Guide to Healing and Wholeness
Note: I received this book for free, in return for a guarantee that I would review it. That said, I say what I want—good and bad, happy and sad.
I settled into my well-worn reading chair with a highlighter in hand; my thoughts pirouetted about the broad subject of this book and I wondered if it would be out of the realm of an ordinary non-enlightened individual.
The Soul of Wellness, written by Rajiv Parti, M.D. is tangible, readable and shares insightful tidbits. It is equally academic, informative and interspersed with intelligent quotes and facts. It has a narrative quality laced with well researched expertise.
The author of the book readily states this is a book about, “How spirit can become a profound source of healing, harmony, and happiness for each of us is.”
The subtitle summarizes the layout of the book: “12 Holistic Principles for Achieving a Healthy Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit.”
Each chapter is presented in a textbook like fashion and focuses on one of 12 principles: Ayurveda, Calmness, Acceptance, Thought, Dharma, The Virtues of Heart, Harmony, Seva, Now, Gratitude, The Divine You and Non-Attachment.
The preface and introduction brings the reader into an understanding of the conception of the book. He warmly shares his turbulent personal experiences of transformation as he describes his arduous plight of mind, body and spirit.
“I began understanding that wellness is multidimensional, encompassing physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being, and that the science of wellness should include both scientific research and ancient wisdom.”
Throughout each chapter, Dr. Parti weaves in a theme of wellness of spirit. He employs vignettes to further teach each concept. Some are redundant and therefore, boring.
Following each chapter he provides an exercise or lesson for the reader to further explore a personal understanding of each chapter.
From an educator’s point of view, this would be useful in a book club where each chapter becomes a weekly assignment. The follow-up exercises would easily deepen into group discussion and further the understanding of the material within each chapter.
On an individual level, the reader can delve into an introspective understanding of self via the provided exercises.
Overall, this book deftly covers multiple topics with a weave defining wellness of spirit. Each chapter could be a book in itself but instead it gives the reader’s soul a taste of the bigger picture.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
~ Pierre Tielhard de Chardin
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