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Stress Rx - 103 Prescriptions for Overcoming Stress and Achieving Lifelong Happiness Paperback – June 15, 2009
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Edwin Riley is a doctor of Mind/Body Medicine, Transpersonal Psychology, and Integrative Health Care. In addition to his private practice in Palm Beach County, Florida, he periodically conducts "Stress Reduction Vacations" in the tropical mountains outside Cuernavaca, Mexico. He also lectures extensively throughout the United States on topics related to stress reduction, anti-aging, and the mind/body connection, helping people facing difficulties gain control over fear and stress. A proponent for natural healing for 30 years, he completed his doctoral internship under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the nationally acclaimed Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is certified as a Hippocrates Health Educator and also lectures on enzyme nutrition, the bio-chemistry of foods, and exercise physiology. Dr. Riley received his Master's degree at the University of Florida. He taught creative writing and communications in colleges and universities, and currently conducts workshops in Healing Chi Kung and tai chi, both in the United States and Mexico. His unique combination of skills as a journalist, professor, therapist and speaker give him the ability to simplify difficult concepts, allowing people to put them to use successfully in their daily lives. He also served as Director of the South Florida Stress Reduction Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Riley's research led him to the curanderos and shamanic healers in Mexico where he accessed centuries-old holistic healing traditions. In November 2002, Dr. Riley began living in Mexico part of the year where he facilitates week-long stress reduction vacations, where he is also engaged in a research project with a plant that promotes nutritional and medicinal benefits. For an upcoming schedule, an outline of Dr. Riley's programs, or to contact him directly visit his website at www.stressreduction.com.
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Having already earned and enjoyed high returns on my investment of time spent on personal growth, I began my journey through "Stress Rx" basking in a warm glow of validation--often escalating to smugness--only to be thrown from my high horse each time a harsh reality stopped me in my tracks. What a ride!
Mindful is my new mantra. I initially found the repeated use of the words `mindful' and `mindfulness' distracting. I even wondered if overuse of the word was a stab at subliminal conditioning or simply an editorial oversight; but I decided the enjoyable flow of content justified ignoring the mild annoyance. I don't remember the exact point at which I embraced the power and unlimited application of that simple little word but the concept now holds a place of prominence in my arsenal.
I began the fear chapter feeling particularly self-righteous. I rarely fret about `what-ifs'. I strive to live in the present and (aside from completely situational and temporary bouts of human insecurity) fear is not one of my problems. Wait. Spiders and interstates count? Do I really need to work on overcoming spider fear when avoiding the critters is so much easier? I don't fear all interstates. I only fear the ones in the middle of cities where three or four of them converge and people drive like the Dukes of Hazard! Do I really need to work on overcoming my fear of some interstates when most cities have perfectly good (and far less traveled) surface roads? Oh my, so much to think about; perhaps this grasshopper still has much to learn.
During a recent year of discontent, I spent enough money self-medicating with ice cream to have paid for my move back to Florida--which proved to be a great cure for my discontent but failed to make 20 pounds vanish. (Who doesn't know the side effects of `medicinal-grade' ice cream)? The hard-science of nutrition notwithstanding, I have always known, and usually practiced, one version or another of the basic concept, `eat less-move more' to maintain a desired weight, promote health and energy, and feel good about how I look. Ah, but knowing and doing are not always compatible partners. At an age when I was already struggling to accept my new friends crow's-feet and knee-wrinkles, I packed on 20 unwanted pounds.
Most of my ice cream pounds are now gone, and the remaining few are slowly but steadily melting away in the Florida heat. The outward symptom of my `emotion stuffing' was easily addressed by changing the circumstances that triggered my unhealthy response, but I know that simply removing a behavioral stimulus is not necessarily a long-term solution. The important lesson I will take to heart from the "Stress Rx" food chapter is an understanding of the value of being `mindful' about food. I think I can now avoid resorting to `emotion stuffing' as a knee-jerk response to the next stressful event life throws in my path. Thanks for the food chapter! I enjoyed "Stress Rx" tremendously.