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Beeswax Pillar Candles All are 3” in diameter (best to burn for at least 3 hours each time)
SINGING BOWL & CUSHION Green Tara Singing Bowl This beautiful singing bowl has a green finish and an interior featuring the moulded image of Green Tara, the mother of mercy and compassion. It is believed to bestow inner peace and spiritual acceptance, to assist with remaining centered, and reminding us of our ‘oneness’ with all of creation. A sweet meditation gong. Wooden dowelstriker included.
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MALAS Mala is the Sanskrit word for the type of rosaries used in India and East Asia. Full-size malas typically have 108 beads for counting repetitions of mantras, 100 reps + 8 mistakes. Malas are made from many kinds of wood, seeds, stone, bone, and other materials, with particular materials often associated with certain deities, practices, or traditions.
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INCENSE Morning Star Sandalwood A clean burning, pure scent perfect for “everyday” incense as well as meditation, includes small ceramic tile burner, burn time approx 25 minutes with each stick, 200 sticks. ISBN 9789000107377 — $13.50
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BANYEN’S UPCOMING EVENTS
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VEGETARIAN, V V VEGAN, & RAW Free @ Banyen, 6:30-8PM VESANTO MELINA VE Registered Dietitian & Common Ground columnist looks at recent highlights in the world of nutrition.
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MESSAGES FROM BEYOND
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Body-mind integration integrat pioneer & bestselling author presents on Conscious Loving & Living at Banyen! Plus a 3-Day Seminar (May 30-June 1) and a Couples Course (June 1-3) at UBC.
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A of EMPATHY ART Free @ Banyen 6:30-8PM KARLA MCLAREN author of The Art of Empathy and The Language of Emotions presents her groundbreaking work at Banyen, plus a Hollyhock Retreat June 6-11.
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ANN ARCHER BUTCHER ECKANKAR WISDOM WED, MAY 21
RECLAIMING the C COMMONS OMMONS 7PM at VPL
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MANIFEST YOUR MAN SOUL SOULMATE
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DR. SAM BERNE presents depth exploration of the body-eye connection. He will also lead a public workshop June 6-8 at UBC.
KATHRYN ALICE, KATH ALICE author & expert on soulmates and spiritual dating, offers techniques for magnetizing love.
TRUTH BE SPOKEN SPOK Free @ Banyen 6:30-8PM Advaita Tantra Teacher IGOR KUFAYEV speaks on sound, speech, and consciousness.
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HEALING POWER POW off STORYTELLING STORYTELLI Free @ Banyen 6:30-8PM 6:30 8PM NANCY MELLON, elder in the global storytelling renaissance presents at Banyen, as well as at the Vancouver International Storytelling Storytelling Festival, June 13-15.
KRISHNA DAS - KIRTAN St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church $35 at Banyen, $45 at door
Free @ Banyen 6:30-8PM International bestselling author presents on his book Ethical Wisdom,, “A riveting, fun, & insightful tour of life’s meanmeaning & purpose” - Daniel Goleman. He will also lead a program at Hollyhock, Sept 19-24.
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MY ISL@M Free @ Banyen 6:30-8PM AMIR A. NASR presentss on his book My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind and Doubt Freed My Soul, a dynamic look at the experience of Islam in the digital age. “An important & VLJQLoFDQWERRNy - Ken Wilber
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THE WORK of BYRON KATIE
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SWAM MUKTIBODSWAMI HANANDA A is a Yogacharya, Yogacharya master of yoga. She will present at Banyen on her revered classic translation of Hatha Yoga Pradipika Pradipika. For info about her other talks & retreats visit www.ban nyen.com
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Banyen hosts world-renowned chant artist KRISHNA DAS for a kirtan launch of his new cd Kirtan Wallah. Wallah
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Renowned systems constellation facilitator FRANCESCA MASON BORING presents at Banyen. She will also lead an experiential Nature Constellation Workshop Sept 6-7 at the Stanley Park Ecology Center. Registration at banyen.com.
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PEGGY TAYLOR and CHARLIE C HARLIE MURPHY MURPHY offer creativity, arts, and empowerempower ment techniques for working with groups of youth and adults.
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Order of Canada recipient HEATHER MENZIES presents on the theme of her new book Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good. Good
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LINDA BENDER presents on the spiritual re lives of animals with stories, research, and practical exercises.
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Renowned Dharma Teach presents at Teacher Banyen on his new book Be Nobody. Plus a Talk on July 12 at Unity.
TANNIS HUGILL ECSTATIC BODY POSTURES Free @ Banyen Books & Sound
&HUWLoHG&RXQVHOORU & Trainer in the Work of Byron Katie, TANIA FIERRO will present techniques for freeing ourour selves from limiting beliefs.
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8 STEP RECOVERY Free @ Banyen 6:30-8PM VALERIE MASONJOHN presents on her new book EightStep Recovery: using the Buddha’s Teachings to overcome addiction. addiction
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DHARMA TALK Free @ Banyen 6:30-8PM CATHERINE PAWASARAT and DOUG DUNCAN SENSEI will present a talk at Banyen integrating classic Dharma teachings with contemporary study & experience. They will also offer a program at Hollyhock, Oct 26-31.
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I F M U S I C B E T H E F O O D O F L O V E , P L AY O N . . .
Music on CD INVOCATION featuring Ty Burhoe, Krishna Das, John Friend, Amy Ippoliti, and others $16.95, CD. Tala Records. 50 minutes
OM Namah Shivaya Gurave — “I bow to the goodness within myself, known as Lord Shiva, who is the true teacher…” This phrase begins a chant that Yogis and meditation practitioners from all over the globe sing as a prayer to invoke Grace, and blessings on their practices. Ty Burhoe has composed stirring music to accompany this sacred chant. He is joined by some of the world’s top musicians from the yoga, World Music, and Classical Indian Music traditions. On Invocation, Ty offers lush incantations that create a melodic wave of devotion to wash over you during your home yoga practice, meditation, or bodywork sessions. Invocation features Ty Burhoe on tablas, Krishna Das, Manorama, John Friend, and Amy Ippoliti. The CD features beautiful vocals, sarode, Sarangi, rich drones and keyboards, cello, violin, piano, double bass, tambura, and harmonium. “A pulsating resonance of the Divine, manifesting as Sound. I have been using this CD at my yoga studio and I can’t tell you how often my students comment and ask what’s playing!! It goes beyond the beauty and elegance of the recording and the musicality to the fact that it condenses onto disc the chance occurrence of deeply evocative emotion and sacrality.” ~ Aimee Brooks
GAIA’S GARDEN by Chinmaya Dunster $16.95, CD. New Earth Music. 1 hour
Chinmaya Dunster, the “celtic raga” musician whose group played at Paul McCartney’s wedding, and whose previous releases include Yoga: On Sacred Ground and Ragas Relax, now releases Gaia’s Garden, a lush instrumental tribute to cloud forest sanctuaries, springs in the mountains, the smiling sun, ocean emotions, rainstorms, blue sky meditations, and desert winds. This album contains my musical expression of feelings evoked by some of Earth’s most beautiful places. Gaia (the Earth Goddess of the ancient Greeks) is a metaphor for the interconnectedness of all life on this planet. Her garden of water, sunlight, rock and air supports us all. This music is a tribute of love to Her.
Chinmaya plays sarod, santoor, guitars, bass, and keyboards. Other instrumental spices added, courtesy of Chinmaya’s musical friends around the world, are the occasional violin, lyra, flute, cello, and tone-vocals. A final track, “The Disappeared,” is “a tearful tribute to the many creatures that mankind has wiped from the face of the Earth forever: the passenger pigeon, the dodo, the giant moa and so many more.”
Kirtan Wallahs Ignite the Beauty
CALL OF THE DIVINE The Magical Flute by Rakesh Chaurasia $18.95, CD. Sona Rupa. 65 minutes
KIRTAN WALLAH by Krishna Das $21.95, CD. Krishna Das. 1 hour, 14 minutes +32-page lyric booklet
With the release of his 14th album, Kirtan Wallah—one who sings kirtan—Krishna Das offers a westward-leaning album, fully embracing his American roots in rock and country and yet embodying the spirit of deeply devotional Indian chants. There are some traditional melodies that would be right at home in an Indian temple, his rich baritone voice and harmonium leading the chants. But at its heart, this album is a natural confluence of KD’s musical streams, bansuri flute weaving its way through acoustic guitars and country swing, and tabla and kartals underscoring melodies that would fit well in the Townes Van Zandt catalog. Remarkable is that this fusion has simply tumbled out naturally from KD’s years of chanting to the chords of his heart, effortlessly pulling worlds together, drawing a heart-connection between Bengali kirtan & rock, Krishna Das between the Kumaon Hills and Nashville. “Sri Argala Stotram (Selected Verses) / Show Me Love” is a mash up of traditional Hindu prayer and Foreigner’s rock ballad “I Wanna Know What Love is”; “Saraswati” written by Russian pop icon Boris Grebenschikov is complete with acoustic guitars reminiscent of the Stones; “I Phoned Govinda” and “4AM Hanuman Chalisa” are explorations of Nashville country. While it’s certainly noteworthy that as he evolves as a kirtan wallah, KD continues to move closer to his Western roots, the heart of this latest album is still in the Names that he’s singing. Kirtan is the spiritual practice of calling out to the Self through these Divine Names, and the depth of Krishna Das’s devotion to this practice is revealed in his singing. [Krishna Das will be kicking off his west coast tour this summer with a concert here in Vancouver on June 27, 2014. See Events for more info.]
