- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Revised ed. edition (September 15, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395755158
- ISBN-13: 978-0395755150
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. Deepak Chopra, author of the bestselling Ageless Body, Timeless blind, offers his thousands of fans the first audio edition of Creating Health: How to Wake Up the Body's Intelligence, his groundbreaking work about the healing power of the mind.
First published in 1987, Creating Health introduces the basic premises of Ayurveda, the six-thousand-year-old tradition of health care from India, and guides listeners toward a sound understanding of the mind-body connection.
Dr. Chopra has revised Creating Health for the many people who are turning to alternative methods of health care as a result of the escalating crisis in traditional care. This edition incorporates a number of advances based on Dr. Chopra's recent work and new perspectives, including the techniques of mindfulness meditation, a simple but powerful form of breath-focused meditation.
In Creating Health, Dr. Chopra blends Eastern and Western medical philosophy to provide a clear, rich view of the road to perfect health -- a balance of mind, body, and spirit.
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind; Journey Into Healing; Perfect Weight; Restful Sleep; Perfect Digestion; and Boundless Energy, by Deepak Chopra, M.D., are also available from Random House AudioBooks. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Chopra provides beginning chapters on common illnesses and at times gives typical doctor instructions on what to eat and what to avoid ("don't drink alcohol, even in moderation"). But he moves beyond that, looking inside the sick person and inviting us to look inside ourselves. Our emotions and attitudes affect our bodies, and if we learn to control emotions we can improve our health. Chopra recommends meditation as a means of marshalling our inner resources.
While there must be some limit to this approach to health, there nevertheless is much evidence for its effectiveness. I particularly enjoyed his case histories and anecdotes. In one case, he admits lying to a patient. She had cancer, but he told her he removed gall stones. She believed him and the cancer went away! He attributes her recovery to her belief that she was well, a manifestation of the placebo effect that no one can explain, other than "mind over matter." Doctors dismiss diseases that go away by themselves by saying the patient is "in remission." But that is not an explanation. Chopra looks at these spontaneous healings as the body's ability to heal itself through the power inside the person, the body's natural intelligence. Intelligence, says Dr. Chopra, is in everything that's alive. I think of Chopra's nature intelligence when I see my cat make a graceful leap from porch to pillar. His body is using its built-in intelligence to make a perfect landing! Perhaps if we can become aware that our bodies use built-in intelligence, we can, as Dr. Chopra suggests, create health.
The way this book is written makes it a really quick and easy read. The chapters are short and the whole book is divided into four sections: Health and Disease, Laying the Foundation, Strategies for Creating Health and Toward a Higher Reality: Mediation and Metamorphosis.
Now one of my own internal guides is when I see references to other people I already respect. For example Deepak Chopra quotes Napoleon Hill, several times in the later half the book, and it fits. He also references his friend Dr Wayne Dyer, which I think is the leading light in the West when it comes to manifesting your reality. All this can be bit much to believe for someone who is not familiar with the law of attraction, and changing your physiology by changing your thoughts but give this one a try. It's short, direct, simple to understand and yet it encompasses a vast body of knowledge. And I really enjoyed the fact that he ended off focussing on the new physics as he calls it that was started with Einstein. There is a link between quantum physics and the old paradigms of the East. And you don't even have to read the The Tao of Physics to see it. As they see in these circles believing is seeing not the other way around.
Chopra builds on old tradition from India and introduces his own advances including a breath-focused meditation. The book is easy to follow since Chopra uses very logical sequence of ideas and has a very clear syntax.
If you like this book then I would recommend to you also Deepak Chopra's most famous Ageless Body, Timeless Mind.