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“A lovely reading experience and immensely informative, this book should be on the bookshelf of everyone interested in the subject of consciousness change and spiritual growth.” —ANN SHULGIN, coauthor of PiHKAL and TiHKAL “Françoise Bourzat is a visionary pioneer whose life’s work is making a major contribution to the process of transforming psychedelics into legal tools for healing and spirituality.” —RICK DOBLIN, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Psychotherapy / Body, Mind & Spirit / Entheogens
“In this engaging book, Françoise Bourzat combines an intimate personal account with the most comprehensive and practical guide I have seen to transpersonal experience and shamanic work, emphasizing the three cornerstones of preparation, journeying, and—of essential importance—integration.” —GABOR MATÉ, MD, author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts
Françoise Bourzat—a counselor and experienced guide with sanctioned training in the Mazatec and other indigenous traditions—and healer Kristina Hunter introduce a holistic model focusing on the threefold process of preparation, journey, and integration. Drawing from more than thirty years of experience, Bourzat’s skillful and heartfelt approach presents the therapeutic application of expanded states, without divorcing them from their traditional contexts. Consciousness Medicine delivers a coherent map for navigating nonordinary states of consciousness, offering an invaluable contribution to the field of healing and transformation.
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“Podgurski’s work is a tour de force of magical self-examination—an eloquently composed and elegantly presented treatise deserving the attention of every student of modern magick.” —Lon MiLo DuQuette, author of Enochian Vision Magick
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The Sacred Alignments and Sigils
Author and magick practitioner Robert Podgurski shares his discovery and development of the Grid Sigil—a tool for exploring the mysteries of embodiment and unity that bridges Enochian Magick with Sparean sigilization. Properly constructed, it emanates the root energies of the four elements bound by spirit in the space/time continuum. This text offers readers a variety of techniques for using the Grid Sigil and is an essential guidebook for understanding the connection between Enochian Magick, geomagnetism, shamanism, and other facets of Eastern and Western esotericism. Close attention is paid to critical metaphysical thought through in-depth analysis based in science, metaphysics, philosophical speculation, and illustrations.
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Reignite your creative spark with accessible meditations and practices developed by three experts on creativity and collaboration across three generations. Whether you’re a filmmaker, writer, musician, artist, graphic designer, dabbler, or doodler, all creative people face the challenges of myriad distractions and pressure to produce. Devoting space for the creative spark has become increasingly difficult. Deep Creativity is a call for making that space and an invitation to intentionally and introspectively engage with the creative life through seven time-tested pathways, available to you right where you are. The authors’ novel approach includes fifteen principles of creativity that not only inspire but also set you up for a lifetime of self-expression. This highly resourceful book offers practical guidance as well as deep reflection on the creative process. This inventive book deepens our understanding of what it is to be creative. The authors are depth psychologists wanting to go deep and go beyond the popular idea that creativity is novelty… We need a depth approach to the creative life because the temptation is to soar like Icarus basking in the sun. Creativity also thrives in the shadows and in the depths. This book courageously invites us to realign our thinking about the creative life, completing the usual skyward view by getting us back in touch with creativity’s roots… This is organic, grounded, fertile, nourishing creativity that the world needs now more than ever before. —Thomas Moore, from the foreword Grounded in Jungian psychology, Deep Creativity offers practical guidance for getting in touch with your own unconscious reservoir as well as engaging your everyday world to deepen the source of creative expression. It uniquely contributes to our understanding of creativity as a deeply human and embodied endeavor. “The practices within this book are like portals into which one enters a deeply creative and healing space. The poems, images, stories, and contemplations in Deep Creativity stir even the dimmest embers within the reader, and page by page the creative fire is reignited.” —Kim Krans, creator of The Wild Unknown For more info, visit deepcreativity.com.
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$22.00, paper. McClelland & Stewart. 288 pages, b/w drawings
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The Flame is Leonard Cohen’s eloquent farewell, a final collection of lyrics and poems that maps his singular creative journey. In addition to new poems about war, desire, regrets, lamb chops, and hummingbirds, and lyrics from his last three albums, including the final “You Want It Darker,” The Flame includes carefully selected excerpts—both writing and drawings— from Cohen’s voluminous notebooks, which he kept faithfully, in poetic form, all his life. Listeners will hear about the subjects that have always preoccupied Cohen: the dimensions of love, the secret code of existence, and the hope for transcendence in a broken world. In the words of Cohen’s longtime manager and friend, Robert Kory, The Flame “reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire” to the end. By turns devastatingly sad and winningly strange, these are the works of a poet and lyricist who has plumbed the depths of our darkest questions and come up wanting, yearning for more. So I’ve come here to revisit What happens to the heart I was selling holy trinkets I was dressing kind of sharp Had a pussy in the kitchen And a panther in the yard In the prison of the gifted I was friendly with the guard…
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WILD WORDS Rituals, Routines and Rhythms for Braving the Writer’s Path
It ain’t pretty, it ain’t subtle What happens to the heart… I was always working steady But I never called it art…
by Nicole Gulotta
$23.95, paper. Shambhala. 204 pages
Sure it failed my little fire But it’s bright the dying spark Go tell the young messiah What happens to the heart (June 24, 2016) “This volume contains my father’s final efforts as a poet,” writes Cohen’s son, Adam Cohen, in his foreword. “It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end… Each page of paper that he blackened was lasting evidence of a burning soul.” I have witnessed many great events, some of which were sorrowful: the birth of children, the death of friends, the ends of time & the intermediate wildernesses. A chill goes down my spine and up, when I reflect how graciously I have been placed in the mazes of creation. My beloved is with me, the wife of my youth, and in the midst of suffering when it is our lot, if I remember to incline my self toward the source of light, I know that I have never strayed too far from my bridal days. As it was promised, I have inherited the gates of my enemy, and I fear with him, rejoice with him, at the irresistible tides of majesty that sweep across the world. “With Cohen, one feels he knew who he was and where he was going from the beginning, and only digs deeper, deeper, deeper.” —Pico Iyer
Here’s a guide for the next generation of writers—selfcare rituals, creativity—generating rhythms, and personalized strategies for embracing your craft no matter what life throws at you. Part memoir and part spirit guide, Wild Words is a book about the intersection of our creative soul with everything else, and how to make peace, make priorities, and ultimately, make progress by slowing down and embracing whatever season we’re in, right now. This isn’t a how-to guide filled with systems and formulas that promise a first draft in 90 days. Instead, Wild Words is an invitation to explore the emotional aspects of living a creative life, and the myriad ways to establish routines and rhythms that support a sustainable writing practice. It shares lessons the author has learned the hard way, like how powerful it can be to embrace your creative history (and how to access your own), why self-care is an essential aspect of any writer’s path (with suggestions for how to make these practices accessible), and small but essential mindset shifts, like how to see your career as a partner (rather than an obstacle) in your writing life. Above all, Wild Words offers a new way to approach our creative lives. It helps untangle the messy process of embracing our circumstances, trusting our own voice, and making time to put pen to paper, year after year. At the start of every new writing project, ideas are planted in dark, nourishing soil. When energy abounds, we embody messy first drafts, delight in fresh sentences, and learn to write in the margins.
The Poetry Pharmacy THE POETRY REMEDY Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind, and Soul
UPSTREAM Selected Essays
Love has many moods and many stages, just as do regret, and life, and solitude. However momentary or enduring it might be, my hope is that you will find a poem within this book that fits your need.
by William Sieghart
$27.00, cloth. Dutton. 196 pages.
Prescribing short, powerful poems for all manner of spiritual ailments, William Sieghart has taken his “Poetry Pharmacy” around the length and breadth of Britain, honing his prescriptions all the time. This book presents the most essential poems in his dispensary: those which, again and again, have shown themselves to work. Above all, when we’re grieving, when we’re broken-hearted, and when we find ourselves struggling to understand the things we’re feeling, we long for the connection poetry can provide. To find the right poem at that crucial moment… The poet has made what you’re going through seem more intriguing, more timeless, and more valid in some way, and that can be a great comfort… THE POETRY PHARMACY RETURNS More Prescriptions for Courage, Healing, and Hope by William Sieghart
$27.99, cloth. Penguin. 176 pages.
Sieghart’s The Poetry Remedy is one of the bestselling (and most giftable) poetry anthologies of recent decades. Now, after huge demand for more prescriptions from readers and ‘patients’ alike, William Sieghart is back. This time, tried-and-true classics from his in-person pharmacies are joined by readers’ favourite poems and the new conditions most requested by the public—all accompanied by his trademark meditations (warm, witty and
Organized by “ailments” (from Glumness, Emotional Baggage, and Feelings of Worthlessness to Losing the Spark, Rocky Relationships, Guilt at Not Living in the Moment, etc.) this take-me-with-you volume’s poems are nimbly organized and brightly commented on by Sieghart. If, for example, you find self-recrimination is your problem, take Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver. And many more. Lovely. “The whole collection is a matchless compound of hug, tonic and kiss.” —Stephen Fry “The book is delightful; it rightly resituates poetry in relation to its biggest and most serious task: helping us to live and die well.” —Alain de Botton understanding, with just a twist of the challenging) on the spiritual ailments he seeks to cure with these poems. From ageing bodies and existential crises to long-distance relationships and embracing your slovenliness, The Poetry Pharmacy Returns caters to all-new conditions while drilling further down into the universals: this time, the challenges of family life, and of living as a person among others, receive a much closer look. Perfect for the treasured friends, barely tolerated siblings, beloved aunts and revered grandparents in your life. The fine art of the healing poem, at the right time…
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by Mary Oliver
$23.00, paper. Penguin. 192 pages
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“In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.” So begins Upstream, a collection of essays in which beloved poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature. Emphasizing the significance of her childhood “friend” Walt Whitman, through whose work she first understood that a poem is a temple, “a place to enter, and in which to feel,” and who encouraged her to vanish into the world of her writing, Oliver meditates on the forces that allowed her to create a life for herself out of work and love. As she writes, I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple. Upstream, a radiant collection of essays, follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her bound-less curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully, intelligently, and to observe with passion. Throughout this collection, Oliver positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us. See also Mary Oliver’s Devotions, a lovingly curated “best of” volume of her poems, published just before her death.
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the present moment as a creative and political force. It also turns inward, using the authors own life and memory as a canvas upon which to extol the virtues of a concept too long taken as an evil.
by Lewis Hyde
$38.00, cloth. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux. 372 pages, b/w illustrations
Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift and Trickster Makes This World, offers a playful and inspiring defense of forgetfulness by exploring the healing effect it can have on the human psyche. We live in a culture that prizes memory—how much we can store, the quality of what’s preserved, how we might better document and retain the moments of our life while fighting off the nightmare of losing all that we have experienced. But what if forgetfulness were seen not as something to fear— be it in the form of illness or simple absentmindedness—but rather as a blessing, a balm, a path to peace and rebirth? A Primer for Forgetting is a remarkable experiment in scholarship, autobiography, and social criticism. It forges a new vision of forgetfulness by assembling fragments of art and writing from the ancient world to the modern, weighing the potential boons forgetfulness might offer
What a relief to make a book whose free associations are happily foregrounded, a book that does not so much argue its point of departure as more simply sketch the territory I have been exploring, a book that I hope will both invite and provoke a reader’s own free reflections. Drawing material from Hesiod to Jorge Luis Borges to Elizabeth Bishop to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, from myths and legends to very real and recent traumas both personal and historical, A Primer for Forgetting is a unique and remarkable synthesis. Aphorisms: To study the self is to forget the self. Every act of memory is an act of forgetting. In forgetting lies the liquefaction of time. We dream in order to forget. Of the curious images in the book: I was led to invent my own imaginary Museum of Forgetting and to stock it with works of art, each accompanied by explanatory wall text.
Novel Novels SPLIT TOOTH
by Tanya Tagaq
$19.99, paper. Penguin. 304 pages.
From the internationally acclaimed Inuit throat singer who has dazzled and enthralled the world with music it had never heard before, Split Tooth is a fierce, tender, heartbreaking story unlike anything you’ve ever read. A girl grows up in Nunavut in the 1970s. She knows joy, and friendship, and parents’ love. She knows boredom, and listlessness, and bullying. She knows the tedium of the everyday world, and the raw, amoral power of the ice and sky, the seductive energy of the animal world. She knows the ravages of alcohol, and violence at the hands of those she should be able to trust. She sees the spirits that surILLUMINATIONS A Novel of Hildegard Bingen by Mary Sharratt
$21.95, paper. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 288 pages.
Skillfully interweaving historical fact with psychological insight and vivid imagination, Sharratt’s redemptive novel, Illuminations, brings to life one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages: Hildegard von Bingen, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Offered to the Church at the age of eight, Hildegard was entombed in a small room where she was expected to live out her days in silent submission as the handmaiden of a renowned but disturbed young nun, Jutta von Sponheim. Instead, Hildegard rejected Jutta’s masochistic piety and found comfort and grace in
round her, and the immense power that dwarfs all of us. When she becomes pregnant, she must navigate all this. Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals, and ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains. Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget. studying books, growing herbs, and rejoicing in her own secret visions of the divine. When Jutta died some thirty years later, Hildegard broke out of her prison with the heavenly calling to speak and write about her visions and to liberate her sisters and herself from the soul-destroying anchorage. Riveting and unforgettable, Illuminations is a deeply moving portrayal of a woman willing to risk everything for what she believed. With elegance and sensitivity, Mary Sharratt rescues Hildegard von Bingen from the obscurity of legend, bringing to life the flesh-and-blood woman in all her conflict, faith, and unwavering tenacity. Illuminations is an astonishing revelation of a visionary leader willing to sacrifice everything to defend her beliefs in a dangerous time of oppression.
Yoga & the Hindu Traditions
comes this powerful new way to explore within, nurture yourself, and find balance. Each card opens a different door, inviting us to journey inward and reconnect with ourselves. Dip into this well of inspiration to return to your true source and love more deeply from your authentic center.
PRACTICE YOU DAILY AWAKENING DECK by Elena Brower
$24.99, cards. Sounds True. 54 colour cards in a box
It takes just a simple question, contemplation, or movement of the body to unlock the wisdom, strength, and resources within us. That’s the intention behind the Practice You Daily Awakening Deck. From celebrated yoga teacher and author Elena Brower
silence? … How I speak in the silence of my own being is how I speak to others. (example of a card) Inspired by her bestselling Practice You: A Journal, Brower offers here 54 new meditations, writing prompts, moving practices, prayers, and more. Intended to be used either as a complement to the journal or on its own, bring it along to draw upon at any time, and to awaken and evolve your best self. What a relief to make a book whose free associations are happily foregrounded, a book that does not so much argue its point of departure as more simply sketch the territory I have been exploring, a book that I hope will both invite and provoke a reader’s own free reflections. REVOLUTION OF THE SOUL Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action by Seane Corne
$33.99, cloth. Sounds True. 257 pages $45.50, 10 CDs. 10 hours, unabridged, read by the author
Celebrated yoga teacher and activist Seane Corn shares pivotal accounts of her life with raw honesty—enriched with in-depth spiritual teachings—to help us heal, evolve, and change the world. “My first lessons in spirituality and yoga had nothing to do with a mat, but everything to do with waking up. They included angels, seeing God, and being in Heaven. But, believe me, not the way you might think.” So begins Revolution of the Soul. What comes next reads like a riveting memoir filled with uncensored moments of joy, pain, wonder, and humour. Except, this book is so much more than that. Seane’s voice is raw, real, vulnerable, and her soul stories are powerful transmissions. Seane’s real purpose is to guide us into a deep, gut-level understanding of our highest Self through yoga philosophy and other tools for emotional healing—not just as abstract ideas but as embodied, fully felt wisdom. Why? To spark a “revolution of the soul” in each of us, so we can awaken to our purpose and become true agents of change. When we heal the fractured parts of ourselves and learn to love who we are and the journey we’ve embarked upon, we will see that same tender humanity in all souls. This is the revolution of the soul. Just a few of the riveting stops along the way include: The everyday “angels” Seane finds in the gritty corners of New York’s 1980s East Village; her early struggles as a total yoga-class misfit; the profound shadow work and bodybased practices that helped her to heal childhood trauma, OCD, unhealthy behaviors, and relationship wounding; hard-earned lessons from some of the most heartbreaking places on the planet; and many other stories—all raw, honest, moving, hilarious, and oh-so-human—and each illuminated by immersive teachings. Everyone. Everything. We are in the Mystery together, learning, growing, changing, evolving, and every single moment supports our awakening. It doesn’t always look that way, but it’s all designed to shape and mature our soul. Each experience a teaching, every person a guru. All moments and people hold a mirror up to us and reflect back those places within ourselves that are separate from our own light. Reclaim that light, and the essence of God is known. Also by Seane Corn is the three part DVD series, The Yoga of Awakening.
How do you experience the nourishing aspect of
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THE RECOGNITION OF OUR OWN HEART Ponderings on the Pratyabhijnahrdayam
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Yoga: Accessible, Yin, Better Sleep
by Joan Ruvinsky
$32.50, paper. Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. 164 pages, 7x10, b/w photos, French flaps
In The Recognition of Our Own Heart: Pratyabhijñahrdayam, non-dual yoga and meditation teacher Joan Ruvinsky offers up a beautifully illustrated interpretive translation of one of the foundational texts of Kashmiri Shaivism —twenty short verses that address fundamental and universal questions. Part poetry, part guidebook, part art, it conveys the richness and incandescence so characteristic of the lineage without losing sight of the last 400 years of philosophical inquiry, spiritual revelation, and scholarship. In the footsteps of the Tantric masters of the medieval period —who were not only great yogis but also accomplished scholars, poets, musicians—Ruvinsky embraces the body, mind, and senses as pathways to enlightenment. In her distinctly poetic and down-to-earth fashion Ruvinsky reminds us to live directly, moment to moment, in the mystery. You already have what you need. She intones, “All contemplations are valid. There are no right answers, no dead ends, only pathways in the infinite.” The vast emptiness of Being is inseparable from the flourish of freely, divinely inspired expression. “With deep reverence for this 11th-century text, four women sat with all the translations they could find, chanting the Sanskrit, studying, analyzing, and finally sensing and feeling into each line until there was consensus, a mutual “ah,” and shimmer of recognition in the heart. Ruvinsky’s poetic ponderings, sourced from this deep exploration with her beloved colleagues, her own intuitive understanding, and burnished in the wisdom of pure consciousness, is her final gift to us. I am ever-grateful.” – Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression THE WORLD COMES TO YOU Notes on Practice, Love, and Social Action by Michael Stone
$22.95, paper. Shambhala. 103 pages
These fresh, intimate teachings by innovative dharma and yoga teacher Michael Stone—edited by Erin Robinsong with notes from Carina Stone— offer essential wisdom for living with compassion and responsiveness in the midst of everyday life in an imbalanced world. With overarching themes of practice, love, and social action, Stone addresses essential questions: What does daily practice actually look like? Where are you going with your practice? How do you take your practice into your everyday life? How does practice manifest as love? How do you act as a steward of society and live in right relationship with each other and the planet? Our culture needs new patterns. We need to remodel old energy. When I find a new way of moving, everything I see changes. When my viewpoint shifts, new things are possible… This is a small book. It is meant to be like a friend on your path, in your practice (whatever your practice is). It is meant to encourage you. Keep it by your bedside or on the windowsill next to your bathtub… There is no right way; each chapter is like a bead on a mala, each nugget a teaching to digest and take along on your journey. —Carina Stone Stone reminds us in a clear and encouraging way that as we turn whole-heartedly toward what is, with our bodies, hearts, and minds, we discover innate resilience and enliven our creative ability to respond. Practice, he shows, is always both internal and external.
ACCESSIBLE YOGA Poses and Practices for Every Body by Jivana Heyman
$33.95, paper. Shambhala. 184 pages, 8x9, b/w photos
Yoga practice has so much to offer us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. But many of us feel discouraged to practice because we see young, slim, flexible, well, and able-bodied people dominating yoga spaces. Yet, yoga is truly a practice for all—conferring enormous benefits to our overall well-being as our bodies change, age, and navigate various health challenges. Jivana Heyman, founder of Accessible Yoga, views yoga as a basic human right—saying we all deserve to practice it in whatever state we find our body or mind. Accessible Yoga offers a simple, clear, and wonderfully adaptable practice for all people regardless of ability, health, and body type. Heyman has spent over twenty years sharing yoga with people of all abilities and backgrounds, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO YIN YOGA The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
$34.50, paper. Wild Strawberry. 350 pages, b/w photos
An in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga with illustrated sec-tions on how to practice Yin Yoga, including detailed descriptions and photographs of over 30 Yin Yoga asanas. This is an updated version of the book that has become the go-to resource for Yin Yoga teachers all over the world and has been required reading in many teacher training programs. All forms of yoga can provide benefits physically, emotionally, and mentally, however Yin Yoga works the deeper levels of the body/heart/mind: the yin tissues of fascia, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones, as well as the energetic channels of the meridians, nerves and blood system. One big difference noticed by students of Yin Yoga is the long-held, passive nature of the posture, which gives time for a deeper journey to unfold, a journey into the meditative aspects of yoga, a bridge to living life mindfully. The second edition includes a more functional approach to the practice of yoga, emphasizing the concept of targeted areas; the importance of stress in reducing fragility and building anti-fragility; understanding the YOGA FOR BETTER SLEEP Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science
and in this book, he shares his knowledge by breaking down complex yoga poses, breathing practices, meditation techniques, and yoga teachings into clearly understandable and practical tools we can use every day, regardless of our limitations or challenges. “Accessible Yoga is exactly the direction that global yoga culture needs to move towards to restore the practical relevance of this great healing art. Whether you are thick or thin, young or old, ambulatory or need the assistance of a walker, wheelchair, or crutch, Jivana opens up the practice of yoga in the most delightful and creative ways to anyone who can breathe. Through offering progressive points of entry—from free standing, using a wall, sitting in a chair, or lying on the floor or even in bed—Accessible Yoga is a treasure trove of invaluable and practical information that will open many doors for people who might otherwise not have the courage to begin.” —Donna Farhi, author of Yoga, Mind Body & Spirit nature of creep and the importance of counterposes, with a revised list of effective counterpostures; many new photographs of the postures and their variations for different body types; a more current overview of the physiology of tissues and the energy body reflecting new understanding in the science of fascia and cellular signaling; and many other enhancements. As in the first edition, the book presents comprehensive information on how to do the practice, including how to get into and out of the pose, contraindications and warnings for those who may have trouble with particular aspects of the posture, and other important information. Why we do the practice is discussed by looking at its benefits in three main sections: the physiological, energetic and mental/emotional benefits. Throughout the book over 200 pictures and drawings are used to help illustrate the technical points presented as well as to clarify the practice—suitable for almost all levels of students. “A quick glance at the chapter headings gives a clue of the breath of what’s offered: Prana, Bioelectricity, Chakras, Cognitive Therapy, Meridians, Bones and Cartilage… there is something interesting here for just about everyone.” —Sarah Powers, from the foreword
Learn simple yoga techniques—poses, meditations, and breathwork—to sleep better and longer, from master yoga teacher trainer and author, Mark Stephens. As modern science unravels some of the mysteries of our sleeping, dreaming, and waking states, age-old yoga practices are helping us to enjoy better sleep, clearer minds, and healthier bodies. Over 65 percent of U.S. adults are sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation causes and worsens many ailments, including stress, heart conditions, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression. This book provides easy-to-do and effective yoga activities—including postural sequences, breathing exercises, and meditation tools—for better quality and quantity sleep across the life cycle from childhood to older age. Long-time yoga teacher trainer and best-sell-
ing author Mark Stephens integrates the ancient wisdom of yoga with the practical insights, age- and condition-specific sequences, and discussions of neuroscience and psychology to offer practical tools for improving sleep—naturally and drug-free. “Finally, a yogic approach to insomnia that integrates yoga and science! Mark Stephens distills the essential insights of neuroscience, psychology, and the yoga tradition to better understand the nature of sleep and how to improve sleep using yoga rather than pharmaceutical drugs and narrow behaviorist techniques. With chapters on yoga for specific conditions—including stress, anxiety, and depression—and for different ages, this book offers an invaluable resource for anyone interested in better sleep and a healthier life.” —Diana Alstad, coauthor, with Joel Kramer, of The Passionate Mind Revisited Also by Mark Stephens: Yoga Therapy and The Mark Stephens Yoga Sequencing Deck.
A true person is someone whose discipline allows them to be free of themselves so that they can serve. That’s where freedom is… If we aren’t attached to a story about
who we are, we are free to let ourselves not know all the answers. And then we can return to our innate curiosity.
by Mark Stephens
$25.95, paper. North Atlantic. 340 pages, b/w photos
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Yoga: Gravity, Grace & Mudras GRAVITY & GRACE How to Awaken Your Subtle Body with the Healing Power of Yoga by Peter Sterios
$23.50, paper. Sounds True. 264 pages, b/w illustrations
A yoga-inspired guide for self-healing through the subtle body Each of us—no matter who we learn from or what style of yoga we practice—can become our own teacher and create a deeply personal and healing yoga practice. The key is to learn the language of our own subtle body. As most practitioners come to realize, yoga works on much more than the physical body—it also works on the unseen, energetic forces that enliven our physical experience. With Gravity & Grace, yoga teacher and trainer Peter Sterios provides a clear, comprehensive guide for accessing the power of the subtle body YOGA AND THE ART OF MUDRAS by Nubia Teixeira
$33.95, paper. Mandala. 200 pages, 8x9, French flaps, colour photos
Yoga and the Art of Mudras is a guided journey into the alchemy of asana (yoga pose) and mudra (symbolic hand gesture). Brazilian-born yogini, dancer, and author Nubia Teixeira has been practicing and teaching traditional yoga and classical Indian Odissi dance for over twenty-six years. In this book, she fuses her passion for yoga and dance with her love for bhakti (devotion). In so doing, she has created a unique and contemporary yoga system that encompasses all three healing arts. Through beautiful photographs of each yoga pose, Nubia guides the reader in a meaningful union of hand gestures with asanas. Drawing, in particular, on expressions and hand gestures found in Indian dance, these newly developed poses will help transform a person’s hatha yoga practice into an embodied devotional and artistic yogic experience. Nubia’s yoga-mudra system combines expressions that are deeply rooted in the heart of traditional yoga, class-
Buddhism WISDOM FOR THE WORLD AND MINDFUL ADVICE TO MY NATION The Requisites of Reconciliation: Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma in Conversation with Alan Clements
by Alan Clements, with Fergus Harlow $16.95, paper. World Dharma. 126 pages, b/w photos
Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma was one of the foremost authorities on vipassana (insight) meditation. With thousands of students in centers worldwide, Burma’s most senior Buddhist monk also trained many leading meditation teachers in both the East and West. Wisdom for the World: The Requisites of Reconciliation reveals some of his most compelling insights, delivered as his final teaching for the people of the world and his native country, Burma. Over 9 nights before he passed away in April 2016 at the age of 95, the Venerable Sayadaw weighed in on some of the critical issues facing Burma and the world today through rare conversations with his first Western student, journalist, and friend of nearly 40 years, Alan Clements. Covering topics from religious extremism to systemic oppression, and the requisites for surmounting them, the Venerable Sayadaw spoke on the Mahasi Sayadaw system of mindfulness meditation and its application in our trou-
through yoga. His popular yoga video series of the same name made Yoga Journal’s top 15 yoga DVDs of all time, and here, Sterios brings the same lighthearted and joyful approach to the page. Using hatha yoga as a starting point, Sterios guides readers to create healing yoga practices that serve each person’s unique tapestry of personality, background, and body type. Through lessons and practice principles that anyone, with any level of health or experience, can follow, readers will gain a deeper understanding of subtle body anatomy, its physical and psychological effects on our health, and how to harness its energy for optimum healing. Peter includes easily understandable English translations and elegant illustrations for many of yoga’s esoteric topics, making its concepts highly accessible There are 200 million yoga practitioners worldwide.
Jack Kornfield says, “We must shed the past over and over again…” There is an intelligence that supports us as we move rhythmically from one stage of life to the next. The universe moves and dances, and we shift and dance to the same rhythm… Navigating our way through the shadows is where we reclaim our own light. It’s in the shadows and the darkness that we learn who we truly are. All our experiences have value. The most painful ones are grist for the mill, sacred compost. Our suffering, past and present, allows us to open, and thus to grow. It’s all part of the healing process… It’s time to let go of everything that is holding us back. We can no longer run from ourselves; Pandora’s box has been opened and now we all have to dance in the dark. We’re all in the underworld now, so trust that your fierce heart will lead the way.
ical Indian Odissi dance, and inspirational bhakti yoga storytelling. Honoring the gifts of all three systems, Nubia Teixeira shares a didactic, beautiful, and truly original voyage into the heart of devotional yoga practice. “The hands are extensions of the heart, reflecting what is in your heart. Mudras tell stories with the hands. Nubia’s hands express the celestial stories and songs of her innermost heart—the eternal abode of Divine Love where God and the soul dance in ecstatic delight. Nubia is an other-worldly apsara who has taken birth amongst us mortals—to show us the keys to the heart of heaven and how to open the secret door. This is an incredibly important book.” —Sharon Gannon, founder of Jivamukti Yoga “A rare, authentic embodiment of the sacred feminine—tender, strong, and wise. Through these practices, Nubia entrains the reader into a direct experience of the magic and art of these powerful meditative traditions—deepening our own exquisite capacity for embodied awareness.” —Myla Kabat-Zinn, co-author, Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
Woven throughout the book are stories from the author’s life, family, and ancestors, along with many soulful, heartfelt stories from all over the world. Washam’s teachings focus on social action, multiculturalism, and youth, making the Dharma welcoming to as large and wide a community as possible. A dharma teacher who has incorporated ayahuasca journeys into some of her meditation retreats, Washam’s humor, enthusiasm, and energy are a balm.
bled world. “More important than victory over others is to be victorious over oneself”, he says, illuminating the difference between right and wrong mindfulness and calling for a worldwide revolution in Spiritual Intelligence, or “SQ” (a key component of his teachings over the past 15 years). As the principal spiritual adviser to many of the leading figures in Burma’s non-violent democratic revolution, U Pandita speaks to those leaders and fosters hope for a country still convulsing from decades of dictatorship. He elucidates the role of reconciliation in calming the turmoil of conflict faced by so many in the world today. U Pandita outlines the theory and practice of gaining mindful control of one’s own mind so that we may all move towards a more peaceful society. Essentially, Wisdom for the World provides the timeless psychological and spiritual guidance—the mindful intelligence—for anyone desiring to surmount intolerance, hatred and discrimination, in whatever form they take. Alan Clements co-authored The Voice of Hope with Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. Among his other books are Instinct for Freedom and A Future To Believe In. A FIERCE HEART Finding Strength, Courage, and Wisdom in Any Moment by Spring Washam
$19.99, paper. Hay House. 188 pages
Spring Washam is a founder of the East Bay Meditation Center, one of the most diverse and accessible Dharma centers in the United States. In A Fierce Heart, Washam shares her contemporary, unique interpretation of the Buddha’s 2,500-
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A single moment of mindfulness leads to another moment of mindfulness. This universal truth becomes the rallying cry of our practice on behalf of all being everywhere. It’s this truth that motivates the hero and the great bodhisattvas in the world. It’s time to take a stand for all life on Earth. TRANSCENDING Trans Buddhist Voices
by Kevin Manders & Liz Marston
$22.95, paper. North Atlantic. 192 pages.
Transcending is the first anthology of its kind that gives voice to the experiences of transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary Buddhists. Over thirty contributors from both the Mahayana and Theravada traditions are gathered together in this book to present a vision for a trans Buddhist sangha in the 21st century. It shines a light on a new generation of Buddhist role models, giving voice to those who have long been marginalized within the Buddhist world and society at large. While trans, genderqueer, and non-binary practitioners have experienced empowerment and healing through their commitment to the Buddha, dharma, and sangha, they also share their experiences of isolation, transphobia, and aggression. In this diverse collection we hear the firsthand accounts, thoughts, and reflections of trans Buddhists from a variety of different lineages. The book is an open invitation for all Buddhists to bring the issue of gender identity into the sangha, into the discourse, and onto the cushion. Only by doing so can we develop insight into our circumstances and grasp our true, essential nature. “Such an important, timely book—inspiring, moving, and informative. Those who are trans, gender fluid, or genderqueer, as well as people of color, those living with disabilities, and people who are otherwise marginalized, will find their experiences validated here through the courage, vulnerability, honesty, and shared wisdom of these stories. Those who are cisgender, white, privileged in certain ways, will gain awareness and much deeper understanding of the lived experiences of our trans sangha members, and recognize the suffering caused by biases of racial, social, and gender stereotyping. Buddhadharma
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Practice Guides from Bhante G. START HERE, START NOW A Short Guide to Mindfulness Meditation by Bhante Gunaratana
$12.95, paper. Wisdom. 168 pages.
This new book distils Bhante G’s all-time bestseller, Mindfulness in Plain English, down to a pocket-sized guide with everything you need to get started practicing mindfulness right now. In a clear, friendly voice, this concise collection of beloved and renowned meditation master Bhante G’s kind instructions will teach you everything you need to know to start—and maintain!—your mindfulness meditation practice. The book includes practical advice on BUDDHIST SUTTAS FOR RECITATION A Companion for Walking the Buddha’s Path
♦ What to do with the body and mind in meditation; ♦ What to do when the mind wanders and how to work with distraction; ♦ How to deal with physical discomfort in meditation; ♦ How to overcome drowsiness, boredom, and inability to concentrate; ♦ How to work with fear and agitation, judgments, and self-criticism; ♦ How to avoid trying too hard, expecting too much, or getting discouraged; ♦ 11 common misconceptions about meditation; ♦ 10 tips for effective practice; ♦ and how to get the most out of your practice. The introductory material explains the relationship between meditation and devotional practice, offers instructions on setting up a home altar, and gives advice on how to use these texts to enhance your spiritual development.
by Bhante Gunaratana
$35.95, cloth. Wisdom. 275 pages.
Here’s a lavishly produced book featuring carefully chosen selections from the Buddha’s teachings for use in recitation and The daily recitation of Pali verses and suttas reflection. promotes a gradual and easy mastery of Pali Buddhist Suttas for Recitation provides evpronunciation. Our translations are meant erything you need to begin and maintain to be accurate and meaningful to modern a practice of contemplative recitation and readers… Chanting on a regular basis each reflection. These practices will deepen your morning and evening provides an excellent connection to the Buddha, strengthen your opportunity to learn the Dhamma. By using the words faith in the Path, and nurture your intellectual under- of the Buddha, we can be assured that we will be guided standing of the Dhamma. in the right direction. This unique volume includes carefully chosen disAmong Bhante Gunaratana’s other books are Lovcourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon—presented in inspiring and accessible English with accompany- ing-Kindness in Plain English and Eight Mindful Steps to ing Pali text—that convey the essence of the Dhamma. Happiness.
teaches us to see ourselves and others free from assumptions, fixed identities, and social conditioning—as fluid, changing beings. Where we can hold ways of being a self that are beautiful rather than a cause of suffering—using identity in a way that brings connection, community, harmony, and well-being. I hope that reading this book will help Buddhist sanghas of all traditions provide the safety and acceptance where all can explore the fluidity of changing identity. Where we can allow the possibility of changing views with tenderness and wisdom, rather than judgment.” —Adrianne Ross, co-founder, B.C. Insight Meditation Society TRUE PEACE WORK Essential Writings on Engaged Buddhism edited by Parallax Press
$25.95, paper. Parallax. 448 pages.
Now a modern classic, True Peace Work is the premier collection of writings on the practice of Engaged Buddhism, a term that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh coined in the 1950s as part of his peace work in Vietnam that has grown to become a worldwide movement. The topics covered here are especially relevant in today’s world: from creating nonviolent social change, to raising climate awareness, to simply learning how to walk (and enjoy it). This is not purely an activist’s manual, however. True Peace Work is a spiritual bedrock that is as timeless as it is timely, one that insists on the connection between peace in oneself and peace in the world. Thich Nhat Hanh, The Dalai Lama, bell hooks, Bill McKibben, Gary Snyder, Maha Ghosananda, Maxine Hong Kingston, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Matthieu Ricard, Stephen Batchelor, Sister Chân Không, Sulak Sivaraksa, Jack Kornfield, Joan Halifax, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Richard
Baker, Ram Dass, and many others are featured alongside each other in this foundational trove of Buddhist essays, poems, and teachings. Originally published in 1996 as Engaged Buddhist Reader (edited by Arnie Kotler), this revised edition has been expanded for our current time with a new introduction and additional contributors. Gary Snyder writes: The joyous and voluntary poverty of Buddhism becomes a positive force. The traditional harmlessness and avoidance of taking life in any form has nation-shaking implications. The practice of meditation, for whichone needs only “the ground beneath one’s feet,” wipes out mountains of junk being pumped into the mind by the mass media and supermarket universities. The belief in a serene and generous fulfillment of natural loving desires destroys ideologies which blind, maim, and repress—and points the way to a kind of community which would amaze “moralists” and transform armies of men who are fighters because they cannot be lovers. And this from Joanna Macy: Now it can dawn on us: we are our world knowing itself. We can relinquish our separateness. We can come home again—and participate in our world in a richer, more responsible and poignantly beautiful way than before, in our infancy… I think of a poem, “The Old Mendicant,” by Thich Nhat Hanh. In it he evokes the long, wondrous evolutionary journey we all have made together, from which we are as inseparable as from our own selves. At the same time, it is a love song. Hear these lines, as if addressed to you: Being rock, being gas, being mist, being Mind, being the mesons traveling among galaxies at the speed of light, you have come here, my beloved...
