These Are a Few of My Favorite Things – Books

Genevie L. Kocourek, MD

Becoming Real: Reclaiming Your Health in Midlife, Kalpana “Rose” Kumar MD.  In her book, Dr. Kumar weaves you though a wonderful journey into how our medical system has brought us to a state of “closed systems” that focuses on handling disease, instead of “open systems” that promote health and wellness.  You will learn about her innovative bioidentical hormone balancing method that has healed thousands of women during their peri and post menopause.  Finally, by explaining her four-body system and how it is applied to the process of restoring one to optimal health, she will bring you into awareness of how you are a major player and partner in the doctor-patient relationship.

The Essential Rumi, Coleman/Barks

Aptly stated on Amazon’s website. . . “To absorb the words of Jelaluddin Rumi is to feel oneself transported to the magical, mystical place of a whirling, ecstatic poet.”  Having experienced a sacred ceremony of whirling dervishes in Istanbul, I can attest to the delightful and thought-provoking poems of Rumi.  There are many books on the works of Rumi, but this edition is smaller and easy to keep at hand.

Being Mortal, Atul Gawande  This is a poignant array of narratives that explain how we can lose perspective on what it means to live fully, while facing potentially devastating illnesses.  Crafted and laced with dignity and tenderness, you will gain a new understanding into what it can mean for you or your loved ones to die with purpose and peace while maintaining personal choice throughout the process.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo  This world-renowned writer is the author of this book that can assist you in transforming your home from cluttered, disorganized spaces into those of serenity and inspiration.  Even the highly organized individual will find ways to fine-tune their living spaces.  This book is surprisingly practical, yet artful.

Blink, Malcolm Gladwell  A quite intriguing collection of narratives that provide insight into how we think and make decisions in a split-second.  Any particular decision can lead to great success or abysmal failure.  Gladwell posits that great “decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing”–filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.”  A quite thought-provoking read.

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