Peak Vitality

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Peak Vitality:
Raising the Threshold of Abundance in
Our Material, Spiritual and Emotional Lives

We often strive for our peak of accomplishment: peak health, peak wealth, peak performance. The idea for this anthology came from a further question that is both simple but provocative: “What if we could exceed the upper limits of our performance?” What would happen if, rather than focusing on being physically well, we imagined ourselves physically vibrant? What would happen if rather than seeking 100% of the good that might come to us, we pushed past our boundaries, and pictured what 112% might look like? What would happen if we took our upper limits of vision as a baseline, rather than a ceiling? Could we be happier, more abundant, and healthier than our wildest dreams?

Studies in social science and human physiology indicate that each of us has a series of set points. We have a set point for how much pleasure we allow ourselves to experience, how much money we feel we’re worth, how close we believe can get to God, and the limits of our physical endurance and athletic performance.

Yet these limits are often far below our potential. They’re arbitrary limits based in our past experience. Like a giant with mighty muscles who has been raised by pygmies with puny arms, we often buy into the limitations of the society that formed us.

Breaking the limit can be terrifying. For instance, if we’re used to abusive relationships, our body chemistry is geared to that experience. Biologically it feels “right” to us, even if our minds tell us that our situation is horribly wrong. When we try something new, for instance a healthy relationship, our biochemistry and neurology might scream, “No!” because it feels so unfamiliar. Yet we have to push past the barriers of the known in order to establish new, healthy patterns.

That’s what Peak Vitality is all about. It calls us to examine the thresholds of our thinking, feeling and experiencing—then go beyond what we believe we’re capable of.

Please join us for the magnificent voyage of discovery into what reaching new peaks of attainment might look like. As you read the insiring ideas of these authors and savor the wisdom of their breakthrough concepts, you will be inspired to identify your own highest goals—and reach them!

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”
—Stephen Covey

The editors of Peak Vitality have assembled a remarkable collection of contributors to share their insights on what contributes to vitality in their lives and work. They are drawn from science, the arts, business, psychotherapy, medicine, entertainment, the personal growth movement, government, and religion.


Preface Jeanne House Peak Vitality
Intro Jim Strohecker High-Level Wellness
SECTION 1 Presence in Your Body
1 Mehmet Oz YOU: The Vibrant Human
2 Gay Hendricks Eating for Vibrance
3 Maureen Whitehouse True Beauty
4 Servaas Mes Self Hidden in Present Time
5 John Spencer Ellis Fitness Boot Camp
6 Mariel Hemingway Healthy Living from the Inside Out
SECTION 2 Flowing With Your Emotions
7 Deepak Chopra Healing Our Hearts
8 Dean Ornish Love as Though Your Very Survival Depended on It
9 Bernice Nelson Energy in Motion
10 Mary Ellen Edwards In Relation: The Dance of Connection
11 Beverly Davies-Mes Body Earth Energies
12 Larry Dossey Optimism
SECTION 3 Shifting Your Energy Field
13 Donna Eden Dancing With the Five Rhythms of Nature
14 David Feinstein Mobilizing Your Body’s Energies
15 Eoin Finn Yoga for Happiness
16 Stephen Lewis Energetic Balancing
17 Ling Chen Seeing Your Life Rhythms
18 Candace Pert Hardwired for Bliss
19 Rollin McCraty Emotions Drive Your Body
20 Gary Craig Emotional Freedom Techniques
SECTION 4 Creating Vibrant Relationships
21 Stephen Post Doing Unto Others: The Benefits of Giving
22 Melody Beattie Brilliant Choices
23 Shiloh McCloud The Awakened Heart
24 John Bradshaw The Four Degrees of Family Secrets
25 Auriela McCarthy The Power of the Possible
26 Tonja Demoff From Giving Up to Living Up
27 Topher Morrison Settle for Excellence
28 John Gray Breaking the Blame Box
SECTION 5 Living on a Small Planet
29 Prince Charles Indigenous Roots of Healing
30 James Endredy The Art of Counter Practice
31 Daryl Hannah Living Consistent With Your Values
32 David Gruder The Self-Care Paradox
33 Barry Sears Simple Solutions for Global Wellness
34 Pema Chodron & Alice Walker Good World Medicine
SECTION 6 New Medicine, New Psychology
35 Lynne McTaggart The Biology of Intention
36 Sharon Begley Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain
37 Richard Gracer Regenerative Medicine
38 Raffaele Filice The Power of Presence
39 Bruce Lipton Intelligence of Your Cells
40 Dawson Church Your DNA is Not Your Destiny
SECTION 7 Breaking Through Your Barriers
41 Andrew Weil Attitude Is Everything
42 Tom Ambrose The Unknown Zone
43 Stanley Krippner Personal Mythology
44 Olivia Mellan Money Harmony
45 Nancy Auspelmyer Painting Vibrant Lifescapes
46 Marianne Williamson Rituals for Rebirth
SECTION 8 Dancing With the Universe
47 Eckart Tolle Enter Zen from Here
48 Brenda Sanders What’s Really Real
49 Wayne Dyer Why Meditate?
50 Michael Beckwith Life as a Prayer
51 Jonathon Foust The Absence of Fear is Joy
52 Caroline Myss Living Mysticism
53 Jeanne House Belief is the Magic
54 Julia Cameron Heartfulness and Blessing

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things
which escape those who dream only by night.”
—Edgar Allan Poe

ISBN-10: 1600700136
ISBN-13: 978-1600700132

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