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You have manifested yourself as trees, grass, butterflies, single-celled beings, and chrysanthemums. But the eyes with which you looked at me this morning tell me you have never died. STANDING AT THE EDGE Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet by Joan Halifax
New in Paperback
$24.50, paper. Picador. 304 pages
Over many decades, Zen teacher Joan Halifax has collaborated with neuroscientists, clinicians, and psychologists to understand how contemplative practice can be a vehicle for social healing. Exploring how we can transform our experience of suffering into the power of compassion for the benefit of others, Joan identifies five psychological territories she calls Edge States—altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagement—that epitomize strength of character. Yet each of these states can also be the cause of personal and social suffering. In this way, these five psychological experiences form edges, and it is only when we stand at these edges that we become open to the full range of our human experience and discover who we really are. Recounting the experiences of caregivers, activists, humanitarians, politicians, parents, and teachers, incorporating the wisdom of Zen traditions and mindfulness practices, Standing at the Edge is a powerful guide on how to find the freedom we seek for others and ourselves. When we learn to recognize the Edge States in our lives, we can stand on the threshold of change and see a landscape abundant with wisdom, tenderness, and basic human kindness. At the same time, we can see a desolate terrain of violence, failure, and futility. Having the strength to stand at the edge, we can draw lessons from places of utter devastation—the charnel grounds—of refugee camps, earthquake-destroyed areas, prisons, cancer wards, homeless encampments, and war zones, and at the same time be resourced by our basic goodness and the basic goodness of others. This is the very premise of coming to know intimately the Edge States: How we develop the strength to stand at the edge and have a wider view, a view that includes all sides of the equation of life. How we find life-giving balance between oppositional forces. How we find freedom at the edge. And how we discover that the alchemy of suffering and compassion brings forth the gold of our character, the gold of our hearts. “A deep and detailed plunge into the positive as well as the difficult aspects of active engagement in the world of suffering. She weaves in illustrative examples, and, most importantly, practices that can be taken up to help all of us, no matter where in this troubled world we work, to restore much-needed balance, kindness and sanity, both for ourselves and those we serve.”—Jan Chozen Bays, author of Mindfulness on the Go DEEP HOPE Zen Guidance for Staying Steadfast When the World Seems Hopeless by Diane Eshin Rizzetto
$24.95, paper. Shambhala. 151 pages.
Amidst the barrage of daily news and the tumult of our personal lives, it may seem natural to contract out of fear or anxiety. But is there a way to face our lives and the world without closing off our hearts? There is such a path, says Zen teacher Diane Rizzetto of the Bay Zen Center in Oakland. It can be reached through the teachings of the Buddhist paramitas or “perfections”—giving and receiving, taking skillful action, practicing patience, engaging effort, meditating, and seeing clearly. Filled with
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true, sweet home in the here and now.
by Thich Nhat Hanh & Nguyen Anh-Huong
$24.99, paper. Sounds True. 100 pages, 6x6, b/w photos, French flaps
Insight, joy, and serenity are available to you in every moment, whether you’re sitting in silence or strolling down a bustling sidewalk in the city. This is the promise of Walking Meditation, an essential guide to cultivating mindfulness and presence no matter where you are. Created by the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh and one of his first students, Nguyen AnhHuong, this practical book shows readers how to establish their own walking meditation practice. Please ask the Earth, the trees, the birds, the sunshine, and friends who are already on this path of mindfulness practice to help you make this gentle, loving step without struggle. You will learn that the air, the trees, the birds, and the flowers are always there for you. Each time you take a mindful step, you are back in the arms of Mother Earth and are reminded of your AT HOME IN THE WORLD Stories and Teachings from a Monk’s Life
by Thich Nhat Hanh
$19.95, paper. Parallax. 187 pages, b/w illustrations
This collection of autobiographical and teaching stories from peace activist and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is thought provoking, inspiring, and moving to read. Collected now in paperback, these stories span the author’s life. There are stories from Thich Nhat Hanh’s childhood and the traditions of rural Vietnam. There are stories from his years as a teenaged novice, as a young teacher and writer in war torn Vietnam, and of his travels around the world to teach mindfulness, make pilgrimages to sacred sites, and influence world leaders. Our true home is not an abstract idea. It is a solid reality that we can touch with our feet, our hands, and our mind in every moment. If we know this, then
stories, teachings, student questions, and practices, Deep Hope demonstrates the possibility of living with a hopefulness that is grounded in the present moment—a practice of spiritual nourishment and deepening wisdom. “Just this moment” is simply the perfection of our life no matter what is arising in a given moment… In the moment, we are born over and over… As our meditation deepens, and the ramblings of self-centered thinking simmer down, we may experience the moments of our daily lives—emptying the trash, washing a dish—as the fullness of what we are. We are nothing more, nothing less, than “this moment.” And within this understanding, we know the hope and power of each and every moment as our life. “Diane Eshin Rizzetto shows us how to find in ourselves the resources of a life of hope by skillfully blending the teachings of the paramitas with actual practices and personal explorations that reveal the wisdom and power of these ancient teachings. By turning toward our own experience of the paramitas, we readers are offered a startling path through these dark times when hope is sorely needed.” —Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, author of Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges
These esteemed teachers lead you progressively from basic mindfulness techniques such as conscious breathing and walking mindfully in nature, proceeding to methods for meditative walking even in busy public spaces. Take my hand. We will walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere. Walk peacefully. Walk happily. Our walk is a peace walk. Our walk is a happiness walk. Beautiful visual design makes the book so inviting… and it includes online access to audio and video guided meditations. For example, listen to “Walking Meditation to Embrace Your Emotions” at SoundsTrue.com/ walkingmeditation/meditations. nobody can take away our true home. Even if people occupy our country or put us in prison, we still have our true home, and no one can ever take it away. You may wonder if the most wonderful moments of your life area already behind you. Or you may think the happiest moment of your life is still to come. But this is the moment we have been waiting for. The Buddha said, “You have to make the present moment into the most wonderful moment of your life.” Like the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh uses storytelling to engage people’s interest so he can share important teachings, insights, and life lessons. As long as our ancestors in us are still suffering, we ourselves cannot be at peace. If we take one step mindfully, happily, touching the Earth in freedom, we do it for all our previous and future generations. They all arrive with us at the same moment, and all of us find peace and happiness at the same time. NAKED IN THE ZENDO Stories of Uptight Zen, Wild-Ass Zen, and Enlightenment Wherever You Are by Grace Schireson
$22.95, paper. Shambhala. 192 pages.
A collection of charming and funny stories on how to turn the awareness we find on the meditation cushion into wisdom for every day. We need to remove our ego’s clothing to truly see ourselves and the world as they are. Grace Schireson’s stories about her Zen journey—from child to grandmother—share deep insight about how we can find awareness, feel it in our bodies, and experience it wherever we are. Grace’s path is at times ordinary—with stories of youthful naiveite (“Will Zen Get You High?”), parenting (“You Exist; Thereore, I Am Embarrassed”), and pets (“The Honorable Roshi Bully Cat”)— and groundbreaking—with stories of her studies with Suzuki Roshi (“What’s Love Got to Do with It?”), Keido Fukushima Roshi (“Don’t Bow”), and more. Each story, whether humorous or poignant, highlights the power of awareness to transform our lives and the remarkable work of this pioneering woman in American Zen. “Feisty and strong-minded, Grace Schireson has been a force in American Zen for a long time. In Naked in the Zen-
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do she tells her story with verve, humor, and deep wisdom. You will enjoy her many real-life teaching stories, as well as the bracing experience of meeting an honest-to-god, lifeas-it-is Zen teacher, who happens also to be a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, psychotherapist, and feminist activist. This is a book for our Zen moment. For sure.”—Norman Fischer, author of The World Could Be Otherwise
Tibetan Buddhism PAINTING ENLIGHTENMENT Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra: The Buddhist Art of Iwasaki Tsuneo by Paula Arai
$39.95, paper. Shambhala. 175 pages, 7x10, colour illustrations
A stunningly beautiful, full-color book of Buddhist paintings by twentieth-century Japanese artist Iwasaki Tsuneo, interpreted by Buddhist scholar Paula Arai. Little known during his lifetime, the Japanese biologist and artist Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002) created a strikingly original and exquisitely intricate body of modern Buddhist artwork. His paintings depict themes ranging from classical Buddhist iconography to majestic views of our universe as revealed by science—all created with the use of painstakingly rendered miniature calligraphies of the Heart Sutra, one of the most important scriptures of Mahayana Buddhism. In this groundbreaking book, Paula Arai presents over fifty of Iwasaki’s paintings, elucidating their Buddhist contexts and meanings as well as their intimate connections to Iwasaki’s life as a war survivor, teacher, scientist, and devout Buddhist practitioner. Having been posthumously recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Iwasaki’s paintings are sure to be regarded as an innovative and heartfelt contribution to the artistic legacy of twentieth-century Buddhism. The magnificent art presented in Painting Enlightenment draws you into its world of perfect balance, wise knowing, and compassionate feeling, resonating with the beauty of nature in all its dimensions. Generous, selfless, patient, creative, and transformative—we open this sumptuous book and are at once so blest. —Robert Thurman, from the foreword MODERN TANTRIC BUDDHISM Embodiment and Authenticity in Dharma Practice by Justin von Bujdoss
$25.95, paper. North Atlantic. 300 pages
Here’s a lively guide for practitioners, dharma teachers, chaplains and clergy who want to understand and apply Vajrayana (tantric) Buddhism in the context of contemporary life. Tantra originated in 7th century India before migrating to Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Indonesia, ultimately landing in the West in the early 20th century. Today, a new generation of Buddhists are searching for ways to adopt this esoteric practice while staying true to its historical legacy. Modern Tantric Buddhism is the first book of its kind to unpack the principles and practices of the Vajrayana in a manner that is accessible and meaningful. Lama Justin von Bujdoss challenges our assumptions about what it means to be a socially engaged Buddhist. Taking a traditional Tibetan pedagogical approach, he divides the book into three thematic sections: Body (as it applies to physicality and embodiment), Speech (ethical action), and Mind (contexts of awakening). Tantra is an ideal vehicle for critically examining today’s most pressing social issues, while also confronting the inherent short-comings within Buddhism itself, such as patriarchy, sexism, colonialism, and racism.
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Pema, Tenderness & Compassion WELCOMING THE UNWELCOME Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World by Pema Chodron
$33.95, cloth. Shambhala. 158 pages
From the beloved author of When Things Fall Apart comes this open-hearted call for human connection, compassion, and learning to love the world just as it is during these most challenging times. In her first new book of spiritual teachings in over seven years, Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wis-dom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. In an increasingly polarized world, Pema shows us how to strengthen our abilities to find common ground, even when we disagree, and influence our environment in positive ways. Sharing never-before told personal stories from her remarkable life, simple and powerful everyday practices, and directly relatable advice, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas—compassionate beings—in times of hardship. There’s more at stake in learning about spirituality CREATING A CULTURE OF TENDERNESS Embracing Our Kinship with All of Life by Pema Chodron & Greg Boyle $25.99, 2 CDs. Sounds True. 2 hours
What do a Jesuit priest and a Buddhist nun have in common? It may sound like the opening to a joke, but it’s actually the question that initiated an extraordinary spiritual collaboration. Father Greg Boyle and Pema Chödrön came together in a night of interfaith conversation for a great cause: aiding Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest rehabilitation, re-entry, and job training program for former gang CHOOSING COMPASSION how to be of benefit in a world that needs our love by Anam Thubten
$22.95, paper. Shambhala. 130 pages
A beloved Buddhist teacher here shares how, by cultivating our practice of compassion, we can open our hearts and benefit the world. We see so much pain and injustice in the world—from racial discrimination to environmental degradation. How can we make a positive difference? Anam Thubten invites us to deepen our compassion. Through practices that open our hearts and expand our awareness of connectedness with the world, we will be able to act with courage for the benefit of all. If our hearts are open and we can bear witness to the suffering around us, we will be able to act from that
By planting the seeds for a contemporary Vajrayana, Westerners can deepen their relationship to this uniquely authentic and embodied practice. Appropriate for all levels of practitioner, the book is an invaluable guide for clergy and caregivers who wish to access the wisdom of the tantric Buddhist tradition as means to bolster their work. “Modern Tantric Buddhism reads like an extended latenight conversation, wherein Western Buddhists can discover the authentic essence of tantra and develop confidence in its relevance to their own lives and spiritual aspirations. Lama Justin exemplifies an urban yogi who embodies the creative blaze of tantra amidst the grit and turmoil of a great city.” —Chagdud Khadro, spiritual director of Chagdud Gonpa centers in South America
and meditation than just trying to feel good about yourself or getting better at chilling out. Replacing “us and them” with a feeling of our universal sameness and interconnectedness is becoming a practical requirement for survival… Buddha and many other wise people in this world have given us tools for taking whatever occurs in our lives and using it to cultivate our basic goodness and become more and more able to be there for others. Whatever the future brings—welcome or unwelcome—we can use for our path of awakening. To me, this attitude is the best kind of optimism. Welcoming the Unwelcome includes teachings on the true meaning of karma, recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with—even the most challenging ones, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use to bring light to the darkness we face, wherever and whatever it may be. members. Originally founded by Father Greg in 1992, Homeboy Industries has helped thousands of people find renewed hope after leaving gang life. Now, Father Greg and Pema present Creating a Culture of Tenderness, an audio program devoted to what it means to embody one’s principles in the world. Co-teaching for the first time, here they offer an inspiring dialogue on recognizing each other’s innate humanity, the power of second chances, the profound connections between the world’s faiths, and how in service to others we can discover the most vital spiritual truths. and help relieve suffering in whatever small or big ways we can. It will not be insignificant, and our compassion will include all beings no matter how small they are. Each compassionate act will change us and will expand our boundaries and show us what transcendence means. Then, we will begin more and more to lose the feeling that we are separate from everybody else. In this way, we can widen the circle of love. With characteristic warmth, Anam Thubten shares reflections, meditations, and practices that any reader—whether Buddhist or not—can embrace. “Choosing Compassion has a simplicity, clarity, and depth that speaks directly to the purity of our heart. Anam Thubten’s teachings inspire us to embody loving presence in our daily life and serve the healing of our world.”—Tara Brach, author of Radical Compassion GUIDED BUDDHIST MEDITATIONS Essential Practices on the Stages of the Path by Thubten Chodron
$25.95, paper. Shambhala. 176 pages
A new edition of a Buddhist classic, an accessible introduction to the stages of the path (lamrim)—including 14 hours of downloadable audio meditations. The Stages of the Path, or lamrim, presentation of Buddhist teachings (a step-by-step method to tame the mind) is a core topic of Buddhist study. The lamrim meditations remind us that the process of transforming the mind, unlike so much of our frantic modern society, is a slow and thoughtful one. Best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Thubten
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Chodron here provides clear explanations of the stages of the path, as well as an accompanying downloadable audio program containing over fourteen hours of guided meditations on each of the topics covered in the text. Chodron discusses how to establish a daily practice and presents the meditations in detail, followed by advice for newcomers, instructions for working with distractions, antidotes to mental afflictions, and suggestions on how to deepen Dharma practice. Each practitioner will find meaning and insight according to their own skill level. OUR HUMAN POTENTIAL The Unassailable Path of Love, Compassion, and Meditation
by The Dalai Lama
$25.95, paper. Shambhala. 256 pages
This collection of lectures given at Harvard by the Dalai Lama on a spectrum of topics, such as individual and world peace, answers questions that those interested in Buddhism have long hoped to see addressed. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a series of lectures at Harvard University expertly fulfilling his intention of providing an in-depth introduction to Buddhist theory and practice. He structured the presentation according to the teachings of the Four Noble Truths and expanded their meaning to cover most of the topics of Tibetan Buddhism. The Dalai Lama’s combination of superb intellect, power of exposition, and practical implementation are evident in these lectures. He covers a broad spectrum of topics including: the psychology of cyclic existence; consciousnessand karma; cessation and buddha nature; Paths and the utilization of bliss techniques for meditation, altruism, valuing enemies, wisdom, and much more. The Dalai Lama is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books. THE LIFE OF MY TEACHER A Biography of Kyabjé Ling Rinpoche
by The Dalai Lama
$32.00, paper. Wisdom. 463 pages, b/w & colour photos
The Dalai Lama tells the life story of his remarkable teacher, Ling Rinpoche, who remained a powerful anchor for him from childhood and into his emergence as a global spiritual leader. The Sixth Ling Rinpoche (19031983) was a towering figure in Tibetan Buddhism. Combining great learning with great humility, he was ordained by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama and went on to serve as the head of the Geluk tradition and as the senior tutor to the present Dalai Lama. In temperament and wisdom, he had a profound influence on the Dalai Lama’s spiritual development, and he became a steadying presence for His Holiness during the chaotic changes that defined the Tibetan experience of the twentieth century, with the invasion of their county by Communist forces and the subsequent rebuilding of their culture in India. Ling Rinpoche’s extensive travels among exiled communities abroad and across India buoyed the spirits of the Tibetan diaspora, and the training and activities of this consummate Buddhist master, here told by the Dalai Lama in the traditional Tibetan style, will inspire and amaze. Over one hundred archival photos bring the text to life.
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TEA AND CAKE WITH DEMONS A Buddhist Guide to Feeling Worthy by Andreanna Limbach
$24.99, paper. Sounds True. 192 pages
In Tea and Cake with Demons, Adreanna Limbach brings secular Buddhist teachings to a new generation by addressing one of the most pressing concerns we all face—authentic self-worth. Our ambition, goal-setting, self-helping, and even our spiritual practices are often driven by the underlying sense that we just aren’t enough. But what if we could accept ourselves just as we are? Open our hearts and invite our demons to tea? These demons, Limbach teaches, manifest for many of us as a chronic sense of not-enoughness, inherited through cultural stories that send us conflicting messages: we’re supposed to feel happy and confident, but we’re also never quite worthy of those feelings. Using the Four Noble Truths as a guide, Limbach shares meditation practices, personal anecdotes, and traditional Buddhist tales that help us learn to befriend ourselves—even the more unsavory bits—so we can realize our full potential. The allegory of inviting our demons to tea suggests that we don’t ignore the dodgy parts; rather we learn WAKE UP TO WHAT MATTERS A Guide to Tibetan Buddhism for the Next Generation by Avikrita Vajra Sakya
$22.95, paper. Shambhala. 132 pages
This unique and fresh presentation of Tibetan Buddhism provides all the tools a millennial needs to navigate the Buddhist path in a modern world. The twenty-five-year-old lama, Avikrita Vajra Sakya, was born and raised in America and now lives in a monastery in India, training in and teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy to hundreds of monks and nuns. He has thousands of students all over the world, with over 100,000 people following him on Facebook. His style of writing is frank and open, hitting straight to the heart of young people’s concerns for why they should bother with a spiritual path in the age of cell phones and shopping malls.
DZOGCHEN MEDITATION TRAINING A Direct Path for Awakening to the Radiant Buddha Within
by Lama Surya Das
$90.99, 6 CDs. Sounds True. 7.3 hours
You don’t need to spend a lifetime purifying and perfecting yourself in order to touch the bliss of enlightenment. Your essential state of being is already one of pure awareness and incorruptible, innate wakefulness. The question is, how can you access this awakened state? How can you free your luminous true nature? Things are not what they seem to be. Nor are they otherwise. One of Tibetan Buddhism’s most guarded and revered secret teachings, Dzogchen offers a swift and direct path for touching upon your essential nature and scaling the pinnacle of enlightenment in this lifetime. In the West, few understand this path as deeply as American teacher Lama Surya Das, and in Dzogchen Meditation Training, Surya Das draws on his nearly 50 years of experience to
how to work with them, skillfully and directly. Facing the entirety of who we are is the path of practicing our worth. The cornerstone of this practice is meditation. When you first launch a meditation practice, you’re taking a front-row seat to your own mind. This has the potential to be an intimate discovery of everything that lives inside: our demons, our wisdom, our inherited narratives, our impulses, and our habits. My advice is to approach yourself with care. The best antidote to feeling that our worth is conditional is the practice of offering ourselves unconditional kindness. Day in and day out. Over and over. Like butter and wax, our hearts soften when warmth is applied, as do our rigid standards and impossible expectations of ourselves. Meditation practice is also our training ground for learning how to hold our seats. We’re training in softening, but also in sturdiness, taking up space without apology or armor. We allow the earth to hold us and bear witness to our worth, as we bear witness to ourselves. Feeling the body breathing reminds us of our inherent intelligence and belonging. A popular mindfulness teacher and emerging voice in modern Buddhism, Limbach brings a playful, fresh, and at times joyfully irreverent tone to walking the Eightfold Path.
There is no other book like this available that makes such a direct argument for being a twenty-first century Buddhist, whether you are living in Seattle or in a Himalayan hermitage. Fundamentally, we all have the same hang-ups and all equally have the potential to become buddhas ourselves by cultivating loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom. And this book teaches readers to do just that. If we remember to check in every day with what’s happening on Planet You with full, open awareness, even if it’s just a few minutes between our everyday activities, we’ll really notice positive changes. Otherwise, we’re just left with the story lines playing out on our inner movie screens… Awakening calm and insight means we can remember where the off switch is.
present an immersive training in the art and practice of Dzogchen. One of Tibetan Buddhism’s most guarded and revered secret teachings, Dzogchen offers a swift and direct path for touching upon your essential nature and scaling the pinnacle of enlightenment in this lifetime. In the West, few understand this path as deeply as American teacher Lama Surya Das, and in Dzogchen Meditation Training, Surya Das draws on his nearly 50 years of experience to present an immersive training in the art and practice of Dzogchen. Also known as the Great Perfection, Dzogchen is grounded in wisdom and compassion. In this six-part series, Lama Surya Das takes you on a journey home to your primordial state of being, the true self that is pure awareness. In this practice-oriented training, you’ll awaken your natural radiance in a way that encompasses—rather than denies— the world and all it means to be fully human. An advanced program that is accessible to everyone, Dzogchen Meditation Training presents a powerful, in-depth series of meditations and inquiries for coming into deeper communion with all of life and uncovering the treasure trove inherent in your authentic radiant nature.
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$20.95, paper. Picador. 112 pages
Brian Browne Walker’s version of The Hua Hu Ching is a rare jewel. In that book he writes, “I have come to think of Lao Tzu less as a man who once lived and more as a song that plays, eternal and abiding.” As with any great song, there are many great versions. Walker’s own version of the Tao Te Ching, surely one of the most cherished books in the world, “endeavors to stay as close as possible to the direct literal translation of the Chinese characters.” When Tao is talked about, the words seem bland and flavorless. Looked at, it may not catch the eye. Listened to, it might not seduce the ear. Used, it can never be exhausted. In his introduction, Walker says of the Tao Te Ching, “It is less a book than a living, breathing angel.” What is likely is that the body of teachings now known as the Tao Te Ching was developed over a period of two or three hundred years by five or six different sages. Some were almost assuredly women; certainly the teaching here is the gentlest and most motherly of all the world’s great books on the art of living. Walker’s rendering of the Tao is simply and naturally presented. In these 81 short verses, a How To Create and Repair Worlds Manual is subtly offered. When, in the process of self-transformation, desires are aroused, calm them with nameless simplicity. When desires are dissolved in the primal presence, peace and harmony naturally occur, and the world orders itself. THE WAY OF HEART & BEAUTY The Tao of Daily Life by Deng Ming-Dao
$24.95, paper. Hampton Roads. 198 pp.
This book draws on ancient Chinese wisdom to explore critical life issues: What is our place in nature? How do we make right decisions? How do we respect the earth? How are we to view life and death? What is the path we should live to truly achieve a good and meaningful life? For Deng Ming-Dao, the two entry points for this exploration are two words: The first is the Chinese word for “heart”—which means heart, mind, intention, center, core intelligence, and soul. And the second is the word “beauty”—which connotes the pleasure we take in art, design, fashion, and music. Our hearts love beauty, and beauty opens our hearts. If you want to nourish year heart, nothing is better than to reduce your wants. If you have few desires, you might miss some things, but they will be few. If you have many desires, you may gain some things, but they will be few. In this profound collection of fresh and contemporary translations of ancient texts, Deng Ming-Dao gathers over 220 selections that deal with the essence of heart and beauty. Topics include: how to be great, how long it takes to follow your heart, how to bring order to the world, how to know everything, how to pacify the heart, and much more. Here are stories, fables, poems, and epigrams that delight, inspire, and inform.
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♦ The sages saw that music brought joy and that it improved the hearts of all people. It expressed the deepest feelings, and it influences attitudes and customs, which were always in flux. That’s why the kings of ancient days put such an emphasis on music and made sure it was taught. —Book of Rites Among the other books by Deng Ming-Dao are Scholar Warrior and 365 Tao. TAI CHI FOR DEPRESSION A 10-Week Program to Empower Yourself and Beat Depression
by Dr. Aihan Kuhn
$21.95, paper. YMAA. 224 pages, 160 b/w photos
This book is designed to help readers understand depression and make positive changes to overcome it. Chinese Medical Doctor Aihan Kuhn teaches a unique tai chi form that combines ele-ments of Chen and Yang styles as well as qigong and meditation. The form is easy to learn, easy to remember, and easy to practice. Dr. Kuhn’s multidisciplinary approach to mental health also focuses on positive thought, a healthy diet, and self-confidence. Dr. Kuhn instructs readers on a unique tai chi form that is perfect for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. The circular movements create better energy flow in the body. The martial character empowers the mind, strengthens the body, improves stamina, and increases self-esteem. Slow, symmetrical movements promote balance and calm. This book features: ♦ Detailed instructions and photos describing Dr. Kuhn’s 16-step tai chi form ♦ Personal reflections on using tai chi to overcome depression ♦ A 10-week plan to help readers begin their journey to wellness. When I was just starting out as a doctor, my focus was mainly on treating disease. Now my focus is on teaching people how to prevent disease and treating patients in the early stages of their illness so they can avoid additional problems. In many ways, Tai Chi for Depression represents the culmination of her life’s work.
BodyMind Healing, Ayurveda & Chinese Medicine ABUNDANTLY WELL The Complementary Integrated Medical Revolution by Susun Weed
$30.95, paper. Ash Tree. 352 pages, illus.
Patch Adams wants you to read Susun Weed’s new book: Abundantly Well. Every healing modality is covered—including forest bathing, story medicine, placebos, orgonomy, tai chi, drumming, wild food, non-dual therapies, Feldenkrais, hug therapy, reiki, psychic surgery vibrational medicine, dowsing, orgasm, psychoactives, adaptogens, supplements, anti-radiation allies, and surviving surgery. Join the Complementary Integrated Medical Revolution. This may be the only book on health you’ll ever need. For more than thirty years Susun Weed has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations, restoring herbs as women’s common medicine, and empowering women to care for themselves. She is the author of Breast Health and the Wise Woman Way, Down There, Healing Wise, New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way, and Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year.
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HEALING THE THYROID WITH AYURVEDA Natural Treatments for Hashimoto’s, Hypothyroidism, and Hyperthyroidism by Marianne Teitelbaum
$21.50, paper. Inner Traditions. 288 pages, b/w illustrations
In this comprehensive guide for practitioners and those concerned with thyroid health, Marianne Teitelbaum, D.C., integrates the ancient medicine of Ayurveda with modern scientific findings to address the growing epidemic of thyroid disease. Revealing how the thyroid is the victim of many factors that conspire to create ill health—and how many cases of thyroid disease go undiagnosed—Teitelbaum focuses not only on treating thyroid problems and symptoms but also on diagnosing them at their earliest, most reversible stages. She outlines the basic principles of Ayurveda, including pulse diagnosis, a key tool for early detection, and explains the successful treatment protocols she has developed over more than 30 years of Ayurvedic practice. She details the underlying reasons for thyroid malfunction, such as inflammation, malnutrition, and toxins, and how the thyroid is connected with the health of the rest of body, including the liver and gall bladder. She explores the Ayurvedic treatment of thyroid-related conditions, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism, offering guidance on the targeted use of herbs, specific dietary recommendations, proper detoxification, and Ayurvedic recipes. She also includes treatments and remedies for common symptoms of thyroid disease, including insomnia, depression, fatigue, and osteoporosis, as well as for luxurious hair growth and weight loss. Based on the treatment of thousands of patients, this book also shares success stories of thyroid healing and the scientific studies that support the author’s Ayurvedic thyroid protocols. YANG SHENG The Art of Chinese Self-Healing
by Katie Brindle
$32.99, cloth. Chronicle. 320 pages, 2-colour illustrations
The concept of self-care is, in fact, thousands of years old. This buzzword is rooted in a 2,500-year old Chinese philosophy. “Yang Sheng” means “to nourish life” and it’s part of Chinese medicine, but not herbs or acupuncture. In fact, it’s the part you can do yourself, to encourage your body to self-heal. Based on a holistic and sophisticated understanding of how we function, the profound techniques of Yang Sheng will nurture your body, mind and spirit. Despite its ancient roots, Yang Sheng works brilliantly for the challenges of modern life, from stress to sleeplessness. Practitioner of Chinese Medicine Katie Brindle will help you discover new and effective habits that will dramatically improve your energy and boost your mood, starting with one minute at a time. Some of the techniques will be new to you, some may seem unusual, but they are all simple to learn and quick to do. You’ll want to adopt yang sheng techniques because they are, in themselves, pleasurable. Even more appealing, a key principle of Chinese medicine is balance; that means not being perfect or excluding foods or having too many rules or pushing yourself to exhaustion with overwork or over-exercise. And so, Yang Sheng encourages you to have the green juice and the glass of wine, a full-on day at work and a night out dancing (ie., live fully!...and rest well). For people who are overtired and overtaxed, stressed,
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lacking a sex drive, or who feel anxious or hopeless, the practice of Yang Sheng restores balance. Our bodies are designed to self-heal. Yang Sheng knows the mechanics of how to activate this. It will transform the way you feel and help you live a calm and contented life.
Healing Energies, Healing Herbs THE ENERGY CODES The 7-Step System to Awaken Your Spirit, Heal Your Body, and Live Your Best Life
by Sue Morter
$36.00, cloth. Scribner. 336 pages
Transform your life with this revolutionary and accessible seven-step guide—grounded in energy medicine, neurobiology, and quantum physics—to awaken your true health and potential through energy healing. Some years ago, health pioneer and practitioner Dr. Sue Morter had a transformational experience. While meditating, she spontaneously accessed an energy field—a level of consciousness—previously unbeknownst to her. This dramatic awakening changed her life, freeing her from years of struggle and pain. It also set Dr. Morter on her new life’s mission to deepen her studies of energy healing and medicine in the hopes of recreating this radical, positive transformation for herself and her patients. Through years of study, she developed the seven Energy Codes, a life-changing program that has enabled herself and her patients to overcome pain, disease, fatigue, anxiety, and depression, and to awaken creativity. Inspired by the seven Chakras, and bridging ancient healing practices with cutting edge science, The Energy Codes offers a detailed roadmap to help you activate previously untapped energy and neuro-circuitry within the body. Grounded in practical, accessible exercises like simple Yoga sequences, breathwork, and meditations, and complete with dozens of inspiring success stories, The Energy Codes empowers you to tap into the pure energy of your being. Whether this is your first exploration with using energy as medicine or you’re well versed in the subject, the Energy Codes’ revolutionary methods offer unique insights and protocols that will be life-changing for you and for those whose lives you touch. BOOST YOUR NATURAL ENERGY 40 Simple Exercises and Recipes for Everyday by Sandy Shimu
$12.50, paper. Inner Traditions. 95 pages, colour photos
Do you feel drained sometimes? Do you wish you had more energy at work, for your daily chores, and for spending time with your loved ones? Do you lack concentration and find yourself distracted, even during family time? Help is easier and quicker than you think. In this handy pocket guide, Sandy Taikyu Kuhn Shimu has collected 40 of the most effective yet simple mental and physical exercises as well as a few recipes based on her many years of experience as a Kung Fu, Qi Gong, and Yoga teacher. These techniques don’t require hours of studying, difficult to find ingredients, or expensive equipment. Humming like a bumble bee, walking backwards, screaming out loud, body tapping, and many other surprisingly easy but powerful methods are detailed, step by step, including basic background information and benefits, illustrated with inspiring full-color photographs. The author also provides an index of the exercises sorted by desired effect, such as quick energy boost, deep and restorative sleep, a happy mind, detoxification, regeneration, stronger concentration, letting go,
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$31.50, paper. Inner Traditions. 320 pages, colour images
Well known for their aromatherapy applications, essential oils also have healing abilities when absorbed through the skin. Applied topically they work well for wound healing, arthritis, inflammation, and skin conditions. Because all the cells in the body are interconnected, they also affect underlying organs, systems, and soft tissues, influencing hormone release, gently relieving pain and stress, and offering antimicrobial protection against pathogens, viruses, and bacteria. Focusing on 15 essential oils that form a safe and effective tool kit for treating a broad range of ailments and conditions, from acne, anxiety, and asthma to psoriasis, shingles, and painful periods, Heather Dawn Godfrey explores how these essential oils complement and support each other’s healing properties and can be blended together to offer dynamic, customizable treatments for each unique individual. She examines the body’s many WORKING WITH CHAKRAS FOR BELIEF CHANGE The Healing InSight Method by Mikki Gresham-Record
$31.50, paper. Inner Traditions. 302 pages, colour illustrations
Working with Chakras for Belief Change aims to transform our unhelpful beliefs through clearing our chakras, raising our vibrations, and grounding new ways of being through the body. The Healing InSight Method is based on affirmations used together with individual chakra work and specific bodywork exercises, including techniques drawn from kinesiology, qigong, whole-brain integration, visualization, and infinity symbol exercises. Psychologist and energy therapist Nikki Gresham-Record has channeled 28 common beliefs for each chakra, 196 in total, which can be fully realigned using this transformational system of complete mind-bodyspirit healing. The beliefs are structured through the chakra system and depict where in our body certain unhealthy beliefs might take root. Changing and realigning these beliefs and their associated vibrations in the subconscious mind and energy body enables AWAKENING YOUR CRYSTALS Activate the Higher Potential of Healing Stones by Sharon McAllister
$24.99, paper. Inner Traditions. 176 pages, colour photos
In this vibrantly illustrated crystal guide, experienced holistic therapist and crystal-healing teacher Sharon McAllister offers an introduction to programming crystals and gemstones to harness their full potential. She explains how crystal programming combines the powerful instrument of intention setting with the healing energies of stones. She details how to cleanse and charge your crystals and prepare your own energy field before programming and provides a collection of intention-setting statements and programming recipes for personal healing as well as therapeutic use. Unveiling the light that each crystal radiates vibrationally and spiritually, Sharon reveals how each crystal is a living being that can be awakened to emanate its and starting your day with energy. With this pocket reference guide, you now have, at your fingertips, 40 easy, quick ways to refuel your system, rebuild
absorption pathways, explaining how even the internal organs have odor receptors and how applying essential oils in different ways has specific influences on the body’s systems. Offering guidelines for safe application, including recommendations for children and the elderly, the author provides easy-to-reference charts and tables to select the appropriate oil or oils for each situation, and she explains which essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy and by those with specific conditions such as cancer. Godfrey also explores complementary therapies that increase the effectiveness of essential oils, including Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, and she details the colors, chakras, gemstones, and crystals that correspond with each oil. She provides recipes for proper dilution and the best carrier mediums, including creams, compresses, lotions, and ointments. Written for both healthcare professionals and for selfcare, this hands-on guide will allow you to effectively treat acute and chronic conditions as well as incorporate essential oils into daily life for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. any blocks to dissolve and our system to open up to the opportunity for change. Easy to learn and to apply, the Healing InSight method holds the potential for radical transformation. Case studies and a life-review process to help you take stock of your situation before and after complement this comprehensive book. The 56 high-vibration full-colour chakra images included can be used as a tool for therapeutic guidance as well as for positive manifestation. Each chakra is represented by a main chakra image along with 7 chakra aspect images, affirming potent qualities that we are all able to access when balanced and in harmony within ourselves. The artistry of the chakra images offers an immersion in the vibration of the empowering chakra-related be-liefs and aids energetic resonance to help people feel good and begin healing. Also offering case studies and a life-review process to help the reader take stock of their situation before and after they begin the Healing InSight Method, Working with Chakras for Belief Change provides a gentle, energetic, yet potentially life-changing tool for personal growth and development. purest and strongest energy in alignment with specific healing purposes. She explains the dormant state of stones when they are still inside the earth, their activated state when extracted by humans, and their ignited state, when they are called into direct service with a programmed focus, which leads them to unfold their full healing potential. Focusing on 8 key crystals, including rose quartz, amethyst, and citrine, Sharon shows how these 8 stones can combine to form a powerful toolkit with a wide range of healing applications. She provides an in-depth chapter on each of the 8 key crystals, offering deep insight into their energies and healing properties. She also covers more than 60 additional crystals along with guidance on their healing uses and programming potential. Taking your crystal healing experience to a higher level, this guide shows how each crystal has its own life plan just like human beings and when a crystal enters your life it is never by coincidence.
your focus, enhance performance, restore your natural energy flow, and bring your life back into balance.
