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1. Fire in the Soul : A New Psychology of Spiritual optimism
by Joan Borysenko
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Asin: 0446670154
Catlog: Book (1994-07-01)
Publisher: Warner Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars This book helped during a very difficult time
I read this book during the recent hospitalization and subsequent passing of my wife. In the course of dealing with death and dying, I experienced what I would call a spiritual awakening. This book helped provide a context for some of what I was experiencing and was actually a source of incredible comfort. I'm in the process of re-reading this book now & again find it helpful and affirming for the spiritual path I now find myself to be on.

4-0 out of 5 stars Imperfect but still useful spiritual guide.
Much of what J. Borysenko writes is, for me, too "out there" to be accessible (e.g., her chapter on past lives). However, much of what is written here is also extraordinarily helpful to those of us seeking practical steps toward creating a more compassionate relationship with ourselves and with others. If you can read this book with a view to skipping over the more fantastic claims and discussions, then I suspect you will find some profoundly excellent guidance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended
Friends have been telling me for years that I am entirely too pessimistic. With an eye toward changing, I searched the local bookstore shelves a book that presents a balanced spiritual optimism. FIRE IN THE SOUL by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D seemed to meet my needs exactly. Certainly the concept that every difficult experience provides an opportunity for soul growth is not new to me. But Borysenko has a gift for presenting familiar material in a way that is refreshing and revitalizing as she points to the paths that allow the pain of soul making to lead to deep healing.

One of the most profound concepts of FIRE IN THE SOUL is that it is the stories that we tell ourselves that determine how we recover from painful experiences. Pessimism, believing that we have done bad things for bad things to happen, leads to depression and powerlessness. Optimism, accepting that bad things happen to good people but present an opportunity for growth, leads to deep healing. Like one woman in the book states, "This is the role I've been given to play. I'm going to do it as consciously and gracefully as I can."

Personal anecdotes, case histories, and various spiritual readings combine in a powerful tool for healing in FIRE IN THE SOUL. I began working my way through the book several months ago as I underwent a terrible spiritual crisis. As the fires of transformation have burned their ways through my life, Borysenko's confirmation of spiritual truths that I have long held has provided the lifeline needed to endure and even flourish despite profound challenges. Certainly it is an imperfect book, with an over abundance of references aimed to encourage the reader to buy Borysenko's previous book. And many of the concepts are quite familiar. Yet Borysenko's gift for weaving text that speaks to the soul and inspires transformation makes FIRE IN THE SOUL a powerful spiritual tool. FIRE IN THE SOUL comes very highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Purification for the Soul
This book is correctly named. It is an excellent book for those who find themselves feeling sad, depressed or just out of sorts and they can't seem to figure out why. It is helpful for looking at our own shadows and dealing with them in an effective and healing manner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Meditation
Insightful book which does an excellent job of teaching spiritual optimism. I particularly enjoyed the chaper on meditation and the mind. Book also contains an excellent resource list as well. ... Read more


2. The Hoffman Process : The World-Famous Technique That Empowers You to Forgive Your Past, Heal YourPresent, and Transform Your Future
by TIM LAURENCE
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
This is an amazing book. Having read a lot of spiritual/self-help books over the years, this one soars on top of my list. I really liked the author's style - no pretentions and easy to understand. The exercises felt very indepth to me and extremely thought (and emotion!) provoking. I rate this book very high.

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprising insights on yourself
The best I ever read for information and practical exercises to enhance and empower the quality of everyday life ... Read more


3. Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
by JOAN BORYSENKO
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Asin: 0553345567
Catlog: Book (1988-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Dr. Borysenko guides you to a new understanding of illness and health and shows you how you can take an active role in healing yourself. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Simple, But Big Solutions
If you're stressed out or overwhelmed, I highly recommend this book. It gives you simple, workable solutions that make a HUGE difference.

