imagine you're wondering, Is this book for me? Will it make a difference in my
book is about knowing your body's center your belly as your center
of being, the site of your soul power.
life force focused in your belly activates your physical, emotional, and spiritual
vitality. It's the source of your passion and creativity, your courage and confidence,
your capacity to love fully. It's the starting point of your intuition, insight,
and sense of purpose. The vital energy centered in your belly is your release
from stress, your guide to good health. It is the origin of your inner strength.
It's your connection to the source of life itself.
can develop the Source Energy concentrated in your body's center. You can direct
its expression to enhance every dimension of your life. This book is a guide for
doing exactly that.
still, is this book for you? It's for you if any of the following are true for
dieted to trim your tummy or you've crunched your abs to make your stomach flat
without getting the results you want. You're fed up. You want to try a
had enough of feeling bad about your body. You realize your belly will never be
board-flat. You're ready to feel good about yourself as a whole.
suspect that if only you could make peace with your belly, you could tap into
a wealth of creativity, wisdom, and inner guidance.
want to take charge of your sexual energy and fully own your pro-creative power.
getting ready to have a child, and you want to address your concerns about giving
birth, mothering, and body image even before you get pregnant.
had a hysterectomy or given birth by C-section and still feel torn up. You want
to feel whole again.
passing through menopause and want to access the core energy that's becoming all
the more available to you at this stage of your life.
already enjoy yoga, qigong, tai chi, martial arts, African dance, or belly dancing,
and you want to experience another approach to body-centered movement.
looking for an invigorating, power-centering exercise program you can easily do
in five to seven minutes.
seeking a body-centered path to personal and spiritual empowerment.
a health educator, movement instructor, counselor, bodywork therapist, or health
care provider working with women who have any of the concerns listed here.
addition to a wealth of other material, this book presents The Gutsy Women's Workout
as a belly-energizing practice for women with all levels of experience
including no experience at all in movement arts such as yoga, qigong, tai
chi, and belly dancing. And even if you're not interested in developing a movement
practice at this time, there's plenty here to engage and reward your attention.
book may be for you in conjunction with appropriate medical or psychotherapeutic
attention if you've struggled with an eating disorder, experienced abdominal
pain or illness, or survived an assault focused on your belly. Please consult
with your health care provider to determine whether and how this book can serve
book is for you to enjoy with the other women in your family as a foundation for
fostering respect across the generations.
book is for you and your friends to use as a basis for mutual support as you find
ways to value your belly, your body, yourself.
these times, it takes guts courage, determination, and daring to
consider honoring your belly and the soul power it contains. And so I welcome
you, a gutsy woman, to The Woman's Belly Book.
2006 Self-Health Education