Title Sustainable Health
Subtitle Simple Habits to Transform Your Life
Author Susan L. Roberts
ISBN 9780393712834
List price USD 17.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 192
Book size 203 X 267 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“When we are feeling lost, we need a compass to know which direction will take us home. Susan Roberts has given us just that in Sustainable Health. As a well-seasoned occupational therapist, she has merged her considerable experience in treating the physical form with her long-time dedication to the practice of qigong in order to help us ‘navigate a path to a more vibrant and happier life.’ In this book, you will discover the simple and practical wisdom that emerges from understanding the deep relationships between the five forces of nature. This ecological wisdom has been passed down through the ages in every culture concerned with nurturing growth and is the foundation of Chinese medicine. Rather than living from one emergency to the next, Susan provides practical exercises that offer us an opportunity to orient ourselves within a bigger field of ecology that unifies body, mind, and spirit, enabling us to truly personalize our journey towards sustainable health.”
Stephen Cowan, MD, author of Fire Child, Water Child: How Understanding the Five Types of ADHD Can Help You Improve Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Attention


“Roberts has ingeniously interwoven ideas, beliefs, and practices from physics, traditional Chinese medicine, neurophysiology, immunology, epigenetic, and evolutionary biology to create a Healing Compass: a tool to help people develop and sustain a holistic healthy life. Fascinating, fun, therapeutic activities help readers adjust and balance their daily habits, beliefs, bodily processes, movement, emotions, and sensory and mental processing. Sustainable Health is applicable to all human beings!”
Pat Precin, PhD, PsyaD, OTR/L, LP, NCPsyA, FAOTA, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy,
Touro College


“Featuring an impressively informative and accessibly organized text, Sustainable Health is an especially recommended addition to both community and academic library Alternative Medicine collections and supplemental studies lists.”
The Midwest Book Review


Simple practices—a marriage of science and spirituality—that will help you take charge of your health.

Ancient healers understood the universe as an interconnected conscious relationship between natural elements. As Western medicine took hold, we lost our sense of intuitive healing and practices. Here, occupational therapist Susan L. Roberts—who also has a degree from Harvard Divinity School—gives us tools for self-care based on the five-element theory of traditional Chinese medicine. These elements—fire, earth, wood, metal, and water—can also be linked to contemporary science and the elements of energy, matter, time, and space. Through focus on these elements, readers will learn how to impact tangible experiences of living, such as sleeping, eating, working, and understanding one’s own body. Roberts argues that our bodies communicate with the world, and that symptoms we may experience, such as headaches or exhaustion, can be mitigated by tapping into our ability to take care of ourselves—the essence of sustainable health.




Chapter 1. Introduction to Sustainable Health: Using a Healing CompassExercise 1.1: Get a Baseline Assessment of Health • Worksheet 1.1: Sustainable Health Checklist • Exercise 1.2: Assessing Elemental Health • Worksheet 1.2: Healing Compass Clues Checklist • Exercise 1.3: Try Building a Personal Healing Compass • Exercise 1.4: Set an Intention for Healing

Chapter 2. Wood Energies: Have Fun and Play Exercise 2.1: Make a Conscious Connection to Wood Energy • Exercise 2.2: Egging on Anger • Exercise 2.3: Try Doing Nothing • Exercise 2.4: Learn to Know a Tree... or Two, or Three • Exercise 2.5: Set an Intention to Connect with Wood Energy • Exercise 2.6: Develop a Habit of Daily Forest Bathing • Worksheet 2.6: Keep Track of Progress Watching the Wind Blow • Exercise 2.7: Playing with Children • Exercise 2.8: Playing with Elders

Chapter 3. Water Energies: Imagine! The Healing Power of Sleep and Dreams Exercise 3.1: Make a Conscious Connection to Water Energy • Exercise 3.2: Tapping Into the Creative Reservoir • Exercise 3.3: Try Disconnecting from Our Media • Exercise 3.4: Learn What Makes Falling Asleep Easier • Exercise 3.5: Set an Intention to Connect with Water Energy • Exercise 3.6: Practice Getting to Bed on Time for a Month • Worksheet 3.6: Keep Track of Progress with Sleeping • Exercise 3.7: Sleep for Children • Exercise 3.8: Sleep for Elders

Chapter 4. Earth Energies: Eat What You Love! Don’t Worry. Feel BetterExercise 4.1: Make a Conscious Connection to Earth Energy • Exercise 4.2: Conduct Your Own Low-Cost Genetic Study • Exercise 4.3: Managing Anxiety without Eating • Exercise 4.4: Try Paying Attention to Sugar, Flour, and Alcohol • Worksheet 4.4: Food Journal — Pay Attention to Basic Nutrition • Exercise 4.5: Learn to Find Your Stopping Place • Exercise 4.6: Set an Intention to Connect with Earth Energy • Exercise 4.7: Enjoy Detoxing for a Month with Foods You Love • Exercise 4.8: Exploring Food with the Food and Mood Journal • Worksheet 4.8: Food and Mood Journal • Exercise 4.9: Eating with Children • Exercise 4.10: Eating with Elders

Chapter 5. Metal Energies: Learn! Find Inspiration in Work Exercise 5.1: Making a Conscious Connection to Metal Energy • Exercise 5.2: Conduct a Sensory-Motor Experiment • Exercise 5.3: Try Making an Archaeological Expedition Into Our Lives • Exercise 5.4: Learn to Get Rid of Grief •
Exercise 5.5: Set an Intention and Harness the Power of Metal Energy to Get the Job Done • Worksheet 5.5: Keeping Track of Progress Eliminating Clutter Weight • Exercise 5.6: Decluttering with Children • Exercise 5.7: Decluttering with Elders

Chapter 6. Fire Energies: Make Friends! Passion and Process in Relationship Exercise 6.1: Making a Conscious Connection to Fire Energy •
Exercise 6.2: Changing a Belief • Exercise 6.3: Try Finding Your Tribe of 150 • Worksheet 6.3: Finding Our Tribe of 150 • Exercise 6.4: Learn to Take Names and Play Games • Exercise 6.5: Set an Intention and Do It: Have Courage for Relationships • Worksheet 6.5: Keeping Track of Progress Making and Nourishing Friendships • Exercise 6.6: Making Friends with Children • Exercise 6.7: Making Friends with Elders

Chapter 7. Love Yourself!: Connecting to Body’s Wisdom Exercise 7.1: The Body Scan as Our Daily Conversation with the Conscious Universe • Exercise 7.2: Doing the Body Scan with Our Children • Exercise 7.3: Doing the Body Scan with Elders

Appendix A: Sugar by Many Other Names

Appendix B: Sugar Substitutes



About the Author:

Susan L. Roberts, MDiv, OTRL, is an occupational therapist, nutritionist, and sustainable health coach in New York City. She lives in Queens, New York.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of Psychotherapy & Psychiatry.


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