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The Pleasure Prescription: To Love, to Work, to Play - Life in the Balance Paperback – August 26, 1996
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Susan E. Burdick, Reading, Pa.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I read this book on my recent vacation to Hawaii, and it defined my trip and made it memorable. "The Pleasure Prescription" by Paul Pearsall contrasts the "Oceanic" way with Western ways and Eastern thought. He describes a third or alternative way, which is Living Aloha. The book is a bible on How to Live Aloha. It is not the same old recycled self-help information you'll read in other books, but a beautiful system based upon Hawaiian spiritual principles and research in psychoneuroimmunology---the interactions between the brain, mind, body, and the immune system.
I did not find any of the information dated, although the book was published in 1996; rather, it is timely and fresh. Dr. Pearsall literally teaches you how to Live Aloha, covering the following five principles:
Ahonui - which is patience expressed with perseverance, living in the now, mindfulness
Lokahi - which is unity or connection, expressed harmoniously, behaving in a constant state of accord with the world, both natural and spiritual
'Olu'Olu - which is agreement, expressed with pleasantness, bliss
Ha'aha'a - which is humility expressed with modesty, silencing the self, saving the soul
Akahai - which is kindness, expressed with tenderness
The book is practical, and contains self-assessment tests and exercises that can be done. It is enjoyable to read, and makes you feel good! The spirituality described can complement any belief system or religious system, as they are useful principles common to most systems of ethics (for example, kindness). It is very Hawaiian, embodying the "how to" part of living aloha---it's great to have bumper stickers saying "Live Aloha", but how do you do that? This book shows you how.Read more ›
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I read this book nearly 17 years ago, at a dark time in my life when much transition was taking place. It hit me on so many levels: spiritual, emotional, intellectual. Read morePublished 23 months ago by TL
Paul Pearsall presented timeless living information that I can relate to, especially from spending part of my youth growing up in Hawaii in the oceanic culture Pearsall writes of. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by CB
Every morning I do what I call "Spiritual Reading," attempting to ground my day with viewpoints clearly from the spiritual, yet practical realm. Dr. Read morePublished on January 23, 2007 by Laura June Kenny