Listen to Your Heart: Using Mindfulness to Make Choices That Are Right for You

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If you have ever struggled with decision-making, with wondering what is the right or the best thing to do; if you have ever regretted choices you have made and wished you had a reliable and consistent method of knowing you are making the right choice, this book is for you!
Among the many works written about mindfulness, Listen to Your Heart is unique, presenting the concept as a means to an end: how to obtain tangible benefits in your life by utilizing mindfulness to make consistently good decisions.
Listen to Your Heart describes a mindfulness-based approach that will teach you to identify and let go of the types of thoughts that lead to anxiety and indecision. Instead, focusing on internal, bodily signals that clearly and consistently indicate what choices are congruent with your overall well-being, will enable you to eliminate the stress that comes from doubt and uncertainty. Best of all, you will learn to apply this awareness within the context of every new situation.
Each stage of this simple five-step process is thoroughly explained, with multiple practice exercises to enable you to develop these techniques easily and quickly.
It is greatly empowering to know and trust what you feel is right. The skills learned through this book go beyond making life simpler and less stressful; they help you to develop a sense of confidence, empowerment and accurate intuition....

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Philippe Isler is a licensed Psychologist with a full-time private practice in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has over 25 years of personal and professional experience in working with holistic and integrative approaches to mental, emotional and spiritual well-being....

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Philippe Isler

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Who has not struggled with making decisions?  Every day we are faced with many kinds of decisions, ranging from what to wear and to eat, to career choices, relationship issues, etc.  Very often we feel pressure to make the 'right' decision and avoid the 'wrong' one.  Listen To Your Heart presents a sensitive, thoughtful exploration of this complex issue.

Psychologist Philippe Isler shares his personal odyssey with decision-making, which led to his discovery of the methods he shares in this excellent book.  The tale he shares is an 'inside story,' rich in insight and awareness.  He leads the reader through a series of exercises ---- from mindful breathing, to somatic sensing, to heart-breathing, to heart-opening  -----  as a way of teaching a different way to make decisions ---- by Listening to the Heart.

The foundation of Isler's methods is, of course, mindfulness.  But rather than simply teaching mindfulness-as-meditation, Isler uses it as a powerful tool for developing confidence, self-awareness, and body-mind integration.  By bringing the mind into the body, by connecting thoughts, feelings and somatic sensations, we can begin to heal the body-mind --- and feel and become Whole, again.

This fine book is both a 'how to' guidebook to intuitive decision-making, as well as a paean to the wisdom of the Heart.  Isler skillfully reviews the literature in this area, drawing largely on research from the Heart Math Institute.  It is worth noting that the number of neural connections going from the heart to the brain is greater than those going the opposite direction (from the brain to the heart).  As the heart is the 'the most powerful generator of rhythmic information patterns in the body," messages from the heart to the brain affect our perceptions, feeling states and behavior in subtle yet powerful ways.  He discusses the phenomena of entrainment and coherence, and teaches a simple method for developing heart-brain coherence.

But the heart is not just a physical organ; it is a portal connecting our physical, emotional and spiritual energies.  "The heart is the energy center through which we bring our love, our creativity, our inspiration, and our thoughts into manifestation in the world....."  Phrases like "opening the heart' and 'listening to your heart'  are commonplace to the point of being clichés.  What is unique about this approach is that he gives very specific instructions re: how to 'tune into the body,' how to 'open your heart' and how to 'make decisions from the heart' ----  that are both clear and effective.

Isler writes with the skillful clarity and gentle confidence distilled from years of personal practice; he is someone who knows whereof he speaks.  The methods he teaches are powerful tools that will benefit anyone with the patience to apply them.

My highest recommendation.

Reviewed in the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) magazine Energy Field, August 2016

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