Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence
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Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence

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by Matthew Sanford
     
 

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Matt Sanford's Life and Body were irrevocably changed at age 13 on a snowy Iowa road. On that day, his family's car skidded off an overpass, killing Matt's father and sister and leaving him paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair.

By turns agonizingly personal, philosophical, and heartbreakingly honest, this groundbreaking memoir takes the

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Matt Sanford's Life and Body were irrevocably changed at age 13 on a snowy Iowa road. On that day, his family's car skidded off an overpass, killing Matt's father and sister and leaving him paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair.

By turns agonizingly personal, philosophical, and heartbreakingly honest, this groundbreaking memoir takes the reader inside the body, heart, and mind of a boy whose world has been shattered. To rebuild his life, he must reject much of what traditional medicine tells him and instead turn to yoga. The author finds not only a better life, but meaning and purpose in the mysterious distance that we all experience between mind and body.

In searingly candid, frequently poetic language, Sanford pulls back the curtain on what it means to survive devastating trauma-from returning to a broken life to the uncertainty of finding sexual intimacy with a paralyzed body. But first and foremost, the author offers a powerful message about the endurance of the human spirit and of the body that houses it.

Editorial Reviews

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“Losing his father, his sister--and his legs--in a terrible car accident at the age of 13 did not stop Matthew Sanford from living his life . . . In Waking, he offers a powerful, honest account of his battle: awakening a spirit within a damaged body.” —Psychology Today

“This is a riveting, heartbreaking, heart-opening saga. . . . Months after first reading it, I find myself appreciating his writing and the depth of his thinking more and more.” —Nina Utne, Chair, Utne magazine

“His paralysis has taught him powerful lessons about consciousness . . . [Sanford] will truly dare readers to appreciate their own bodies and lives.” —Yoga Journal

“From a hard-won understanding of how the body has intelligence and is an aspect of the soul, the author presents us with a new revitalizing vision of what it is to be human.” —Susan Griffin, author of Woman and Nature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594863028
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
06/27/2006
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.71(h) x 1.22(d)

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Meet the Author

MATTHEW SANFORD is the founder of the non-profit organization Mind Body Solutions. He specializes in adapting yoga to people living with disabilities and teaches workshops around the country. He currently resides in Orono, Minnesota.

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Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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MSYogaChick More than 1 year ago
If you are living with a disability, this is an incredible book! If you are interested in the yogic path this is a must-read!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never been so moved by such a piece of work. It is a simply masterful presentation of a unique perspective. A must read for therapists, healthcare providers, and every human being! I was healed with reading his story. His story is your story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Anyone searching for who they are or recovering from a tramatic life experience should read this book. It made me realize how easily everything in your life can change and it can all be taken away in a flash. Losing his family and paralyzed from the chest down Sanford proves if you push hard enough for what you want you can turn your life around again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is on my gift giving list as well as a 'must read' for counselors, yoga teachers, clergy, life coaches... anyone who struggles to find meaning in their own life or in the life of others. Matthew puts into words many of my own experiences of being debilitated and ignored and then finding my own definition of 'recovery'. But more importantly to me, his curiosity and bravery add dimension to the work I do including teaching yoga. Never merely about the physical poses, he offers evidence through his practice of yoga of that deeper sense of self - below muscle sensation, into the essence of life. I'll keep this book close for many purposes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book last night off my side table to read a few pages and get a feel for where it was going. Three hours later I hadn't moved and I didn't stop reading until I finished the book. I kept forgetting to breathe. This book should be required reading for every pre-med student. I was horrified by the stories, not of incompetence, but of disregard by medical professionals of the spiritual and emotional needs of a young boy suffering so much trauma, day after day. The writer's forgiveness for all that he experienced and endured is truly remarkable. Readers should note that this book not only tells a passionate and beautiful story, but the writing is simply superb. Although I read the book through in one sitting, the metaphors and deeper meanings keep bubbling up to me, like all those phantoms and ghosts that circulate through the writer's words. This book is not going to be what you expect: Boy has accident, Boy can't walk again, yet, against all odds, Boy climbs Mt. Everest. The boy in this book takes us on a transformative journey that is far more life affirming. It's ultimately a true story about all of us and our inner capacity for survival.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Matthew Sanford's life should be an inspiration to us all - fully-abled and dis-abled alike. Matthew obviously has great passion for helping people become re-connected to our earthly bodies, and create a better life for ourselves and others. Read this book - you won't be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read. It's a story of tragedy, disovery and triumph. Well done!