Dr. Laura Maciuika is a psychologist, author, speaker and transformation mentor. Being told often that she should write a book, she began to consider it seriously. She felt a book was needed to describe how the inside stories of stress creation and stress relief work. In 2011, Dr. Maciuika published Conscious Calm: Keys to Freedom from Stress and Worry.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve been bridging different realities from the start. I am first generation Lithuanian-American, so we spoke Lithuanian at home and English outside. In my training as a psychologist, I also trained in energy psychology and other healing modalities. I’ve ended up integrating East and West and mind, body and spirit to support people in lasting change and growth in their lives. And I’m an East coast transplant living now on the West coast, so that’s been another cultural bridge too!
What made you first decide to become a writer?
As a child I loved to write and assumed I’d be a writer. Then after reading so much psychology, personal development, spirituality, and healing across world cultures, I felt most everything of value had been said. I wrote articles and chapters and my enewsletter, but I felt there was not much new of value to say for an entire book. And it had to be valuable, usable information for me to want to take on a book project. But then a musical metaphor came to me: There are only so many notes in any musical scale, yet composers are still able to create new songs that touch some people. So I shifted my attitude: I could write something I believed was valuable, and some people would connect with my voice and message, just like some people will connect more with one song than another.
Can you tell us about your latest book?
Conscious Calm: Keys to Freedom From Stress and Worry is a practical guide to help people get free from the hidden stress traps so many of us fall into. The book brings together psychology and neuroscience, and knowledge from both East and West. It describes Nine Stress Secrets that people need to know to stop falling into internal stress traps, and Nine Keys to reaching Conscious Calm. The book describes step by step how people can avoid inner stress traps and experience lasting stress relief, inner peace, and greater happiness in their lives.
What inspired you to write it?
Over 20+ years of working with people as a psychologist, teacher, and seminar leader, I’ve seen that there are patterns in the challenges people face in lessening stress and moving forward in their lives. Most people haven’t been taught how emotions work in the body, or how to connect better with the information our body gives us. Few people have been shown the skills to recognize present from past emotional information when strong feelings show up. Without that knowledge, it’s easy to get caught in internal stress traps without realizing what happened, and to feel stressed and overwhelmed. But this knowledge is just not taught in most of our schools or families. I wanted to put that information together in a simple format, and get it out there to as many people as possible, especially with the high stress epidemic going on now.
What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?
After reading the book and doing the “Try This” exercises, people will take away the knowledge that they can avoid inner stress traps and feel greater calm, control and happiness in their lives.