You can change your life in just seven minutes a day . . .
A soft message for a hard time, The Promise of Love, Sex, and Intimacy is a simple yet profound solution to the cause of all human discontent: the lack of intimacy, especially sexual intimacy. Even amidst the plethora of techniques now available for so-called enlightenment—from meditation and visualization to intensive prayer retreats or obsessive exercise regimens— the need for intimacy has been left unsatisfied.
Requiring just seven minutes a day, the practice taught in this book—called “Your Seven-Minute Wonder”—answers that need by opening the body and psyche to gratifying levels of personal and sexual intimacy. It is the practical means that allows you to tangibly realize your ideals and inherent perfection. Renowned teacher Mark Whitwell, who has spent a lifetime studying the secrets of life with the great masters, has seen through to the heart of their understanding, and created a simple way for readers to acquire it for themselves.
“Your Seven-Minute Wonder” is a physical practice— a combination of healthful breathing sustained by synchronistic body movement. Its purpose is to be uplifting and totally functional: a dynamic interflow of “inspiration” or inhalation (receptivity), with the “expression” or exhalation (strength). This in-and-out breathing cycle, which Mark carefully delineates, activates the deep male-female polarity within each of us, regardless of gender.
The practice is effortless for everyone, and practitioners report that their well-being, vitality, sexuality, self-awareness, and true desires are awakened immediately and dramatically. It restores health and dignity, and sex becomes utterly relevant to a graceful life. Further, as you become receptive to your breath—the basis of all human function—you become responsive to money, power, and collaboration of all sorts. The Promise of Love, Sex, and Intimacy is a wise, powerful, and easy-to-follow roadmap to a practice that can be life-changing: one that promises to open you up to an entirely new level of human understanding.
Mark Whitwell is the author of Yoga of Heart: The Healing Power of Intimate Connection and editor and contributor to T.K.V. Desikachar’s The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice. He teaches and lectures on five continents.
"In his book, Mark shares the importance of breathing to energize ourselves. Breathe and let go. Read this book."
– Deepak Chopra
"Indeed a soft message for a hard time. Please read Mark Whitwell's book. God is in this moment. God is as close as your own breath. So be here now! Mark will show you an easy way."
– Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now and Still Here
"Among its many vital benefits, [The Promise] gifts its readers with ‘Your Seven Minute Wonder,’ a unique method for awakening the realization that the breath interconnects all that lives, how the seemingly simple act of breathing is an integral part of what it means to be a universal human. Inhale the wisdom of this book, and exhale its practices into the sacredness of your everyday activities."
– Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential
“As your breath wanders so does your mind, as your mind wanders, so does your breath. Now in seven simple minutes you can transform your breath, your mind, your love, your intimacy and certainly your sex life.”
– Dr. John Demartini, founder of the Demartini Institute and educator and author of The Heart of Love
“'Hate is not the opposite of love, the opposite of love is individuality,' D. H. Lawrence once said. By individuality, Lawrence meant separation. In The Promise, Mark Whitwell reveals methods of overcoming separation and isolation, which are increasingly epidemic in our culture. It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way in our wired, interconnected world, yet there is evidence that loneliness has never been greater. Whitwell’s teachings are a path not just to greater intimacy in relationships, but also to a greater intimacy with all of life. It has been said that we protect what we love, what we are intimate with. On this, our world may depend.”
– Larry Dossey, MD, author of Reinventing Medicine and The Power of Premonitions
“I think it is wise to say, as Mark Whitwell does in this invaluable new book, that sex begins with self, and that all that you do to know yourself will ultimately enhance your life and your relationships. Seven minutes to a new you! Kudos to Mark for this intimate step to love and sex!”
– C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine
“I have prescribed Mark's 7- minute yoga routine to hundreds of my patients…[they] report a renaissance of energy in their lives, as well as experience deeper sleep, a stronger body composition, more vitality, less depression, and an astonishingly improved sensuality and sex drive. I believe in offering my patients the most natural and powerful medicine available, and Mark's routine most certainly qualifies as a top contender!”
– Prudence Hall, MD, Founder, Hall Center Venice
"Mark Whitwell offers readers a sensitive and very inspiring approach to a topic that matters to everyone. This is a lovely book."
– Caroline Myss. author of Defy Gravity and Anatomy of the Spirit
"Mark offers us a simple self respecting practice that gives astounding results. To trust breath as the source of life gives powerful intimacy to self and others. From this practice I feel a deep connection with the reality that is my life. Just do the daily 7 minutes to experience the fullest expression of your self."
– Jackie Mills, Group Fitness Director, Les Mills International
"The Promise is an incredible business tool that has given me financial, emotional, and spiritual freedom. Mark Whitwell promised me the practice would have a profound effect. It did. The results are fundamental. I have experienced a significant wellbeing since I promised, to do my 'Seven Minute Wonder.' It will give you a feeling of intimacy with life and with one’s principal relationships. It has for me. Thank you, Mark."
– Rinaldo S. Brutoco, founding President & CEO of the World Business Academy
"A great gift. I do it every day. It's the perfect way to begin anew—bringing everyone to a beautiful beginning with each day, each breath, closer to God, to source, to life."
– Richard Baskin, Executive Director, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Programs
"Mark helps us to realize genuine love, sex and intimacy with 'Your Seven Minute Wonder.' The Promise helps us to have an intimate connection to what this precious life has to offer, and practicing it can transform your life from inside out.”
– Kiyoshi Suzaki, author of Results from the Heart
"Mark Whitwell is under-promising with the title of this book! Love, sex and intimacy are the outcome of the greater result of practicing The Promise. Awakening to your own wonder is at the root of all these. This is not a book just to read, but to practice!"
– Alejandro Jungler, M.D., author of the New York Times bestselling Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself