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Top 5 Books For Thriving This Winter

Top 5 Books For Thriving This Winter
By Lawrence Rosen, MD



Depending on where you live, winter can be a time of contraction – shorter days, less sunlight, colder weather.  It’s important to remain balanced, focusing on lifestyle strategies (e.g., nutrition, exercise, rest/relaxation) to promote optimal physical and emotional health.   One of my favorite wintertime activities is reading; curled up with a good book, by a warm fire, with nothing else to do or think about.  To help support your efforts to stay healthy and centered, here are my top 5 books to beat the winter blues.



1.    Deirdre Imus – The Essential Green You!

In this book, the third volume in the terrific “Green This!” series, Deirdre shares tips on how to "green" the way you take care of yourself - the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the products you use every single day.  Motivating and practical.  


2.    Stephen Cope – The Great Work of Your Life

Cope, the Director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, masterfully weaves real-life biographical sketches through this thoughtful examination of the Bhagavad Gita.  The Gita, an Sanskrit scripture and essential yogic text structured as a conversation between Arjuna and Krishna, covers a variety of complex theological and philosophical issues – but don’t let this scare you away!  Cope’s tale is very accessible yet profound, offering us a chance to consider our dharma - our calling – in order to live a fully present, authentic life. 


3.    Richard Louv – The Nature Principle

Do not let yourself suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder!  Louv, author of this follow-up to “Last Child in the Woods,” urges us to spend more time outdoors, noting, “A reconnection to the natural world is fundamental to human health."  Read this book in between hikes in the snowy woods. 


4.    Brene Brown – Daring Greatly

First coming to prominence based on her folksy and provocative TED talks, “shame” researcher Brown forces us to reconsider the concept of vulnerability as a courageous path to “live wholeheartedly,” connecting with others in our lives.  As a physician, a parent and, simply, a person, I’ve found her teachings liberating, encouraging us to make peace with our imperfection.  It is our very humanity that makes us approachable and lovable – an important life-lesson we must model for our children.


5.    The Arbinger Institute – The Anatomy of Peace

Struggling with conflicts at home or at work?  Who isn’t?  The think-tank that brought us the seminal “Leadership and Self-Deception” offers a road map to peace in this profoundly groundbreaking work.   The central concept - that it is our “way of being” that ultimately serves as the root of both war and peace - is embedded in a captivating tale of multigenerational, multi-family conflict between parents and children.  Read it as a story, yet consider all the while how you, in your relationships, can nurture a heart at peace.  Your life will never be the same. 



Lawrence Rosen, MD is an integrative pediatrician and co-author of Treatment Alternatives for Children, an evidence-based guide for parents interested in natural solutions for common childhood ailments. He is the founder of one of the country’s first “green” pediatric practices, The Whole Child Center, in Oradell, NJ, and serves as Medical Advisor to the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at HackensackUMC. Dr. Rosen is a founding member and Past Chair of the AAP Section on Integrative Medicine and is appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at UMDNJ. A graduate of New York Medical College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he completed his residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dr. Rosen has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, and Imus in the Morning, and he is a frequently cited expert on children’s and environmental health matters. He is a contributing editor and pediatric columnist for Kiwi Magazine, as well as a contributing author/editor for several books, including Integrative Pediatrics, Green Baby, and Pediatric Clinics of North America: Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Rosen serves on many integrative health advisory boards, including the Holistic Moms Network, Teleosis Institute, and Integrative Healthcare Symposium, Integrative Touch for Kids, PedCAM, Kula for Karma, and MarbleJam Kids.

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