ONE TRACK HEART: THE STORY OF KRISHNA DAS
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by Jeremy Frindel $34.95, DVD. Zeitgeist Films. 72 minutes + hour of bonus features
In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock ‘n’ roll stardom, turning down the chance to record as lead singer for the band soon-to-be the Blue Oyster Cult. Instead, he sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba. One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das follows his journey to India and back, witnessing his struggles with depression and drug abuse, to his eventual emergence as Krishna Das, world-renowned spiritual teacher and Grammy nominated chant master. Featuring interviews with Ram Dass (LSD Icon Richard Alpert), Rick Rubin (Grammy Award winning Producer), Sharon Salzberg (author of Lovingkindness), Daniel Goleman (author of Focus), as well as a great musical score by J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) & Devadas, this is the inspiring story of how one man’s heart-expanding journey continues to transform countless lives. Bonus features include more than 45 minutes of extended and deleted scenes with Krishna Das, Ram Dass, and others, as well as additional Krishna Das concert footage. “An emotionally wrought documentary about the spiritual journey and immense love story of chant master Krishna Das… Will move you to tears with its many poignant moments of deep feeling and connection.” —Spirituality & Practice
IGNITING THE BEAUTY by Brenda McMorrow $18.50, CD. White Swan Music. 52 minutes
Kirtan singer-songwriter Brenda McMorrow has been touring the world, playing her music at festivals near and abroad, connecting with a wider (and increasingly) dedicated audience and discovering something about her self along the way. Her new release, Igniting the Beauty, reflects the learning and growth she’s experienced exploring the vast territory of Bhakti Yoga (the Yoga of Devotion). The album’s title, taken from the writings of St. Hildegard von Bingen, speaks to the divine spark that exists within each one of us—the miraculous, unique beauty that we all embody even when we’re not in direct awareness of it. Devotional chant music—or kirtan—can be a vehicle for this “divine ignition” within our hearts. Each one of the mantras selected for the album holds a special resonance for Brenda and she’s excited to share her musical take on them. I sing these mantras and songs because they help me remember the Truth of the love and perfection that I am beneath the sometimes ‘crazy-making’ workings of my mind. I hope that they can somehow serve others in revealing this for themselves as well.
While Brenda was the principal songwriter on and driving force behind Igniting the Beauty, she recruited many to assist in the endeavor, starting with acclaimed producer Ben Leinbach. Guest artists on the record include cellist David Darling. Nearly 250 people partook in the making of this album by donating to Brenda’s successful crowd funding campaign. To her, “the whole project has felt extra special and very inspired because of it being such a blessed group creation!”
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Rakesh Chaurasia is an emerging maestro of the Indian bansuri flute. As nephew of the legendary Hariprasad Chaurasia, he has been mentored by the greatest of the great. On Call of the Divine, his seemingly endlessly nuanced breath power draws out delightful, playful and expansive flute flavours in three traditional ragas. These musicians are highly chai-powered. Rakesh weaves a wonderful tapestry of sublime music, paying homage to the Divine through Raag Durga, Raag Saraswati and Bhairavi. Rakesh ends with one of the most haunting Bhairavi pieces ever composed. He is superbly accompanied on percussion by Tabla Wizard Vijay Ghate and Pakhawaj Maestro Pandit Bhavani Shankar.
PRAYER TO LOVE by Parijat $16.95, CD. New Earth Music. 60 minutes
This majestically beautiful music caught my heart, softened and opened it, even wider than I had imagined. Parijat, another of the many great musicians inpired by Osho, here very tenderly “emerges out of silence and gratitude” with a subtle and satisfying musical journey. Instruments include classical guitar, electric sitar, gu zheng (Chinese harp), piano, percussion, keyboards. In this music, inspired by mystical and musical traditions from around the globe, Western, Eastern and Far Eastern instruments weave and blend with each other…becoming one. May these prayerful journeys lead you towards love and meditation. Each piece on this album is a prayer, a Prayer to Love. It is Prayer, which lets us be passive and humble. And it is Love, which opens the door to this magical existence. I created this music out of gratitude that Love exists…Love is such a miracle, a blessing, descending on us and arising in us. If we were able to live this life with an attitude of Prayer and an open heart, this word would be much more beautiful.
Like an elegant musical massage of the heart (this is not a dance album, unless you enjoy sublimely slow deep feeling movement), Prayer to Love brings gentle, shimmering Beauty to any space.
SOUNDING THE CHAKRAS A Powerful New Meditation by Zoey Wren $19.95, CD. Wren Music. 64 minutes
Vancouver-based sound healer, singer, composer and musician Zoey Wren has released a new and innovative “vibrational sing-along” recording, Sounding the Chakras, with which you can energize, harmonize, and vitalize your chakras
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ple happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY poignantly and beautifully explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion. The film features insights from experts in the field of positive psychology including Ed Diener, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Richard Davidson, Daniel Gilbert, Nic Marks, Gregory Berns, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, P. Read Montague, and Tim Kasser and is narrated by Marci Shimoff, bestselling author of Happy for No Reason. While the interviews are skillfully intercut with slices of life around the world showing how people, often regardless of how much “stuff” and “the good things of life” they have, are just plain happy. Warmth, kindness, and human connection are key, and the role they play is shown in ways that will bring tears to your eyes and smiles to your heart. This film was shown on PBS in 2013, and has moved audiences at many film festivals as well. It will touch you, in several ways probably, and leave you with deeper appreciation for what human happiness is, how it works, and the often surprisingly simple ways it can be nurtured.
Deep Currents of Awe KOMUSO the healing art of zen shakuhachi by Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin $14.95, CD. Sounds True. 1 hour
The Komuso were priests of the Fuke-Shu sect of Zen Buddhism who wandered Japan during the Edo period (1600–1868). These priests would take the problems and illnesses of people upon themselves, attempting to help them by playing a particular style of shakuhachi flute music called Sui-Zen. They sought to have their “patients” become completely embraced by their music, allowing them to let go of all distractions, worries, problems, and stresses. The ko in komuso means “emptiness” or “nothingness,” and this concept of quieting the mind was the aim of these healing musical priests. Government reforms led to abolishing the Fuke sect and abandoning all of its temples. It was only by good fortune that the healing repertoire of the Zen shakuhachi survived. In this recording the healing side of the shakuhachi is explored to its fullest extent. The shakuhachi has existed in Japan for 1200 years. At first it was used to play court music, or gagaku. The kind of shakuhachi music I play here is honkyoku, or music that is performed for one’s own enlightenment and that is an outgrowth of Zen Buddhism. The world honkyoku refers to origin, hon, And origin, in this case, means the place inside yourself that is the origin of your being or the origin of the truth.
In many ways, Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin is a modern-day komuso. A Grand Master of this tradition, he has been spreading the teaching of this instrument in North America since the 1970s. In 1975, he began his work with an organization called Hospital Audiences that brings music into hospitals and homes for the aged. Since then, he has had the opportunity to use the healing repertoire of the shakuhachi to bring peace and recovery to many troubled people. For more info: komuso.com.
ELECTRONIC AWAKENING Spirituality and Electronic Music Culture by AC Johner
$22.00, DVD. North Atlantic. 1 hour 30 minutes + special features
A Collection by Various Artists $19.95, CD. Real Music. 61 minutes
Stillness is a sensitively attuned journey—a soul-filled hour of music, ideal for relaxation, meditation, massage...love. It includes tracks from Liquid Mind, Karunesh, Kenio Fuke, Frank Steiner, Jr., flute maestro Rajendra Teredesai, harpist Hilary Stagg, and pianist Peter Kater. Go deeper Past thought Into silence Past silence Into stillness Deeper still Past stillness Into the Heart Now Let the Love Consume Whatever is left of you. —Chris McCombs
“Beyond the teeming activity of our lives on beloved Earth lies a great eternal Silence. As we pause and listen, the Silence will speak. One of the wondrous voices is through the language of music.” — Real Music
through your own voice in sounding along with Zoey’s lovely recorded music. She provides a useful introductory track explaining how it works, which colour tone and vowel sounds are associated with the chakras, and what to expect, as well as different ways one might “attune” with this music. Then “Sounding the Chakras” is a 28 minute journey through the chakra system, from root to crown—seven times up, 4 times down. Tracks 3 and 4 are additional journeys. Each track is a deliciously subtle sonic tuning using both musical tones, bells, and human voice. Sounding the Chakras is a meditation practice and vocal exercise to tone your body, mind and spirit. When toning the chakras, feel the reverberation of sound at each level. You can also visualize coloured light entering your body. For the two upper chakras, keep the sound small and focused inside your head. Do not strain your chest or throat.
