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Preview — Learning to Breathe by Priscilla Warner
Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life
Her story is heartbreaking in places, comical in others. She lived with panic attacks her entire life until one day (after a particularly bad, eye-opening episode) she decides she has to face her anxiety head-on. I love her curiosity - she's willing to try anything! Some of the techniques she tries I'm familiar with (meditati ...more
9/23/11---Saw Priscilla on the Today show this morning, and was captivated by her idea for a bo ...more
Although our lives have bee ...more
I found the author to be honest but self indulgent. She doesn't realize what a fortunate life she's had and how her "traumatic childhood" is a joke in comparison to most people's childhoods. Hon ...more
I feel a little bad about giving the book such a low rating, because the author had real problems and her spiritual quest reduced them. But I think she is credulous.
Starting in her teens, Priscilla Warner, former advertising art director and author of The Faith Club, had panic attacks. Symptoms include hyperventilating and a racing heart. After carrying around a flask of vodka, she turned to medication, first Valium and more recently Klonopin. However, Ms. Warner's illness really does seem t...more
Priscilla Warner and her yearlong quest to bring calm to her life is handbook of heavy hitters in the "peace" genre. Warner wishes to find her "inner monk" and consults Sylvia Boorstein, Pema Chodrom, the Dalai Lama, and Sharon Salzberg among others to learn how to quell her anxiety. This is a great reference for exploring different techniques for anyone interested in meditation or various types of thera ...more
She includes quite a few beautif ...more
Priscilla takes you on a journey from frenzy to calm, showing her adventures seeking peace and ultimate comfort with herself. S ...more
I loved, loved, loved this book. Though Priscilla started her 'calm quest' due to her battle with panic attacks, I think this book is applicable to anyone who experiences stress and struggle--um hello, all humans!
I don't believe I have any unique insights to offer in my review that others haven't already contributed, but I am happy to give my sincere seal of approval and I would highly recommend this book.
Thank you P ...more
I'm willing to give it a shot!