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THE ART OF PSYCHIC REIKI Developing Your Intuitive & Empathic Abilities for Energy Healing
Oils, Chakras & Crystals ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE WHOLE BODY The Dynamics of Topical Application and Absorption
REI KI by Lisa Campion
$28.95, paper. New Harbinger. 222 pages, 7x9, b/w photos
From master Reiki teacher Lisa Campion comes The Art of Psychic Reiki, a unique step-by-step guide for learning the sacred art of Reiki while cultivating the psychic and intuitive skills crucial to this healing energy work. Reiki is a gentle yet powerful, handson energy healing method from Japan that’s been gaining in popularity over the last century, not only with bodyworkers and massage therapists in the West but also with medical professionals who can attest to its healing power. Born from the author’s decades of experience with Reiki healing and her own methods, this book provides everything you need to know about this healing art. If you’re drawn to the healing art of Reiki, you might be a highly sensitive person, with high levels of empathy, intuition, and latent psychic abilities (a combination of intuition and inner knowing, plus the ability to connect with higher wisdom). And since Reiki is a form of energy healing, many new practitioners may experience what’s called a psychic opening as they learn or practice. For this reason, it’s important that every Reiki practitioner master the ability to navigate their empathic and psychic sensitivities while engaged in this work, and this book can help. Whether you’re new to Reiki or you’re a practitioner seeking to deepen your knowledge and enhance your skills, with this guide you’ll learn how to use Reiki to heal yourself and others, cultivate and trust your natural intuition, develop your empathic and psychic abilities, work with your spirit guides, and ground and protect yourself as a practitioner of this sacred healing art. THE BIG BOOK OF CHAKRAS AND CHAKRA HEALING How to Unlock Your Seven Energy Centers for Healing, Happiness, and Transformation by Susan Shumsky
$35.95, paper. Weiser. 280 pages, 7x9, b/w illustrations
Although they are often misunderstood, the chakras are important facets of health and spirituality and when properly attuned can lead to happier and healthier lives. In The Big Book of Chakras and Chakra Healing, Dr. Susan Shumsky delves into the ancient Tantric and Vedic literature to uncover the veiled mysteries of the ages, where the most authentic information about the 7 chakras, 7 subchakras, and the subtle energy system can be found. By reading this valuable book, you will: ♦ Discover your subtle body and energy field and how to heal blockages. ♦ Gain understanding of kundalini energy and the chakra system. ♦ Understand how to use visualization to access your chakras. ♦ Learn to maintain the health of your energy field. “Where else are you going to find a description of the inner sheaths of the sushumna, as well as of the smaller subchakras of the heart and higher chakras? Within these pages you can find descriptions of the meaning of the individual petals, the deities associated with each chakras, and discussion of mudras (physical gestures), bandhas (inner locks), pranayama (breathing practices), and mantras (sounds) associated with the chakras. “This book is for seekers... Knowledge of the chakras ultimately comes from within oneself, through direct access. But that access takes practice… With writing that is both friendly to the layperson yet true to a deeper mystery, this is the book to which I refer my students who are interested in the esoteric wisdom and practices of the ancients.” — Anodea Judith, author of Eastern Body, Western Mind
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by Martin Brofman
$22.50, paper. Findhorn. 269 pages, colour charts
Explore the body as a map of consciousness. Each physical symptom reflects a deeper part of our Spirit and consciousness, the part the Western traditions know as the unconscious or subconscious. When we make a decision that leaves us with stress, it affects our consciousness, and therefore our energy field or aura. When the tension increases in intensity, it reaches the physical level where it creates a symptom. This means that if we make a different decision, or change our mind about something, we can let go of this stress, and the symptom. The symptom itself is not the problem, just a message that, once understood, has fulfilled its purpose and can be released. Integrating Martin Brofman’s more than 30 years of research and healing practice, The Inner Cause comprises an A to Z compendium of 800 symptoms and a psychology of their inner causes, the messages they are trying to send to our consciousness. Woven into the descriptions of symptoms, the author also discusses personality pro-files associated with certain symptoms, derived from his understanding of the chakras, the body-mind interface, and the connections he discovered when developing his Body Mirror System of Healing. By learning a symptom’s message, you become empowered to take charge and effect change on the inner level. For each symptom discussed, the author explores the message of the symptom, which chakras are involved, how you may be affected, and which issues you might need to look at. ANYTHING CAN BE HEALED The Body Mirror System of Healing with Chakras by Martin Brofman
$22.50, paper. Inner Traditions. 219 pages, colour & b/w illustrations
Drawing on his own profound healing experience as a young man, Martin Brofman developed a system of healing that effectively and seamlessly blends Western psychology and Eastern philosophies: the Body Mirror System. He explains how the chakra system connects to both mind and body to form a body/mind interface, allowing us to read the physical body as a mirror of the consciousness within, track the route from symptom to cause, and then work on releasing the causes on all levels of the human energy field. Anything Can Be Healed explores the ideas that how we are physically is a reflection of who we are and how our life is. It empowers us to make changes and to take responsibility for our health and well-being. Within the concepts of his Body Mirror System, Brofman explores the chakras and their role in the body, including references to body parts, senses, consciousness, and elements for each chakra; how to clear and connect the chakras through their passage; how to ground and connect to the cosmos through the chakras; and how engaging with thought forms, time travel, and past lives can assist in healing sessions. Practical energy exercises and a chakra meditation allow the reader to imminently experience the healing energy in their bodies and prepare for a healing session. Speaking about healing others as well as self-healing, Martin addresses how to heal with chakras, thought forms, white light, and love and also how to perform distance healing. He also includes color reference guides, such as a chakra healing chart.
CANNABIS & CBD FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS An essential guide for using nature’s medicine to relieve stress, anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, and more by Aliza Sherman & Dr. Junella Chin $22.99, paper. Ten Speed. 168 pages, colour photos
A safe, comprehensive, and easy-to-use guide to using cannabis—including CBD and THC—to ease chronic and acute health issues such as pain, insomnia, inflammation, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and more, from the founder of a global cannabis wellness network and an osteopathic physician. With wider legalization of recreational cannabis and medical marijuana, interest is growing in cannabis-related health products, especially those made with CBD—a cannabinoid that has healing properties without the psychoactive effects of THC. Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness demystifies cannabis and its history, and explains in simple and straightforward language how to use it to treat myriad health and lifestyle issues. With information on cannabis forms (tinctures, THE CANNABIS KITCHEN COOKBOOK Feel-Good Edibles, from Tinctures and Cocktails to Entrees and Desserts by Robyn Griggs Lawrence
$24.99, paper. Skyhorse Publishing. 320 pages, 8x9, colour photos
This cookbook for enthusiasts of all skill levels approaches cannabis as an ingredient to explore. Cannabis-infused food is an evolving art and science. In The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook, chefs in the know from Amherst to Anaheim share their secrets for infusing everything from oil and agave to soups and cocktails with this once taboo ingredient now being employed as a super-food. Covering every meal from brunch to late-night cocktails and snacks, The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook approaches cannabis as yet another fine ingredient to be studied and savored, like a great wine, a premium cigar, gourmet chocolate, or single malt scotch. With more than one hundred fully tested recipes from experienced professional chefs, The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook guides readers through the process of making fresh, tasty, and healthy home-cooked meals using cannabis as the main additive. The cookbook also provides step-by-step instructions on preparing cannabis for use in the kitchen as well as advice on personalizing dosage for different needs
This classic healing guide serves as a practical introduction to energy healing as well as a healer’s tutorial and reference book. Also by Martin Brofman is The Inner Cause: A Psychology of Symptoms from A to Z. TOUCHED BY NATURE Plant Spirit Medicine Journeys
by Rip Waller & Lucy Wells
$32.95, paper. Aeon. 204 pages, b/w illus.
Inside these pages are woven together the voices and stories of many people whose lives have been touched by plants in general and plant spirit medicine in particular. These include contributions from some of the many wonderful herbalists using plant-based medicine in a way that goes beyond the physical, biochemical model. The stories are arranged in chapters that take the reader on a journey to discover this medicine of our time. It is sometimes said that in the time of greatest need there is the greatest help,
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topicals, edibles, flowers, concentrates), methods of ingestion (smoking, vaping, capsules, patches, creams, and more), dosing and microdosing, safety and storage, care-giving, and effectivess for self-care, physical fitness, sexual arousal, aging, and more, this is the only book you need to start using cannabis—in a targeted and safe way—for better health. This book is the start of a new perspective on health and wellness and a new appreciation for the healing aspects of cannabis and CBD. We are excited to share accurate and clear information about cannabis with you and hope you share this book with everyone you know. Anyone can benefit from optimized health, and the more naturally we get there, the better! “This book couldn’t have come out at a better time. Today is the day we all need to be speaking openly about cannabis as medicine. The more people learn the truth about medical marijuana, the more real healing can take place.” —Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, filmmakers, Weed the People
and tastes. Tips for trimming, processing, storing, and pre-serving cannabis are included along with a “buyer’s guide” that sheds light on the many varieties of cannabis flavor profiles. With the right cannabis ingredients, culinary knowledge, and skill, any chef can also achieve the plant’s benefits—relaxation for some, serious medicine for others. We are empowered to manifest wellness from our own stovetops. —Jane West, from her foreword Contributors to this Collection include Leslie Cerier, Mike DeLao, Scott Durrah, Joey Galeano, Rowan Lehrman, Andie Leon, Catjia Redfern, Herb Seidel, Donna Shields, Grace Gutierrez, Lucienne Bercow Lazarus, Emily Sloat, Rabib Rafiq and Chris Kilham. Learning to cook with and share cannabis is a great gift—empowering, enlightening, elevating—and one that must be shared. The chefs encouraged me to compile their wisdom and recipes in this cookbook because they’ve seen cannabis work miracles on themselves and others, and they’re doing everything they can to ensure that everyone who wants them has these tools.
and plant spirit medicine has certainly emerged at a time of great need and challenge, and it is taking root and growing. The plants themselves, sentient and alive, are calling to many to awaken to a deeper experience of the energy of nature and of our human place in it. This can be felt and understood in direct relationship. The elemental forces that manifest the seasons offer a doorway to move into this perspective. For all the many reasons people may seek out the medicine, there will always be something deep and interesting to learn from an experience of it once we have made the connection. Anyone can learn to communicate directly with plant spirits and befriend them in a way that opens rich dimensions and, over time and with persistence and patience, a quiet revolution of perspective can result. Becoming a healer, however, and practicing as one is a more committed business that requires dedication, perseverance, and sacrifice. It also holds many rewards. Plant spirit medicine offers the healer the framework of an elegant and rigorous methodology within which to access and effectively channel the energy of the astonishing realm of plant spirits. In the unfolding of our own journeys as healers and
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Healing Touch TRIGGER POINTS Use the Power of Touch to Live Life Pain-Free
ADAPTOGENS Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief
by Amanda Oswald
by David Winston, with Steven Maimes
$18.99, cloth. DK. 144 pages, colour illus.
$24.99, paper. Inner Traditions. 406 pages, colour photos
Every day our bodies strive to adapt and stay balanced, energized, and healthy, yet chronic stress and the resulting elevation of stress hormones such as cortisol have been shown to be major factors behind not only fatigue and weight gain but also many chronic and degenerative diseases. In this updated edition of the definitive guide to adaptogenic herbs, clinical herbalist David Winston and researcher Steven Maimes provide a comprehensive look at adaptogens: non-toxic herbs such as ginseng, eleuthero, and ashwagandha that help the body adapt to the many influences it encounters and manage the stresses it experiences. They also increase stamina and energy, boost cognitive function, restore the immune system, and counter the effects of aging, especially when used in appropriate combinations. Beginning with a history of the use of adaptogens, including in Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and Russian medicine, the book examines how these herbal remedies work and why they are so effective at combating stress-induced illness and ailments. The extensive Materia Medica includes monographs on 25 adaptogens, including eleuthero, ginseng, rhodiola, schisandra, ashwagandha, shatavari, reishi, and holy basil, as well as complementary nervines, restorative tonics, and nootropic herbs, such as milky oats, astragalus, St. Johns wort, and ginkgo. Each monograph presents the latest scientific research and details the origin, traditional and clinical uses, actions, properties, preparation, and dosage for each herb. The book also includes guidance on adaptogenic remedies for our animal companions. Aimed not only at herbalists but also those interested in natural health, this guide to adaptogens will allow you to safely and effectively use these herbal remedies to enhance your health and improve your chances of living a longer, healthier, and well-balanced life. “A truly excellent book.” —David Hoffmann, author of Medical Herbalism
Bodywork & Movement THE USE OF THE SELF The Alexander Technique by its Originator by F.M. Alexander
$19.95, paper. Hachette. 122 pages
Here’s the world famous classic by the originator of the Alexander Technique, with a new perspective by expert teacher Anthony Kingsley, in which he writes: Initially conceived as a tool for dealing with Alexander’s own voice problems, the Alexander Technique developed into a system that spanned posture, pain and performance. Now, beyond its origins, the Technique offers an inspirational method of direct transmission. It is an education in the art of living and a transformation of the human condition toward bodymind health, healing and vitality. It reconditions the mind, awakens the body and nurtures the soul. Frederick Matthias Alexander was born in Tasmania in 1869. After almost completely losing his voice he pioneered a method of improving the ‘use’ of his body musculature in all positions and movements and cured his vocal problems without medical aid.
New science confirms that trigger-point massage is one of the most effective ways to relieve pain. Trigger Points gives you 40 simple, step-by-step exercises you can safely use at home to target pain—from long-term, debilitating backache or repetitive strain injury to migraines or acute, post-injury pain. Author and leading therapist Amanda Oswald specializes in working with chronic pain conditions. In this book, she explains how trigger points—small, tender knots of connective tissue (fascia)—can cause symptoms, either around the trigger point itself or referred to elsewhere in the body. Pressure and massage can release these knots and bring immediate, long-lasting relief. THE ART OF JIN SHIN The Japanese Practice of Healing with Your Fingertips
by Alexis Brink
$26.99, paper. Simon & Schuster. 218 pages, 7x10, colour photos
Balance your body, mind, and spirit and heal yourself with your own hands using this clear, step-by-step illustrated guide to the practice of the ancient Japanese healing art of Jin Shin—written by a trained expert with nearly three decades of experience. You might be surprised to learn that the majority of today’s most common ailments including anxiety, backaches, colds and flu, digestive issues, immune disorders, migraines, and insomnia, can be alleviated naturally by restoring and harmonizing blocked, stagnant energy. The art of Jin Shin, based on the Japanese healing art of energy medicine, is practiced throughout the world. While related to acupressure and massage therapy, this
Alexander then realized that most people stood, sat and moved in a defective manner and that incorrect ‘use of the self’ might be the cause of much human suffering. He moved to London and established a school, publishing several books and achieving success, with recommendations from famous contemporaries such as Aldous Huxley and Sir Stafford Cripps. Alexander died in 1955 but his ‘principle’ lives on through the work of many teachers of his method, which is now practiced around the world and is renowned for its wide-ranging benefits, from easing back pain, to enhancing performance in music and drama. BREATHWORK Use the Power of Breath to Energize Your Body and Focus Your Mind by Nathalia Westmacott-Brown
$18.99, cloth. DK. 144 pages, colour illus.
New science has revealed the effectiveness of breathwork to balance the body, focus the mind, relieve stress, control anxiety, address anger issues, and much more. A “little book of self care,” Breathwork gives you more than 60 step-bystep techniques that you can use at home, with detailed illustrations and accurate expert advice on body position, depth of breath, speed of breath, visualization, duration, repetition, and how to do the techniques accurately and safely. Techniques covered include clarity breathwork, integrative breathwork, zen yoga breathwork, qigong breathing, and rebirth breathwork—among others! Slow down, be aware of the breath, recognize your own
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Identify your pain patterns, locate the trigger points responsible using detailed body maps, then treat the trigger points accurately and safely. Each exercise shows you how to position your body, different ways to apply pressure, how long to sustain it, and how often to repeat the process. With Trigger Points, you can take control of chronic or recurring pain yourself to achieve life-changing results. During my advanced bodywork studies, I heard about myofascial release and trigger points. Suddenly, everything made sense. I learned how trigger points can be found in all areas of the body and cause a wide range of seemingly unrelated symptoms, and ever since I have made it my mission to pass on techniques for self-treating myofascial trigger points. holistic practice uses only minimal pressure and gentle touching with the fingers and hands to redirect or unblock the flow of energy along the body’s fifty-two points (twenty-six on each side of the body) called Safety Energy Locations, or SELs—areas where energy tends to get congested. This simple, non-invasive process allows your body’s energy to flow smoothly, and with balance restored, you will experience a sense of wellbeing and calm. The Art of Jin Shin explains all the basics of this healing art and provides you with the knowledge you need to practice it on yourself—with exercises ranging from simply holding a finger for a few minutes to spending twenty minutes to harmonize a specific circulation pattern. Excellent photos show how to do these surprisingly helpful exercises. Whether you desire a deeper understanding of the body-mind-spirit connection or want to create a daily Jin Shin maintenance routine the power is literally at your fingertips.
unique rhythms, and then learn how to breathe mindfully and with control using different breath practices for targeted outcomes. This lovely illustrated handbook is nimbly organized under breathwork practices for ♦ physical self (releasing tension, strengthen your core, accessing sexual energy, etc.) ♦ psychological self (returning to feeling, releasing judgment, alleviating depression, etc.) ♦ spiritual self (marking rites of passage, breathing for peace, harmonizing your male and female energy, etc.) ♦ breathwork interventions (breathing through pain, breathing through shock and trauma, clearing congestion, etc.
Food & Healing THE SKILLFUL FORAGER Essential Techniques for Responsible Foraging and Making the Most of Your Wild Edibles by Leda Meredith
$33.95, paper. Shambhala. 284 pages, 7x9, colour photos
The Skillful Forager is the ultimate foragers guide to working with any wild plant in the field, kitchen, or pan-try. From harvesting skills that will allow you to gather from the same plant again and again to highlighting how to get the most out of each and every type of wild edible, trusted expert Leda Meredith explores the most effective ways to harvest, preserve, and prepare all of your foraged foods. Featuring detailed identification information for over forty wild edibles commonly found across North America, the plant profiles in this book focus on sustainable harvesting techniques that can be applied to hundreds of other
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Grain, Bread & Food Wisdom LIVING BREAD Tradition and Innovation in Artisan Bread Making by Daniel Leader
$54.00, cloth. Penguin. 368 pages, 8x11, colour photos
A gem from the baker who revolutionized North American artisan bread baking, with 60 recipes inspired by master bakers around the world. At 22, Daniel Leader stumbled across the intoxicating perfume of bread baking in the back room of a Parisian boulangerie, and he has loved and devoted himself to making quality bread ever since. He went on to create Bread Alone, one of the most beloved artisan bread companies. (Think local organic grains, fresh-milled, natural sourdoughs.) Today, professional bakers and breadlovers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to Bread Alone’s headquarters in the Catskills to learn Dan’s signature techniques and baking philosophy. But though Leader is a towering figure in bread baking, he still considers himself a student of the craft, and his curiosity is boundless. In this groundbreaking book, he offers a comprehensive picture of bread baking today for the enthusiastic home baker. With inspiration GRAIN OF TRUTH Why Eating Wheat Can Improve Your Health by Stephen Yafa
$23.00, paper. Knopf. 304 pages
This Pollan-esque look at the truth about wheat is filled with surprising insights. For example, most recently, a Harvard School of Public Health study that followed 117,500 men and women over a 25-year span revealed that people who eat a whole grain-rich diet lower their risk of cardiovascular disease by 20 percent, and increase their lifespan at least 6 percent. No other food produces similar results. As for the gluten found in wheat, rye and barley, at most six out of a hundred of us have any real problem with it, and less than one percent of us, with celiac disease, cannot tolerate it in any form. So why has wheat become the new asbestos? After many interviews with food scientists, gluten-sensitive individuals, bakers, nutritionists, gastroenterologists and others, he finds there is indeed a culprit. But it’s not wheat. It’s not gluten. It’s the way that grain is milled THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO EATING FOR LONGEVITY The macrobiotic way to live a long, healthy, and happy life by Denny & Susan Waxman $25.95, paper. Norton. 424 pages, colour photos
Here’s a strong, experienced guide on how to build and integrate healthy habits into your diet and lifestyle, revealing a more positive, balanced, and invigorating approach to long lasting health. With modern “healthy” diets constantly flip-flopping on what foods to eat and focusing on restricting calories, individuals can be left confused, defeated, and unsatisfied. This new book by acclaimed macrobiotic health and nutritional experts Denny and Susan Waxman leaves all negativity behind and brings to light a positive outlook on building one healthy habit at a time. Great health is not achieved by taking away and restricting—it is achieved by adding healthier foods and lifestyle practices. One healthy choice leads to another healthy choice. Readers will learn how to apply these principles into a broad range of modern lifestyles at their own pace. The
from a community of millers, farmers, bakers, and scientists, Living Bread provides a fascinating look into the way artisan bread baking has evolved and continues to change—from wheat farming practices and advances in milling, to sourdough starters and the mechanics of mixing dough. Influenced by art and science in equal measure, Leader presents exciting twists on classics such as Curry Tomato Ciabatta, Vegan Brioche, and Chocolate Sourdough Babka, as well as strong and beautiful traditional recipes. Sprinkled with anecdotes and evocative photos from Leader’s own travels and encounters with artisans who have influenced him, Living Bread is a love letter, and a cutting-edge guide, to the practice of making “good bread.” “Just when I thought we’d run out of things to say about bread, Daniel Leader, in Living Bread, places a stunning capstone on his illustrative career. He is not only one of the great bakers of our time, but he is also one of our noblest bread ambassadors and storytellers. His personal journey, as well as the many artists and unique breads that he profiles, provide a penetrating glimpse into the artisan soul.” —Peter Reinhart, author of The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and processed by large industrial manufacturers and bakeries. That discovery spurs him to search out growers, millers and bakers who deliver whole wheat to us the way it was meant to be: naturally fermented, with all parts, bran, germ, and white endosperm intact. Yafa finds a thriving local grain movement. And as he apprentices with local artisan bakers and make his own sourdough breads at home he learns something that few of us know: naturally fermented over two days, as opposed to four hours in commercial bakeries, whole wheat is easily digested by the vast majority of us, including many who consider themselves gluten-sensitive. If you miss the crunch and the chewiness and the nutlike aroma that only true wheat delivers, you owe it to yourself to explore the microbial wonders and delicious mysteries of sourdough. Entertaining and informative, Grain of Truth offers a fact-based response to anti-wheat hysteria that smoothly blends science, history, biology, economics, and nutrition to give us back our daily bread. book includes new recipes from Susan Waxman and clears up misinformation about food to give you understanding of how to achieve your best physical, spiritual, and mental health. The Ultimate Guide to Eating for Longevity is not a diet fad but based on the world’s long-standing civilizations that have changed very little over time and make it clear that it is possible to live a long healthy life. Any effort benefits your health. For example: making it a priority to sit down and eat with no distractions dur-ing lunch improves your metabolism, energizes you, and simulates awareness of when you are full. Eating more slowly makes you more conscious about what you are eating and aids digestion and appreciation of food… Remember, how you eat and lifestyle practices are just as important as what you eat. “The Ultimate Guide to Eating for Longevity could well be the most powerful and practical book you will ever own. It shows you why food choices have such power to improve your health, then shows you how to put that power to work in easy, sensible steps. I highly recommend it!” —Dr. Neal Barnard
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plants. This indispensable reference also provides simple recipes that can help you make the most of your harvest each season. “Identification is the first task of the forager, but what comes next? It turns out, almost everything. How does one select the best berries, the tenderest greens, the freshest mushrooms, and gather them in an ecologically responsible manner? What is the most practical way to clean, crack, or pit them? How can they be stored? In The Skillful Forager, Leda Meredith answers just these questions, laying out the basic skills that she has perfected through decades of gathering wild plants and using them in the kitchen. She leaves readers with a set of practical, simple, healthy, and delicious recipes that can be adapted to a variety of ingredients, wild or domestic—just the way that real home cooks cook everyday food. Because to Leda, that’s what foraged food is.” —Samuel Thayer, author of The Forager’s Harvest MINDFUL EATING ON THE GO practices for eating with awareness, wherever you are
by Jan Chozen Bays
$17.50, paper. Shambhala. 158 pp.
A compact, carry-along collection of meditative eating practices to use wherever you happen to be—by the best-selling author of Mindful Eating, in the model of her wildly successful Mindfulness on the Go. Eating should be a source of joy— not a cause of angst, stress, or calorie-counting. Jan Chozen Bays’s book Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food demonstrated the timeliness of that message in a world where our relationship with food is often negatively charged to the point where eating disorders are epidemic. Her approach ties together the latest science with Buddhist mindfulness techniques (she’s an MD as well as a Zen teacher) in a way that’s brought amazing results to folks who had no idea eating could be such a fulfilling and fun activity. With this little book, Jan now makes mindful eating even more accessible, providing simple exercises you can use anywhere in a small format you can keep in your pocket or purse to pull out for inspiration wherever you might be—any time you want to find a way to reconnect with eating as one of life’s great joys. Remember, a hole in the heart cannot be filled with food. Fill the heart with the richness of this very moment. THE YOGA PLATE Bring Your Practice into the Kitchen with 108 Simple & Nourishing Vegan Recipes
by Tamal & Victoria Dodge
$38.99, cloth. Sounds True. 258 pages, 8x11, colour photos
Discover 108 nourishing and delicious vegan recipes in the first modern cookbook to marry yoga’s principle of ahimsa with nutrition. We take a lot of care when it comes to choosing the proper clothing for yoga, the right accessories, the best studio— but primary to these considerations is an often overlooked yet vital component of practice: our diet. How we eat might be the most important aspect of an effective practice. How we eat is a huge component to the practice because it represents how we treat and nourish ourselves. By changing the way we eat physically and consciously, we can put ourselves on the path to greater well-being. In The Yoga Plate, LA-based yoga power couple Tamal and Victoria Dodge introduce readers to the philosophy of yoga as it is reflected in our eating choices. The 108 recipes
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♦ are designed according to the concept of ahimsa, or nonharm. Consciously or not, we can cause a lot of harm with our eating habits, explain the authors. Living with ahimsa means we try to cause the least harm possible to all living creatures. Each recipe takes you through your daily practice of yoga, starting with Morning Meditations, where you’ll find smoothies and breakfasts to fuel and power you through the day; A Plate Full of Prana, with snacks, soups, and salads to revitalize your system; A Bowl Full of Yin, with recipes to help cultivate a centered mood; and Sweet Savasana for restorative and beneficial dessert options. With The Yoga Plate, readers can make each meal a sacred activity to support both our practice and well-being. KICK DIABETES ESSENTIALS The Diet and Lifestyle Guide by Brenda Davis
$31.95, paper. Book Publishing Company. 300 pages, 8x9, colour photos
Over the last fifty years, nutrition researchers have built upon each others’ work to prove that a diet based on plant foods could reduce diabetes risk and in many cases reverse diabetes. Kick Diabetes cites the latest research into why plant foods lead to success, which foods are the most effective, and how to construct a diabetes-busting diet that not only gets results but also is simply delicious. In addition, it combines diet, exercise, rest, and stress management into a powerful prescription for health. Included are menu plans based on over 40 recipes featuring the nutrient-dense foods needed to reverse diabetes. Inspiring stories demonstrate how the initial success of the Kick Diabetes diet builds confidence and encourages people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Also available: The Kick Diabetes Cookbook.
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New from Mark Nepo DRINKING FROM THE RIVER OF LIGHT the life of expression by Mark Nepo
$24.99, paper. Sounds True. 294 pages
“Meaningful art, enduring art—and the transformative process it awakens—keeps us alive,” writes Mark Nepo. With Drinking from the River of Light, this bestselling poet and philosopher leads us on a journey to discover just how art and creative expression can bring our deepest truths to bear in the world. In this collection of interconnected essays and poetry—covering subjects ranging from the importance of staying in conversation with other forms of life to a consideration of how innovators such as Matisse, Rodin, and Beethoven saw the world—Nepo presents a lyrical ode to the artistic urge that stirs in each of us. Here you will discover: ♦ The importance of openly embracing the full scope of your emotions ♦ The need for raw honesty and self-exploration in education ♦ Why a new perspective always waits only a “quarter turn” away ♦ The importance of staying in constant conversation with other creative voices ♦ The crucial difference between giving and getting attention ♦ Concrete guidelines for respectful peer review MORE TOGETHER THAN ALONE Discovering the Power and New in Spirit of Community in Our Paperback Lives and in the World by Mark Nepo
$23.00, paper. Scribner. 332 pages
Inspiration & Self-Help OPENING DOORS WITHIN 365 Daily Meditations from Findhorn by Eileen Caddy
$23.99, paper. Inner Traditions. 414 pp.
One of the much-loved books of Eileen Caddy (19172006), co-founder of the Findhorn Community in Scotland, Opening Doors Within is a perennial meditation diary offering down-to-earth inspirational messages of spiritual guidance for every day of the year. For over 35 years, people have used these practical teachings that offer advice on achieving stillness, faith, and fulfillment, including specific suggestions for your daily spiritual growth and development. Eileen’s brief messages, from what she called the still, small voice within, offer inspirational and powerful words of love and support. Her daily guidance was the bedrock of the early Findhorn Community, and the concept of inner listening is still very much part of individual and community practice there today. Here is a Sample Meditation: Give constant thanks for everything. There is much to be grateful for; open your eyes, look around, and see how blessed you are. As you do so, you will find yourself filled with an overwhelming feeling of love and gratitude, and the whole of life and living will take on a new meaning. The people around you will mean more to you because your heart is filled with love for them, and you have a deeper understanding and tolerance towards them. You will find yourself grateful for them, for their love and companionship, for just being themselves. Your
Mark Nepo spent 12 years working on this timely meditation on the importance of community. At once a moving reflection and an empowering guide, More Together Than Alone is a testament to the power of community and why it’s so essential in our lives, now more than ever. Mark Nepo draws from historical events, spiritual thought leaders, and the natural world to show how, in every generation, our tendency is to join together to accomplish our greatest achievements, from creating education to providing clean drinking water, and preserving the arts. This book could inspire us to come together. Nepo’s historical snapshots, from ancient times to contemporary examples, show how community creates a light in the darkest of times, and gets to the heart of how we come together in varied and beautiful ways, whether forming resistance groups during the Holocaust or rebuilding after the nuclear devastation in Nagasaki. These inspiring stories teach us that even in the bleakest days, we have the power to create connections and draw strength from one another.
eyes will be open to all the beauty and harmony around you, to the wonders of nature. You will see with eyes that really see; you will hear with ears that really hear; and really see; you will hear with ears that really hear; and you will speak with words of love and understanding. Life will be good for you because you are taking nothing for granted, but are appreciative of everything and can see My hand in everything. A foreword by Jonathan Caddy, Eileen’s son who lives in the Findhorn Community, adds a fresh perspective to the profound influence this guidance can have.
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♦ What it means to channel the sound of your innermost being—and the universe. In Nepo’s words, “This book is meant to be experienced and journeyed with.” Including dozens of journaling prompts and personal exercises meant to enliven the reader’s creative instincts, Drinking from the River of Light traces the search for our most essential selves and the importance of the life of expression to bear witness to the sorrow, depth, and joy of life. “Mark Nepo is that rarest of literary birds: a Renaissance-style writer who dares to bring his whole hybrid self to the page—literary poet, unabashed mystic, homespun philosopher, cancer survivor, and impassioned seeker singing the glories of the world. This wonderful book is a deep dive into the universal art of self-expression, exploring how to give voice to our deepest, most original self in a world where we often feel unheard, and how to hear the voice of God in our own when we listen closely to what is inside us. Candid, rich, and consistently profound. I loved it.” —Mark Matousek, author of Writing to Awaken “As Mark says, ‘all forms of expression are meant to awaken the love that is possible in the world.’ Want to become a bearer of love and light in a world that too many find dark and loveless? This new offering by a spiritual virtuoso of our era will help you find the way.” —Parker Palmer, author, On the Brink of Everything It is my hope that, by understanding authentic moments of community, we can affirm that community is real and possible—beyond any illusion or deception… The lessons gathered here are meant to be neither cynical nor idealistic, but resilient and useful. While some moments of community were long-standing and multi-generational, others may have lasted a week or an hour. I seek to learn how they work. To uncover the pathways that bring us together… To understand that our exchange of love is akin to how photosynthesis enlivens a field of ferns. A labour of love weaving thought-provoking analysis and practical takeaways, More Together Than Alone will “reveal the power of community and how the life of connection can add more meaning to our lives… And that the conversation of the book will help you develop your own care-based communities. For the work of community is the practice of care stitching the world together.” “A powerful cry that we are one, interconnected living community, stretching through time and space. Weaving together stories with profound reflections, this book strikes at the deepest need of our time… So many stories across millennia, so much on which to meditate deeply.” —Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, editor of Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth
With a message dated for each day of the year, this book may be fruitfully used for daily meditations; it works equally well to open anywhere and simply receive what’s to be found there. Accept your situation and realise you are where you are, doing what you are doing, for a very specific reason. Realise that nothing is by chance, that you have certain lessons to learn and that the situation you are in has been given to you to enable you to learn those lessons as quickly as possible, so that you can move onward and upward along this spiritual path.
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LEADING WITH LOVE Inspiration for Spiritual Activists
Gabrielle Bernstein SUPER ATTRACTOR Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
edited by Hisae Matsuda
In these pages, you’ll learn how to: ♦ Do less and attract more ♦ Relax and trust that what you desire is on the way ♦ Know that spiritual guidance is available to you at all times ♦ Feel a sense of awe each day as you witness miracles unfold.
by Gabrielle Bernstein
$34.99, cloth. Hay House. 368 pages
Ready to turn what you want into the life that you live? The author of The Universe Has Your Back shows you how. In Super Attractor, Gabrielle Bernstein lays out the essential methods for manifesting a life beyond your wildest dreams. This book is a journey of remembering where your true power lies. You’ll learn how to co-create the life you want. You’ll accept that life can flow, that attracting is fun, and that you don’t have to work so hard to get what you want. Most important, you’ll feel good. And when you feel good, you’ll give off a presence of joy that elevates everyone around you. SUPER ATTRACTOR JOURNAL
Accepting that you are a Super Attractor will change everything. You’ll trust that it’s safe to release the past, and you’ll no longer fear the future. You’ll tap into an infinite source of abundance, energy, joy, and well-being. This well-being will become the norm for you, and you’ll grow to embrace it as your birthright. Most importantly, you’ll know intuitively how to show up for life and bring more light to the world around you. Using the journal, readers willdeepen their connection to their inner spiritual force (their Super Attractor abilities), get into the flow of the Universe andfeel empowered to manifest a life filled with purpose, happiness, abundance and peace. Gabby’s inspiring mantras are complemented by Michaela Ezra’s watercolour illustrations, offering the reader a visual cue to boost their attractor practice.
by Gabrielle Bernstein
$25.99, paper. Hay House. 132 pages
The Super Attractor Journal gives readers the practical tools they need—including 8 interactive lessons—to practice the powerful techniques from Gabby Bernstein’s Super Attractor book and activate their own Super Attractor abilities through journalling SUPER ATTRACTOR ORACLE CARDS by Gabrielle Bernstein
$28.99, paper. Hay House. 52 colour cards
Being a Super Attractor means that what you believe is what you receive. This 52card deck will inspire you to live a life filled with joy, grace, ease, and strength, and start manifesting your dreams into reality. Designed with beautiful watercolor illustrations by Micaela Ezra—who also created the artwork for Gabby’s best-selling The Universe Has Your Back
cards—each of the 52 cards offers an inspiring mantra to support and guide you. Anytime you want guidance, simply shuffle the deck, choose a card, and have faith in the guidance you receive. These stunning cards will help you connect to the Universe, live in alignment with Spirit, get in the flow of well-being, and develop your own Super Attractor powers. Surrender to this awesome practice and watch the miracles unfold.
$19.95, cloth. Parallax. 208 pages, illus.
When the world is burning with anger, divisiveness, and fear, this book of inspiring quotes selected by the editors of Parallax Press is a still, small voice in the storm that will bring peace of mind to the reader. With delicate illustrations by artist Maude White, this book speaks to the vulnerability and courage of holding space for the loving, connected, and more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. This book is gift, solace, and inspiration for idealists, progressives, and anyone fighting the good fight. In the long tradition of spiritual activists from Martin Luther King Jr. and Thich Nhat Hanh to new and less known voices, this book of 100 quotes draws from a range of contemplative traditions and offers wisdom and nourishment for anyone engaged in working for a more compassionate world. Quotes include those by Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong, Joanna Macy, Sulak Sivaraksa, and others, on themes of awareness, idealism, kindness, self-compassion, truth-telling, transformation, resilience, and love. In the face of the tremendous suffering of the world, there is a joy that comes from sitting in meditation, even when it is difficult, and letting our hearts open to the experience. It is the nitty-gritty work of practice to sit here and feel your sadness and my sadness and our fear, desperation, and restlessness, to open to them and begin to learn that to love is to die to how we wanted it to be, and to open more to its truth. To love is to accept. It is not a weakness. It is the most extraordinary power. True love is really the same as awareness. True love is to see the divine goodness, the Buddha nature, the truth of each moment, and to say, “Yes,” to allow ourselves to open, to accept. That is our practice every moment, whether in sitting meditation or action meditation. To be aware, to see the truth, frees us. It opens us to what is now, to what is here, and we see it as it is. —Jack Kornfield THE COURAGE TO CONFRONT EVIL The Most Important Challenge of Our Time by Caroline Myss
METAHUMAN Unleashing Your Infinite Potential
by Deepak Chopra
$36.00, cloth. Crown. 368 pages
To be metahuman, Deepak Chopra writes, means to move past the limitations constructed by the mind and enter a new state of awareness where we have deliberate and concrete access to peak experiences that can transform people’s lives from the inside out. Humans do this naturally—to a point. For centuries the great artists, scientists, writers, and many so-called ordinary people have gone beyond the everyday physical world. But if we could intentionally channel these often bewildering experiences, what would happen? Chopra argues we would wake up to experiences that would blow open your body, mind, and soul. Metahuman invites the reader to walk the path here and now. Waking up, we learn, isn’t just about mindfulness or meditation. Waking up, to become metahuman, is to expand our consciousness in all that we think, say, and do.
