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Full Catastrophe Living
Jon Kabat-Zinn
0385303122
Jan 1990
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Book Review
Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, is perhaps the best-known proponent of using meditation to help patients deal with illness. (The somewhat confusing title is from a line in Zorba the Greek in which the title character refers to the ups and downs of family life as "the full catastrophe.") But this book is also a terrific introduction for anyone who has considered meditating but was afraid it would be too difficult or would include religious practices they found foreign. Kabat-Zinn focuses on "mindfulness," a concept that involves living in the moment, paying attention, and simply "being" rather than "doing." While you can practice anything "mindfully," from taking a walk to cleaning your house, Kabat-Zinn presents several meditation techniques that focus the...


Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
Joan Borysenko
0553345567
Jan 1987
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From Library Journal
Borysenko, co-founder and director of the Mind/Body Clinic at New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School, describes the clinic's ten-week program for learning to "mind the body" through a medical synthesis of neurology, immunology, and psychology. She provides step-by-step instructions to the clinic's techniques while suggesting how they can be adapted for individual use. Combining meditation, breath control and stretching exercises, and mindfulness, and drawn from work with patients aged 17 to 93, these techniques help ease the stress of illnessparticularly illness caused by stressby exploiting the body's natural capacity for healing. Readers who master them can achieve an admirable balance between inner self and environment. Jodith Janes, Univ. Hospitals of ClevelandCopyright 1987 Reed Business...


Meditation as Medicine
Cameron Stauth
0743400658
Jan 2001
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Book Review
Long-term meditators experience 80 percent less heart disease and 50 percent less cancer than nonmediators, according to a large body of studies. Meditation has been shown to improve sleep and reduce chronic pain. Not all meditation is equally effective, however. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., has developed a form of advanced meditation he calls "Medical Meditation," which "more fully addresses every element of our physical and ethereal makeup... a full-service approach." Medical Meditation is an adaptation of kundalini yoga combined with meditation, using specific breathing patterns, posture and movements, mantras, and mental focus.

Different Medical Meditation focus on different physiological benefits for specific conditions, so once you've learned the basics, you can choose a specific Medical Meditation for high blood...



Healing Back Pain Naturally
Arthur Brownstein
0743424646
June 2001
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From Library Journal
After abusing his back for years, Brownstein, a practicing physician, turned to conventional medicine for relief. Surgery did not reduce the pain and led to an ongoing use of strong painkillers. Frustrated, Brownstein embarked on his own self-healing journey. The knowledge he acquired from yoga, meditation, diet, relaxation, and deep breathing was channeled into a program he calls Back To Life. Unlike the quick fixes offered by conventional medicine, Brownstein's program works holistically and requires changing unhealthy life patterns. He introduces the reader to a stretching program and strengthening exercises (demonstrated in black-and-white photos), then covers stress management, nutrition, return to work, and the psycho-spiritual elements of recovery. This is a readable book, less blunt than John Sarno's...


Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul: Stories to Warm the Heart and Honor The Relationship(Chicken Soup for the Soul Series)
Jack Canfield
075730088X
March 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
This latest addition to the Chicken Soup series will seem mawkish and sappy to some readers, but it is pleasantly uplifting overall. While some of the contributors are well known-Jaquelyn Mitchard and Eda LeShan-most are not. Perhaps, that's why these emotional mother-daughter stories resonate. The vignettes all revolve around the unique bond between mothers and daughters that is often surprising or not fully appreciated until after someone is ill or dies. For example, Julia A. Doyle writes, "In 1990, my mother's life was cut short by the selfishness of a drunk driver. I was sixteen, and had so much left to learn from Mom, but she had already taught me her greatest lesson-loving and caring unselfishly." In "The Lost Heart," Therese Brady Donohue remembers being present while one of her daughters gave birth-at the...


Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson
Joan Borysenko
0446392243
Jan 1990
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From Library Journal
Postulating that guilt is the root cause of many physical and emotional ailments, the author presents a mind/body system intended to eradicate guilt and promote well-being. Rejecting both formal religions and science, she develops a psycho-spiritual program that focuses inward on the human psyche; indeed, many of her good pointers for overcoming guilt are embedded in mystical and visionary experience. Borysenko affirms the reality of visions and relates instances of her patients' seeing the light--literally--and recovering from physical pain. The book is replete with New Age-type jargon: "Can you remember times when you were spontaneously centered and in touch with the Self?" The author's strange amalgam of pseudo-scientific concepts, extraneous elements of Eastern religions, and strands of mysticism will...


Saying Yes to Change: Essential Wisdom for Your Journey
Joan Borysenko
1401907784
December 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Change is both scary business and an inescapable fact of life. Everything is impermanent and eventually passes away. Some changes are natural, like aging through the lifecycle. Others are sudden and catastrophic, such as illness, bankruptcy, or the death of a loved one. Change is an opportunity to shed the limitations of the lower self and be reborn to the higher self. This book is an inspiring and practical guide to that process, incorporating personal stories, cutting-edge psychological research, and the perennial philosophy of the world’s great wisdom traditions.