Only criticism is that parts of it are a bit too "new age-y", but overall, it's very good.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book makes you think!
When I first starting reading this book, I was like "thats my book, thats my life that she is writing about" I loved her writing and examples and stories that she told from other people's experiences. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in people's behaviors and everyday life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Your thoughts should work with you, not against you!
I read this book at a very low point in my life, with depression and a variety of physical symptoms related to anxiety. This practical, straightforward book helped me gain some control of racing, negative thoughts (Borysenko calls this type of thinking "awfulizing"). Borysenko's rationale includes the fact that your body can actually help your mind to calm down. She provides simple, gentle stretching/breathing to help this happen. For me, it was most valuable to realize that even if my thoughts/intellect seemed beyond my control, my physiology is the same as all humans. Therefore, breathing/stretching has to affect my body/mind the same way as it does other humans. I kept the book on hand for bad moments, and I found that using the exercises helped me to bypass the downward spiraling thoughts and begin to get centered. She includes theory, psychology, and spirituality which supports the intellect as well. I still needed help after I found this book, but it absolutely put me on a safer, stronger path. I have loaned this book several times, to others in need. There are so many books out there, it's overwhelming. This one is worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars knowledgable integration of medicine, psychology and spirit
These are excellenct introductory lectures on theory and practice of healing. Joan Borysenko has the rare knowledge of mulitple fields: medicine, psychology and spiritual teachings. the lectures are an introduction to an integration of these three. Borysenko also reminds us of simple healing things: creativity, beauty, meditation and prayer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Practical book . . .
As far as self-help books go, this one is practical, informative, and easy to read. Joan Borysenko, I believe, is good at her craft, and gets her ideas across well.

This is a book that is based on the belief that the mind can help heal the body. There's physical exercises and stretches to relieve tenstion and anxiety, there's deep breathing instructions to initiate the relaxation response, meditation to calm the mind and expand the soul, and there's even a psychological evaltional of questions and answers to guide you in your stress, anxiety, and depression levels, which may be contributing to your physical illness.

Joan Borysenko presents her knowledge in a straight-forward, down-to-earth way that makes the reader sit up and listen.

Truly a helpful book to anyone who has a phycial illness, and wants to help the mind heal the body. ... Read more


4. A Woman's Spiritual Retreat: Teaching, Meditations, and Rituals to Celebrate Your Authentic FeminineWisdom
by Joan Borysenko
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Sounds True
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Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. (bestselling author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind) has led thousands of women in spiritual retreats over the past fifteen years, helping them understand the unique path of a woman’s spiritual journey. What started out as a few women getting together has become integral to Dr. Borysenko’s career as an international teacher and speaker. On A Woman’s Spiritual Retreat, she brings along her years of research as a cellular biologist and clinical psychologist to examine the difference between a woman’s spiritual needs and a man’s, and gives women ways to create their own feminine spiritual practices in a bold step toward a "universal spirituality" that honors the feminine in both men and women.

Listeners will join Dr. Borysenko in a full retreat they can experience anywhere, where they explore:

· The importance of mindfulness in a woman¹s life
· Maiden, Mother, Guardian, and Crone: discovering the source of power in each stage of being a woman
· More than eight hours of meditations, rituals, and guided imagery to honor women¹s own spiritual paths, and much more. ... Read more


5. Pocketful of Miracles
by Joan Borysenko
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Asin: 0446395366
Catlog: Book (1994-11-01)
Publisher: Warner Books
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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As the seasons change, so do our lives. In this unforgettable book, Joan Borysenko offers a unique, organic means of drawing personal strength and spiritual succor from the wondrous cycles of nature. Drawing on the ancient wisdom at the core of the world's religions, the guidance of the four great Archangels that stand at the gates of the Medicine Wheel, and her own deep mystical experience, she has divided the book into twelve inspiring monthly sections. Each reflects such emotionally significant themes as Forgiveness, Rebirth in Love, and Spiritual Healing. And each provides daily meditations, prayers, and affirmations that help you let go of fear and realize the light of peace and compassion that dwells throughout the universe . . . and within your own heart. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Miracle a Day Lifts You Up Each Day!
I love being inspired each morning by the selection for the day from this great book, plus Alan Cohen's Deep Breath of Life, and Daily Word from Unity. Joan goes deep to lift you up, with seed thoughts and suggested meditation and prayer practices for the day. If your life needs a lift now and then, I highly recommend this pocket book of daily miracles...and the other two too!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very useful daily tool for self awareness and meditation
Joan Borysenko puts the tenets and practices of A Course In Miracles into a handy, consise, daily-use guide. I try to read it every morning along with my regular devotional and the little book with the powerful words sets the stage perfectly. This multi-disciplinary primer offers practical applications and meditations along with calendar-appropriate suggestions for spiritual practice. I recommend it to anyone who wants a blueprint for devotional work. ... Read more


