Friday, October 20, 2017

Interview with Author Anna Yusim, MD

Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life.

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book? In my profession, there is a long-standing divide between science and spirituality.  My book was my effort to reconcile this seeming dichotomy by highlighting the science behind spirituality, sharing my own personal healing journey, and describing my work with patients in my psychiatry private practice.  The main idea of my book is that often the ailments we experience in life result from a disconnection from our own soul.  Our souls are the blueprint we bring into this world of how we are meant to grow, change, evolve, transform, and meaningfully contribute to humankind over the course of our lives. Once we learn to hear our soul’s whispers and uncover its deepest longings, it will guide us to a life of meaning and fulfillment. For this reason, I believe complete healing involves more than a clinical outcome or bringing a set of symptoms into remission.  True healing and lasting fulfillment require a spiritual transformation and reconnection to one’s soul.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?   I am writing this book for introspective seekers who are just beginning a journey of introspection and those who have done a lot of work on themselves over the years, perhaps in therapy, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, various forms of medication, or other modes of self-help. Despite being better off than where you started, you may still find yourself falling short of true healing and fulfillment. If you are reading these words, maybe you feel an emptiness in your life that you do not know how to satiate. You may look like you “have it all,” yet deep down—in those rare moments when your defenses fall away and you stand naked, honest, and alone before yourself—you return to a sad and lonely place, aware of a deep inner void and with no idea how to fill it. This book will give you a road map to healing the old obstacles that have plagued you and cultivating new ways of living in the world that will change your point of view. It will help you tune in and listen to the voice of your soul, your best friend and greatest guide.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book?  What should remain with them long after putting it down? I share the story of my process with readers in hopes that some of what they read here will resonate in their own lives. Perhaps my story is not just “my” story, but is a part of “our” story—the human journey toward finding our true selves and our unique places in this world. By cultivating authenticity, aligning with our soul, and embracing our interconnectedness, I hope my book will enable readers to take their first step toward greater fulfillment.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? My advice to fellows writers is to surrender to the writing process…recognize that you not fully and completely in control of writing this book, but are instead a channel for this information to come through you from the divine source, whether that be God, a collective consciousness, the Universe, or something else entirely.  In your writing, let yourself be inspired by synchronicity and go with the inspiration as it comes…

Dr. Anna Yusim is a board-certified psychiatrist with a private practice in New York City's Upper East Side. During her studies at Stanford University, she worked as a neurobiology researcher studying the effects of stress on the brain in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Sapolsky PhD.  After completing her studies at Stanford, Yale Medical School and the NYU Residency Training Program in Psychiatry, Dr. Yusim felt that something was missing from her life. In her quest to find it, she traveled, lived and worked in over 50 countries, while studying Kabbalah, learning Buddhist meditation and working with South American shamans and Indian gurus.  Her book, Fulfilled, integrates the tenets of Western medicine, psychology and neurobiology with the universal spiritual principles Dr. Yusim learned in her own personal journey to fulfillment. For more info, see:

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