The Hoffman Process
Tim Laurence
0553382764
June 2004
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Review
"The program in this book is the finest and most complete expression of what healing and spirituality are all about. If it was the only book available on psychospiritual transformation, it would be enough."
--Joan Borysenko, co-founder of the Harvard Mind-Body Clinic, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

"The Hoffman Process brings forth spiritual leadership in a person. It made my spirituality come alive. Through the Hoffman Process I actually brought my faith into my daily actions."
--Ken Blanchard, Ph.D., Chair, Blanchard Training and Development, Inc., Author of One-Minute Manager

"The Hoffman Process is the most effective method I know for releasing your original pain and connecting deeply and joyously with your Soul. I recommend it without...


The Power of the Mind to Heal
Joan Borysenko
0743530152
Jan 2003
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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Midwest Book Review
Joan Borysnko is a former cancer cell biologist with a degree from harvard Medical School. She and her husband have written an informative and insightful book detailing the psychological and spiritual causes behind the diseases and ailments that aflict us. In easy-to-understand laymen's terms, the Borysenkos show the reader how our thoughts and actions affect our physical bodies and how we can thwart these fear-based afflictions. The Power of the Mind to Heal will provide the readers with vital information to help themselves achieve long-lasting mental and physical health throughout all the years of their lives! --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Deepak Chopra, M.D. With eloquence and elegance, The Power of the Mind to Heal will change you...


The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing
Kenneth S. Cohen
0345421094
January 1999
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Book Review
Qigong (ch'i kung) is the modern incarnation of a Chinese energy art that goes back over 2,000 years. With superior scholarship and scientific acumen, The Way of Qigong covers the entire range of theory and practice, including relaxation, meditation, massage, therapeutic touch, and postures. Qi (ch'i) means "life energy," and the goal of qigong, master and Chinese scholar Ken Cohen tells us, is "to train the mind to send qi where it is needed." In this encyclopedic work, Cohen teaches us not only how to do qigong, but what it means and how it benefits us, from what kind of tea is best in the summer to how to have better sex. Cohen is at his best when reducing arcane Chinese theories to plain English, and as a result, The Way of Qigong is as interesting as it is useful. --Brian Bruya --This text refers...


Pocketful of Miracles
Joan Borysenko
0446395366
Jan 1994
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Download Description
As the seasons change, so do our lives. In this unforgettable book, Joan Borysenko offers a unique, organic means of drawing personal strength and spiritual succor from the wondrous cycles of nature. Drawing on the ancient wisdom at the core of the world's religions, the guidance of the four great Archangels that stand at the gates of the Medicine Wheel, and her own deep mystical experience, she has divided the book into twelve inspiring monthly sections. Each reflects such emotionally significant themes as Forgiveness, Rebirth in Love, and Spiritual Healing. And each provides daily meditations, prayers, and affirmations that help you let go of fear and realize the light of peace and compassion that dwells throughout the universe . . . and within your own heart.


Fire in the Soul
Joan Borysenko
0446670154
Jan 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
Difficult and tragic events, stresses Borysenko ( Minding the Body, Mending the Mind ), need not ruin our lives. They often bear the seeds of transformational healing and spiritual awakening--if we are willing to receive them and shed old beliefs. In a collection that draws on anecdotes, therapeutic practice, ancient parables, myths and Bible stories, Borysenko guides the reader through "dark nights when our souls are on fire" and toward optimism, affirming the conviction that pain can be a catalyst for growth. Inspirational verse, quotations and biblical passages comprise a final chapter, "Night Lights," and a list of resources is also provided. Practical and contemplative, and giving psychology and spirituality due concern, this book should be a welcome addition to New Age psychology. Copyright 1993 Reed...


Inner Peace for Busy Women: Balancing Work, Family, and Your Inner Life
Joan Z. Borysenko
1401902731
April 2005
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Book Description
This is a book about getting real. It tells the truth about busyness and peace in a way that can help us women change our lives. Until quite recently, it was politically incorrect to mention that balancing work and family, while having any time left to nurture our spirit, was a tall order. Only now, when a second generation of women is entering the ranks of the family-work-spirituality jugglers, do we feel secure enough to stop for a minute and say, "Wow, this is a hard act to pull off. Sometimes we’re tired, stressed out, and in danger of shutting down and losing our hearts. But if we share the truth of our lives, we can find a better way. Here’s what we learned that can make it easier for you." This book gets to the heart of how we busy women can find a center of inner peace even when life is swirling...


Meditations for Relaxation and Stress Reduction
Written and Read by Joan Z. Borysenko
1401904467
August 2005
Compact Disc
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Book Description
Joan Borysenko, best-selling author and lecturer, leads you through 2 empowering meditations: 1. Breath of Life, Breath of Love: This breath-centered meditation gently guides you through each part of your body, helping you establish contact with the life force within each cell and balance your body’s energy. 2. Stretching and Relaxation: This series of simple meditative stretches and self-massage instructions are deeply restorative to body, mind, and spirit.

About the Author
Joan Z. Borysenko, Ph.D., has been described as a respected scientist, gifted therapist, and unabashed mystic. Trained at Harvard Medical School, she was an instructor in medicine until 1988. Currently the President of Mind/Body Health Sciences, Inc., she is an internationally known speaker and...


Forgiveness
Robin Casarjian
0553352369
Jan 1992
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