6. A Woman's Book of Life: The Biology, Psychology, and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle
by Joan Borysenko
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Asin: 1573226513
Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Sales Rank: 15731
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Biologist and psychologist Joan Borysenko helped chart new territory in mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School-and created a new map of that territory in one of the first bestsellers in the field. Now the author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind reveals the interconnected loop of mind, body, and spirit in women.This pioneering book will teach women how to maximize their health and well-being as well as discover the extraordinary power that comes with each stage of the feminine life cycle. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Iluminating and Thought-Provoking
I sat down and read this book in two days...I just couldn't put it down. For the first time in my life (I am a young woman in my twenties) I am looking forward to the process of growing older and wiser. Even looking forward to experiencing the changes my body will go through in menopause. I no longer fear getting older and losing my "beauty". This book has caused powerful insight and reflection moving me closer to my potential. The mystery of womanhood is celebrated and embraced in this book rather than touted as less important than "traditional" roles. I will refer back to this book again and again, as well as recommend it to the women in my life who I hold the dearest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and interesting....
I found this book enthusiastic, enlightening, and interesting. Perfect balance of spirituality, a woman's point of view, and valuable scientific information. A must-read for open-minded, intellectual women.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone Should Read This Book
If you are a woman, or have a woman in your life (mother, wife, daughter, etc.), you should read this book. In other words, whoever you are, you should read this book. It's accessable and easy to read, but packed so full of information and new ideas that even if you disagree with half the book, the other half will open your eyes.

Dr. Borysenko is a scientist, with strong interests in health, spirituality, mind-body interaction, and the role of women in our society. This book synthesizes those ideas into a fascinating whole. It's definitely pitched to the layman (layperson?) rather than to scientists, and presents a broad range of ideas in an accessible and entertaining manner.

Borysenko's goal is to describe the physical and mental changes women undergo in their lives, and to outline a positive way to view each of the phases in a woman's life - childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and maturity. She synthesizes a tremendous amount of science and wisdom to do it, discussing everything from genetics and cell division to Lakota Sioux attitudes towards menstruation. Few readers are likely to agree with everything Borysenko writes, but her ability to take disparate information and combine it is sure to give every reader some new insights into women's physical and mental development, and ways in which women can craft their role in life.

Borysenko introduces most chapters with the ongoing story of a hypothetical character, "Julia", as she matures through each of Borysenko's stages of life. As some of the other reviewers have pointed out, Julia seems to be an idealized verion of Dr. Borysenko herself, an upper-middle class white American with strong interests in womens' development. While this may alienate some readers, I think it's worth sticking with the book. Again, the book is so full of information, presented so well, that a reader may find herself uninterest in Julia but interested in Borysenko's advice on mediation, or on hormonal vs. lifestyle therapy for menapause, or by her information on cultural body image standards in the U.S., or by any of a hundred other things.

5-0 out of 5 stars scientific, but entertaining!
Borysenko provides enough scientific detail to educate the reader and support her arguments, but does not get so bogged down with neuroanatomy and biology that we get lost or bored. She offers insightful interpretations of biological and psychological research while weaving in stories and making the information come to life. This is a thought-provoking book that challenges the many assumptions about femininity and, instead of trying to make women more like men, celebrates the differences between the two sexes. Inspiring work that made me proud of my feminine characteristics.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
I was asked to read this book as part of a Masters of Science program. It is one of the worst books I have ever been exposed to. Borysenko is a feminist, trying desperately to sound otherwise. She tries to fill the book with a few interesting points about the growth cycle of a woman, but not enough to save it. I almost feel sorry for her. Any way don't waste your money or your time on this book ... Read more


7. Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson
by Joan Borysenko
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Catlog: Book (1991-05-01)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 239355
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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From the bestselling author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind: an accessible guide to healing the destructive effects of guilt.

The reaction by parents, teachers and peers to our own actions often determines our sense of self - how confident we feel and how secure we are about our place in the world.When self-blame and pessimism begin to overtake self-esteem and optimism, the rest may be emotional, physical and spiritual distress.

In Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Answer, Dr. Joan Borysenko, a Harvard Ph.D., explores this mind/body connection as she offers personal and professional advice for journeying toward recovery and self-love.

