Homayoun Sadeghi * Weyburn & Wise * April 18, 2016 * 178 Pages
Advanced Reader Copy provided by publisher.
Homayoun Sadeghi is a California-based doctor (I believe an OBGYN?) with many years of experience. He began his career as a professor and had a relatively traditional, black and white approach to health. (Eat your vegetables and exercise, and your body should be healthy!) But when he finally started working directly with patients, he began to see the important role the mind played in keeping them healthy. The Art of Healthy Living explores why it’s necessary to engage your mind positively to stay healthy, and then gives suggestions on how to do it.
Well, kind of.
Honestly, this book was nothing like what I was expecting. I thought it was going to either be memoir-ish (like When Breath Becomes Air or The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly) or educational and instructional (like YOU: The Owner’s Manual or anything by Deepok Chopra). But it’s not. This book is about 80% poetic musings and 20% concrete advice. (And even then, I’m not sure I would describe that advice as “concrete,” since it’s still written in the flowy, new-age-y style of the first part.)
So what do those poetic musings look like? Well, you get a lot of “reality is only a reflection of your beliefs about yourself.” And “the source of disease is within your mind.” And we need to “reexamine our roles within the vast fabric of the living cosmos.” Stuff like that. It’s a little…much. And it goes on forever.
The advice section at the very back of the book isn’t much better, unfortunately. It doesn’t offer anything new, at least not for me. (And if the wellness concepts he presents are new to you, I’d suggest you read about them somewhere else so you can get a clearer idea of what they actually are.) For optimal physical, emotional, and mental health, Sadeghi suggests that you don’t think bad thoughts (revolutionary!), focus on the positive, go with the flow, live every day like it’s your last, don’t dwell on negative memories, praise others, be grateful, forgive yourself, do affirmations, set goals, exercise, listen to your intuition, breathe, and surround yourself with happy and uplifting colors. So yeah. Same ol’, same ol’.
Ultimately, The Art of Healthy Living didn’t do anything for me. The first 80% was certainly unique, but it was also gobbledygook. The last 20% was at least more coherent, but it didn’t offer anything fresh or insightful. It was a disappointing read for me.