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The Healing: One Woman's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches

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In this memoir of upward mobility through an unexpected route, a young black American woman signs up for lessons in yoga and clean eating as signifiers of her new middle class status, little realizing that her new lifestyle will bring her face to face with the inner demons fed by the domestic violence, addiction, and poverty she witnessed as a child.

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Paperback, 296 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Parallax Press
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Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The Healing: One Womans Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches, author Saeeda Hafiz shares her life story of her discovery of the healing elements of yoga and following whole foods macrobiotic diet. Throughout her career which has lasted over two decades, Hafiz has studied yoga at ashrams located in Istanbul, Budapest, and Cyprus to the Sahadri Mountain in Kerala, India. Though these exotic locations abroad sound exciting, and they areHafiz has also had to work through her own challenges resulting ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this book!
Brilliant!! I cried, laughed, felt everything.
I actually went out and bought a second copy this morning to send to my sister.
Jan Dudas
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is POWERFUL! GREAT GIFT for EVERYONE on your LIST!
The Author does a beautiful job of taking the reader along with her on her journey from Poverty to Inner Riches. I felt like I was with her every step of the journey.

I have suffered from and had to learn how to manage the symptoms of a digestive disorder for the past 20+ years. I constantly remind myself that what goes into my body should be looked at as medicine to remain healthy. A question I constantly ask before putting food
Edel Pace
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Note: I got the book for free, a gift from the author, as a participant in an online book club Im part of.

A powerful story of a woman that overcame an abusive upbringing and found herself through yoga and a holistic approach. The Healing is an appropriate name since that is what she did with her life, healed her childhood wounds. The book starts at the moment where change started, even though she didnt realize it then. Her story is a testament that we should live our life at our own pace, stay
Rachael Peretic
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Saeeda Hafiz takes us on a journey of mind, body, and soul as she brings to light the truth of a dark childhood, one rattled with domestic violence, absence, and addiction, and the relationships that grew out of it. Determined to push herself above the backdrop of her youth, she soon finds herself established among the middle class in the corporate world of banking only to realize that she still feels out of place. Interspersed with emotional flashbacks to what she fears is the typical black ...more
Kathleen Guthrie Woods
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Please note: The author gifted me with an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.)

Brave. Thats the word that kept coming to me as I read Saeeda Hafizs wonderful memoir of transformation. Ms. Hafiz takes you along on her journey to faraway places and into the deepest parts of her soul as she seeks physical, emotional, and spiritual healing and growth. There is so much hard-won wisdom in this story. She touches upon making peace with family dynamics, the agony of codependency
Laura Joakimson
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that this is such an honest portrait of a womans spiritual journey toward healing childhood trauma. Theres no pretense. She doesnt have easy answers. Just day by day progress.

This book made me want to do yoga and to eat whole grains if I can achieve even part of her clarity of mind. But its also sobering just how much a person can be required to survive.

I admire Hafiz journey not only toward her own enlightenment, but her generous willingness to show her journey to others and to
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has been through my own set of early struggles and sought my meditative space, I picked up The Healing and couldn't let it go. Through Saeeda Hafiz' example, The Healing provides a courageous example of healing through meditation and food. Saeeda's early humbe upbringing is an inspiration for persons who have similar backgrounds, yet at the same time, the book educates persons who have not experienced the cycles of poverty and trauma that are more often than not embedded in Black ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hafizs memoir is refreshing and powerful. I loved the authors openness in discussing how she lived with and through violence in her family. She shares vulnerabilities and the second-guessing that can beset first-generation college students. Hafiz writes honestly about fears around repeating the mistakes of ones family, and struggles to fit in as one gains class mobility. The Healing is an inspiring story of empowerment that is not often told. ...more
Suzanne McCleary
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Since I was no longer numbed by the wrong kind of sweetness, I sensed that I wanted to taste a richer and fuller life. I wanted a delicious life, where my inside environment was at peace with my outside environment
Beautiful writing, beautiful journey! I greatly appreciated this story that reminded me that following my heart/soul/intuition is not always easy, but is always worth it.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I saw this book on the new nonfiction books shelves at the library and was intrigued by the title and the author's story concept. I really liked "The Healing" because it called to me in my own self-care journey now. Saeeda's way of weaving in pieces from her past and being honest that she didn't always have an idea how to make enough money doing what "felt right and good for herself at the time" to feel whole and still pay the rent, also spoke to me.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book. It was slow, thoughtful, and deliberate. Some might find the pace slow or the details mundane, but to me it helped the story sink in and really resonate. I discovered the transformative power of eating well and radical self care just about two years ago. It is a journey that ebbs and flows. It was heartening to read of someone else who has been on that journey much longer than myself and how it continues to nourish her though lifes ups and downs. ...more
Beth Gibbs
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Outstanding! A must read!
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The story written by Saeeda Hafiz looks very honest even though it hurts. Violence and drug abuse overshadow Hafiz's life. But this story goes with a gentle but strong healing, yoga and macrobiotic diet.
After getting a decent education and an established job while living a painful life, Hafiz still felt uneasy and always faltered. Until finally yoga becomes a way out for a healthier life and meaningful healthy food. The prose in this story is really interesting and made me aware.
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About Saeeda Hafiz

Since January 1990, Saeeda has been experiencing the power of her yoga practice and the benefits of eating a whole foods diet. Her initial encounter with this holistic lifestyle led to a personal transformation that ultimately led her to become a certified yoga instructor and holistic nutrition educator for the last 20 years.

Saeeda currently holds a position at San Francisco

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