The Quiet Heart

Putting Stress In Its Place

Peter Gruenewald; Foreword by Teresa Hale

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A guide to managing stress and extreme emotions, using techniques based in neurology, psychiatry, psychology, cardiology and complementary medicine. Now includes new exercises and case studies, plus a useful Q&A section.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Holistic Health
160 pages
Publication date:
23 Jul 2007


This book describes a highly effective approach to stress management and personal development, and has been updated since the first printing. Using heart-based exercises that help manage and transform extreme emotions, it is possible to deal with many forms of stress, anxiety and depression, without resorting to drugs or psychotherapy. The benefits of these unique, easily practised exercises can be felt within days.

This updated printing contains new relaxation and self-motivation exercises, and a wider variety of case studies demonstrating real results. There is also a useful Question and Answer section which addresses common queries which have arisen since the publication of the first edition.

This book is an essential read for anyone who wants to take their physical and emotional health into their own hands.


'The conventional approach to cardiovascular disease - reducing cholesterol, taking more exercise - only looks at part of the picture because it does not address the patient's emotional state. Hence Dr Gruenewald's technique for improving heart health is half stress reduction and half counselling ... I have noticed a difference in my stress levels. I also felt motivated to buy a garden hammock to lie in, practising my breathing as I rock back and forth while staring at clouds.'
--Emma Mahony, The Saturday Times, Body and Soul, September 29 2007

'This small book covers a range of suggestions for improving emotional intelligence and conversational skills as well as imaginations to assist healing in a very valuable and accessible way.'
-- Margaret Jones, Anthroposophical Society Newsletter

'This book is different, in that it allows you to skip around, looking for what you really need. Its 1, 2, 3 approach makes it easier to take what you want from it and get the most out of the read ... I don't find myself stressed out often but that didn't stop the practices from helping me! At a mere 158 pages, I feel that anyone can find the time to read this book and walk away with more than they have put into it.'
--Eugene Kelly,

'With the help of this book it gives you the chance of dealing with stress.'
-- Homeopathy International, Winter 2007

'The whole process is very clearly explained, so it only remains for the reader to put it into practice! Another feature of the book are the many inspiring quotations.'
-- Scientific and Medical Network Review, Winter 2007


Dr Peter Gruenewald is a General Medical Practitioner providing holistic health care at the Helios Medical Centre in Bristol and at the Hale Clinic in London. He has worked in the fields of psychiatric rehabilitation, emotional and behavioural difficulties and stress management since 1986, and is founder of the HeartSpheres approach for the management of emotions and interpersonal development He is involved in the training of health professionals, teachers and care staff in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the Philippines.

You can also visit the author's own website at

Teresa Hale is founder of the Hale Clinic, a centre for complementary medicine in London.


These books might also be of interest for anyone searching for inner peace and development:
The Sixfold Path: Six Simple Exercises for Spiritual Development by Joop van Dam
The Quiet Heart: Putting Stress in Its Place by Peter Gruenewald
Rhythms of the Week by Wolfgang Held

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