It took a long while for this book to warm up - the first 70 pages were pretty esoteric and random. However, once Feldenkrais began to discuss awareneIt took a long while for this book to warm up - the first 70 pages were pretty esoteric and random. However, once Feldenkrais began to discuss awareness, and the methods he is now known for, this book turned fascinating.
Awareness is the highest stage of development, and when it is complete, it maintains a harmonious rule over the body's activities.
Awareness and authentic attention: at the root of it is pure mindfulness on the physical form. The exercises and scripts here were fascinating to read. The methods are not wholly unfamiliar, especially to someone who practices yoga and meditation. Honing awareness, concentration without tension, moving effortlessly, and observation in the present tense - all topics that Feldenkrais succinctly covers here in this seminal text.
It's a great "jumping off point" to learn more about somatics and how to bring them into your own practice.
An anecdotal but comprehensive introduction to cannabis - both as a plant, a medicine, and a culture. As a reporter researching cannabis for the lastAn anecdotal but comprehensive introduction to cannabis - both as a plant, a medicine, and a culture. As a reporter researching cannabis for the last 20+ years, Bienenstock has a lot to share, both experiences of his own and others, and research on the science and politics of this plant.
As another Goodreads reviewer noted:
Read it to understand the state of modern use, both medicinal and recreational, whether you ever intend to toke or not.
3.5 stars Over the last few months, I have been researching this and related topics. This is a good introductory synthesis about the human microbiome a3.5 stars Over the last few months, I have been researching this and related topics. This is a good introductory synthesis about the human microbiome and how it plays into physical and mental health. A good place to start to learn more. ...more
Important information here about cultivating and nurturing a healthy and vibrant microbiome in your intestines. Great for newcomers to mindful healthImportant information here about cultivating and nurturing a healthy and vibrant microbiome in your intestines. Great for newcomers to mindful health and eating. The last third of the book does gets a little preachy / infomercially, but there is solid research in the rest of the book.
Eat a variety of fermented foods and make healthy choices with your food. Chill out on sugar, and gluten. There, you have it....more
Book is simultaneously brilliant and insane. I have heard of Ferriss and his experimentation and "4-Hour" approach to life for years, but this was myBook is simultaneously brilliant and insane. I have heard of Ferriss and his experimentation and "4-Hour" approach to life for years, but this was my first foray into his brand of "research". Dude is thorough and committed, that's for sure.
It is important to note that this is not a conventional read - the book is meant to be skimmed, only reading sections that interest to you. In that way, it seems more like a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book: you want to lose fat? build muscle? increase strength? here's a formula. You want to train for endurance and/or speed? here's a different one. You want to sleep better? The book is nearly 600 pages, with several appendices to boot, so reading cover to cover just isn't the way to go.
Life is one big experiment for Ferriss - so in that way, I admire his approach. He has a very open mind, but seems to fall into the correlation-implies-causation fallacy in several aspects. It is also worth saying that just because something worked for him does NOT mean that it will work for everyone, no matter how many times he tested.
The chapters that I chose to focus on were fat loss, building strength, and injury prevention. The fat loss chapter in particular had me vacillating on whether his advice is snakeoil or panacea - ridiculous or gospel truth... Is this some secret that no one talks about? Take this concoction of supplements and see amazing results (all natural things like green tea extract and garlic pills) or is this some crazy money pit? After reading the chapter and more information about his Slow Carb Diet, I am still not sure what to think. The reader is intended to experiment along with Ferriss, and I am giving his diet a try (with adaptations to my own dietary ethics and guidelines). The strength and muscle building chapter is more forward and actually quite simple: less is more. You don't need to spend hours at the gym. Max weight, low reps/sets, proscribed power moves, low frequency with a focus on recovery. He outlines some training programs, and the advice is scientifically sound. The injury-proofing chapters were my favorite - focusing on therapy, correcting imbalances, rehabilitative movements. I am planning to incorporate some of the injury-proofing strength work into my own regimen.
I realize that this review is all over the place - and that is a reflection of the book itself. It's written to be a guide to optimize your physical self in nearly every way. (Including a somewhat displaced single chapter on improving your sex life, but this focuses almost single-handedly - oops, no pun intended! - on the female orgasm). A book with a thesis that broad is bound to be all over the place.
In the end, this book needs to be read critically, but with an open mind (does that make sense?) If this sounds like something that you would like to do - this interactive approach - then I totally recommend it. ...more