Here at last is an insightful and uplifting approach for turning the teachings of guilt into the lessons of love.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Light headed
The worst book on guilt I have read so far. A salad of pseudo sience and new age bla bla.

5-0 out of 5 stars Know Yourself
This book is a keeper. Borysenko gently holds a mirror up for us to peek into our essence and see through our masks. We are a kaleidoscope of feelings, a symphony of thoughts drumming our consciousness, and much, much more. Joy comes with the observer, with insight into our humanity, with unraveling the heartless assumptions we have made about ourselves, and with letting go of the shame we carry. An articulate, important book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Having coffee with Joan
That's what this book will feel like to you: surely you must be sitting in your favorite coffeeshop across from Joan Borysenko, bending heads over a couple of Cafe Mochas! Joan tells it like it is, but with compassion, and a relation to what happened to her. I've had suspicions about the source of guilt in my life, but Joan's stories were the push to clarity. Years of talk therapy coalesced for me with this book. I had the good fortune to meet Joan once. Her energy is so friendly; you'll swear you've known her all her life. Thank the Source for inspiring this woman to teach us!

5-0 out of 5 stars Anyone who suffers from obsessive guilt . .
. . should read this book. Joan Borysenko, PhD., appears to be highly versed in the knowledge of guilt, as she suffered from this disease herself.

This book is rich in different forms of psychology, both past and present, but it also mixes the spiritual with that psychology. I think, with most psychologists, that is the factor that is missing. There's the physical, the mental, and the spiritual. Too often, doctors leave the latter out of their practice, and I believe, as Joan Borysenko illustrates, it is a mistake.

This is not just merely a self-help book, but a book that gives you a lot of detail and insight on unhealthy guilt. The aurthor uses examples from her own life, as well as from some of the people she has come across in her practice, to give the reader further understanding. There's exercises for the reader to try, as well as meditations.

If you've EVER suffered from obsessive, unhealty guilt and low self-esteem, this book is MUST.

4-0 out of 5 stars Balanced and very helpful
Joan Borysenko is often dismissed as a New Age airhead, and her recent books are mostly a rehash of her earlier ones. But I think this is her strongest book, for several reasons. Guilt is a powerful component in many people's psychological makeup (especially women's). While pop psychologists tend to dismiss guilt as simply an unhealthy vestige of an overly strict religious upbringing, this does justice to neither the force of the emotion nor its positive components, compassion and responsibility. Borysenko avoids oversimplifying these issues, distinguishes the healthy from the unproductive aspects of guilt (her discussion of "New Age Guilt" is worth the price of the book), and offers positive guidance on how to learn the lessons guilt can teach us. A major contribution to Western philosophy it's not, but I found this book the most balanced, sane, and practical discussion of guilt that I've ever read. ... Read more


8. Inner Peace for Busy People: 52 Simple Strategies for Transforming Your Life
by Joan Borysenko
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: Hay House
Sales Rank: 162354
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book consists of 52 weekly entries of 800 to 1,000 words that are both inspirational and practical. Through story and science, spirituality and humor, the readers will be given easily learnable skills to help them change their lives and attitudes to recover inner peace, one week at a time. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Book for the Times
The events of the past few years have intensified our stress levels. The economy, the impact of 9/11, war, political rhetoric, unemployment, uncertainty, and just the pressure to do more with less has presented untold challenges. Everyone is so busy that balancing all the things on the to-do list has become nearly impossible. "Stop the merry-go-round! I want to get off!"

Is there no serenity anymore? Is there no way to get away from all the noise...even if that noise is in our heads? Reading this book, and thinking about its messages, will move you to a different space...if even for a brief time.

I started reading the 52 chapters at the rate of one each evening before bedtime. 52 chapters = 52 weeks. The more I got into the book, the more I accelerated my reading. I gained something from each brief chapter. Sometimes I learned a new idea, a new approach, a new way of looking at something. In other cases, I was gaining some new knowledge and insight-things I hadn't really thought about before.

Joan Borysenko is an expert in stress, spirituality, and mind-body connection. As a no-nonsense businessman, I've avoided the spirituality and mind-body stuff...until recently. Maybe I'm getting older; maybe I'm becoming more sensitive; maybe I can benefit from these approaches more than I thought I could. This Inner Peace book makes the process comfortable; I don't feel discomfort at all in reading it. No "woo-woo" alarms sounding.
This is good stuff.

