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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Revised edition (November 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738211168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211169
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Borysenko, co-founder and director of the Mind/Body Clinic at New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School, describes the clinic's ten-week program for learning to "mind the body" through a medical synthesis of neurology, immunology, and psychology. She provides step-by-step instructions to the clinic's techniques while suggesting how they can be adapted for individual use. Combining meditation, breath control and stretching exercises, and mindfulness, and drawn from work with patients aged 17 to 93, these techniques help ease the stress of illnessparticularly illness caused by stressby exploiting the body's natural capacity for healing. Readers who master them can achieve an admirable balance between inner self and environment. Jodith Janes, Univ. Hospitals of Cleveland
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Keeping in Touch""An integral holistic workbook for those seeking to lie more sane, healthier, happier lives...Borysenko's text glows with compassion and clarity."

More About the Author

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is the author of thirteen books, including A Woman's Book of Life, Saying Yes to Change, and Inner Peace for Busy People. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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A very engaging and useful book about mindfulness and wellness.
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The first time I read it I was told to skip the first chapter and read the parts in the following chapters that were of interest to me.
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For anyone with a chronic illness I would recommend reading this book.
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98 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2002
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I read this book at a very low point in my life, with depression and a variety of physical symptoms related to anxiety. This practical, straightforward book helped me gain some control of racing, negative thoughts (Borysenko calls this type of thinking "awfulizing"). Borysenko's rationale includes the fact that your body can actually help your mind to calm down. She provides simple, gentle stretching/breathing to help this happen. For me, it was most valuable to realize that even if my thoughts/intellect seemed beyond my control, my physiology is the same as all humans. Therefore, breathing/stretching has to affect my body/mind the same way as it does other humans. I kept the book on hand for bad moments, and I found that using the exercises helped me to bypass the downward spiraling thoughts and begin to get centered. She includes theory, psychology, and spirituality which supports the intellect as well. I still needed help after I found this book, but it absolutely put me on a safer, stronger path. I have loaned this book several times, to others in need. There are so many books out there, it's overwhelming. This one is worth it.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1999
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As far as self-help books go, this one is practical, informative, and easy to read. Joan Borysenko, I believe, is good at her craft, and gets her ideas across well.
This is a book that is based on the belief that the mind can help heal the body. There's physical exercises and stretches to relieve tenstion and anxiety, there's deep breathing instructions to initiate the relaxation response, meditation to calm the mind and expand the soul, and there's even a psychological evaltional of questions and answers to guide you in your stress, anxiety, and depression levels, which may be contributing to your physical illness.
Joan Borysenko presents her knowledge in a straight-forward, down-to-earth way that makes the reader sit up and listen.
Truly a helpful book to anyone who has a phycial illness, and wants to help the mind heal the body.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Stacey M Jones on August 12, 2006
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MINDING THE BODY, MENDING THE MIND by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., was recommended to me when I was trying to adjust to a new work environment. I found it tremendously informative and helpful in a number of ways.

Borysenko is the cofounder of the Mind/Body Clinic at New England Deaconess Hospital at the Harvard Medical School and has her doctorate in anatomy and cellular biology from Harvard. This book reflects her experience in the relatively new medical field of psychoneuroimmunology, which studies how the mind interacts with the body for illness and for healing.

The book is specifically about meditation and can be used as a how-to for self instruction in the practice. What I liked about it is that it provides a physiological case for the helpfulness of meditation while it teaches the reader how to use what Borysenko has pioneered in medical circles, that meditation and controlled relaxation have a positive impact on general health and, sometimes, on specific illnesses.

Borysenko explains how our bodies become conditioned to stress and respond accordingly with anxiety symptoms and that, through meditation practice, individuals can recondition themselves not to feel the physical manifestations of stress, which are so taxing to general health.

Borysenko's medical credentials are meaningful to me, and her ability to illustrate how the brain and the body are interdependent was helpful to me, as we are taught in our culture to keep the two separate and devalue our ability to impact our health through our mental reactions and proactiveness.

Even if one doesn't use the book to learn to meditate, Borysenko has a great deal to offer in terms of quality of life to her readers.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Naama Hochstein on December 5, 1999
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These are excellenct introductory lectures on theory and practice of healing. Joan Borysenko has the rare knowledge of mulitple fields: medicine, psychology and spiritual teachings. the lectures are an introduction to an integration of these three. Borysenko also reminds us of simple healing things: creativity, beauty, meditation and prayer.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2003
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When I first starting reading this book, I was like "thats my book, thats my life that she is writing about" I loved her writing and examples and stories that she told from other people's experiences. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in people's behaviors and everyday life.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2003
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If you're stressed out or overwhelmed, I highly recommend this book. It gives you simple, workable solutions that make a HUGE difference.
Only criticism is that parts of it are a bit too "new age-y", but overall, it's very good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy C. Fretts on October 8, 2007
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I now know three people who have benefited immensely from this book. Two of them because I bought it for them.

If you have panic attacks, depression, or anxiety, Dr. Borysenko offers practical exercises to help you manage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By YOGINIGAL on May 25, 2009
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I picked this book up and didn't really expect much of it but I was wrong. I've read and re-read the book and each time I find new wisdom and practical ideas for living in the moment and releasing stress. I use it personally and recommend it frequently as a yoga teacher to help others.

A very engaging and useful book about mindfulness and wellness.
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