A captivating, successful, and well-illustrated guide to strengthening the mind and body.

THE ART OF STRENGTH

SCULPT THE BODY—TRAIN THE MIND

A debut manual offers a perspective on fitness that incorporates meditation, awareness, and energy patterns.

From the very beginning, Wise sets her book apart from other works by fitness experts by focusing on the “BodyLogos story,” which the author describes as the gift of “total alignment.” Throughout the title, Wise sets out to show readers how to reach this goal through a practice regimen that builds awareness of breathing, the mind, and the body. Steering readers through different workouts, she explains the spiritual and psychological significance of each part of the body. With exercises and in-depth explanations, the author teaches readers how to target various muscles. For example, she explains that many smaller muscles and joints typically interfere with a biceps exercise. Removing the effect of these elements can be “helpful” for understanding “what an isolated biceps contraction feels like.” Skillful graphics by debut illustrator Elefante and concise text boxes help instruct readers on performing an exercise with perfect awareness of a specific muscle. The book’s effective design, which includes photographs by Sanders (Chino, 2011, etc.), offers logistical advice about each exercise, along with spiritual guidance. The volume encourages readers to practice meditation and mindfulness and channel gratitude and compassion. Perhaps one of the most compelling sections discusses anger, an important concept for anyone facing physical challenges. “You can identify resistance to genuine emotion by recognizing whether you are opposing or ignoring your experience,” Wise explains. “When you are in resistance to having an experience, you are in judgment of the experience.” These thoughtful passages throughout the book make the title more than just a useful addition to the fitness and health genre. The volume provides readers with valuable tips on promoting inner development and bolstering the mind.

A captivating, successful, and well-illustrated guide to strengthening the mind and body.

Pub Date: Nov. 26, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-982209-46-9

Page Count: 410

Publisher: BalboaPress

Review Posted Online: Feb. 28, 2019

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THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS

AND OTHER ESSAYS

This a book of earlier, philosophical essays concerned with the essential "absurdity" of life and the concept that- to overcome the strong tendency to suicide in every thoughtful man-one must accept life on its own terms with its values of revolt, liberty and passion. A dreary thesis- derived from and distorting the beliefs of the founders of existentialism, Jaspers, Heldegger and Kierkegaard, etc., the point of view seems peculiarly outmoded. It is based on the experience of war and the resistance, liberally laced with Andre Gide's excessive intellectualism. The younger existentialists such as Sartre and Camus, with their gift for the terse novel or intense drama, seem to have omitted from their philosophy all the deep religiosity which permeates the work of the great existentialist thinkers. This contributes to a basic lack of vitality in themselves, in these essays, and ten years after the war Camus seems unaware that the life force has healed old wounds... Largely for avant garde aesthetes and his special coterie.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1955

ISBN: 0679733736

Page Count: 228

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Sept. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1955

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An absorbing, wide-ranging story of humans’ relationship with the water.

WHY WE SWIM

A study of swimming as sport, survival method, basis for community, and route to physical and mental well-being.

For Bay Area writer Tsui (American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods, 2009), swimming is in her blood. As she recounts, her parents met in a Hong Kong swimming pool, and she often visited the beach as a child and competed on a swim team in high school. Midway through the engaging narrative, the author explains how she rejoined the team at age 40, just as her 6-year-old was signing up for the first time. Chronicling her interviews with scientists and swimmers alike, Tsui notes the many health benefits of swimming, some of which are mental. Swimmers often achieve the “flow” state and get their best ideas while in the water. Her travels took her from the California coast, where she dove for abalone and swam from Alcatraz back to San Francisco, to Tokyo, where she heard about the “samurai swimming” martial arts tradition. In Iceland, she met Guðlaugur Friðþórsson, a local celebrity who, in 1984, survived six hours in a winter sea after his fishing vessel capsized, earning him the nickname “the human seal.” Although humans are generally adapted to life on land, the author discovered that some have extra advantages in the water. The Bajau people of Indonesia, for instance, can do 10-minute free dives while hunting because their spleens are 50% larger than average. For most, though, it’s simply a matter of practice. Tsui discussed swimming with Dara Torres, who became the oldest Olympic swimmer at age 41, and swam with Kim Chambers, one of the few people to complete the daunting Oceans Seven marathon swim challenge. Drawing on personal experience, history, biology, and social science, the author conveys the appeal of “an unflinching giving-over to an element” and makes a convincing case for broader access to swimming education (372,000 people still drown annually).

An absorbing, wide-ranging story of humans’ relationship with the water.

Pub Date: April 14, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-61620-786-1

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Algonquin

Review Posted Online: Jan. 5, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2020

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