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Posted December 18, 2007
Alan Davidson is an inspirational writer as well as a keenly tuned guide to better health (physical and mental) through his detailed and well-illustrated exercises and modes of meditation. What sets Davidson apart starts in his introduction: he shares a moment from 1987 when he sat in a waiting room for the results of his HIV test. His thoughts and observations of the others in that frightening room set the stage for his discovery that, even though he had every reason to believe that he would be 'positive', his test results were negative - a moment of reality testing that forged his path to work with himself and with others through discipline and training to celebrate the body and the joy of being completely alive. What followed is culminated in this very fine book BODY BRILLIANCE. Combining philosophy with physical dexterity Davidson leads the reader through all manner of exercises and positions. As the subtitle of the book suggests, these contemplations or attitudes are based on the FIVE VITAL INTELLIGENCES: The Physical, The Emotional, The Mental, The Moral and The Spiritual. Accompanying Davidson's path to wellness are excerpts from famous minds, drawing upon ancient as well as contemporary wisdom. In this setting he invites the reader to participate in a series of exercises that when combined have as a goal to wed all five Intelligences, the result being a state of Harmony. Davidson even makes this an art book by using photographer Victoria Davis to demonstrate each of the verbally described positions and movements. Davis has selected extraordinarily beautiful male and female models, placed them in near negative space so that the 'brilliance' of each body is celebrated. The combination of caring, intelligent thinking and writing, sound physical judgment in approaching exercise, and beautiful photography make this book far more than just a another self help book (though it certainly is that!). This is a book that treats the body and mind and soul and life as art. Highly recommended. Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.