A special thanks to Alice Rowe at The Book Publicist for providing a copy of Understanding Human Nature, A Users Guide To Life by Richard Brook for review.
About the Author
Author Richard Brook is a life mechanic. He has turned his 22 years’ holistic experience – from Tai Chi to Tantra, 5 Rhythms Dance to 5 Elements Acupuncture, yoga to meditation – into this instruction manual for life itself, to heal others from stress and reconnect them with happiness and adventure.
Packed with powerful lessons, actionable advice and exercises, the book explains how healing practices such as yoga, meditation and Chinese medicine are vital for working on you from within – to achieve balance, harmony and happiness.
If you could choose ONE person to read your book who would it be and why?
You! My book isn’t a story book, there’s some really potent wisdom that could have a huge impact on your understanding of life and our collective experience so you are the most important person to me right now, and that’s where change starts, right here with you!
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration to write the book was simply an overflowing creative passion and expression! In 2010 I was writing what was meant to be a 2000 word essay for a yoga training, and got carried away, felt floods of information wanting to come through me. I asked if I could hand in whatever I wrote, and ended up with 40,000 words! Over the years seeing how valuable my knowledge was for people who I treated with acupuncture or came to my yoga classes, I felt the impulse to complete it as a book with all my additional awareness garnered over the intervening years! What I particularly like about the book myself is that it’s not just a theory book, each chapter contains my own personal story relating to the subjects in hand so you can see how my personal development has gone hand in hand with my own increasing knowledge and awareness and it’s grounded in reality. It basically contains all the golden nuggets that aid my own life experience – understanding the soul, interconnection, the mind, relationship dynamics and healing practices. It feels like a potent combination of the force of inspired creativity mixed with extremely potent knowledge!
Understanding Human Nature is the essential guide towards your life in which you can: understand natural energetic laws, such as Yin and Yang that are acting on your body-mind-spirit and how to be in tune with them – essential if you are going to a healthy life; understand the nature of the soul and mechanics of how you interconnect with the world around you; understand how your mind works and its connection with your body and emotions; explore relationship dynamics for what they truly are and dump the fantasies in favour of what is true and genuine; and learn to understand how healing practices such as yoga, meditation and Chinese medicine work and how they nourish your soul.
Each chapter also details the author’s own personal journey and experiences and features exercises to enhance knowledge.
If you’re not one to buy into Chinese Medicine then this is probably not the book for you. Richard believes strongly in Chinese Medicine. He dedicates a section to help you understand the basics. Now when I say basics, I mean the basics Richard style. This book is jam-packed with stories and experiences that will help you make the changes you want and needed a little help to move past go.
I love that there are exercises to walk you thru and help you grow your knowledge and you can go back to them at a later date for a refresher.
This is an all-encompassing book, if you want the full monty this book is for you. Richard shares his professional history and knowledge within 234 pages. That’s a lot of history and helpful information to have and help you as you undertake your journey.
If you’re a Cliff notes kind of person don’t buy the book, it’s a comprehensive look at Meditation and Chinese Medicine. If you want history and theory then this book is for you.
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