While very thoughtfully designed for you to sing/tone/sound along with, the music
on the album is in itself a warmly tuning journey one can just listen to and become absorbed in. For Zoey Wren’s other music, please visit zoeywren.com.
New Videos HAPPY by Roko Belic $23.00, DVD. Wadi Rum Films. 75 minutes
HAPPY, the latest award-winning film from Academy Award nominated director, Roko Belic (Genghis Blues) and Executive Producer, Tom Shadyac (Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, I AM), takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes peoBRANCHES OF LIGHT
Featuring footage with Daniel Pinchbeck, Alex Grey, Terence McKenna, Ken Kesey, Erik Davis, Goa Gil, and Starhawk, this DVD is a stunning, you-are-there ethnographic documentary film exploring the international “rave” phenomenon not as a party scene but as a reemergence of shamanic ritual. Showcasing the transcendental, spiritual, and communal effects of electronic dance music (EDM) events, Electronic Awakening strips away the common associations of drugs and hedonism, and demonstrates how the culture has evolved over the years into one that is conscious and sacred. In this film, director AC Johner lifts the veil on an underground spiritual movement that has developed within electronic music cultures worldwide. The film features dozens of experts, visionaries, and authors who explore the premise that electronic music is spiritual technology that allows access to higher states of consciousness. It was filmed over five years at events such as Burning Man, EarthDance, LoveFest, Moontribe, Wicked, Shambhala, and the Boom Festival in Portugal. The driving space rhythms of music from The Crystal Method, Shpongle, Random Rab, Vibrasphere, Androcell, Phutureprimitive and others fuse with highly liquid psychoactive visuals, while various seasoned dancers and producers muse upon Great Magic, often eloquently. This beat was all of our heartbeats… There is something really magical when you share a dance floor with people… You’re building, in a sense, freedom together.
In addition to interviewing people whose lives and minds were forever changed by their transcendent, we-are-all-one experiences on the dance floor, director and anthropologist AC Johner ponders the cause of this mind-altering effect and suggests that
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the repetitive, mathematically perfect rhythms and oscillations of EDM have the power to create a communal “hive mind.” Because more and more people are having this experience, he suggests, we could be on the verge of a mass transformation—one that would take us off the path of self-destruction and lead us into a new age of peace and harmony on Earth.
Art & Creativity PAINTING YOUR WAY OUT OF A CORNER The Art of Getting Unstuck by Barbara Diane Barry $21.95, paper. Putnam. 194 pages, 7x9, colour illustrations
In the tradition of The Artists Way, here’s an exciting program that introduces painting as a jumping-off point for realizing one’s full creative potential in all areas of life. Barry’s discipline of painting in a journal will allow you to continually reinvent yourself. So pick up your paintbrush and give yourself full permission to play! Based on author Barbara Diane Barry’s popular course, Art for Self-Discovery, and supported by research in psychology and the science of brain function, Painting Your Way Out of a Corner guides readers through the process of overcoming blocks and expressing themselves freely in painting. Through a series of exercises that emphasize improvisation and risk-taking, readers will learn how to quiet their inner critics and strengthen their creativity. The more we learn to play and accept whatever appears on the page, the more we are able to try new things in life. Readers will be inspired by Barry’s delightful full-color paintings featured throughout the book. “Barbara Barry provides a practical and workable solution to the most daunting problem for all those who yearn for selfexpression through art: How to get started. Her prescriptions for painting as journalkeeping and her imaginative exercises show her stills as a teacher and her respectful empathy for the beginner’s fear of the blank page and the inner critic. So often, just getting going is the problem. This book will make you want to jump in.” —Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain “Barbara Barry has developed an amazing method for opening the creative flow for anyone who wants to dip in and draw from deep water. Writers, poets, painters, chefs, designers, or anyone who wants to work from a creative center can let her be the guide.” —Linda Leonard, author of The Call to Create
CATCH THE FIRE An Art-Full guide to Unleashing the Creative Power of Youth, Adults and Communities by Peggy Taylor & Charlie Murphy $29.95, paper. New Society. 308 pages, 7x9, b/w illustrations & photos
Drawing on decades of experience weaving transformative programs to empower youth and adults (the legendary Power of Hope gatherings/camps), Peggy Taylor and Charlie Murphy’s Catch the Fire! is a valuable resource and a much-needed re-
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minder how art is for everyone. Community, youth, non-profit, education, entrepreneurial, and religious organizations all have exciting ambitions, but they often lack the creative skills to impact people on a deep level. Catch the Fire is a complete guide to using arts and empowerment techniques to bring greater vitality and depth to working with groups of youth or adults. Based on the premise that you don’t have to be a professional artist to use the arts in Peggy Taylor your work, this unique book invites group leaders into the realm of creativitybased facilitation, regardless of previous experience. Including over 100 stimu- Charlie Murphy lating activities incorporating storytelling, theater, writing, visual arts, music, and movement, this detailed guide uses the Creative Community Model to: ✦ Bridge gaps and unite people across generations and cultures ✦ Build vibrant, creative learning communities with youth and/or adults ✦ Fully engage participants and volunteers ✦ Develop social and emotional intelligence ✦ Take a deeper, more meaningful approach to learning. In this book you will learn the basic tools for becoming a social artist— whether you work with youth or adults. We frame the book around our youth work, since that’s where we formulated the model. But the principles and practices are applicable to adult groups as well, whether it’s a class, a work team, a community meeting or even a party. That’s right, a party. This book prepares you to bring vitality into group encounters regardless of the context. Whenever people come together, there is an opportunity for creative engagement.
“Catch the Fire is an unmatched tinderbox for kindling fires of creativity. Proceed without caution. Don’t keep away from children.” —Eric Utne, founder, Utne Reader Peggy Taylor and Charlie Murphy are cofounders of PYE Global: Partners for Youth Empowerment and developers of the Creative Community Model, a process for building creative, heart-centered learning communities with youth and adults from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
Poetry, Writing & Stories TWENTY POEMS TO BLESS YOUR MARRIAGE and one to save it by Roger Housden $14.95, paper. Shambhala. 100 pages
Poems can teach us in ways that surpass other forms of understanding, especially when the subject concerns matters of the heart. When the heart’s whispers are too faint for us to hear in ordinary ways, poetry can speak to us with another kind of eloquence. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. —Leonard Cohen
Haikus Budding in Spring
ASK ME 100 essential poems by William Stafford $18.50, paper. Graywolf. 109 pages
A WHITE TEA BOWL 100 Haiku from 100 years of life by Mitsu Suzuki, translated by Kate McCandless $18.50, paper. Rodmell. 164 pages
Mitsu Suzuki is the widow of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who founded the San Francisco Zen Center and helped popularize Zen Buddhism, especially through his book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. A White Tea Bowl is a selection of Mitsu Suzuki’s poems, written after her return to Japan in 1993. These 100 haiku were chosen by editor Kazuaki Tanahashi and translated by Zen teacher Kate McCandless to celebrate Mitsu’s 100th birthday on April 27, 2014. No one left to give me a call— drizzling autumn sky
I bow to my ballpoint pen and throw it out— year’s end Mashing yams for soup with this pestle three generations old
The introduction by Zen poet and priest Norman Fischer describes with loving detail a meeting with Mitsu at Rinso-in temple in 2010, considers the formative impact of war in Japan and social upheaval in America on her life, and places her poetry in the evolution of haiku as an international form. As well, “Pickles and Tea” offers several heartfelt reminiscences of Mitsu Suzuki. “The quiet poems of A White Tea Bowl express, in a subtle way impossible to define, the heart of a Zen life lived with loving integrity in turbulent times.” —Norman Fischer, from his introduction
THE POCKET HAIKU translated by Sam Hamill $10.95, paper. Shambhala. 152 pages
In this collection of haiku, translator Sam Hamill has compiled the best from the tradition, spanning the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, with particular focus on the three great masters: Bash, Buson, and Issa. Based on images from nature, the poems address the themes of joy, temporality, beauty, wonder, loneliness, and loss. Haiku may be the most popular and widely recognizable poetic form in the world. In just three lines a great haiku presents a crystalline moment of image, emotion, and awareness. Elements of compassion, silence, and a sense of temporality often combine to reveal a quality of mystery. Just as often, haiku may bring a startling insight into the ordinary, or a flash of humor. Collected here are over two hundred of the best haiku of Japanese literature—written by the great masters of the genre. The featured poets are Basho, Buson, Issa, Moritake, Soin, Sanpu, Kikaku, Ransetsu, Kyorai, Raizan, Kakei, Onitsura, Taigi, Chiyo, Sogetsuni, Sogi, Fuhaku, Teiga, Kikushani, Tayo-jo, Socho, Shoha, and Shiki. This is a pocket-size reissue of The Sound of Water (Shambhala, 1995). From the leap of joy that a couple takes on their wedding day to a fiftieth wedding anniversary that acknowledges the deep connection that a life together can bring, marriage takes us on a journey that passes through seasons and stages, peaks and valleys. This book honors that journey through twenty poems that celebrate and illuminate some of these major stages and provides not only inspiration for the journey but also solace and wisdom. Among the poets included are Rumi, Jane Hirshfield, Kahlil Gibran, D.H. Lawrence, David Whyte, Clare Shaw, Hafiz, William Shakespeare, Robert Bly, Wendell
William Stafford mentored countless writers. He would order his students to write a poem every day. When they said that was too hard, his legendary advice: “Lower your standards.” “In our time there has been no poet who revived human hearts and spirits more convincingly than William Stafford.” —Naomi Shihab Nye Some time when the river is ice ask me mistakes I have made. Ask me whether what I have done is my life.
