Come to Your Senses: Demystifying the Mind-Body Connection

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 17, 2007 - Psychology - 256 pages
In this newly revised edition of the award-winning Come to Your Senses: Demystifying the Mind-Body Connection, Dr. Stanley Block offers his Ten-Day Plan to optimize your life -- a breakthrough program that has helped people all over the world heal from post-traumatic stress syndrome, combat trauma, substance abuse, mental illness, pain, and depression.

The easy-to-apply method uses Identity System "resting" techniques that enable you to recognize and defuse the self-defeating mental tug-of-war that exists in all of us. Learn how stress, fear, and thought activate the sympathetic nervous system with increased tension, pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depressive symptoms. By literally "coming to your senses" of taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound, you begin to control negative responses, free yourself from a paralyzed state of mind, and live a happy, balanced life.

The response is amazing because the results are immediate -- ten days is all it takes -- Dr. Block's techniques take no time out of a busy schedule, they are simply incorporated into whatever activity you are engaged. Bridging the Identity System empowers you to work from your own strength and wisdom to deal with situations that arise in your life.

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It's de-Asianized Buddhism. The author gives credit to Joko Beck as a source for certain concepts, and this bears out in the material. It's tough for American Buddhists, especially those trained by Japanese Zen teachers (or Americans trained by Japanese-trained Americans) to strip away the Japanese cultural stuff and just give the essential teaching. Perhaps the real transmission of Buddhism to America needed a non-Buddhist to make it happen. I believe so, and this may be the most effective and articulate non-"Buddhist" book about Buddhism to ever hit America.  

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About the author (2007)

Stanley H. Block, M.D., is Adjunct Professor of Law and Psychiatry at Seattle University of Law, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and a board-certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He has worked in private practice and has had academic and clinical appointments at a number of other medical schools, including his alma mater, UCLA. He lectures and consults with treatment centers nationwide and is the author of the academic book Bridging the I-System: Unifying Spirituality and Behavior. Stan and his wife, Carolyn Bryant Block, live in Copalis Beach, Washington. They have been an inseparable duo in the discovery and creation of the Identity System theory and technique.

Carolyn Bryant Block works with her husband and partner, Professor Stanley Block, MD, in his private practice, lecturing, writing, and consulting all over the country. They have been an inseparable duo in the discovery and creation of the Identity System theory and technique which is laid out fully in the revised second edition of Come to Your Senses. Visit BridgingForLife.com for updates and information about the Blocks and their work.

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