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The definition I've been missing! I LOVED this book!!!
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2018
My journey toward a holistic approach to mind and health wasn't a choice. I was forced into it when I woke up one morning to extreme inflammation and symptoms that doctors said were textbook for a herniated disc in my neck. However no matter how many tests I took, and how hard they looked, doctors found nothing wrong with me. They had no explanation for the severity of my symptoms, or even why I had them at all. At first I was upset. They were doctors. Shouldn't they have the answers? And then, by chance, I stumbled across "structural integration", and a practitioner who was an herbalist, and deeply rooted in the mind/body connection.
It was then, in steps, that I came to understand how profound of an effect my chronic depression, and then extreme anxiety had had on my body. I got this book because I was specifically interested in the chapter on inflammation, and the body's reaction to stress. What I found, however, was the most thorough book I've ever read on the physical proof behind an unhealthy diet and mind.
My road away from anxiety, toward health and wellness, has been long and hard, and it's still in progress. I've been targeting books on anxiety, diet, and meditation for months now, but this book offered me something I felt I'd been missing. The why's of what I'm doing. And it also put a face and a name to what I've otherwise been struggling to define. What I'm doing, where I'm trying to go, what is my ultimate outcome? I've KNOWN what it is for a long time, but defining clearly has been difficult. But today, with this book, I found my definition:
"If you pay attention, there are many moments when you feel safe and secure; life looks beautiful; the mind is quiet and calm; you feel free of regret and worries; the past brings no bad memories; you find it easy to accept and appreciate your life and the people in it; an inner joy bubbles up; or you somehow feel that a higher presence exists and enfolds you."
THAT is it! That's the definition I've been missing. The previously undefined goal I'm moving toward. I have long been working on many of the concepts or changes found in this book, but it brought them together in a way I found entirely enlightening and rewarding, and I also feel as if it will have a profound impact on my life moving forward!!!