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This Book May Save Your Life

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as long as you’re avoiding your feelings, you’re denying reality. And if you try to shut something out and say, ‘I don’t want to think about it,’ I guarantee that you’re going to think about it. So invite the feeling in, sit down with it, keep it company. And then decide how long you’re going to hold on to it. Because you’re not a fragile little somebody. It’s good to face every reality. To stop fighting and hiding. To remember that a feeling is just a feeling—it’s not your identity.”

Edith Eger brings her own life experiences as a survivor of Auschwitz. We get some great tips in this intriguing story. It's full of wisdom and compassion. The book is well written and easy to understand. There's stories from other survivors of various events. Edith has lots of life experiences. It teaches us new techniques to change how we are feeling/reacting/behaving. Everybody could learn something from reading this well written book about mental health and self care.I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology in 1978 and I’ve been treating patients in a therapeutic setting for over forty years. I have worked with combat veterans and survivors of sexual assault; students, civic leaders, and CEOs; people battling addiction and those struggling with anxiety and depression; couples grappling with resentment and those longing to rekindle intimacy; parents and children learning how to live together and those discovering how to live apart. As a psychologist; as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; as an observer of my own and others’ behavior; and as an Auschwitz survivor, I am here to tell you that the worst prison is not the one the Nazis put me in. The worst prison is the one I built for myself.” When Edith was sixteen, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz. She is a psychologist and wrote this book when she was 92. Here is what she wrote: Amongst the Indian tribes that had begun to adopt Western habits their health deteriorated more and more. “ Since our husbands have taken to drink so much whiskey our babies are not so strong, and the greater portion of them die; we cannot keep them alive.” Nesen latviešu valodā izdota Edītes Egeres grāmata «IZVĒLE» (Zvaigzne ABC), šī grāmata «DĀVANA» ir uzrakstīta pēc tās, kā brīnišķīgs un jēgpilns papildinājums, ar daudziem skaidrojumiem emocijām un atbildēm uz jautājumiem, kuri palika un radās pēc IZVĒLES izlasīšanas.

There is so much I will take away from this book, but the truest and it may seem simple to others, but something I have to remind myself whenever I am going through a trying time, is that all suffering is temporary. Often we can’t see out of the hole we’re in, but there is light…eventually. And the lessons we take from that darkness, how we choose to incorporate them into our lives, will make the difference as we move forward. That is Dr. Eger’s message and one of this book’s many gifts. What’s sort of funny when something horrific happens is that nothing happens to the rest of the world. The cars still drive, the planes still fly… everything just continues. And that’s probably the best gift we have. Because, for the most part, there’s no right or wrong way to do things – life becomes whatever you make it. When you turn the other cheek, you look at the same thing from a new perspective. You can’t change the situation, you can’t change someone else’s mind, but you can look at reality differently. You can accept and integrate multiple points of view. This flexibility” It helps when we can meet others as they are, not as we expect them to be... We do this for others, but most of all for ourselves, so we can live free of unrealistic expectations, and free of the anger that comes when our expectations are not met. I’m very selective about who’s going to get my anger, because when I’m angry, I’m the one who suffers.”From stress to saturated fats, HIIT to HRT, veganism to vitamins, This Book Could Save Your Life debunks the fads and explores the real science of better health. To free yourself from the prison, pay attention to your language. Listen for the I can’t, the I’m trying, the I need to, and then see if you can replace these imprisoning phrases with something else: I can, I want, I’m willing, I choose. This is the language that empowers us to change.” Healing can't happen as long as we're hiding or disowning parts of ourselves. The things we silence or cover up become like hostages in the basement, trying more and more desperately to get our attention." Thank Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an ARC of this beautiful book in exchange for my unbiased review.

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