The Art of Effortless Living

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Most of us believe that in order to achieve anything worthwhile, whether in our careers, family life, health or even on the sports field, we have to work hard and apply a lot of effort. In fact, just the opposite is true. In The Art of Effortless Living, Dr. Ingrid Bacci offers compelling evidence that the most productive, creative and healthiest individuals are those who practice effortless living. By doing less, paradoxical as it may seem, they achieve more. In this book you will meet individuals who have transformed their lives in radically simple ways: The executive whose influence over her colleagues increased dramatically after she began a deceptively simple relaxation The patient who eliminated thirty years of suffering from migraines after ten training sessions in releasing unconscious muscle tension. The golf player who corrected his golf swing in one brief session, using a series of visualization exercises. This book shows you how to dissolve conscious and unconscious stress through simple techniques that replace effort with effortlessness. The result is a more rewarding lifestyle that leads to physical vitality, increased productivity, creative relationships and the freedom to express your best self.

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Ingrid Bacci, Ph.D., is a health care practitioner and motivational consultant to corporations, educational institutions, hospitals and churches. She has published articles in scientific, management and spiritual journals, including has produced television shows on mind-body training and has demonstrated the techniques of effortless living on major networks. The author's training and expertise in mind-body healing grew out of her own experience with a serious medical condition. Twenty years ago, she was a young philosophy professor on the academic fast track with degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities. At thirty-one years of age, her career was abruptly shattered by a crippling collagen disease that defied cure by highly respected traditional medical doctors. For three years Bacci was a bedridden invalid in constant pain. During this time she turned her own mind and body into a laboratory for self-study. She explored and subsequently trained in alternative therapies based on the mind-body connection, and studied spiritual traditions that focus on accessing the higher powers of the mind. Ten years later all signs of illness were gone, and Dr. Bacci had transformed herself from a cripple to a tri-athlete. In addition, she had committed herself to a lifelong professional goal of assisting others in achieving optimum health and creativity.

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A popular college professor who married a wealthy college beau, at 27 Bacci seemed to have it all. But her success suddenly vanished with the emergence of a nameless disease that stole her vitality and left her mysteriously incapacitated. For three years, she was treated by every doctor she could find, until she realized that healing would come only from inside herself. Leaving her marriage and career behind, Bacci embarked on a quest for self-transformation through meditation and yoga. Focusing primarily on bodywork, Bacci spends the bulk of this self-help manual teaching the "inner arts" that she asserts are not just neglected, but discouraged in our culture, "stifling the ultimate source of our sense of fulfillment." Examining a life spent doing rather than being, Bacci deftly describes addictions to fear and anxiety, which she says produce stress and its attendant ailments, from arthritis to cancer. She offers many suggestions for developing an alternative, "effortless" lifestyle, through breathing exercises, meditation and visualization, techniques for physical and emotional awareness, and connection to a higher self. Occasionally, Bacci implies that changing one's own viewpoint and behavior will magically change everyone and everything else as well. However, she skillfully presents the bodywork she's been performing with clients since the early 1980s and explains the philosophy behind it in calm, accessible prose with plenty of examples and exercises for cultivating "receptivity and non-resistance." (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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