Liberation: The perfect holistic antidote to stress, depression and other unhealthy states of mind Paperback – 7 Jan 2010
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The Barefoot Doctor's Liberation, as its sub-title suggests, claims to be "the perfect holistic antidote to stress, depression and other unhealthy states of mind". It is a delightful paradox of our culture that we are increasingly sceptical of anything supernatural while we are, at the same time, increasingly fond of bizarre therapies, fortune telling, astrology and New Age religion. There seems to be an inverse proportion in the relationship between the decline of traditional religion and the growth of alternative beliefs. So popes and archbishops must fall, but a Buddhist, Taoist Shaman calling himself the Barefoot Doctor seems to be perfectly normal and acceptable. You might come to this book with this view, but you'll be won over in the end.
The Barefoot Doctor writes well in a punchy, funny and easy style. In 54 short chapters he tells us how to be liberated from all that troubles us from cynicism to cosmic suffering. Happily, even though he clearly believes in his wacky cures, the Barefoot Doctor doesn't take himself too seriously. His approach is to mix a dollop of common sense advice with a big portion of Eastern theories about the soul-body relationship. Deep breathing, positive thinking and a sensible approach to diet and exercise are combined with advice on how to "warm your liver", to defeat depression and how to motivate your spleen to conquer anger problems. There's some acu-pressure stuff thrown in as well as some moderate massage and reflexology. This is a fun book with a lightweight inspirational self-help message. As the author himself says, take it all with a pinch of salt and it might do you some good. --Dwight Longenecker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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" VOGUESee all Product Description
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Although written from a Taoist perspective, the Doctor includes insights from other Western and Eastern spiritual philosophies underpinned by common sense. His prescriptions are designed to liberate the flow of the life force for every organ and for the mind in order to attune them to health and to re-establish right thinking.
The treatments include affirmations, visualisation, breathing exercises, stimulating the pressure points, massage, a sensible diet and exercise. In this way the author provides the perfect antidotes for a host of problems like depression, fear, loneliness and worry by showing the reader the way to find freedom within.
He writes with wit and elegance and his words convey a love and sincerity that is rare nowadays. I highly recommend this book to those who wish to transform their lives into something more meaningful and worthwhile by getting rid of the small stuff that sometimes makes our life a misery. However it's not a matter of just reading the book; study and commitment are of cardinal importance.
In summary I'd say if this is your first Barefoot Doctor book, give it a go, it's a great introduction, but if you've already read a couple you might want to give it the once-over before parting with your cash!
When I did get home I read in the index that there was a 36 page "Pre-amble Text Section" with such sub sections as "Liberation from not knowing a clue why Barefoot Doctor wrote this book" and "Liberation from Pure Prose". I am new to this writer and can't comment on other books but he does tend to revert back to himself on a frequent and painfully dull level at times (I later added my own chapter called "Liberation from losing the will to live").
I am very interested in all things psychological and spiritual and practice them daily in my job and personal life. I have heard many speakers and read many books on this topic before so I didn't need to have a life changing event occur but if I did I would have been sorely disappointed. Currently I have been stuck on Chapter 17 for a number of weeks while I read another book. I found the book repeatedly flicking back to the writer and humour which just became irratating and not particularly funny. I note with irony is called "Liberation from Cynicism". Oh dear !
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Love the way it is written, made me laugh in many places, a Holistic way of living with practical exercises and timeless wisdom.Published 19 months ago by mz s bee
Great book, easy to read, entertaining and very helpful. Would certainly recommend and definitely worth a read. Arrived promptly .Published on 23 Oct. 2013 by Mrs J. E. Jones
This isn't a bad book at all,the author has a very easy accessible relaxed style that is both friendly to the reader and has substance on top of a heavy measure of earthly soul. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2012 by Mr. R. A. Rowan
This is one of Barefoot's older books but what a surprise. I've done lots of personal growth work over the years but still there was an underlying fear of something that pops up... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2012 by Breathworker2
The general antidote to what ails us, according to the Barefoot Doctor, lies in the ability to stimulate our main organs - heart, liver, spleen, kidneys - via acupressure using... Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2007 by Kieran Byrne
I like his attitude towards the bigger and smaller issues of life.Published on 9 Mar. 2005 by Nish Pfister
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