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Waking The Spirit

Author : Andrew Schulman
ISBN : 1250132223
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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For millennia, music has been known to have a powerful role in the healing process. This moving and inspiring book tells the tale of a man pulled from the brink of death by music who, in turn, uses music as medicine to help heal others. Andrew Schulman, a fifty-seven-year-old professional guitarist, had a close brush with death on the night of July 16, 2009. Against the odds - with the help of music - he survived: A medical miracle.Once fully recovered, Andrew resolved to dedicate his life to bringing music to critically ill patients at Mount Sinai Beth Israel''s ICU. In Waking the Spirit , you''ll learn the astonishing stories of the people he''s met along the way - both patients and doctors - and see the incredible role music can play in a modern hospital setting.In his new work as a medical musician, Andrew has met with experts in music, neuroscience, and medicine. In this book, he shares with readers an overview of the cutting-edge science and medical theories that illuminate this exciting field.This book explores the power of music to heal the body and awaken the spirit.Waking the Spirit is an inspiring story that teaches many important spiritual lessons, but the principal one is that to give thanks, you have to give. By healing others, he healed himself. You will never listen to music in the same way again." - John Kralik, author of 365 Thank Yous "An inspiring personal story of the ageless power of music to comfort and to heal supported with plentiful compelling scientific evidence." - Caroline Stoessinger, author of A Century of Wisdom "Andrew Schulman has chronicled his amazing journey in a book that should be read by everyone, not only by doctors, caregivers and musicians. ''Waking the Spirit'' recounts Andrew''s own miraculous recovery in an ICU when he was literally brought back to life. His profound discoveries related to healing and self healing through music will astound the reader. As a classical guitarist and composer I have witnessed music''s power to heal, but nothing as dramatic as what the author, facing death, hasbeen able to reveal." - Liona Boyd, author of In My Own Key: My Life in Love and Music "In the grand tradition of Oliver Sacks'' Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain , Schulman cannily narrates stories of the ways that music can bring healing not only to the broken spirit but also to the broken body." - No Depression, Journal of Roots Music"Inspirational." - Publisher''s Weekly "A very educational and uplifting look at music therapy from a world class musician." - The Help Desk "In his heartfelt chronicle of unorthodox medicine, professional guitarist Schulman celebrates his sixth year as resident musician in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Manhattan''s Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital. His own journey began years earlier when, at 57, he was admitted to the same ward as a terminal "Code Blue" patient with circulatory collapse following a routine pancreatic tumor excision. Along with the bedside presence of his wife, Wendy, also a professional musician, was an iPod loaded with Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Ellington, and the Beatles. It was, writes the author, "all the music that moved my heart" - just the thing to help him cope and sooth his spirit. Schulman miraculously survived his ordeal, escaping with only minor brain damage. He swiftly decided to redirect his music career toward patient care as a "medical musician" in the same ward where he was a patient just months prior. With a winning combination of anecdotal bedside stories, personal experience, and the research of neuroscientists, neuromusicologists, and fellow musicians, the author offers evidence of the calming, stabilizing, and synchronous ("entrainment") physical effects music therapy can have on a patient''s nervous system, pain, and overall health. Though his own work in the ward was not without its share of trial and error, Schulman''s innate intuitive skills (brain surgery patients were treated to Bach first) and compassionate demeanor made him an integral part of the hospital staff. The author considers his proactive role in patient care and his own astounding recovery to have both been beautifully transformed "by the bridge that music creates between the healthy and the sick."An inspirational testament to the limitless benefits of music and its role in health care." - Kirkus Review "

Waking The Spirit

Author : Andrew Schulman
ISBN : 9781250055781
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An Oliver Sacks Foundation Best Book of the Year selection, Finalist for the Books for a Better Life "Best First Book” Award, and a People Magazine Pick in non-fiction. THE ASTOUNDING STORY OF A CRITICALLY ILL MUSICIAN WHO IS SAVED BY MUSIC AND RETURNS TO THE SAME HOSPITAL TO HELP HEAL OTHERS Andrew Schulman, a fifty-seven-year-old professional guitarist, had a close brush with death on the night of July 16, 2009. Against the odds he survived: A medical miracle. Once fully recovered, Andrew resolved to dedicate his life to bringing music to critically ill patients at Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s ICU. In this book, you'll learn the astonishing story of the people he’s met along the way—both patients and doctors—and of the people he has inspired in return. In his new work as a medical musician, Andrew has met with experts in music, neuroscience, and medicine. In this book, he shares with readers an overview of the cutting-edge science and medical theories that illuminate this exciting field. Waking the Spirit explores the power of music to heal the body and waken the spirit.

Plant Spirit Healing

Author : Pam Montgomery
ISBN : 9781591430773
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Herbalist Pam Montgomery’s triple spiral path--working through the heart to connect with the soul and gain access to the spirit--is a hands-on approach to partnering with plant spirits that promotes a profound healing, one that moves beyond mere symptomatic treatment into aligning us with the vast web of nature.

Sacred Woman

Author : Queen Afua
ISBN : 9780307559517
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Queen Afua is a nationally renowned herbalist, natural health and nutrition expert, and dedicated healer of women's bodies and women's souls who practices a uniquely Afrocentric spirituality. Her classic bestseller, Heal Thyself, forever changed the way African Americans practice holistic health. Now, with Sacred Woman, she takes us on a transforming journey of physical and ancestral healing that will restore the magnificence of our spirits through sacred initiation. Queen Afua begins by helping us to discover our unique "womb-an-ness"--and to honor the womb as the center of our consciousness and creativity. Whether we are conceiving babies or businesses, ideas or art, Queen Afua illuminates the importance of cultivating our Womb Wisdom. After teaching us to transcend the taboos of growing up female, she outlines the full circle of womb wellness from menstruation to childbirth to menopause, and gives us a twenty-eight-day program for womb spirit rejuvenation and purification. Once our optimal womb wellness has been firmly established, we are ready for our initiation into Sacred Womanhood. "Only a whole woman can be a Sacred Woman," says Queen Afua, and she blesses us with the exact tools we need to bring our beings into true harmony with the earth and the cosmos. Through extraordinary meditations, affirmations, and rituals rooted in Ancient Egyptian temple teachings, Queen Afua guides us through the nine portals of initiation. She teaches us how to love and rejoice in our bodies by spiritualizing . . . the words we speak; the foods we eat; the spaces we live and work in; the beauty we create in our lives; the healing energy we transmit to self and others; the relationships we nurture; the service we offer; and the divine spirit we manifest. With love, wisdom, and passion, Queen Afua guides us to accept our mission and our mantle as Sacred Women--to heal ourselves, the generations of women in our families, our communities, and our world. From the Hardcover edition.

Mentored By A Madman

Author : Andrew Lees
ISBN : 1910749109
Genre : Literature and medicine
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Mind Over Medicine

Author : Lissa Rankin
ISBN : 9781401939984
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Presents evidence from medical journals that beliefs, thoughts and feelings can cure the body and shows readers who to apply this knowledge in their own lives.

Creating Health

Author : Deepak Chopra
ISBN : 0395755158
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Dr. Deepak Chopra, author of the best-selling Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, offers his thousands of fans a newly revised edition of Creating Health, his groundbreaking book about the healing power of the mind. First published in 1987, Creating Health introduces the basic premises of Ayurveda, the six-thousand-year-old tradition of health care from India, and guides readers toward a sound understanding of the mind-body connection. Dr. Chopra is considered the preeminent spokesman for Ayurveda, which he blends with Western medical philosophy to create an intelligent and balanced approach to health. Dr. Chopra has revised Creating Health for the many people who are turning to alternative methods of health care as a result of the escalating crisis in traditional care. This edition incorporates a number of advances based on Dr. Chopra's recent work and new perspectives, including the techniques of mindfulness meditation, a simple but powerful form of breath-focused meditation.

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