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Body Eloquence: The Power of Myth and Story to Awaken the Body's Energies Paperback – July 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1604150285 ISBN-10: 1604150289 Edition: First Edition,First

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Energy Psychology Press; First Edition,First edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604150289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604150285
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Mellon, is an adult educator and psychotherapist with a specialty in healing through the arts. She presents workshops and courses world-wide, and is the author of Storytelling and the Art of the Imagination (40,000 copies sold).Ashley Ramsden is the directing founder of the School of Storytelling at Emerson College, Sussex, England, and teaches frequently in the United States.

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Each is enlivened with stories that capture the essence of that organ.
rml
I live now with full body vitality and the confidence in body instilled in this wonderful book.
Turtle Woman
Nancy Mellon's "Body Eloquence" is a breathtaking work of wisdom and insight.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By yogamom on September 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
This very beautifully written book brings us into a new, more intimate relationship with our bodies by exploring the mysteries--and the very distinct personalities--of our organs. What makes it compelling reading is the sense you have, with every page, that you are finally being given the long lost key to understanding your own quirks and shining qualities, as well as your darker impulses and illnesses.

According to Nancy Mellon, each of our organs plays a very specific role, not only in our physical health, but in the emotional and spiritual realms as well. In fact, the most interesting revelation here is that every person is dominated by one organ in particular -- skin, spleen, gallbladder, etc. -- and that as we come to know our own specific type, we can work to bring ourselves into healthy balance through the use of stories, exercises, even specific musical pieces that speak to our innermost selves.

Nancy Mellon is a psychotherapist, storyteller, former teacher, and lifelong student of the human body and all its mysteries. I get the feeling that this is the book she was put on the planet to write, bringing all these varied threads together into a work that may become a classic in the literature of personal growth and self-care. There certainly is a great deal of compassionate healing energy in these pages, much to learn about the innermost workings of our bodies, and above all, a treasure trove of stories. Personal stories, mythic stories, stories that hurt, and stories that heal. The book shows that the right story, unfolding in a place of love, is transformational.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By rml on September 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
Body Eloquence: The Power of Myth and Story to Awaken the Body's Energies
Nancy Mellon with Ashley Ramsden
Energy Psychology Press (2008)
ISBN 9781604150285

Who could not read Body Eloquence by Nancy Mellon without gaining a better idea of who one is, what human beings are and how wonderfully we are made? The chapter sequence of the book holds it in firm order and makes sense. Each chapter is devoted to an organ and enhanced with illustrations. Each is enlivened with stories that capture the essence of that organ. The stories are deft disclosures through which the reader can integrate the exercises with the role the organ plays in the health of the whole body.

Reflecting on the heart; living in one's own skin; becoming aware of a great spectrum of body experiences; inviting wonder at just how the interdependence of body and soul and caring for one's self are related: these and other essential themes are evoked in Body Eloquence. All with humor and wisdom.

Not being overly familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine, I decided, not without some hesitation, to do many of the recommended exercises. I was surprised that the sensations were, in practicing the movements, just as the author said they would be, revealing of the part of the body being exercised. I never felt the organs individually before. If you have any doubts, just do the exercises.

By reading Body Eloquence, I hope every doctor, nurse and patient, every healing professional, will gain deeper insight into how we are made, and how better to care for ourselves and others. As the author says, "All our organs are instruments of our souls."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Turtle Woman on March 12, 2009
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In bed for three months with a life threatening and extremely painful illness that affected the eyes, face and head, I was unable to do even the basic self care tasks of living. Kind friends were sustaining me physically and emotionally while I waited in pain and meditation and prayer for change and healing. Pain meds made me ill, food was difficult to digest, and a long silence greeted me each day with more pain. Then I was gifted with the amazing work of Ms. Mellon put forward in this brave and timely book, and became instantly active in this body's healing process.
I took a year to return to, or step forward into, a full and active life during which I made many changes and learned much about how the body speaks and how to speak to the body. I live now with full body vitality and the confidence in body instilled in this wonderful book.
Ms. Mellon is a competent, compassionate healer who is articulate, delightful, witty and forceful enough to make this powerful book available to anyone wanting to heal. Thank you, thank you Nancy Mellon! gratefully, turtle woman.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Kahn on September 15, 2008
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I ordered this book (1) because it came highly recommended by brilliant healer Donna Eden, who said she's thinking of making it required reading for her Eden Energy Medicine certification course, (2) I love stories and books about storytelling, and (3) I'm very interested in body symbology in terms of healing.

I imagine it would be wonderful to engage healing storytelling with the author as a guide in person, but for the most part, the vibrancy that Donna Eden noted escaped me. The book is liberally sprinkled with stories throughout, which I was prepared to be delighted by.

But I found the stories to be annoyingly bloodless, nicey-nicey, politically correct fairy tales that didn't grab me at all. (Full disclosure: as a 6-year-old, I hated sanitized fairy tales! I always went for the scary ones with evil ogres and witches and damsels in dire distress. So maybe it's just me!)

As a matter of fact, I througoughly read the intro (which was intriguing and filled me with anticipation) and the first chapter. I just "spot-skimmed" through the rest, hoping to find the parts Donna felt were "thrilling." I just felt so bored by what I was reading that I just could not go on!

For instance, in the first chapter, whose subject is the Heart, the author lists the "Basic Heart Story Dynamic" as "Anger becomes unconditional love." I have had a profoundly powerful personal experience of this dynamic, but I found the stories that were supposed to express this annoyingly tepid and lifeless.

In terms of what the various organs represent, I found the stories which are supposed to stimulate and awaken those energies too broad to really get any sort of sense or resonance about the nature the whatever organ it represented for the most part.

I'm giving this book the benefit of the doubt with 3 stars - if Donna Eden loved it so much, I must be missing something!
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