Dusk falls with haiku sun rises with haiku— mountains smile
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Berry, and Fran Landesman. Roger Housden, the author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life and other titles in that series, provides essential insights into the poems, creating a collection of reflective prose and poetry that makes this an inspirational guidebook as much as a volume of poetry. What is it that men and women leave? Harder than wrens’ doing, they have to abandon their longing for the perfect. The inner nest not made by instinct will never be quite round, and each has to enter the nest made by the other imperfect bird. —Robert Bly
In Twenty Poems to Bless Your Marriage, Roger Housden offers poems and essays that will give voice to your heart, offering up words and wisdom not just for special occasions but to act as friends and guides to refer to throughout the life of a marriage. Among Roger Housden’s other titles are Ten Poems to Open Your Heart and Ten Poems to Say Goodbye.
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In celebration of the poet’s centennial, Ask Me collects one hundred of William Stafford’s essential poems. As a conscientious objector during World War II, while assigned to Civilian Public Service camps Stafford began his daily writing practice, a lifelong early-morning ritual of witness. His poetry reveals the consequences of violence, the daily necessity of moral decisions, and the bounty of art. Selected and with a note by Kim Stafford, Ask Me presents the best from a profound and original American voice. Any Morning
Just lying on the couch and being happy. Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head. Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has so much to do in the world. People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can’t monitor you all the time, and sometimes they forget. When dawn flows over the hedge you can get up and act busy. Little corners like this, pieces of Heaven left lying around, can be picked up and saved. People won’t even see that you have them, they are so light and easy to hide. Later in the day you can act like the others. You can shake your head. You can frown.
William Stafford (1914-1993) was the author of more than sixty books, including The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems.
THE MAD FARMER POEMS by Wendell Berry $20.95, paper. Counterpoint. 42 pages
During the otherwise quiet course of his life as a poet, Wendell Berry has become “mad” at what contemporary society has made of its land, its communities, and its past. This anger reaches its peak in the poems of the Mad Farmer, an open-ended sequence he’s found himself impelled to continue against his better instincts. These poems can take the shape of manifestos, meditations, insults, Whitmanic fits and rav-
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✦ ings—these are often funny in spite of themselves. The Mad Farmer is a character as necessary, perhaps, as he is regrettable. We have here gathered the individual poems from Berry’s various collections to offer the teachings and bitcheries of this amazing American voice. The Mad Farmer’s Love Song O when the world’s at peace and every man is free then will I go down unto my love. O and I may go down several times before that.
This edition is illustrated with etchings by Abigail Rover. Ed McClanahan offers an introduction wherein he clears up the inspiration behind the Mad Farmer himself. The whole is a wonderful testimony to the power of anger and humor to bring even the most terrible consequences into a focus otherwise impossible to obtain. Think of the genius of the animals, every one truly what it is: gnat, fox, minnow, swallow, each made of light and luminous within itself. They know (better than we do) how to live in the places where they live. And so I would like to be a true human being, dear reader — a choice not altogether possible now. But this is what I’m for, the side I’m on. And this is what you should expect of me, as I expect it of myself, though for realization we may wait a thousand or a million years.
WRITING, STORIES & YOGA Burning the Midnight Oil / And There was Light BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL Illuminating Words for the Long Night’s Journey into Day edited by Phil Cousineau $20.95, paper. Viva. 322 pages, French flaps
Here’s a “nocturnal thrill ride through our subconscious,” a creativity companion for writers, artists and anyone who needs a jolt of inspiration. In Burning the Midnight Oil, word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniac’s unease. As he explains in his introduction to this nocturne, There is a light that we can find only in the dark… that brings about new thoughts and ideas.
From St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to The Song of Songs, this refreshingly insightful anthology soothes and inspires all who struggle through the dark of the night. These “night thoughts” vividly illustrate Alfred North Whitehead’s liberating description of “what we do without solitude” and also evoke Henry David Thoreau’s reverie, “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” The night writers in Cousineau’s vesperal collection range from saints, poets, and shamans to astronomers and naturalists, and tells of ancient tales and shining passages from the most brilliant (albeit insomniac) writers of today. These poetic ponderances sing of the falling darkness, revel in dream-time, convey the ache of melancholy, conspire against sleeplessness, vanquish loneliness, contemplate the night sky, rhapsodize on love, and languorously greet the first rays of dawn. Notable night owls include Rabandranath Tagore, Mary Oliver, Manley Hopkins, Jorge Borges and William Blake. “Hop on the Night Express to our Soul, somewhere at the dark end of the station that leads… to the light of life—the secret source.” —Jeff “The Dude” Dowd, real-life inspiration for The Big Lebowski
AND THERE WAS LIGHT THE TRUE SECRET OF WRITING Connecting Life with Language by Natalie Goldberg $18.99, paper. Simon & Schuster. 236 pages
Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones has New in reached—and touched, and Paperback taught—millions of readers and writers. Now this Zenny beloved teacher reveals new breakthrough writing guidance as she recounts profound lessons she has learned from a lifetime of teaching and practice. “Sit. Walk. Write.” These are the barest bones of Natalie Goldberg’s revolutionary writing and life practice, which she details in The True Secret of Writing, her first book on the silent intensives she has taught for over a decade in small groups in Taos, New Mexico. This is a whole new slant on writing since her perennial bestseller, Writing Down the Bones—and it’s now available to everyone. With luminous reflections on the rich life of the mind and heart that writing awakens, Goldberg guides readers through their own personal or group retreat, illuminating the steps of sitting in silent open mind, walking anchored to the earth, and writing without criticism. Make no mistake: the practice in this book is not limited to any sect or religion or creative urge. It’s for everyone, and it can feed and enrich whatever religion, occupation, bent of mind, or situation you find yourself in. The one important element that I have added to a traditional meditation retreat is writing. Thus, sitting, walking, writing, are all moments of practice. The quietest, deepest sits I’ve experienced have included writing.
The Extraordinary Memor of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II by Jacques Lusseyran $19.00, paper. New World Library. 288 pages, b/w photos
This classic account, previously published by Parabola, is a riveting, more-astounding-than-fiction memoir of adapting to blindness, fighting Nazism, and surviving the Buchenwald concentration camp. When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. He finished his schooling and was determined to participate in the world around him. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Merging with the larger Defense de la France, he helped publish an underground newspaper that served the occupied and survives today as France Soir. Eventually, Lusseyran and other DF members were arrested and imprisoned. Sent to Buchenwald in a transport of two thousand Resistance fighters, he was one of only thirty from the transport to survive the concentration camp. In this remarkable memoir of his first twenty years, Lusseyran tells his gripping story—and gives readers one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published. It’s a testament of the joy which exists in all of us, a joy which no conditions—not even the worst—can kill. Chosen as one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century by a jury of writers including Harold Kushner, Huston Smith, and Natalie Goldberg, And There was Light in this new edition includes a new insert of photos. “A magical book, the kind that becomes a classic, passed along between friends… How do you explain the incredible suspense of this book?... Why is your breath caught in your throat and why can’t you put this book down even the second or third time through it?” —Baltimore Sun “His account of Buchenwald, where he was condemned to the living hell of the ‘Invalids’ Barracks,’ is one of the most anguishing fragments of Holocaust testimony that I have ever encountered.” —Jonathan Kirsch, LA Times Just as Goldberg cuts through her students’ resistance with her no-nonsense instructions—”Shut up and write”—The True Secret of Writing cuts to the core of self-understanding and connecting with the world. The capstone to four decades of teaching, The True Secret of Writing is Goldberg’s Zen boot camp, her legacy teaching. Its stories of her students’ breakthroughs and insights give moving testament to how brilliantly her unique, tough-love method works. “All people have something of value to voice.” Sit. Walk. Write. That’s the true secret.
