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KI: Energy for Everybody based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
My story with this book is rather strange. I bought it in 2003, and haven¿t touched until the summer of 2004, if I¿m not mistaken. Read a dozen of pages then, then started again the next summer, dropped again. Since that last summer I¿ve been learning a lot of things and apply them to my health. Many of them are related to Eastern and Oriental healthcare approach. Then, recently, I decided to actually read the book for some reason. Now everything was obvious ¿ I knew many things from my own experience. I also learned some new ideas and exercises, and put things into a better perspective. The book treats some subjects ¿ the life energy (introduction), nutrition, breathing, physical self-exercises, bodywork and energy development. What makes this book unique is that each chapter (subject) is given a brief introduction, then the Western theory and exercises are described, and finally the Eastern theory and practices are being revealed (many of them have been used for millennia with good results). For example, it introduces the basic nutrients (proteins, lipids, etc.) and the calorie based diet vs the Chinese approach which is driven by harmony of the five elements. Physical exercises such as jogging vs. practices like yoga or tai chi. The book tries to be balanced in what it does, and I guess it succeeds. However, probably because of my background, the fact of comparing directly the two approaches make me realized (once again) how shortsighted is the Western science, especially for the diet and physical exercises. The East has a wholistic approach, where body, mind and spirit are aspects of the same thing, and treating as a whole many times gives better results. There are exercises presented here ¿ it might take years or even a lifetime to master them. However, to get a masterpiece of the Eastern health and lifestyle (focused on Chinese ¿ Taoist), read Daniel Reid¿s books: ¿The Tao of health, sex and longevity¿ and ¿Complete Book of Chinese Health & Healing¿ (in this order). The first one contains almost everything in ¿Ki: energy for everybody¿ and much, much more (is much thicker actually). The chapter on fasting and detoxification alone is worth the price of the book! The only thing which wouldn¿t there, but is in the book reviewed here is the chapter of bodywork, which isn¿t too big anyway. So, nice book¿ but there are better. Either way, get something ¿ this or that, and PRACTISE!