A Guide to Body Wisdom: What Your Mind Needs to Know About Your Body

A Guide to Body Wisdom: What Your Mind Needs to Know About Your Body

by Ann Todhunter Brode


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738756950
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 06/08/2018
Pages: 288
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

Acknowledgments xxi

Foreword xxiii

Introduction 1

How to Use This Book 5

Overview 6

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

Bibliography 245

Resource Guide 249

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