You'll find Borysenko's writing easy to work with and absorb. Her personal stories engage the reader with the perspectives and advice she shares. Whether you read a chapter a week or read straight through, this is a book with value for you, personally.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is one self-help book that really helps.
I've read a lot of self-help books in my day. What they all have in common (besides the section in the bookstore from which they came) is that there are so many components to their "programs" that it is well-nigh impossible to know where to begin. Naturally, the result is usually that I don't begin anywhere, the book ends up adding to the clutter in my house, and my stress level is elevated another notch by the awareness of time and money wasted. This book is completely different. Short, easy-to-read, to-the-point chapters offer excellent, easy-to-implement steps that I have actually used! I highly recommend this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Just What I Needed
This is a fabulous book. The author's writing style is beautiful, inspiring and uplifting. The book flows nicely, is pleasing to the eye, and covers everything you could hope to learn about strolling gently down the path to inner peace. I've been reading personal growth books since 1995 and this has become my new favorite. I learned so much and have already put it into practice. I'm sending a copy to my mother for her birthday and recommending it to all my busy friends. Even if your life isn't busy, you can gain so much from this book. Thanks, Joan! I'm going to read your other books now!

5-0 out of 5 stars Clarity, wit, and compassion
This is a beautifully written book: simple, clear, funny, and brief. The author shares lots of personal experiences that make it interesting to read and easier to relate to. There are 52 very short (2-3 pages)chapters, one for every week of the year if you want to use it that way. Even an insanely busy person like I used to be can read 3 pages a week!

There are so many chapters in this book that have helped me to get my life under control: Practice Patience, Understand What Saving Time Really Means, Make the Mind Your Ally Instead of Your Enemy, Try Power Whining, etc. Some of the suggestions you will have heard before, but Joan restates them with such clarity that they resonated with me for the first time.

I approached the age of 50 with the determination that I would finally quit making my life miserable with stress and over-work, and this book has given me many insights and helped me make some very significant changes. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who feels they are "too busy" and "have too much to do."

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book with Practical Strategies
This book has changed my life. The strategies she gives in the book are absolutely wonderful. They have helped me take time out for myself and relax and enjoy life. It has definitely helped me deal with stress I encounter in everyday life. Her strategies on relaxing your body through breathing, and the importance of music were great. ... Read more


9. 7 Paths to God: The Ways of the Mystic
by Joan Borysenko
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Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
Publisher: Hay House
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Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Joan tells you how a mystical moment can strike at any time. When you are fully present in the moment: you will be filled with a sense of awe, and beauty, and feel fully connected with the universe. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Finding your spiritual practices
This is a good book, it uses the chakras to describe which spiritual practices are good for people. It was good, but I was honestly expecting a little more detail, and information

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally Accessible
Though certainly old information recast in a more practical language fairly accessible to nearly any reader, Boryshenko's treatment of the different roads to a mystical understanding of the divine has never been more honestly and openly discussed than in her little book. Clear, readable, and accurate, the paths to enlightenment, inspiration, and understanding are well lit -- encouraging the reader to try one or several on for size. Highly recommended. As a therapist, I use her format to help clients find a way to understand spirituality as the ultimate search for meaning and purpose. As a seeker, I find her clarity refreshing in my own search.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very practical information
While not earth-shaking with any great new insights, I found this little guide book a practical source of information to help people new to spiritual thinking understand that each of us has a mystical path that we are naturally called to follow. I particularly found her suggestions for increasing personal commitment to each path very practical and workable. She succeeds at stripping a sometimes complicated subject down to it's beautifully bare and totally applicable substance. We are all mystics unaware, this book helps us to see the mystical nature of lives and the path that is ours to follow. As a Unity minister I intend to use this material in a seven-week series to empower my congregation to discover their true spiritual path. ... Read more


10. The Listening Hand : Self-Healing Through The Rubenfeld Synergy Method of Talk and Touch
by ILANA RUBENFELD
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-02)
Publisher: Bantam
Sales Rank: 321926
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Rubenfeld Synergy Method is an elegant, powerful system that integrates bodywork, intuition, and psychotherapy. Memories and emotions stored in our bodies can result in energy blocks and imbalances. Rubenfeld Synergy utilizes talk, movement, awareness, imagination, humor, and compassionate touch as gateways — contacting and melting frozen tensions and emotions, freeing the body from pain and the mind from suffering.

