In this follow-up to 365 Prescriptions for the Soul, Dr. Bernie Siegel uses his trademark humor and insight to guide readers toward self-healing and an inspired life. He presents himself as a workout coach, providing a coach’s wisdom and stressing the coach’s mantra of practice, practice, practice.
Each chapter consists of a coaching tip (where he explains the chapter’s teaching) followed by four or five exercises designed to bring the teaching directly into the reader’s life. The exercises are all short and easy to apply. Each of the 20 chapters covers a different topic, such as overcoming obstacles, creating a positive mental attitude, building a stronger spiritual foundation, and cultivating a sense of empowerment. Throughout the book, as always, Dr. Siegel emphasizes a proactive approach to self-healing. An ideal gift for friends and loved ones, 101 Exercises for the Soul shows how anyone can infuse their life with love and well-being.
A daily guide for navigating life’s challenges, 365 Prescriptions for the Soul offers bite-sized insights with Dr. Siegel’s unique blend of heart-touching humor and wisdom. Each entry introduces a topic accompanied by an inspirational quote and a “Solution of the Day.” Designed to fit into a busy schedule, the meditations are also easy to understand. They can help create a sense of well-being by pointing the way to more peaceful, loving, and conscious living. As Siegel summarizes: “What heals the soul, heals the mind and body as well.”
Reviews for 365 Prescriptions for the Soul
“Bernie Siegel dispenses spiritual medicine that’s good for you, and feels good too! I highly recommend these daily doses of eternal wisdom.”
- Marianne Williamson, author of Everyday Grace
“Bernie is one of the world’s most respected doctors. I would pay close attention to any prescription he offers. I read from this each day.”
- Wayne Dyer, author of Getting in the Gap
“Dr. Siegel’s soul medicine is dispensed in perfect doses to uplift, inspire, enlighten, and heal you. As always, Bernie’s wisdom and love gave me goosebumps, or should I say god-bumps. Buy a carton of this medicine-in-a-book and administer it to everyone you love.”
- Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Inner Peace for Busy People
Bernie Siegel first wrote about miracles when he was a practicing surgeon and founded Exceptional Cancer Patients, a groundbreaking synthesis of group, individual, dream, and art therapy that provided patients with a “carefrontation.” Compiled during his more than thirty years of practice, speaking, and teaching, the stories in these pages are riveting, warm, and belief expanding.
Their subjects include a girl whose baby brother helped her overcome anorexia, a woman whose cancer helped her heal by teaching her to stand up for herself, and a family that was saved from a burning house by bats. Without diminishing the reality of pain and hardship, the stories show real people turning crisis into blessing by responding to adversity in ways that empower and heal. They demonstrate what we are capable of and show us that we can achieve miracles as we confront life’s difficulties.
In Dr. Bernie Siegel’s new book, Buddy’s Candle, a father shares a meaningful story from his childhood with his nine year old son. In a gentle way, the father describes how a loving dog named Buddy not only helped him to heal when facing a serious illness, but also changed his life in miraculous ways. Buddy’s Candle is a touching and heartwarming story. In its gentle way, it helps us to deal with grief and teaches us how to live life fully and accept loss and death with an open heart. The original and charming illustrations by Mari Gayatri Stein take us on a joy filled adventure. These full spectrum color drawings add humor, and a heartfelt exuberance.
As a surgeon who has worked with people with life threatening illnesses for many years, Dr. Bernie Siegel shares in this story his belief that there is a light in each of us by God's/Dog's design. And, that we are all a part of the candle parade of light. As long as we remember to love, our candles will glow with life as will Buddy's candle across the Rainbow Bridge. This is a story both children and adults will find healing, uplifting, and inspiring.
Bernie Siegel broke new ground with his monumental book Love, Medicine, and Miracles, in which he explored the powerful role the mind can play in fighting illness. Sharing stories of seriously ill patients who survived against the odds and those who seemed to give in to their own deaths, the book inspired countless readers to consider the possibilities of thinking themselves well. Siegel believed–and still does–that the power to heal comes from the human mind through will, determination, and love. Over the last 20 years, his philosophy and advice have led many physicians and other healthcare professionals to help patients participate in and influence their own recovery.
