Physical Healing

ARTICLE: Just Breathe: Your Body Has a Built-In Stress Reliever

David, Marc. Nourishing Wisdom. An approach to eating that focuses on intuition and personal experience.

David, Marc. The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy & Weight Loss. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press. 2005. Tips and resources for slowing down and finding better nutrition and physical health.

Gladstar, Rosemary. Herbal Healing for Women. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc. 1993. A compilation of home remedies and explanations for all times during a woman’s life.

Kingston, Karen. Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui. New York: Broadway Books, 1997. How to clear your spaces of ‘stuck’ energy, and how doing so can help you heal.

Lad, Dr. Vasant. Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2004. The history and philosophy of Ayurveda with practical applications for your life.

Northrup, Christiane, M.D. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Widsom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing. New York: Bantam Books, 2010. An extensive reference for women’s issues, integrating body, mind, and spirit.

Pitchford, Paul. Healing with Whole Foods. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 2002. Connects traditional medicine with modern nutrition, filled with information about how foods can heal.

Pollan, Michael. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. New York: Penguin Group, 2009. How whole foods can heal you, presented in a very simple and accessible format.

Powers, Sarah. Insight Yoga. Boston: Shambala Publications, 2008. A guide to numerous restorative yoga sequences aimed at improving specific areas of the body.

Ross, Steve. Happy Yoga: 7 Reasons why there is nothing to worry about. New York: ReganBooks, 2003. An uplifting read that focuses on some of the tenets of yoga and how they can help your life.

Schultz, Mona Lisa, M.D and Ph.D. Awakening Intuition. New York: Three Rivers Press. 1998. An intuitive look into medicine and ways we can learn more about what is happening with our own bodies.

Swami Muktibodhananda. Hatha Yoga Pradipika. India: Bihar School of Yoga, 2005. A current take on an ancient text; descriptions of essential yoga postures and philosophies.

Weed, Susun S. Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. Woodstock, New York: Ash Tree Publishing, 1986. Herbal advice for the childbearing years of a woman’s life.

Wilson, James. Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. Smart Publications, 2001. A physician’s look into how stress affects our adrenals, and how we can heal ourselves from adrenal fatigue. 

Emotional Healing

ARTICLE: Neurotheology: This Is Your Brain on ReligionAntoine de Saint Exupery, The Little Prince. New York: Scholastic, Inc. 1971. The classic tale that leaves the reader contemplating what really matters most in life.

Berry, Thomas. The Great Work. New York: Bell Tower, 1999. Reminds us of our integral place among all beings, may be helpful in finding inspiration and perspective.

Brown, Brene, Ph.D., L.M.S.W. The Gifts of Imperfection. Center City, MN: Hazelden, 2010. A guided journey to break through the patterns that keep us from our “wholehearted” and most authentic existence.

Cameron, Julia. The Artist’s Way. New York: Tarcher, 2002. A guided journey (ideally to be completed with a group) to reclaim one’s inner artist. Filled with exercises and inspirations aimed to help one rediscover the creativity often lost during the responsibilities and constructs of our realities.

Chodron, Pema.. When Things Fall Apart. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997. Chodron offers advice to wade through the inevitable pain and suffering of life without losing our compassion and love.

Emoto, Dr. Masaru. Water Crystal Healing: Music and Images to Restore your Well-Being. New York: Atria Books and Oregon: Beyond Words Publishing, 2006. The research and applications behind the power music and vibration has to heal, as well as CDs for listening.

Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search for Meaning. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006. An account of Frankl’s life in a Nazi death camp and how he survived. An inspiring read about how to find meaning throughout trials of great suffering.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth and Kessler, David. On Grief and Grieving. New York: Scribner, 2005.

Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books, 2008. Louv’s research and field work points clearly to the necessity of spending time in nature, and how getting outdoors can help alleviate depression and anxiety in both children and adults.

Oliver, Mary. Thirst. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006. A collection of poems inspired by her grief in losing her partner of forty years, Molly Malone Cook. This work manages to leave the reader feeling sorrow and pain as part of the process of loving fully.

Ruiz, Don Miguel. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. San Rafael, California: Amber-Allen Publishing, 1997. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, this book provides guidance to wade through self-limiting beliefs to find personal freedom.

Ryan, M.J. A Grateful Heart: Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to The Beatles. Conari Press, 1994. A compilation of verses, prayers, and quotes designed to add gratitude to every day moments.

Ryan, M.J. Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life. Conari Press, 1999. Quotes and short stories designed to inspire gratitude throughout daily life.

Soule, Amanda Blake. Handmade Home. Boston: Trumpeter Books, 2009. A collection of crafts and creative projects that might provide a bit of inspiration.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step. New York: Bantam Books, 1992. Practices in mindfulness that help find peace in the now. Useful information to keep a person grounded and focused on what truly matters in each moment.

Wizenberg, Molly. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2009. A young woman’s story of wading through grief through cooking and returning “home.”  

Recommended Reading

Please note that most of these recommended readings for Spirituality are not based on a particular religion. If you are one who finds solace in your religion, I am assuming you already have spiritual resources available to you.

Arrien, Angeles, Ph.D. The Four Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993. Explorations and explanations about the four main archetypes we can draw from in leading a life that is in balance with our outer and inner environments.

Cameron, Julia. Prayers to the Great Creator: Prayers and Declarations for a Meaningful Life. New York: The Penguin Group, 2009. A collection of positive words and thoughts aimed to bring oneself closer to Spirit.

Coelho, Paulo. The Alchemist. New York: Harper Collins, 1993. The story of a young boy’s search for his personal calling.

Hesse, Hermann. Siddhartha. New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc., 2008. The classic story of a young man’s search for peace and enlightenment.

Kornfield, Jack. A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life. New York: Bantam Books, 1993. Kornfield guides his readers on a soulful journey of finding their own path, and discovering their own ways of creating meaning in spirituality.

Kornfield, Jack. Buddha’s Little Instruction Book. New York: Bantam Books, 1994. A small book filled with thought provoking statements aimed to ease the mind and to help you find peace.

O’Donohue, John. Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic WIsdom. New York: Perennial, 1997. A book filled with ancient wisdom designed to help the modern reader find belonging among life’s universal themes: love, death, silence, and friendship.

Williamson, Marianne. Illuminata: A Return to Prayer. New York: Riverhead Books, 1994. Prayers for all areas of life and aspirations of any kind.  

Other Books About Pregnancy Loss

Panuthos, Claudia and Romeo, Catherine, Ended Beginnings. Bergin and Garvey Publishers. I read this book cover to cover after my first miscarriage. I found it extremely helpful, asi it told many stories.

ILse, Sherokee, Empty Arms: Coping with miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. Sherokee’s compassionate book tackles tough and honest questions that may help you step forward in your journey.

Ash, Lorraine, Life Touches Life. New Sage Press. This book is the one closest to my experience and emotional process. Ash writes from a place of raw emotion and takes the reader through her journey in finding peace with God, and how her painful experiences have led her to view the world with more presence and compassion. She weaves together wisdom from numerous cultures to create a tapestry of warmth and love when describing her stillborn daughter and life after loss.

Kluger-Bell, Kim, Unspeakable Losses: Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion, and Other Pregnancy Loss, W.W. Norton and Company, is a compelling and compassionate account of numerous pregnancy-loss related issues, including infertility and abortion. The author speaks as a psychotherapist and writes to let the reader know her intense feelings are normal and have been shared by countless others. Much of the information in this book is presented in a clinical manner, based on her experience as a therapist.