This book is full of fascinating case studies demonstrating how craniosacral work can help a variety of circumstances. Dr. John writes in an engagingThis book is full of fascinating case studies demonstrating how craniosacral work can help a variety of circumstances. Dr. John writes in an engaging way that made me eager for more. I look forward to reading more of his work....more
This book is a collection of essays by prominent people in the Craniosacral field. I really enjoyed the essays by John E. Upledger, but some of the otThis book is a collection of essays by prominent people in the Craniosacral field. I really enjoyed the essays by John E. Upledger, but some of the others didn't speak to me in the same way. I have since read more by Dr John himself, and will continue to find more of his writings. This book provides a variety of viewpoints on how CST works and what conditions it can help. It is a fair primer on the material, but it wouldn't be the first book I would recommend....more
Carolyn Myss doesn't pull any punches when she describes how the ways we invest our energy affect our emotional and spiritual health. Blending symboliCarolyn Myss doesn't pull any punches when she describes how the ways we invest our energy affect our emotional and spiritual health. Blending symbolism that draws from her childhood in the Catholic Church, the Chakras of Indian tradition and the Qaballah gives her a framework with which to describe the various ways we disengage from our own power. This framework also gives useful clues toward reengaging with this power and developing a congruence that nurtures our further growth and healing.
She spends a good deal of time delving into the ways we waste our energy and power, and how to recognize when we do this. She uses the language of economics, describing how we finance thoughtforms with our energy- even things we'd rather not be contributing to. When we really take a look at where our energy is going, we can get a sense of how much more energy we could have if we stop financing thoughts that don't serve us.
If you don't mind challenging questions and uncomfortable answers that are simultaneously liberating, this book may invite you to a new perspective on your situation. I listened to this as an audiobook, and found that listening to Carolyn Myss speak her own truth was an experience worth taking the time for. ...more
Love says, "I am everything." Wisdom says, "I am nothing." Between these two my life flows.
~ Nisagradatta Maharaj
Our culture teaches us that happiness dLove says, "I am everything." Wisdom says, "I am nothing." Between these two my life flows.
~ Nisagradatta Maharaj
Our culture teaches us that happiness depends on external circumstances, but that is not really the case. In The Mindful Path to Self Compassion, Christopher K. Germer, PhD., states that 2/3 of people without chronic back pain display the same structural dysfunction as those experiencing pain. In another study, job satisfaction was found to be a predictor of developing low back pain. Buddhist psychology instead teaches that it is our relationship with our pain that is the problem, and that acceptance may be a more effective strategy than fighting against our troubles. "What we resist, persists."
Germer offers simple and effective strategies for changing our ingrained habits of resistance. Mindfulness meditation is neurological reprogramming that helps us cultivate a calmer and less reactive state. Since "Neurons that fire together, wire together," we can practice paying attention to what we are doing. This allows us to be more intentional in our lives on many levels. By practicing intentional attention in formal sitting practice, we can develop habits of mindfulness that can serve us in times of stress and difficulty.
Having meditated before, I was surprised to feel how different a consistent Metta practice could make me feel. Practicing being kind to myself has transformed my relationship with other people as well. I find myself more able to be present. Even better, I am remembering to judge myself less when I make mistakes, and to help stop others from beating themselves up as well. I think Germer said it very well: "Give yourself the attention you need so you don't need so much attention." This frees up our energy to be more present for others, and lets kindness move through us to do good work in the world. After all, "[t]ransforming relationships with others starts with us; it is an inside job."
Christopher McDougall makes a strong argument for running in the most minimalist shoes possible in this tale of his own search for healing as an athleChristopher McDougall makes a strong argument for running in the most minimalist shoes possible in this tale of his own search for healing as an athlete. As a 40+ year old runner, pain and injury were becoming uncomfortably commonplace in his training. Unwilling to face the expected decline and fall of aging, he searched for answers outside of traditional channels, and was surprised and empowered by what he learned.
Despite our current high-tech solutions, running injuries are on the rise. In fact, the majority of runners can expect injury at some point during their training. Interestingly, this rise correlates strongly with the advent of specialized high-tech running shoes. Roger Bannister, the first person run a mile under 4 minutes, ran in the shoes of his era, which were flat and had minimal support. McDougall's search for healing proved that humans can run great distances with the most minimal of running shoes, and in fact may have evolved for just this purpose.