By going beyond, we liberate ourselves from old conditioning and all the mental constructs that underlie anxiety, tension, and ego-driven demands. Waking up allows life to make sense as never before. To make this as practical as possible, Chopra ends the book with a 31-day guide to becoming metahuman. Once you wake up, he writes, life be-comes transformed, because pure consciousness—which is the field of all possibilities—dawns in your life. Only thendoes your infinite potential become your personal reality. “Metahuman is a wonderful explanation—and exploration—of the very highest and ultimate potentials that human beings possess, known around the world as Enlightenment, Awakening, the Great Liberation. What is not generally known is the secret revealed at the very heart of the great wisdom traditions—namely, that you already possess this ultimate potential; it is fully and totally present in you, right here and right now. All you have to do is recognize this ever-present reality. If you would like to know exactly how to do this, Metahuman is a terrific place to begin!” —Ken Wilber, The Integral Vision and The Religion of Tomorrow
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$89.50, 7 CDs. Sounds True. 8.5 hours
Caroline Myss offers a powerful response for our time— an invitation to know your light and to wield your true power. If you don’t understand the nature of evil, how can you be a force for good? As Caroline Myss teaches, evil and good are not simply abstract concepts—they are energies you can learn to feel in your body and soul. With The Courage to Confront Evil, Caroline Myss delivers one of her most powerful presentations yet: a training in the practice of standing in your own light and integrity, so every choice you make becomes an act of healing in this extraordinary and challenging period of human history. Our entire world functions on the same truths—or laws—as each of us does individually, teaches Myss. In these seven audio training sessions, Myss boldly investigates the spiritual nature of evil, the many masks evil wears, the pitfalls we face as we choose to confront it, and the spiritual guideposts that will help us navigate through
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♦ the darkness within and without to become an instrument of holy power. We have been spiritually preparing for this time of change for half a century, Caroline Myss reveals. With The Courage to Confront Evil, she sounds the clarion call for you to discover your role in this great unfolding of human evolution.
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Depression: Connections WHEN ANTIDEPRESSANTS AREN’T ENOUGH Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression
by Stuart Eisendrath
$26.50, paper. New World Library. 192 pp
Psychology & Therapy WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY? by The School of Life
$22.50, cloth. School of Life. 120 pages
Psychotherapy is one of the most valuable inventions of the last hundred years, with an exceptional power to raise our levels of emotional well-being, improve our relationships, redeem the atmosphere in our families and assist us in mining our professional potential. But it is also profoundly misunderstood and the subject of a host of unhelpful fantasies, hopes and suspicions. Its logic is rarely explained and its voice seldom heard with sufficient directness. This book attempts to explain psychotherapy: why it is needed by us all, how those needs are addressed by treatment and what the outcome of a therapeutic intervention could be. The book reflects a fundamental belief of The School of Life that psychotherapy is the single greatest step any of us can take towards self-understanding and fulfilment. A course of therapy stands to render us ever so slightly less angry, self-defeating, unconfident, lost and sad. What sort of person might we be after therapy, if the process were to go as well as could be hoped?... 1. We will have slightly more freedom… 2. We can be readier to explain ourselves… 3. We can be more compassionate… The people who caused our primal wound almost invariably didn’t mean to do so; they were themselves hurt and struggling to endure… In these ways, therapy will have done some of its most important work. THE NEUROAFFECTIVE PICTURE BOOK An Illustrated Introduction to Developmental Neuropsychology
by Marianne Bentzen
$22.95, paper. North Atlantic. 56 pages, 8x11, colour illustrations
This concise, charmingly illustrated book offers an introduction to the evolution and early development of the brain and personality that form the crucial foundation for lifelong learning and growth. Designed for psychologists, psychotherapists, coaches, and child care professionals—as well as social workers and anyone else who wants to know more about the biological roots of emotion and relationship—this book is the most accessible primer on developmental neuropsychology available, combining easy-to-understand text with light-hearted illustrations. Covering topics such as the autonomic nervous system, neuroaffective development, the role of the pre fontal cortex, and the zone of proximal development, TheNeuroaffective Picture Book is a unique and useful tool for learning about emotions, social skills, and self-regulation. Neuroscientists estimate that our interactions with others are nonverbal and to a surprising degree unconscious, while most of our conscious focus in everyday life, and in teaching and psychotherapy approaches, is verbal… Curiosity and playfulness are central to learn-
Twenty years ago, Dr. Stuart Eisendrath piloted research into the therapeutic effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) on people experiencing clinical depression. Since then, by helping people recognize that they don’t have to change the content of their thoughts but can find relief simply by changing how they relate to their thoughts, Eisendrath has seen dramatic improvements in people’s symptoms and quality of life nearly every day. Eisendrath and his team (at the University of California Depression Center) worked for nearly a decade to extend MBCTs reach to sufferers who had not recovered through treatment or who wanted an alternative approach to conventional treatments. LOST CONNECTIONS Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari
New in Paperback
From the author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, here’s a radical new exploration. Journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression as a child and started taking antidepressants as a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true—and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong. Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are largely caused by key problems with the way we’re living. Hari is a bracing and fluid writer; he researched widely and deeply. And Big Pharma will not like his
ing, so I hope that Kim Hagen and Jakob Worre Foged’s light-hearted illustrations can help re-establish some of the lost connections between your verbal and nonverbal consciousness. “The practice of psychotherapy is greatly enhanced by the understanding of developmental growth of babies, toddlers, and children. Marianne Bentzen is one of the truly original thinkers in this field. Bentzen brings these important concepts into an accessible, playful, and delightful form.” —Peter Levine, author of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma A LIBERATED MIND How to Pivot Toward What Matters by Steven Hayes
$36.00, cloth. Penguin. 413 pages
In this landmark book, the originator and pioneering researcher into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) lays out the psychological flexibility skills that make it one of the most powerful approaches research has yet to offer. These skills have been shown to help even where other approaches have failed. Science shows that they are useful in virtually every area—mental health(anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD); physical health (chronic pain, dealing with diabetes, facing cancer); social processes (relationship issues, prejudice, ♦
One overarching principle is “observing your thoughts as thoughts and not facts,” and readers are provided with clinical vignettes, poetic metaphors, and self-guided exercises to encourage an embodied understanding of what this actually means… The book specifically establishes the link between keeping one’s practice alive and living well with depression… a practice in which mindfulness meditation features less as form of therapy and more as an act of love and affirmation. —Zindel Segal, from the foreword
$24.50, paper. Bloomsbury. 336 pages
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Through this program actual, measurable brain changes occur. Easily practiced breath exercises, meditations, and innovative visualizations release readers from what can often feel like the tyranny of their thoughts. Freedom of thought, feeling, and action is the life-altering result.
Depression, I realized, is itself a form of grief—for all the connections we need, but don’t have… You have to turn now to all the other wounded people around you, and find a way to connect with them, and build a home with these people, together… We have been tribeless and disconnected for so long now. It’s time for us all to come home… We need to stop trying to muffle or silence or pathologize that pain. Instead, we need to listen to it, and honor it. It is only when we listen to our pain that we can follow it back to its source—and only there, when we can see its true causes, can we begin to overcome it. “Wise, probing, and deeply generous, Hari’s book is packed with explosive revelations about our epidemic of despair. I am utterly convinced that the more people read this book, the better off the world will be.” —Naomi Klein
stigma, domestic violence); and performance (sports, business, diet, exercise). ....How does psychological flexibility help? We struggle because the problem-solving mind tells us to run from what causes us fear and hurt. But we hurt where we care. If we run from a sense of vulnerability, we must also run from what we care about. By learning how to liberate ourselves, we can live with meaning and purpose, along with our pain when there is pain. Although that is a simple idea, it resists our instincts and programming. The flexibility skills counter those ingrained tendencies. They include noticing our thoughts with curiosity, opening to our emotions, attending to what is in the present, learning the art of perspective taking, discovering our deepest values, and building habits based around what we deeply want. Beginning with the epiphany Steven Hayes had during a panic attack, this book is a powerful narrative of scientific discovery filled with moving stories as well as advice for how we can put flexibility skills to work immediately. Hayes shows how allowing ourselves to feel fully and think freely moves us toward commitment to what truly matters to us. Finally, we can live lives that reflect the qualities we choose.
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Trauma and Self-Repair THE TRANSFORMATION Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma by James Gordon
$34.99, cloth. HarperCollins. 376 pages
A world-recognized authority and acclaimed mind-body medicine pioneer presents the first evidence-based program to reverse the psychological and biological damage caused by trauma. In his role as director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Dr. Gordon has created and implemented what may well be the world’s largest and most effective program for healing population-wide psychological trauma. He and 130 international faculty have brought this program to populations as diverse as refugees from wars in the Balkans, the Middle East, and Africa; firefighters and U.S. military personnel and their families; student/parent/ teacher school shooting survivors; and Native American children – as well as stressed out professionals, stay-at-home mothers, inner-city children, and people struggling with mental and physical disorders and end of life challenges. Dr. Gordon’s work is grounded in scientific evidence and timeless wisdom. Through his decades of firstKINTSUGI The Japanese Art of Embracing the Imperfect and Loving Your Flaws
hand experience, he understands that trauma will come to all of us sooner or later. That each of us has the capacity to understand and heal ourselves. And that the heartbreaking devastation that trauma causes can also open our hearts and minds to deeper understanding, enhanced meaning and purpose, and greater love. I’ve written this book so you can take this healing journey on your own, in your own way and in your own time. And I also encourage you to share the journey with people who are dear to you, to use the tools and techniques with a spouse or partner, with friends, parents, or children. “This is the book on integrative trauma treatment I’ve been waiting for… Bright with teaching stories and warm with compassion, it provides a step-by-step guide to healing life’s inevitable traumas and becoming who we’re meant to be.” —Andrew Weil, MD “This book could give you back your life in unimaginable ways, whether you think of yourself as a trauma victim or not.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go There You Are training to overcome it. Prepare yourself for when it appears because, don’t forget, the most important thing is to live. Leap, run, let your hair down. Live intensely!
by Tomas Navarro
$23.50, paper. Sounds True. 272 pages
Cultivate inner strength and rebuild your life with the ancient principles of kintsugi. When we lose a person we love, a job, or our health, it can feel like a precious piece of ourselves falling to the ground and shattering. But in the Japanese art of kintsugi, that’s where the creation of beauty begins—in the delicate re-joining and mending of shards with loving attention. Psychologist Toms Navarro encourages us to approach our lives in the same way. Everyone faces suffering, but how we engage with our troubles and heal our emotional wounds can make all the difference. Rather than conceal our repairs, what if we embraced them—and looked to them as proofs of our strength? Don’t avoid living out of fear of suffering adversity. Adversity is nothing more than a challenge, so do some BRAVING THE WILDERNESS The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
With Kintsugi, Spanish psychologist Tomas Navarro presents a sensitive and contemplative approach to the suffering that he’s seen in his long practice and in his own life. His reflections help us to engage with our tragedies and challenges—transmuting them into sources of strength. Through gentle stories, practices, and insights, readers gain deeper perspective and courage in the face of life’s inevitable crises, heartbreaks, and losses. Kintsugi (“golden joinery”) is the ancient Japanese art of repairing what has been broken… In this book I provide the details of a method for repairing your life after it has been broken, to heal your emotional wounds… Read it a little at a time… In this book, I am not going to teach you to be happy, but to be strong, to live with adversity and handle the challenges and problems of daily life and their consequences.
by Brené Brown
$24.00, paper. Random House. 208 pages
This timely book, from the author of Daring Greatly and Rising Strong, challenges what we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture. “True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, with her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of
True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary… But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts. Brown offers us clarity and courage to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. As she writes in this powerful book, The special courage it takes to experience true belonging is not just about braving the wilderness, it’s about becoming the wilderness. It’s about breaking down the walls, abandoning our ideological bunkers, and living from our wild heart rather than our weary hurt… We’re going to need to intentionally be with people who are different from us. We’re going to have to sign up, join, and take a seat at the table. We’re going to have to learn how to listen, have hard conversations,
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look for joy, share pain, and be more curious than defensive, all while seeking moments of togetherness… It’s a practice that requires us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable, and learn how to be present with people without sacrificing who we are. THE YIN AND YANG OF SELF-COMPASSION Cultivating Kindness and Strength in the Face of Difficulty by Kristin Neff
$32.50, 3 CDs. Sounds True. 3.3 hours
A vast body of research shows that the skill of self-compassion can deeply calm and heal us. But there’s also a fierce “momma bear” side of self-compassion. And all of us—especially women—need it more than ever. In the face of a threatening or unjust situation, have you ever kept silent because you didn’t want to rock the boat or make things worse? And then did you wonder: “Next time, how can I become stronger and more effective?” That’s the purpose of The Yin and Yang of Self-Compassion. Kristin Neff created this inspiring audio program to help you understand and build the two complementary aspects of this crucial skill: ♦ The receptive Yin side self-compassion—how to soothe and comfort yourself when you’re in pain, and rest in loving, connected presence when alone or with those you care about. ♦ The active Yang side self-compassion—how to see the truth of a situation with courage, protect yourself, and stand strong with others in the face of hostility or harm. In the years since Kristin Neff first identified the trait of self-compassion, we now know that being kind to ourselves does not weaken us. In fact, just the opposite is true: it makes us more confident, grounded, and resilient amid crisis. Through fascinating research, stories from Kristin’s own experiences as a mother and scientist, and many guided practices, you’ll learn how to cultivate the full spectrum of self-compassion—to support yourself and others when it matters the most. Also by Kristin Neff: the book Self-Compassion and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook (with Chris Germer).
True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are… The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you. —Brené Brown, from Braving the Wilderness
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♦ Like a labyrinth, you follow the symptoms of anxiety as you spiral into the center point of self, then spiral back out again into the world, and back again into the center of self. Inward and outward, giving and receiving, in-breath and out-breath, filling the waters of the inner well until they overflow into the world, and touching the heart of the world as you continue your inward healing path.
Judith Orloff on Empaths THRIVING AS AN EMPATH 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People by Judith Orloff
$32.50, cloth. Sounds True. 392 pages $38.99, 7 CDs. 7 hours, unabridged
Judith Orloff offers 365 days of self-care meditations, reflections, and journaling suggestions as daily inoculations against stress and overwhelm. Empaths have so much to offer as healers, creatives, friends, lovers, and innovators at work. Yet highly sensitive and empathic people often give too much at the expense of their own well-being—and end up absorbing the stress of others. “To stay healthy and happy,” writes Judith Orloff, “you must be ready with daily self-care practices that work.” With Thriving as an Empath, Dr. Orloff provides an invaluable resource to help you protect yourself from the stresses of an overwhelming world and embrace the “gift of being different.” If you want daily tools to put into action, this book is for you. Building on the principles Orloff introduced in The Empath’s Survival Guide, this book brings you daily self-care practices and support for becoming a comTHE EMPATH’S EMPOWERMENT JOURNAL Your Self-Care Companion by Judith Orloff
$22.50, paper. Sounds True. 176 pages
Judith Orloff has a life-saving message for all empaths: self-care is essential when you are highly empathic and sensitive. An empath herself, Dr. Orloff has emerged as the leading expert on the needs of people who feel and experience life with unusual intensity. Now with The Empath’s Empowerment Journal, she brings you an ideal resource for creating a daily self-care routine to support you in protecting your vital energy and developing the unique gifts of intuition, creativity, and compassion you bring to the world. This paperback journal of personal exploration is
Psychology Midlife & &Elders Therapy THIS CHAIR ROCKS A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
$34.99, cloth. Picador. 289 pages
In our youth-obsessed culture, we’re bombarded by media images and messages about the despairs and declines of our later years. Beauty and pharmaceutical companies work overtime to convince people to purchase products that will retain their youthful appearance and vitality. Wrinkles are embarrassing. Gray hair should be colored and bald heads covered with implants. Older minds and bodies are too frail to keep up with the pace of the modern working world and olders should just step aside for the new generation. Ashton Applewhite once held these beliefs too until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to proaging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. Explaining the roots of ageism in history and how it divides and debases, Applewhite examines how ageist stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the all-American myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of elders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would
passionate, empowered empath, including: ♦ Setting strong boundaries ♦ Protecting your energy ♦ Inoculating yourself against stress and overwhelm ♦ Self-soothing techniques ♦ Knowing that it is not your job to take on the world’s stress ♦ Breaking the momentum of sensory overload ♦ Tapping the vitality of all four seasons and the elements ♦ Deepening your connection with the cycles of nature ♦ Moving out of clock-based time into “sacred time” Thriving as an Empath was created to help you grow and flourish without internalizing the emotions and pain of others. These self-care techniques have been life-saving for me and my patients. I feel so strongly about regular self-care because I want you to enjoy the extraordinary gifts of sensitivity—including an open heart, intuition, and an intimate connection with the natural world. beautifully designed to delight the senses of sensitive people. Inside you’ll find spacious pages for your own writing, punctuated with inspirational statements and prescriptive exercises to help you deal gracefully with in-the-moment sensory overload; tap into the power of seasonal changes and celestial cycles; and fine-tune your daily routine to nourish the greatest expression of your natural gifts. Created as the perfect companion to Dr. Orloff’s book Thriving as an Empath or as a stand-alone support for any sensitive person who wants to practice better self-care, The Empath’s Empowerment Journal provides tools and inspiration for helping you become more protected, effective, and empowered each day.
look like, and offers a rousing call to action. It’s time to create a world of age equality by making discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind of bias. Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, this book will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life. Age pride! “Wow. This book totally rocks. It arrived on a day when I was in deep confusion and sadness about my age. Everything about it, from my invisibility to my neck. Within four or five wise, passionate pages, I had found insight, illumination, and inspiration. I never use the word empower, but this book has empowered me.” —Anne Lamott
Jungian & Depth Psychology THE WISDOM OF ANXIETY How Worry & Intrusive Thoughts Are Gifts to Help You Heal by Sheryl Paul
$24.99, paper. Sounds True. 236 pages
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, as many as 40 million adults in the US suffer from some kind of anxiety disorder—and it’s a growing issue for kids as well. For anyone troubled by obsessive thoughts, insomnia, and other manifestations of anxiety, counselor Sheryl Paul offers a shelter in the storm. In The Wisdom of Anxiety, Paul reveals that anxiety, like any emotion, is a signal—a clear bodily invitation to heal and renew your trust in your choices, self-image, and core values.
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Weaving together practical exercises, Jungian analysis, and lyrical personal stories, Paul offers drug-free approaches for accessing the gifts in different kinds of anxiety, including the existential anxiety around questions of the soul and spirit. The Wisdom of Anxiety also gives special attention to the anxiety summoned by life’s transitions, from universal concerns like the change of the seasons to major events such as a career change, marriage, or pregnancy. Anxiety is a messenger from the unconscious. It invites you to listen to your body, attend to your thoughts skillfully, meet your heart with tenderness, and water your soul… When worked with effectively, anxiety transforms from an enemy to a friend, loosens its grip on your life, and becomes a portal to freedom. As Rainer Maria Rilke said, `Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart, and love the questions themselves.” “A rare and radical book that is so deeply wise it will change you from the inside out. Filled with practical wisdom and insights that will make you laugh out loud, The Wisdom of Anxiety is a book for our time.” —Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, author of Wounds into Wisdom JUNGIAN MUSIC PSYCHOTHERAPY When Psyche Sings by Joel Kroeker
$49.00, paper. Joel Kroeker. 187 pages
Combining a range of clinical vignettes with analytic theory, Jungian analyst Joel Kroeker takes an in-depth look at the psychoanalytic process through the lens of musical expression and puts forward an approach to working with musical symbols within analysis, which he calls Archetypal Music Psychotherapy. Kroeker argues that we have lost our connection to the simple, vital immediacy that musical expression offers. By distilling music into its basic archetypal elements, he illustrates how to rediscover our place in this confrontation with deep psyche and highlights the role of the enigmatic, musical psyche for guiding us through our life. Innovative and interdisciplinary, Jungian Music Psychotherapy is groundbreaking reading for Jungian analysts, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, music therapists, academics and students of Jungian and post-Jungian studies, music studies, consciousness studies, and those interested in the creative arts. “As a musician and student of Jung, I have been waiting for this book all my life… Kroeker explores the musical in every aspect of psychotherapy… If you have any musical sense at all, you will enjoy this sophisticated way of seeing how music makes art out of life.” —Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul Joel Kroeker’s Jungian Music Psychotherapy significantly helps round out the rich array of tools Jung left therapists everywhere. By reminding us that all “ideas” we have of the psyche are metaphors for energy systems, he brings us back to the elemental rhythms, harmonies, and discordances which hum beneath the surface of things. Just as Pater asserted that “all art aspires to the [wordless] condition of music,” so Kroeker recalls us to resonate with the energies which drive our lives, and furthers the assignment of ther-
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apy to recover a relationship to those elemental soundings which resonate in our blood, our souls, and our imaginations.” —James Hollis, author of Living an Examined Life “Jungian Music Psychotherapy opens up areas that words alone cannot reach, pointing directly at the Nature of Mind where listening and perception become creative acts in and of themselves.” —John Allan, Jungian analyst, author of Inscapes of the Child’s World
ary writer, actor, and comedian breathes life into ancient tales, from Pandora’s box to Prometheus’s fire, and transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder. In the starlight over Mount Othrys Zeus and his five liberated siblings laughed and stamped and hooted and howled with delight… Together they would overthrow Kronos and his whole ugly race and establish a new order…
Mythology MYTHOS The Greek Myths Reimagined by Stephen Fry
$42.95, cloth. Chronicle. 350 pages, 7x9, colour illustrations
Here are the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, stylishly retold by Stephen Fry. The legend-
Classical artwork inspired by the myths and learned notes from the author offer rich cultural context. This collectible volume, complete with a textured case and full-colour art throughout, is a doorway into a captivating world. Fry writes,
New from Michael Meade THE WATER OF LIFE Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul: New & Revised Edition
by Michael Meade
$25.50, paper. GreenFire. 396 pages
This beautiful new edition of The Water of Life is a revisioning and refining of an already classic text (previously published in 1993 as Men and the Water of Life). Michael Meade has added a new preface that addresses the important issue of men and violence in modern culture. As a recent reader remarked, “This book is even more prescient and important at this critical point in the world than when it was first published.” At once a mythic journey, a study in depth psychology and a treatise on initiation, Meade mines ancient stories, finding wisdom and guidance for the turbulent times in which we live. Throughout the text, the “water of life” functions as a core symbol for both personal and cultural renewal, and for the redemption of nature from a wasteland condition. Using ideas gleaned from many years of cutting-edge work with at-risk youth and oppressed communities, Meade’s writing has the ring of lived truth and sings with an incantational voice that takes you right to the edge of elemental knowing. Major themes include: Initiation and the nobility of the soul The awakening of youth and the making of elders The Firebird and the impassioned heart The sword between fathers and sons Mother and Great Mother AWAKENING THE SOUL A Deep Response to a Troubled World
Mentors and mythical helpers Breaking the family spells Gifts and wounds. With psychological insight and a storyteller’s sense of wonder, Meade presents a number of traditional tales—from the ritual mating dance of an adolescent’s Saturday night to a “Forest of Stories”: “The Hunter and His Son,” “The Boy and the Half-Giantess” and “The Lizard in the Fire” from Africa, “Conn-Eda” from ancient Ireland, “The Water of Life” from Germany, and “The Firebird” from Russia. Provocative and witty, the stories are brought to life by the interspersed accounts of people like us muddling through the insecurities of youth, initiation into adulthood, the search for purpose, the making of meaningful community, the mystery and fear of the feminine, becoming an “elder,” and more. Storyteller-drummer-teacher Michael Meade’s book reads, with amazing fidelity, like he talks, in his own distinctively seasoned, sometimes funny, sometimes scary style. Mythic stories are like big dreams caught in a collective dreamcatcher. I sincerely hope that the stories in this book can help to catch some of the imagination needed to restore the living dream of life. Michael Meade also co-edited The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, a poetry anthology, and Banyen offers audio CDs of his fiery, earthy storytelling/insights. More info: mosaicvoices.org As a pioneer and guide to “telling the story” of soul in our culture and our time, Michael Meade’s energy comes through with renewed urgency.
by Michael Meade
$36.50, 6 CDs. Mosaic. 6 hrs, unabridged
In Awakening The Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World, Michael Meade explores the impact of great cultural and environmental upheaval on the human soul. In order to find antidotes to overwhelming problems facing us on both collective and personal levels, Michael Meade turns to inspiring mythic stories, and deeply moving experiences from his own life that surprisingly lead to an awakening of soul and renewal of life. Meaning is essential to the human soul and the current crisis of meaning and truth imperils the heart and soul of human culture. Each time an individual soul awakens to a genuine sense of meaning and purpose, there is more presence in the world and more meaning and truth in life.
We live in a time of overwhelming challenges and seemingly impossible tasks. Yet, this is not the end of time, but a break in the rhythm of history that also creates openings to the realm of great imagination and the possibility of reconnecting to the Soul of the World. When time cracks, the moment opens to eternity, making knowledge and wisdom available. Such moments of awakening become “lived time;” time fully lived in which we awaken to a greater sense of the world and our place in it. This is a book… about the necessity of waking the deep resources of the soul and making more soul at a time of widespread divisions and growing disasters. Among the other books (he has audio CDs & videos too) of Michael Meade are The Water of Life and The Genius Myth. For more info: mosaicvoices.org.
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The ancient Greeks had no written revealed texts akin to the Bible or the Qur’an. There were “mysteries” and initiations of various kinds that involved ecstatic states, perhaps not unlike the shamanic ones seen today in other parts of the world, and there were plenty of temples and shrines. It is true, as well, that even in the great Athenian age of reason and philosophy a man like Socrates could be executed for religious reasons.
Meditation MCMINDFULNESS How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality by Ronald Purser
$17.95, paper. Watkins. 296 pages
Mindfulness is now all the rage. From celebrity endorsements to monks, neuroscientists and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have even called it a revolution. But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist spirituality that mindlessly avoids social and political transformation, reinforcing the neoliberal status quo? In McMindfulness, Ronald Purser debunks the so-called “mindfulness revolution,” exposing how corporations, schools, governments and the military have co-opted it as technique for social control and self-pacification. A lively and razor-sharp critique, Purser busts the myths its salesmen rely on, challenging the narrative that stress is self-imposed and mindfulness is the cure-all. If we are to harness the truly revolutionary potential of mindfulness, we have to cast off its neoliberal shackles, liberating mindfulness for a collective awakening. Instead of despairing at the ravages of capitalism, or clinging to myths about its instant destruction, we can be liberated moment to moment by meaningful action. This is powerful because it reverses our dismembering by neoliberalism… We need to re-member—to come back together… This communal approach is unapologetically anticapitalist, building on critique to envision the emergence of a new commons… We have to go further than the smiley face rhetoric of commoditized mindfulness. Dissatisfaction and unhappiness are not impediments to revolution; they are its fuel. “Makes an important critique of self-centered mindfulness and points us towards a new vision for real social change.” —Christopher Titmuss
We need to re-member—to come back together, to recall what has happened, and to cultivate what Bhikkhu Bodhi calls “conscientious compassion,” awakening new visions: “A collective voice might emerge that could well set in motion the forces needed to articulate and embody a new paradigm rooted in the intrinsic dignity of the person and the interdependence of all life on Earth. Such collaboration could serve to promote the alternative values that offer sane alternatives to our free-market imperatives of corporatism, exploitation, extraction, consumerism, and toxic economic growth.” —from McMindfulness
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Meditation Works FROM MINDFULNESS TO INSIGHT Meditations to Release Your Habitual Thinking and Activate Your Inherent Wisdom
by Rob Nairn, Choden, and Heather Regan-Addis
$24.95, paper. Shambhala. 307 pages
This book shows how we can move beyond secular mindfulness and compassion techniques to the cultivation of insight—seeing into and thereby becoming free of the repetitive thinking that keeps us trapped in cycles of suffering. Most books in the secular mindfulness tradition stop with mindfulness and self-compassion but do little to uncover the root causes of our suffering. Drawing on both Buddhist analyses of mind and current findings in psychology and neuroscience, the book provides you with the tools needed to recognize the habits of thinking that fuel anger, desire, jealousy, and pride. Building on mindfulness and self-compasBREATHING AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE Experiencing the Presence of God by Will Johnson
$18.99, paper. Inner Traditions. 160 pp
Surprised by the number of attendees from Western spiritual traditions at his Buddhist retreats, Will Johnson wanted to understand what drew them to this type of spiritual experience. He found many devoted Christians were in search of a more direct experience of God beyond faith alone, so he began exploring what breathing practices could be found in the sacred texts of Western monotheistic religions. Johnson discovered that, like their Eastern counterparts, Western traditions speak of gaining direct access to God via the breath. After experimenting with these teachings during a 10-day retreat at a desert monastery, he discovered that each of us has the potential to open up to the presence of spirit in every breath. In this book, the author offers a close look at the importance of breath in each major Western religion, including the Jewish teachings of ruach as life-giving spirit in the form of breath and the Islamic poetry of Rumi,
sion practice, it offers a step-by-step series of guided meditations that create the conditions for liberating insight and wisdom to naturally arise. Thousands of people in the last decade have benefited from practicing the exercises in this book, which were developed and taught as part of the curriculum at the Mindfulness Association, an organization founded to deliver training in mindfulness, compassion, and insight. When we see clearly the hidden forces that are shaping our perception, change happens by itself. We don’t need to do anything special… With recognition and acceptance, we activate the inherent wisdom and sanity of the mind and letting go happens by itself. This is the power of insight training. Guided Meditation Audios of exercises in the book are also available from mindfulnessassociation.net.
which describes breath as essential for cleansing the soul. He then ties each breathing tradition to the Book of Genesis, sacred to Christians, Muslims, and Jews alike: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” Just as God blew life into Adam, every breath we take—if we follow the breathing practice of surrendering completely to inhalation— can open us up to the presence of God. Through his own contemplative journey, Johnson shares his experience of striving to surrender to the fullest presence of God through each breath. As he takes the reader step-by-step through his own breathing practice, the author explains his physical and mental techniques for meditating successfully through breath and provides helpful guidelines to get the most out of meditative retreats. Johnson also offers deep reflections on how these shared practices of experiencing God through the breath transcend religious differences. Among Will Johnson’s other books are Breathing through the Whole Body and Cannabis in Spiritual Practice.
EVERYTHING IS HERE TO HELP YOU Finding the Gift in Life’s New in Greatest Challenges Paperback by Matt Kahn
$21.99, paper. Hay House. 199 pages
Everything Is Here to Help You, by intuitive spiritual teacher Matt Kahn (author of Whatever Arises, Love That) offers an emotionally supportive way to shift out of the inner war of ego, and into the illuminated presence of your soul. To assist in ending the inner war in the most nurturing way, this book has been created to explore the most crucial levels of the soul’s expansion with clarity and ease. From cultivating our highest Divine attributes and balancing out inner masculine and feminine energies, to transforming our relationships through the gifts of spaciousness and self-love, our journey together guides us beyond each sticking point and into the joy of our deepest heartfelt surrender. In this book, Matt Kahn redefines the spiritual path for the modern-day seeker, and offers original, innovative ways to resolve fear, unravel judgments, and learn how to view life from a clear, expanded perspective. By redefining our understanding of the spiritual journey from the point of view of the soul, Matt breathes fresh life into all aspects of the healing journey to usher in a revolutionary and loving approach to personal growth. Each chapter highlights Matt’s most cutting-edge teachings and loving wisdom. From learning how to unravel blame by exploring the five stages of surrender, to providing step-by-step energy clearings and recited activations to amplify the power of your consciousness, this book offers a road map to explore the mysteries and miracles that reside in every heart. To all empaths, lightworkers, and energetically sensitive beings who have been overwhelmed by the energies of others and wish to find true relief as we usher in a new spiritual paradigm for humanity, this book is for you. This book also includes engaging questions to contemplate, as well as energetically encoded mantras to offer readers a direct experience.
In order for the masculine and feminine energies to work together in harmony, we must align with breath on a regular basis to melt any barrier that divides one side from the other… Aligning with
Western Psychology Spiritual & Therapy Teachers INSTRUCTIONS FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING by Paul Brunton
$21.50, paper. Inner Traditions. 256 pages
No matter where we are in our spiritual development, we all have questions about our practice and what we are experiencing—both the challenges and opportunities. How can I overcome my struggles to meditate more deeply? Is there a need for a guru or can I rely on myself? Can I trust my intuition? Is it possible to hear the Inner Word, the voice of the soul, and how can I be sure that’s what I’m hearing? Is the Higher Self in the heart? Offering trustworthy answers to these and many more questions, renowned spiritual teacher Paul Brunton (1898-1981) provides instructions to guide one’s development in three fundamental areas of the spiritual path: meditation, self-examination, and the unfolding of awakening. Guiding you
with insight and care through each stage of meditation, including advanced states that deepen one’s inner life, he explains how meditation is the art and practice of introverting attention, of freeing oneself for a period of time from thoughts, sensations, and feelings and allowing the soul to reveal itself out of the quiet that one has created. He explains the goal of each meditative stage and the obstacles you are likely to face and examines the need for spiritual dependency on any particular guru, teaching, or practice, showing that following your intuition can bring spiritual success. Exploring the process of self-examination and emotional purification, Brunton shows how life’s challenges are moments by which we can make real progress in our surrender to a higher life. He reveals how to break free from the ego, follow your intuition to align with your ideals, and tap into the inspiration flowing from within. Including material from Brunton’s vast “Notebooks” and writings received by the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation after his death, this guide offers transformative wisdom to aid our understanding of what the spiritual journey entails.
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the breath is a way to activate the attributes of respecting, acknowledging, and welcoming—all at once. When we choose to breath through our experiences, we allow the inner male and female counterparts to enter higher levels of alignment to resolve the patterns of conflict that orbit our fields. Each inhale represents the receptivity of the feminine, connecting with a sense of strength, courage, and safety. The inhale allows us to cleanse and nourish all levels and layers. The exhale represents the drive of the masculine to respect, acknowledge, and welcome with greater focused intention. — Matt Kahn, from Everything is Here to Help You
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awareness. The Way of Effortless Mindfulness offers a compelling introduction to the next stage in the ongoing mindfulness revolution/revelation.
by Loch Kelly
$23.50, paper. Sounds True. 202 pages
What if you could open into a natural flow of wisdom and compassion in any moment? Whether you’re an experienced meditator or are new to mindfulness practice, The Way of Effortless Mindfulness offers a new and effective approach to awakening and healing. Loch teaches “effortless mindfulness,” an advanced yet simple form of mindfulness that can liberate your deepest levels of suffering. Through a small initial effort of “unhooking” awareness from chattering thoughts, you can discover your already awake, loving nature. Filled with innovative contemporary versions of ancient practices (“Mindful Glimpses”), The Way of Effortless Mindfulness offers a complete map of how to awaken and embody in the midst of your daily life. This follow-up to Kelly’s award-winning Shift into Freedom outlines practical and supportive material from neuroscience, psychology, and the wisdom of various spiritual traditions. Here you will find a reader-friendly guide to understanding exactly what effortless mindfulness is, practices for engaging with it, and how to avoid the pitfalls to the full embodiment of this timeless RADICAL RESPONSIBILITY How to Move Beyond Blame, Fearlessly Live Your Highest Purpose, and Become an Unstoppable Force for Good by Fleet Maull
$29.99, cloth. Sounds True. 244 pages
Before he was a revered meditation teacher, Fleet Maull served 14 years in prison for drug trafficking. And during that time, he embarked on a path of transformation and service that today has helped tens of thousands—from inmates to hospice patients to top-level business leaders. With Radical Responsibility, he invites us to experience for ourselves the life-changing journey from victim to co-creator. Radical Responsibility addresses the very core of our human condition where the possibilities of imprisonment and freedom, violence and peace, suffering and joy continuously co-arise, offering us the same alternative repeatedly: either awaken to the liberating power of conscious ownership or give power away by blaming others and abdicating responsibility for our choices. Here, he guides us step by step to shift our fear-based conditioning into the habits of courage, compassion, and positive change. Join him to delve deeply into: FOR THOSE WHO SERVE Practical Guidance for Being of Benefit to Others
When we have seen through the constructs of who we thought we were, the most constant experience that remains is love, in its multiple forms: gratitude, patience, acceptance, compassion, joy, beauty, and bliss. We are experiencing all of life from open-hearted awareness. A valuable appendix offers maps of “Traps, Detours, and Rerouting Instructions”—“the potential ways people can get stuck, sidetracked, lost, or confused on their jouney home.” “Loch Kelly offers a rich array of unique mindful glimpses that reveal our naturally awake, openhearted awareness. His guidance is clear, precise, and arises from a wise, caring heart. There are very few who can guide with such mastery.” —Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance “The Way of Effortless Mindfulness makes an important contribution to our growing understanding that spiritual awakening and personal healing are two sides of the same valuable coin.” —Judith Blackstone, author of Trauma and the Unbound Body ♦ The complete Radical Responsibility method for breaking free of your learned limitations and accessing limitless possibility ♦ Discovering basic goodness— your indestructible inner resource for happiness, connection, and strength ♦ Fleet Maull’s mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (MBEI) model—neuroscience-informed principles and tools for shedding shame and blame and embracing self-awareness, resilience, and freedom from our self-created suffering ♦ Getting off the Drama Triangle and into the Empowerment Zone—profound practices to transform interpersonal conflicts ♦ Creating your life plan—a clear and achievable map for living your highest purpose, and many other chapters of real-world-tested insights and strategies If you would like to take your life to the next level and truly optimize your health, relationships, career, and other life pursuits, Radical Responsibility will give you the expert guidance to move beyond the inner walls of your beliefs and realize your full potential. ....This book includes access to guided audio sessions for many of the exercises, available online. Fleet Maull is a Zen roshi in the Soto Zen Peacemaker Order and a senior acharya/teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage.
self to your life’s work—including skills of complete listening, recognizing the innate perfection of your clients, accepting the inevitability of change, and learning to rest in the spaces between thoughts. Here Eckhart teaches you:
by Eckhart Tolle
$89.50, 7 CDs. Sounds True. 7.5 hours
Eckhart Tolle teaches that when you are aligned with the present moment, you are capable of immense wisdom, insight, and compassion. This lesson is especially important for anyone who has devoted their life to helping those in need. Created specifically for teachers, counselors, nurses, and caregivers in any field, For Those Who Serve is a full-length audio retreat for applying Eckhart’s teachings to the life of service. Here is a training for bringing your whole and undivided
♦ Why making space for whatever arises is essential to the therapeutic relationship ♦ How to overcome resistance to the form of the present moment ♦ Moving beyond labels, old narratives, and concrete identities ♦ Why true inspiration requires no thought ♦ Consideration of the deeper meaning of virtue ♦ Understanding the sources of emotional pain in your clients ♦ The joy of creation without the self-fulfilling desires of the ego
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♦ How to explore your thoughts without becoming attached to them ♦ Why suffering can give rise to embodied Presence ♦ Balancing the identities of both form and essence. For Those Who Serve offers not only the opportunity to explore the spiritual dimension of your calling, but also a celebration of how selfless action itself can change the world. THE POWER OF NOW JOURNAL by Eckhart Tolle
$24.00, paper. New World Library. 144 pages, colour illustrations
Millions who suffer the kind of debilitating depression Eckhart Tolle once did, or are wrestling with anxiety, loss, or grief; as well as those seeking personal growth and a deeper experience of fulfillment and spirituality have found life-altering, attitude-shifting inspiration in The Power of Now’s simple yet potent teachings. In this new write-in journal, lovely, vibrant watercolor illustrations and carefully chosen excerpts inspire insights and prompt contemplation, meditation, and relaxation. The journal format helps reader/writers to engage with Tolle’s teachings in a way that allows longtime fans and those new to Tolle to re-discover or discover the multi-faceted power of The Power of Now.
