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Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2014
A most touching book, whether or not you've experienced a loss or tragedy. Often, the only way to get beyond is to push through. Sonia writes of her mother's tragic death on 9-11 and how deeply it grieved her. She shares many methods and suggestions to seek healing. One of these is to keep a "Heart Book", a journal dedicated to your own thoughts, actions, and words on matters pertaining to the heart. I am going to begin doing this myself, for my own journey, and I am most grateful to have read about this suggestion... thank you. There is much more content, although the book is not lengthy. Everyone should read this book and apply all or some of its wisdom to their own lives.
Having experienced the loss of my oldest son after eight months of having been diagnosed with lung cancer, I really felt overwhelmed. One day,the priest in my parish spoke to us about this book and I felt an immediate bond with its author. The pain does not go away, but you learn to live with it and treasure it just as Sonia did.
3.0 out of 5 starsSaw author on tv, and with the recent loss
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2014
of my stepfather I thought I would read this book first before getting it for my mother. All in all it is no different from any other self help book. No new ideas on dealing with loss. I felt it was a cathartic exercise for the author for her grief and, this is going to sound a bit cruel a way for her to gain some attention and possibly money from her loss and grief
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2011
Don't mistake this book for just another tragic 9/11 story. However, if one interprets the title correctly, I assume you wouldn't.
Yes, Sonia Tita talks about losing her mother Sonia, and how very difficult that was for her, but she talks a lot more about the many things that she did to get through it - the things she learned to do in order to cope and recover from the pain of the loss, as well as other feelings that arise from such a tragedy, like anger and hate, which are two emotions that I am only too familiar with.
I was diagnosed with a chronic illness in my early 20's. In the midst of trying to cope with my illness, I also suffered the loss of a loved one, which caused me to spiral into an even deeper depression. It took me 10 years and hitting rock bottom in order for me to gradually accept that this is very likely something I'm going to be living with for the rest of my life, and that I cannot stop living my life because of my illness. Despite my acceptance of this truth, I still have days when I feel down and ask "why me?". This book provides answers to help you get through those days, whatever your "9/11" moment (as Sonia Tita calls it) may be.
While Sonia Tita's beliefs are influenced by both Christianity and Buddhism, the book is definitely applicable to any belief system you might have. I grew up in a Christian environment and converted to Taoism. In Taoism, holding on to anger, resentment and hatred is not something that is going to make you a better person; it is not going to make you at peace with yourself. Emotions such as these are certainly not going to help me heal my illness in the best way that I can. One needs to find ways to learn how to let go of these things and Sonia Tita talks about many of the ways that you can learn to do so.
In Taoism your mind and body are connected and you cannot completely heal one without healing the other; this is a wisdom that Sonia Tita shares as well. I think people nowadays tend to live their lives more so in one than the other. We are oftentimes too wrapped up in everything going on in our minds and as a result neglect our bodies.
I wrote this review based on how the book affected me with regards to my own personal experiences, because I believe anyone who reads this book will begin to see parts of their own life that need room for improvement. I chose to write my review in a subjective way to illustrate that this isn't another 9/11 story but an amazingly written self-help book.
So far, I've only read the book once, but I definitely plan on rereading it and going through it more slowly, and making notes on my feelings, perhaps creating a "heart book" as she recommends. I highlighted a lot of the parts that I could relate to, the parts that can be applied to my life (especially the areas in my life that I need to work on the most) as well as the parts that I simply found inspirational!
There were times I had to stop reading because her words touched my heart so deeply that my eyes welled up with tears. Now that I have finished reading about her journey of healing, the book has become an inspiration to me in my own journey to heal myself.
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2011
I just finished reading your book, i had not find the time to do it until now, I must confess, not that i didn't want to, but I never had a moment to just sit and read it entirely.
Your book brought many tears to my eyes more than once. I thought that It was probably only a couple of years after 911 when we met in Miami and until recently when your book came out I had no idea of what had happen to your mother, to you, to your family.
Being the mother of a little girl now, which i adore, it touched my heart even more.
If I may say so, I can tell you with no doubt in my heart that i know that your mother is so proud of you, and somewhere in this universe she does exist, and you gave her the greatest gift a daughter could ever give her mother, to find the strength to take the path to heal your heart. As a mother, i know that there is no greater pain we can feel, to see our child suffer and no greater comfort to see them safe and happy. So reading your book, i could not stop myself from thinking a few times, as if this had happen to me and my daughter, and i thought that the only way I could have peace leaving her on this earth without me, would be if she was able to find a way to be happy without me, and despite such tragedy. You did it! no words can describe the gift of love you gave your mother,the gift of peace!
May this book bring peace and love as well to many other people.
Congratulations on your work, your strengths and your love!
5.0 out of 5 starsYoga for the Mind!! A MUST READ and you will THRIVE!!
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2011
Sonia's Ring is a magical story about the 911 tradgey that truly hit home. Sonia Tita Puopolo is one of the most evolved persons I ever meet. She is one in a million and her book is worth the time to read her story, it is for everyone. Sonia put her situation out there for us to read because finding a mother's hand with this magnificant ring, and the symbolism attached to this beautiful story is the most healing for this generation. Just 10 years ago was 911, now 2011 this can help be your yoga for the mind (soul). The real secret to open our minds. I have lived a different journey, and felt the pain and I evolved from this and know it works. Sonia just gives you the best road map to get there. Sometimes, that is all it takes. The book is short and a great pocket guide for life.