Many readers of Love, Medicine, and Miracles have wondered what comes next. What happened to patients who followed Siegel's advice? In Faith, Hope, and Healing, Siegel shares the inspiring stories of people who have experienced cancer and found deeper faith, hope, joy, and healing through the process. Grouped into sections on faith, hope, and healing, these stories and Siegel's insightful commentaries will encourage and help readers to develop an attitude and personality that survivors share, while also offering myriad ways to get through difficult times and discover the gifts that illness can bring into a person's life. In this book, Siegel reveals what these people's experiences tell us about our common strengths and humanity and how to live an authentic, fulfilling life.
Every hospitalization, period of convalescence, or visit to a patient can be an opportunity for healing to happen. Since most hospitalizations are sudden and unexpected, few patients and family members are prepared to take advantage of these healing opportunities. Help Me to Heal is a “just-in-time” resource that anyone can pick up and immediately use—to help realize this great healing potential. It provides the empowering tools, strategies, and resources that will enable readers to turn their bedside environment and illness experience into a sacred space and time where healing can occur.
When patients, caregivers, and family members are provided with these strategies, they become participants in the healing process—and are then able to communicate their needs to doctors and staff simply and effectively, thereby creating a healing team where everyone is moving in the same direction.
"To help you survive and learn from this experience, and to heal afterwards, Help Me to Heal is an invaluable resource."
- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Beyond the Body; Reinventing Medicine; and Healing Words; executive editor, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
"If you or a loved one have to go through major medical care . . . this book can be . . . life-saving and soul-saving."
- Andrew Weil, M.D., the New York Times bestselling author of Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health
Inspirational guidance for dealing with anger & pain and fear of recurrent illness.
In this compassionate and powerful healing guide, Dr. Bernie Siegel, the author of the triumphant bestsellers Love, Medicine & Miracles and Peace, Love & Healing, provides readers with healthy ways to respond to life’s adversities.
How to Live Between Office Visits will show you helpful insights for reaching healing and happiness. The book includes great stories that can help you through life hard challenges and struggles and come out lighter, brighter, and happier. It is full of witty and helpful assertions and anecdotes from Bernie's years of medical practice. If you need or want any help getting through office visits with hope, light and health; or you just want to have a better outlook for life, this is the book for you! It also makes a great gift for a loved one that could use a little help.
Dr. Bernie Siegel has long observed how relationships with animals have helped his patients, alleviating their suffering and heartbreak. Now, he’s gathered many inspiring true stories, including delightful tales from the “Siegel Family Zoo” where “squawks, purrs, chirrups, squeaks, barks, and so on” fill the house. Other stories reveal animals as teachers and messengers, doctors and nurses, healers and miracle workers, and often as guileless clowns. Bernie writes that animals are here to show us how to be nonjudgmental and live better, healthier lives. Let these stories teach you, and apply their lessons to your daily life. If you have an animal, an appreciation for the inspirational, or simply the need for a smile, you’ll treasure this celebration of animals as a source of love, wisdom, and miracles.
A portion of the publisher’s proceeds from this book will aid Ark Angel Society.
The beloved physician who wrote the mega-bestseller Love, Medicine and Miracles and other enormously popular books guides readers through the ups and downs, joys and heartaches of parenting
During his many years working with thousands of patients and their families, Dr. Bernie Siegel became an expert on how to turn sometimes trying situations into opportunities for personal growth. In his newest book, this husband of more than 50 years, father of five children, and grandparent of eight, shares the gems garnered from his practice and his own family life to show readers what he’s learned about raising kids with love, wisdom, and humor.
How much time with you do your kids need? How do you teach your children values? When kids misbehave, how do you mix appropriate anger and discipline with love? What are some ways to help children adjust to separation or divorce? Should you get a family pet? With a wealth of quotes, anecdotes, parenting tips, and his comforting, caring, down-to-earth tone, Dr. Siegel addresses the myriad questions that parents face as they strive to guide their kids to happy, healthy adulthood.