Dying, Near-Death & Grieving THE FOREVER ANGELS Near-Death Experiences in Childhood and Their Lifelong Impact by P.M.H. Atwater
$22.50, paper. Bear & Company. 230 pages
This major study of near-death experiences with the newly born, babies, toddlers, and children up to age five reveals how those who experience a near-death state or other worlds at a very young age are profoundly affected for the rest of their lives, including developing psychic and intuitive abilities, higher intelligence and wisdom beyond their years. Drawing on interviews with nearly 400 childhood experiencers, both fully matured and young, Atwater explores their accounts of what it is like to be alive on the other side of death as well as what makes them different from others, complemented by a deep analysis of statistical evidence from her more than 40 years of NDE research involving more than 5,000 people. The author explores how those who have a near-death experience very early in life, or even in utero, grow up different—sometimes geniuses, sometimes lost, yet unusually psychic and smart, all at the same time. She reveals how these experiences and their knowledge of the afterlife affect the individual in many areas, including family life, dating, health, education, and spirituality, as well as increasing the experiencer’s potential for thoughts of suicide, out-of-body experiences, and PTSD symptoms. Examining the forever angels’ memories of the womb, birth, early childhood, and the other world, Atwater investigates the wide-awake consciousness of babies being born, the vivid recall of mature childhood near-death experiencers, and how memory of the life-continuum never fades, nor does the desire to go back. Unlike adult experiencers, these children did not have the chance to develop “normal” attitudes and behavior patterns before their NDEs, which makes them a unique group of people, with unique traits and challenges. There is no other book like this.
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Living with Dying PRESENT THROUGH THE END A Caring Companion’s Guide for Accompanying the Dying
to be present even though we may feel utterly helpless, love when loss is just around the corner, and be fully alive to each moment as time runs out.
by Kirsten DeLeo
$22.95, paper. Shambhala. 179 pages
Present through the End offers the guidance and essential wisdom we need when we are struggling to support someone who is nearing death. This book helps us meet the many challenges ahead and navigate through difficult times with clarity and kindness—both for the person who is dying and also for ourselves. Inspired by decades of experience caring for the dying and years teaching contemplative care around the world, Kirsten DeLeo shares down-to-earth advice and offers short, simple “on the spot” tools to help us handle our emotions, deal with difficult relationships, talk about spiritual matters, practice self-care, listen fully, and more. This book offers insight and encouragement when we are unsure what to do or say and shows us how CONTEMPLATIVE CAREGIVING Finding Healing, Compassion, and Spiritual Growth Through End-of-Life Care by John Eric Baugher
$25.95, paper. Shambhala. 256 pages
Integrating two decades of hospice care and social science research, this heartfelt book offers practical lessons on the transformative possibilities of end-of-life caregiving. Contemplative Caregiving is an indispensable guide for end-of-life caregivers and for anyone seeking to transform experiences of caregiving and grief. Rather than leading to burnout and despair, caring for those who are suffering and dying can enrich our lives with meaning and further our own spiritual growth and resilience. Whether you are caring for a loved one with cancer or dementia, grieving a sudden traumatic loss, or even serving time in prison, Contemplative Caregiving offers encouragement for showing up to the fullness of life in whatever those circumstances may be. Healing, compassion, and spiritual growth are available to us all, in this lifetime, right now. Baugher’s unique style of integrating social scientific research on caregiving and grief with teachings from Buddhist, contemplative Christian, and other wisdom traditions illuminates how we each can transform exADVICE FOR FUTURE CORPSES A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying by Sallie Tisdale
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$22.00, paper. Scribner. 240 pages
Informed by her many years working as a nurse, with more than a decade in palliative care, Tisdale provides a frank, direct, and compassionate meditation on the inevitable. From the sublime (the faint sound of Mozart as you take your last breath) to the ridiculous (lessons on how to close the sagging jaw of a corpse), Tisdale leads the reader through the peaks and troughs of death with a calm, wise, and humorous hand. Advice for Future Corpses is a graceful compilation of honest and intimate anecdotes based on the deaths Tisdale has witnessed in her work and life, as well as stories from cultures, traditions, and literature around the world. If you want to be more comfortable with death itself,
This practice has taught me the most important lesson in accompanying dying people and in much of the rest of life: it is not what you say or do that counts, but how you are… The practices are most effective if you do them regularly, for short sessions of five to ten minutes. They will help you to stay sane, grounded, and calm in the midst of uncertainty, to be open with all that arises in your experience, and at the same time to hold the space for the dying person… There are skillful ways in which we can grow and deepen the wisdom of the heart to meet the actual moment not empty-handed. This small guide is more than a book. It is a companion you can carry with you. periences of loss and suffering into a path of compassion. He weaves together powerful stories from interviews with diverse hospice caregivers—Vietnam veterans, nurses, housewives, Catholic nuns, those convicted of murder—with the author’s own journey toward wholeness in the face of grief and traumatic loss, including the murder of his own mother. Through rich storytelling, teachings on compassion, and skillful contemplative exercises, Baugher invites you to join him in exploring the healing power of contemplative caregiving. Caring for others at the end of life has shown me that affirming the humanity of others is crucial to my own joy and sense of vibrancy. Contemplative caregiving can be a spiritual practice in its own right—a practice that parallels the benefits of mindfulness while extending them beyond the personal level to inspire compassionate shifts in families, hospitals, and broader spheres of society. “An inspiring and compassionate story of how to transform personal suffering into the ground of mutually beneficial service. It is possible to keep our heart open in hell. This book illuminates the way.” —Frank Ostaseski, author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully
with your death and the death of others, spend time near it. Read this travel guide and follow the maps and find a place where you can see what happens next— what will, like it or not, happen to you in time…. This is just a book about how you can get ready. Tisdale explores all the heartbreaking, beautiful, terrifying, confusing, absurd, and even joyful experiences that accompany the work of dying, including: ♦ A Good Death: What does it mean to die “a good death”? ♦ Communication: What to say and not to say, what to ask, and when, from the dying, loved ones, doctors, and more. ♦ Last Months, Weeks, Days, and Hours: What you might expect, physically and emotionally. ♦ Bodies: What happens to a body after death? What options are available to me after my death, and how do I choose—and make sure my wishes are followed? ♦ Grief: “Grief is the story that must be told over and over... Grief is the breath after the last one.”
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Advice for Future Corpses includes exercises designed to make you think differently about the inevitable. She includes practical advice, personal experience, a little Buddhist philosophy, and stories. Beautifully written and compulsively readable, Advice for Future Corpses offers essential reading for future corpses everywhere.
Transpersonal Psychology WAYS TO GO BEYOND AND WHY THEY WORK Seven Spiritual Practices for a Scientific Age
by Rupert Sheldrake
$25.50, paper. Monkfish. 338 pages
We are in the midst of a spiritual revival. This book, a brilliant follow-up to Sheldrake’s Science and Spiritual Practices, is an essential guide. To go beyond is to move into a higher state of consciousness, to a place of bliss, greater understanding, love, and deep connectedness, a realm where we finally find life’s meaning. Scientist and spiritual explorer Rupert Sheldrake looks at seven spiritual practices that are personally transformative and have scientifically measurable effects. He combines the latest scientific research with his extensive knowledge of mystical traditions to show how we may tune into more-than-human realms of consciousness through psychedelics such as ayahuasca, psilocybin, cannabis, etc. and how everyday activities can have mystical dimensions, including the spiritual side of sports and learning from animals. He discusses traditional religious practices such as fasting, prayer, and the celebration of festivals and holy days. And “Cultivating Good Habits, Avoiding Bad Habits, and Being Kind.” Why do these practices work? Are their effects solely inside our brains and essentially illusory? Or can we really make contact with forms of consciousness greater than our own? I have taken part in all the practices I discuss in this book… I am an explorer. My purpose is to take further the project I began in Science and Spiritual Practices, to show that there is a wide variety of ways to connect to greater conscious realities, however we conceive of them, and that the effects of these practices can be investigated scientifically. At the end of each chapter, after the discussion of a particular kind of practice, I suggest two ways in which readers can experience this practice for themselves. “Wonderfully clear and inspiring... I regard this as one of the most important books of our generation.” —Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and the author of more than 90 technical papers and 14 books, including Science Set Free. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in Petaluma, California, and of Schumacher College in Dartington, Devon, UK. He lives in London with his wife Jill Purce, with whom he has two sons, Merlin and Cosmo. ANIMAL SUTRAS Animal Spirit Stories
by Stephen Levine
$30.75, cloth. Monkfish. 153 pages
For Stephen Levine, “animal-people” were his greatest teachers. So, at age seventy, he began collecting animal spirit stories and transcendent moments in nature from throughout his life—from the green snake who taught him to meditate as a boy to the generous hen whom predators would not harm, and many more. “Animals have a natural mindfulness. They know what they are doing. Humans, who are full of confusion and seldom wholly in touch with their mind/body, need
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by Ram Dass
$18.95, paper. Love Serve Remember. 40 pages, 8x11, colour photos
Over the past five decades, the heart wisdom of Ram Dass has been an oasis for so many who are seeking new perspective and direction in their spiritual lives. The time he spent with his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, set him on a path of service, and inspired him to share his practices with anyone seeking spiritual guidance. These practices help us live in a way that awakens our hearts and minds, and alleviates suffering in ourselves and others. They help us to bridge the gap between our egos and our souls—who we think we are, and who we really are. With this in mind, we decided to create a collection BECOMING NOBODY The Essential Ram Dass Collection by Ram Dass
$45.50, 5 CDs. Sounds True. 5 hours
As featured in the Ram Dass documentary film Becoming Nobody, here are five classic live teaching sessions on audio, presented here in their entirety. The game is not about becoming somebody, it’s about becoming nobody. If you’re a spiritual explorer of any age or tradition, chances are you’ve heard of Ram Dass. This singular luminary began his somebody training as Richard Alpert—the 1960s Harvard-psychologist-turned-hippie who tripped with Timothy Leary, befriended beat poets and Tibetan lamas, found his lifelong guru in India, and, with lots of help from his friends, created the
encouragement and technique to live in the present.” A sutra is a thread of rope that holds things together as in the connection between humankind and nature, between the conditioned mind and the boundless spirit. These animal sutras… are the living truths transmitted from the presence of nature in my life, the stories of a life—my own—becoming truer due to my interchanges with plants and animals, and my resulting experiences of mercy and awareness. “I love this book. It feels like a secret treasure bequeathed by Stephen Levine to be opened after his death—an overflowing vessel of insight, humor and literary genius. Animal Sutras may be the best book Stephen Levine ever wrote.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy “Stephen was a profound healer of the heart, writer and meditation teacher. In Animal Sutras, his other gifts shine, as a wise poet-naturalist and Dharma storyteller-philosopher, offered here in a lyrical, quirky, and playful collection.” —Jack Kornfield Stephen Levine (1937-2016) was an American poet and spiritual teacher best known for his work, with his wife Ondrea, on death and dying. He was also (in 1966) a co-founder of the legendary San Francisco Oracle. He is one of a generation of pioneering teachers who made Theravada Buddhism more widely available to students in the West. Like the writings of his colleague and close friend Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert), Levine’s work is also flavored by the devotional practices and teachings of the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba. Levine spent many years in the Southwest, and among the mountains of New Mexico, where Ondrea still lives. His many books include Who Dies?, A Year to Live, and Unattended Sorrow.
of teachings on topics that are some of the key ingredients for awakening. These are topics that, in our experience, most resonated with people who are looking to inhabit “be here now” in a truly authentic way. This scrapbook (with lovely visual content and photos, etc.) contains some of Ram Dass’ most potent teachings on awareness, meditation, relationships, unconditional love, and service / compassionate action, which reflect his journey over these many years. Our hope is that you will not only find truth, wisdom, and joy in these pages, but you will share what you find with your family and friends. Thank you for bringing this Cookbook For Awakening into your home, and your heart. Namaste—Raghu Markus perennial classic Be Here Now. That’s the somebody part of his story. But for those who’ve experienced Ram Dass live as he shares his insights and personal journey on the way to becoming nobody, he has been for many the spark that ignited them to the liberating truth of who we really are. This audio collection brings us five essential sessions, featured in the Ram Dass documentary film Becoming Nobody, presented here in their entirety. Each beautifully illuminates a core dimension of Ram Dass’s wisdom. Through teaching stories, true accounts, eye-opening revelations, and his one-of-a-kind sense of humor, this legendary teacher helps show us the way out of the prison of our self-identity—and into the joy of being at once nobody and the universal divine at play in the world.
Entheogens ~ Psychedelics WHEN PLANTS DREAM Ayahuasca, Amazonian Shamanism, and the Global Psychedelic Renaissance by Daniel Pinchbeck & Sophia Rokhlin $26.95, cloth. Watkins. 192 pages
More and more Westerners are coming to drink ayahuasca in a quest for greater self-knowledge, healing and reconnection with the natural world. This formerly esoteric, little-known brew is now a growth industry. But why? Ayahuasca is a psychoactive tea that has a long history of ritual use among indigenous groups of the Upper Amazon. Made from the ayahuasca vine and the leaves of a shrub, ayahuasca is associated with healing in collective ceremonies and in more intimate contexts, generally under the direction of an ayahuasquero. These are experienced practitioners who guide the ceremony and the drinker’s experience. Ayahuasca has gained significant popularity these days in cities around the world. Ceremonies happen nightly and Hollywood stars, Wall Street players and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs now drink the brew. Why? What effect might ayahuasca be having on our culture? Could it be the LSD of our time? Does the brew, which seems to inspire environmental action, simplified lifestyles and more communitarian behaviour, act as an antidote to frenzied consumerist culture?
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In When Plants Dream, Pinchbeck and Rokhlin explore the economic, social, political, cultural and environmental impact that ayahuasca is having on society. Part 1 covers the background; what ayahuasca is, where it is found, and its cultural origins. Part 2 explores the role and practices of the ayahuasquero in both Amazonian and Western cultures. Part 3 examines the medicinal plants of the Amazon, looking particularly at the ingredients in ayahuasca and their therapeutic qualities, covering the most up-todate biomedical research, psychedelic science and psychopharmacology. Part 4 looks more closely at how ayahuasca is perceived and used today, covering law, the drug wars, media and money. Lastly in Part 5 Pinchbeck and Rokhlin question the future of ayahuasca. Through the gift of this medicine, there is a great opportunity for people of Western cultures to define a different relationship to the natural world while forging a new partnership with indigenous communities who are the traditional guardians of the world’s largest forest. When Plants Dream is the first book of its kind to look at the science and expanding culture of ayahuasca, from its historical use to its appropriation by the West and the impact it is having on cultures beyond the Amazon. SECRET DRUGS OF BUDDHISM Psychedelic Sacraments and the Origins of the Vajrayana by Mike Crowley
$27.95, paper. Synergetic. 340 pages
Secret Drugs of Buddhism is the first book to explore the historical evidence for the use of entheogenic plants within the Buddhist tradition. Drawing on scriptural sources, botany, pharmacology, and religious iconography, this book calls attention to the central role which psychedelics played in Indian religions. It traces their history from the mysterious soma potion, celebrated in the most ancient Hindu scriptures, to amrita, the sacramental drink of Vajrayana Buddhism. Although amrita used in modern Vajrayana ceremonies lacks any psychoactivity, there is copious evidence that the amrita used by the earliest Vajrayana practitioners was a potent entheogen. It is the nature of this psychedelic form of the sacrament which is the central topic of this book. In particular, Secret Drugs of Buddhism attempts to identify the specific ingredients employed in amrita’s earliest formulations. To this end, the book presents evidence from many countries in which the Vajrayana movement flourished. These include Bhutan, Japan, Mongolia, and Tibet but special attention is given to India, the land of its origin. With a foreword by Ann Shulgin. Mike Crowley is an ordained lama in the Kagyud lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
Ayahuasca often conveys the message that humans are not haphazardly ruining the world. We may not know it, but we are woven into a deeper evolutionary pattern, part of a greater more comprehensive programme. As the voice of the vine told Dennis McKenna during an ayahuasca journey in which he became a water droplet undergoing photosynthesis, “You monkeys only think you’re running things!” — from When Plants Dream
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Integrating Psychedelics CONSCIOUSNESS MEDICINE Indigenous Wisdom, Entheogens, and Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth
by Francoise Bourzat, with Kristina Hunter $23.95, paper. North Atlantic. 280 pages
Here is a comprehensive guide to the safe and ethical application of expanded states of consciousness for therapists, healing practitioners, and sincere explorers, with a foreword by Ralph Metzner. “Françoise Bourzat has written an authoritative book on guided psychedelic therapy with important lessons for anyone thinking of either guiding or being guided.” —Michael Pollan via Twitter Psychedelic medicines also known as entheogens are entering the mainstream. And it’s no wonder: despite having access to the latest wellness trends and advances in technology, we’re no healthier, happier, or more meaningfully connected. Psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, and LSD—as well as other time-tested techniques with the power to shift consciousness such as drumming, meditation, and vision quests—are now being recognized as potent catalysts for change and healing. But how do we ensure that we’re approaching them effectively? Françoise Bourzat—a counselor and experienced guide with sanctioned training in the Mazatec and other indigenous traditions—and healer Kristina Hunter LSD AND THE MIND OF THE UNIVERSE Diamonds from Heaven by Christopher Bache
$24.99, paper. Inner Traditions. 352 pages
On November 24, 1979, Christopher M. Bache took the first step on what would become a life-changing journey. Drawing from his training as a philosopher of religion, Bache set out to explore his mind and the mind of the universe as deeply and systematically as possible—with the help of the psychedelic drug LSD. Following protocols established by Stanislav Grof, Bache’s 73 high-dose LSD sessions over the course of 20 years drew him into a deepening communion with cosmic consciousness. Journey alongside professor Bache as he touches the living intelligence of our universe—an intelligence that both embraced and crushed him—and demonstrates how direct experience of the divine can change your perspective on core issues in philosophy and religion. Chronicling his 73 sessions with unprecedented rigor,
Shamanism & Ritual THE THREE QUESTIONS How To Discover and Master the Power Within You
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by Don Miguel Ruiz & Barbara Emrys $18.50, paper. HarperCollins. 198 pages
Don Miguel Ruiz builds on the message of his enduring The Four Agreements with this guide that takes us deeper into the tradition of Toltec wisdom, helping us find and use the hidden power within us to achieve our fullest lives. In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz introduced seekers on the path to enlightenment to the tenets of Mesoamerican spiritual culture—the ancient Toltec. Now, he takes us deeper into Native American practice, and asks us to consider essential questions that drive our
introduce a holistic model focusing on the threefold process of preparation, journey, and integration. Drawing from more than thirty years of experience, Bourzat’s skillful and heartfelt approach presents the therapeutic application of expanded states, without divorcing them from their traditional contexts. Consciousness Medicine delivers a coherent map for navigating nonordinary states of consciousness, offering an invaluable contribution to the field of healing and transformation. May this book offer you tools toward your own empowerment and give you courage to pursue your unique path of transformation. May your curiosity and even your suffering be the fuel for your commitment to healing and growth. May you feel validated in your quest to explore the infinite abundance of mys-tery and beauty that lies just beyond your ego identity and conscious mind. May you liberate your creative energy to be a dynamic force, actively contributing toward the evolution and re-newal of our precious world. May you fulfill the life you came to Earth to live. “A lovely reading experience and immensely informative, this book should be on the bookshelf of everyone interested in the subject of consciousness change and spiritual growth.” —Ann Shulgin, coauthor of PiHKAL and TiHKAL the author reveals the spiral of deaths and rebirths that took him through the collective unconscious into the creative intelligence of the universe. Making a powerful case for the value of psychedelically induced spiritual experience, Bache shares his immersion in the fierce love and creative intent of the unified field of consciousness that underlies all physical existence. He describes the incalculable value of embracing the pain and suffering he encountered in his sessions and the challenges he faced integrating his experiences into his everyday life. His journey documents a shift from individual consciousness to collective consciousness, from archetypal reality to Divine Oneness and the Diamond Luminosity that lies outside cyclic existence. Pushing the boundaries of theory and practice, the author shows how psychedelic experience can take you beyond self-transformation into collective transformation, beyond the present into the future, revealing spirit and matter in perfect balance. Also by Chris Bache: Dark Night and Early Dawn.
lives and govern our spiritual power. Three key questions can help us into our power and help us use it judiciously: Who am I? What is real? How do I express love? At each stage in our lives, we must ask these simple yet profound questions. Finding the answers opens the door to the next stage in our development, and eventually lead us to our complete, truest selves. But as Ruiz makes clear, we suffer if we do not ask these questions—or if we fail to pay attention to their answers—because we either never act on our power or use it destructively.
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At any time, we can wake up and see the totality of what we are. We can see life as it is and accept everything we see. We can show how truth walks and talks in the world without attempting to govern others. We can offer our presence—not our rules—to demonstrate the best of what a human can be. The three questions provide a practical framework that allows readers to engage with Ruiz’s transformative message and act as a vehicle for overcoming fear and anxiety and discovering peace of mind. A guide for all travelers pursuing soul understanding and acceptance, The Three Questions is the next step in our unique spiritual metamorphosis. Also by Don Miguel Ruiz is The Toltec Art of Life and Death. SPIRIT HACKING Shamanic Keys to Reclaim Your Personal Power, Transform Yourself, and Light Up the World by Shaman Durek
$37.99, cloth. Picador. 320 pages
In Spirit Hacking, Shaman Durek, a fifth-generation shaman shares life altering shamanic keys allowing you to tap into your personal power. Through new information you will banish fear and darkness from your life in favour of light, positivity, and strength. Shaman Durek’s bold and sometimes controversial wisdom shakes loose our assumptions about ourselves and the very world around us. He ultimately teaches us how to step fearlessly out of this Blackout (the age of darkness we are currently experiencing) and access a place of fierce empowerment by use of tools and techniques of timeless Shamanic tradition. This transformation is both personal and collective; as individuals step out of darkness and begin to experience the light, we bring our loved ones and communities out of the shadows as well. Shaman Durek inherited a rich legacy of ancient wisdom and now shares this knowledge for a modern context. He works with everyone from celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Nina Dobrev to royals such as Princess Marta of Norway and innovative executives such as Bullet-Proof Coffee founder Dave Asprey. Spirit Hacking shatters readers’ complacency, giving them tools to navigate the tumultuous times in which we find ourselves. We will emerge from this period happier, lighter, and more vibrant than ever before. “Shaman Durek is a light on the earth!” says Gwyneth Paltrow. “Rarely, if ever, are books by or on shamanism page-turners. This is the first I have seen and it is stunning. Spirit Hacking will surprise you, undo you, and make you laugh. It invites you to a way of seeing the world that is deeply inspired and unique, entirely based on experience. It is authentic, gobbledygook free, astonishingly honest, a verbal mind-blow that is urgently needed at this time. It will flat out change how you see the world.” —Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, author of Drawdown CURANDERISMO SOUL RETRIEVAL Ancient Shamanic Wisdom to Restore the Sacred Energy of the Soul by Erika Buenaflor
$22.50, paper. Bear & Company. 186 pages, colour illustrations
Drawing on her more than 20 years experience working with present-day Mesoamerican curanderx and the ancient shamanic healing traditions of the Mexica and Maya, Erika Buenaflor provides a step-by-step guide for the curanderismo practice of soul retrieval. She explains how the soul is a form of sacred energy that can escape when some-
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cardinal directions: South, West, North, East, and the Center, which marries the other directions and offers a portal to other worlds. She offers pressure point exercises to release the energies of traumas and contemplative exercises to continue the reintegration of soul fragments after thetrance journey. She also explains how to connect with animal guardians to aid you in the soul retrieval process. Revealing how to achieve a lasting retrieval of soul energy, Buenaflor shows how the dynamic process of curanderismo soul retrieval can heal many forms and degrees of trauma and help people move forward in life with more clarity, self-awareness, empowerment, and greater depths of authentic self-love. “Brings back the heart and shamanic medicine found within Mesoamerica… Whether you’re an advanced shamanic practitioner seeking to enrich your shamanic tool box or you’re seeking ways to heal and transform your life, this book will have shamanic magic and medicine for you.” —Linda Star Wolf, author of Shamanic Breathwork
Modern Shamanism SHAMANIC QABALAH A Mystical Path to Uniting the Tree of Life & the Great Work by Daniel Moler
$29.99, paper. Llewellyn. 252 pages, 7x9, b/w illustrations
Take a journey into the Mysteries with Shamanic Qabalah. Fusing Hermetic Qabalah and Peruvian shamanic practices, this book lays out a template for exploring the inner and outer worlds in the tradition of the ancients. Discover how you can make your own way through the Great Work—communing with the unseen entities and elements of the universe and achieving union with the divine. Trained in Peruvian Shamanism and in Qabalah, author Daniel Moler leads a journey through the dimensions of consciousness to help you live a sacred life in
connection with the unseen and unknown Other. “It’s exciting to see people re-engaging with the Qabalah in new and creative ways, and this is exactly what Daniel Moler has done in Shamanic Qabalah, drawing on eminent sources like Dion Fortune, Gareth Knight, and even, uniquely, Peruvian shamanism to explore the Qabalah not as somebody interested in dry book learning and rote memorization, but as a head-on psychonaut concerned with living, creative, psychedelic ritual.” —Jason Louv “Shamanic Qabalah examines and then masterfully converges the mystic healing theories and practices . . . [from] cultures as diverse as the ancient Peruvians, Hebrews, and Buddhists.” —Gerry Stribling, author of Buddhism for Dudes
Native Medicine Ways NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder (25th Anniversary Edition) by Kent Nerburn
$26.50, paper. New World Library. 352 pages
This book offers a truthful, fiery and ultimately cleansing dialogue between Indian and white. Against an unflinching backdrop of contemporary reservation life and the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas, Neither Wolf nor Dog tells the story of two men, one white and one Indian, locked in their own understandings yet struggling to find a common voice. We are drawn deep into the world of a Native American elder named Dan, who leads Kent through Indian towns and down forgotten roads that swirl with the memories of the Ghost Dance and Sitting Bull. Along the way we meet a vivid cast of characters—ranging from Jumbo, a 400-pound mechanic, to Annie, an 80-yearold Lakota woman living in a log cabin with no running water. Dan speaks eloquently on the power of silence, the difference between land and property, white people’s urge to claim an Indian heritage, and the selling of sacred ceremonies. This is a story of fathers and sons, of the struggle for redemption after the loss of innocence, of distinct cultures on a common land. An unlikely cross between On the Road and Black Elk Speaks, this book wrestles us past the myths and stereotypes of the Native experience, revealing a vista few ever see. “A chronicle, extraordinary for its difficult truths and stunning depths… This is a sobering, humbling, cleansing, loving book.” —Yoga Journal
The real Indian people laugh, cry, make mistakes, honor their creator, get angry, go to stores, raise children, and dream all the same dreams as you or I. And it is in the real Indian people, not in
THE EVOLUTIONARY EMPATH A Practical Guide for Heart-Centered Consciousness
by Stephanie Red Feather
$22.50, paper. Bear & Company. 320 pages
As an empath herself, Stephanie Red Feather has experienced firsthand the challenges of being extremely sensitive to subtle energies and the emotions of others. She knows that it can be overwhelming and cause you to lose yourself and doubt who you are. With this guide for anyone who’s ever felt out of place because of their sensitivity, Red Feather offers advice on how to manage life’s difficulties as an empath as well as insight into how these qualities are vitally important to the future of humanity. Affirming that being an empath is a real thing and you are not alone in your experience of the world, Red Feather offers practical exercises to help you understand, control, and fully manifest your gifts. She explains how to clear your energy field, stop energy leaks, and reclaim your sense of self. She warns of the pitfalls of being an empath, such as employing your gifts in un-
healthy ways, and stresses the importance of embracing both the Divine Masculine, to create boundaries and safety, as well as the Divine Feminine, to practice radical self-care and live authentically from your own center. Red Feather explains not only that there are now more empaths than ever before, but that this surge in numbers is no coincidence. With the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, empaths represent the new human blueprint. They are the way-showers for the next step in human evolution, and they have a cosmic mission: to usher in a higher level of human consciousness, centered in the heart chakra. Red Feather also explains the impending reactivation of dormant levels of consciousness and cosmic memory, which will upgrade our human operating systems to function at a higher frequency. Includes access to online audio meditation tracks. The author is a mesa carrier in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Peru, having studied with Don Oscar Miro-Quesada’s lineage for many years.
the myths and images, that the true voices of our land can be heard. They are like the buffalo rock—solid, of the earth, deeply rooted in their sense of place, and possessed of a deep spirituality for those who have the eyes to see… In the last analysis, we must all, Indian and nonIndian, come together. This earth is our mother, this land is our shared heritage. Our histories and fates are intertwined, no matter where our ancestors were born and how they interacted with each other. — from Neither Wolf Nor Dog
You are an evolutionary empath. The morphic field of the empath has been established, and you can draw strength from it and contribute strength to it. You are here to raise the collective vibration of humanity and the planet. Your conscious awareness holds a vibratory field that invites others to join in and is magnified by every other person moving into higher consciousness. As one person, you make a difference. Trust your heart. Use your tools. You were made for these times. — from The Evolutionary Empath
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First Nations’ Traditions ONE DRUM Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet by Richard Wagamese
$18.95, paper. Douglas & Macinyre. 160 pages, 25 colour photos
Fans of Richard Wagamese’s writing will be heartened by the news that he left behind a manuscript he’d been working on until shortly before his death in 2017. One Drum welcomes readers to unite in ceremony to heal themselves and bring harmony to their lives and communities. In One Drum, Wagamese wrote I am not a shaman. Nor am I an elder, a pipe carrier, or a celebrated traditionalist. I am merely one who has trudged the same path many of this human family has—the path of the seeker, called forward by a yearning I have not always understood. One Drum draws from the foundational teachings of Ojibway tradition, the Grandfather Teachings. Focusing specifically on the lessons of humility, respect and MAGICAL BEINGS OF HAIDA GWAII by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson & Sara Davidson $22.95, cloth. Heritage House. 64 pages, 8x10, colour illustrations
Based on ancient Haida narratives, this vibrantly illustrated children’s book empowers young people and teaches them to live in harmony with nature. Haida Gwaii is home to a rich and vibrant culture whose origins date back thousands of years. Today, the Haida People are known throughout Canada and the world for their artistic achieve-ments, their commitment to social justice and environmental protection, and their deep connection to the natural world. Embedded in Haida culture and drawn from ancient oral narratives are a number of Supernatural Beings, many of them female, who embody these connections to the land, the sea, and the sky. Magical Beings of Haida
Wicca & Magic WHAT WE KNEW IN THE NIGHT Reawakening the Heart of Witchcraft by Raven Grimassi
$31.95, paper. Weiser. 226 pages, illus.
Raven Grimassi is among the pioneering authors of the modern witchcraft renaissance. In What We Knew in the Night, he presents a cohesive and complete system of witchcraft based on traditional sources. The author’s premise is that, beginning in the 1980s, with the rise of modern metaphysical publishing, authors began presenting very personal witchcraft practices. In the process, traditional and formerly well-established practices fell into obscurity, which potentially lead to confusion. What We Knew in the Night uncovers and clarifies those buried gems for a new generation, assembling and integrating key components of witchcraft, past and present. Grimassi lays out key mystical and practical foundations of witchcraft and restores their important role. Sharing lessons and advice from his own almost 50 years of personal study and practice, Grimassi explores what he describes as the “heart of the old rites.” He also offers practical instructions and a clear 5-step process of empowerment—one chapter for each step—for anyone who wants to walk the path of witchcraft:
courage, the volume contains simple ceremonies that anyone anywhere can do, alone or in a group, to foster harmony and connection. Wagamese believed that there is a shaman in each of us, and we are all teachers and in the world of the spirit there is no right way or wrong way. Writing of neglect, abuse and loss of identity, Wagamese recalled living on the street, going to jail, drinking too much, feeling rootless and afraid, and then the feeling of hope he gained from connecting with the spiritual ways of his people. He expressed the belief that ceremony has the power to unify and to heal for people of all backgrounds. When that happens, we truly become one song and one drum beating together in a common purpose—and we are on the path to being healed. Among Richard Wagamese’s other books are Embers and Indian Horse. Gwaii features ten of these ancient figures and presents them to children as visually engaging, empowering, and meaningful examples of living in balance with nature. Developed by renowned Haida activist, lawyer, performer, and artist Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson and Haida educator Sara Florence Davidson, this book challenges stereotypes, helps advance reconciliation, and celebrates Indigenous identity and culture. Rainbow Woman overcomes challenges and brings together strength and vulnerability. She is a being of hope and she skillfully blends positive and negative, just as a Master Artist does. Rainbows bring us light and help us to believe in dreams again. Rainbows teach us to treasure each moment of beauty. Rainbows are the perfect invitation to a potlatch of laws and culture.
