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  1. And in Health

    And in Health

    A Guide for Couples Facing Cancer Together

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    • Dan Shapiro
    This book offers engaging and digestible lessons for couples navigating the life change that a cancer diagnosis brings. Dan Shapiro draws on his more than twenty-five years of clinical work as a health psychologist who has researched and worked with couples facing cancer, and on his own experiences of being both the patient (having and beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his twenties) and the supporter/advocate (when his wife was diagnosed with… Read More

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  2. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

    The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

    12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind

    • by
    • Peter M. Wayne,
    • Mark L. Fuerst
    Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the… Read More

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  3. Pain-Free Sitting, Standing, and Walking

    Pain-Free Sitting, Standing, and Walking

    Alleviate Chronic Pain by Relearning Natural Movement Patterns

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    • Craig Williamson
    Most of us take the acts of sitting, standing, and walking for granted, but for those suffering from back, muscle, and joint pain, even these seemingly simple actions can be extremely uncomfortable. Poor body alignment or habitual movement patterns that crop up when we compensate for a bad back or painful neck can only further exacerbate existing issues—and create new problems. In this accessible workbook, Craig Williamson demonstrates how… Read More

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  4. Cultivating Ch'i

    Cultivating Ch'i

    A Samurai Physician's Teachings on the Way of Health

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    • Kaibara Ekiken
    Samurai are best known for taking life—but here is a samurai doctor’s prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one. Unlike other samurai of his time, the samurai Kaibara Ekiken (1630–1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the healthy mind and body upon which martial techniques and philosophy depended. While serving as the chief medical doctor and… Read More

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  5. The Life-Giving Sword

    The Life-Giving Sword

    Secret Teachings from the House of the Shogun

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    • Yagyu Munenori
    The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns—and was a rival to the great Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori spent his life immersed in Zen teachings and practice. These teachings formed the framework for his deeply spiritual approach to sword fighting; Munenori saw in the practice of the sword a way to transform the… Read More

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  6. The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts

    The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts

    And Other Tales

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    • Issai Chozanshi
    This collection of parables written by an eighteenth-century samurai is a classic of martial arts literature. The tales are concerned with themes such as perception of conflict, self-transformation, the cultivation of chi (life energy), and understanding yin and yang. Some of the parables seem light and fanciful, but they offer the reader valuable lessons on the fundamental principles of the martial arts; “The Mysterious Technique of the Cat” is iconic.… Read More

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  7. Hunger Mountain

    Hunger Mountain

    A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape

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    • David Hinton
    Come along with David Hinton on a series of walks through the wild beauty of Hunger Mountain, near his home in Vermont—excursions informed by the worldview he’s imbibed from his many years translating the classics of Chinese poetry and philosophy. His broad-ranging discussion offers insight on everything from the mountain landscape to the origins of consciousness and the Cosmos, from geology to Chinese landscape painting, from parenting to pictographic oracle-bone… Read More

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  8. Restoring Your Life Energy

    Restoring Your Life Energy

    Simple Chi Gung Practices to Reduce Stress and Enhance Well-Being

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    • Waysun Liao
    Poor diet, pollution, and the stresses of daily life all have a negative impact on our health and well-being; this program of simple movements and meditations taught by Master Waysun Liao, a renowned teacher of the Chinese movement arts of t’ai chi and chi gung, will restore both your body and mind. In our busy lives we are bombarded by physical and emotional stressors that tax us and… Read More

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  9. Being Well (Even When You're Sick)

    Being Well (Even When You're Sick)

    Mindfulness Practices for People with Cancer and Other Serious Illnesses

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    • Elana Rosenbaum
    Maintaining a state of well-being and equanimity in the midst of serious disease is a challenge, but mindfulness can help make it possible. It is a process of bringing a fierce but loving attention to everything that arises in our mind and body. The simple techniques Elana Rosenbaum presents here are the same ones she uses with the people in her practice of mindfulness-based psychotherapy and stress reduction—and that she… Read More

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  10. The Healing Power of the Breath

    The Healing Power of the Breath

    Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions

    • by
    • Richard Brown, MD,
    • Patricia Gerbarg, MD
    Here’s a drug-free, side-effect free solution to common stress and mood problems—developed by two physicians. Millions of Americans suffer from mood problems and stress-related issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma-induced emotions and behaviors; and most would prefer not to take medication for their conditions due to troublesome side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and disappointing success rates. Drs. Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg provide a drug-free alternative… Read More

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