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Vital Energy: The 7 Keys to Invigorate Body, Mind, and Soul Paperback – December 1, 2000
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The subject of energy is never far from most people's minds. We wish we had more, we wonder where what we used to have went, and we worry that our future energy is overcommitted to work and other obligations from which we derive no pleasure.
Vital Energy seems the perfect book for solving this increasingly widespread dilemma. Based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, which originated in India, it will help you identify yourself as an earth-, fire-, or wind-based personality. (Earth people tend to be more nurturing, fire people more competitive and driven, wind people more flighty and creative.) And then it presents seven key ways in which each of those types can improve their lives: finding yourself, eliminating toxins, feeding yourself better, building loving relationships, exercising, finding meaning in your work, playing passionately, and finding happiness and contentment by simply being alive.
While that may sound like an ethereal set of goals and standards, Dr. David Simon's advice is really focused and easy to apply. For example, in the chapter on exercise, a fire person is told to choose outdoor or water-based fitness activities and to not make exercise another way in which he asserts his competitive drive. In the chapter on building loving relationships, Dr. Simon offers a way to "metabolize" feelings so that you can digest them, absorb what you need, and eliminate the rest, as you would with food. There's even advice on how to have better bowel movements in the morning.
Dr. Simon is medical director of Deepak Chopra's Center for Well Being, so the readers most interested in Dr. Chopra's work will probably be drawn to Vital Energy. But it would be a shame if this book only ended up in the hands of those already familiar with Ayurvedic medicine and philosophy. Vital Energy is a completely engaging, easy-to-follow introduction to Ayurveda, and anyone searching for better health, vitality, and well-being should give it a read. --Lou Schuler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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By filling out the numerous questionnaires contained in this book, readers can discover which of the seven basic mind-body types they are: earth, wind, fire, or some combination of these. However, Simon explains that we all embody the three basic principles to varying degrees, and he suggests that understanding how these forces interact and affect the mind-body connection can lead to increased vitality. Once medical conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disease, or anemia have been ruled out as causes for fatigue, we need to discover our "inner ocean of vital energy." Chapters instruct readers on how to, among other things, Seek Yourself, Clear Your Toxins, and Work with Meaning. Simon, medical director of the Chopra Center for Well Being and author of Return to Wholeness and The Wisdom of Healing, provides practical advice to help us understand that "we are composed of the same stuff that makes the world and [that] enables us to imbibe the energy we need to create balance and vitality in our lives." For large public libraries.AJodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn.-- enables us to imbibe the energy we need to create balance and vitality in our lives." For large public libraries.AJodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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1) Why are so many people overwhelmed by fatigue, lack of enthusiasm, and depression?
2) Why are so many people haunted by the sense that something vitally important is missing from their lives?
In pursing answers to these questions, Simon focuses on the idea that "we have learned a lot about how to treat illness but not much about how to create health." In medical school he learned that modern medicine can effectively deal with the symptoms of disease without necessarily helping them to heal.
Simon states, "I learned that health and illness were the consequence of the thoughts and choices people made." This personal discovery came to him through the tension that existed between his medical studies and his cross-cultural explorations of health and wellness in various parts of the world.
Healing is a holistic concept that has global reach. The idea of healing in many cultures is focused on creating a greater sense of unity across mind, body and spirit. Simon promotes the belief that the experience of happiness and health represents an essential unity across mind, body and spirit while unhappiness and disease represents some degree of disintegration. A broad view of healing is critical for reintegrating these essential connections and David SimonÕs ÒVital EnergyÓ is an essential contribution to everyoneÕs health and well being.
I emphatically suggest everyone read this book, practice the principles told methodically and ENJOY invigorating VITAL ENERGY for body, mind and soul.
Lastly, but not in the least, this book must be kept on the book shelf for day to day reference till the time the principles get thoroughly ingrained in one's own Mind-Body system.