Virtue of the Moon The Wafting The Witch’s Blade The Clay Pentacle The Witch’s Ring Having accomplished these steps, the reader will possess the “quintessence of witchery” and be firmly grounded in the arcane art of witchcraft. MAKING MAGIC Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary by Brianna Saussy
$24.99, paper. Sounds True. 208 pages
“Magic is found at the roots of our experience. No matter who you are or where you came from, there is magic in your ancestral lineage,” writes Briana Saussy. In Making Magic, this popular teacher and author introduces you to ways of directly engaging with the unseen forces of the universe in your day-to-day life. Through her rich blend of storytelling and practical guidance, Saussy invites you to explore the surprising magic of commonplace things—colloquially known as folk magic. “Much of what you need in order to make magic you already have in your home, in your kitchen, and in your blood,” teaches Saussy. Making Magic presents easy-to-fol-
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low instruction for creating your own rituals, spells, and ceremonies using simple ingredients such as candles, textiles, door frames, houseplants, and the contents of your spice cabinet. Created for newcomers to the spiritual practice of magic as well as experienced magic-makers, this fresh take on practical enchantment provides an excellent resource for anyone who wants to cultivate an authentic sense of the sacred in each moment. “Brianna teaches you to recognize and locate the magical powers that already exist all around you and within you. If that wasn’t enough (and really it is), if you, like me, are a fairytale lover, this book contains one of the best versions of Goldilocks ever.” —Judika Illes, author of Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells SACRED ALIGNMENTS AND SIGILS Angelic Magick, Renaissance Thought, and Modern Methods of Sigilization by Robert Podgurski
$35.95, paper. North Atlantic. 64 pages, 8x10, colour illustrations
This is the first occult studies book to combine modern sigil techniques with traditional Enochian Magick, suitable for all levels of ritual magick practitioners students, explorers of consciousness, scholars, dowsers, and tantric yoga practitioners. The Sacred Alignments and Sigils is a breakthrough in modern occult studies. Author and practitioner Robert Podgurski shares his discovery and development of the Grid Sigil—a tool for exploring the mysteries of embodiment and unity that bridges Enochian Magick with Sparean sigilization. The Grid is an astral manifestation of thetetragrammaton; it can be used for inner plane exploration or macrocosmic operations. Properly constructed, it emanates the power of the four elements bound by spirit in the space/time continuum. This text offers readers a variety of techniques for using the Grid Sigil, and is an essential guidebook for understanding the connection between Enochian Magick, geomagnetism, shamanism, and other facets of eastern and western esotericism. Close attention is paid to critical metaphysical thought through in-depth analysis based in science, metaphysics, philosophical speculation, and illustrations. “Podgurski’s work is a tour de force of magical self-examination—an eloquently composed and elegantly presented treatise deserving the attention of every student of modern magick.” —Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Enochian Vision Magick
Christian & Jewish Spirituality TORAH AS A GUIDE TO ENLIGHTENMENT by Gabriel Cousens
$39.95, paper. North Atlantic. 692 pages
Inspired by intense studies, meditation, and a variety of teachings from the great Torah sages, author Gabriel Cousens, MD, presents the fifty-two parashas of the Torah as a practical path to liberation. His interpretation, which focuses on enlightenment, what he feels is the original intention of the Torah, provides a multidimensional analysis and a perspective that is often missing from conventional teachings. Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment conveys liberation understandings not only to those with Jewish and Christian backgrounds, but to anyone seeking to reconnect with their spiritual roots. “A master of medicine, a healer of souls, an awakener of hearts, Rabbi Gabriel Cousens has freed up Torah to free up souls, flinging wide open her rusty gates to enable her wisdom to gush forth unabatedly and in fullness of intent and application. … He skillfully weaves the wisdom of the
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Christ: Loving, Praying, Forgiving THE WAY OF THE ROSE The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary
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by Clark Strand & Perdita Finn
$36.00, cloth. Random House. 320 pages
What happens when a former Zen Buddhist monk and his feminist wife experience an apparition of the Virgin Mary? When a vision of a mysterious “Lady” invited Clark Strand and Perdita Finn to pray the rosary, not only were they disinterested in becoming Catholic, they were finished with institutional religion altogether. Their main spiritual concerns were the fate of the planet and the future of their children and grandchildren in an age of ecological collapse. But this Lady barely even referred to the Church and its proscriptions. She spoke of the miraculous power of the rosary to transform lives and heal the planet, revealing the secrets she had hidden within the rosary’s prayers and mysteries—secrets of a past age when forests were the only cathedrals and people wove “rose garlands” for a Mother whose loving presence was as close as the ground beneath their feet. She told Strand and Finn: The rosary is My body, and My body is the body of the world. Your body is one with that body. A THEOLOGY OF LOVE Reimagining Christianity Through A Course in Miracles
by Richard Smoley
$23.99, paper. Inner Traditions. 240 pages, b/w illustrations
In the West, theology has almost always meant Christian theology—a hodgepodge of beliefs that are hard to make sense of. These beliefs, stated baldly, are nonsensical. Millions of people are realizing this and losing their faith. The time has come to reenvision Christian theology without contradictory teachings laced with fear. It is time for a theology of love and miracles. Richard Smoley reframes Christian theology using logical, consistent, and easy-to-understand teachings of unconditional love and forgiveness. He draws inspiration not only from the Bible, but also from Hinduism, Buddhism, Gnosticism, and from esoteric and mystical teachings, such as A Course in Miracles and the Sefer Yetzirah, the oldest known Kabbalistic text. He explains how JOSEPH AND THE WAY OF FORGIVENESS A Biblical Tale Retold
Weaving together their own remarkable story of how they came to the rosary, their discoveries about the eco-feminist wisdom at the heart of this ancient devotion, and the life-changing revelations of the Lady herself, the authors reveal an ancestral path—available to everyone, religious or not—that returns us to the powerful healing rhythms of the natural world. “This extraordinary testament to the power of the rosary offers a radical revisioning of this ancient practice as a path of personal awakening. It is both a firsthand account of mystic initiation and a revelation of the Divine Feminine in an age of patriarchal madness—erudite, irreverent, and wise. For readers weary of institutional dogma, hungry for a woke spirituality capable of uniting a divided world, The Way of the Rose is manna from heaven.” —Mark Matousek, author of Mother of the Unseen World “This is a universal story of love, a huge-hearted invitation to step up and into the field of the sacred feminine.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy “Answers a collective need to help us discover the empowering and miraculous non-denominational spiritual practice of prayer.” —Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and The Book of Ceremony the fallen state of the human condition, not one of sin but of oblivion, leads us to experience the world as flawed and problematic— not wholly evil, but not wholly good. Citing philosophical wisdom from Kant, Blake, Jung, and Gurdjieff, alongside cognitive science, Smoley reveals how it is not the world that is flawed, but the way we see the world. Sharing key teachings from A Course in Miracles, he shows that our fear-based mind-sets—often filled with anxiety, suffering, and shame—lead us to feel separated from God when, in fact, we are all extensions of a God of infinite love and light. Offering a path to help you regenerate from the fallen state and see the real spiritual world and loving God that lies behind it, the author provides ways for each of us to craft our own self-consistent theology. He also lays out a vision for the future of spirituality, a path for present-day religion to transform into something higher and more universal. ries of Western culture. The engrossing tale that he has created will capture the hearts and minds of modern readers and show them that this ancient story can still challenge, delight, and astonish.
by Stephen Mitchell
$29.99, cloth. Picador. 254 pages
Stephen Mitchell’s gift is to breathe new life into ancient classics, which he’s done with the Tao, the Gita, the Odyssey, Rilke, and many other books. In Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness, he offers us his riveting novelistic version of the Biblical tale in which Jacob’s favorite son is sold into slavery and eventually becomes viceroy of Egypt. Tolstoy called it the most beautiful story in the world. What’s new here is the lyrical, witty, vivid prose, informed by a wisdom that brings fresh insight to this foundational legend of betrayal and all-embracing forgiveness. Mitchell’s retelling, which reads like a postmodern novel, interweaves the narrative with brief meditations that, with their Zen surprises, expand the narrative and illuminate its main themes. By stepping inside the minds of Joseph and the other characters, Mitchell reanimates one of the central sto
In the Joseph story we can see the enlightened mind in action, the mind in harmony with the way things are, after the deadly tricks of the ego have been met with understanding. Joseph realizes that there is a vast, compassionate intelligence always at work beneath the surface of the apparent. —from the foreword “How do you honestly and deeply ‘interpret’ a dream? By dreaming it onwards. How do you honestly and deeply read a story from the Bible? By telling it onwards, again and again, with a reverent imagination. Stephen Mitchell has beautifully reimagined the Biblical story of Joseph with an enhanced retelling in exquisite language and with subtle insight. You won’t find a more moving, inspiring and enlightening book on the Bible.” —Thomas Moore, author of Ageless Soul
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sages through the ages into a cohesive and fruitful brew of lessons that speak directly to the deepest depths of our spirits. … [His] treatise of the Torah raises the decibels of her voice so that all souls, regardless of their external identities, can hear her message and experience her magic.” —from the foreword by Rabbi Gershon Winkler
Sufism & Rumi INCLUDING THE EARTH IN OUR PRAYERS A Global Dimension to Spiritual Practice by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
$22.95, paper. Golden Sufi. 132 pages
This is a revised edition of a book by revered Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee called Awakening the World. Including the Earth in Our Prayers tells a story of love and prayer, how spiritual practice is not just for ourselves, our own journey, but for life itself. It steps back to reclaim the wisdom of our ancestors, including the Original Instructions of Indigenous peoples— how we need to get along with all of creation—and relates these teachings to the need of our present time. With our ecosystem in crisis and our culture increasingly divisive, it suggests ways in which the energy and transformative potential of our spiritual nature can be applied to these critical issues, and reconnects us with a spiritual understanding of the living Earth. The simple premise of this book is that there is a vital need to shift our collective culture from a story of separation and exploitation into a new story of living oneness, and that spiritual practice, and the love and light it generates, have an essential part to play in this shift. This is a time of transition in which the new ways are not yet fully formed. Instead this book outlines some of the foundations, the patterns that are developing in the inner and outer worlds, and the part we have to play in their development. It points to some of the spiritual attitudes we have to leave behind and to others that we should cultivate. It also describes some of the dangers and difficulties of this time of transition, the fault lines of our culture and the vast forces colliding beneath them. Its intent is to expand our perception of what is spiritual life, so that we can respond to the real need of the present time. “The call of the soul in our time is to become loving partners with our world in manifesting the potentials of blessing and wholeness innately within us and within the Earth. In this wonderful book, Llewellyn eloquently shows us that we each have within us the power to answer this call and embody this partnership. In a time when we are beset with fear and divisiveness, he offers a vision of wholeness and healing, hope and empowerment. It is definitely a book whose time has come.” —David Spangler Among the other books by Llewellyn are Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth and Spiritual Ecology: Ten Prac-tices to Awaken the Sacred in Everyday Life. RADICAL LOVE Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition translated & edited by Omid Safi $27.95, paper. Yale. 288 pages
This stunning collection showcases the love poetry and mystical teachings at the heart of the Islamic tradition in accurate and poetic original translations. At a time when the association of Islam with violence dominates headlines, this beautiful collection offers us a chance to see a radically different face of the Islamic tradition. It traces a soaring, poetic, popular tradition that celebrates love for both humanity and the Divine as the ultimate path leading humanity back to God.
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Rumi & Hafiz: Poets of Light RUMI: UNSEEN POEMS
Meaning to say, I am like the ground, drunk and amazed.
by Rumi, translated by Brad Gooch & Maryam Mortaz $19.95, cloth. Knopf. 224 pages
This collection of never-before-translated poems by the widely beloved medieval Persian poet Rumi shines. Rumi (1207-1273) was trained in Sufism—a mystic tradition within Islam—and founded the Sufi order known to us as the Whirling Dervishes, who use dance and music as part of their spiritual devotion. Rumi’s poetry has long been popular with contemporary Western audiences because of the way it combines the sacred and the sensual, describing divine love in rapturously human terms. My friend was looking at the ground. Meaning to say, Be like the ground, humble and wordless. I bowed and kissed the ground.
Within love is the alchemy of sunrise, Within a cloud, a hundred thousand bolts of lightning. Within me is an ocean of his splendor. Within him, all creation is drowning.
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East, and why his sublime words of light continue to grow in popularity in the West and throughout the world.
by Hafiz, via Michael & Saliha Green $38.99, cloth. Sounds True. 160 pages, 8x10, colour illustrations
Rarely do we encounter poetry that ignites and intoxicates the soul. Few poets have even done so as brilliantly as Hafiz of Shirax. The Illuminated Hafiz is a celebration of how even now, seven centuries after his death, this Persian mystic remains one of the most beloved poets in the world. The Illuminated Hafiz presents selections from the master’s alluring works as they’ve never been seen before—merging translations from Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Omid Safi, and other mystics and scholars with evocative art by Michael and Saliha Green. Magical. Following in the tradition of The Illuminated Rumi, this inspiring collection also contains short commentaries on Hafiz and the significance of his work, as well as a glossary explaining his imagery and subtle use of language. A contemporary take on classical illuminated manuscripts, The Illuminated Hafiz reveals why Hafiz’s verse endures as timeless spiritual guidance in the Middle
Safi brings together for the first time the passages of the Qu’ran sought by the Muslim sages, the mystical sayings of the Prophet, and the teachings of the path of Divine love. Accurately and sensitively translated by leading scholar of Islam Omid Safi, the writings of Jalal alDin Rumi can now be read alongside passages by Kharaqani, Attar, Hafez of Shiraz, Abu Saide Abi lKhayr, and other key Muslim mystics. For the millions of readers whose lives have been touched by Rumi’s poetry, here is a chance to see the Arabic and Persian traditions that produced him. How can spring flowers grow on stones? Be soft like the soil So colorful roses grow inside For years you’ve had a heart of stone Try for a while being soft as soil. —Rumi
However, a number of Rumi’s English translators over the past century were not speakers of Persian and they based their sometimes very free interpretations on earlier translations. With Western audiences in mind, translators also tended to tone down or leave out elements of Persian culture and of Islam in Rumi’s work, and hundreds of the prolific poet’s works were never made available to English speakers at all. In this new translation— composed almost entirely of untranslated gems from Rumi’s vast oeuvre—Brad Gooch and Maryam Mortaz aim to achieve greater fidelity to the originals while still allowing Rumi’s lyric exuberance to shine.
There is this matter of the light in my eyes. If you want to know the Friend, don’t expect elegant arguments! Demand a blessing from one who gives you joy. —Hafiz (tr. Barks) Come, raise a cup! Join with Hafiz and his incomparable love poems in a holy revel on the journey into light. “In these fractious times when the beauty of Islam has been obscured by a haze of misunderstanding, this collection lifts a lineage of loving-kindness, passionate devotion and perfected wisdom back into the light. The poems of Hafiz, exquisitely translated here and illuminated with the transformative power of Persian calligraphy and luscious imagery, are rooted in an ancient and yet perennial spiritual garden, offering a luminous remedy to the aching heart of humanity. Highly recommended.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy
Astrology, Tarot & Divination EXPERIMENTS AND EXPERIENCE WITH ASTROLOGY Reflections on Methods & Meaning
by Stephen Arroyo
$17.95, paper. Paulist. 112 pages, illus.
In this collection of strikingly original material, numerous practical as well as philosophical issues are explored. In an in-depth, wide-ranging interview appearing in book form for the first time, Stephen Arroyo answers questions about his early years in astrology, how he came to write some of his classic works, and his views on various central issues in astrology’s current practice and potential future development. In another chapter, he provides concise new observations and guidelines that provide more insightful ways of understanding many factors in both individual birth charts and chart comparisons. In the other sections of this book, he discusses what astrology can contribute to psychology, how to understand the Ascendant, and possible explanations of the powerful effects of planetary transit cycles. And importantly, this is
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the only book currently available that describes and explores his unique theory of “Subtones” as an incisive, psychologically revealing method of achieving greater depth in understanding any birth chart. In short, utilizing “Subtones” is a method of synthesizing the major chart factors in any person’s chart in a simple, quick way that people at any level of astrological knowledge can easily learn and reliably use. Among Arroyo’s other books are Stephen Arroyo’s Chart Interpretation Handbook and Astrology, Karma & Transformation. YOUR ZODIAC SOUL Working with the twelve zodiac gateways to create balance, happiness & wholeness by John Wadsworth
$26.99, paper. Orion. 274 pages
Turning The Wheel of Your Zodiac Soul is the brand new approach and twelve-stage program from leading astrologer, John Wadsworth. Teaching you how to use the Zodiac as a path to wholeness, John’s method will reveal to you “the revelation of you in the totality of who you are.” Drawing on over two thousand years of astrological tradition, John presents the zodiac soul using a wheel analogy: it is a wheel that is supposed to turn, but will inevitably get stuck and falter during the course of life’s many challenges—whether these be around personal relationships, financial issues, health, career pressures or a low sense of self-worth. John reassuringly shows that these challenges all have their place in the wheel, and that our underlying fears and self-defeating behaviour patterns driving them can all be addressed and compassionately transformed. With John’s assistance, you will learn to identify where the wheel gets stuck in your own life and get it turning again. Turning The Wheel of Your Zodiac Soul will offer you a way of making significant changes, guiding you to manifest the life you were born to live. “The depth of John Wadsworth’s experiential knowledge shines through this book. It is so refreshing to find the zodiac signs delineated in the old way, as a process of alchemical transformation and soul-growth rather than mere indications of ‘character.’ This practical format and John’s deft touch with language gently leads the reader through profound self-enquiry into enlightenment. Literally shining a light into the parts of our being rarely approached before.” —Judy Hall, author of The Crystal Bible TAROT FOR YOUR SELF A Workbook for the Inward Journey (35th Anniversary Edition) by Mary Greer
$35.95, paper. Weiser. 302 pages, 7x9, b/w illustrations, French flaps
“Deciding to work with the Tarot is like embarking on a long, inward journey.” This tarot classic by Mary K. Greer was the first book to promote reading the cards not just for others but for your own insight, revolutionizing tarot through a combined emphasis on self-teaching techniques and personal growth. Tarot for Your Self, originally published in 1984, is a modern classic in its field. Teaching the practice of reading the cards for your own insight, it also shows you exactly how to do so. This new edition comprehensively links many areas: journal writing, mythology, psychology, relationships, astrology, poetry, art, and metaphysics—all explored and integrated with the Tarot. Tarot for Your Self uses meditations, rituals, spreads, mandalas, visualizations, dialogues, charts, affirmations, and other activities to help you establish your own relationship with the archetypes embodied in the cards. It can be used with any of the Tarot decks available today.
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New Tarot & Oracle Decks THE WILD UNKNOWN ARCHETYPES DECK & GUIDEBOOK
by Kim Krans
$49.99, cards. HarperCollins. 79 circular colour cards + guidebook
In this original, the creator of The Wild Unknown Tarot takes seekers on a journey of self-discovery deep into the collective unconscious. Kim Krans illuminates the revelatory power of archetypes, the ancient, universal symbols that have endured across time and cultures and reside deep in our shared psyche. Illustrated in her unmistakable Wild Unknown style, an emotionally evocative combination of elegant line art and lush watercolor painting, The Wild Unknown Archetypes Deck and Guidebook fosters a profound understanding of our complex personalities, behaviors, and tendencies. The Wild Unknown Archetypes deck includes 78 gorgeous circular oracle cards divided into four suits: YGGDRASIL Norse Divination Cards
The Self, The Place, The Tool, and The Initiation. Each archetype has been carefully selected for its symbolic potency and the lesson at the core of its nature, such as The Poet, representative of deep emotional creativity and the drive to find our truth, and The Resting Place, symbolic of a pause on our journey and the need to seek replenishment. Accompanying the deck is a 200-page hand-lettered, fully illustrated guidebook written and designed by Krans, which details the meaning behind each card and offers clear, grounded explanations of the many spreads, practices, and concepts that power the Archetypes deck. A beautiful and inclusive tool for self-exploration, The Wild Unknown Archetypes Deck and Guidebook is sure to enchant readers drawn to personal study, symbology, and lore.
most important characters and symbols of the Eddas, the ancient writings of the Norse. These cards, along with the convenient guidebook, are designed to be used for divination, guidance, and spiritual connection. Created by one of the greatest living authorities on Nordic spirituality, these cards are a welcome addition to those who desire a deeper relationship with Odin, Freyja, and the rest of the Nordic pantheon.
by Haukur Halldorsson & G. Hauksdot $44.99, cards. Llewellyn. 81-card deck & 216-page guidebook
Based on the fascinating mythology of the Nordic traditions, this 81-card divination deck brings the stories and characters of ancient Scandinavia to life. Artist Haukur “Hawk” Halldorsson’s intricate pen and ink drawings are powerful representations of the THE LIGHT SEER’S TAROT A 78-Card Deck & Guidebook
types and symbols in a bohemian, contemporary style, The Light Seer’s Tarot expresses the light and dark sides of your nature and teaches the lessons that can be learned from both. The expressive people and symbols depicted on each of the 78 cards tell stories, ask questions, and provide answers. This popular deck is an ideal companion to have beside you as you seek places in yourself and in your life that are most in need of illumination.
$33.99, cards. Hay House. 78 colour cards in a box
Successfully Kickstarted in 2018, this 78-card tarot deck featuring a friendly “boho sunshine” aesthetic is a healing tool and guide to explore both the dark and light sides of our nature. By reimagining the traditional tarot archeDREAMS OF GAIA TAROT (POCKET EDITION) by Ravynne Phelan
$32.95, cards. Llewellyn. 78 colour cards + guidebook
The philosophy of the Dreams of Gaia Tarot is simple: to seek, to feel, to grow, to heal. This deck will strengthen your connection to your divine self, while helping you to identify and heal past experiences that hold you back from living to your fullest potential. Learn to recognize when times of growth and change are approaching, and face them with confidence and a sense of anticipation. Learn when to take action, and when to THE ALCHEMICAL VISIONS TAROT 78 Keys to Unlock Your Subconscious Mind by Arthur Taussig
$72.95, cards. Weiser. 78 colour cards + 192-page guidebook
An exquisite exploration of the dark, self-transformative power of the tarot archetypes from a world-renowned artist and tarot enthusiast, this tarot deck and book will help you plumb the depths of your soul, expose the powerful even frightening aspects of the human psyche, and teach you to cultivate self-realization. Arthur Taussig, the creator of the Alchemical Visions Tarot, is a renowned artist and polymath: a physicist,
be still. Learn to trust in your intuition. By offering structure in the form of a major and minor arcana like that of past tarots, but combining them with bold new archetypes, symbology, and meaningsmore suited to the present, the Dreams of Gaia Tarot allows for a more personal, intimate, and effective system for using cards as a roadmap to navigate your life path. Embark on this extraordinary journey of undoing, of being, and becoming, and be inspired by the knowledge that all that manifests in your future is born of choices you make today.
photographer, filmmaker, and musician whose artwork has been exhibited in 300 exhibitions worldwide. His complex imagery explores the theme of the Hero’s Journey throughout the major and minor arcana and reveals often overlooked psychological implications of many of the tarot archetypes. Each card is presented as a key to cultivating self-awareness and self-realization. While the Alchemical Visions Tarot falls in the tradition of the Waite and Marseilles decks, it moves past preconceived notions of race of and gender. It is a deck that all serious tarot enthusiasts and spiritual seekers will want to explore for themselves.
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♦ Tarot for Your Self is a tool for achieving self-knowledge. It is de-signed to actually teach Tarot, rather than merely explain it, and to help you apply Tarot to your real-life situations as a practical resource. It is intended to serve both beginning students and advanced practitioners by introducing a variety of approaches to the Tarot… Always remember that this is a workbook: don’t just read the exercises—do them, and write down your results.
This edition features expanded information on the Minor Arcana; reversed card meanings for all 78 cards; a history-based appendix on the latest research and discoveries; information on your Shadow/Teacher cards; and methods you can use to guide another personal through their own Tarot reading. I predict this book will become your treasured companion and guide to using the Tarot to navigate the joys and difficulties found along your life path. “Tarot for Your Self was ground-breaking when this book was first published and is still radically significant today.” - Benebell Wen, author of Holistic Tarot TAROT AND THE ARCHETYPAL JOURNEY The Jungian Path from Darkness to Light by Sallie Nichols
$38.95, paper. Weiser. 398 pages, illus.
In this new edition of the classic work on Tarot and Jungian symbolism, Sallie Nichols demonstrates how to approach any Tarot deck via the archetypes and Jung’s methods of word association, active imagination, and dialogue. Nichols explores symbolic meanings relevant to everyone and lessons regarding the human condition, psychological states, and attitudes that can lead to personal insight. First published nearly 40 years ago as Jung and Tarot, this edition includes an in-depth new foreword by Mary K. Greer, one of today’s trusted Tarot authorities. This highly innovative work presents a piercing interpretation of the tarot in terms of Jungian psychology. Through analogies to the humanities, mythology, and the graphic arts, the significance of the cards is related to personal growth and what Jung termed “individuation.” The Major Arcana becomes a map of life, and the hero’s journey becomes something that each individual can relate to one’s personal life. “Sallie Nichols, in her profound investigation of the Tarot has performed an immense service. Her book enriches and helps us to understand the awesome responsibilities laid upon consciousness. She has done this not in an arid fashion but derived from her own experience of the Tarot and its strangely translucent lights. As a result her book not only lives but quickens life in whomever it touches.” —Laurens van der Post “This insightful text on the Tarot is an ideal tool to help you relate to the voice of your archetypes as subtle patterns of power, well beyond old associations with fortune-telling.” —Caroline Myss
THE ANCESTRAL ORACLE OF THE CELTS Call on Your Ancestors for Guidance, Help and Healing by Caitlin Matthews
$21.95, cards. Watkins. 40 colour cards + 88-page guidebook
By the renowned Celtic and shamanic expert Caitlín Matthews, this oracle uses the archetypes of the Celtic world to connect us to our ancestors, allowing us to consult them for guidance and insight, and to respond to their questions to clarify our thinking. With an 88-page guidebook and 40 cards (beautifully illustrated by Wil Kinghan) embodying archetypes of the Celtic world, this fantastic interactive oracle offers a way of consulting and communicating with our ancestors, whatever our race or culture.
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Two sets of cards make up the Oracle: 1. Divine Ancestor Cards: these eight cards represent the ancestors from whom everyone alive is descended— the matriarch (goddess) and patriarch (god) archetypes whom we all recognise. 2. Clan Cards: these 32 cards represent the circle of Common Ancestors, who stand behind our more recent forebears and hold a huge collective of wisdom. There are four clans: Truth, Honour, Sovereignty and Wisdom, each one based on a category of Celtic society (farmers, warriors, nobles and artists/craftspeople). You can draw cards in different ways: a single card for immediate guidance, or spreads of between three and eight cards for a more in-depth reading (these are covered in detail in the guidebook). The oracle given by each of the Clan Cards enables you to make decisions, navigate challenging situations and follow your highest path, while the questions posed by the Divine Ancestors question your attitude to the issue you’re asking about and help you to understand your own deeper motives. These ancestor cards are also perfect for approaching problems within a family or social group, including those passed down from our recent ancestors as well as those generated in the current era. Celtic tradition is an enduring source of cultural and spiritual inspiration for many, making a bridge to the wisdom of our ancestral heritage, whatever our origins. Throughout, Caitlín has been inspired by rich stories of Celtic mythology and legend, which help express the meaning of each card.
Metaphysics & Philosophy PAST LIFE PERSPECTIVE Discovering Your True Nature Across Multiple Lifetimes by Aann Barham
New in Paperback
$23.00, paper. Atria Books. 236 pages
A unique, insightful, and practical look into the enormous power of past life regression therapy to unlock a healing pathway that can help you resolve enduring personal issues, enrich your life, and answer burning spiritual questions about your purpose on this earth. In this fascinating intimate glimpse at past life regression therapy, licensed therapist Ann Barham invites us into her office as she helps her clients mine their unconscious memories for the key past life experiences that can provide specific guidance for their current situations. No longer simply the stuff of new age practitioners, past life regression therapy is a powerful tool that can improve your understanding of your personal challenges and deepen your connection with the world around you. Barham demystifies this intriguing phenomenon, sharing her clients astounding stories, each a clue to the profound influence the learnings and personalities of the past have on our being today. As modern science and technology advance at overwhelming rates, many of us crave the healing insights and feelings of eternal love that survivors of near death experiences frequently report. Through past life therapy, everyday people are able to experience prior lifetimes all the way through their deaths, tapping into abiding spiritual truths and answering essential questions about human existence.
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THE GREATER AND LESSER WORLDS OF ROBERT FLUDD Macrocosm, Microcosm, and Medicine by Joscelyn Godwin
$49.99, cloth. Inner Traditions. 272 pages, 8x11, 201 b/w illustrations
One of the last Renaissance men, Robert Fludd (15741637) was one of the great minds of the early modern period. A physician by profession, he was also a Christian Hermetist, a Rosicrucian, an alchemist, astrologer, musician, and inventor. His drive to encompass the whole of human knowledge—from music to alchemy, from palmistry to fortification—resulted in a series of books remarkable for their hundreds of engravings, a body of work recognized as the first example of a fully-illustrated encyclopedia. In this in-depth, highly illustrated reference, scholar and linguist Joscelyn Godwin explains Fludd’s theories on the correspondence between the macrocosm of elements,
planets, stars, and subtle and divine beings and the mi-crocosm of the human being and its creative activities. He shows how Fludd’s two worlds—the macrocosm and the microcosm—along with Paracelsus’s medical principles and the works of Hermes Trismegistus provided the foundation for his search for the cause and cure of all diseases. The more than 200 illustrations in the book represent the whole corpus of Fludd’s iconography, each one accompanied by Godwin’s expert commentary and explanation. Sharing many passages translated for the first time from Fludd’s Latin, allowing him to speak for himself, Godwin explores Fludd’s thoughts on cosmic harmonies, divination, the kabbalah, astrology, geomancy, and the rapport between the multiple levels of existence. He also analyzes Fludd’s writings in defense of alchemy and the Rosicrucians. An essential reference for scholars of Renaissance thinkers, traditional cosmology, metaphysics, and the Western esoteric tradition, this book offers intimate access to Fludd’s worlds and gives one a feel for an epoch in which magic, science, philosophy, spirituality, and imagination could still cohabit and harmonize within a single mind.
Soul Perceptions DEVELOPING SUPERSENSIBLE PERCEPTION Knowledge of the Higher Worlds through Entheogens, Prayer, & Nondual Awareness
by Shelli Renee Joye
$27.50, cloth. Inner Traditions. 180 pages, b/w illustrations
According to philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), there exists within every human being the potential for developing supersensory powers and, with these powers activated, the ability to awaken the higher self and attain knowledge of non-physical higher worlds. Steiner himself worked diligently throughout his life to develop his faculties of supersensible perception and, scattered throughout his many works, he describes methods by which to activate and operate these supersensory-cognitive systems. Distilling techniques from Steiner’s more than 400 published volumes, Shelli Renee Joye presents a practical, modern approach to acquiring, cultivating, and maintaining supersensible perception and developing higher consciousness. The five approaches she studSOUL CONVERSATIONS A Medium Reveals How to Cultivate Your Intuition, Heal Your Heart, and Connect with the Divine by Austyn Wells
$24.95, paper. New Harbinger. 232 pages
Soul Conversations reveals how you can tap into your soul’s wisdom, connect with the universe, and communicate with loved ones and guides in the spirit world. Drawing on the author’s extensive training and experience, you’ll learn how to develop intuition, cultivate your “soul senses,” and create a personal spirituality that interweaves the invisible world with the everyday fabric of your life. We are all connected—to each other and to an infinite intelligence that some call spirit, source, universe, or God. To come to the understanding that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, we must reacquaint ourselves with our very essence, or soul. This book invites you to embark on that magical journey and explore the eternity of the universe within each of us. Written by spiritual medium Austyn Wells, Soul Conversations is the first guide to offer practical tools based in grief counseling, spirit communication, hypnotherapy
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ies include acquisition by birth (genetic), entheogens, mantra and prayer, effort and exercise, and Samadhi--equated by many with nondual awareness. Adding another dimension to Steiner’s methods, the author shows how these steps are powerfully aligned with 4th-century South Indian sage Patajali’s teachings in the Yoga Sutra. The author explores how to develop what you have acquired through imaginative, active, or intuitive thinking, as well as how to learn through inner guidance and how to transform knowledge gained from books into spiritual advancement. She also shares her own extraordinary experiences of supersensory networks of consciousness. Connecting Steiner’s ideas to modern advances in quantum physics, psychedelic science, and consciousness studies, Dr. Joye shows how each of us is capable of developing supersensible perception and expanding our awareness to connect with cosmic consciousness. and regression, indigenous medicine, and energy exercises to help you align your everyday thoughts and actions with your deepest wisdom for a soul-centered life. Drawing on the author’s extensive training and experience—including training in shamanism, as well as years of working with other souls seeking similar illumination—this book will help you: ♦ Explore the illusions and truths of self, and honour the oneness of dark and light ♦ Discover the “soul senses” and how they connect you to universe and spirit world ♦ Explore soul-to-soul communication with loved ones, animals, and spirit guides ♦ Strengthen your connection to nature and with divine guidance ♦ Deepen your soul presence in self-care and relationships… and much more. “Through compelling stories of communication beyond the physical plane, descriptions of the energetic tools available to us, thoughtful writing exercises, and illuminating guided meditations, Soul Conversations offers a unique curriculum for spiritual evolution that is both profound and simple in its clarity.” —Karen Wyatt, author of What Really Matters
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Transmissions & Revelations NOTHING IN THIS BOOK IS TRUE BUT IT’S EXACTLY HOW THINGS ARE 25th Anniversary Edition - Expanded and Updated by Bob Frissell
$25.95, paper. North Atlantic. 398 pages
New Channelled Insights BEYOND THE KNOWN: REALIZATION A Channelled Text
by Paul Selig
$22.99, paper. Picador. 276 pages, flaps
This updated edition of an underground classic explores higher consciousness, human evolution, metaphysics, sacred geometry, the secret government, and more. ♦ Gives clear instructions on MerKaBa (Light Body) activation and the com-panion Unity Breath ♦ Details our ancient past as seen through the eyes of the Ascended Masters ♦ Provides exercises, tools, and techniques to clear the energies blocking your access to your Higher Self Frissell has kept the basic message of the previous edition; he has also expanded upon it by including significant updates. He details from a big-picture perspective the enormous infusion of higher dimensional energy that is dramatically raising the vibratory rate of the planet and everyone on it. He also gives the details of the personal transformation that we must make if we are to survive and thrive, so we can “catch the ride” into higher consciousness in a way that enables Mother Earth to reach critical mass and be-come “lit from within.” This is the story of nothing less than the birth of a new humanity, of the cocreation of Heaven on Earth. Through the Right Eye of Horus, around the circles and spirals of sacred geometry, in and out of the magic of Breath Alchemy, even surviving the potentially cataclysmic pole shifts intact, we will eventually assemble internally our own MerKaBa, the universal pattern of creation, and join the Ascended Masters. We will meet the forces working to advance our evolution of consciousness and those seeking to block it. When we reach critical mass, Mother Earth will shift into a higher dimensional level. Many galactic presences have already gathered around our planet, watching and waiting to observe this unprecedented event. This is a time of great celebration as we move out of the darkness and into the light. It means that the veils will be lifted, we will remember and live our intimate connection to all life. Also by Bob Frissell are You are a Spiritual Being Having a Human Experience and Something in This Book is True.
Channeling the voices and wisdom of the otherworldly Guides, Paul Selig offers a way to expand your view of reality. In 1987, a spiritual experience left Paul Selig clairvoyant. Since then Selig has established himself as one of the foremost spiritual channels in the world. His unique connection has placed him in contact with The Guides, beings of higher intelligence, who share their voices and wisdom through him. Expanding on and transcending his previous work, Realization, the first volume in the Beyond the Known trilogy, is composed of the pure, unedited words of the Guides as they share their wisdom and knowledge through Selig. It serves a psychological-spiritual guide to take readers beyond the perceived limitations of accepted reality and open their minds to ultimate manifestation. THE KUAN YIN TRANSMISSION BOOK Healing Guidance from Our Universal Mother by Alana Fairchild
$45.95, cloth. Llewellyn. 312 pages, 7x9, 201 colour illustrations
Awaken Kuan Yin’s light within you and shine it into your life and into the world. This glorious full-color book from bestselling author Alana Fairchild invites you into the wisdom temple of the Universal Mother, a place of sanctuary, miraculous grace, and healing. THE KUAN YIN TRANSMISSION CARD DECK Healing Guidance from Our Universal Mother by Alana Fairchild
$27.95, Llewellyn. 55 cards + guidebook
Awaken Kuan Yin’s light within you and shine it into your life and into the world. Open your heart and take the journey of your blessed, beautiful life. Experience the Kuan Yin transmission and reinforce your connection with
Money, and the Law of Attraction is formatted in five es says: Processing of Pivoting and Positive Aspects; Attracting Money and Manifesting Abundance; Maintaining Your Physical Well-Being; Perspectives of Health, Weight, and Mind; and Careers as Profitable Sources of Pleasure.
MONEY, AND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness by Esther & Jerry Hicks
$23.99, Book+CD set. Hay House. 288 pages + audio-CD
This work by Esther and Jerry Hicks, who present the teachings of the Non-Physical consciousness Abraham, explains that the two subjects most chronically affected by the Law of Attraction are financial and physical well-being. This book will shine a spotlight on each of the most significant aspects of your life experience and then guide you to the conscious creative control of every aspect of your life, and also goes right to the heart of what most of you are probably troubled by: money and physical health. Not having enough money or not having good health puts you in the perfect position for creating more of that which you do not have. This book has been written to deliberately align you with the most powerful law in the universe—the Law of Attraction—so that you can make it work specifically for you.
This book has evolved from the transcription of five of our original recordings from over 20 years ago. This is the first time these transcriptions have been available in print. However, they’re not word for word because Abraham has now gone through every page of the original transcriptions and modified every part that might be made easier for the reader to understand and to put into immediate physical use. Also included with the book is a free CD (excerpted from a live Abraham-Hicks workshop) that features the Art of Allowing your physical and financial well-being to come through. Among the other publications of the Hicks are The Astonishing Power of Emotions and Ask and It is Given.
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Now ask yourself these questions: “Am I willing to be re-created and re-known and in service for the higher well-being, the higher well-being of all? Am I willing to forgive myself for what I may have chosen to learn through on this planet? Am I willing to make a new agreement that the choices I make from now on wil be made in accordance with the truth of my being, from the Upper Room?”… The book you hold in your hands is alive in love, alive in tone, alive in language, noise, and sound. And, if you give us permission now, we will claim you in the Kingdom, and say yes to the learning that now ensues. “This book is the most audacious of The Guides teachings to date. It describes how anyone who chooses can claim the true expression of who they are: what The Guides call the Divine Self, the True Self, or the Christed Self.” —Aubrey Marcus, author of Own Your Life Earlier books through Paul Selig include The Book of Freedom, The Book of Love and Creation, and others. Complete with stunning color artwork, inspirational channeling, and powerful healing processes to guide you into deeper conscious connection with the Universal Mother, this beautiful book unites Kuan Yin (Goddess of Compassion), Tara (Ancient Star Mother), Kali (fierce Black Madonna of India), Isis (winged Goddess of Magic and Soul Alchemy), Mother Mary (Madonna of Miracles), and more. Discover what it’s really like to live in the full splendor of the sacred feminine as you embrace your magnificent divine destiny. the sacred feminine with this enchanting card set from bestselling author Alana Fairchild. The messages can be used for spiritual contemplation and for divining for yourself and others. Small enough to rest on your desk or keep in your bag, this deck is a supportive and convenient reminder that the Universal Mother is with you always. Boxed kit (3½ x 4¼) includes a 55-card deck and a guidebook.
