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Book Description

Aware, Awake, Alive details the essential needs of our inner spirit.

About the Author

Dr. Elliott S. Dacher, M.D. practiced full time internal medicine from 1975 to 1996. In 1996 he left his medical practice to begin an in-depth study of the principles and practices of consciousness and health – an ongoing study of the subtlest mind/body medicine which he pursued for many years amongst the wisdom traditions of Asia. He is the author of Integral Health: The Path to Human Flourishing (Basic Books, 2006,) Whole Healing (Dutton/Plume, 1996,) and Intentional Healing (Marlowe, 1996.)
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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Paragon House; Pap/Cdr edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557788952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557788955
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael West on September 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Aware Awake Alive is that rare and special thing, authentic truth.

You can read books that are emotionally stirring or intellectually stimulating. You can read books that you talk about at parties for weeks or months like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for instance. You can read books that help you understand yourself or the world, and you can read books that are touched with spiritual insight. But you almost never come across a book that works on all of these dimensions.

It is a cliché to say of a book that has a big impact on you that "It changed my life." Fact is most of those life changes last for a week or two at most. Then it's back to the grind, and you resume searching for another great bestseller or a cocktail party favorite or one your book club adopted.

Aware Awake Alive transcends all of this kerfuffle and tunes you into the real deal, what it's all about. No other way to explain how it can have such an impact on you and your life. You will never be the same again. You will finally have a chance at real happiness. You will finally be yourself.

Buy the book. Read the book, every page. Listen to your heart as it changes the way you see the world. By the time you finish reading Aware Awake Alive, you will understand something about yourself that you had almost forgotten. And your friends will look at you and say, "There is something new about you. What is it? Tell me." And if you care about them, you will tell them about Aware Awake Alive.
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AWARE, AWAKE, ALIVE by Elliott Dacher is an excellent guide to an emerging vision of human flourishing and integral health. Dacher's perspective and his recommendations for specific practices are grounded in his 21 year career in internal medicine, as well as his 12-year-long intensive study of contemplative theories and methodologies in Asia. In Dacher's previous book, INTEGRAL HEALTH, he made a compelling case for new framework within which individuals and humanity might better understand how to realize our fullest potential for health and happiness. In AWARE, AWAKE, ALIVE, Dacher not only expands upon his integral model, he also articulates a specific path by which we can reach our goals, offering his services as both mentor and guide.

One of the things I especially appreciate about the book is Dacher's gentle, reassuring voice. His desire to share both his personal wisdom and the wisdom of the ages with us seems to come from a place of genuine care and concern for others, rather than from a sense that his opinions are particularly special or important. In fact, he doesn't take credit at all for either the integral theoretical framework put forth or for the set of contemplative practices he introduces and describes. Although Dacher is indeed sharing with us a vision of optimal health and human flourishing based in ancient wisdom teachings, he does so in an especially accessible and compelling manner, framing his perspective in terms that make perfect sense in the context of modern healthcare. It's clear that Dacher strongly believes that a stable sense of profound well-being -- regardless of the presence or absence of physical disability or disease -- is available to everyone, given the requisite level of commitment.
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Dr. Dacher has given us an elegantly written treasure map to the most valuable riches in life -- happiness, love, wholeness, health and joy, among them. It is complete with tips and tools and time-tested ways in which to use them. It also offers a unique perspective on health and wellness, looking not at the typical medical office remedies for symptoms, but delving into a more profound source for healing that is contained within each one of us.

This book invites the reader in a beautiful way to begin and continue meditation practice. For busy people, there are suggestions for incorporating short meditations or simple breath work throughout the day. And the included CD can help pace you in a 20-minute session, or in a longer "loving-kindness" form of meditation, until both are familiar enough to do without the CD.

The work is based on a successful 10-week program led by the author. Readers here are invited to chose their own speed and discover which techniques are most useful for them. Everything is written clearly in terms a Western audience can easily understand.

Aware-Awake-Alive is divided into four sections: the Vision, the Path, the Fruition and the Integration. The Vision presents the prospect of "human flourishing," an optimal state of health and well-being that is known to many healing traditions around the world, but remains largely undeveloped in the our modern Western culture. The Path explores time-tested, step-by-step practices drawn both from ancient wisdom and contemporary knowledge. These are offered in progression, for both sitting sessions and practices to carry into daily life that together place you on "the path" to a larger life and health.
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