Doug Zaccanelli is married; he and his wife Carol have three grown children together. They live in an old farmhouse beside a lake in Michigan.
Doug has been practicing and teaching a discipline called Raja Yoga since the early 1970’s. He came upon it while searching for a way out of the deep depression and post traumatic stress he was in after his time as a combat infantryman in Vietnam.
Raja Yoga involves training the mind, using progressive and sometimes intense breathing exercises together with concentration techniques that are designed to help calm and still the mind. From the mental training and the intense discipline, Raja Yoga also becomes a study of consciousness, mind and thoughts and their processes. In the course of his studies he discovered some simple realities of mind and thought that are not obvious and many have overlooked.
The most important discovery he has found is that there is healing power in holding the mental processes still. Holding the mind and mental processes still and stopping thought is the purpose of practicing Raja Yoga. The activity of stopping thoughts and the thought processes affects the thoughts that cause depression. The process quickly and effectively breaks down the intrusive and overwhelming thoughts and thought patterns that depressed people find themselves in.
Being still is based on the broader discipline of Raja Yoga, but with the central focus on a simple mental exercise of holding the mental processes still. While teaching Being Still he has continued to perfect the exercise. In the end, what he teaches has become a very short and simple mental exercise. This system is so simple that it will enable almost anyone to use it successfully. It has been proven successful for everyone who practices it.
Since 2008 Mr. Zaccanelli has been teaching his Being Still exercise to military veterans at the Battle Creek Veterans Hospital. Some of what is covered in this book is based on the things he teaches at the VA Hospital.
Mr. Zaccanelli has spent many years counseling, teaching and researching the causes and cures for depression and PTSD. As he explains in this work, depression and PTSD is because of the conscious thoughts and not some subconscious or unconscious thing, as many believe. His extensive research and personal experience makes him able to explain how and why that is. He is able to explain what is really going on in the mind and how it works. His knowledge and experience make him uniquely qualified and able to teach these correct principles in a way that most people can understand and will make them better able to free themselves from their condition.