Your Body is Listening. Are You?
Deepen your spirituality, heal old wounds, and enhance your emotional and physical wellness by engaging in a conversation with your body. This innovative, down-to-earth guide teaches you how to listen to, understand, and work with your body's innate wisdom in everyday living.
A Guide to Body Wisdom provides step-by-step instruction on how to create a personalized self-care regimen that works. You'll learn to quiet your mind and live consciously in your body through a variety of practices, including breathwork, mindful eating, meditation, affirmation, and positive habit building. Featuring simple exercises and techniques, as well as a Body IQ quiz, this valuable book helps you end negative thinking, develop intuition, improve relationships, boost creativity and personal power, and much more.
Includes a foreword by Judith Aston-Linderoth, creator and director of Aston Kinetics
"While we have learned during the past few decades the importance of emotions and beliefs in health, the body has too often been neglected, or regarded as a mechanical object that sooner or later is doomed to fail. In A Guide to Body Wisdom, Ann Brode gives the body its due by showing how it can function as a source of wisdom and strength in total harmony with the mind. Brode's perspective is long overdue, offering a holistic, balanced view of what it means to be human."Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind
"This book includes a myriad of everyday ways to awaken and experience the body's innate intelligence. It is full of interesting facts, intriguing exercises, and useful strategies."Risa Kaparo, PhD, somatic psychotherapist, creator of Somatic Learning, and author of Awakening Somatic Intelligence
|Publisher:||Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Ann Todhunter Brode (Santa Barbara, CA) has focused on the relationship of body, mind, and spirit as it shapes the physical experience for more than forty years. As a teacher, therapist, healer, and writer, Ann is a respected leader in the bodywork community. She has written for Health Source Magazine, Santa Barbara Independent, Huffington Post, and Somatic Psychotherapy Today Journal. Visit her online at www.AnnTodhunterBrode.com.
Table of Contents
Exercise List xv
How to Use This Book 5
Getting Started 7
And, Afterward 8
One: Waking Up 9 Start at the Beginning 10 Expanding Your Understanding 19 What Is Body Wisdom? 31
Two: Body Wisdom IQ Test 33
Three: The Basics 41 Taking Stock 44 Breathing 46 Eating 48 Moving 51 Fitness 54 Rest and Sleep 63 Aesthetics 67
Four: Stress and Relaxation 73 Stress 75 The Shape of Stress 76 Strategies for Letting Go 82 Relaxation 88 Four Relaxation Techniques 92
Five: Healing 105 The Span of Wellness 106 Changing Your Mind about Your Body 106 What’s Your Assignment? 107 Three Steps to Healing 108 Self-Healing Strategies 124 Visualizations and Affirmations 130 Create Ceremony 132
Six: The Emotional Body 137 Meet Your Emotional Body 137 Five Steps for Emotional Hygiene 146 Break the Code of Silence 148 Finding Neutral 152 Emotional Healing 152 A Healthy Emotional Body 159
Seven: Intimacy and Intuition 163 The Intimacy Connection 163 Intimacy Practicum 175 The Intuition Connection 186 Intuition Practicum 190
Eight: Body and Spirit 203 Open Your Mind 204 Open Your Body 204 Spirit Sense 206 Spirit Sense for Extraordinary Times 215 Living in Sacred Space 218
Nine: Body Wisdom for Life 223 Your Unique Body of Wisdom 225 Being Body-Wise 227
Troubleshooting Index: A Guide for Some Common Situations 231 Physical Pain and Chronic Tension 231 Sleep Issues 232 Anxiety 233 Mental Overload 234 Emotional Upheaval 234 Injury or Illness 235 Stagnation 236 Uncertainty Regarding Future 236 Low Energy or Boredom 237 Negative Self-Talk, Low Self-Esteem 238 Old Habits and Addictions 239 Self-Confidence 240 Give and Receive Love 240 Inspiration 241 Perspective 242 Existential Crisis 243 Spiritual Connection 244
Resource Guide 249