Grand Prize Winner, 2013 Nautilus Book Awards
In this poetic and inspirational look at the essence of health and healing, David Mercier offers a view of medicine that emphasizes the necessity of including the psychological and spiritual dimensions of the human experience into healthcare.
Weaving threads of memoir throughout the book, he illustrates key ideas with childhood stories of growing up with a militaristic father, his years as a hippie, and then as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka where he went to practice mindfulness meditation. After becoming ill and depressed there, he returned to the U.S. and began using complementary and alternative medicine to restore his health. Now, with over three decades of experience as an acupuncturist and practitioner of holistic medicine, he offers his insights on health, healing, and medicine—and on the ingredients of a peaceful and and vibrant life. Drawing upon the teachings of mystics, philosophers, and poets, he redefines health in surprising ways. And with inspirational stories and poignant case studies about his patients, he describes a philosophy of living that combines the scientific and the spiritual.
Echoing the ideas of ancient healers, he writes that our connection to the laws of nature and the universe must be understood for a deeper understanding of the secrets of a whole and vibrant life. If we uncover the human narrative underlying many of our symptoms, we often find the true diagnosis lying in unfinished emotional business, or in the values, priorities, and choices that shape dysfunctional lifestyles.
Key ideas from the book:
* The symptom is a message: our aches, pains, and malaise are signs pointing to imbalances. They are not problems, but pointers. By trusting that symptoms are signals, we can work with them instead of against them.
* The body is more than a physical thing. It is an expression of the invisible energies of the universe.
* We have far more potential to heal than we can imagine, even in our later years.
* The quality of our relationships is a key influence on our health.
* Increasing our abilities to be generous, loving, compassionate and selfless can have a positive impact on our health.
By listening carefully to the voice within mind and body, we can hear the voice of a profound evolutionary drive speaking to us through our symptoms. It encourages us to transform into the best human beings possible. In the end, the experience of love, meaning, and beauty moves us toward optimal wellness. A Beautiful Medicine helps show the way.
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'It's stunning. The words, the story, the teachings, the vibrancy and hope are ALL Beautiful. You've managed to capture Beauty itself in prose and in its message. The book IS a beautiful medicine!"
"May I say...I do not understand all of life, or healing, or medicine...but reading this book makes sense to part of me I cannot locate. It makes me feel good and right with the world. Beautiful things do that. This book is a beautiful thing."
'One of the most spiritual and beautiful books I have read on healing and wellbeing."
"I have to say that the end chapters were truly moving and some of the sentences were written so beautifully, they brought tears to my eyes."
"I bought it for my sister and she just loved it, and I just love it – it’s an amazing book."
"It is magnificent! It is so beautifully written it is hard to find the words to tell you how meaningful it is. I am certain it will bring much happiness and understanding of the complexities of life to all those who are lucky enough to read it."
"Magnificent!!!... a true gift to humanity. I read it cover to cover in one day (couldn't put it down) with my high-lighter and post-it tabs everywhere. I am recommending it to everyone I know!"
About David Mercier
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Published March 1, 2012
by Still Pond Press.
Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help.