Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness

Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness

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by Kathy Freston, Mehmet C. Oz
     
 

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In Quantum Wellness, New York Times bestselling author Kathy Freston teaches us that the key to achieving our highest level of health and contentment is by making small, focused changes in the separate but interconnected areas of body, mind, and spirit. Freston advocates progress, not perfection and is well known for her "leaning into change" approach to eating

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In Quantum Wellness, New York Times bestselling author Kathy Freston teaches us that the key to achieving our highest level of health and contentment is by making small, focused changes in the separate but interconnected areas of body, mind, and spirit. Freston advocates progress, not perfection and is well known for her "leaning into change" approach to eating healthier. She shows you how incremental, manageable adjustments in the way you eat, work, and interact with the rest of the world make all the difference. Quantum Wellness will forever change the way you approach healthy living.

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Publishers Weekly

Former model Freston (The One) writes intimately about healing and finding wellness through "incremental changes that vault us to a new experience of ourselves." Peppered with examples from Freston's own path to more conscious, healthier living (quitting smoking, becoming vegan), the book methodically addresses what it means to be healthy in mind, body and spirit and how the three are inextricably intertwined. Some of Freston's prescriptions-such as cleansing, meditation and yoga-are familiar and feel like Hinduism and Buddhism lite-but her contention that "[w]e cannot thrive as individuals without tending to the ills of this world and all its inhabitants" is powerfully argued. The book devotes considerable attention to promoting vegetarianism ("It's about having integrity in the most fundamental of our actions-eating"), and in keeping with the book's attention to "incremental" change, Freston introduces ways for even the most hardened carnivore to start leading a cruelty-free life. With compelling chapters on dealing with crisis and an innovative section on "personal energy management," Freston invites-and equips-readers to become their own healers in moments of sickness, despair and loss. (May)

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Library Journal

The medical profession is constantly learning more about the mind-body connection, i.e., how our emotions and attitudes can impact our physical health. Freston, author of the best-selling The One and habituA© of Oprah and The Early Show, extends that concept, arguing that making small attitude adjustments and changing thinking patterns can have a beneficial effect on one's health, looks, and life. She outlines eight "Pillars of Wellness"-Meditation, Visualization, Fun Activities, Conscious Eating, Exercise, Self-Work, Spiritual Practice, and Service-and explains how they contribute to a healthy existence. She emphasizes, for example, the spiritual component of eating foods that have been prepared humanely (the more this reviewer hears about factory-farmed livestock, the less appetizing steak and chicken breast seem) and points out the studies that show that such foods are, in fact, more healthful. Essentially, this is a well-argued and clearly explained demonstration of Socrates's contention that the unexamined life is not worth living. Recommended wherever Freston's other books were popular.
—Susan B. Hagloch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602860278
Publisher:
Weinstein Books
Publication date:
05/20/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 hours
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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We live in extraordinary times. Just taking in the news of one day, you can hear about people rising to spectacular new levels of wealth even while others lose their health or homes in a maddening bureaucracy; there are species which are disappearing seemingly into thin air juxtaposed with new planets being discovered and researched; cyberspace is supercharged with ever better ways of getting closer to each other and the things we want to know about, and traveling the globe is easier and faster than it has ever been before. There are scientific breakthroughs and heated up wars and industries which continue to amp up their profits in ways that can make your head spin. Indeed, the world is moving at breakneck speed and it takes an enormous amount of effort just to keep a strong foothold and firm balance.

With each passing year the stresses of everyday life seem to challenge us with ever greater urgency. We work harder than ever, have less time to prepare healthy food, and depend all the more on quick fixes and medicines to keep our bodies running. We are told to be on alert for terrorism, coaxed to keep up with an economy that seems to have taken on a life of its own, and now we are being warned that the environment is taking a turn for the worse. We are being diagnosed with more illnesses and malfunctions even while our life expectancy is increasing. We do what we can to maintain our equilibrium and wonder still how long this game will continue until something gives.

Ours is a civilization that seems to be poised for some sort of a breakthrough; some would call it a new age, while others caution that we might be nearing the end of an era. One thing is for sure though, and that is that we are the cause of what is yet to come—for ourselves and for the earth. We are a vitally significant group of people occupying the planet, armed with information and technology; we have the ability to step beyond the status quo and change for the better. Or otherwise.

