Modern medicine is pointing us toward our bodies in the attempt to cure us through engineering the human system. These high-tech processes are often making us worse by ignoring the message that the body is trying to convey through such things as colitis, irritable bladder, fibromyalgia, skin disorders and an infinite variety of other symptoms. This book explores the realm of mind within body--and ultimate healing.
Some interesting — and amazing — references to help you understand concepts that will prove useful in your change journey. Be sure to visit the links on the right and watch the YouTube video. Below are some books that I recommend to help you understand the relationship between the mind and the body. They are separated into categories for clients and mind body practitioners, but there is no reason a motivated client may not pursue more technical learning if you wish. Happy reading!
In this book, Jeffrey M. Schwartz presents a simple four-step method for overcoming OCD that is so effective, it's now used in academic treatment centers throughout the world. Proven by brain-imaging tests to actually alter the brain's chemistry, this method doesn't rely on psychopharmaceuticals. Instead, patients use cognitive self-therapy and behavior modification to develop new patterns of response to their obsessions. In essence, they use the mind to fix the brain.
“...A stunner—the sort of book you want to read several times, not because it is difficult to understand, but because it opens up so many novel and startling avenues into our potential to heal. Norman Doidge enthralls us with a rich combination of lucidly explained brain research and pioneering new (and some not so new, but not widely known) approaches to recovery... This hopeful book demonstrates that a variety of sensory inputs—light, sound, electricity, vibration, movement, and thought—can awaken the brain’s attention processors, and thereby allow even the most afflicted to (re)gain ownership of their lives. —Bessel van der Kolk MD, Medical Director, the Trauma Center, Brookline MA;
"In the case of good books, the point is not to see many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you."
Why you may need this kind of life coaching: The ACE study (Adverse Childhood Experiences) shows that early experiences can lead to major problems down the line. The good news: you can change the internal triggers!
Jeffrey Schwartz works with psychiatrist Rebecca Gladding to refine a program that successfully explains how the brain works and why we often feel besieged by overactive brain circuits (i.e. bad habits, social anxieties, etc.) the key to making life changes that you want—to make your brain work for you—is to consciously choose to “starve” these circuits of focused attention, thereby decreasing their influence and strength. You Are Not Your Brain carefully outlines their program, showing readers how to identify negative impulses, channel them through the power of focused attention, and ultimately lead more fulfilling and empowered lives.