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Title:
Sustainable health : simple habits to transform your life / Susan L. Roberts.
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9780393712834
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First edition
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New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.
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xx, 216 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Simple practices--marriage of science and spirituality--that will help you take charge of your health. Ancient healers understood the universe as an interconnected conscious relationship between natural elements. As Western medicine took hold, we lost our sense of intuitive healing and practices. Here, occupational therapist Susan L. Roberts--who also has a degree from Harvard Divinity School--gives us tools for self-care based on the five-element theory of traditional Chinese medicine. These elements--fire, earth, wood, metal, and water--can also be linked to contemporary science and the elements of energy, matter, time, and space. Through focus on these elements, readers will learn how to impact tangible experiences of living, such as sleeping, eating, working, and understanding one’s own body. Roberts argues that our bodies communicate with the world, and that symptoms we may experience, such as headaches or exhaustion, can be mitigated by tapping into our ability to take care of ourselves--the essence of sustainable health.
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Ancient healers understood the universe as an interconnected conscious relationship between natural elements. As Western medicine took hold, we lost our sense of intuitive healing and practices. Here, occupational therapist Susan L. Roberts--who also has a degree from Harvard Divinity School--gives us tools for self-care based on the five-element theory of traditional Chinese medicine. These elements--fire, earth, wood, metal, and water--can also be linked to contemporary science and the elements of energy, matter, time, and space. Through focus on these elements, readers will learn how to impact tangible experiences of living, such as sleeping, eating, working, and understanding one's own body. Roberts argues that our bodies communicate with the world, and that symptoms we may experience, such as headaches or exhaustion, can be mitigated by tapping into our ability to take care of ourselves--the essence of sustainable health.


Author Notes

Susan L. Roberts, MDiv, OTRL, is an occupational therapist, nutritionist, and sustainable health, coach in New York City, She lives in Queens, New York.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Chapter 1 Introduction to Sustainable Health: Using a Healing Compassp. 1
Exercise 1.1 Get a Baseline Assessment of Healthp. 22
Worksheet 1.1 Sustainable Health Checklistp. 23
Exercise 1.2 Assessing Elemental Healthp. 26
Worksheet 1.2 Healing Compass Clues Checklistp. 27
Exercise 1.3 Try Building a Personal Healing Compassp. 29
Exercise 1.4 Set an Intention for Healingp. 31
Chapter 2 Wood Energies: Have Fun and Playp. 32
Exercise 2.1 Make a Conscious Connection to Wood Energyp. 33
Exercise 2.2 Egging on Angerp. 47
Exercise 2.3 Try Doing Nothingp. 58
Exercise 2.4 Learn to Know a Tree ... or Two, or Threep. 59
Exercise 2.5 Set an Intention to Connect with Wood Energyp. 60
Exercise 2.6 Develop a Habit of Daily Forest Bathingp. 61
Worksheet 2.6 Keep Track of Progress Watching the Wind Blowp. 61
Exercise 2.7 Playing with Childrenp. 64
Exercise 2.8 Playing with Eldersp. 65
Chapter 3 Water Energies: Imagine! The Healing Power of Sleep and Dreamsp. 66
Exercise 3.1 Make a Conscious Connection to Water Energyp. 67
Exercise 3.2 Tapping Into the Creative Reservoirp. 76
Exercise 3.3 Try Disconnecting from Our Mediap. 84
Exercise 3.4 Learn What Makes Falling Asleep Easierp. 85
Exercise 3.5 Set an Intention to Connect with Water Energyp. 87
Exercise 3.6 Practice Getting to Bed on Time for a Monthp. 88
Worksheet 3.6 Keep Track of Progress with Sleepingp. 89
Exercise 3.7 Sleep for Childrenp. 90
Exercise 3.8 Sleep for Eldersp. 92
Chapter 4 Earth Energies: Eat What You Love! Don't Worry. Feel Betterp. 94
Exercise 4.1 Make a Conscious Connection to Earth Energyp. 95
Exercise 4.2 Conduct Your Own Low-Cost Genetic Studyp. 113
Exercise 4.3 Managing Anxiety without Eatingp. 115
Exercise 4.4 Try Paying Attention to Sugar, Flour, and Alcoholp. 117
Worksheet 4.4 Food Journal - Pay Attention to Basic Nutritionp. 118
Exercise 4.5 Learn to Find Your Stopping Placep. 120
Exercise 4.6 Set an Intention to Connect with Earth Energyp. 122
Exercise 4.7 Enjoy Detoxing for a Month with Foods You Lovep. 122
Exercise 4.8 Exploring Food with the Food and Mood Journalp. 124
Worksheet 4.8 Food and Mood Journalp. 126
Exercise 4.9 Eating with Childrenp. 127
Exercise 4.10 Eating with Eldersp. 130
Chapter 5 Metal Energies: Learn! Find Inspiration in Workp. 132
Exercise 5.1 Making a Conscious Connection to Metal Energyp. 135
Exercise 5.2 Conduct a Sensory-Motor Experimentp. 142
Exercise 5.3 Try Making an Archaeological Expedition into Our Livesp. 150
Exercise 5.4 Learn to Get Rid of Griefp. 150
Exercise 5.5 Set an Intention and Harness the Power of Metal Energy to Get the Job Donep. 152
Worksheet 5.5 Keeping Track of Progress Eliminating Clutter Weightp. 153
Exercise 5.6 Decluttering with Childrenp. 155
Exercise 5.7 Decluttering with Eldersp. 156
Chapter 6 Fire Energies: Make Friends! Passion and Process in Relationshipp. 158
Exercise 6.1 Making a Conscious Connection to Fire Energyp. 159
Exercise 6.2 Changing a Beliefp. 163
Exercise 6.3 Try Finding Your Tribe of 150p. 169
Worksheet 6.3 Finding Our Tribe of 150p. 171
Exercise 6.4 Learn to Take Names and Play Gamesp. 172
Exercise 6.5 Set an Intention and Do It: Have Courage for Relationshipsp. 172
Worksheet 6.5 Keeping Track of Progress Making and Nourishing Friendshipsp. 174
Exercise 6.6 Making Friends with Childrenp. 176
Exercise 6.7 Making Friends with Eldersp. 177
Chapter 7 Love Yourself!: Connecting to Body's Wisdomp. 178
Exercise 7.1 The Body Scan as Our Daily Conversation Conscious Universep. 182
Exercise 7.2 Doing the Body Scan with Our Childrenp. 188
Exercise 7.3 Doing the Body Scan with Eldersp. 189
Appendix A Sugar by Many Other Namesp. 191
Appendix B Sugar Substitutesp. 195
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 209