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Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine Paperback – March 7, 2000
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
--Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom
"Saki Santorelli's words have the gentle strength of a bird's wings, beating softly as they gradually bear us aloft. Brave, beautiful, and disturbing, his book reminds us of the healing that conventional Western medicine has all but forgotten. I wish it had been available when I was in medical school."
--Mark Epstein, M. D., author of Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart
"Rarely does a book speak so eloquently to those of us who struggle with illness in our own lives, as well as to those who join with us in the project of healing. In sharing his involvement in the lives of patients and his own personal journey of mindfulness, Saki Santorelli gives us startling insights into what it means to heal and be healed. This book is a gift that will change your life."
--S. Kay Toombs, Ph.D., author of The Meaning of Illness, associate professor of philosophy, Baylor University
"A simply beautiful book. A full body/mind/heart contact between that which is healing within and that, a bit further in, which promotes that healing. A most necessary book for any medical student or healing library."
--Stephen Levine, author of A Year to Live
"Saki Santorelli shows the fruit of his dedicated effort in presenting mindfulness as not just the stuff of meditation retreats and stress reduction seminars. His accounts of everything from counseling a depressed woman to watching his six-year-old daughter encounter a homeless person bring the reader up against basic truths of our lives. It is honest, clear, and very helpful."
--Sharon Salzberg, author of A Heart as Wide as the World
"This is a remarkable, helpful book. Its genuine and warmhearted teaching gives us a real glimpse of the path of healing. Recommended to everyone, new or old, on the path of life."
--Charlotte Joko Beck, author of Everyday Zen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
See also "Full Catastrophe Living" by Jon Kabat-Zinn for a more practical, informational view of the MBSR program, and for the finest practical guide to mindfulness meditation yet written.
Key to the program and to Santorelli's manner of teaching is that he teaches out of his own meditation practice, that is, his own unique being, intuition, and experience, always sensitive to what is happening in the present moment. He and his colleagues avoid falling into the common problem of creating distance with their expertise.
The combination of meditation practice, yoga, and listening to one another's sharing of their lives, with Santorelli's skillful and gentle guidance, creates a healing dynamic. Most of us most of the time retreat rather than simply be with another person when nothing can be done. But it becomes clear in reading this book that to allow someone to touch their pain, their helplessness, is to allow them to experience their stability and strength.
William Calhoun, Ph. D. and author of The Fall and Beyond published by Author House in 2008.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was excellent. It addresses many of the pitfalls in mindfulness training and teaching. Very well written.Published 7 months ago by RMH
I've had this in my library for several years. I purchased these copies for gifts.Published 11 months ago by Timothy W Raine
Inspiring revelations spawn from years of helping others heal themselves.Published 13 months ago by Patricia M. Raymond
Santorelli's writing is accessible and memorable. Eye opening.Published 22 months ago by CARA MCGRAY