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THE EMISSARY A Novel by Patricia Cori $21.50, paper. North Atlantic. 272 pages
In her debut novel, Patricia Cori weaves her visionary message into a page-turning fantasy adventure that speaks to the very soul of the planet. Within minutes of one another, three bone-chilling events take place around the globe. In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky, zapped to their death, mid-flight; in Maine, miles of beach
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✦ are covered in tens of thousands of dead fish; in New Zealand, 150 whales and dolphins lie dead or dying on the beach. Jamie Hastings, a renowned psychic researcher and telepath, forges a deep soul connection with the dying whales that leads to her troubled journey at sea as a consultant for USOIL, a Texas based oil company that’s drilling in the most pristine waters of the Pacific Northwest, looking for oil—or so it seems. A bizarre unfolding of events aboard ship sparks the unraveling of a truly evil plan of a secret government that is intent upon silencing the music of the oceans and destroying all life on the planet. We meet Mat Anderson, CEO of USOIL, whose real objective is not oil but a colony of light beings that he hopes to destroy; Captain Jimbo, a low-grade NSA official, who thinks their mission it to open peaceful contact with the beings; Sam Kemmeries, a pompous MIT grad whose father, a congressman, has managed to get him the post of chief technician aboard the ship, The Deepwater; and Liz Bartholomew, a young college girl who’s supposedly an intern for a six-month training period—but she too wears a mask. As impossible as it is to imagine anything as sinister as the shadow Jamie faces in her mission to save the earth from the doomsday weapon bearing down on the world, the fact is that it is actually happening, at this very moment, while most of the world is asleep—or simply unaware. One woman has been chosen to be the voice, against the forces of evil, of the cherished creatures of the sea. She is the emissary. The question is: Is there still time for her to stop it?
Yoga & the Hindu Traditions THE PSYCHOLOGY OF YOGA Integrating Eastern and Western Approaches for Understanding the Mind by Georg Feuerstein $22.95, paper. Shambhala. 292 pages
“Psychoanalysis itself and the lines of thought to which it gives rise,” said C. G. Jung, “are only a beginner’s attempt compared to what is an immemorial art in the East”—by which he was referring to the millennia-old study of the mind found in Yoga. That tradition was hardly known in the West when the discipline of psychology arose in the nineteenth century, but with the passing of time the common ground between Yoga and psychology has become ever more apparent. Georg Feuerstein here uses a modern psychological perspective to explore the ways Hindu, Buddhist, and Jaina yogas have traditionally regarded the mind and how it works— and shows how that understanding can enhance modern psychology in both theory and practice. Georg Feuerstein begins the book by establishing the historical context of modern Western psychology and its gradual en-
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Three Yoga Masters YOGA: THE PATH TO HOLISTIC HEALTH by B.K.S. Iyengar $42.00, cloth. DK. 432 pages, 8x11, colour photos throughout
Updated to celebrate the Yogi’s 95th birthday, this classic is the only illustrated practical Iyengar yoga guide written by the master himself. Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health is the complete, authoritative teachings of Mr. Iyengar for mind, body, and health. The book includes all the classic asanas, which are illustrated with 360° views of step-by-step sequences. There are also yoga sequences devoted to help ease the symptoms of more than 80 ailments, from asthma and arthritis to IBS and varicose veins. This edition’s new material includes a chapter of reportage-style photography focusing on the life and B.K.S. Iyengar works of B.K.S. Iyengar, chronicling his path from a sickly childhood to a worldwide yoga authority. Designed for every level of ability, age, and physical condition, there are detailed instructions for beginner, intermediate, and ad-
YOGA ADJUSTMENTS Philosophy, Principles, and Techniques by Mark Stephens $28.95, paper. North Atlantic. 400 pages, 8x11, 1025 b/w photos
The quintessential guide to yoga assisting and hands-on teaching, Yoga Adjustments introduces the art and practice of providing yoga assists to yoga students. Addressing one of the most important topics in the yoga field, expert yoga instructor and bestselling author Mark Stephens (he also wrote Yoga Sequencing and Teaching Yoga) covers the philosophy of yoga practice, the sensibilities of touch in teaching yoga and improving alignment, the seven principles of hands-on yoga teaching, and the twenty-five most effective methods of tactile cueing. An invaluable resource for all yoga teachers, teacher trainers, and serious yoga students, this book includes a foreword by yoga star Shiva Rea as well as over 1,000 unique instructional photos and explanatory captions demon-
TENDING THE HEART FIRE Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life by Shiva Rea $32.95, cloth. Sounds True. 290 pages, 9x10, colour illustrations throughout
The mystical foundations of all the world’s spiritual paths meet in a single, sacred place: the heart of the seeker. We have reached a time when scientific understanding mirrors the teachings of the great wisdom traditions in revealing our energetic heart as the light of consciousness, the fire of love, a field of intelligence. Tending the Heart Fire, the first book by pioneering yogini Shiva Rea, is an invitation to embody our extraordinary potential at this turning point in time, to reconnect our life to the rhythms of our body and the natural world—to live in flow with the pulse of life. We are created in rhythm, kept alive in rhythm, evolve through rhythm. Tides, breath, and blood flow in rhythm. We are born into a universe of currents, and our heart is the great conductor of the body, orchestrating our flow.
vanced students. Clearly illustrated step-by-step sequences explain how to perform each yoga asana, or posture, correctly, while a unique 360-degree view of the final pose shows exactly how to position each part of the body. The book has over 1900 photographs. A special section introduces Mr. Iyengar’s innovative use of props, enabling beginners or the less flexible to practice the classic yoga asanas more easily and effectively. A comprehensive section on stress, breathing, and meditation techniques demonstrates how to counter the effects of the pressures of modern living and enhance physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In addition, there is a 20-week yoga course, personally formulated by Iyengar, which progresses from simple to more challenging postures. This thoroughly practical guide to the most widely practiced form of yoga worldwide is written by its founder, B.K.S. Iyengar, whose first book on this subject, Light on Yoga, is still a bestseller. Iyengar was born in India in 1918; he has been teaching and demonstrating yoga since the age of 17. Today there are 180 Iyengar Yoga institutes in 40 countries worldwide. strating precise ways of guiding a variety of flowing sequences. Opening with an in-depth discussion of the philosophy of yoga assisting, Part I—Foundations describes the methods and techniques of giving yoga assistance, with detailed discussions of all of the elements of yoga assisting including communicating with students, qualities of touch, the five basic steps of providing hands-on cues, hands-on positioning and stance, and guiding students with special conditions, including joint problems, pregnancy, and PTSD. Part II—Applications demonstrates how to assist students in each of over 100 postures in the seven families of asanas (poses). Each chapter begins with background on an asana family and close consideration of its foundation asana. Each asana is presented in a two-page spread with photos that show how to give students effective guidance and support. Part III—Evolution offers thoughts on the further development of yoga in the twenty-first century. ✦ Insights for harmonizing with the daily, weekly, lunar, and solar cycles of manifestation and renewal ✦ Aligning with the seasons—how to adapt your diet, exercise, and yoga rhythms throughout the annual cycle ✦ Ways to honor great sacred holidays, rites, and festivals ✦ Awakening of sahaja—the natural flow at the origins and source of yoga asana and sacred embodiment at the heart of yoga and Tantra ✦ Skills for tending your inner fire in every aspect of life and healing imbalances ✦ A visual teaching with over a hundred full-color images, including reference charts, diagrams, illustrations, and ancient poetry for inspiration. The legacy of the Heart Fire is more than eight hundred thousand years old—and in our modern world, we need more than ever to consciously reconnect to the radiant field that transcends time, space, and culture. The direct awakening of the heart often happens when we are at a crisis point, when the armor of our heart has to crack. Let us return to the power and magnificence of our hearts—as living fire, as intelligent energy and electromagnetic radiance, and as our illuminating guide toward love, creativity, and deep knowing of our true sacred nature.
