Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is the author of thirteen books, including A Woman's Book of Life, Saying Yes to Change, and Inner Peace for Busy People. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Borysenko, co-founder and director of the Mind/Body Clinic at New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School, describes the clinic's ten-week program for learning to ``mind the body'' through a medical synthesis of neurology, immunology, and psychology. She provides step-by-step instructions to the clinic's techniques while suggesting how they can be adapted for individual use. Combining meditation, breath control and stretching exercises, and mindfulness, and drawn from work with patients aged 17 to 93, these techniques help ease the stress of illnessparticularly illness caused by stressby exploiting the body's natural capacity for healing. Readers who master them can achieve an admirable balance between inner self and environment. Jodith Janes, Univ. Hospitals of Cleveland
"An elegant and credible blend of modern psychology and medical
science that allows us to get in touch with our higher self to
experience the field of infinite possibilities and brings us
healing and wholeness in our busy world."
--Deepak Chopra, author of Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment
"Dr. Borysenko's groundbreaking first book about the interdependency of the mind and body and the power of meditation to heal is as relevant and intriguing today as it was twenty years ago when it was first published. Her scientific perspective, clear language, and sincere appreciation for the healing journey of the body and spirit make this book a practical and heartfelt guide for all people on a path of self-discovery. . . . Minding the Body, Mending the Mind is intelligent, easy to read, experiential and in-depth, but above all, what I appreciate most is Dr. Borysenko's understanding of the human spirit and the challenges involved in the process of healing. It is this compassionate consideration that makes this a necessary read for all interested in living a happier, healthier, and more integrated life."
--Seane Corn, Yoga Instructor, National Yoga Ambassador for Youth AIDS and co-creator, "Off the Mat, Into the World"
"Dr. Joan Borysenko is a venerated pioneer in behavioral medicine and psychoneuroimmunology. In her brilliant best selling primer, written in 1987, she described how to use the mind body connection for healing and wholeness. In these times of increased stress and anxiety, the now classic Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, beautifully updated, is more important than ever. We owe it to ourselves and our patients to stay current with the latest evidence-based advances in healing. Joan has made that easy with this superb new edition."
--Janet F. Quinn, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, Nursing, University of Colorado
"Joan Borysenko is the smartest woman I've ever known. I urge you to drink in her wisdom. This book is a classic."
--Wayne W. Dyer, author of Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao
"Offers a practical approach to relieving stress and anxiety."--Curve
"Whether you're a young person who hopes to live a healthy, vital, and happy life; an older person who is trying to age well and maintain your energy level and physical function; a stressed-out person yearning for balance; or someone with an acute or chronic illness that you'd like to address on all levels-body, mind and spirit-this book can help you. It's practical, easy to understand, and based on solid research that you can trust. Furthermore, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind is an inspiring exploration of what it means to be fully human-present in each moment with an open mind and an open heart. In the last analysis, that may be one of the best definitions of well being and what it means to live your best life."
--Andrew Weil, M.D., from the Foreword