The Mindful Body: Thinking Our Way to Chronic Health

By Ellen Langer, Ph.D.
Narrated by Subhadra Newton
October 2023 Heart & Soul Book Chat



Motivation to Move: 3 Sneakers
Quality of Narration: 3.5 Sneakers
Overall Experience: 3.5 Sneakers
Total moving and listening time: 7hrs and 4 mins (5 hours, 27 minutes at 1.3 speed)

Quick Listen, Provocative Questions

The Walking Book Club® community includes topics related to Healthy Body and Happy Mind, making The Mindful Body a natural choice for our group selection.

Dr. Langer, often referred to as the “mother of mindfulness,” brings a wealth of experience and insight to her work, making her audiobook an engaging and enriching experience for our members.

We were fortunate to dive deeper into the themes of her book during a lively Heart and Soul Book Chat, the recording of which is available on YouTube for those interested in exploring our discussions further.

In The Mindful Body: Thinking Our Way to Chronic Health, Dr. Langer combines autobiography with comprehensive overviews of her groundbreaking research and publications from her tenure as a respected Harvard professor. Her unique blend of personal narrative and academic exploration makes for a thought-provoking listen, prompting listeners to reconsider their chronic health and wellness perspectives.

During our exploration of audiobook extras, I encountered information surrounding the controversies on some of Dr. Langer’s methods.

Dr. Langer herself addressed potential future studies during our interview, expressing her interest in exploring the concept of “thinking yourself full and sated” regarding food and eating habits.

As a board-certified health coach with decades of experience, I approached these ideas skeptically. Yet, I found Dr. Langer’s insights to be both interesting and thought-provoking, adding layers of complexity to our discussions.

For anyone intrigued by mindfulness and its potential impact on chronic health, I wholeheartedly recommend The Mindful Body: Thinking Our Way to Chronic Health. The audiobook offers a worthy listening experience, complemented by respectable narration that enhances the accessibility and engagement of Dr. Langer’s work in the field.

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