“Charming from first page to last.” -Boston Times
“Has more than ordinary values.” -Saturday Evening Gazette
“Full of hints for the prevention and cure of nervous disease, and, as such, should appeal very powerfully to a large section of the public.” -Globe
“Of deep practical significance for this overworked generation, which, when it seeks rests, does not know how to secure it, and the author, Miss Annie Call, has made a valuable addition to the philosophy of living. She shows that not only is the body’s guidance neglected or misunderstood, but that even the rest-cures, the most simple and harmless of the nerve-restorers, serve a mistaken end. That few people know how to rest in sleep, most of them trying to hold themselves to the bed instead of letting the bed hold them, is clearly shown, and the large amount of nervous energy unnecessarily expended in driving, in riding in a railway car, and even while waiting, is forcibly illustrated. The effect of undue nervous excitement on the brain and the means of neutralizing it are pointed out. Nervous strain in pain and sickness and in the emotions is dwelt upon. Sham emotions, which are especially weakening, are said to be ‘a woman’s form of getting drunk, and nervous prostration is its delirium tremens.’ The help for these cases, it is urged, is to make the life objective instead of subjective. To relax the muscles, and thus quiet the nerves, is the way of combating the worries of existence….There is a practical wisdom which goes hand in hand with the principles laid down. The book will fill an important place in the education alike of mind and body.” -Critic
Attaining vibrant health and spiritual well being are seemingly daunting life challenges to all of us. And the fact that we have so many books on the subject only makes it worse. Many of them give superficial solutions, which is why illness and disease are still problems in our lives.
In Power Through Repose, Annie Payson Call explains that all the pills in the world won't matter if we keep making the same mistakes. "No medicine can work in a man's body while the man's habits are constantly counteracting it," she writes.
That means we need to change our behavior on a deeper level if we're ever going to be healthy. More importantly, we need to get it right before it's too late: "Nature, who is so quick to help us to the true way of living, loses patience at last, and her punishments are justly severe.”
I. THE GUIDANCE OF THE BODY
II. PERVERSIONS IN THE GUIDANCE OF THE BODY
III. REST IN SLEEP
IV. OTHER FORMS OF REST
V. THE USE OF THE BRAIN
VI. THE BRAIN IN ITS DIRECTION OF THE BODY
VII. THE DIRECTION OF THE BODY IN LOCOMOTION
VIII. NERVOUS STRAIN IN PAIN AND SICKNESS
IX. NERVOUS STRAIN IN THE EMOTIONS.
X. NATURE'S TEACHING
XI. THE CHILD AS AN IDEAL
XII. TRAINING FOR REST
XIII. TRAINING FOR MOTION
XIV. MIND TRAINING
XV. ARTISTIC CONSIDERATIONS
XVII. THE RATIONAL CARE OF SELF
XVIII. OUR RELATIONS WITH OTHERS
XIX. THE USE OF THE WILL
SUMMING UPBiographie de l'auteur :
Annie Payson Call is the author of Regeneration Of The Body (1888) As A Matter Of Course (1894) The Freedom Of Life (1905) Man Of The World (1905) Every Day Living (1906) How To Live Quietly (1914) Power Through Repose (1891) Nerves And Common Sense (1909) Brain Power For Business Men (1911) Nerves And The War (1918)
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