Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul

By Deepak Chopra, MD (Harmony Books, 2009)  

“We don’t really know what a body can do,” wrote 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza in a reflection on the body’s unrealized potential. Centuries later, according to physician and mind-body expert Deepak Chopra, we still don’t really know — and this is great news for those of us interested in expanding our physical and spiritual limits. In the first half of the book, Chopra “reinvents the body” as a manifestation of energy, and his five breakthrough ideas show how the body can be changed through alterations in consciousness. The second half offers five more breakthroughs for “resurrecting the soul” that emphasize reestablishing the connection with our inner guidance through “subtle-action” practices like meditation and contemplation. The concluding 10 steps to wholeness include practical, actionable suggestions: Learn to wait for solutions to present themselves, organize your physical environment to support the most efficient use of personal energy, prioritize relationships over consumption, and so on. Along with these simple steps, the book is richly layered with mind-expanding and provocative ideas — like the contented nature of a cell or the timelessness of the soul. For those of us who feel that more profound transformations of the mind and body are possible, this book provides some very satisfying leads.

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