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Oklahoma City doctor shares personal story of healing

Dr. R. Murali Krishna's newly released book, “VIBRANT: To Heal and Be Whole — From India to Oklahoma City” shares his story of healing along with his own life lessons.

Dr. R. Murali Krishna had the day planned out like any other Oklahoman.

Exercise that morning. Go to work. The usual.

But at 9:02 a.m., April 19, 1995, Krishna, like many Oklahoma City residents, heard and felt a loud boom.

Krishna, who was the chief of staff at St. Anthony Hospital, remembers the day of the Oklahoma City bombing in his book “VIBRANT: To Heal and Be Whole — From India to Oklahoma City,” released earlier this month in paperback. He partnered with Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group, to write the book, which focuses on his life and lessons learned.

As a nation tries to heal from the Newtown school tragedy, trying to understand why 20 children and six adults were massacred, it's hard not to think back to that day when Oklahoma City experienced its worst day.

And it's hard not to start a larger conversation about the mental health system in this nation.

Krishna, the president and CEO of Integris Mental Health, has dedicated most of his life to understanding pain, suffering and the human spirit. His book revisits trauma from his own childhood and shares his path “to vibrancy.”

“Emotions affect the body all of the time,” Krishna said. “Everything boils down to how the brain, body and spirit interact together.”

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