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self-healing & mindfulness meditation
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“All suffering — including depression, insecurity, anxiety and physical disease — is a result of us never learning how to love, value and be true to ourselves on a daily basis. Our struggles and negative thinking are caused by us rejecting our true self, making our feelings wrong, and constantly trying to please others in exchange for love, acceptance, attention, approval and security. This daily self-destruction, which is passed down from generation to generation, breaks our heart, creates toxic stress, weakens our immune system and leads us into unhealthy personal and professional situations. We each can overcome the hurt, anger, fear and guilt within us by learning how to care for our body, heart and mind now. Understanding how to be accepting, honest and kind with ourselves is the most direct path to feeling well, fulfilling our purpose, enjoying our lives and loving fully before we die. It's up to each of us to break the cycle of self-harm and suffering for ourselves and future generations.”
- Blake D. Bauer
About Blake D. Bauer
Blake D. Bauer is the author of the international bestselling book You Were Not Born To Suffer.
He has helped thousands of people around the world who could not find lasting solutions from conventional medicine, psychiatry, or religion. His pioneering work centers on learning how to love yourself practically and unconditionally as the key to healing yourself, fulfilling your life’s purpose, unlocking your capacity to love others, and realizing your full potential personally and professionally.
Blake’s formal education includes traditional Chinese medicine, five-element Chinese medicine, nutritional medicine, herbal healing, psychology, past life regression therapy-hypnosis, and various other forms of alternative medicine. After years of training with spiritual teachers, healers, and masters from all over the world, Blake also teaches various forms of mindfulness, meditation, qi gong, qi gong energy medicine, and dao yin (a health and longevity yoga). Today he is considered by many to be a modern meditation and qi gong master.
Based on both his personal experience overcoming deep suffering, addiction, and adversity, as well as his professional success with thousands of people worldwide, he shares what he’s found to be the most effective approaches to mental, emotional, and physical health.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois in the USA, Blake now shares his time between the US, the UK and Australia.
In this life-changing book Blake D. Bauer explains why depression, addiction, physical illness, unfulfilling work, and relationship problems are caused by years of hiding your true emotions, denying your life purpose, and living in fear.
Having already helped thousands of people around the world find lasting solutions that conventional medicine, psychiatry or religion couldn't offer, this book will show you how to free yourself from the destructive thoughts, habits and situations that are stopping you from being happy and well.
In simple practical steps you’ll learn how to slow down and create a healthier relationship to yourself that is based on acceptance, kindness, honesty and self-worth. You’ll also find out how to transform the stress, anxiety and insecurity that result from constantly trying to please others into lasting confidence, self-respect and inner peace.
Whether it’s negative thinking, financial worry, loneliness, guilt or self-doubt that’s holding you back, Blake Bauer’s words will move you to take better care of yourself, heal old pain, and courageously move forward. If you’re ready to enjoy your life, feel passionate about your work, and create fulfilling relationships, this book will support you to live authentically, love wholeheartedly and finally value yourself enough to say your daily health and happiness are important.
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Preface to New 2017 Edition
"This book was first self-published in November of 2012, after a contract with one of the largest personal-development publishers in the world fell through. Following this unexpected shock, in its first edition, You Were Not Born to Suffer went on to become the number-one bestselling spiritual title multiple times in Australia, where I was based for over six years. In this new updated edition, you will find very practical insights that have now helped thousands of people around the world to significantly improve their life both personally and professionally. Although legally I cannot prescribe medical advice, I can confidently say that the views and exercises in this book have assisted many people who could not find effective long-term solutions from conventional medicine, psychiatry or religion.
These pages are also a testament to the fact that if you do not let rejection or fear stop you from being true to yourself or from doing what you love, you will find the peace, joy and self-respect that come from honoring your life purpose. In my experience, when we find the courage to value, care for and follow our heart, no matter what, we attract the support we need to live a life defined by truth, kindness and meaning. The external recognition, approval and validation we seek is simply a subconscious cry for us to fully acknowledge our own worth and stop rejecting our true self.
Thankfully I can now always see a larger purpose to my personal struggles. A very significant part of this purpose has been to share the essence of what I’ve learned from my own suffering with you, so that you can enjoy your life as fully as possible before you die, in the same way I intend to. Our existence is quite fragile, yet we’re also much stronger than we realize. And because life is so easy to take for granted as it passes by quickly, it’s helpful to know that you’re the only person who can give yourself permission to be happy and well. Your partner, spouse, parents, children, employer, doctor or religious leader cannot and most likely will not. Rather, it’s a daily choice we each need to make to overcome fear, negativity and guilt.
This book will help you to make this choice."