How we choose to live now—today—will not only dictate the way our personal prospects unfold, but will also help to determine the future prospects of humankind. We are all connected by our source, each made up of the same stuff. Modern physics has proven what spiritual sages have been saying for thousands of years: that all matter is essentially vibrating energy.

We consist of moving electrons, protons, and neutrons and these bare components when investigated more closely really just drill down to vibrating energy that has no boundary. Essentially, beneath what appears to be our skin and bones and cells, we are bare beingness, shifting and flowing energy operating under the illusion that we are separate and apart from each other. The very force which makes up the oceans and trees and brain circuitry and creative art also makes us up.

The way I see it, we are all individual expressions (or creations, if you will) of God, or Spirit. We may have different ideologies and stand firmly in our own bodies, but we are very much bound to one another by this core shared source that powers us all. We are inextricably interconnected to every other being that exists. And so, what one of us experiences, we all, on some level, also experience.

How we eat, medicate ourselves, work, worship, and relate to one another deeply affects every other aspect of life. Therefore, we can no longer just plod along hoping that things will just work out; we have to work them out by starting at home. If we want to create wellness—peace, health, prosperity, and happiness—for ourselves, we also have to consider things holistically in that we address all of life as part of our program.

The word quantum means “a sudden and significant change; an abrupt transition.” Hence Quantum Wellness refers to a radical shift in the quality of our personal lives. It is an evolution on every level of being: physical, mental, and spiritual. The good news is that we can and will experience radical results from small and incremental changes: simple transitions in our diet, slight shifts in the way we resolve conflict and communicate, and some gentle new practices to strengthen our spiritual lives.

