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Your Body Speaks Your Mind: Decoding the Emotional, Psychological, and Spiritual Messages That Underlie Illness Paperback – April 1, 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
I prayed for answers and one day I woke up knowing what to do, that day my marriage ended and my health returned. And since then I have never ever experienced back pain again. It was really a miracle! Now I have the new and improved English version.
It's not easy to look within us, to understand and accept our emotions and our reality and this book helped me a lot doing that. If you are sick, in pain I recommend this book, but you need to do your homework too!
I appreciated Shapiro's overall acknowledgement about illness in the opening pages. She writes, "Illness is real. Accidents happen. Medicine can help." Shapiro continues, "I am not saying that by understanding the bodymind relationship you will be able to cure all your physical difficulties. What I am saying is that such an understanding adds an essential, and invariably overlooked, component to your healing process."
To strengthen and clarify her bodymind concepts, Shapiro cites research studies, quotes medical and psychiatric professionals, and offers countless personal stories.
Shapiro presents various avenues of self-study and healing, including mindfulness, meditation, writing and personal dialogue, affirmations, creative visualization, and imagery. I was particularly glad to see pranayama and the chakra system explored as tools for bodymind awareness. Throughout the book, she utilizes these avenues by offering bodymind dialogue questions, exercises, meditation practice ideas, imagery and journaling explorations, and affirmation examples. For instance, Shapiro describes general shoulder pain as meaning "you may be carrying too much [emotional/stress baggage] on your own." To deepen understanding with shoulder pain, she encourages these questions: "Have you been carrying other people's problems for too long? Is there something or someone you need to put down?"
A wonderful CD accompanied this book that includes two guided visualization/meditation practices that can assist and encourage the bodymind awareness practice.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is healing something, helping someone heal, or wanting a deeper and more mindful self-understanding. (So I'm pretty sure that is everyone!) For more bodymind resources, check out Deb and Ed Shapiro's website, as well as Ed and Deb's blog at the Huffington Post.
I was afraid that the voice of the author could be annoying but I was greatly surprise! She has a nice voice (not "baby / new age voice" type of voice where there is an artificial "softness" but good) and pleasant accent. It does not have an annoying music background either. So, it is clear, nice and professionally done, with lot of respect for the audience. Obviously, these two comments are very personal because some people may not be annoyed with voices and even like the background music in a presentation, etc.
I got the CD because it has a CD with meditation and exercises. Because the CDs was good, I will get the book. Apparently the book has a additional info with charts and graphs.