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Body Over Mind: a mindful reality check

attaining psychological freedom by confronting thought with reality

Body Over Mind is compatible with works by Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Stephen Levine, and Robert Rabbin in its attempt to highlight the differences between thought and reality, and to foster an acceptance of what is. Backed by principles developed by F.M. Alexander, including the wholeness of the individual, the harmonious integration of the body, and a retraining of our reactions to mental and physical stress, Eng grounds us in our “physical reality,” which she defines as the existence of an individual in his or her activity in space and time. In her words, our physical reality gives us “an unmovable truth to pit against our skeptical thought process that unremittingly tries to talk us out of our personal status.” Relieving symptoms of anxiety, depression, and emotional pain stemming from worry, guilt, self-doubt, self-blame and a preoccupation with “should” thoughts, Eng offers a unique approach to mindfulness that disempowers self-judgment and negative self-talk. Designed to be used as a tool for combating the pressures of everyday life, or to simply enjoy as an insightful read, this book assimilates aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, and modern-day practices that address the self-critical component of the human mind that victimizes so many of us on a moment to moment basis. Eng calls this practice, Mindful Reality.

Reviews

“A beautifully written explanation of why people suffer from the pressure of having to do something to fix their life circumstances.  An approach that after years of searching for relief was amazingly helpful. I’ve suffered from anxiety most of my life, and this book helped me to see things in a new and different way!” -Maria Tzianabos, M.A. Family Practice Medicine; Dance Faculty, University of Southern Maine

“Eng’s book lights a path for freeing ourselves from the clutter of obligatory, guilt-ridden, and assumed or projected thoughts that are essentially irrelevant and distract us from taking effective action in the here-and-now.  We learn to accept and be guided by the unique thread of events that concretely define us and set us apart as individuals in our journey through time.” -Michael Moser, Student of the Alexander Technique and Mindful Reality

“Ms. Eng offers us a wonderful synthesis of respected visionaries as well as an intimate look into her own process observing the field of the body over decades. Her continual refrain that we cannot be doing any other action than what is already occurring is highly valuable as we look into what it means to inhabit the present moment.  Eng deftly weaves esoteric principles into a helpful framework for our everyday lives.” -Katie West, Founder and Director, The Levity Institute

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About Jill Spiewak Eng

Jill Spiewak Eng is experienced in meditation, aspects of Buddhism and Hinduism, and is the founder of the mindfulness practice she calls Mindful Reality. She has self-published 2 books presenting this work, Body Over Mind: a mindful reality check, attaining psychological freedom by confronting thought with reality, and The Myth of Doing: managing guilt, shame, anxiety regret and self-judgment. This is a self-inquiry practice that combats anxiety, depression and stressful thoughts that stem from worry, self-blame and the belief that we must do something to fix our lives. Grounded in what she calls our “physical reality,” we learn to counter inner judgment and "should" thoughts with an awareness that we must always be doing whatever we are doing. Negative thoughts that make us feel like we are not living our lives correctly are put up against the knowledge that we can each only do the things we are doing in each moment, as anything else is physically impossible. Acceptance and inner validation are the results. After completing Body Over Mind, Eng was propelled into research around the findings of neurophysiologist Benjamin Libet, who in 1983 discovered that a volitional signal for action shows up in the brain before a person is conscious of the intention to act. As this implies an automaticity to human behavior that her first book addressed, Eng was moved to explore the neuroscientific and philosophical studies that have evolved since Libet’s revelation, which carried her into the dialogue regarding free will that her second book thoroughly confronts. Her writings have thus expanded into a synthesis of mindfulness, eastern studies, philosophy and science. Eng is currently working on a third book and actively writes articles on her blog. In addition to developing this mindfulness practice, Jill has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1998, has been a professional modern dancer since 1989, holds a combined Master's degree in International Relations and Communications, and has worked in the field of International Development.

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