12 real life accounts of healing mind, body and soul by overcoming stress and burnout, processing trauma, rewiring the brain, reprogramming the mind, and integrating the soul
About The Book
You can heal your body, mind and soul – the key is to integrate all parts of yourself!
In the western medicine model, the body is typically treated as an entity separate from the mind and soul. With a focus on a list of physical symptoms alone, feelings, emotions, life purpose and past trauma may be overlooked in a search for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Yet many studies show the connection between stress and childhood adversity with chronic health conditions in adulthood. And when it comes to illnesses like cancer, depression and anxiety, it’s been shown that while some occurrences are caused by an organic cause, many others are to do with a lack of life purpose or self expression. So why aren’t we making the connection?
In Holistic Healing, Dr. Andrea Pennington presents 12 real life accounts of people from various backgrounds and cultures who have discovered the mind-body-soul connection that is so essential to deep healing. By welcoming the use of alternative and complementary treatments, including acupuncture, yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, Nonviolent Communication, animal healing, listening to the soul, and editing the personal narrative the authors have experienced true healing of a variety of debilitating illnesses and diseases.
Featuring stories by
Karan Joy Almond — Simone Anliker
Charlotte Banff — Karin Eke
Cynthia J Harrison — Siv Harstad
Kati Liebskind — Margo Livingston, PhD
Vidya Mahabaleswar — Judith Pennington
Delia Sanchez — Shelley Thomas, JD
Self Belief and the Narrative of Healing
Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Stress
Processing Grief and Trauma
Integration of Mind, Body and Soul
Self Belief and the Narrative of Healing
We have long been able to draw a line of correlation between people who have a difficult start in life to those who experience chronic illness later down the track. As a physician with a special interest in trauma and resilience, this is an issue very close to my heart. Early in my career I realized that people who had an internal belief that they were bad, flawed, or undeserving of love and happiness didn’t heal as well as those who believed they were worthy of love and inherently good.
Real Life Stories
Pages of The Big Picture of Healing
The body and mind cannot be separated – so why does Western medicine approach them as separate entities? What if it’s this act of separation that causes us more harm?
Outside of the standard western medical model, there are cultures and systems which recognize that the key to healing one ailment or another lies not in treating the symptom alone, but in getting to the root cause of dis-ease and integrating all aspects of the person; body, mind and soul.
When we are treated as a whole person we can begin to heal, and ultimately become stronger and healthier than we ever were before. Treating whole people, not symptoms, is the key.
The tricky thing about the adversity we experience in childhood is that it sets the tone for the adult life we will grow into. As children, we naturally accept the world around us. If we are abused or neglected, we absorb the belief that we deserved that fate.
Both in my early medical career, and in my more recent years as a publisher, I’ve met so many people who have shown me the power of our beliefs and our inner dialogue. We cannot separate the mental from the physical, and we truly can think things into our reality.
Have you ever found yourself thinking that you would be so much more energized, so much more focussed, so much more YOU, if only you could detox from the stress in your life? If so, then that was your inner knowing talking, and it was absolutely right!
So much of our innate magic is just on the other side of fear, stress and anxiety. When we are tightly wound and doing a daily battle with our pain and everyday stressors, that’s where most of our energy goes. The best version of our self, gifts and all, doesn’t get to see the light of day.
Compiled by Dr. Andrea Pennington
Andrea is also a documentary filmmaker, international TEDx speaker, and visionary brand strategist for Light workers. As both a healer and teacher she is also sought-after media personality who has shared empowering insights on resilience on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz Show, iTV This Morning, CNN, the Today Show, Thrive Global and as a news anchor for Discovery Health Channel.
Now, as Founder of the #RealSelfLove Movement Andrea speaks globally to reduce the stigma of mental illness and to support people on their journey to authentic living.
Meet the Authors
Margo Livingston, PhD
Integrated medical consultant and Creator of the 5 Pillars of Health. Immunologist, advanced nurse practitioner, NLP
Master Practitioner, and Psychotherapist. Weight management, Qi Gong, Feng Shui and Bioenergetics consultant
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