If you are interested to learn more on the mind-body connection and how it contributes to illness, I strongly recommend the book “Your Body Speaks Your Mind: Decoding the Emotional, Psychological, and Spiritual Messages That Underlie Illness” by Deb Shapiro.
Her diagnosis is very insightful and intuitive but made a lot of sense. Till today, I still refer extensively to her book on symptoms and illness that does not seems to make much sense happening to those around me.
How “You Body Speaks Your Mind” has benefited me
To me, this is one of the groundbreaking and very comprehensive book that is written on body-mind relationship. The book contained 347 pages (including indexes) whereby a lot of health ailments are being covered in detail.
The first time I read the book, I did not take the book seriously because the concept of mind contributing towards illness did not make much sense to me. I was trying to look at physical causes, element imbalance, meridian, food, exercise, muscle imbalance for the causes of muscoskeletal complaints. But as I learned to slow down in my life and focus more on inward, I am beginning to see that indeed, there is an interconnection between our personality, emotions as well as problems that we are facing connecting to our health. I have seen people suffering from health ailments had their health improve when they view of life and/or life conditions change.
I then took her book and reread with my heart instead of just my brain. And with much gratitude, her book has provided a huge missing link to the answers that I am searching for in healing—-the mind-body connection. Some of what she mentioned also matched the ailments that I was having and with new understanding, the condition, some which had plague me for decades, just went off.
From her work that I knew the direction of my own path towards researching into healing. Yes, there are many aspects of healing, and mind-body connection is one of them. But to heal an illness, we must also learn to heal our mind, or to be more specific, the ‘heart’. I try to fit in time between my full time job and family to write more of these articles in my Health Blog.
If you want to explore further into the role of mind in manifesting illness in the body and its role in healing, this book is an excellent resource. The book is sold for RM80.50 in Kinokuniya bookstore, KLCC.
Summary of the book as written on the back cover:
Your Body Speaks Your Mind: Decoding the Emotional, Psychological, and Spiritual Messages That Underlie Illness is the bestselling classic book on the body-mind connection. In this expanded and updated edition, renowned teacher and bestselling author Deb Shapiro explains how understanding your body’s ‘language and symptoms’ can increase your potential for healing. She examines the interconnetedness between your physical state and your emotional, psychological and spiritual health, and reveals:
How unresolved emotional and psychological issues can affect your physical health
How your feelings and thoughts are linked to specific part of the body
How to heal your body with your mind, and heal your mind with your body.
About Deb Shapiro:
Deb Shapiro has trained extensively in various schools of body-mind, Buddhist meditation, and Jungian psychology in both England and America. She has been teaching both bodymind therapy and meditation with her husband, Ed Shapiro, for the past 20 years (as off year 2006). Their books include The Bodymind Workbook, Meditation: Four Steps to Calmess and Clarity, Voices from the Heart, and Unconditional Love.