Synopses & Reviews
Priscilla Warner has had a great life: a supportive husband, a flourishing marriage, two loving sons, and a bestselling book, The Faith Club
. Despite all her good fortune and success, she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks so debilitating that they leave her unable to breathe. She’s tried self-medicating—in high school, with a hidden flask of vodka—and later, with prescription medications—daily doses of Klonopin with a dark chocolate chaser. After forty years of hyperventilating, and an overwhelming panic attack that’s the ultimate wake-up call, Warner’s mantra becomes “Neurotic, Heal Thyself.” A spirited New Yorker, she sets out to find her inner Tibetan monk by meditating every day, aiming to rewire her brain and her body and mend her frayed nerves. On this winding path from panic to peace, with its hairpin emotional curves and breathtaking drops, she also delves into a wide range of spiritual and alternative health practices, some serious, and some . . . not so much.
Written with lively wit and humor, Learning to Breathe is a serious attempt to heal from a painful condition. It’s also a life raft of compassion and hope for people similarly adrift or secretly fearful, as well as an entertaining and inspiring guidebook for anyone facing daily challenges large and small, anyone who is also longing for a sense of peace, self-acceptance, and understanding.
By the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller, The Faith Club, Learning to Breathe was launched on the Today show to brilliant reviews.
Priscilla Warner has suffered debilitating panic attacks all her life, and she has finally had enough. She wants serenity now—and to change her brain through meditation. Her mantra becomes “Neurotic, Heal Thyself” as she searches for her inner monk, meditating every day, in suburban strip malls, airport lounges, at rural retreats, and in her own backyard. Warner’s journey includes amusing forays into spiritual and alternative health practices, some serious and some refreshingly unconventional, and brain scans that document her progress. Featuring quasi-hallucinogenic Ayurvedic oil treatments, mystical Kabbalah lessons, compassionate Buddhist mentors, and frequent doses of dark chocolate, Learning to Breathe chronicles Warner’s mission to cure her anxiety disorder by rerouting the biological pathways that have caused her to panic. Written with Warner’s lovely wit and humor, Learning to Breathe is an earnest attempt to heal her condition that offers inspiring insights on anxiety, peace, and available treatments along the way.
About the Author
grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and spent many years in Boston and New York as an advertising art director, shooting ads for everything from English muffins to diamond earrings. Priscilla co-authored The New York Times bestselling memoir The Faith Club, then toured the country for three years, hyperventilating her way through an extended book tour. Finally, in the skies over Oklahoma, she vowed to find her inner monk, and began meditating her way from panic to peace.