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Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self Paperback – August 1, 2004
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* Applies the chakra system to important modern social realities and issues such as addiction, codependence, family dynamics, sexuality, and personal empowerment.
* Previous edition has sold more than 55,000 copies.
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As I've learned from reading many of her books, she has long had a history of studying the chakra system. Through personal experience, she has adapted some of the esoteric systems with her own style, which are discussed more fully within her books.
This book in particular is an important one. In our culture, we all suffer abuses of some kind or another, even abuses we probably wouldn't consider abuse. Take noise pollution for example - it's a real assault on your senses, although we drown it out and let our body deal with the consequences.
But this book deals with the heavier stuff too - relationship issues, physical or sexual abuse, eating disorders, mental imbalances, whatever it may be, it's probably covered in this book. And what I have noticed is this author really knows what she's talking about - she provides insights I have not heard come from anyone else in my entire life.
I strongly encourage this book to everyone, regardless of who you are. This is a book for humanity.
Yes, this book deals with Eastern concepts of the body and would appeal to yogis and Eastern-minded people, but I think all others not in those categories would benefit as well. A large part of the book uses Western psychology to explain imbalance, so this isn't a difficult read at all. I couldn't put it down.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, because it has already been an invaluable resource to me, and I can imagine it will be for years to come as I re-read and reflect, change and grow, and read again. It is nice to have her book Wheels of Life as well, to better understand the chakras, have access to more exercises, and expand your knowledge of the body.
Thank you so much, Anodea Judith, for such a brilliant, healing work of art.
Each chapter was incredible, with many 'a-ha' moments where the murky became clear and epiphanies of greater universal understanding abounded. This is a great book, but not exactly an easy read. I would place it at the Masters level of college texts, as it is packed with powerful citations backed by sound research.
It is a generally accepted fact that roughly 85% of Americans grow up in a dysfunctional family with experiences of abuse or neglect, which means that this book applies to 85% of you who are reading this post.
It is the sum of our life experiences that form who we are and the patterns we live by. If your patterns aren't working for you and you keep finding that you often make the same life mistakes that leave you unhappy, unfulfilled and starting over, it definitely warrants a deeper look into personal healing.
If you have anything in your life that you feel is giving you trouble and you feel stuck on, I highly suggest reading this book, but again it is not an easy read. Even with my advanced educational level and ability to comprehend complex subject matter, I found it to be a challenging read because is it not a passive activity. Once the words are read, the brain goes to work.
Eastern Body Western Mind is not just a book to read, it is a 'work book' for healing the soul's wounds accumulated over a life time; learning how to live in a healthier, more balanced and self loving way.Read more ›
Anyone who comes from a western culture and has an interest in understanding what the chakra system is and how it is related to our lives at every stage needs to read this book. Judith does a superb job of merging the chakra systems with traditional western psychology concepts and the lifespan. She seamlessly combines and compares eastern and western concepts using charts, graphics, and detailed descriptions. The main thrust of the book is that we experience various life traumas at different stages, and they affect corresponding chakras, creating deficiencies or excesses in how we channel energy (cope). Most importantly she gives concrete strategies for healing each chakra and therefore, connecting to our highest spiritual purpose.
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This book is so worth the read. I have marked it up finding aspects that explain so much about myself, family members, friends, society, etc. So very enlightening. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jill Mortensen
One of the best books I've ever read. I've read books on psychology, all sorts of self help books, books about chakras, etc...none of them have been as fascinating as this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Snocat
Great read if you're looking for something aside from sappy romance novels or the typical murder mystery. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KObaum
This book is wonderful for digging deep into yoga poses. Very well written and easy to understand.Published 2 months ago by Sheila L
I love the explanations on the relation of the chakras to our experiences from the moment we are in the womb till now a days! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome book!! Does a great job explaining the chakra system and how western psychology relates to it and how to heal abuses. Great for therapists and lay people.Published 2 months ago by Margaret C Deyerle