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Reviewed by Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
Awakening Body Consciousness: Seven Steps to Integrating Body, Mind, and Heart by Patty de Llosa was straightforward and discussed exactly what the title suggests – body consciousness. Body consciousness, or conscious awareness, is, essentially, a mental state where an individual is truly aware of the events, situations, and actions occurring in their life. In this book, the author starts by addressing what body consciousness is, why readers should choose body consciousness, and explaining that bringing the mind, body, and heart into a balanced relationship can help in numerous ways. They learn the basics of the practice, as well as recommendations from the author. Readers then learn how to rely on their senses, process pain, and heal. They are taught to be accepting of their own thoughts, feelings, actions, and those of others so they can properly address bad habits and create new ones.
Awakening Body Consciousness is a good starting point for anyone looking into meditation, mental health, or spiritual health, among other things. It addresses many points that are discussed in counseling – acceptance, quieting the “monkey mind,” and learning to heal. That said, the book does only have seven steps and those looking for further information can start here before looking elsewhere. However, Patty de Llosa provides examples and research information that is useful to move forward. In addition, I quite enjoyed how the book was motivational and non-judgmental. The author encourages readers to live their own truth and not to criticize oneself. This was helpful to encourage a conscious shift towards this practice.