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Praise for Leaves Falling Gently

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"A friendly introduction to a way of being that can literally and metaphorically give your life back to you."

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine emeritus, UMass Medical School
Author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses

"Leaves Falling Gently is simply a magnificent guide for all of us on how to stay fully alive even as we approach the inevitable moment of our death. Written with a poet's eye for incisive clarity and a clinician's heart for compassionate care, this treasure of a book is a gift for us all. Whether the timing of our life's ending remains uncertain or if the onset of illness has made clear our journey's end--Susan Bauer-Wu' clear and loving words provide a life-affirming wisdom that will greatly aid the lives of care-giver and care-receiver alike. Soak in these transformative words and your life will be greatly enriched wherever you are in your journey."

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
Executive Director, Mindsight Institute
Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine
Author of Mindsight and The Mindful Therapist

"Susan Bauer-Wu writes with the precision of a scientist, vision of a scholar, and pragmatism of someone who cares for others professionally and personally. In Leaves Falling Gently, she has distilled the wisdom of generations of teachers and global traditions into a practical, actionable guide for being well through the most difficult times in human life. Leaves Falling Gently is simple and unpretentious, yet profound. It is, quite simply, a guide to living honestly, fully, soulfully, and joyfully through even the hardest of times. What a gift! Leaves Falling Gently is a treasure - one to be savored and shared.

Ira Byock, MD
Palliative Care physician
Professor, Dartmouth Medical School
Author of Dying Well, and The Four Things That Matter Most

"Leaves Falling Gently offers a direct, compelling and practical guide to living fully even if facing serious illness. It can open doors of possibility for us whatever our own situation, and help us help our friends and family at the very time when we so rarely know how to respond.

Sharon Salzberg
Author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness


"Susan Bauer-Wu s book, Leaves Falling Gently, is the most accessible, loving and practical introduction to mindful awareness, compassion, healing and wholeness that I have ever seen. It is a precious gift for anyone who ever faces (or will face) life-limiting illness and death. Throughout the entire book, I felt reassured and uplifted by Dr. Bauer-Wu s mature, caring and deeply knowledgeable presence and guidance. She shows us how conditions of illness and dying, often experienced as profoundly limiting, point us to hidden wellsprings of kindness, empathy, gratitude and forgiveness beyond limits. Every section is packed with riveting stories, exceptionally clear instructions for meditation and reflection, and accessible summaries of relevant research. Right through the particulars of our feelings, emotions and reactions to illness and dying, Dr. Bauer-Wu brings us home to the deep safety, compassion and wholeness to be found, surprisingly, in the very ground of our being. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

John Makransky
Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College
Guiding meditation teacher, Foundation for Active Compassion

"When you open the pages of this book, you will be looking into a mirror. The reflection you will see is tenderness accompanied by the sublime fragrance of self-compassion. Stay for awhile, gazing into your image, breathing deeply the rich scent of your life and the embrace of care and love that you are capable of offering to yourself now and every remaining moment of your life.

Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA
Associate Professor of Medicine
Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society

"Susan Bauer-Wu describes how to live fully rather than withdrawing and feeling dread and despair when faced with a life limiting illness like cancer. Leaves Falling Gently empowers an individual to achieve peace of mind through mindfulness meditation and achieve control over their feelings and their relationships. This is a must read for those individuals and their families confronted with a chronic with a chronic life threatening disease.

David S. Rosenthal, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Henry K. Oliver Professor of Hygiene, Harvard University
Past President, American Cancer Society
Medical Director, Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

"This important book offers insight and inspiration for all who seek to live life fully, even in the midst of challenges beyond your control. Research, experience, and personal practice blend together to illuminate a unique approach, and Susan s writing is clearly helpful in connecting us with what matters most.

Ben Campbell Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary
Originator of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation and the Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Spirituality
Author of Companions in Contemplation: Reflections on the Contemplative Path

"Leaves Falling Gently beautifully combines the wisdom of reflection, the rigor of science, and the beauty of a deeply engaged heart, as Dr. Bauer-Wu guides readers in how to live fully and gracefully with serious illness. With gentle clarity, this book offers a wealth of ideas and practices illuminating a way of being that has the power to transform our individual and collective lives.

Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
Co-author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness into Psychology and the Helping Professions.

"A powerful book! Susan Bauer-Wu has attacked the problems of life and death. Her book gives concrete solutions to patients and loved ones who need advice. It is a cookbook for the living who may be dying. A must read.

Zorba Paster, MD
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