Business & Work LOCAL IS OUR FUTURE Steps to an Economics of Happiness by Helena Norberg-Hodge
$18.95, paper. Local Futures. 128 pages
From a renowned pioneer of the anti-globalization movement, here’s a primer on working towards a localized world. From disappearing livelihoods to financial instability, from climate chaos to an epidemic of depression, we face crises on a number of seemingly unrelated fronts. This well-referenced book traces the common roots of these problems in a globalized economy that is incompatible with life on a finite planet. But Local is Our Future does more than just describe the problem: it describes the policy shifts and grassroots steps many of them already underway around the world that can move us towards the local and, thereby, towards a better world. A pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, Helena Norberg-Hodge has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being for four decades.
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Work That Matters CREATIVITY, SPIRITUALITY AND MAKING A BUCK by David Nichtern
START FINISHING How to Go From Idea to Done
$22.95, paper. Wisdom. 202 pages
by Charlie Gilkey
$32.50, cloth. Sounds True. 254 pages
How much of your time and attention lately has been focused on things that truly matter to you? Most people’s honest answer is: not enough. Everyone’s buried in busywork, responsibility, distraction, and fatigue. The joy-producing, difference-making ideas are waiting for when the time is right, when the current project is over, when they have a little more money, when the kids are grown, or when they get a more understanding boss. They are waiting for someday. The trouble is someday never comes on its own. Start Finishing presents a 9-step method for converting an idea into a project by addressing the challenges you’ll face and getting the project on a reality-based schedule. The book will teach you how to: ♦ Practice the five keys that lead to self-mastery ♦ Build your success pack of supporters, guides, peers, and beneficiaries ♦ Keep working through the thrashing that comes with any project that matters to you ♦ Chunk, link, and sequence your ideas down to doable parts ♦ Use the Five Project Rule to prioritize your daily schedule and be at peace with the work you choose not to do ♦ Fly through drag points—how to deal with head trash, no-win scenarios, and other people’s priorities ♦ Heatmap your schedule so you do the right work at the right time ♦ Overcome cascades, logjams, and tar-pits—the three ways projects routinely get stuck ♦ Finish strong—celebrate, review, and ride the momentum to your next goal. You are not incapable, wired to struggle, or fated to be unable to get your act together. With a few key steps, you can change the way you show up, how you plan, and how you respond when things get tough. You can Start Finishing the work that matters most to you. *Includes original contributions from Seth Godin, Susan Piver, Jonathan Fields, James Clear, and many other teachers. “Practical, doable, targeted strategies to accomplish what you may now think is impossible.” —Susan Piver, author of The Four Noble Truths of Love
A friendly, funny, practical guide for creatives and entrepreneurs, written by a four-time Emmy award-winning and twotime Grammy-nominated composer-guitarist-producer who has worked with Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, and Krishna Das, among many others. Also a beloved and highly regarded Buddhist teacher, David teaches readers how to integrate their creative process with their spiritual practice and livelihood. How do I make a living doing what I love? Am I a sellout as an artist if I want to be successful? How do I integrate my spiritual principles with the art of running a business? And actually, um, how do I run a business? Wondering how to reconcile your calling with your need to make a living wage, or what to do once your art WORK THAT MATTERS Create a Livelihood That Reflects Your Core Intention by Maia Duerr
$24.95, paper. Parallax. 236 pages
So many of us feel trapped in wage slavery and deadened to our true talents and life’s purpose. Or we’ve wandered through dozens of jobs and are left feeling adrift and without meaning in our lives. Livelihood is a source of great suffering for way too many. Longtime meditator Maia Duerr wandered through several professions and dozens of jobs (including alfalfa sprout packer and Buddhist chaplain) before she finally unlocked a combination of work that was deeply fulfilling and sustainable. These experiences provided her with rich material to examine the emotional, psychological, and cultural barriers to creating work that expressed her life’s core intention, what she calls “Liberation-Based Livelihood.” Work is one of the primary vehicles for expressing our deepest selves. Using the 6 Keys to Libera-
Ecology & Community THE HEALING POWER OF EMPATHY True Stories About Transforming Relationships edited by Mary Goyer
$22.95, paper. PuddleDancer. 276 pages
Empathy is an essential leadership skill and a cornerstone of good relationships—but it can be hard to access when it’s most needed. Luckily, empathy is also a learnable skill, with the power to move conversations out of gridlock and pain. With mindfulness, empathy has deescalated conflicts, combated loneliness, and built human connections in the most unlikely places. With this book, readers will learn how anger and blame get translated and productive dialogues made possible, how to repair arguments before they cause damage, and how self-empathy transforms relationships—without speaking any words at all. With more than 70 stories collected from Nonviolent Communication trainers and practitioners around the world, readers will encounter new ways to talk to the people in their lives and learn techniques for empathizing with one’s self and with others at home, at work, and in the community. BRANCHES OF LIGHT
starts selling, or how to achieve success in your field, or what it even means to be successful? David Nichtern offers his lived, learned experience as an entrepreneur, musician, and Buddhist teacher to first help you figure out what success means to you and then show you how to get there. He offers advice on the creative process and principles of business and ethics—everything from listen to the muse to protect your intellectual property—and provides mindfulness exercises to help you integrate inspiration and aspiration, vocation and avocation—to go from surviving to thriving. Whether you’re a baker trying to grow from the farmers market to a brick-and-mortar or a CEO exploring how taking care of your employees can be the same as taking care of your business—if you’re trying to align your spiritual, creative, and financial pursuits and discover what it means to truly live well, this book is for you. tion-Based Livelihood as a framework, Duerr takes readers through a comprehen-sive process that can lead to breakthroughs and positive reformulation of their careers. Mindfulness practice is an invaluable tool in the process of gaining new perspective. Work That Matters gives you the tools to create joyful work that embodies love and compassion—for yourself, and for the whole world. “If you want to find joy in your work, read this book! Maia Duerr is the kindest and most encouraging of guides. She helps us look into our own hearts to clarify what matters to us, and points us toward practical tools that can help us manifest this vision. This book will be helpful to anyone who is considering their work at any stage of life. I found myself eagerly doing the exercises at the end of each chapter, and was reminded of priorities of my own that I have been neglecting. Now in my mid-seventies, my own work life has been enriched. This book about finding a fulfilling livelihood is essential and straight from the heart.” — Susan Moon, author of This is Getting Old
Our ability to offer empathy can allow us to stay vulnerable, defuse potential violence, help us hear the word no without taking it as a rejection, revive lifeless conversation, and even hear the feelings and needs expressed through silence. The best way I can get understanding from another person is to give this person the understanding too. If I want them to hear my needs and feelings, I first need to empathize. —Marshall Rosenberg, author of Nonviolent Communication CIVILIZED TO DEATH The Price of Progress by Christopher Ryan
$37.00, cloth. Simon & Schuster. 284 pages
Most of us have a sense that something’s not right— balmy December days, catastrophic fires and floods, a world at constant war, political systems in disarray. Some misinformation is repeated so often it acquires the sheen of obvious truth: Civilization is humankind’s greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You’re lucky to be alive here and now. Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren’t. Civilized to Death counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing
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Our Common Future FROM WHAT IS TO WHAT IF Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want
by Rob Hopkins
$33.95, paper. Chelsea Green. 240 pages
In these times of deep division and deeper despair, if there is a consensus about anything in the world, it is that the future is going to be awful. There is an epidemic of loneliness, an epidemic of anxiety, a mental health crisis of vast proportions, especially among young people. There’s a rise in extremist movements and governments. Catastrophic climate change. Biodiversity loss. Food insecurity. The fracturing of ecosystems and communities beyond, it seems, repair. The future—to say nothing of the present—looks grim. But as Transition movement cofounder Rob Hopkins tells us, there is plenty of evidence that things can change, and cultures can change, rapidly, dramatically, and unexpectedly—for the better. He has seen it happen around the world and in his own town of Totnes, England, where the community is becoming its own FREE, FAIR AND ALIVE The Insurgent Power of the Commons by David Bollier & Silke Helfrich $24.99, paper. New Society. 432 pages, b/w illustrations
From co-housing and agroecology to fisheries and open-source everything, people are increasingly using “commoning” to emancipate themselves from a predatory market-state system. Free, Fair, and Alive presents a foundational re-thinking of the common—the self-organized social system that humans have used for millennia to meet their needs. It offers a compelling vision of a future beyond the dead-end binary of capitalism versus socialism that has almost brought the world to its knees. Written by two leading commons activists of our time, this guide is a penetrating cultural critique, table-pounding political treatise, and practical playbook. SCENE THAT BECAME CITIES What Burning Man Philosophy Can Teach Us About Building Better Communities
housing developer, energy company, enterprise incubator, and local food network— with cascading benefits to the community that extend far beyond the projects themselves. We do have the capability to effect dramatic change, Hopkins argues, but we’re failing because we’ve largely allowed our most critical tool to languish: human imagination. As defined by social reformer John Dewey, imagination is the ability to look at things as if they could be otherwise. The ability, that is, to ask What if? And if there was ever a time when we needed that ability, it is now. In this passionate exploration, Hopkins asks why imagination is in decline, and what we must do to revive and reclaim it. Once we do, there is no end to what we might accomplish. From What Is to What If is a call to action to reclaim and unleash our collective imagination, told through the stories of individuals and communities around the world who are doing it now, as we speak, and witnessing often rapid and dramatic change for the better. Highly readable and full of colorful stories, coverage includes: ♦ Internal dynamics of commoning ♦ How the commons worldview opens up new possibilities for change ♦ Role of language in reorienting our perceptions and political strategies ♦ Seeing the potential of commoning everywhere. Free, Fair, and Alive provides a fresh, non-academic synthesis of contemporary commons written for a popular, activist-minded audience. It presents a compelling narrative: that we can be free and creative people, govern ourselves through fair and accountable institutions, and experience the aliveness of authentic human presence. David Bollier is the Director of Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics and author of Think Like a Commoner.
phy is a how-to manual for better communities, that, instead of rules, offers principles.
by Caveat Magister
$25.95, paper. North Atlantic. 344 pages
This is a practical and irreverent guide to Burning Man, its philosophy, why people do this to themselves, and how it matters to the world. Over 30 years Burning Man has gone from two families on a San Francisco beach to a global movement in which hundreds of thousands of people around the world create events on every continent. It has been the subject of fawning media profiles, an exhibit in the Smithsonian, and is beloved by tech billionaires and boho counterculturalists alike. But why does it matter? What does it actually have to offer us? The answer, Caveat Magister writes, is simple: Burning Man’s philosophy can help us build better communities in which individuals’ freedom to follow their own authentic passions also brings them together in common purpose. Burning Man is a prototype, and its philoso-
It turns out that being authentically different and meaningfully together can actually be a lot of fun—a kind of fun that people have a hard time finding elsewhere… It is also not a trivial thing. A demonstration of how we can be authentically ourselves, together, is actually a vital issue. Figuring it out matters. That`s what makes us worth studying. Featuring iconic and impossible stories from “the playa,” interviews with Burning Man’s founders and staff, and personal recollections of the late Larry Harvey—Burning Man’s founder, “Chief Philosophical Officer,” and the author’s close friend and colleague— The Scene That Became Cities introduces readers to the experience of Burning Man; explains why it grew; posits how it could impact fields as diverse as art, economics, and politics; and makes the ideas behind it accessible, actionable, and useful.
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that the “progress” defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease. Prehistoric life, of course, was not without serious dangers and disadvantages. Many babies died in infancy. A broken bone, infected wound, snakebite, or difficult pregnancy could be life-threatening. But ultimately, Ryan argues, were these precivilized dangers really much worse than modern scourges, such as car accidents, social isolation, worsening natural disasters, and rising deaths by cancer, suicide, and cardiovascular disease? The lives of our foraging forebears, it turns out, were far from nasty, brutish, and short—despite what we’ve been led to believe. On the contrary, today’s “enlightened” societies have much to learn from our “primitive” ancestors. At a time when our health, our society, and our planet all feel increasingly imperiled, an accurate understanding of our species’ true nature is vital to a clear sense of the ultimate value of civilization—and its costs. “Why hasn’t the brain’s remarkable intelligence produced happier, healthier people, even in ‘civilized’ countries? Christopher Ryan provides the answer in this provocative book, which is destined for classic status. It demonstrates how people are being civilized to death, both literally and metaphorically. It presents a stark picture of how the human experiment may be winding down if not winding up. But it also provides some solutions, brilliant roadmaps that you will find nowhere else, neither in politician’s utopian scenarios or futurists’ speculations.” —Stanley Krippner, co-author of Personal Mythology THE HAPPINESS POLICY HANDBOOK How to Make Happiness and Well-Being the Purpose of Your Government
by Laura Musikanski, Rhonda Phillips & Jean Crowder $19.99, paper. New Society. 1600 pages, illus.
Build a better society through happiness policy. Thomas Jefferson said that “the purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness.” Yet only now, 270 years later, is the happiness of citizens starting to be taken seriously as the purpose of government. While happiness science is advancing rapidly, and governments and organizations are creating indices for measuring happiness, there is little practical information on how to create policy to advance happiness. Drawing from a deep well of expertise and experience, The Happiness Policy Handbook is the first step-bystep guide for integrating happiness into government policy at all levels. Coverage includes: ♦ A concise background on happiness science, indices and indicators, and happiness in public policy ♦ Tools for formulating happiness policy and integrating happiness into administrative functions ♦ A concept menu of happiness policies Communicating happiness policy objectives to media and engaging with the community ♦ A happiness policy screening tool for evaluating the happiness contribution of any policy ♦ Policy perspectives from seasoned experts across sectors. The Happiness Policy Handbook is the essential resource for policymakers and professionals working to integrate happiness and well-being into governmental processes and institutions. Laura Musikanski is Director of the Happiness Alliance. Jean Crowder was a member of parliament in the Canadian government, has extensive policy-making experience, and lives in Duncan, BC.
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Eco-Activism Guides THIS IS NOT A DRILL An Extinction Rebellion Handbook
by Extinction Rebellion
$16.99, paper. Penguin. 208 pages
Extinction Rebellion are inspiring a whole generation to take action on climate breakdown. Now you can become part of the movement—and together, we can make history. It’s time. This is our last chance to do anything about the global climate and ecological emergency. Our last chance to save the world as we know it. Now or never, we need to be radical. We need to rise up. And we need to rebel. Extinction Rebellion is a global activist movement SHUT IT DOWN Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance by Lisa Fithian
$26.95, paper. Chelsea Green. 332 pages
For decades, Lisa Fithian’s work as an advocate for civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action has put her on the frontlines of change. Described by Mother Jones as the nation’s best-known protest consultant, Fithian has supported countless movements including the Battle of Seattle in 1999, rebuilding and defending communities following Hurricane Katrina, Occupy Wall Street, and the uprisings at Standing Rock and in Ferguson. For anyone who wants to become more active in resistance or is just feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, Shut It Down offers strategies and actions you can take right now to promote justice and incite change in your own community. In Shut It Down Fithian shares historic, behind-theWE ARE THE WEATHER Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
of ordinary people, demanding action from Governments. This is a book of truth and action. It has facts to arm you, stories to empower you, pages to fill in and pages to rip out, alongside instructions on how to rebel—from organising a roadblock to facing arrest. By the time you finish this book you will have become an Extinction Rebellion activist. Act now before it’s too late. “The authors of This Is Not a Drill rightly identify climate change as an emergency... it is aimed at a curious public and those who may be thinking about joining in... as former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan William says at the end ‘it might just work’”. —New Scientist scenes stories from some of the most important peo ple-powered movements of the past several decades.She shows how movements that embrace direct action have always been, and continue to be, the most radical and rapid means for transforming the ills of our society. Shut It Down is filled with instructions and inspiration for how movements can evolve as the struggle for social justice continues in the Trump era and beyond. While recognizing that electoral politics, legislation, and policy are all im-portant pathways to change, Shut It Down argues that civil disobedience is not just one of the only actions that remains when all else fails, but a spiritual pursuit that protects our deepest selves and allows us to reclaim our humanity. Change can come, but only if we’re open to creatively, lovingly, and strategically standing up, sometimes at great risk to ourselves, to protect what we love.
crisis… An earnest call to change in the face of climate change.” —The Wall Street Journal
by Jonathan Safran Foer
$29.95, cloth. Penguin. 272 pages
The New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer re-evaluated his meat-based diet—and his con-science—in his powerful memoir and investigative report, Eating Animals. Now, he offers a mind-bending and potentially world-changing call to action on climate change. Most books about the environmental crisis are densely academic, depressingly doom-laden, and crammed with impersonal statistics. We Are the Weather is different—accessible, immediate, and with a single clear solution that individual readers can put into practice straight away. A significant proportion of global carbon emissions come from farming meat. Giving up meat is incredibly hard and nobody is perfect—but just cutting back is much easier and still has a huge positive effect on the environment. Just changing our dinners—cutting out meat for one meal per day--is enough to change the world. With his distinctive wit, insight, and humanity, Foer frames this essential debate as no one else could, bringing it to vivid and urgent life. “Eye-opening… brings both personality and passion to an issue that no one has figured out how to address in a way that inspires an adequate response.” ―Mark Bittman, The New York Times Book Review “In We Are the Weather, [Foer] interrogates himself and his habits in order to help everyone face the planetary
CHANGING TIDES An Ecologist’s Journey to Make Peace with the Anthropocene by Alejandro Frid
$19.99, paper. New Society. 224 pages, 8 pages in colour
Change the story and change the future—merging science and Indigenous knowledge to steer us towards a more benign Anthropocene. As humanity marches on, causing mass extinctions and destabilizing the climate, the future of Earth will very much reflect the stories that Homo sapiens decides to jettison or accept today into our collective identity. At this pivotal moment in history, the most important story we can be telling ourselves is that humans are not inherently destructive. In Changing Tides, Alejandro Frid tackles the big questions: who, or what, represents our essential selves, and what stories might allow us to shift the collective psyche of industrial civilization in time to avert the worst of the climate and biodiversity crises? In seeking the answers, Frid draws from a deep well of personal experience and that of Indigenous colleagues, finding a glimmer of hope in Indigenous cultures that, despite the ravishes of colonialism, have for thousands of years developed intentional and socially complex practices for resource management that epitomize sustainability. Ul-
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timately, Frid argues, merging scientific perspectives with Indigenous knowledge might just help us change the story we tell ourselves about who we are and where we could go.Changing Tides is for everyone concerned with the irrevocable changes we have unleashed upon our planet and how we might steer towards a more benign Anthropocene. Alejandro Frid is an ecologist for First Nations of British Columbia’s Central Coast and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria. ON FIRE The Burning Case for a Green New Deal
by Naomi Klein
$32.00, cloth. Knopf. 308 pages
For more than a decade, Naomi Klein has tracked the evolution of the environmental crisis and the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next. From the ghostly Great Barrier Reef, to the annual smoke-choked skies of our Pacific Northwest, to post-hurricane Puerto Rico, to a Vatican attempting an unprecedented “ecological conversion,” Klein delves into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of “perpetual now” to how white supremacy and fortressed borders are a form of climate barbarism. She paints a clear picture of interconnected social and ecological breakdowns, and explains that climate change is not only a profound political and economic challenge but a spiritual and imaginative one, too. Collected here for the first time, these prescient dispatches give us an invaluable window into the question—How on earth did we get here? In this era of rising seas and rising hate, Klein also makes the case for the Green New Deal: a practical framework that offers us a politically viable, just, sustainable path forward for tackling climate collapse and growing economic inequality at the same time. Above all, Klein underscores how we can still rise to the existential challenge of the crisis if we are willing to transform our systems that are producing it, making clear how the battle for a greener world is indistinguishable from the fight for our lives. “Once you have done your homework,” Greta Thunberg says, “you realize that we need new politics. We need a new economics, where everything is based on our rapidly declining and extremely limited carbon budget. But that is not enough. We need a whole new way of thinking… We must stop competing with each other. We need to start cooperating and sharing the remaining resources of this planet in a fair way.”
On Fire is a critical book: it captures the burning urgency of this moment, the fiery energy of a rising movement demanding change now. “Naomi Klein is the intellectual godmother of the Green New Deal—which just happens to be the most important idea in the world right now.” —Bill McKibben, author of Falter One of the greatest benefits of approaching the climate emergency as a vast infrastructure and land regeneration project is that nothing heals ideological divides faster than a concrete project bringing jobs and resources to hurting communities… There are tens of thousands of people, and a great many organizations, who have been preparing for a Green New Deal-style breakthrough for decades (centuries in the case of Indigenous communities that have been protecting their ways of life). These forces have been quietly building local models and road testing policies for how to put justice at the center of our climate response—in how we protect forests, generate renewable energy, design public transit, and much more. — Naomi Klein, from On Fire
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Plastic, Biochar & Zero Waste BURN Using Fire to Cool the Earth by Albert Bates
$32.95, paper. Chelsea Green. 276 pages
To rescue ourselves from climate catastrophe, we need to radically alter how humans live on Earth. We have to go from spending carbon to banking it. We have to put back the trees, wetlands, and corals. We have to regrow the soil and turn back the desert. We have to save whales, wombats, and wolves. We have to reverse the flow of greenhouse gases and send them in exactly the opposite direction: down, not up. We have to flip the carbon cycle and run it backwards. For such a revolutionary transformation we’ll need civilization 2.0. A secret unlocked by the ancients of the Amazon for its ability to transform impoverished tropical soils into terra preta—fertile black earths—points the way. The indigenous custom of converting organic materials into long lasting carbon has enjoyed a reawakening in recent decades as the quest for more sustainable farming methods has grown. Yet the benefits of this carbonized material, now called biochar, extend far beyond the soil. Pyrolyzing carbon has the power to restore a natural balance by unmining the coal and undrilling the oil and gas. Employed to its full potential, it can run
the carbon cycle in reverse and make Earth a garden planet. Burn looks beyond carbon farming or biomass energy to offer a bigger and bolder vision for the next phase of hu-man progress. Authors Albert Bates and Kathleen Draper propose four frameworks: ♦ Soils—restoring balance to carbon, nitrogen, and related cycles, enhancing nutrient density in food, rebuilding top-soil, and conditioning urban and agricul-tural lands to withstand flooding and drought; ♦ Water being cleansed by carbon filtration and trophic cascades within the worlds rivers, oceans, and wetlands; a shift in urban infrastructures—buildings, roads, bridges, and ports—to incorporate drawdown materials and components, replacing steel, concrete, polymers, and composites with biological carbon; and ♦ Economic Reorganization to incentivize carbon drawdown. Fully developed, this approach costs nothing—to the contrary, it can save companies money or provide new revenue streams. It contains the seeds of a new, circular economy in which energy, natural resources, and human ingenuity enter a virtuous cycle of improvement.
TRANSFORMING PLASTIC From Pollution to Evolution by Albert Bates
$12.95, paper. Book Publishing. 110 pages
wide efforts to transform plastic pollution into a tool for social justice, profitable businesses, healthier people, and a healthier planet. It’s packed with anecdotes and tips for living with less plastic, viable alternatives, and safe disposal of the plastic you have.
The scourge of plastic has poisoned our environment and damaged our health. In this timely book, Albert Bates takes a critical look at this ubiquitous problem, offers creative solutions, and explores world101 WAYS TO GO ZERO WASTE
by Kathryn Kellogg
In 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, Kellogg shares these tips and lots more, along with DIY recipes for beauty and home; advice for responsible consumption and making better choices for home goods, fashion, and the office; and even secrets for how to go waste free at the airport. It’s not about perfection, she says. It’s about making better choices. This is a practical, friendly blueprint of realistic lifestyle changes for anyone who wants to reduce their waste.
$23.95, paper. Norton. 220 pages
Savvy tips for eco-efficient living today. We all know how important it is to reduce our environmental footprint, but it can be daunting to know where to begin. Enter Kathryn Kellogg, who can fit all her trash from the past two years into a 16-ounce mason jar. How? She starts by saying no to straws and grocery bags, and yes to a reusable water bottle and compostable dish scrubbers.
ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT Managing Our Biocapacity Budget
by Mathis Wackernagel & Bert Beyers $19.95, 240 pages, 40 b/w tables
Here’s the working metric that tracks how much nature we have and how much nature we use. Our economy is running a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme with the planet. We use future resources to run the present, using more than Earth can replenish. Like any such scheme, this works for a limited time, followed by a crash. Avoiding ecological bankruptcy requires rigorous resource accounting—a challenging task, but doable with the right tools. Ecological Footprint accounting, first
introduced in the 1990s and continuously developed, continues to be the only metric that compares overall human demand on nature with what our planet can rene—its bio-capacity—and distils this into one number: how many Earths we use. Ecological Footprint provides a complete introduction, covering: ♦ Footprint and biocapacity accounting ♦ Data and key findings for nations ♦ Worldwide examples including businesses, cities, and countries ♦ Strategies for creating regenerative economies. Whether you’re a student, business leader, future-oriented city planner, economist, or have an abiding interest in humanity’s future, Footprint and biocapacity are key parameters to be reckoned with and Ecological Footprint is your essential guide.
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Mathis Wackernagel is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and president of Global Footprint Network: foot footprintnetwork.org. Bert Beyers is a senior editor at one of Germany’s largest radio stations in Hamburg. NO ONE IS TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE by Greta Thunberg $9.99, paper. Penguin. 80 pages
Here are the history-making, ground-breaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate crisis activist who has become the voice of a generation. Everything needs to change. And it has to start today. In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet and our environment, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. This book brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across Europe, from the UN to mass street protests, No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and take a stand to protect the living planet, no mat-ter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it. TEAM HUMAN by Douglas Rushkoff
$31.95, cloth. Norton. 242 pages
Team Human is a manifesto—a fiery distillation of preeminent digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In one hundred lean and incisive statements, he argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together—not as individuals. Yet today society is threatened by a vast antihuman infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect. Money, once a means of exchange, is now a means of exploitation; education, conceived as way to elevate the working class, has become another assembly line; and the internet has only further divided us into increasingly atomized and radicalized groups. Team Human delivers a call to arms. If we are to resist and survive these destructive forces, we must recognize that being human is a team sport. In Rushkoff’s own words: “Being social may be the whole point.” Harnessing wide-ranging research on human evolution, biology, and psychology, Rushkoff shows that when we work together we realize greater happiness, productivity, and peace. If we can find the others who understand this fundamental truth and reassert our humanity—together—we can make the world a better place to be human. “A searing critique… Visionary, original, and inspirational. If you’re not already a member of Team Human, you will be once you’ve finished reading it.” —Jeremy Lent, author, The Patterning Instinct
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by Mark Kurlansky
$44.95, cloth. Patagonia Books. 416 pages, 7x8, colour photos
In what he says is the most important piece of environmental writing in his long and award-winning career, Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt and Cod, among many others, employs his signature multi-century storytelling and compelling attention to detail to chronicle the harrowing yet awe-inspiring life cycle of salmon. During his research Kurlansky traveled widely and observed salmon and those who both pursue and protect them in the Pacific and the Atlantic, in Ireland, Norway, Iceland, Japan, and even the robust but not as frequently visited Kamchatka Peninsula. This world tour reveals an eraslong history of man’s misdirected atRAIN COMIN’ DOWN Water, Memory, and Identity in a Changed World
by Robert William Sandford
$22.00, paper. Rocky Mountain. 360 pages
One of the world’s foremost authorities on the connections between water, landscape, and our changing climate, Robert Sandford has spent a lot time watching and thinking about water. This was not because he was predisposed to do so, but because the importance of water gradually caught up with who he was and what he was doing with his life. As this self-reflective book demonstrates, when one takes up the serious study of water, one cannot but be surprised at how far that interest can take you: from the very origins of the cosmos right down to the unique structure and remarkable qualities of water as a mole-
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tempts to manipulate salmon and its environments for his own benefit and gain, whether for entertainment or to harvest food. In addition, Kurlansky’s research shows that all over the world these fish, uniquely connected to both marine and terrestrial ecology as well as fresh and salt water, are a natural barometer for the health of the planet. He documents that for centuries man’s greatest assaults on nature, from overfishing to dams, from hatcheries to fish farms, from industrial pollution to the ravages of climate change, are evidenced in the sensitive life cycle of salmon. With stunning historical and contemporary photographs and illustrations throughout, Kurlansky’s insightful conclusion is that the only way to save salmon is to save the planet and, at the same time, the only way to save the planet is to save the mighty, heroic salmon.
cule. It takes you to the depths of the oceans, to the upper reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere, and into the centres of storms. You fall to Earth with raindrops, travel tiny streams and great rivers, go round and round in lakes and ponds. Your study takes you down to the very roots of trees, into the soil, along the dark, dank banks of underground rivers. It takes you from one person’s thirst to the thirst of nations; from the demographics of the past to how those may drastically change in the absence of water in decades to come. Following water takes one back and forth in time, linking us to what the Earth was like in the past; what it is now; and how water will shape what it will be in the future.
EARTH EMOTIONS New Words for a New World by Glenn Albrecht
$27.95, paper. Cornell. 240 pages
As climate change and development pressures overwhelm the environment, our emotional relationships with Earth are also in crisis. Pessimism and distress are overwhelming people the world over. In this maelstrom of emotion, “solastalgia,” the homesickness you have when you are still at home, has become, writes Glenn A. Albrecht, one of the defining emotions of the 21st century. Earth Emotions examines our positive and negative Earth emotions. It explains the author’s concept of solastalgia and other well-known eco-emotions such as biophilia and topophilia. Albrecht introduces us to the many new words needed to describe the full range of our emotional responses to the emergent state of the world. We need this creation of a hopeful vocabulary of positive emotions, argues Albrecht, so that we can extract ourselves out of environmental desolation and reignite our millennia-old biophilia—love of life—for our home planet. To do so, he proposes a dramatic change from the current human-dominated Anthropocene era to one that will be founded, materially, ethically, politically, and spiritually on the revolution in thinking being delivered by contemporary symbiotic science. Albrecht names this period the Symbiocene. With the current and coming generations, “Generation Symbiocene,” Albrecht sees reason for optimism. The battle between the forces of destruction and the forces of creation will be won by Generation Symbiocene, and Earth Emotions presents an ethical and emotional odyssey for that victory. HEARTH A Global Conversation on Community, Identity, and Place
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edited by Annick Smith & Susan O’Connor $25.50, paper. Milkweed. 264 pages, b/w photos
WATER IN PLAIN SIGHT Hope for a Thirsty World by Judith Schwartz
$24.95, paper. Chelsea Green. 249 pages
Water scarcity is on everyone’s mind. Long taken for granted, water availability has become dependent on economics, politics, and people’s food and lifestyle choices. But as anxiety mounts—and even as a swath of California farmland has been left fallow, and extremist groups worldwide exploit the desperation of people losing livelihoods to desertification—many are finding new routes to water security with key implications for food access, economic resilience, and climate change. Water does not perish, nor does it require millions of years to form as do fossil fuels. However water is always on the move and we must learn to work with its natural movement. In this timely, important book, Judith Schwartz presents a refreshing perspective on water that transcends zero-sum thinking. By allying with the water cycle, we can revive lush, productive landscapes, like the river in rural Zimbabwe that now flows miles
further than it has in living memory thanks to restorative grazing; the fruit-filled food forest in Tucson, Arizona, grown by harvesting urban wastewater; or the mini-oasis in West Texas nourished by dew. Animated by stories from around the globe, Water in Plain Sight is an inspiring reminder that fixing the future of our drying planet involves understanding what makes natural systems thrive. “Paints a vivid picture of the miracles of land healing that are possible through the right relationship to soil and water. This book should be high on the reading list of every environmental activist.”— Charles Eisenstein, author of Climate—A New Story “Water in Plain Sight is one of the most important books ever written on water. Judith explains that our collective abuse of soil and local watersheds is a major cause of climate chaos, and shows how retaining water in soil and forests as well as restoring local water cycles will help heal our threatened planet.”—Maude Barlow, water justice activist; author of Blue Future
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This multicultural anthology is about the enduring importance and shifting associations of the hearth in our world. A hearth is many things: a place for solitude; a source of identity; something we make and share with others; a history of ourselves and our homes. It is the fixed center we return to. It is just as intrinsically portable. It is, in short, the perfect metaphor for what we seek in these complex and contradictory times—set in flux by climate change, mass immigration, the refugee crisis, and the dislocating effects of technology. With passion and care, these authors celebrate natural and spiritual hearths, or mourn hearths that are being destroyed—never to be replaced—in our increasingly endangered, highly populated, but still natural world. Featuring original contributions from cherished voices including Terry Tempest Williams, Bill McKibben, Pico Iyer, Natasha Trethewey, and Chigozie Obioma, Hearth suggests that empathy and storytelling hold the power to unite us when we have wandered alone for too long. This is an essential anthology that challenges us to redefine home and hearth: as a place to welcome strangers, to be generous, to care for the world beyond one’s own experience.
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Trees & Renewal TO SPEAK FOR THE TREES My Life’s Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest by Diana Beresford-Kroeger
$32.00, cloth. Penguin. 304 pages
Canadian botanist, biochemist and visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s insights into the hidden life of trees have already sparked a quiet revolution in how we understand our relationship to forests. Now, in a captivating account of how her life led her to these illuminating and crucial ideas, she shows us how forests can not only heal us but save the planet. When Diana Beresford-Kroeger—whose mother was an O’Donoghue, one of the stronghold families who carried on the ancient Celtic traditions—was orphaned as a child, she could have been sent to the Magdalene Laundries. Instead, the O’Donoghue elders, most of them scholars and freehold farmers in the Lisheens valley in County Cork, took her under their wing. Diana became the last ward under the Brehon Law. Over the course of three summers, she was taught the ways of the Celtic triad of mind, body and soul. This included the philosophy of healing, the laws of the trees, Brehon wisdom and the Ogham alphabet, all of it rooted in a vision of nature that saw trees and forCONVERSATIONS WITH TREES An Intimate Ecology by Stephanie Kaza
$25.95, paper. Shambhala. 262 pages, b/w drawings
From a pioneering thinker in the field of religion and ecology, this collection of evocative meditations on the beauty, fragility, and resilience of trees includes 27 original lithographs of the trees profiled in each chapter. First published in 1993 (as The Attentive Heart), Stephanie Kaza’s heartfelt book helped thousands of readers kindle a sense of spiritual connection through communing with our ancient relatives—trees. Shambhala Publications is proud to reissue this book, with a beautiful new cover and a new Introduction by the RENEWAL How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion, and Joy by Andres Edwards
$19.99, paper. New Society. 240 pages
Explore our emotional bond with nature to heal ourselves and the natural world. Why spend countless hours indoors in front of screens when being in nature feels so good? In learning why and how to nurture our emotional connection with nature, we can also regenerate the ecosystems on which we de-pend for our survival. Renewal explores the science behind why being in nature makes us feel alive and helps us thrive. Using personal experiences and cutting-edge research in cognitive science, this book weaves delightful stories that:
All around the world, individuals, families, friends, and neighbors gather around a campfire or a computer, a kitchen table or an auditorium stage to share ideas, and warmth, and often food. This book, we hope, may become one such gathering place where questions are asked that have no answers, but where the talk goes on and on, connecting us in peace and trust. Keeping the fire alive.
ests as fundamental to human survival and spirituality. Already a precociously gifted scholar, Diana found that her grounding in the ancient ways led her to fresh scientific concepts. Out of that huge and holistic vision have come the observations that put her at the forefront of her field: the discovery of mother trees at the heart of a forest; the fact that trees are a living library, have a chemical language and communicate in a quantum world; the major idea that trees heal living creatures through the aerosols they release and that they carry a great wealth of natural antibiotics and other healing substances; and, perhaps most significantly, that planting trees can actively regulate the atmosphere and the oceans, and even stabilize our climate. This book is not only the story of a remarkable scientist and her ideas, it harvests all of her powerful knowledge about why trees matter, and why trees are a viable, achievable solution to climate change. Diana eloquently shows us that if we can understand the intricate ways in which the health and welfare of every living creature is connected to the global forest, and strengthen those connections, we will still have time to mend the self-destructive ways that are leading to drastic fires, droughts and floods. author. More pertinent now than ever, Kaza’s intimate exploration of the lives and relationships of individual trees exemplifies the conjunction of inquiry and emotion, of science and spirituality. In an era of species extinction and worsening climate change, this book is a warm and earnest invitation to personal and ecological sanity. “Stephanie Kaza’s book Conversations with Trees is a triumph—Deep Ecology writing as its most humbly, powerfully evocative. Here each tree, in disclosing its own story, its own beauty, reveals the beholder’s as well. Each tells us, in a different voice, that if we are to preserve the natural world, we must let it feed our souls.” —Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life ♦ Reveal nature’s genius and impacts on our lives from physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual perspectives ♦ Explore how emulating nature is yielding design breakthroughs with biomimicry and biophilic design ♦ Highlight the importance of compassion and coexisting with wildlife in designing our conservation strategies Describe the significance of nurturing an ecological ethic that supports a reciprocal relationship with nature. Whether you are drawn to conservation or are interested in the science behind human behavior, Renewal will help create a blueprint for integrating nature with a life of creativity, compassion, and joy.
She looks at the current state of American politics: the dire social and environmental implications of recent choices to gut Bears Ears National Monument, sacred lands to Native People of the American Southwest, and undermine the Endangered Species Act. She testifies that climate change is not an abstraction, citing the drought outside her door and at times, within herself. Images of extraction and contamination haunt her: oil rigs lighting up the horizon; trucks hauling nuclear waste on dirt roads now crisscrossing the desert like an exposed nervous system. But beautiful moments of relief and refuge, solace and spirituality come in her conversations with Navajo elders, art, and, always, in the land itself. She asks, urgently: “Is Earth not enough? Can the desert be a prayer?”
