, then looks at insight meditation as a practical method of mindfulness training and a way to inner freedom. After describing the benefits of insight meditation, he reveals how it can improve our energy management and help us recover from or prevent burnout.
Frits Koster has been practicing Vipassana meditation for about twenty-eight years, and lived and practiced as a monk in Buddhist monasteries in Southeast Asia for about five years. In 1988 he returned to the Netherlands, and he has been facilitating meditation retreats in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland ever since. He disrobed in 1994 and now works part-time in psychiatric health care, as well as teaching courses in Buddhist psychology and philosophy. Koster has written several books, including Liberating Insight (Silkworm Books, 2004) and The Web of Wisdom (Silkworm Books, forthcoming). He is known for his clarity, simplicity, and gentle approach to the Dhamma.