I have an unnatural relationship with books. I read the cover, the back cover, the acknowledgments, even the
cataloging data. Sometimes I sniff the pages.
When Body Eloquence came into my hands, I was mesmerized by the cover art. The colors, design, texture come
together so perfectly, itís as if the book were fully formed as a whole in a single instant. I was reluctant to open
it and risk disappointment, but when I finally started turning pages, I found that the ethereal beauty was more than
just skin deep. Even the table of contents is poetic and intriguing!
Author Nancy Mellon has built a work of art based on two seemingly unrelated elements—storytelling and body
organs. "All the worldís story patterns and characters are inscribed within the human body," she writes. "Our organs
are gathering places of wisdom." The focus of Body Eloquence, then, is to help us get better acquainted with
our livers, kidneys, and gall bladders as a prelude to accessing that wisdom. Mellonís approach to this is to use
storytelling as a healing art "that can draw out the innate wisdom within us."
Each chapter addresses a different organ, describing their physical and spiritual roles from Eastern and Western
perspectives through the use of stories drawn from different times and cultures. Mellon shows us ways of creating the
stories our bodies need to heal and move forward, spiritually and emotionally, and sometimes physically, with her
totally unique concept. Take the thymus, for example. I donít believe Iíve given a single moment of thought to that
particular gland, and yet Mellon informs me that "Ancient Greeks thought of the thymus as the seat of the soul...
[it] supports our sense of physical abundance and well-being."
Similar background for each of the organs gives the reader a holistic view of the inner body, and a deeper insight
into the way we use or abuse our bodies. The suggestions Mellon provides for exercises, music, yoga poses, along with
story templates guide readers to a better understanding of the need for integration of mind and body. The gentle
rhythm of words instills awe and appreciation for the marvelous intricacy of the human body. "Your body has been
listening to you all your life," Mellon points out. "...whatever is going on in your mind and emotional life at this
moment is a story that you are telling your body."
Body Eloquence is a sublime experience, engaging the reader in a wholesome, natural, and unique approach to
addressing our disconnection from our essential selves and regaining the universal human right to know ourselves.