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September 2017 Book Reviews



Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body's Wisdom

At one level or another, traumatic experiences are a part of any life - from the emotional shock of a parent or peer's careless words in childhood to intense physical injuries to life-threatening emergencies and/or assaults. Not only do these events take a toll on our psyches, in Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body's Wisdom, author Suzanne Scurlock-Durana explains how they cut us off from the wisdom of our bodies as well.

"The body has its own language that is older and more primal than most of us realize," writes Suzanne. "Most of us are conditioned at a very young age to turn off this inner guidance system of sensation, imagery, and inner knowing. Our priceless body wisdom is getting lost as our culture speeds up and becomes more technology driven. Compounding this issue is the fact that life's traumas also cut us off from our body's wisdom."

Reclaiming Your Body empowers readers to reconnect with their body's inherent guidance system. The book explains how unresolved trauma becomes lodged in our bodies, blocking the ability of its communication system to share its wisdom and strategies. This can cause us to flounder when making decisions, remain in unsafe or less-than-ideal situations, and/or end up living a life that truly isn't ours - while the whole time our body is madly signaling us with the answers and solutions we seek.

The author, who has spent thirty years studying the gifts of the body and teaching thousands how to reclaim them, sets the stage for experiencing full body presence by offering ways to experience direct sensation. She also includes chapters for each main "wisdom area" of the body - the heart, gut, pelvis, legs and feet, bones, and brain - that explore each area's unique role in the process of developing full­body presence.

"Body wisdom can help you heal from trauma and make it possible to awaken to all the cells of your body with more frequency and more depth," writes Suzanne. "We are not just our body, and yet our bodies are the physical foundation of our experience of being alive, in this incredible universe of streaming energy, which can nourish us, moment to moment, day to day, week in and week out, if only we engage with curiosity, awareness, and trust."

About the Author: Suzanne ScurIock-Durana is the author of Reclaiming Your Body and Full Body Presence. Her Healing from the Core curriculum combined with CranioSacral therapy and other bodywork modalities creates a complete, body-centered guide to awareness, healing, and joy. She teaches around the world and lives in Reston, Virginia. Visit her online at http://www.healingfromthecore.com.

Reclaiming Your Body by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana
  • 224 pages
  • $16.95
  • 978-1-60868-468-7
  • Release from New World Library



Overcoming Your Difficult Family:
8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation

In Overcoming Your Difficult Family: 8 Skills for Thriving in Any Family Situation, Dr. Maisel, a retired family therapist, shows readers how to stay sane when their family isn't, providing practical strategies that can be implemented immediately. Right now. Perhaps even over dinner tonight ...
Really, who among you can't relate to the family gatherings where:
  • Aunt Louise ties one on at your wedding. Just like last Christmas and oh, hey look - that will be here before you know it, too.
  • It's Mother's Day, but Dad criticizes and screams at Mom and the kids for good measure.
  • For added drama at the graduation party, Aunt Robin asks intrusive questions about your breakup with your ex boyfriend - in front of everyone, including your new boyfriend.
  • Successful Uncle George tries to talk the family artist out of that particular career path "for your own good."
  • Add to that a big slice of repeat conversations about the same topics with family members until our heads hurt, with no resolution in sight until now ...
Covering eight strategies for dealing with difficult relatives as well as offering a "field guide" to common types of dysfunctional families, and a helping of real life success stories dinner table tested and approved, you will learn to maintain inner peace in the midst of family chaos and maybe even create a better life for the whole family. Dr. Maisel will discuss:
  • Smart starts - being smart and honest about your part in whatever is going on
  • Keep calm and ... learn to manage anxiety by flipping the inner calm switch, which is hardest to do when we often need it the most
  • Communication clarity, or how to get past the murky, negative, hurtful digs and taunts - along with their counterparts, the things left unsaid and half-said
  • Being brave - how to manifest inner strength to not only survive, but thrive
  • How to not let distractions get in the way of tough talks. The weeding can wait. Addressing your son's alcohol problem can't
Covering dysfunctional family types such as ... Sad and Anxious Families, Loveless and Distant Families, Warring and Divided Families ... and many more.
About the Author: Eric Maisel, PhD, is a retired family therapist, an active life coach, and the author of more than fifty books including his latest, Overcoming Your Difficult Family. He has been quoted or featured in a variety of publications, including Martha Stewart Living, Redbook, Glamour, Men's Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Self. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. His website is www.EricMaisel.com.

Overcoming Your Difficult Family by Eric Maisel, PhD

  •  232 pages
  •  $15.95
  •  978-1-60868-451-9
  • Release from New World LibrarywN World Library



Llewellyn's Complete Book of Ayurveda
A Comprehensive Resource for the Understanding & Practice of Traditional Indian Medicine

Ayurveda is the art of good life and gentle healing. It is a holistic system of medicine that includes prevention, psychology, diet, and treatment.
Join Hans H. Rhyner, a leading authority on Ayurveda, as he explores the principles, therapies, and collected knowledge of this powerful approach to health and wellbeing, including: Anatomical Aspects (Rachana Sharira)
  • Evolutionary Physiology (Kriya Sharira) Constitution (Prakruti) Pathology (Samprapti) Diagnostics (Nidana) Pharmacology (Dravya Guna) Treatment Strategies (Chikitsa) Nutritional Sciences (Annavijnana) Preventative Medicine (Swasthavritta) Quintet of Therapeutics (Panchakarma) Clinical Applications
Filled with natural treatment suggestions and herbal remedies for dozens of conditions, Llewellyn's Complete Book of Ayurveda provides detailed explanations of the most important topics in the field.

With over 600 pages of Ayurvedic history, principles, therapies, and collected knowledge of the venerable ancient healing system. Llewellyn's Complete Book of Ayurveda provides a threefold approach to wellness: 1.) Preventive - a concept of health care and personal hygiene meant for every person; 2.) Psychological - an approach to dealing with essential and challenging aspects of life; 3.) Curative - a medical science with a holistic view of health and disease, offering extensive methods of cure. This comprehensive reference to a natural system of medicine will guide you on your way to addressing specific health concerns and improving overall wellbeing.
Its unorthodox philosophy contains elements of theism as well as materialism and has its roots in the ancient pre-Vedic, matriarchal teachings of the tantra and shamanism. That is why Ayurveda is referred to as the "mother of medicine." This adaptability has helped it blend with Chinese, Tibetan, Greek, and Arabian cultures.

About the Author: Hans H. Rhyner (Germany) received a doctorate in alternative medicine and philosophy in India and led his own clinic in Bangalore for more than twenty years. He is revered as a pioneer in India and in Europe for his work adapting and integrating classical Ayurveda with the spiritual and holistic understanding of the West. He can be found online at www.Ayurveda-Rhyner.com
Hedra Note: This is a wonderful book loaded with information. However, just looking through the book a bit it was difficult (not impossible) for me to understand things without having to look up the references of all the Ayurveda words repeatedly. I'm sure if I had more time reading it and a better understanding of this therapy it would be helpful.

Llewellyn's Complete Book of Ayurveda by Hans H. Rhyner

  • 656 pages  
  • $34.99
  • 978-0-7387-4868-9
  • Llewellyn Publications