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Your Body Speaks Your Mind: Decoding the Emotional, Psychological, and Spiritual Messages That Underlie Illness Paperback – April, 2006
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About the Author
Deb Shapiro has trained extensively in various schools of bodywork, Buddhist meditation, and Jungian psychology in both England and America. She has been teaching both bodymind therapy and meditation with her husband, Ed Shapiro, for the past 20 years. Their books include The Bodymind Workbook, Meditation: Four Steps to Calmness and Clarity, Voices from the Heart, and Unconditional Love.
Deb and Ed Shapiro write the Daily Chillout text messages for Sprint and other cell phones. It's time to make kindness cool, to make compassion a hot topic, to make forgiveness real, and we can do this one day and one message at a time! See: www.EdandDebShapiro.com.
Top Customer Reviews
If you have ever wondered how emotions affect the body, then "Your Body Speaks Your Mind" is an excellent place to start. Not only will you be able to understand your symptoms, you will also know how to eradicate them. This book contains many answers, especially to the following questions:
How do neuropeptides carry information from the mind to the body?
Do all diseases have their origin in the mind?
How do unresolved emotions affect your health?
Why are certain feelings linked to specific body parts?
What are the specific steps you can take to heal the body with your mind?
Deb Shapiro makes an interesting connection between love and health. She also shows how creative visualization and writing in a journal can help to take away symptoms of illness. By giving up negative emotions you can literally heal the body from the inside out. This book then becomes most useful as you make the connections and start the healing process.
"70 percent of patient visits to the doctor are for stress-related illnesses." ~ pg. 5
Some of the topics in this book include: Insomnia, Addiction, Nervous Breakdowns, Depression, Anxiety, Skin Conditions, Infertility, Menopause, The Digestive System, Eating Disorders and Heart Issues.
A CD is included with this book and contains visualization practices. I can recommend this book very highly and think it would make a perfect addition to any health library.
~The Rebecca Review
The author begins by giving an overview of the chakra system. An overview that is completely inaccurate according to ancient and existing information. The first chakra, for example, has never been related to "finance" in any way, yet the author managed to make that connection. In fact, all of the information in this book seems to have been grossly altered to give it a "new" feel.
The connections between mental/emotional issues and physical problems are the same old 1960's brochure material. If you grind your teeth, the author asks what you're angry about. If you're constipated, the author wants to know what you're holding onto.
I don't know if the author was trying to re-write old bodymind material, or address the energy system. She seems to be attempting to do both in this book, but she doesn't do it well.
The biggest disappointment comes when you discover there are no "answers" in this book. No suggestions about how to deal with psychosomatic illness. The dozens of other bodymind books I've read have given thoughts about how to address physical problems, but all Deb Shapiro seems to do is ask questions.
If you want information about the mind/body connection, there are many books superior to this one.
Deb Shapiro is a master in teaching us how to listen to what our bodies are trying to tell us through pain and disease. The enclosed CD - new with this edition - helps make the lessons contained in the book even more personal!
Similarly AIDS is supposed to be due to inability to express emotions. She cites gays as having high rates of AIDS and being guarded emotionally because of the judgment of society. Well, AIDS affects gays more often for reasons other than that they have trouble expressing emotions, obviously. Additionally, having a stigmatizing disease like AIDS will make one emotionally guarded.
Disease and emotions certainly have connections, but over-conflating them aids the cause of people who try to deny physical pathology in such disabling diseases as ME.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Louise Hay does it better, but Deb Shapiro is a great companion!Published 18 days ago by Lauren Tripp
CD inside came broken, but book is great. Got a small refund for the CD.Published 6 months ago by TIFFANY N LANIGAN
This is a wonderful book and I would recommend to anyone as a alternative medicine practitioner an integrative therapist and life coach. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dissatisfied
nothing new here...but good for "reprogramming" while drivingPublished 8 months ago by Nicholas Grebenschikov
This is by far my most used book on my shelf. It is so easy to understand and great at linking physical issues to emotional and mental situations.Published 8 months ago by Joshua