Review: Eating healthier, taking time to prepare, consume and digest foods that will provide the most nourishment for body, mind and spirit is something almost everyone understands on some level. But being aware of patterns, behaviors and activities which can sabotage our bodies in our environments is not always as easily understood.
With the stresses, strains and demands of modern life, it’s easy to fall into negative eating and thought patterns which can make us ill on a variety of levels. It is not impossible to counteract that negativity. It is possible to take simple steps to bring yourself back to the beauty and balance found in nature. In Aaron Hoopes’ book “Zen Anti-Diet”, he helps us both recognize some of the contributing factors of ill health and eating habits which make us less than we could be.
In clear, precise language and concepts, Hoopes explains the origin of the Zen philosophy, for contrary to what some people think, it is not a religion in the western sense of the word. It is a sense of being, and is the basis of all life and living. From daily habits which can be modified, to food additives which are toxic and harmful, we are introduced to doable solutions such as reading those labels and being aware of what you’re taking into your body or giving to your loved ones. But eating better and making more informed choices are not the only things which can improve vitality and longevity, exercise is important as well. Unsure of how to do it on your own? Why not take one of Aaron’s online immersion courses, or purchase one of his DVDs which help you flow through the forms of yoga which improves both body and spirit.
Without a doubt, “Zen Anti-Diet” is a book I believe every man, woman and child should read. Yes, children included, a healthy life and mind begins in childhood as one is developing the thought processes to do what one knows is good for oneself, to help stop “the disconnection between the mind and body” before it occurs.
Note: To learn more about the author, please read my interview with Aaron Hoopes here on Flying With Red Haircrow, and visit the links to his websites below.
Published: by Aaron Hoopes
Buy Link: Smashwords
Publication Date: 21 June 2010
Genre: Lifestyles, Health & Well-Being, Eating Disorders
For over twenty-eight years Aaron Hoopes has been a student of the martial arts, Eastern philosophy, and alternative medicine. He has a degree in Asian History and Japanese Culture from Tulane University and has spent many years studying in Japan, Australia and the USA. He holds a third degree black belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate and is a certified instructor of karate, Shanti Yoga and Meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
He is the founder of Zen Yoga which combines clarity of thought and awareness found in the martial arts with the peaceful stretching and breathing of yoga. He strives to make Zen Yoga available to anyone regardless of fitness level, age or mindset. He travels and teaches around the world. He also teaches an Online Correspondence Course that assists people with putting this work into daily practice.