Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Healing Zen: Awakening to a Life of Wholeness and Compassion While Caring for Yourself and Others

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Healing Zen: Awakening to a Life of Wholeness and Compassion While Caring for Yourself and Others

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Healing Zen: Awakening to a Life of Wholeness and Compassion While Caring for Yourself and Others by Ellen Birx, PhD, RN; NewYork: Viking Press, 2002; 288 pages, $20.95

In Healing Zen, Ellen Birx takes the reader on a sensitive and deeply humane journey through the natural process of healing and transformation. This is not a textbook. Rather, it is a book for personal inspiration or inspiring others. An ideal gift for patients, colleagues, and health professionals who are struggling to cope with the stresses of life, it offers insight and encouragement for healing and wholeness.

The book is divided into three sections - "Daily Practice: Taking Time to Heal," "Vital Signs: Changes that Come Through Healing," and "Compassionate Action: Reaching Out with Healing Hands." A total of 43 short chapters - each refreshing and easy to read - address such aspects of healing as wholeness, presence, breathing, energy, and confidence. Anecdotes that draw the reader from page to page make this a book that is difficult to put down. Readers are inspired to expand their personal vision, experience wholeness, and feel refreshed.

Zen is presented not as a dogma, doctrine, or philosophy but as life itself, lived out fully moment by moment. Intertwined throughout the chapters are the foundational beliefs of Zen, illustrated through stories, sayings, and verses from three classic koan collections - the Mumonkan, the Hekiganroku, and the Denkoroku. …

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