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Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You Paperback – September 14, 2010
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About the Author
Brant Secunda is a world-renowned shaman, healer and teacher in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico. He is the only Westerner to have completed a 12-year apprenticeship with Don José Matsuwa, the revered Huichol Indian shaman. Since 1979, Brant has been the director of the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies in Santa Cruz, Calif. Brant is a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild and the Peace University of Berlin with President Jimmy Carter and Bishop Desmond Tutu, and is co-founder of the Humanistic Medicine Conference in Germany. Brant’s work has been documented on television, radio and in articles and books throughout the USA, Europe and Japan. Brant Secunda has medically documented cases of healing cancer, hepatitis, infertility, aneurisms and many other afflictions. He has many well-known patients, including movie actor Steven Segal. Members of the international medical, religious and educational communities, including the World Health Organization, have recognized Brant’s commitment as well as his knowledge by inviting him to be a featured speaker, workshop leader and participant at numerous conferences worldwide.
Top Customer Reviews
The spiritual health that Brant Secunda and Mark Allen is telling us about is an invitation to live fully, with concrete examples of how we can get healthy and stay healthy.
I found it very helpful and will come back to it again and again.
Some people might wonder what a soul-oriented shaman and a health-oriented triathlete would have to say to each other - or to the rest of us. In this book, the two have a playful and interactive dialog that really brings home how these two aspects are really two sides of the same coin. They show how intention to live fully alive is based in the balance of sould and body.
I've personally experienced the body-mind connection they talk about and it's true and easy to enjoy. I've heard of and known about the two authors for years. I had the good fortune to get a small hands-on taste of their teachings more than a decade ago through a chance meeting on an airplane. Since that time, the seeds they planted sprouted in me and helped encourage me to increase my own fitness on a spiritual as well as physical level. In the last five years, I've finished more than ten triathlons with as many medals. Also during that time, I've focused my intention and purpose through meditation and yoga. Together, these are a great and powerful combination.
This book is helping me fine-tune my work so my life can be even more effective and enjoyable. I'm really enjoying it, knowing it's true and now having more helpful information along with simple steps to take. Like the book says, balancing the powers of love, intuition, physical power and intelligence brings completeness and wholeness. I'm glad they've brought all of these together in one place for an integrated, holistic view.
The content of this book is explained in this statement: "We want to give you a different model of health and fitness, one that addresses not only your body, but also the human being that is housed inside."
What I like about this book (besides the content - which is great) is the progression of the book. First, you work on your soul, then your body. (I've read other books where they tell you to run out and kill yourself physically and the "is this right for you" section is nowhere to be found.)
The fact that men wrote this book is what makes it work. Woman writers (and I am one of them) have a tendency to be too "flowery" in making a point. (I am a "straight-to-the-point kind of female writer.) These authors each bring his unique strength to the material: a commingling of encouragement and warmth among facts.
Some key points in the book that really called to me:
==>Six Types of Stress (page 31). Who knew there were so many; yet there are. From emotional to physical to dietary, these all fuel the battle between what your soul craves (bad pun?) and body needs. Stress management (other than obesity) is one of the major problems we face in the world today.
==>Evict Anger (page 62). As someone who is holding a lot of anger, I 100% agree that television (as the most obvious form of media) pushes us into anger. As mentioned, the "lose 50 pounds now" advertisement is just a road to failure for us, non-paid, infomercial humans. Weight loss advertising of any type is what makes the world fat: we have no goals and expect miracles.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You might not get this at first. It took me awhile, a few reads and from a few sources. But, the more I opened my heart the more this makes sense.Published 2 months ago by Charles Anstadt
Excellent and inspiring!! I have met with Brant personally and this book is so worth it!Published 16 months ago by Josie Donahue
Has some good information in it but misses the connection between our soul and God.Published 22 months ago by Cyrus Dillinger
My Healthy Living Collection. This is a great book to own. I love it.Published 23 months ago by Quynh Tran
If you believe in the balance of spirit and body in physical exercise at any level then this is definitely worth the time. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Leonard Mead
There are not many books that relate ancient Indian teachings to the modern Western World. It is a MUST read for everyone.Published on April 18, 2014 by Jennifer ryan
There is a lot of decent self-help information in the book. But as with all books of this type I feel it lacks a certain amount of depth. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Deborah Conner