I found this book entertaining as well as informative. I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to take a fresh look at feet, running, and the lack of true health in our culture in spite of our apparent high standard of living. Be prepared, however, to reexamine your relationship with footwear; it is hard to come away from this book without a strong urge to strengthen your feet and touch the earth. ...more
This audiobook is delivered as a series of lectures which covers and reinforces some of the material from Biology of Belief. We are shown the fallacyThis audiobook is delivered as a series of lectures which covers and reinforces some of the material from Biology of Belief. We are shown the fallacy in our thinking which portrays as victims of circumstance and products of random chance. Lipton goes further in this book, discussing evolution on a species and planet wide scale, and the ability we have, right now, to pick a new trajectory and get ourselves out of this mess we are in. He offers ideas on improving health, on a physical, relational, and community level, encouraging the reader to engage the power of their own attention to envision a brighter future.
If you have always suspected that quantum physics implies much about the nature of biology, neurology, and sociology, this book will give you much to ponder. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in taking the helm of their own healing voyage and improving this world we live in together....more
This 1979 classic work explores the value of perception and expectation in the art of healing. Cousins argues for a more holistic approach to healing,This 1979 classic work explores the value of perception and expectation in the art of healing. Cousins argues for a more holistic approach to healing, in which ones emotions and thoughts can be leveraged for more effective results. During his own hospitalization with an autoimmune disorder, he recognized how the hospitalization itself was disturbing his sleep, disrupting his diet, and generally causing him to feel poorly. As his illness could not be helped by medication, he checked out of the hospital, into a posh hotel, and rented funny movies to improve his outlook and morale. His results shocked his doctors, as he overcame what they had felt would be a short road to disability. He encourages us all to take an active part in our healing processes, believing that our intentions have great impact on our outcomes. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in feeling better in their life....more
I just finished The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D. This book provides an overview of cutting edge research that is helping people reI just finished The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D. This book provides an overview of cutting edge research that is helping people rewire their brains, often from serious and debilitating situations. Much of this research illustrates how adaptable our brains are, and how misled we have been by our own assumptions of how the brain works. Modern medicine is bumping up against the edges of our Newtonian model of physiology. Often, there are whole new realms of research opening up just because someone asked a question previously thought unthinkable. People are recovering from chronic strokes, learning to see with their tongues, and manipulating robotic arms with their minds. The implications are mind-altering and inspiring, and in fact, will help increase the neuroplasticity of your own mind as well. ...more
In his book Somatics, Thomas Hanna, Ph.D. tackles the medical assumption that pain and degeneration are the inevitable result of the aging process. NoIn his book Somatics, Thomas Hanna, Ph.D. tackles the medical assumption that pain and degeneration are the inevitable result of the aging process. Not only that, he offers a simple plan to recover lost flexibility, balance, and posture. His exercises, he assures us, will bring us back into connection with our lost mobility while reducing pain and discomfort. It almost sounds too good to be true. But is it?
Most people suffer from pain and discomfort at some point in their lives. When this follows an injury, it is easy to watch the play of cause and effect. This can allow us some feeling of control during our healing process as we regain lost function and strength. When we don’t know why we hurt, we can feel like victims of our own bodies. When we ask our doctors for help, they offer drugs for pain, and tell us to buck up and accept our lot. We are growing older, after all. What else should we expect? Everyone knows that bodies wear out eventually.
Hanna challenges this idea. He points out that although this is true for many people today, there are also many circumstances in which people maintain function and vitality right up to the very end. Gerontologists call this “successful aging.” Rather than dismiss such cases as oddities, Hanna thinks we should embrace them as possibilities, and learn how to make our own lives turn out like theirs.
Five case studies are reviewed in the course of the book. In each case, through guided movements, flexibility is restored and pain is alleviated. Several of the cases are quite extraordinary; one woman regained the use of her frozen shoulder after just one treatment, despite almost two unsuccessful years of conventional treatment. Another case involved a man who had not been able to straighten his knee for almost two years. He rediscovered how to control what he had once given up as lost.
Although Somatics is full of information for the professional, it is very accessible to the lay reader as well. He uses clear language that anyone can understand. After describing commonly seen habits of movement, he gives us the keys to unlock our own blockages through simple exercises that almost anyone can do. These slow movements rebalance our structure by bringing awareness to the way we actually move our bodies, and teach us how to develop more balanced ways of moving.
The final chapter includes his basic movement explorations. His exercises are simple, mild, and brief. He offers a series of lessons, in which the reader may explore different areas of the body. By encouraging the reader to reacquaint themselves with their movements, he invites us to take our own steps on this healing path. And if my brief explorations with this work are any guide, change really is possible. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to find a new sense of vitality, movement, and freedom in their body. And really, who isn’t? ...more