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.
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.”
And Krishna advises us to reach out to others.
“We can connect with our fellow man in many ways — even in the absence of trauma,” he said. “We can reach out to the sick, to those struggling or to those in mourning. The hurting is always among us. Look for the divine in others and acknowledge the sacredness of your own purpose. Know that you can impact another human being.
“If you want to start at the most basic level, give someone a smile. Even the smallest actions can make a difference. Be courageous; reach higher; reach for truth. Live with Vibrance,” he said in his book.
He added, “Look for the good in people. Look for the beauty around you and in those you come across. And don't carry hard feelings with you. Forgive. Let go of anger so it won't destroy you.
“I have been blessed with gifts in my life. I have turned tragedy to triumph. I made a deliberate choice to heal, be whole and live vibrantly. I will continue to fight to raise the level of awareness of diseases of the brain.”
Krishna noted, “Being happy is a fundamental right of all humans. Not only is it a right, it is essential to our overall health and well-being. The relationship between mind, body and spirit is central to our health. Proverbs 17:22 says that ‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. …' Written thousands of years ago, that ancient proverb is still rock-solid today.”
Sharing his passion
In the book, Krishna talks about his marriage, how he got from India to Oklahoma with his wife and family and about his medical school training and the mind, body, spirit center at Integris.
On talking about Integris, he said: “They have given me deep roots and a connection to more people. All my roles have been to further my mission. Eventually people stopped seeing me as a brown man with an accent. They see me as a man who is passionate about mental illness and emotional wellness.”
A reference on the back cover of the book describes “Vibrant” like this: “Renowned Oklahoma City psychiatrist R. Murali Krishna, M.D., has witnessed the strength of the human spirit. Now in his 60s, he wants to share the defining moments along with the defining lessons of his life. He shares his greatest joys and his greatest sorrows. He poses tough questions and guides you through exercises to take ownership of your own happiness. ‘Vibrant' will help you claim your spirit and explore your inner strength. It is within each of us to be vibrant!”
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 Amazon.com.
More information about Krishna and the book is available at his website, www.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will endow the “Eliminate the Stigma” Award.