The Listening Hand includes:

• Body-mind exercises designed to awaken awareness, free breathing, and reveal the body metaphors that tell your life story

• Guided steps that break through inner barriers and lead to concrete improvements in your daily life and relationships

• Energy explorations for contacting the energy field in yourself and others — and how you can use it to heal

• Experiments for couples that gently increase communication, intimacy, and sexual openness

• Practices that enable helpers to avoid physical, emotional, and spiritual burnout

• A complete 7-day Mind Your Muscles program for tension release, body alignment, and enhanced flexibility
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ahhh. . . the power of a gentle touch


The Listening Hand touched me in more ways then one. Ilana Rubenfeld, the creator and "mother-master" of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, is a clear stand that traditional talk therapies, while effective, are incomplete without the power of touch. Not just any touch, but the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, which she developed over many years, working with an impressive list of mainstream therapists. The book uses many illustrations from her professional practice, but is not so filled with second hand accounts that they become tedious. It is written in such a manner that it is easily understood by lay persons and those not in the field, yet in no way does it feel condescending in tone nor over simplified in its explanation of the nature of the method nor its efficacy. Rubenfeld's writing tone, her clearly constructed sentences, even her picture on the jacket cover, all led me to a space where I could identify with her unique combination of touch and talk. I could imagine her touch, and realize her personal warmth in this book. This was particularly helpful, as you are transported to a safe space while you are reading. Many of the examples from her patients are followed by exercises which can be done either solo or with a partner. Not normally an interactive reader, I found that I was "feeling" through the exercises as I read them.. Even if you are not plagued by physical ailments, nor emotional upsets, there appears to be extreme value in reading The Listening Hand, solo or with a partner with whom you would like to reach a new and highly sensitized level of communication. ... Read more


11. Seventy Times Seven: On the Spiritual Art of Forgiveness
by Joan Borysenko
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Catlog: Book (1997-03-01)
Publisher: Sounds True
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Seventy Times Seven Joan Borysenko Early Christianity’s Lost Treasure: ForgivenessSeventy Times Seven takes us back to the time of Jesus, when this prophet and teacher first emerged as the embodiment of a then little-known spiritual principle: forgiveness. When Jesus was asked how many times we must forgive one another, he replied: "Seventy times seven." Within this response, biologist and mind/body authority Dr. Joan Borysenko shows, is an overlooked truth of profound significance to our spiritual growth, emotional wellness, and physical health. With ancient numerological origins, it is an emblem for completion at the highest possible level – the spiritual and physical outcome of the forgiveness process. Through step-by-step meditations, historical examples, and bio-spiritual insights, Seventy Times Seven will help you rediscover this treasured, sacred practice. ... Read more


12. Cancer As a Turning Point: From Surviving to Thriving
by Jeanne Achterberg, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Joan Borysenko, Caryle Hirshberg, Michael Lerner, Dawna Markova, Deena Metzger, Rachel Naomi Remen, Marion Woodman
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
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Cancer As a Turning Point - Various Authors

Inspiration and Help for Women Who Are Facing Cancer.

One in three women in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer – a situation that can throw even the most self-assured individual into a crisis of body, mind, and spirit. To survive – and more than that, to thrive – we must rally all of our inner resources. On Cancer As a Turning Point, nine bestselling authors and healers – many of whom are thriving after cancer diagnoses – reframe the healing process in a creative, spiritual light. Distilled from the nationally acclaimed Healing Journeys conferences, Cancer As a Turning Point collects for the first time the sessions most relevant and useful to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer or other life-threatening illness. This information-filled anthology of real-world wisdom includes Jeanne Achterberg; Dawna Markova; Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.; Joan Borysenko; Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.; Deena Metzger; Caryle Hirshberg; Michael Lerner; and Marion Woodman. ... Read more


13. The Ways of the Mystic: Seven Paths to God
by Joan Borysenko
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Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Hay House
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Each of the seven primary energy centers of the human body - the chakras - corresponds to a specific path.In this book, those paths are outlined, complete with spiritual exercises, giving you a sense of the most fruitful direction for your journey. ... Read more


14. A Woman's Journey to God: Finding the Feminine Path
by Joan Borysenko
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Asin: 1573221449
Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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"God as a jealous, punitive white Anglo-Saxon male with a long beard and a longer arm lacks appeal for many contemporary women," writes Joan Borysenko. In an attempt to address and mend the rift between women's experience of God and how God is presented through male-dominated religions, Borysenko offers this book of feminine exploration. Initially, Borysenko speaks to healing one's relationship with a seemingly judgmental or exclusive God. She then moves beyond how religion may or may not have failed individual women, into how the feminine collective tends to know and touch God.