Delivered with just the right dose of compassion, inspiration, and gentle humor, Love, Magic and Mudpies is an insightful and supportive guide on every aspect of parenting.
Love, Medicine & Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon's Experience with Exceptional Patients
Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system. The truth is: love heals. Miracles happen to exceptional patients every day–patients who have the courage to love, those who have the courage to work with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery.
Reviews for Love, Medicine & Miracles
"Siegel, a New Haven surgeon, believes that the power of healing stems from the human mind and will, that his scalpel only buys time against cancer, and that self-love and determination are more important than choice of therapy. His philosophy has caused radical changes in his practice. Siegel recounts many arresting anecdotes: joyous stories of patients who survived against all odds, sad chronicles of those who seemingly gave up and assented to their own deaths. The author's credentials make this one of the more plausible books on the mind-body connection."
"Run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore and get this amazing book that explains how you can 'think' yourself sick or well . . . Every family should have a copy. It can be a lifesaver."
Originally published nearly ten years ago, Peace, Love & Healing offered the revolutionary message that we have an innate ability to heal ourselves. Now proven by numerous scientific studies, the connection between our minds and our bodies has been increasingly accepted as fact throughout the mainstream medical community. In a new introduction, Dr. Bernie Siegel highlights current research on the relationships among consciousness, psychosocial factors, attitude and immune function.
“Love and peace of mind do protect us,” Siegel writes. “They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us. They teach us to survive…to live now…to have the courage to confront each day.”
Reviews for Peace, Love & Healing
"Highly recommended reading for just about everyone."
"Bernie Siegel [is] a doctor who loves. In this age of massive, impersonal medical technology, his advocacy of human caring is a necessity."
-Larry LeShan, Ph.D., author of Cancer as a Turning Point
"I was enthralled with this book. Once into it, I could not stop reading until I had finished . . . It is a truly great book . . . [that] combines sound thought with captivating humor."
-Norman Vincent Pearle
"The American people are beginning to think in new ways about health and illness . . . Bernie Siegel is helping to define and open up these new frontiers. In this sense he is in the best medical tradition."
“This book is a continuation of the work I began when I became Bernie. It is a collection of stories about how to deal with life’s difficulties. Most of the people in these stories have not had the great wake-up call; that is, they are mot facing life-threatening illnesses. So in a sense, this book is preventive medicine. It is a prescription for living that gives you effective and healthy ways of dealing with the adversity that occurs in everyone’s life. I want to help you learn to accept your morality before something catastrophic brings you face-to-face with the end of your life.”
- From the Introduction
Reviews for Prescription for Living
"For those ready to be uplifted by the soothing repetition of time-tested homilies, Siegel delivers the goods."
". . . another dose of effervescent good feelings and for suggestions about what to do when . . ."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Bernie Siegel is a brilliant beacon broadcasting a message of hope. When high-tech medicine is supplemented with love and compassion, we have not only curing but also healing, which is what Siegel's message is all about."
- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Be Careful What You Pray For, Prayer is Good Medicine, and Healing Words
"I regard Bernie Siegel as one of the greatest healers of our time. After having read Prescriptions for Living, I am convinced that reading a few pages of this book everyday will help anyone stay inspired, vital, energetic, and healthy for life."
- Deepak Chopra, M.D., Creative Director, The Chopra Center for Well Being
"Prescriptions for Living might also be titled The Gospel According to Bernie. Bernie Siegel's recommendations for living and dying well are wise, witty, and concise -- good medicine all around."
- Andrew Weil M.D., author of Spontaneous Healing and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health
For parents who want to help their children learn how difficulties can become blessings.
Smudge Bunny is the story of Smudge, Dr. Bernie Siegel’s beloved pet rabbit, and her journey to reach their home and family. In recounting her story, Smudge comes to realize that sometimes the paths in life that look like detours are really just different ways to get to where she was meant to be all along.
Written at a child's level with warmth and playfulness, the book is a wonderful gift for animal lovers as well, teaching the true spirit of kinship between humans and their pets.