Meet the Author

KATHY FRESTON is the author of the New York Times bestselling The One: Discovering the Secrets of Soul Mate Love, and Expect a Miracle: Seven Spiritual Steps to Finding the Right Relationship. She has produced a popular series of guided-meditation CDs on relationships, healing the body, creating prosperity, losing weight, and destressing. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, W, and Fitness, among other publications, and she has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Good Morning America, and The Martha Stewart Show. She and her husband divide their time between New York and Los Angeles.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I expect that this new book by Kathy Freston is going to make some big waves. Not only because of the foreword written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mehmet C. Oz. And not even because of the author's appearance at Oprah Show today. It is because makeovers is a very popular topic and Kathy Freston seems to have a good grip on it. As the title 'Quantum Wellness' suggests, our health, and our wellbeing can be achieved by focusing on small steps in our everyday life. Kathy offers for the readers the following eight Pillars of Wellness 1. Meditation. It is important for everyone to get some quiet time everyday, become really still, and look inside yourself. Connect with your 'inner light' and just be present). 2. Conscious eating. This not only mean eating less, or showing your food well. Conscious eating means most of all being aware of where your food comes from, how the animals are treated and how the environment is affected by the foods that you eat. To be healthy and happy about yourself you need have more integrity and to be conscious about what you eat. 3. Exercise. Many books have been written about it and this is nothing new for anyone. We just need to devote at least half an hour a day for moving our bodies. In my opinion taking Yoga classes is a great option, especially that it combines physical exercise with deep breathing and meditation. 4. Visualization. As suggested in The Secret, visualization is the mother of all achievements. 'It's like creating a blueprint for the way I want to become and setting down the intention,' Kathy says. 5. Spiritual practice. For some people it can mean prayer. For Kathy it is mainly about compassion, being aware of suffering that's all around and to be compassionate about it. 6. Self-work. Educate yourself - learn about your physical body, about your spirituality or emotional well-being.. For Kathy that means 'means going inside and learning where you're stuck and pushing yourself past what's comfortable.' 7. Service. Don't be stuck in your own world, reach out, help others. This will bring about great feeling of fulfillment. 8. Fun activities. It is important in everyone's live to have some fun. For some it could be listing to the good music, or dancing, or spending some time in a great company. You just need to get away from it all... To jump start the program Kathy suggests 21 day cleansing program to get rid of Caffeine, Sugar, Alcohol, Gluten, Animal Products. I suggest Complete Body Cleansing that is so well described in one of my favorite wellness books titled 'Can We Live 150 Years?'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Freston has created a wonderful book that is focused on transforming our health and the relationship we have with the world. She writes about '8 Pillars' of wellness: Meditation, Visualization, Fun activities, Conscious eating, Exercise, Self-work, Spiritual practice and Service. Her idea is that by taking a series of small but important steps, we will eventually achieve 'Quantum Wellness.' It's an approach that involves compassion, not just for yourself, but for every living creature and the earth itself. Adopting a completely vegan lifestyle is challenging for me, both because I'm allergic to soy and I've got years of eating habits ingrained in me, but I'm taking it one day at a time and being kind with myself rather than an all or nothing approach. My emotional eating is improving tremendously, which was a major roadblock for me. This is a wonderful book that I think anyone could benefit from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
QUANTUM WELLNESS is such an amazing and beautiful gift to the world. By writing in an elegant, conversational way, Kathy Freston connects instantly to the reader and offers a simple and easy way to not only raise your own awareness of the way you conduct your life, but how to take simple steps to ease into a higher consciousness. Unlike some other spiritual books I have read in the past, nothing is forced upon you and simple suggestions are merely made as to bring awareness to your everyday living and how to "lean" into change. Freston has a lovely way with words and I was instantly pulled into her book and her guidance towards making a happy and healthier life for myself and the world. This book is truly a blessing and I thank you for writing this, Kathy! You have inspired me to contribute better to the world around me and to be conscious of the little things I do that can affect others. A must-read for anyone looking to better themselves and our planet around us!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kathy Freston believes that just one small thing you do (or several small things) can yield big results, and I think she's right. Looking back, I realize that it has worked that way for me many times in the past, I just never really thought about it until now. If you need motivation to do something--anything--to improve your life or even just the way you feel about yourself, this book is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Until we start connecting to our food in a more meaningful way, real change within us can not happen. What an inspiring read - it's never too late to make a healthy and humane change to make our lives and the planet a better place. As an animal lover, the message of this book rings true!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like to feel I am constantly evolving, mind and body, and Kathy Freston's book is another helpful step in that process for me. As an ethical vegan, reading her book reinforces my lifestyle choices as positive, not only for myself, but for the animals and the environment as well. I think everyone should pick up a copy, and start your own personal evolution.
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Melissa Maller More than 1 year ago
I learned so much about how to live a spirtual, compassion filled life from this book. This is one of my "go to" books, I have read this book many times. I love the recipes in the back, many of them i make over & over. I recommend this to anyone who wonders why they feel empty and are searching for some peace in their lives.
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KarenMalwin More than 1 year ago
Save your money and go get Keeping aBreast Ways to Prevent Breast cancer instead. As a therapist I research what I read before I recommend and Dr. Mahmud has proven results from what I've seen in his articles.
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I have this book in paperback and also the audio CD. I have listened to Kathy's CD book many times during my long commutes home. She is wonderful and full of healing knowledge.
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SJP_NYC More than 1 year ago
I have always been someone who tries to take care of myself in the mental, physical, and emotional way, but I have never really recognized the true connection of the 3 until Kathy Freston's book, Quantum Wellness. Kathy talks of so many tiny things that we take for granted, since we tend to live in our routines without taking account for things, and reminds us to live consciously---in SUCH a kind and easy way. She recommends "leaning" into things and not take on too much, just what you can now, to make yourself and the world a better place. I am in week 1 of her cleanse and I have truly never FELT BETTER in my entire life. It's just too easy and too great and I am SO thankful to Kathy and this book! A must read.
ColoradoRob More than 1 year ago
Quantum Wellness contains practical ways for readers to determine what they want from their lives, and how to go about achieveing it. I liked the way Kathy Freston talks about how important it is to become open to change, and how you'll find others will help you if you'll just ask. She says that striving for wellness takes honest reflection and thought. Everyone can lead a good and healthy life if they work on it, she says, and her description of how to do it is well-organized, practical and hopeful, not preachy. Her tips on better eating have been very helpful, even though I'm not going to become a vegan. Also, her comments about the fundamental interconnectedness of all people and life I can't quite buy, but I appreciate her thinking. The book does not address much the common problem of dealing with difficult relationships, but it's not the main subject of the book. Overall, this is a very worthwhile book.
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