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According to Nancy Mellon, each of our organs plays a very specific role, not only in our physical health, but in the emotional and spiritual realms as well. In fact, the most interesting revelation here is that every person is dominated by one organ in particular -- skin, spleen, gallbladder, etc. -- and that as we come to know our own specific type, we can work to bring ourselves into healthy balance through the use of stories, exercises, even specific musical pieces that speak to our innermost selves.
Nancy Mellon is a psychotherapist, storyteller, former teacher, and lifelong student of the human body and all its mysteries. I get the feeling that this is the book she was put on the planet to write, bringing all these varied threads together into a work that may become a classic in the literature of personal growth and self-care. There certainly is a great deal of compassionate healing energy in these pages, much to learn about the innermost workings of our bodies, and above all, a treasure trove of stories. Personal stories, mythic stories, stories that hurt, and stories that heal. The book shows that the right story, unfolding in a place of love, is transformational.
I can imagine using the stories here with my children, and think this would be an extremely helpful book for other parents and teachers as they struggle to understand the children in their care. But above all, it helps us understand ourselves, with compassion and deep appreciation for our shortcomings and useful, practical suggestions for bringing ourselves back into healthy balance with the world.
It is worth mentioning that this book is beautifully designed, to be easily read and used. Readable type, generous pages, room for notes to self. . .
Nancy Mellon with Ashley Ramsden
Energy Psychology Press (2008)
Who could not read Body Eloquence by Nancy Mellon without gaining a better idea of who one is, what human beings are and how wonderfully we are made? The chapter sequence of the book holds it in firm order and makes sense. Each chapter is devoted to an organ and enhanced with illustrations. Each is enlivened with stories that capture the essence of that organ. The stories are deft disclosures through which the reader can integrate the exercises with the role the organ plays in the health of the whole body.
Reflecting on the heart; living in one's own skin; becoming aware of a great spectrum of body experiences; inviting wonder at just how the interdependence of body and soul and caring for one's self are related: these and other essential themes are evoked in Body Eloquence. All with humor and wisdom.
Not being overly familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine, I decided, not without some hesitation, to do many of the recommended exercises. I was surprised that the sensations were, in practicing the movements, just as the author said they would be, revealing of the part of the body being exercised. I never felt the organs individually before. If you have any doubts, just do the exercises.
By reading Body Eloquence, I hope every doctor, nurse and patient, every healing professional, will gain deeper insight into how we are made, and how better to care for ourselves and others. As the author says, "All our organs are instruments of our souls."
I took a year to return to, or step forward into, a full and active life during which I made many changes and learned much about how the body speaks and how to speak to the body. I live now with full body vitality and the confidence in body instilled in this wonderful book.
Ms. Mellon is a competent, compassionate healer who is articulate, delightful, witty and forceful enough to make this powerful book available to anyone wanting to heal. Thank you, thank you Nancy Mellon! gratefully, turtle woman.
I imagine it would be wonderful to engage healing storytelling with the author as a guide in person, but for the most part, the vibrancy that Donna Eden noted escaped me. The book is liberally sprinkled with stories throughout, which I was prepared to be delighted by.
But I found the stories to be annoyingly bloodless, nicey-nicey, politically correct fairy tales that didn't grab me at all. (Full disclosure: as a 6-year-old, I hated sanitized fairy tales! I always went for the scary ones with evil ogres and witches and damsels in dire distress. So maybe it's just me!)
As a matter of fact, I througoughly read the intro (which was intriguing and filled me with anticipation) and the first chapter. I just "spot-skimmed" through the rest, hoping to find the parts Donna felt were "thrilling." I just felt so bored by what I was reading that I just could not go on!
For instance, in the first chapter, whose subject is the Heart, the author lists the "Basic Heart Story Dynamic" as "Anger becomes unconditional love." I have had a profoundly powerful personal experience of this dynamic, but I found the stories that were supposed to express this annoyingly tepid and lifeless.
In terms of what the various organs represent, I found the stories which are supposed to stimulate and awaken those energies too broad to really get any sort of sense or resonance about the nature the whatever organ it represented for the most part.
I'm giving this book the benefit of the doubt with 3 stars - if Donna Eden loved it so much, I must be missing something!
For years,Ms Mellon, a storyteller, a psychotherapist, a teacher and a writer has worked to find the ways in which stories can help heal pain, both physical and psychic.
During the last ten years I've seen this work emerge through her own study and through workshops she has run. The result is a book that is passionate, beautiful and unique.
In Ms Mellon's view, the human body is a chorus of many voices. Each major organ, from the brain to the liver to the lungs and spleen and on and on, is an essential voice in our choir, "gathering places of wisdom, continuously cooperating below the surface of our consciousness."
Interspersed through the book are are not only exercises for balancing the different parts of our body, but more than a hundred tales, some ancient, some new, all representing the wisdom of our own inner orchestra.
Stories, like dreams, are the medium for understanding the wisdom of the body. Music, dance, visual creations, all our arts are ways that those voices become conscious. But through stories we can truly communicate this wisdom to one another.
In fifteen years of storytelling, I've learned that every tale is a healing -- both for the teller and for the listener. As the Canadian storyteller, Dan Yashinsky, pointed out, they are the way "we reset our inner compass." They are the way we regain our balance -- as individuals, as a society, as a world.
Thank you, Nancy Mellon, for a book that grows richer and more moving with every reading.
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