Weaving together wisdom from world traditions—including yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, and modern science—Shiva presents an essential resource for becoming a firekeeper of the sacred heart. This diverse treasury is filled with meditations, life guidShiva Rea has also authored many audio CDs and video DVDs ance, seasonal rituals, and daily practices, including: on yoga practice and philosophy. counter with Indian thought, then follows this introduction with twenty-three chapters, each of which presents a topic—generally a point of correspondence or distinction—between Western and Eastern paradigms. These are grouped into three general sections: Foundations, Mind and Beyond, and Mind in Transition. The book concludes with a brief epilogue as well as three appendices, adding depth to the discussion of the ancient yoga traditions as well as an informative survey of
yoga psychology literature. The Psychology of Yoga is a feast of wisdom and lore, assembled from a perspective possible only for one whose monumental scholarship has been tempered and leavened by practice. “As with all of his previous contributions to the literature of Yoga, Dr. Feuerstein’s Psychology of Yoga stands apart as a masterwork, exhaustively researched and intelligently written, a treasure of insight for the serious student into this most complex subject.” — Richard Rosen, author of Original Yoga
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IN PRAISE OF ADYA KALI Approaching the Primordial Dark Goddess Through the Song of Her Hundred Names by Aditi Devi $29.95, paper. Hohm. 224 pages, colour plates
In Praise of Adya Kali details the goddess Kali, and her culture of devotion in West Bengal and South Asia. Different from most contemporary books about this Dark Goddess, this book offers a liturgy of worship—a spiritual practice, the Song of the Hundred Names of Adya Kali,
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that readers can use to cultivate a direct devotional relationship to Kali. In Praise of Adya Kali is also a context-setting guide, establishing this practice as a general orientation to life. Most compelling, the text of this liturgy and Commentaries contain an intimate revelation of how the goddess establishes herself in her devotees’ bodies and thus intervenes, by unconditional love and acceptance, in their lives. A lengthy introduction, both scholarly and personal, describes the goddess and the possibilities that these prayers will offer. Aditi Devi guides us in how to build a shrine to Kali, various types of offerings to make to her, and suggests a schedule for how to use this liturgy with a long-term commitment over the course of 108 nights. “This Song of the Hundred Names is a powerful teaching that all forms are her forms,” the author notes. Male, female, or other gendered, readers are presented with the possibility to experience the depths of their own internal feminine energies, and thereby come into greater healing and wholeness, more readily able to express this often neglected part of ourselves. Aditi Devi’s long term spiritual practice and immersion within living Tantric lineages in South Asia is the source of this book. “Aditi Devi beautifully bridges the world of scholar-teacher and Kali devotee to offer a potent and accessible way into the great mystery of the Dark Mother through the revelation of Her namavali (100 name) sadhana. A gift to all.” —Shiva Rea, author of Tending the Heart Fire
Buddhism A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO MEDITATION Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers edited by Rod Meade Sperry & the editors of the Shambhala Sun $19.95, paper. Shambhala. 270 pages
Here’s a practical, accessible guide to the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation, with pointers from some of today’s most respected Buddhist teachers. As countless meditators have learned firsthand, meditation practice can positively transform the way we see and experience our lives. This authoritative guide to Buddhist meditation will introduce readers to the practice, explain how it is approached in the main schools of Buddhism, and offer advice and inspiration from Buddhism’s most renowned and effective meditation teachers, including Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Norman Fischer, Bhante Gunaratana, Sharon Salzberg, Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield, Noah Levine, Suzuki Roshi, the Dalai Lama, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Matthieu Ricard, Cyndi Lee, Larry Rosenberg, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, and others.
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Topics include how to build excitement and energy to start a meditation routine and keep it going, setting up a meditation space, working with and through boredom, what to look for when seeking others to meditate with, how to know when it’s time to try doing a formal meditation retreat, how to bring the practice “off the cushion” with walking meditation and other practices, and much more. The wide range of meditation practices, approaches, and teachings presented in A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation represent the many schools of Buddhist thought. Don’t let it overwhelm you… Sample the various teachings here, note what resonates with you (and what doesn’t), and see if you can enjoy playing with meditation. And if you have a day when you can’t enjoy it, for whatever reason, remember that this just happens sometimes. After all, that’s what our minds are in the habit of doing: they lead us to make things more complicated than they are. Ultimately, it’s meditation practice itself that helps us train (or untrain) our minds so that we don’t have to follow these same old, tired patterns automatically. —from the editor’s introduction
Three Mindfulness Meditation Teachers A LAMP IN THE DARKNESS Illuminating the Path through Difficult Times by Jack Kornfield $14.95, Book+CD set. Sounds True. 108-page paperback + 79-minute audio-CD
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When the path seems dark and we stumble with pain and loss, how can we make our way with courage and dignity? “Inside each of us is an eternal light that I call ‘the One Who Knows,’” writes Jack Kornfield. “Awakening to this wisdom can help us find our way through pain and suffering with grace and tenderness.” For anyone seeking answers and soothing during a time of trial, he offers A Lamp in the Darkness, a book-andCD program filled with spiritual and psychological insights, hope-giving stories, and special guided meditations for skillfully navigating life’s inevitable storms. Go to the mirror. Look at your face. You will see someone who looks older than you looked several years ago, although inside you don’t feel any older. This is because it is only your body that has aged. The timeless awareness through which you see your body is the one who knows. Your body is only a temporary vessel for this awareness. It is a physical container for the undying consciousness of the one who knows.
The practices in this book are not positive thinking, quick fixes, or simplistic self-help strategies. They are powerful tools for doing “the work of the soul.” With regular practice, these teachings and meditations enable you to compost your difficulties into guiding light for the journey ahead. Join Jack Kornfield as your trusted guide and friend as you explore: ✦ Shared Compassion—a guided practice for planting the seeds of compassion and opening the heart to all that life brings ✦ The Earth Is My Witness—a meditation to establish firm footing in the midst of darkness, centered by a steady witnessing presence ✦ The Practice of Forgiveness—what Jack calls “the only medicine that can release us from the past and allow us to truly begin anew” ✦ The Temple of Healing—a guided visualization to meet your own inner healer ✦ Equanimity and Peace—a meditation for maintaining balance and acceptance regardless of the situation. “This short beautiful book is a gem: In the midst of difficulty, it will help you remember the wisdom, love, and spirit that are your essence. Keep it close by, and share it with those who are dear.” —Tara Brach, author of True Refuge students at the Cambridge Meditation Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for many years. After teaching the three-step method, Larry goes on to show how to bring the awareness gained in meditation to the world off the cushion, into relationships and into all areas of daily life.
THREE STEPS TO AWAKENING BUDDHA’S DAUGHTERS Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West by Andrea Miller $21.50, paper. Shambhala. 304 pages
Here be compelling and informative teachings by the most influential female Buddhist teachers on a wide range of topics. Buddhism, like all world religions, has been largely shaped and defined by men. Yet despite the challenges, women have diligently practiced since the days of the Buddha. A hallmark of Western Buddhism is the prominent role that women teachers play. Buddha’s Daughters showcases women teachers who have been pivotal in shaping Western Buddhism and reveals the incredible diversity of their teachings. The pieces in this book touch on universal truths as well as illuminate Buddhist concepts and practices, such as meditation, tonglen, lovingkindness, cultivating gratitude, and social action as seen through a Buddhist lens. This book contains wisdom from some of the best-known and most respected contemporary Buddhist teachers, including Pema Chödrön, Ayya Khema, Sharon Salzberg, Toni Packer, Maurine Stuart, Karen Maezen Miller, Khandro Rinpoche, Jan Chozen Bays, Sister Chan Khong, Sylvia Boorstein, Pat Enkyo O’Hara, Darlene Cohen, Joanna Macy, Bonnie Myotai Treace, Tsultrim Allione, Tenzin Palmo, Tara Brach, Joan Sutherland, Carolyn Rose Gimian, Joan Halifax, and Charlotte Joko Beck, among others.
THE DUDE AND THE ZEN MASTER by Jeff Bridges & Bernie Glassman
A Practice for Bringing Mindfulness to Life by Larry Rosenberg, with Laura Zimmerman $17.95, paper. Shambhala. 156 pages
In Three Steps to Awakening, mindfulness meditation teacher Larry Rosenberg (also author of Breath by Breath and Living in the Light of Death) details a unique threephase model for meditation practice that is remarkably adaptable to modern life and changing situations. This book represents the distillation of Larry Rosenberg’s more than forty years of teaching. Drawing on the various Buddhist traditions in which he has practiced, he describes three subtly different but complementary forms of meditation practice: (1) breath awareness, (2) breath as anchor, and Larry Rosenberg (3) choiceless awareness Having the three methods in one’s repertoire gives one meditation resources for any life situation. In a time of stress, for example, one might use breath awareness exclusively. Or on an extended retreat, one might find choiceless awareness more appropriate. The three-step method has been taught to Larry’s
I was taught from day one to practice awareness in nature, at a desk, in a meditation hall, or at home, mopping the floor. This understanding of practice has only deepened over the years. Formal meditation practice and what we call “the rest of life” are inseparable… Awareness in relationships with other human beings might be the most imperative, challenging, and unexplored element of practice for contemporary yogis. It is here that our practice will most profoundly benefit or harm ourselves, the people whom we love, and the entire world in which we live. * The Buddha’s teachings are a form of training and education—what I have come to call the skill of “learning how to live.” Of course, countless circumstances are beyond your control. But as you practice, day after day, year after year, you come to know that the sorrows in the world can be observed and relinquished because they are mind-made. This is where contemplative practices yield their greatest fruit. these waters and allow that to happen. See if there is any downside to quieting yourself through surrender.
AWAKENING A Paradigm Shift of the Heart by Rodney Smith
He provides brief, powerful exercises that enable us to challenge the reality of our thoughts in order free ourselves from the illusion they keep us bound to, all the while steering us away from the temptation to regard spiritual practice as a process of self-improvement or a goal to be obtained.