Not surprisingly, Borysenko speaks to women's intuition and creativity as surefire lifelines to God. Women rely on relationships as a means to spiritual growth, explains Borysenko, whether it be with lovers, friends, or children. She also examines women's icons--from the gentle and nurturing "Our Lady of Guadeloupe" to the fiery goddess Kali who births and then devours her children, just like Mother Nature does. On an organizational level, this ambitious book can seem a bit scattered--an easy fault to ignore. As more and more women join together from all religions and orientations to tell their spiritual stories and claim their paths to God, books such as these make excellent guides and companions. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ties it all together
I totally identify with Borysenko and with her personal journey of establishing a relationship with God. Having also explored many religions, growing tired and weary of the fact that most or so patriarchal in nature that they exclude and limit woman's participation and exploration of spirituality. Borysenko has tied it all together for all of us seekers, confirming our hunger for the truth, acknowledging what we have learned through the many stops on our journey to a mature relationship with God. She shows us the commonality,the beauty of integrating what we have learned and shows us the necessity of healing the wounds we may have sustained in our journey. She offers us a book that acknowledges our spiritual differences from men and balances it with a true acceptance of all faiths, so that whether we are Jewish, Catholic, New Age or other, we all are equal in the eyes of God, and as women we can stand side by side and celebrate being the spiritual women that we are. Borysenko ties it all together and confirms what I knew all along, Woman's spirituality is truly her own. I found it impossible to put this book down, for each page offered a resolution of the multi-plicity of religious ideas and put it back into a woman's concept of having a personal relationship with God. I am going to buy a copy for all of my sisters.

1-0 out of 5 stars No thanks!!! I'll stick to the man in me
I was thouroughly disappointed with this book. While I openly admit I have the benefit of having a good, strong Catholic faith as my foundation, I was hoping to find some clues within the context of Borysenko's strong credential's and vast and varied experiences as how to richen and deepen my current faith. I have always been open to other faith's, so the use of myths and One World Theology did not bother me. However, I was extrememly disappointed with the lack of depth that the book provided. I have been exposed to much feminine theology as well, but this area as well was covered with empty language and new age cliches. I now believe that Borysenko is looking for the easy way out. She has no idea of the true value of suffering as a part of faith and thinks God alone is something to be experienced inside ourselves versus what some of the great thinkers who have already provided us with some of the most wonderful images of God's awesome power and force in the world. If anything, Borysenko, has a knack for talking things down. And this is not a God for Women to find--this is a God for little girls at best.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Woman's Journey to God
This book came to my life at the perfect time. Many things happening at once and by reding it I undestood what was happening. Easy to read, beautiful insights!

1-0 out of 5 stars How to find God? Do it yourself!
Yet another self help book. And as I ploughed through it I kept asking...when will I learn that the only people these books help are the authors not to mention their pocketbooks? I have always admired Joan Borysenko for her work with the mind/body connection and have read several of her books over the years. Because of my present state of mind, this one looked promising...but I guess I've come farther than I thought because all it did was prove to me that the only way to find your own path is to find it. Voluminous words, (no matter how intelligent and well intentioned the author,) preached on a page cannot lead you to your path to whatever...God included. This book like too many others is nothing more than the author's expiation.....how she found her way, about her experiences and epiphanies. It made me realize how tired I am of reading about other people's journeys....No more self help books ....I'm cured.

