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The Pleasure Prescription: To Love, to Work, to Play -- Life in the Balance Hardcover – October, 1996
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Educational psychologist Pearsall has written a book based on the 2000-year-old Polynesian concept of Aloha, embracing the five principles of patience, unity, agreement, humility, and kindness. Aloha means to give and share the breath of life and to embrace life by sharing its sacredness with others. In contrast to Western and Eastern principles glorifying the individual or self-enlightenment, the Aloha prescription glorifies the whole. The book is in three parts: reclaiming your natural pleasure path, describing the five Aloha principles in detail, and applying the principles to daily living. It provides tests, succinct formulas, and catch phrases all designed to help you find shared joy and listen to your body's "seventh sense," which is telling you something is not right. Pearsall interweaves references to scientific studies, oceanic philosophy, anecdotes, and personal stories. Unfortunately, some footnotes are incomplete, and the bibliography contains many references ten to 20 years old. Nevertheless, Pearsall takes the quick-fix manual to a higher plane and wants us to change our mental outlook and inner core, not just glue-gunning a veneer onto our current lifestyle.?Susan E. Burdick, Reading, Pa.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
According to Pearsall, psychologist and expert on the immune system, it isn't too much stress but too little joy that's killing people. He offers his "prescription," derived from the wisdom of the Polynesian cultures: patience, connection, pleasantness, modesty and tenderness. He defines crucial areas of stress and offers practical suggestions for dealing with them. While Pearsall's voice is pleasant enough, his presentation is a bit fast, making for a clipped delivery that seems more suited to a lecture than an intimate conversation. P.B.J. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I read this book on my recent vacation to Hawaii, and it defined my trip and made it memorable. "The Pleasure Prescription" by Paul Pearsall contrasts the "Oceanic" way with Western ways and Eastern thought. He describes a third or alternative way, which is Living Aloha. The book is a bible on How to Live Aloha. It is not the same old recycled self-help information you'll read in other books, but a beautiful system based upon Hawaiian spiritual principles and research in psychoneuroimmunology---the interactions between the brain, mind, body, and the immune system.
I did not find any of the information dated, although the book was published in 1996; rather, it is timely and fresh. Dr. Pearsall literally teaches you how to Live Aloha, covering the following five principles:
Ahonui - which is patience expressed with perseverance, living in the now, mindfulness
Lokahi - which is unity or connection, expressed harmoniously, behaving in a constant state of accord with the world, both natural and spiritual
'Olu'Olu - which is agreement, expressed with pleasantness, bliss
Ha'aha'a - which is humility expressed with modesty, silencing the self, saving the soul
Akahai - which is kindness, expressed with tenderness
The book is practical, and contains self-assessment tests and exercises that can be done. It is enjoyable to read, and makes you feel good! The spirituality described can complement any belief system or religious system, as they are useful principles common to most systems of ethics (for example, kindness). It is very Hawaiian, embodying the "how to" part of living aloha---it's great to have bumper stickers saying "Live Aloha", but how do you do that? This book shows you how.
If you are unfamiliar with Living Aloha, but are just unhappy or stressed out or tired, and want some refreshment, I would recommend this book also. There is a bit of Hawaiian terminology, but the author provides a glossary, and it's not necessary to remember the Hawaiian words, but to just practice what you read.
recipe for a more sane and healthful life for these trying times in which we live. The book was originally published ten years ago, but still rings true. Pearsall's references to research on which he based his findings is fascinating and very thorough. I liked the book so much I bought a copy for one of our adult children for this past Christmas. I'll re-read the book again someday, it's that good! I can truly say it's a book that changed my life!