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New book features Oklahoma City doctor's perspective on healing and living vibrantly

New book, “Vibrant, To Heal and Be Whole,” features Dr. R. Murali Krishna's story of personal tragedy, his perspective on healing after the Oklahoma City community bombing and his life's work of helping others live a life of happiness and in spiritual balance.
BY HELEN FORD WALLACE Modified: February 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm •  Published: February 24, 2013

In Dr. R. Murali Krishna's newly published book, “Vibrant, To Heal and Be Whole,” his chapters speak to each of us who wants to live a life of happiness, hope and emotional, physical and spiritual balance.

In the book, written with Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group, Krishna talks about his personal story and his kind and caring mother who suffered a mental disorder when he was very young.

He tells about the Oklahoma City bombing tragedy and how the city healed and became whole again after suffering.

Not only does Krishna write for all of us, but for his children and grandchildren, with insights gained during his lifetime and through his profession.

“I'm deeply honored to be able to write this book,” Krishna said. “And I thank Kelly for her valuable time in helping me write the book.”

Krishna is co-founder and president of the James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit and president and chief operating officer of Integris Mental Health. He also serves as president of the Oklahoma State Board of Heath and as clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

“We met every Thursday,” Fry said. “I asked question after question. I felt like I spent a year in counseling myself. Murali is a wise man. I hope you will take his lessons to heart.”

Fry met Krishna through a friend and had dinner at his home with him and his wife, Sam. Fry had written an article about her son and his struggles with addiction. Krishna had read the article and loved every word, he said. Fry then wrote a feature story about the doctor for The Oklahoman. He liked it, too, and persuaded her to help him with his memoirs.

Fundamental right

In one of the testimonials about the book, Erin Walling, student and aspiring physician, wrote, “Dr. Krishna is a living example of the resilience that can grow from adversity and the positive change that one can create despite exceptional hardship. Through his personal story, he radiates a profound joy for life and helping others which is both insightful and inspiring. During a time of my own personal tragedy and self-doubt, Dr. Krishna's book reminded me that through our struggles we can cultivate our spirit and that, slowly but surely, joy can find its way back into our hearts. His book gave me hope and helped me rediscover my own passion and purpose. I have no doubt that the core message of ‘Vibrant' will deeply resonate with many, as it certainly did with me.”

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About the book

“Vibrant, To Heal and Be Whole,” by Dr. R. Murali Krishna with Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group, is available at local bookstores, Barnes & Noble and on

More information about Krishna and the book is available at his website,

Proceeds from the sale of the book will endow the “Eliminate the Stigma” Award.



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