The Art of Effortless Living
Simple Techniques for Healing Mind, Body and Spirit
By (author) Ingrid Bacci
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Art of Effortless Living by Ingrid Bacci
Book DescriptionMost of us believe that in order to achieve anything worthwhile, whether in our careers, family life, health or even on the sports field, we have to work hard and apply a lot of effort. In fact, just the opposite is true. In this book, Dr. Ingrid Bacci offers evidence that the most productive, creative and healthiest individuals are those who practice effortless living. By doing less, paradoxical as it may seem, they achieve more. In this book the reader meets individuals who have transformed their lives in radically simple ways: The executive whose influence over her colleagues increased dramatically after she began a deceptively simple relaxation. The patient who eliminated 30 years of suffering from migraines after ten training sessions in releasing unconscious muscle tension. The golf player who corrected his golf swing in one brief session, using a series of visualization exercises. This book aims to show you how to dissolve conscious and unconscious stress through simple techniques that replace effort with effortlessness. The result should be a more rewarding lifestyle leading to physical vitality, increased productivity, creative relationships and the freedom to express your best self.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780553814408
(198mm x 127mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
UK Kirkus Review » Western culture is geared towards the compulsion to achieve and accumulate, an urge fuelled by what Bacci terms 'conscious thought'. This is a lethal combination of other people's and the media's opinions, backed up by our own admonishing voice telling ourselves we will fail or that we are generally just not good enough. The result is a spiral of pressure and tension, driving us further and further away from our true selves. Bacci herself was once a prestigious academic but as time went on she began to experience severe physical pain which, after years of useless medical intervention, she eventually diagnosed as a symptom of severe stress. She had been ignoring her subconscious for so long that in the end her body began to fail as a result. Here she teaches us how to let go of 'effortful living' and to use our imagination to shift our perspectives and cultivate a true passion for life, using our 'subconscious' not our 'conscious' mind as a guide. Those irritating and incessantly negative thoughts can only be silenced by relaxing in the truest sense: being able to sit quietly alone and tune into the mind by totally relaxing the body. Bacci's methods and explanations are all grounded in the kind of common sense which comes naturally to all happy, successful and peaceful people, and which we can recognize in ourselves but have just forgotten how to utilize. This book is highly recommended to anyone consumed by the stresses of everyday life. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Ingrid Bacci
Ingrid Bacci, Ph.D., is a health care practitioner and motivational consultant to corporations, educational institutions, hospitals and churches. She has published articles in scientific, management and spiritual journals, including has produced television shows on mind-body training and has demonstrated the techniques of effortless living on major networks. The author's training and expertise in mind-body healing grew out of her own experience with a serious medical condition. Twenty years ago, she was a young philosophy professor on the academic fast track with degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities. At thirty-one years of age, her career was abruptly shattered by a crippling collagen disease that defied cure by highly respected traditional medical doctors. For three years Bacci was a bedridden invalid in constant pain. During this time she turned her own mind and body into a laboratory for self-study. She explored and subsequently trained in alternative therapies based on the mind-body connection, and studied spiritual traditions that focus on accessing the higher powers of the mind. Ten years later all signs of illness were gone, and Dr. Bacci had transformed herself from a cripple to a tri-athlete. In addition, she had committed herself to a lifelong professional goal of assisting others in achieving optimum health and creativity.
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