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Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine

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Today we are experiencing extraordinary technological advances in the diagnosis and treatment of illness while at the same time learning to take more responsibility for our own health and well-being. In this book, Saki Santorelli, director of the nationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic, explores the ancient roots of medicine, and shows us how to introduce mindfulness ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 7th 2000 by Harmony (first published 1999)
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May 05, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing
This is an extraordinary book. I read it several times to really absorb it. It's not just about mindfulness in medicine - it's about finding the right balance when helping others and openly acknowledging the times of helplessness when we can do nothing or when we don't know what to do. Saki does what few teachers do - he delves into his shortcomings as a human being and healer. He frames the importance of being humble and open to "not knowing" during the healing process while capturing how messy ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Nickie rated it really liked it
I greatly appreciate the witness Saki shares of the value of practicing mindful living and working and failing to be mindful and having to step back and try again. I like his style of writing and I felt I was a part of the story he was showing.

Don't turn your head.
Keep looking at the bandaged place.
That's where the Light enters you.
Dec 08, 2009 Francesca rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone interested in mindfulness, anyone in the health professions, and everyone else.

Saki Santorelli is Jon Kabat-Zinn's "silent partner," the other half of the brains at the Stress Reduction Clinic at UMass Hospital. He writes so beautifully -- parts of this book read like Rumi poetry, which he borrows heavily from to create metaphors about healing. If you have never read anything about meditation or mindfulness, this is a wonderful introduction. If you've read everything else
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Dec 22, 2015 Nicoletta Cinotti rated it it was amazing
Questo libro - adesso tradotto anche in italiano - mostra il lato affettivo della mindfulness: heartfulness. Dare un'attenzione affettuosa come strada per esplorare se stessi, la nostra vita e la vita degli altri
Jan 27, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't really what I was hoping for. It focused more on bringing mindfulness to the medical field and how wonderful Saki was at teaching mindfulness to people in pain so they can be in a better place mentally. And that is all good. But I guess I was hoping for a more practical book where I could get suggestions for my clients. There was some in there don't get me wrong, I guess I just hoped for more. By the end it seemed he was just recycling concepts he had already discussed but gave ...more
George Bremner
Aug 30, 2015 George Bremner rated it liked it
If you are health worker looking for a companion book to your MBSR practice, then this is the book for you. It is written in weekly installments to match the eight week Mindfulness based Stress Reduction program at UMASS Worcester founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The author, Saki Santorelli, is the current executive director of that program. Saki provides many anecdotes from his own practice as well as practical exercises to guide your own.

If you’re interested in MBSR or mindfulness generally, then th
Aug 18, 2011 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book by the man, who once directed the Stress Reduction Clinic at UMass, is full of stories about his work with patients and teaching medical students about mindfulness--the importance of being truly present with patients, experiencing the patient as a mirror of yourself, letting the patient be your teacher. Santorelli's writing style is beautiful; you feel as if he is speaking directly to you in a very personal way. His chapters are peppered with poetry, particularly that of Rumi and Mary ...more
Feb 15, 2009 Rae rated it it was amazing
A really important book, written by a colleague of Kabat-Zinn's who clearly knows how to relate to an audience both as a healer and as a writer. Would be an excellent intro to meditation studies for anyone who is sensitive to language and voice - Santorelli relates as a practioner.
I only partially completed this book before returning it to the library, but based on what I have read so far, have added the book to my "to buy" list.
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May 02, 2008 Mary Beth rated it liked it
A great read for future counselors, social workers, and clinicians of any kind.
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