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, May 12, 2005
This review is from: Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength & Love (Hardcover)
The book is well written, but it doesn't live up to how it is advertised. It consists of a long introduction and 10 chapters (prescriptions, as the author put it). You can read what they are in Editorial reviews, so just to illustrate what to expect from each prescription, here are the exercises from the first chapter:
1. Must be done with a friend. Relax, picture a capsule of light around friend's body, cup your hand over her head, feel her energy.
2. Same as previous but should be done with strangers in the mall (or any other public place).
3. Do basic breathing exercise and at the end of it picture a tail stretching down from your spine, connecting you to the earth.
4. Relax for 5 minutes and direct your intention to your third eye (it is somewhere between your eyebrows).
5. Observe babies around you and how they are able to live in the now and learn from them.
6. Find your pulse and feel it.
7. Adopt a mantra and repeat it when you need to protect yourself from negative energy.
8. Learn to take mini technology fasts: check e-mail less frequently, don't fax for few hours...
The title of the first chapter is: Awaken intuition and rejuvenate yourself. I feel that none of the exercises helped me do that. I didn't find the exercises in other chapters helpful either. And the exercises are the best thing in the book! The rest is just stories from author's and her friends and patients lives, that just go on and on and teach you nothing. Also, there is a constant self-important and self-congratulatory tone to the author's writing, that I found irritating.
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