Architecture & Eco-Design SOLAR ELECTRICITY BASICS Powering Your Home of Office with Solar Energy by Dan Chiras
$19.99, paper. New Society. 240 pages, b/w illustrations
This is the indispensable guide to solar electricity systems for homeowners, business owners, builders, and students. Climate change and limits to fossil fuels compel us to find safer, more economical, and more sustainable ways to meet our needs for electricity. And, as more and more electric cars hit the road, we’ll need to find a way to provide fuel that is clean, environmentally sustainable, and affordable. With Solar Electricity Basics, author Dan Chiras offers a concise and upto-date guide covering all the essentials. It explores: ♦ How to size, cost, and choose the right system, including off-grid vs. grid-tied vs grid-tied with battery backup ♦ Where to mount a system for maximum performance ♦ What type of modules and inverters to buy ♦ How to install and maintain batteries ♦ Cost vs benefit for solar electric systems ♦ How to connect to the grid, and what type of net metering your area offers. Solar Electricity Basics is a guide for homeowners, business owners, builders, and students for figuring out solar electricity quickly and easily. Dan Chiras is the author of numerous books on renewable energy, including Power from the Wind and The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy. Over the past 40 years, Chiras has published numerous articles on natural building, green building, solar electricity, passive solar design, self-sufficiency, and sustainability. He lives off-grid in Gerald, Missouri.
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EROSION Essays of Undoing
by Terry Tempest Williams
$36.50, cloth. Farrar, Strauss. 304 pages
Here be fierce, timely, and unsettling essays from an important and beloved writer and conservationist. Terry Tempest Williams is one of our most impassioned defenders of public lands. A naturalist, fervent activist, and stirring writer, she has spoken to us and for us in books like Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. In these new essays, Williams explores the concept of ero-
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What is weathered, worn, and whittled away through wind, water, and time is as powerful as what remains. Our undoing is also our becoming.
DIY MUSHROOM CULTIVATION Growing Mushrooms at Home for Food, Medicine, and Soil by Willoughby Arevalo
$29.95, paper. New Society. 186 pages, 7x9, colour photos
With applications in permaculture, urban farming, cooking, natural medicine, and the arts, interest in home-scale mushroom cultivation is exploding. Yet many beginners remain daunted by the perceived complexity of working with fungi.
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DIY Mushroom Cultivation is the remedy, presenting proven, reliable, lowcost techniques for home-scale cultivation that eliminate the need for a clean-air lab space to grow various mushrooms and their mycelium. Beautiful full-color photos and step-by-step instructions accompany a foundation of mushroom biology and ecology to support a holistic understanding of the practice. Growing techniques are applicable year-round, for any space from house to apartment, and for any climate, budget, or goal. Techniques include: ♦ Setting up a home growing space ♦ Inexpensive, simple DIY equipment ♦ Culture creation from mushroom tissue or spores ♦ Growing and using liquid cultures and grain spawn ♦ Growing mushrooms on waste streams Indoor fruiting ♦ Outdoor mushroom gardens and logs ♦ Harvesting, processing, tinctures, and cooking. Whether you hunt mushrooms or dream about growing and working with them but feel constrained by a small living space, DIY Mushroom Cultivation is the ideal guide for getting started in the fascinating and delicious world of fungiculture. FARMING ON THE WILD SIDE The Evolution of a Regenerative Organic Farm and Nursery
by Nancy & John Hayden
$39.95, paper. Chelsea Green. 272 pages, 7x10, colour photos
One farm’s decades-long journey into regenerative agriculture—and how these methods enhance biodiversity, pollinators, and soil health. Northern Vermont’s Nancy and John Hayden have spent the last 25 years transforming their draft horse-powered, organic vegetable and livestock operation into an agroecological, regenerative, bio-diverse, organic fruit farm, fruit nursery, and pollinator sanctuary. In Farming on the Wild Side they explain the philosophical and scientific principles that influenced them as they phased out sheep and potatoes and embraced apples, pears, stone fruits, and a wide variety of uncommon berry crops; turned much of their property into a semi-wild state; and adapted their marketing and sales strategies to the new century. As the Haydens pursued their goals of enhancing biodiversity and regenerating their land, they incorporated agroforestry and permaculture principles into perennial fruit polycultures, a pollinator sanctuary, repurposed greenhouses for growing fruit, hgelkultur, and ecological pest management. Beyond the practical techniques and tips, this book also inspires readers to develop greater ecological literacy and respect for the mysteries of the global ecosystem. Farming on the Wild Side tells a story about new ways to manage small farms and homesteads, about nurturing land, about ecology, about economics, and about things that we can all do to heal both the land and ourselves. COMPOST TEAS FOR THE ORGANIC GROWER
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puts. He explores the importance of nutrients, their cycles and the structure of soil. This enables the reader to truly understand their soil and own eco-system, so they can manage it properly. Once we understand how soil and nutrients work, it is easier to diagnose problems and find a natural remedy. Eric provides recipes for a wide range of compost teas that can remedy many different deficits, as well as for natural pesticides and insecticides. Eric shows the reader how to use the plants growing around them to create these teas, using aerobic and anaerobic processes, as well as how to grow specific plants to encourage beneficial insects for healthy ecosystems. Eric’s aim is for growers to feel confident in diagnosing plant disease and pest problems, and then be able to create the right remedy for the problem. If we can care for the health of our plants and soil without using chemicals, we can save money, encourage others to do the same, and demonstrate that conven-tional chemical inputs are not necessary.
Nature as Teacher & Healer KINDNESS FOR ALL CREATURES Macrocosm, Microcosm, and Medicine by Sarah Beasley
$23.95, paper. Shambhala. 224 pages
Are you doing all you can for the well-being of your beloved pet? Is your outlook toward wildlife consistent with your loyalty to cats and dogs? Structured around the Six Perfections of Buddhism, this book explores these questions and more, providing heartfelt guidance on how to apply compassion in action to our relationships with animals. In addition to being a practical resource, it encourages advocacy, challenging us to think more profoundly about caring for the creatures—both domestic and wild—with whom we share our world. “Sarah Beasley reminds us gently but firmly that compassion is the root of the Buddhist path and that it should know no borders. She advocates convincingly that loving-kindness and the practice of the ‘Six Perfections’ must apply to all sentient beings without exception. Kindness for All Creatures is a much-needed and most welcome call urging us to progress toward coherent ethics and truly compassionate behavior.” —Matthieu Ricard, author of A Plea for the Animals “Kindness for All Creatures invites the reader into an authentic, mutual relationship with animals. It is a perfect guide for how to afford them their uniqueness and dignity, as well as how to treat them with utmost care. The guidance in this book will enhance your experience of your pets, and, like any true spiritual practice, will bring out the best in you.” —Diane Musho Hamilton, author of The Zen of You and Me: A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone
cal and fast-paced realities of so many. Nature-Based Therapy addresses this underlying disconnection between humans and their ecological home, exploring theories and therapeutic practices undertaken with children, youth, and families, including: ♦ Developing sensory awareness of outer and inner landscapes ♦ Navigating risk in play ♦ Case examples with a diverse range of settings, intentions, and interventions. Nature-Based Therapy is for counselors, therapists, youth and social workers, educators, and parents working in educational and therapeutic settings who want to take their practice beyond the office walls and into the powerful terrain of the wild, partnering with nature as a co-facilitator to create lasting change. I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. —Thoreau THE KARMA OF CATS Spiritual Wisdom from Our Feline Friends by Various Authors
$23.50, paper. Sounds True. 224 pages, 8x8, b/w photos
There is nothing quite like the love of a cat. Both revered and feared throughout history, cats are unique in the mystical truths and practical lessons they share with us. In The Karma of Cats, spiritual teachers and writers reflect on the wisdom and gifts they’ve received from their feline friends—exploring themes of radical respect, unconditional love, our spiritual nature, and more. Loving companions and wild spirits, our feline friends have much to teach all who welcome them into their homes and hearts. With an introduction by Seane Corn and contributions by Alice Walker, Andrew Harvey, Biet Simkin, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Damien Echols, Geneen Roth, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Kelly McGonigal, Rachel Naomi Remen, Sterling “TrapKing” Davis, and many more. The Karma of Cats is yet more proof that cats can teach us to be better humans. “What I find most enticing about The Karma of Cats are the golden filaments of respect, delight, and appreciation that weave through the unique voice of each storyteller, these kindred spirits who—like ourselves—treasure the remarkable gifts bestowed upon us by our feline family members.” —Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Why Buffalo Dance Also from Sounds True is The Dharma of Dogs.
NATURE-BASED THERAPY A Practitioner’s Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth, and Families
by Nevin Harper, Kathryn Rose & David Segal
by Eric Fisher
$24.95, paper. New Society. 285 pages
$27.50, paper. Permanent Publications. 242 pages, 7x9, b/w & colour photos
Here’s everything you need to know about feeding your garden, orchard, or smallholding with homemade and chemical-free teas—packed with recipes for creating nutrient-rich, healthy soil, to give you healthy plants and eco-systems. Permaculture orchardist Eric Fisher provides an in depth history of organic agriculture and the rise in chemical in-
Take your therapeutic practice with children, youth, and families out into nature. The number of children, youth, and families seeking help for a wide range of mental health concerns is growing at an alarming rate, and many struggle to thrive despite well-intentioned interventions from skilled helpers. Unplugging from technology and reconnecting with the web of life is a powerful antidote to the highly technologi-
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by Richard Powers
$24.95, paper. Norton. 502 pages
Richard Powers delivers a sweeping, novel of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, exploring the essential conflict on this planet: the one taking place between humans and nonhumans. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe. The Overstory is a book for all readers who despair of humanity’s self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, reUNDERLAND A Deep Time Journey
by Robert Macfarlane
$42.95, cloth. Penguin. 488 pages
In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland’s glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deeptime voyage into the planet’s past and future. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane’s long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart. The way into the underland is through the riven trunk of an old ash tree… Near the ash’s base its trunk splits into a rough rift, just wide enough that a person might slip into the tree’s hollow heart—and there drop into the dark space that opens below. The rift’s edges are smoothed to a shine by those who have gone this
Science & Brain/Mind LIVING IN FLOW The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World
by Sky Nelson-Isaacs
$25.95, paper. North Atlantic. 208 pages, b/w illustrations
Referring to a cutting-edge scientific theory of synchronicity, Sky Nelson-Isaacs presents a model for living “in the flow”—whether at home or at work—which allows for a more flexible relationship with daily experiences. The world wraps itself around our choices, and working with synchronicity gives us an idea of what to do next. When we align with circumstance, circumstance aligns with us. Living in Flow weaves wisdom about the nature of meaning, purpose, and the peak experience of flow with personal narratives of meaningful coincidence. Nelson-Isaacs defines the current state of theoretical physics and quantum mechanics using illustrations and metaphors and explains
way before, passing through the old ash to enter the underland… The way out of the underland is where nine springs flow clear from the bedrock… We make our way to the end of the wood where the springs rise. The springs have organized themselves in a circle around a hollow in the chalk, filling a pool that is per-haps a foot deep and six feet across. The water in the pool is so clear as to be invisible, save for the root-like reflection of the branches above that it carries. “Macfarlane has invented a new kind of book, really a new genre entirely.” —The Irish Times “He is the great nature writer, and nature poet, of this generation.” —Wall Street Journal “Startling and memorable, charting invisible and vanishing worlds. Macfarlane has made himself Orpheus, the poet who ventures down to the darkest depths and returns—frighteningly alone—to sing of what he has seen.” —New Statesman Also by Robert Macfarlane is The Old Ways.
the idea of “Meaningful History Selection.” Meaningful History Selection can help us explain why and how synchronicity happens and help us fit it into a rational worldview. By turns encouraging and empowering, Nelson-Isaacs tells us how our choices create meaning. If we understand how the responsivity of the cosmos works, then we can develop an informed relationship to meaning-making and purposefulness in our lives. From this we can align ourselves more effectively within our personal, professional, and community relationships and live more in flow. “There is rich and fertile ground here born of postmodern science for birthing a language that is far more friendly to spiritual and mystical realities than most of the perspectives of the modern world view ever was or could be. This book sparkles with insights and connections that we are all hungry for.” —Matthew Fox, author of Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
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generating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? “Listen. There’s something you need to hear.” “This book is beyond special.… It’s a kind of breakthrough in the ways we think about and understand the world around us, at a moment when that is desperately needed.” —Bill McKibben “Monumental… The Overstory accomplishes what few living writers from either camp, art or science, could attempt. Using the tools of the story, he pulls readers heart-first into a perspective so much longer-lived and more subtly developed than the human purview that we gain glimpses of a vast, primordial sensibility, while watching our own kind get whittled down to size.… A gigantic fable of genuine truths.” —Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review “Gorgeously written, and brimming with amazing information… Something genuinely new, in the way it decenters the human as the source of all meaning and value. Here, it is the trees.” —Michael Pollan
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NOVACENE The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence
Deep Forest, Deep Time THE OVERSTORY A Novel
$31.99, cloth. Penguin. 138 pages
James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis, has produced an astounding new theory about the future of life on Earth. He argues that the anthropocene —the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies—is, after 300 years, coming to an end. A new age—the novacene—has already begun. New beings will emerge from existing artificial intelligence systems. They will think 10,000 times faster than we do and they will regard us as we now regard plants—as desperately slow acting and thinking creatures. These hyper-intelligent beings will be as dependent on the health of the planet as we are. They will need the planetary cooling system of Gaia to defend them from the increasing heat of the sun as much as we do. And Gaia depends on organic life. We will be partners in this project. The intelligence that launches the age that follows the Anthropocene will not be human; it will be something wholly different from anything we can now conceive. Its logic, unlike ours, will be multidimensional. As with the animal and vegetable kingdoms, it may exist in many separate forms varying in size, speed and power to act. It may be the next or even the final step in the development of the evolution of the cosmos. It is crucial, Lovelock argues, that the intelligence of Earth survives and prospers. Maybe, he speculates, the novacene could even be the beginning of a process that will finally lead to intelligence suffusing the entire cosmos. At the age of 100, James Lovelock has produced an important and compelling work. THE MASTER AND HIS EMISSARY The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
by Iain McGilchrist
$27.95, paper. Yale. 616 pages, colour & b/w illustrations
This is a new edition of the bestselling classic published with a special introduction to mark its 10th anniversary. This pioneering account sets out to understand the structure of the human brain—the place where mind meets matter. Until recently, the left hemisphere of our brain has been seen as the rational side, the superior partner to the right. But is this distinction true? Drawing on a vast body of experimental research, Iain McGilchrist argues while our left brain makes for a wonderful servant, it is a very poor master. As he shows, it is the right side which is the more reliable and insightful. Without it, our world would be mechanistic—stripped of depth, colour and value. For each to be successful, what the left hemisphere can offer must be used in service of what the right hemisphere knows and sees, not the other way round. This is as important in the case of science as in that of imagination, in the case of reason as in that of intuition. The left hemsphere is a wonderful servant, but a very poor master. “McGilchrist describes broad [intellectual] movements and famous figures as if they were battles and soldiers in a 2,500-year war between the brain’s hemispheres… A scintillating intelligence is at work.” —The Economist “A veritable tour de force, gradually and skilfully revealed. I know of no better exposition of the current state of functional brain neuroscience.” —W. F. Bynum, Times Literary Supplement
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Family & Parenting BREATHING SPACE FOR NEW MOTHERS Rest, Stretch, and Smile—One Yoga Minute at a Time by Alison Rogers, with Erin White $22.95, paper. North Atlantic. 137 pages, b/w illustrations
This gentle and novel guide to new motherhood encourages women to take time to breathe, embrace their experiences, and be “good enough”— one yoga minute at a time. Beginning and deepening a home yoga practice for new mothers: from the warm-up of first days with a newborn to the wobbly-but-standing postures of confident new motherhood, Breathing Space for New Mothers encourages women to notice and nurture their feelings and foster self-compassion to approach motherhood with curiosity instead of fear, improvisation instead of rigidity, and humor instead of worry. The authors offer mothers a singular message: your well-being matters as much as your baby’s. Each chapter ends with a one-minute mindful yoga practice, which can be done in a sequence to create a relaxing and balancing support for the incredibly demanding first nine months with a baby. “If you’ve just given birth—for the first time or the eighth time—you can exhale now. Breathing Space for New Mothers is exactly what you need as you stumble into this messy, chaotic, beautiful, sleepless, joyful, and confusing time called motherhood. No judgments, no hard-and-fast prescriptions. Just compassionate wisdom and practical suggestions on how to truly care for yourself.” —Linda Sparrowe, author of Yoga At Home CHILD SPACE An Integrated Approach to Infant Development Based on the Feldenkrais Method by Chava Shelhav
$28.95, paper. North Atlantic. 256 pages, 140 b/w photos
When should my baby be walking? Should I worry if they are not talking yet? What can I do to help my baby in their development? Dr. Chava Shelhav draws on her forty-years of experience in the Feldenkrais movement to offer answers using her holistic approach to child development to practitioners, parents, and caregivers. Child Space is Shelhav’s unique method for assisting babies in achieving specific developmental milestones at the appropriate time. This includes developing physical skills, language, social skills, emotional attunement, and cognitive development. A baby’s natural curiosity and innate desire to learn is stimulated through movements, games, and toys. Methods of touch provide the deep stimulation a baby needs to feel parts of their body, creating the awareness required for mastering motor skills, balance, and coordination. Also covered is the importance of nutrition in the beginning years of a child’s life. In addition, healthcare professionals such as pediatricians, family and child therapists, and physical therapists working with infants will benefit from the new perspectives and techniques presented in this book. “A fresh, holistic perspective on the connection between motor development, emotion, and cognition. A must-read for any parent or therapist who wants to gain a deeper understanding of early childhood development.” —Dr. Tali Marron, child psychologist, brain and creativity researcher
All day long, you breathe in and out, in and out without even thinking about it. But did you know that you can play with your breath, use it to take you on an adventure? All you have to do is find a comfy spot and close your eyes. Does your breath sound like ocean waves? Like the wind before a storm or a breeze at the start of spring? Can you feel it all the way down to the tips of your toes? By the time you open your eyes, you might just feel a little lighter, calmer, more relaxed. In Big Breath, William Meyer’s gentle prompts, alongside wonderful illustrations, make meditation as fun as a game, but with big results. Also by William Meyer is Three Breaths and Begin: A Guide to Meditation in the Classroom.
Men THE BOY CRISIS Why Our Boys are Struggling and What We Can Do About It
by Warren Farrell & John Gray
$24.95, paper. Benbella. 496 pages, illus.
What is the boy crisis? It’s a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science. It’s a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women. It’s a crisis of fathering. Boys are growing up with less-involved fathers and are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison. It’s a crisis of purpose. Boys old sense of purpose—being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner—are fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a purpose void, feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification. So, what is The Boy Crisis? A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect. “As an activist in the women’s movement, I’m proud of expanding life choices for our daughters. But no one did the same for our sons—until now. Dr. Warren Farrell shines his searchlight on the ‘boy problem with no name’ in this totally absorbing, astonishing, and masterful book. Best of all, he offers parents and educators straightforward solutions with a heart full of compassion.” —Gail Sheehy, author of Understanding Men’s Passages “The Boy Crisis is the most important book of the 21st century. Farrell and Gray are absolutely brilliant. Their decades of experience addressing gender issues, and meticulous research, shines light on why our sons are failing, and why we live in a world of increasing violence. More important, they offer solutions that we can all unite behind. If you care about the very survival of humankind, you must read this book.” —Jed Diamond, author of The Irritable Male Syndrome THE WAY OF THE CONSCIOUS WARRIOR A Handbook for 21st Century Men
by P.T. Mistlberger
BIG BREATH A Guided Meditation for Kids
$30.95, paper. John Hunt. 304 pages
by William Meyer, illustrated by Brittany Jacobs $24.00, cloth. New World Library. 32 pages, 9x9, colour illustrations
A charmingly illustrated guided meditation and body relaxer to calm, soothe, and empower kids—and maybe even their parents. Ideal for any parent who experiences the benefits of meditation, yoga, or breath exercises and
The early 21st century is a complex time presenting unique challenges for men. This book examines many of those challenges, from dysfunctional relationships and confusion about what it means to be male in the postmodern world, to understanding the dark side of the masculine psyche, as well as how to apply the best qualities of warrior consciousness to experience overall success and
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fulfillment in life. The late ‘Gen-Xers’ and ‘Millennials’—those born mainly in the 1980s and early 1990s—are now dealing with entirely new paradigms that have no precedence… Our communications technology has been advancing so rapidly that it is not easy to understand the full psychological impact it is having on younger men. But in general, the effect is working to blunt the sharper qualities of masculinity—directness, emphasis on purpose and accomplishment, and the confidence that arises from success in those areas. In short, many modern men are struggling to retain the better qualities of the warrior. “I have often thought that the men’s movement lost its way after its heyday in the early nineties. I hope that this intelligent, insightful, and wide-ranging book will help get it back on track.” —Richard Smoley, author of Inner Christianity “The fact is this: courageous, self-aware, integrated men get more out of life. If you are a man who wants to become more confident, accomplished, and whole, this book will help you put your wounding to bed, and help you move forward in life. With chapters regarding shadow figures, maturations, and practical steps for deepening your relationships, it is a potent balm for the modern man. The most balanced, eloquent, and deeply practical book I have read regarding men’s work and masculine development.” —Jordan Gray
Relationships & Sexuality TANTRIC PATHWAYS TO SUPERNATURAL SEX A Groundbreaking Look at the Chemistry of Sexual Electricity by Somraj Pokras & Jeffre Talltrees $30.99, paper. Llewellyn. 263 pages, b/w illustrations
Rekindle your passion with your beloved with the time-honored techniques of Tantra. This book shows you how to experience sex as a sacred act of connecting hearts and merging spirits while you achieve union with the divine. Learn how working with desire, erogenous zones, and foreplay can lead to sex that leaves you feeling energized and empowered. Explore techniques for using mindfulness to help you connect to kundalini energy and manifest sensual ecstasy together. Includes a detailed review (with illustrations) of a man’s twenty and a woman’s thirty erogenous zones that heighten the flow of sexual energy. Authors Somraj Pokras and Jeffre TallTrees capture their combined 46 years of experience in Tantric practices with elegance and fun. They have revised classic techniques to match their personal style and present information clearly. Their depth of knowledge is contagious. “Tantric Pathways to Supernatural Sex has everything any lover needs who wants to harness the dormant powers of their libido and sex drive. In simple steps, it suggests ways to make sexual intercourse more loving, more electric, and more orgasmic. Its ‘supernatural’ angle shows how to catapult all kinds of erotic encounters beyond the ordinary. This down-to-earth lovemaking manual is easy and fun to read solo or together for men, women, and same sex partners of all ages and experience.” —Caroline Muir, author of Tantra Goddess: A Memoir of Sexual Awakening GETTING THE LOVE YOU WANT A Guide for Couples
by Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt $23.50, paper. Picador. 324 pages
This classic 1988 guide to transforming an intimate relationship into a lasting source of love and companionship has again been fully revised with a new foreword and
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a brand new chapter. In Getting the Love You Want, Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt offer the relationship skills that have helped millions of couples replace confrontation and criticism with a process of mutual support that facilitates healing and growth at any stage of a relationship. This extraordinary practical guide describes their revolutionary technique (Imago Relationship Therapy) that combines a number of disciplines—including the behavioral sciences, depth psychology, social learning theory, Gestalt therapy, and interpersonal neurosciences, among others—to create a program that transforms conflict into creative tension that deepens connection and renews passion. Hendrix and Hunt offer a new perspective of what a relationship is and where we should focus our attention and energy. Reversing the assumption that prioritizes the individual, the authors show how tending to the needs of the relationship first will ensure that the needs of the individual are met. By shifting our conversational methods away from negativity and towards affirmation, a safe and encouraging environment is built that reduces anxiety and allows couples to thrive. The book also includes practical exercises—proven invaluable in couples therapy—to achieve the goal of intimate partnership full of life, joy, and wonder. Although we are now adults, capable to keeping ourselves fed, warm, and dry, the most primitive part of our brains still expect people around us to be mindful of our unmet needs and do what they can to satisfy them… Above all else, we seek the sensation of feeling fully alive that is triggered when we experience connecting… We have come to believe that “connecting” describes the universe. As all things are interconnected, so are we; it is our nature to be connected. EIGHT DATES Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
by John & Julie Gottman
$34.95, cloth. Workman. 229 pages
Strengthen and deepen your love with a fun, ingenious program of eight life-changing conversations—on essential topics such as money, sex, and trust—from two of the world’s leading marriage researchers and clinicians. Navigating the challenges of longterm commitment takes effort—and it just got simpler, with this empowering, step-by-step guide to communicating about the things that matter most to you and your partner. Drawing on forty years of research from their world-famous Love Lab, Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman invite couples on eight fun, easy, and profoundly rewarding dates, each one focused on a make-or-break issue: trust, conflict, sex, money, family, adventure, spirituality, and dreams. Interactive activities and prompts provide motivation to stay open, stay curious, and, most of all, stay talking to each other. And the range—from the four skills you need for intimate conversation (including Put Into Words What You Are Feeling) to tips on being honest about your needs, while also validating your partner’s own emotions— will resonate, whether you’re newly together or a longtime couple looking to fortify your bond. You will discover (or rediscover) your partner like never before—and be able to realize your hopes and dreams for the love you desire and deserve. You can spend a lifetime being curious about the inner world of your partner, and being brave enough to share your own inner world, and never be done discovering all there is to know about each other. It’s exciting. It’s daunting. And it’s one of the greatest life adventures you can take…
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Women THE YONI EGG Reveal and Release the Sacred Feminine Within by Lilou Macé
$24.99, paper. Inner Traditions. 176 pages, colour illustrations
Used for thousands of years throughout Asia, including by the royal concubines of the Chinese emperors, yoni eggs are egg-shaped stones used internally to help tone the pelvic floor and vaginal muscles as well as increase sensitivity, enhance intimate awareness, release emotional traumas, and open access to the sacred feminine within. In this full-color step-by-step guide, Lilou Macé details the techniques and rituals of yoni egg practice, aiming to dispel fears and reservations about its use and reveal its profound benefits for body, mind, and spirit. She explains how the yoni is not merely a body part, but the portal to greater wisdom and self-knowledge— your temple of the sacred feminine. Providing an anatomical guide to the yoni, she shows how it contains reflexology points and energy meridians that can be worked with through different placements of the yoni egg. She offers detailed instructions for yoni egg exercises, including how to use a yoni egg for the first time, and explores how these techniques can help you have more intense orgasms, prevent urinary incontinence and other women’s health issues, prepare for and recover from childbirth, release trauma and negative emotions trapped within your body, boost your confidence and femininity, and unlock access to your inner source of creativity and wisdom. The author explores the properties and healing benefits of 12 different gemstone eggs, from the well-known jade egg to lesser-known eggs such as amethyst, obsidian, and green aventurine, along with guidelines for choosing the stone type and egg size that will work best for you. Concluding with rituals for initiating yourself into the power of your yoni and for releasing the sacred feminine within, the author shows how each of us has the power to heal, to be kind to ourselves, and to reveal our own inner beauty and wisdom. Includes contributions from Taoist and tantric master teachers, including Mantak Chia, Minke de Vos, Aisha Sieburth, Jutta Kellen-Shepherd, Sarina Stone, Shashi Solluna, and José Toirn, as well as testimonials from women of all ages. FLAUNT! Drop Your Cover and Reveal Your Smart, Sexy & Spiritual Self by Lora Cheadle
$22.50, paper. New World Library. 225 pages
Attractive woman, savvy career professional, devoted wife and mother, caring daughter—the list of roles women play is endless. And while women may have chosen and cherish these roles, that doesn’t mean they may not occasionally or more than occasionally chafe. What’s behind these roles? Lora Cheadle, who felt trapped in the successful lawyer persona she’d crafted, believes there is joy, laughter, and self-love based not on performing roles perfectly but on being oneself, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. While she used the principles of burlesque to peel away the layers she’d built up around her core self, she also found that the laughter and parody inherent in burlesque could liberate women from their wounds, fears,
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and inhibitions even if they don’t set foot on an actual stage. When you get naked, and unapologetically expose all facets of who you are in everything that you do, you can’t help but sparkle and shine!... The five steps of FLAUNT! are: 1. Find Your Fetish 2. Laugh Out Loud 3. Accept Unconditionally 4. Navigate the Negative 5. Trust Your Truth While Flaunt! dives deep into how and why readers got where they are, it quite literally dances through these realizations and uses laughter, play, and storytelling to break free. Readers learn to cultivate the kind of rock solid self-worth that cannot be undone by criticism or failure. Cheadle calls herself a life choreographer because she has helped herself, and now helps others dance through their lives, sometimes with well-plotted steps and other times with improvisation but always, always with self-love, sass, and joy. IF WOMEN ROSE ROOTED A Life-Changing Journey to Authenticity and Belonging by Sharon Blackie
$20.95, paper. Global Book Sales. 460 pages
This is a uniquely empowering word-of-mouth bestseller about wild landscapes, female mythology, and the challenges facing modern women. It is a book for any woman who has ever lost her way and who sees a wasteland at the heart of modern existence and longs to live a more authentic, rooted life once again. The title of this book comes from a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke: “If we surrendered/to earth’s intelligence/we could rise up rooted, like trees.” A life-changing journey from the wasteland of modern society to a place of nourishment and connection, If Women Rose Rooted leads the reader on a quest to find their place in the world, drawing inspiration from the wise and powerful females in native mythology, and guidance from contemporary women who have re-rooted themselves in land and community and taken responsibility for shaping the future. The world is in need of restoration, and each one of us is challenged to do the work of collective change… of collective re-enchantment—a re-animation of the Earth. It’s time to become native to our places again… If there is to be change, it will come from us. Right here, where we stand. Women were always the story-givers, the memory-keepers, the dreamers. Listen now to the land’s long dreaming. Do you see what it’s dreaming? It’s dreaming you. Beautifully written, honest and moving, If Women Rose Rooted is a passionate song to a different kind of femininity, a rallying cry for women to reawaken their natural power – not just for the sake of their own wellbeing, but for love of this threatened earth. If women remember that once upon a time we sang with the tongues of seals and flew with the wings of swans, that we forged our own paths through the dark forest while creating a community of its many inhabitants, then we will rise up rooted, like trees. And if we rise up rooted, like trees … well then, women might indeed save not only ourselves, but the world. A postscript to the book, “The Eco-Heroine’s Journey: A Guide,” is rich with prompts, questions, and suggestions for “the work ahead.” “Destined to become a classic… Blackie does an admirable job of describing a beautiful, rich, intoxicating, messy, terrifying and ultimately illuminating pathway into the heart of the land and of our own souls.” —SageWoman Magazine
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Albrecht, Glenn The Most Important Thing
Alexander, F.M. Use of the Self
Applewhite, Ashton This Chair Rocks
DIY Mushroom Cultivation
Dalai Lama, The
LSD and the Mind of the Universe 33
Past Life Perspective
• Burn • Transforming Plastic
Baugher, John Eric
Bays, Jan Chozen
Mindful Eating on the Go
Kindness for All Creatures
Neuroaffective Picture Book
Beresford-Kroeger, Diana To Speak for the Trees
• Super Attractor Oracle Cards • Super Attractor Journal • Super Attractor
If Women Rose Rooted
Free, Fair and Alive
Brindle, Katie Yang Sheng
Brink, Alexis Art of Jin Shin
• Inner Cause • Anything Can Be Healed
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Braving the Wilderness
Instructions for Spiritual Living
Curanderismo Soul Retrieval
Bujdoss, Justin von
Modern Tantric Buddhism
Opening Doors Within
Art of Psychic Reiki
Cheadle, Lora Flaunt!
Solar Electricity Basics
Secret Drugs of Buddhism • Life of My Teacher • Our Human Potential
Davis, Brenda Kick Diabetes
Present Through the End
Dodge, Tamal & Victoria Yoga Plate
Work That Matters
Durek, Shaman Spirit Hacking Renewal
When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough
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Net of Indra
Farrell, Warren Boy Crisis
Fithian, Lisa Shut It Down
Foer, Jonathan Safran We Are The Weather
Frid, Alejandro Changing Tides
Light Seer’s Tarot
Complete Guide to Yin Yoga
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From What Is to What If
Primer for Forgetting
Breathing As Spiritual Practice Developing Supersensible Perception
Everything is Here to Help You
Conversations with Trees
Way of Effortless Mindfulness
Klein, Naomi On Fire
Jungian Music Psychotherapy
Kuhn, Dr. Aihan
Lawrence, Robyn Griggs
Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook
Tea and Cake with Demons Novacene Yoni Egg
Greater and Lesser Worlds of Robert Fludd 39
Scene That Became Cities
Ancestral Oracle of the Celts
Healing Power of Empathy
Tarot For Your Self
Working with Chakras For Belief Change
What We Knew in the Night
Gulotta, Nicole Wild Words
• Buddhist Suttas for Recitation • Start Here, Start Now Illuminated Hafiz
Halldorsson, Haukur Yggdrasil
Hanh, Thich Nhat
• Walking Meditation • At Home in the World
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Nature-Based Therapy Farming on the Wild Side
Master and His Emissary
• Water of Life • Awakening the Soul
Meredith, Leda Skillful Forager
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Standing at the Edge
McAllister , Sharon
Awakening Your Crystals
Hayes, Steven Liberated Mind
Leading with Love 50
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Inner Rhythm Meditations Vol. 2
Meyer, William Big Breath
Way of Heart & Beauty
Way of the Conscious Warrior
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Happiness Policy Handbook Courage to Confront Evil
• More Together Than Alone 23 • Drinking from the River of Light 23
Tarot and the Archetypal Journey 38
Creativity, Spirituality and Making a Buck 41
Norberg-Hodge, Helena Oliver, Mary
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Cannabis & CBD for Health & Wellness
Boost Your Natural Energy Big Book of Chakras and Chakra Healing
• Poetry Remedy • Poetry Pharmacy Returns
Smith, Annick Smoley, Richard Theology of Love
Speed, Lori-Ann Vistas
Parallax Press Paul, Sheryl
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Dreams of Gaia Tarot (Pocket Edition)
Pinchbeck, Daniel When Plants Dream
Podgurski , Robert
Sacred Alignments and Sigils Tantric Pathways to Supernatural Sex Overstory
McMindfulness Deep Creativity
• Cookbook for Awakening • Becoming Nobody
Rebellion Extinction This is Not a Drill
Red Feather, Stephanie Evolutionary Empath
Rizzetto, Diane Eshin Deep Hope
Rumi: Unseen Poems
Rushkoff, Douglas Team Human
Recognition of Our Own Heart
Ryan, Christopher Civilized to Death
Sakya, Avikrita Vajra
Sandford, Robert William
Radical Love Wake Up to What Matters Rain Comin’ Down
Saussy, Brianna Making Magic
School of Life, The
Naked in the Zendo What Is Psychotherapy? Water in Plain Sight Beyond The Known: Realization
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World Comes to You
Way of the Rose
Surya Das, Lama
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Breathing Space for New Mothers 49 Three Questions
Gravity & Grace
Ruiz, Don Miguel
Yoga for Better Sleep
Dzogchen Meditation Training
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• Empath’s Empowerment Journal 27 • Thriving as an Empath 27
Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness 36
Living in Flow
Ways to Go Beyond and Why They Work 31
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Yin and Yang of Self-Compassion
Wisdom of Anxiety
Local Is Our Future
Essential Oils for the Whole Body 19
From Mindfulness to Insight
True Peace Work
Gottman, John & Julie
Neither Wolf Nor Dog
Wild Unknown Archetypes Deck & Guidebook 38
Godfrey, Heather Dawn
Joye, Shelli Renee
Tai Chi for Depression
Hayden, Nancy & John
Revolution of the Soul
Money, and the Law of Attraction 40
101 Ways to Go Zero Waste 25
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Hicks, Esther & Jerry
Wisdom for the World and Mindful Advice to My Nation 13 Flame
Getting The Love You Want
Nothing in this Book is True But It’s Exactly How Things Are 40
Compost Teas for the Organic Grower
Chodron, Thubten Chopra, Deepak
• Kuan Yin Transmission Book • Kuan Yin Transmission Card Deck
• Welcoming the Unwelcome 16 • Creating a Culture of Tenderness 16 Guided Buddhist Meditations
Practice You Daily Awakening Deck
Torah as a Guide to Enlightenment
Experiments and Experience with Astrology 37 Forever Angels
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Cousens, Gabriel 45
Arroyo, Stephen Atwater, P.M.H.
Alchemical Visions Tarot Healing the Thyroid with Ayurveda Yoga and the Art of Mudras Choosing Compassion No One is Too Small to Make a Difference
Advice for Future Corpses
• Power of Now Journal • For Those Who Serve
Karma of Cats
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Including the Earth In Our Prayers 36
Wackernagel, Mathis Ecological Footprint
Wadsworth, John Your Zodiac Soul
Wagamese, Richard One Drum
Walker, Brian Browne
Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu
Touched by Nature
Washam, Spring Fierce Heart
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Waxman, Denny & Susan
Ultimate Guide to Eating for Longevity
Westmacott-Brown, Nathalia Breathwork
Williams, Terry Tempest Erosion
Williams-Davidson, Terri-Lynn Magical Beings of Haida Gwaii
Winston, David Adaptogens
Wolf, Richard In Tune
Yafa, Stephen Grain of Truth
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The Earth is a living spiritual being that is at present undergoing a painful time of transition, and we are here to help it transform. Human beings are able to be a connection between the worldsâ€“ the inner worlds of light and love and the outer physical world. And the Earth needs this connection. We can bring the light of the soul into the world. We can reconnect with the nature spirits, the devas, and the angels, and together help to heal our dying ecosystem. We are the link of love between the worldsâ€Ś Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, from Including the Earth in Our Prayers
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