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Mystic Cool: A proven approach to transcend stress, achieve optimal brain function, and maximize your creative intelligence. Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 14, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582702276
  • ASIN: B003IWYG5C
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mysticism for the scientist; science for the mystic -- Don Goewey puts it all together to unlock our potential for peace."-- Larry Stupski, chair of the Stupski Foundation and former president of the Charles Schwab Corporation

"In Mystic Cool, neuroscience, psychology, and spirituality find a common home, offering a place to come in from a hectic life. Mystic Cool presents an intriguing approach to transforming a disconnected way of living with stress into a richer, more integrated way of being."-- Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Mindsight, The Mindful Brain and director of the Mindsight Institute

"This book is going to go off the charts. I love the neuroscience and the way Don Goewey has put it together in laymen's terms. Mystic Cool shows us how to live the attitude that builds a powerful brain, so we can succeed at what really matters to us. It is absolutely excellent."John Assaraf, author of The Complete Vision Board Kit and The Answer, featured teacher in The Secret, and CEO of OneCoach

About the Author

Don Joseph Goewey managed the department of psychiatry at Stanford Medical School, ran a regional emergency medical services system, and for twelve years headed an internationally recognized institute that pioneered an approach to catastrophic life events. He has worked with some of the most stressful situations on earth—with people facing terminal illness, parents struggling with the loss of a child, prisoners adjusting to a life sentence, and refugees of the genocidal war in Bosnia struggling with extreme post-traumatic stress. He spent six years directing a think tank aimed at integrating breakthroughs in neuroscience and psychology. From this work, he innovated a model for changing brain structure to extinguish stress reactions and amplify the higher brain function that enables a human being to flourish. The success of the model in helping people end stress in high-pressure workplaces like Cisco Systems and Wells Fargo has been unprecedented.  --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Well written, easy to follow.
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If you are experiencing any kind of stress in your life, I think you'll find something in this book for you.
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I'm giving it 4 stars because the info in it is very good and it's worth reading.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Steele on June 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I know lots of companies looking to squeeze more work out fewer people these days. For them, I highly recommend having their teams read Mystic Cool. It balances out the technical and hard skills that are currently being taught in organization with a skill set that allows individuals to face the apprehension of change and the demand for high performance. This book teaches people not just how to survive the the challenges we all face, but how to flourish in the face of adversity.

Don Goewey does a great job translating scientific findings into an easy-to-use program that works, no matter who you are or what you do. All the tools and techniques he teaches in this book are great, and the "Clear Button" was a real family saver for me. Whether its the end of the day or the end of the week, in a matter of seconds I can now take all my business concerns and endless chatter I have in my head and turn it off. When Dad is home, dad is home. Now, not only can I enjoy my time away from the office but the time I have at home so much more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Roberts on June 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a life changer! Everyone says that and I have tried so many of them, BUT, Don Joseph Goewey proves that by doing a few simple things I could shift out of my unhappiness. He calls it fear, I call it being in a bad mood and being unhappy. So, my partner and I have been doing the "tool's" he teaches in this book and it has been AMAZING!! It does take some effort to do the exercises but my outlook on life is so much better. I have been facing some difficult financial problems and just felt angry. I don't feel that way now. I have a ways to go but with the tools and exercises I have learned through Mystic Cool, my life is just fine and I'm happy to be living it! Thank you Don Joseph Goewey!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Penelope S. More on June 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In Mystic Cool, Don Goewey provides a practical synthesis of new brain research and ancient wisdom with specific tools to stop the stress response and unlock individual potential, healing and joy.The good news is that we are not victims of circumstance.We can identify the stressors, apply the techniques and move into a calmer, more connected state of being. It's kind of like having a wise friend whispering in your ear reminding you who you really are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susannah Baldwin on June 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book could literally save your life. It is packed full of fascinating science that taught
me about the way the brain is wired and how I can change that wiring to reduce my stress.
I have suffered with headaches for years and much of what Mr. Goewey talks about has
helped me work my way out of a headache. It is a well written, research based but practical
book that can be used with children as well as adults. Everyone should read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor Rocine on June 8, 2009
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Don Goewey weaves science, mysticism and human performance development as he shows us how to integrate heart, soul, spirit, mind - and manifest peace, joy and creativity in our lives on a consistent basis. Unplug your TV, computer, cell phone and take time to read this book and drink it in. Mystic Cool is full of the latest brain science, inspiration, humanity and practical, proven exercises and tools.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julie Clayton VINE VOICE on June 14, 2009
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Mystic Cool combines neuroscience, spirituality, and psychology, providing a viable strategy for transforming fear to peace, illness to health, and struggle to strength.

The bad news is that "stress happens." The great news is that peace of mind is simply a matter of rewiring the brain so that life's daily struggles are no longer encoded as stressful. Sounds complicated, but it isn't.

The fact of the matter is that in the modern world, stress is largely internally generated, and in response to immediate or cumulative demands and changes that are perceived as overwhelming our resources to respond to them adequately. When we feel stressed we are actually being driven by survival instinct. The reptilian brain (the forebrain) is doing its job, giving us signals and resources to run like heck or stand and fight, because our very existence is at stake. This is a good thing and has served the species well in the context of evolution. However, life's stressors today are rarely a matter of life and death--but our reptilian brain can't tell the difference between a cougar about to pounce and a co-worker who just challenged your performance.

Over time, fear-based mind-sets become grooved into our higher brain functions within the neo-cortex. The good news is that by bringing awareness to our disconnected way of living, we can create new neural pathways to achieve peace of mind.

Peace of mind begins with a change in attitude according to Goewey, and thanks to neuroscience, we now know that the brain continues to change, adapt and grow regardless of age or circumstances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Learner on September 18, 2011
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Wow, so many rave reviews here so far I almost want to give it 3 stars to get some objective balance into the rating.

However, I have to give it 5 stars. The author apparenlty doesn't have professional degrees in this subject. But what he very apparently does have is the wisdom gained from suffering, an intelligent and perceptive mind, and a gift for clear writing.

Americans desperetely need to know the material in this book. We rush around living our hectic, stressed out lives, never finding the happiness and peace we want. This book will help you find it. I have suffered from near-debilitating anxiety for years. This book gave me valuable tools and insight.

I also highly recommend Train Your Brain....Engage Your Heart....Transform Your Life: A Course in Attention & Interpretation Therapy (AIT).
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Don Joseph Goewey managed the department of psychiatry at Stanford Medical School, ran a regional emergency medical services system, and for twelve years headed an internationally recognized institute that pioneered an approach to catastrophic life events. He has worked with some of the most stressful situations on earth - with people facing terminal illness, parents struggling with the loss of a child, prisoners adjusting to a life sentence, and refugees of the genocidal war in Bosnia struggling with extreme post-traumatic stress. He spent six years directing a think tank aimed at integrating breakthroughs in neuroscience and psychology. From this work, he innovated a model for changing brain structure to extinguish stress reactions and amplify the higher brain function that enables a human being to flourish. The success of the model in helping people end stress in high pressure workplaces like Cisco Systems and Wells Fargo has been unprecedented. He has been on the Today Show, CNN and NPR.

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