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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; Pap/Com edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591794188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591794189
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Deb Shapiro has trained extensively in various schools of bodywork, Buddhist meditation, and Jungian psychology in both England and America. She has been teaching both body-mind therapy and meditation with her husband, Ed Shapiro, for the past 20 years. Her books include The Body Mind Workbook (Vega Books, 2002), Meditation: Four Steps to Calmness and Clarity (Vega Books, 2003), and Unconditional Love (Time Warner AOL 2003). She and Ed reside in Boulder, Colorado.

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I continue to benefit from this CD and am so glad I bought it. ~
R L Phares
This book asserts that there is a very close relationship between physical illness and the mind or emotional state.
Paul Lappen
This book is a great read for someone who wants to get know their body and want it is telling them.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
"All your thoughts and feelings get translated into chemicals that fire off throughout your body, altering the chemical composition and behavior of your cells." ~ Deb Shapiro

If you have ever wondered how emotions affect the body, then "Your Body Speaks Your Mind" is an excellent place to start. Not only will you be able to understand your symptoms, you will also know how to eradicate them. This book contains many answers, especially to the following questions:

How do neuropeptides carry information from the mind to the body?
Do all diseases have their origin in the mind?
How do unresolved emotions affect your health?
Why are certain feelings linked to specific body parts?
What are the specific steps you can take to heal the body with your mind?

Deb Shapiro makes an interesting connection between love and health. She also shows how creative visualization and writing in a journal can help to take away symptoms of illness. By giving up negative emotions you can literally heal the body from the inside out. This book then becomes most useful as you make the connections and start the healing process.

"70 percent of patient visits to the doctor are for stress-related illnesses." ~ pg. 5

Some of the topics in this book include: Insomnia, Addiction, Nervous Breakdowns, Depression, Anxiety, Skin Conditions, Infertility, Menopause, The Digestive System, Eating Disorders and Heart Issues.

A CD is included with this book and contains visualization practices. I can recommend this book very highly and think it would make a perfect addition to any health library.

~The Rebecca Review
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. Branson on October 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am an energy medicine practitioner, and I use this book frequently to support my clients in making the changes in their beliefs that support improvements in their health. The information is an excellent partner to Louise Hay's "Heal Your Body" (or her larger book "You Can Heal Your Life".) My perspective is that our beliefs affect our emotions in somewhat predictable ways; our emotions affect our biochemistry in some predictable ways; our biochemistry determines our physical health. The beliefs that are negatively impacting our physical health are often hard to unearth, and this book is extremely useful in offering possible starting points to consider.
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83 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Jabberwock on January 9, 2008
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I expected more from this book, and was disappointed (which is why I'm returning the item to the store).

The author begins by giving an overview of the chakra system. An overview that is completely inaccurate according to ancient and existing information. The first chakra, for example, has never been related to "finance" in any way, yet the author managed to make that connection. In fact, all of the information in this book seems to have been grossly altered to give it a "new" feel.

The connections between mental/emotional issues and physical problems are the same old 1960's brochure material. If you grind your teeth, the author asks what you're angry about. If you're constipated, the author wants to know what you're holding onto.

I don't know if the author was trying to re-write old bodymind material, or address the energy system. She seems to be attempting to do both in this book, but she doesn't do it well.

The biggest disappointment comes when you discover there are no "answers" in this book. No suggestions about how to deal with psychosomatic illness. The dozens of other bodymind books I've read have given thoughts about how to address physical problems, but all Deb Shapiro seems to do is ask questions.

If you want information about the mind/body connection, there are many books superior to this one.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on August 27, 2006
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This book clearly and concisely explains the emotional and spiritual underpinnings for many physical dis eases. Rather than relying solely on conventional drug and western treatment methods, it helps the reader understand the deeper relationship of holistic approaches to healing - not just curing.

Deb Shapiro is a master in teaching us how to listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us through pain and disease. The enclosed CD - new with this edition - helps make the lessons contained in the book even more personal!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rick Sheridan on August 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a book with an additional audio CD that describes a practical way to learn the language of your body so you can understand how your thoughts and feelings directly affect your physical health. It also includes a cross-referenced index of symptomatic illnesses and the emotional imbalances they symbolize. The CD has creative visualization and meditation techniques on to enhance your ability to listen to, communicate with, and heal your body, and more. More reviews at AudioColumn.com
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Justin Reilly, esq. on December 6, 2009
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For example, she says ME (CFS) is characterized (and caused, I guess) by feeling unmotivated and by focusing on oneself too much. These are just misinterpretations: one of the main ways to differentiate ME from depression is that people with ME express that they desperately want to get back out there in life to enjoy their old activities, but depressed people do not have any interest or motivation in engaging in life. People with ME may seem to focus too much on their bodies and problems, if and only if, one first assumes that their problems and somatic disease are not bad enough to warrant such attention, but this is not the case. (she also says it lasts weeks to years; it actually lasts from 6 months to decades/a lifetime. This makes sense in light of all the retrovirus findings in ME since 1986 that CDC has tried to cover up).
Similarly AIDS is supposed to be due to inability to express emotions. She cites gays as having high rates of AIDS and being guarded emotionally because of the judgment of society. Well, AIDS affects gays more often for reasons other than that they have trouble expressing emotions, obviously. Additionally, having a stigmatizing disease like AIDS will make one emotionally guarded.
Disease and emotions certainly have connections, but over-conflating them aids the cause of people who try to deny physical pathology in such disabling diseases as ME.
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