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Return of the Urban Warrior: High-Speed Spirituality For People on the Run Paperback – 1 Oct 2001


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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (1 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007122977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007122974
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 19.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barefoot Doctor is a British Taoist healer with a refreshingly frank attitude. Unlike many other self-help books, Return of the Urban Warrior doesn't aim to help you slow down your stressful life, but rather to ride along with it, in the true spirit of the Tao. It's not about giving up your life-style, your mobile phone, your lover; "It's not a question of the spiritual or the profane," he says, "but the spiritual and the profane".

The exercises in this book are practical. One of the first, and simplest, is learning to control your breathing, slowly in and out, without holding your breath in between. "By decelerating your breath tempo you internally hook on to an easy half-time groove that will enable you to remain relaxed in the midst of high-speed action." From this the author leads on to awareness of three zones of the body--behind the eyes, behind the breastbone, and behind the loins--to be in control of oneself. "The upper chamber houses that aspect of your "one" that witnesses, the middle chamber houses that aspect that feels, the lower chamber houses that aspect that "is" or that drives your "isness"."

And we're only a fifth of the way through the book! After this it becomes more complicated, with a "meta-network of eight super-conduits that regulate your universe". Along the way, without making a big thing of it, the author leads the reader through a succession of meditation exercises, visualisation exercises and affirmations.

Oddly, for a book meant to grab us with fast-paced ideas we can use in our fast-paced lives, it's a little slow-starting; the Barefoot Doctor has a casual, laid-back style almost at variance with his message. But once it gets going, there's barely a moment to pause. This isn't a book to be read straight through, cover to cover, but one to work through slowly, page by page, until each exercise in it becomes second nature. --David V Barrett

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"Barefoot Doctor is the modern day equivalent of a nomadic healer (but he's also got) enough charm and humour to make palatable at least some of the pseudospiritual psychobabble his vocation involves" DAILY TELEGRAPH

"A charismatic figure with a calming way (of helping his charges) … one to catch." TIME OUT

"(After one hour of healing), the sense of lifted spirits and serenity is overwhelming" VOGUE

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ablears on 27 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
You've got to hand it to the Doc: he's come a long way, and touched a lot of people with his work.
He writes with such energy and sparkling humour, and reading his work is such a sweet assault on your mind: positive, open, caring and full of love. Enjoy, for this is unlike no other Taoist self-development book you've ever read - for a start it is deeply relevant to living within the whirlwind of modern-day life, and it stays well clear from new age babble too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lee Shuttlewood on 5 Feb. 2003
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This follow on from the Handbook for the Urban Warrior provides a fascinating and quirky look into the world of Taoist energy manipulation. It provides details of how to circulate energy around your body along with giving the philosopy behind much of the Chinese/ Oriental Medicine practices with humour and without any pretention or over-complication.
Much recommended. It will (or should) change your life (at least a little bit!)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the ideal self help guide for the 21st century, giving excellent advice on how to integrate yourself and make the best of your life. The author does not advocate withdrawing from society or burdening yourself with dogmatic rules but provides sensible advice on living life to the full while harnessing one's spiritual powers to make the best of every day. As he says: "The body is not only your temple but your nightclub too." He follows a holistic approach based on Taoist principles and techniques that include breath work, affirmation, visualisation and meditation. His writing style is clear, gripping and witty while his healing techniques are presented in a most refreshing way. It would be ideal to use this book as a study guide and perform the exercises as you go along, but just reading the book from beginning to end has a very uplifting effect. It's a charming, sensible and refreshing approach to a happier, more meaningful life. Those who enjoy the Barefoot Doctor will also love Stuart Wilde's books Affirmations, The Force and The Quickening.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is another quality book from the Doc taking the bones of a very old belief system(?)and making it relevant to the modern mind, particularly those minds in need of "high speed spirituality for people on the go".
Having read/used all of his published works so far I feel qualified (call me pisher if you think i am not)to say that some of the content has already been mentioned but it has been refreshed for this new format and there is plenty of new stuff to keep the "i knew that" types happy (me). The Doc's wayward approach comes up trumps again as he guides us through (his)"warrior wisdom" and gives a non religious idea/view on coping on this planet during these strange times. I have read many books on the Taoist approach to life some appearing pretentious - some not, but this is one of the most applicable to TODAY. The instruction is clear and concise and the book flows neatly from the outset giving a progressive feel as you wind your way toward the end(?)The diagrams are amusing and light as there is little need for complicated maps of the human body. I am not sure about the cover picture though......is the Doc on the pull? Buy it....I did. Or don't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronél on 17 Oct. 2011
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I'd been following the "Survival Guide for the Urban Warrior" (which had incidently helped me through a very rough time when my son had cancer) for some time and felt I needed to know more.

Just then I discovered the "Return of the Urban Warrior".
I found the "Return.." just as full of common sense and no nonsense as before but this time he gets into fine detail and most of the book describes one basic meditation!! It took me concentrated reading and making sketches and diagrams in order for me to 'get' the meditation in its entirety. Its pretty complcated.
I now do the basic meditation from these sketches and like to dip into the book to refine my practice.
I would say that this book is not for you if you like to read one self help book after the other without actually doing anything. This one takes a bit of legwork..
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