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Posted March 26, 2008
A wonderful lens to look through
A thoughtful, self deprecating and funny group of stories that helped me look at life hopefully and 'sit' with my worries. The stories are great, word pictures colorful and the people described real and full. I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn more and grow into anxious and funny times.
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Posted April 23, 2008
What it Means to be Human
Daniel Gottlieb is one of the most compassionate souls I have ever 'met.' A trained psychologist, Gottlieb was in an accident in 1979 when he was 33 years old and was rendered a quadriplegic. Shortly following his accident, he 'began to wonder what it really meant to be human.' What follows are stories and what he learns about himself, friends, family and patients. Gottlieb began to study how humans (and pets) acted and reacted their emotions, thoughts and feelings. He discovered that emotions are contagious. He writes that we ask ourselves: 'Who am I?' 'Who am I supposed to be?' 'Who should I be?' 'How do we find our identity in a world that insists your identity is defined by your achievements, by your beauty, by your power, by your youth?' Gottlieb implores us to slow down and actually hear and see others and ourselves. He believes as we do more, we hear less--less of what other people are saying and our own voice. The love Gottlieb feels for humanity is palpable in 'Loving from the Heart.' He explains that his body, almost 30 years after the accident, is starting to disease and that death could come at any time. But, he is without pity. Instead, his compassion for the human race is so strong and true that I found myself sobbing several times throughout the book. He talks about our 'national anxiety disorder' and offers advice for finding relief. I loved this: 'We are not important as individuals. And everything we say and do counts.' Meditate on that one! This book is a treasure. By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 28, 2010
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