$23.95, paper. Shambhala. 252 pages
Here’s an amazingly succinct and accessible answer to the question “What is enlightenment?”—from one of North America’s most prominent teachers of Insight Meditation. The guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society, Rodney Smith is also author of Lessons from the Dying and Stepping Out of SelfDeception. In this new book, Awakening, he describes the process of enlightenment in a way anyone can understand—demonstrating in clear language why we operate with the illusion of separation, how we can move out of it to the realization of emptiness and no-self, and how we can live from that state of awakening. What if there were no alternatives to now? What if the mind stopped seeking other possibilities? The separated sense of you would become unemployed if it lost the ability to argue. You would become still and fade into the light of the moment. There would be no differentiation, and all would be quiet. Now test
The heart is the passageway. We concede the beliefs of the mind to the unknowing mystery of the heart and love our way out of individual existence and into the realm of the formless. When appearances return, there is a smile of knowing their essence. That essence never lives in conflict with form: form and the formless dancing within the seamless whole of the heart. A practice for the ages: Why is this thought believed?
“With systematic precision, and with subtle wisdom born of a lifetime of practice, Rodney Smith uses science, psychology, and traditional Buddhism to explain the unexplainable: the how and why of authentic spiritual awakening.” —Norman Fischer, author of Training in Compassion
$18.00, paper. Penguin. 272 pages
Remember Dude, the cool character played by Jeff Bridges in the movie The Big Lebowski? Well the Dude’s laid-back lifestyle is similar to Zen philosophy, like a mix of Dude-ism and Buddhism. The Dude and the Zen Master is a new inspiring book by the actor and his Buddhist teacher, renowned
We soon discovered that we would often be joined by another shadowy figure, somebody called the Dude. We both liked his way of putting things and it’s fun to learn from someone you can’t see. Only his words were so pithy they needed more expounding; hence, this book.
Roshi Bernie Glassman. It captures their freewheeling dialogue about life, laughter, and the movies with a charm and a bonhomie that never fail to enlighten and entertain. Throughout, their remarkable humanism reminds us of the importance of doing good in a difficult world.
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An edited unfolding of their five day “hang and jam,” the book offers their surprisingly candid and pithy alternating voices. Here are a couple of excerpts: Bernie: When I spend time with students, they tell me that they’ve read something in a book
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✦ or heard something from a teacher that they don’t think they’re living up to. And I tell them, “Take care of yourself right now. Befriend what’s happening, not just who you’re supposed to be or what the world should be like. This is where you are now, so how do you care for yourself this minute?” The only way to do that is to drop the expectation of perfection or any other shore that you have in your head, and jam with what’s going on instead. Jeff: The idea is to get empty so the thing can come through you, you know? What I try to go for is that thing you’re talking about, The Dude is not in. I’m taking advantage of everything and letting it rip... It’s also an important reminder to yourself: All this is nothing but space to be danced in. There’s no need to feel harnessed or limited in any way. Letting go and emptying myself is such a strong force for me—almost like gravity—that it does me, I don’t do it. When the Dude is not in, life just blossoms. Bernie again: No matter how hard we practice and how strongly we feel that we’ve mastered our life, new shit will keep coming to light. The situation will change as often as every split moment, and we will find a way to flow with the grain instead of fighting it.
EVERYTHING IS WORKABLE A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution by Diane Musho Hamilton $18.95, paper. Shambhala. 218 pages
We can use mindfulness to work with and resolve the inevitable interpersonal conflicts that arise in all areas of life. Everything Is Workable gives readers the tools they need for dynamic, vital, and effective relationships, both personal and professional. Diane Musho Hamilton draws on her years of experience as a professional mediator, Zen practitioner, and student of Ken Wilber’s Integral Philosophy to present a spiritual approach to conflict resolution, providing teachings along with practices and exercises that can be applied to any sort of relationship in which conflict is a factor. Few people would say they like conflict. Most of us try like heck to avoid it. If we take up meditation practice, we often expect that to make conflict go away. But… surprise! It never does. We still disagree with each other, argue, get hurt, say things we didn’t mean to say. It’s at the very least inconvenient. It’s often also destructive. We’re stuck with conflict as long as we’re human beings with jobs, relationships, or dry cleaning to be picked up. We need to learn how to reliably transform our conflicts into opportunity and creativity, and to develop solid methods for helping people around the world get along.
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Meditation practice enables us to touch the inner source of clarity, understanding, compassion, and peace—yet the equanimity that we cultivate on the cushion does not always translate into skillfulness in the way we handle conflict in our personal lives. Interpersonal conflict ends up being the most difficult and painful part of our path. Though meditation is incomparably helpful, it doesn’t make the sticky interpersonal issues go away. Conflict resolution skills are needed. Diane Musho Hamilton suggests that we make conflict resolution a valued part of our practice.
Thich Nhat Hanh on Fear & Being Awake FEAR Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh
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$17.95, paper. HarperCollins. 176 pages
“Written in words so intimate, calm, kind, and immediate, this extraordinary book feels like a message from our very own heart... Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most important voices of our time, and we have never needed to listen to him more than now.” —Sogyal Rinpoche Fear is destructive, a pervasive problem we all face. Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, peace activist, and one of the foremost spiritual leaders in the world, Thich Nhat Hanh has written a powerful and practical strategic guide to overcoming our debilitating uncertainties and personal terrors. In Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting through the Storm, Hanh explores the origins of our fears, illuminating a path to finding peace and freedom from anxiety and offering powerful tools to help us eradicate it from our lives. He writes,
Rather than relying on a thin, idealized hope that we will all one day just get along, we can approach conflict resolution as an art form that we are privileged to develop and hone. We can accept the challenge, becoming adept in transforming our personal struggles, and contribute to the unfolding of new ways of being for humanity.
The practice of living fully in the present moment—what we call mindfulness—can give us the courage to face our fears and no longer be pushed and pulled around by them.
He examines the sources of fear and astutely explores how mindfulness can ease inner and outer fears. Stressing compassion, nonviolence, and community building at all levels as a strategy for transforming the fear and anger in the world, his thinking is guided throughout by his signature concept of “interbeing”—that all creation is interconnected. His understanding of the grip that fear and anxiety have on modern individuals is profound. His unfailing simplicity, direct approach, and humanity shine on every page. This book is perhaps best approached by those new to his writings and to Buddhism, and those who want a gentle reminder about the possibility of true joy and respect for all living beings. Simple practices for transforming fear into clarity are included
THE HEART OF ZEN Enlightenment, Emotional Maturity, and What It Really Takes for Spiritual Liberation by Jun Po Denis Kelly & Keith Martin-Smith $19.95, paper. North Atlantic. 256 pages
While we are familiar with popular ideas of enlightenment and spiritual awakening, life still comes at us full force, and hope can turn to frustration as the gulf between our spiritual belief and our everyday life seems to loom ever larger. Through spirited Q&A sessions with Zen master Denis Kelly Roshi, The Heart of Zen takes a gradual, step-by-step approach to what has become a vexing problem in spiritual circles. What is missing is integration. If awakening truly transforms every part of the life of a person, where are we getting stuck? How can negative emotions like anger, shame, envy, and jealousy continue to arise? How do our relative egos relate to the Zen teaching of Emptiness, and what does this mean for our intimate relationships, our emotional bodies, our views of the world and its problems? The Heart of Zen represents the next generation of spiritual books because it addresses awakening and spiritual life within the context of creating lasting change through the integration of spiritual insight into the flow and flux of everyday life. Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi explains how well trained meditation students may learn to be nonreactive to emotions, but they seldom learn how to transform their negative emotions (and the ego that holds them) as part of a more deeply integrated, lived spirituality. This book describes precisely what this means in great detail and with exercises for the reader to follow. Part discussion on these intricate topics and part experiential guide, The Heart of Zen offers a oneof-a-kind take on enlightenment, emotional maturity, and the integration required to take one’s seat in true liberation. “This is one of the most important works on spiritual realization to be written in years. It’s based on Jun Po Kelly Roshi’s breakthrough insights into how to distill and dramatically accelerate the koan practice of Zen—and thus dramatically acceler-
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THE MINDFULNESS SURVIVAL KIT Five Essential Practices by Thich Nhat Hanh $15.95, paper. Parallax. 202 pages
The Mindfulness Survival Kit is a key to understanding and applying the most important Buddhist guidelines for ethical conduct. The Five Mindfulness Trainings (also referred to as “Precepts”)—not to kill, steal, commit adultery, lie, or take intoxicants—are the basic statement of ethics and morality in Buddhism. In this fully revised and updated edition, Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh argues eloquently for their applicability in our daily lives and on a global scale. My hope is that these Mindfulness Trainings can represent a Buddhist contribution to a global ethic, a way for the human species to sustain itself in these dangerous and difficult times. After almost seventy years of practice, I have found these Mindfulness Trainings can help relieve suffering and produce happiness by helping us generate the energies of mindfulness, concentration, and insight. The practice of these three energies can open the door to liberate people from the prison of their suffering.