5-0 out of 5 stars Refreshing.
My relationship with God has been one of contempt. Presumably on both sides. The God we're told we must love, and whom we're told loves us unconditionally, is the same one whom we're told hates women and encourages abuse of them. I'd prefer eternal hell to kowtowing. In any case it's impossible not to tick Him off. Go about with your hair uncovered, take joy in anything, duck out of polishing the floors, lip off to a man, and the 'unconditional love' turns to wrath and hellfire. Not to be out-done, I had not merely smoke, but, I swear, flames coming out of my ears when religion was mentioned. I did realize I was confusing God with His messengers, but I thought He could have chosen less disgusting messengers. I did try to fix the relationship, and have run across lots of ideas. Some of them had merit but left me expecting more of a God I'd want to know. The idea that women, being the sweet helpful little things they are, of course God loves them, made Him sound like a good ole boy who expects the nearest one to bring Him a beer. The idea of replacing God with a Goddess had appeal, but some ancient goddess I'd never heard of before reading a book didn't have any power in my mind. The idea that God was an abstract law of physics made sense to my logical mind, but left me lonely. The idea that He was my personal buddy didn't mesh with His bad treatment of women historically. All right, so I'm irrational and cantankerous, but a lot of women have similar feelings. Being angry at God is like having a splinter in your mind.

That Ms. Borysenko was able to over-ride the negative (and crazy) impressions I've had, without pretending they don't exist, is no small achievement. She's taken the various paths and searches and fragments and arranged them into something more panoramic than we've been able to see on our own, and made sense from all the nonsense. I did feel that she over-looked an aspect of women, the aspect where we're not always so feminine. Gathering in prayer and meditation groups, helping the community, and hanging out together, is all well and good. But sometimes we want to kick butts and slay monsters all by ourselves, and behave in down-right unfeminine ways, and I was disappointed that she confined the definition of 'woman' to 'feminine' in the traditional sense, and made the path a little narrow. Nonetheless, the book is healing and refreshing, and she did banish all those nasty patriarchs with stones in their hands from my head ... Read more


15. You Can Change Your Life: A Future Different from Your Past with the Hoffman Process
by Tim Laurence, Joan Borysenko
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-14)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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16. Pathways to God: A Dialogue Between Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. and Deepak Chopra, M.D. (Dialogues at the Chopra Center for Well Being)
by Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra
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Publisher: Hay House Audio Books
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In this insightful dialogue Borysenko reveals the seven pathways to God that are characteristic of the modern mystic. This audio is dedicated to bringing people together for the good of all beings on every plane of existence, and is the essence of what Borysenko and Chopra stand for! ... Read more


17. Beginner's Guide to Meditation
by Joan Borysenko
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Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Audio Cassette - Beginner's Guide to Meditation
I enjoyed listening to this audio cassette - it's from a meditation conference where Joan is speaking to an audience. Joan is articulate and has a pleasant voice. After a being away from meditation for sometime, I bought this tape to inspire me to get back into it and it has helped me achieve my goal. I recommend this tape for the meditation newbie or the person, like myself, who wants to get back into meditation after stopping for a while. ... Read more


18. The Power of the Mind to Heal
by Joan Borysenko, Miroslav Borysenko
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Harvard-trained medical scientist, licensed psychologist and bestselling author Joan Borysenko reveals that healing is really the simplest of matters -- and can be accomplished with her practical, pragmatic approach. We heal by becoming truly ourselves, by discovering our wholeness.

The process of healing is one of self-realization -- a peeling away of the fears and negativity that obscure the light of our own true nature and our innate essence of compassion, creativity, wisdom, and love. As negativity is transformed, the physical body often heals as well.

Dr. Borysenko tells how you can:

  • Develop a spiritual framework that can transform lives and relationships
  • Gain greater inner peace through insight into the meaning ofyour experience
  • Understand the connections between mind and body
  • Heal your life with the powers of love and prayer

Listen to this program and you will be delighted, inspired, instructed and uplifted. Work with this program and you can help heal obstructing emotional patterns. Commit to a practice of mindfulness, meditation and prayer and you can heal not only your own soul, but become a healing influence on others. ... Read more


19. Morning and Evening Meditations and Prayers
by Joan Borysenko
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Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
Publisher: Hay House Audio Books
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Meditations and prayers to heal the body, mind, and soul. This is a wonderful way to begin and end each day. ... Read more


20. Make inner peace your first priority: spiritual practices can enhance your health and your well-being. : An article from: Share Guide
by Joan Borysenko
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Manufacturer: Dennis & Janice Hughes
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This digital document is an article from Share Guide, published by Dennis & Janice Hughes on January 1, 2004. The length of the article is 1325 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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Title: Make inner peace your first priority: spiritual practices can enhance your health and your well-being.
Author: Joan Borysenko
Publication: Share Guide (Magazine/Journal)
Date: January 1, 2004
Publisher: Dennis & Janice Hughes
Issue: 71Page: 16(2)

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