Review: Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality

First, a disclaimer – I did not finish this book.  But please, do not take that as an indication it is a “bad” book.  In all honesty, I intend on finishing it (eventually), and will certainly update this when it happens.  But I only got through the first few chapters, for a few reasons.

Perhaps you did not know, but I do have polycystic ovarian syndrome and hypothyroidism.  I grew frustrated with these illnesses, and had a staunch mindset on “fixing” these myself.  I had a general distrust toward modern medicine, and wanted to see what energy medicine could offer.  I realized that this book did not offer the “quick fix” I was looking for.

That being said, these were things I learned from reading the small portion of this book.

  • Your energy matters.  Perhaps not in the way that the book depicts (I am always a skeptic first), but the energy that you put out into the world, and the energy that you put toward yourself, does have an effect.  If you are constantly telling yourself how old you are, or how achey you are, you are going to feel it more.  If you are focusing on the negative, that is what you are going to see.  What I came to realize was how incredibly mean I was being toward my body – that I was critical of it for something that really wasn’t its fault, and that I was comparing my body and my experiences to other people’s. Once I stopped being so self critical, and more loving toward myself, my body felt much better.
  • You only have one body to get through this life.  Even if it has flaws, it is the only one you have.  Cherish it.  Love it.  Because even if your legs have cellulite, they still carry you through the day.  Even if your belly doesn’t have abs peeking through, it nourishes you and gives you energy to get through the day.  Even if you don’t think your face is the “prettiest” (due to toxic media), your eyes help you to see and experience life, your ears help you hear the laughter of loved ones, and your mouth lets you talk, sing, and laugh.  Your body is the vessel that brings you through every day.  If you only had one car, your entire life, surely you would take care of it to the best of your ability.  So why not treat yourself the same way?

Overall, I think this book has some good things to offer.  I may revisit it, perhaps at a point in time where I will be more willing to accept its teachings and practice the exercises.  For some, the book may be a little “much” in its claims, though it does a good job of backing claims with science where it can.

Perhaps I’ll give the book another shot, but for now it will likely get a little dusty on a shelf.  I’m not saying I don’t recommend it, as I certainly see how it can be helpful to some.  But I just don’t think I was ready and open for it when I chose to read it.  Perhaps at another point in my life I will find it more useful?

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