In these pages, renowned medical doctor and spiritual teacher Bernie Siegel demonstrates how science and spirituality interact — and how you can tap your body’s potential to heal. After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients facing life-threatening disease, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate self-induced healings, which were often called miraculous. Bernie realized our bodies actually want to heal, and we can aid this innate propensity through what are currently seen as unconventional practices, including drawing, visualization, dreams, love, and laughter.
You’ll learn how to use these practices to help with everything from diagnosing and understanding your illness to making the correct treatment decisions to sharing your experience with loved ones and caregivers. Filled with inspiring true stories and suggestions for traveling your own healing journey, this book offers hands-on, patient-proven techniques that can create miracles.
by Marc Ian Barasch
(Note: Each copy sold helps to fund the planting of trees in environmentally damaged areas around the world through the Green World Campaign.)
A Search for the Soul of Kindness
With a keen balance of hope and realism, Marc Barasch sets out on a journey to the heart of compassion, discovering its power to change who we are and the society we might become. He describes encounters with empathetic apes, as well as with Buddhist monks whose brain scans prove the power of compassion practice; with a man who donated a kidney to a stranger and another who forgave his daughter’s murderer; with teenage Palestinian and Israeli girls trying to wage peace; even with astronomers trying to send a missive to E.T. that we’re not only clever but kind.
With unfailing curiosity, Barasch poses vital questions: What can we learn from exceptionally empathetic people? Can we increase our compassion quotient? How do we open our hearts to those who do us harm? What if the great driving force of our evolution were actually “survival of the kindest”? Drawing on science and spirituality, history and popular culture, button-down business and a high sense of fun, he creates a smart, provocative argument that a simple shift in consciousness can change “pretty much everything.”
"I have read this book twice. The first time, coming from an intellectual perspective, I found things to think about. The second time, I stopped thinking and read it from my heart, and was doubly rewarded by the stories and the wisdom Marc shares. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand why the compassionate life is the answer--and who wants to learn how to live it."
-BERNIE SIEGEL, MD, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles
"An argument for compassion that is balanced yet persuasive--and long overdue. This book ought to be a compulsory read for all."
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
"Marc Barasch shares with the best science writers an ability to make you feel the excitement of discovery. His book will interest anyone who struggles to be kinder in a not-so-kind world."
"Barasch uses humor and fine reporting...Rather than a whifty compendium of spiritual musings, The Compassionate Life builds upon relevant observations from surprising sources."
About the Author
Marc Ian Barasch is an award-winning writer, editor, and television producer. He is the author of Remarkable Recovery, Healing Dreams and The Healing Path. For more information visit www.compassionatelife.com or visit Marc's foundation at www.greenworld.org.
Here is your chance to sit down with Bernie and write! Each of Bernie’s poems is paired with the space for you to express your feelings and thoughts—providing an opportunity for healing & growth … and to laugh a little with Bernie!
Marriage & Family is the first book in the Words & Swords Series by Bernie. The series also includes Animals and Nature, and soon to come are Life & Death as well as Self & God.
Words & Swords: Marriage & Family can be used before you go to bed; in the middle of the night, when you can't sleep; or in the morning, fresh from dreams... Bernie is up ahead of you. The light is on at his writing desk. Maybe, amazingly, he's been mulling over the very same thing you've been thinking about. Or, if your heart hurts, you feel all locked up inside, and don't know what to think, sit down with Bernie and let him talk to you a while. He will stop and be with you, waiting patiently and listening. Listening with love, free of criticism and advice. Eventually you will even laugh a little together ... the healing and the rebirthing will feel so good.
HOW TO USE THESE BOOKS: Before you go to bed; in the middle of the night, when you can't sleep; or in the morning, fresh from dreams… Bernie is up ahead of you. The light is on at his writing desk. Maybe, amazingly, he's been mulling over the very same thing you've been thinking about.
Or, if your heart hurts, you feel all locked up inside, and don't know what to think, sit down with Bernie and let him talk to you a while. He will stop and be with you, waiting patiently and listening. Listening with love free of criticism and advice. Eventually you will even laugh a little together … the healing and rebirthing will feel so good.