Dr. Judith Orloff, author of “The Ecstacy of Surrender,” reads at Malaprop’s on April 9

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Dr. Judith Orloff, author of “The Ecstacy of Surrender,” reads at Malaprop’s on April 9

Dr. Orloff will be speaking and signing books at Malaprops Bookstore (55 Haywood Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801) on Wednesday, April 9th at 7:00pm.

New York Times bestselling author Judith Orloff, MD, has a simple solution for so many of our problems and stresses. Whether it’s feeling pressure at work, having low self-esteem, noisy neighbors, delayed flights, being attracted to unavailable people, excelling in your career, or dealing with the illness or death of a loved one, Dr. Orloff has the answer we’re looking for. Just let go.

She describes exactly how to do this in her acclaimed new book, THE ECSTASY OF SURRENDER: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life (Harmony; on sale April 1, 2014, $26.00). Dr. Orloff provides an exciting plan for reducing stress by controlling less, and shows you how to approach the world and yourself so that you can live more effortlessly and joyfully.

For more than twenty years, Dr. Judith Orloff, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA, has witnessed the transformative effects of surrender on the health and moods of her patients—as well as herself. Often people think of surrender as weakness or admitting defeat. But as Dr. Orloff explains, surrender allows you to achieve your goals and to experience consistent happiness by tuning into the flow of your life instead of fighting everything or trying to control too much.

In THE ECSTASY OF SURRENDER, Dr. Orloff presents twelve key areas of life where learning how to let go yields surprising and positive outcomes, including:

SEX: To tap your full sexual power, you must surrender. Holding back, obsessing on performance, or letting your mind drift is the end of passion. Surrender old ideas of macho sexiness and be authentic and loving. Surrender your overactive mind and your to-do list so you can be present in your body.

POWER: Power keeps increasing when you learn when to exert control and when to let go. Pushing too hard sabotages success, but surrender increases power. True power means balancing worldly power with the influence of the heart.

BEAUTY: Surrender is a beauty secret. Pushing too hard, worrying, and holding on to resentment increase stress hormones and cause frown lines, premature aging, and weight gain. Surrendering increases endorphins and makes you radiant and wrinkle free.

MONEY: You are not your bank account. Money can’t make you happy if you are not happy already. Surrender old ideas that money can fix you. Happiness research shows that being generous, meditation, and positive thinking can increase your happiness set point whereas winning the lottery cannot. Surrender means learning what money can and can’t do and enjoying what you have.

Every chapter has specific tools for surrender and quizzes to guide you, with simple how-to exercises that give amazing results. With her unique approach to physical, emotional, and spiritual health—marrying neuroscience, psychiatry, intuitive medicine, and energy techniques—Dr. Orloff provides a powerful yet practical guide on how to surrender for anyone who feels stuck, fearful, or afraid to let go.


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