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Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  274 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A national bestseller, fully revised, and with a new introduction
ebook, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Da Capo Press (first published January 21st 1987)
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This is an extreme beginner's guide to meditation and stress reduction. I listened to the audiobook, read by the author. She sounds like she's reading, too, and it made it somewhat annoying. I prefer real books, but due to a retinal tear, I can't read for a while, and this was on my wishlist.

For someone totally unfamiliar with the material she presents, this book contains some powerful techniques and ideas. For those who have a grasp of fundamental ideas going into the book, this will not offer
I was fortunate enough to hear the author speak and and meet her afterwards at her book signing in Santa Fe on 4/14/09.
Highlights of the book for me:
When the body's inner wisdom is obscured by inattention through worry, the result is similar to having the appetite dulled by sweets:We can't hear the prescription of the inner healer.

We rarely see things for what they are. Instead, we see the reflection of our own past conditioning.

Don"t make any appointments and you won"t have any disappointments
This book is convincing in its premise that the power of the mind over one's health cannot be underestimated. It helps one to analyze what thoughts affect us for good or bad. Many examples help clarify how to correct faulty thinking and live a better quality of life.
I'm not much of a fan of self-help books. I find myself reading them, but I criticize them the entire time I'm reading. In this one, though, I found little to criticize. It's one of the best introductions to meditation I've read. It's practical and applicable to most situations. I also found that it helped me be patient with myself while learning the art of meditation, which I think is key for me to keep practicing.

One of my only complaints is about some minor inconsistencies within the text (eg
Jaci Riley

I read this book mainly for work. It's a new age kinda book but does have some interesting side stories about the author and her patients. If your interested in learning about meditation or how the state of mind can affect the state of the body, this is an easy place to start. If you enjoy great little quotes, this book is full of them hidden within the text. For example: "The more we try to control life the less control we have.. . . . The block to letting go in the moment is fear-lack of faith
Book for Blue Mesa. I really liked this. Very approachable, and looks at what our minds can do. Another book to help me better understand mindfulness.
Very useful for those who experience muscle spasms or tightness during anxiety.

Wonderful depictions and easy how-to explanations.
Elizabeth Svercl
I read this book after hearing the author speak at a conference I attended. I started it and read 2/3 that first evening and got up early to finish it the next morning. I loved it and told many people about it and have bought copies for people who expressed a need. I also purchased copies of all the other books Joan has written. I loved them all. I highly recommend this book and any of the others by this author.
I liked the book, but some parts were boring. Had some great idea's and quotes. One of my favorite quotes from the book is: "You may not get what you want. Real wisdom comes in loving what you get. And all of us will die, regardless of our druthers. The death rate has always been the same: one per person. But it's not so much about when you die as how you live."
Well-timed read. Those are the best. When a book comes along just when you need it. Like the teacher appearing when you need to be taught. I learned a lot from this book and will probably read it again, or at least sections of it. The breath work is effective for mediating stress.
Fabulous book on the mind body connection based on her own experience and work with patients. Practical exercises are provided to begin a "relaxation response" practice, or meditation practice that is not tied to any religion.
This book introduced me to breathing exercises and simple meditations, which have helped me effectively cope with stress levels at work, when necessary. Being mindful of one's breathing is a powerful tool for relaxation.
Olivia Gourlay
I think this book is a wonderful resource for using your own psychic powers. This is a new age book. The goddess is important to many new age religions. To learn about the goddess go to
Hers is a personable voice: reasoned, sane, wise, kind. And PRACTICAL. There are simple exercises that she lays out clearly. Manna for the aging and tired.
Covered the same material I read in Full Catastrophe Living, so this was mostly a skim.
Janis Davies
One of the original foundational books about the mind-body connection.
Aimee Jackson
Profound and life-changing. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
I was surprised that this book gave such a thorough guide to meditation.
Mom's paperback copy. Not sure when I read it, but it was long ago!
Great read on wholistic health (mind, body and spirit).
Sally L.
Just begun, but like her language and premises.
Time to read this one again.
Sandi Kay
Excellent, nuff said.
Sarah Pearsall
So far it is really good!
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