He discusses the value and meaning of each precept, offering insights into the role that it could play in our changing society. Thich Nhat Hanh calls the trainings a “diet for a mindful society.” With this book he offers a valuable contribution to the debate, on how we can come together to define secular, moral guidelines that will allow us to explore and sustain a sane, compassionate, and healthy way of living. The Five Mindfulness Trainings offer a path to restoring meaning and value in a world too often marked by moral and spiritual emptiness. Whether called virtues, ethics, moral conduct, or precepts they are guidelines for living without bringing harm to others; they bring sanity and light into the world. ate the awakening process in consciousness. There’s really nothing like this out there, and no matter what your ‘official’ spiritual orientation, you really can’t afford to miss this revolutionary process for your own awakening and enlightenment.” —Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision
Tibetan Buddhism THE TIBETAN YOGA OF BREATH Breathing Practices for Healing the Body and Cultivating Wisdom by Anyen Rinpoche & Allison Choying Zangmo $22.95, paper. Shambhala. 132 pages
Heal the body, quiet the mind, and find emotional balance with simple practices from Tibetan Yantra Yoga. Vibrance, good health, and longevity have one thing in common—they all begin with the breath.
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Modern science and classic spiritual traditions agree: regulating the breath leads to radiance and wellness in the body, mind, and spirit. The Tibetan Yoga of Breath pairs the teachings of Tibetan Yantra Yoga (breathing yoga) with select contemplative ideas and practices and examines how well they complement each other through the lens of Western medical science. The benefits of proper breathing are offered from the point of view of classical Indian/Tibetan practice, and contemporary medical re-
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✦ search supports how breath cultivates physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Basic Yantra Yoga techniques—also called wind energy training—are the key practices for achieving this vitality, down to the cellular level. The wise and accessible instruction reveals practices that are nourishing and transformative, delivering dramatic results—no experience with yoga or Buddhist meditation necessary. By weaving together the knowledge of these two sources, the modern and the mystical, we hope many readers of this book will be inspired to start working with the tradition of wind energy training.
THE WISDOM OF COMPASSION Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights New in by The Dalai Lama Paperback and Victor Chan $18.00, paper. Penguin. 255 pages
The Wisdom of Compassion offers rare and sweet insights into the Dalai Lama’s life and his efforts to translate compassion into action through deeply engaging, behindthe-scene stories about his interactions with remarkable, ordinary people from all walks of life. Victor Chan has written these beautiful stories in consultation with His Holiness. This is the Dalai Lama at his most human, and most humane. We see how he approaches the world with playfulness, optimism, and a profound empathy for the suffering of others. Through his own conduct, he shows us the tangible benefits of practicing kindness, forgiveness and compassion. And he demonstrates that opening our hearts and minds to others is the surest path to true happiness. The Wisdom of Compassion is an intensely personal portrait of the Dalai Lama. It recounts the story of his friendship with a blind Irishman, how they first met and how in later meetings the Dalai Lama comes to call him his one and only hero. It explores the Dalai Lama’s collaboration with a neuroscientist and how it results in significant discoveries about the human brain. It also brings to life poignant accounts of his uncommon encounters with a little beggar girl, a disabled boy in a critical care ward, a man who trains grandmothers to become solar engineers, and many others. The Dalai Lama’s wisdom principles revolve around the practical application of compassion. Enhanced by his seven decades of practice (five hours of practice every morning for more than half a century!) and elucidated through captivating anecdotes of his own experiences, they will help readers lead more fulfilling lives. As the Dalai Lama has written many years ago: if you want others to be happy, practice compassion; if you want yourself to be happy, practice compassion. For much of the morning, the Dalai Lama meditates on altruistic love and compassion, “to generate a sense of caring,” he says, “to foster genuine concern for others’ difficulties and pain, and to develop close, warmhearted feelings for others. Not only for my family and close friends, but also for everyone. Enemies too.” He internalizes the desire that everyone be truly happy and be free of suffering.
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Pema Chödrön on Giving Our Best GIVING OUR BEST A Retreat with Pema Chodron on Practicing the Way of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chodron $35.00, 4 CDs. Shambhala. 4 hours $35.00, 2 DVDs. 4.5 hours
The best-selling author and beloved Buddhist teacher shares her insights on the practice of compassion and enlightened mind (bodhichitta). Teachings on bodhichitta and the bodhisattva path have been at the heart of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition for centuries. Drawing on the beloved classic The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva and many years of personal practice, Pema Chödrön leads this retreat on cultivating practical wisdom and selfless compassion that will inspire both the experienced practitioner and the curious novice. This recorded retreat with beloved author and Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön focuses on the subject of bodhichitta. Often translated as “enlightened mind” or “enlightened heart,” bodhichitta is central in Mahayana Buddhist practice, which includes many popular Buddhist forms and traditions such as Zen and Tibetan Vajrayana. Chödrön’s teachings in this retreat are based especially upon the beloved classic The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, an eighth-century treatise on the way to live as an enlightened being and the subject of her 2007 book No Time to Lose (now an audiobook as well). They show us how to become open to both our own suffering and the suffering of our troubled world—and, through this practice, the way to reach out and help with serenity, bravery, and wisdom. Blending traditional scriptural teachings with personal anecdotes and contemporary commentary, Pema orients the experienced practitioner and the curious novice alike to the essentials of the Buddhist path.
THE TRUTH OF OUR EXISTENCE Four Teachings from the Buddha to Illuminate Your Life by Pema Chodron $32.95, 4 CDs. Sounds True. 4 hours
What would happen if we looked with fresh eyes at the struggles and “impossible situations” that we face every day—and found there four gifts that changed everything? For decades, Tibetan Buddhist nun and beloved teacher Pema Chödrön has brought clarity and heart to the core teachings of the Buddha, helping to make them relevant and useful in our everyday lives. With The Truth of Our Existence, she immerses us in one of Buddhism’s essential distillations of written wisdom known as The Four Marks of Existence. These marks that shape all of us, teaches Pema Chödrön, are like forgotten gifts waiting to be found. And while they may ring familiar to some, they hold vast layers of often unrealized understanding to both new and seasoned ears alike. In this four-session learning program, Pema Chödrön illuminates for us: ✦ The truth of impermanence and its power to give us strength and courage ✦ The truth of egolessness—how it connects us with others and transforms fear and anger into clarity of vision ✦ The truth about suffering, how we create it, and what to do when it seems unbearable ✦ The truth of peace—that liberation or nirvana is real ✦ How to use the wisdom of this profound sutra to touch the open and abundant expanse in which we truly dwell With The Truth of Our Existence, Pema Chödrön invites us to see that there is, in reality, “no score to settle,” and that we can step out of confusion, frustration, and fear— and into the space of heartful awareness. Pema’s most well-known book is When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times.
THE SHAMBHALA PRINCIPLE Discovering Humanity’s Hidden Treasure by Sakyong Mipham $17.99, paper. Harmony. 224 pages
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One of Tibet’s most respected lamas elucidates for us the principles of Shambhala, or the path to happiness, set down by his father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Shambhala tradition emphasizes confidence in the enlightened nature of all beings and teaches courageous rulership based on wisdom and compassion. In a book that combines phiBRANCHES OF LIGHT
losophy and practicality, Sakyong Mipham, the leader of a global community of meditation centers rooted in these principles, explains in simple language the goodness of humanity and illuminates how we can rediscover the peace that exists within each of us. The key is the right form of meditation, one that can be used to cultivate goodness and intelligence, and, in turn, transform our minds, bodies, and souls. Dear Reader, We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: we can either destroy the world or create a good future. The Shambhala Principle offers the principle of basic goodness as a way of addressing the personal and social challenges that we face. Do we, as humans, have confidence in the basic goodness of humanity, as well as of society itself? As a Tibetan lama and spiritual leader, this strikes me as our most compelling global issue. The book revolves around a dialogue
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with my father, the legendary Chögyam Trungpa. Whether his responses were direct or mystical, he continuously returned to the topics of basic goodness and enlightened society. Not only did he show me how I could become confident in their existence through awareness and meditation, he also taught me how basic goodness is a socially viable standard that could stabilize and transform our world. However, this book is not a memoir, or even a message. It is an invitation to readers to reflect on their own basic goodness and the basic goodness of society, and then contemplate the question, Can we rouse our energy and confidence to create a good world that is founded on this principle? I encourage you to join me in this contemplation.
Also by the Sakyong are Turning the Mind into an Ally and Running with the Mind of Meditation.
THE HEART IS NOBLE Changing the World from the Inside Out by Ogyen Trinley Dorje Karmapa $19.95, paper. Shambhala. 208 pages
In his first major book, the Karmapa, a charismatic 28-year-old emerging leader of Tibetan Buddhism, offers heartfelt advice on how to live with integrity in the modern world. Sixteen American college students spent a month in India with His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa. Together, they discussed topics ranging from food justice to gender identities to sustainable compassion. The Karmapa’s teachings in this book are the product of those meetings. In these chapters, he shares his vision for bringing social action into daily life, on a scale we can realistically manage through the choices we make every day—what to buy, what to eat, and how to relate honestly and bravely with our friends and family and coworkers. His fresh and encouraging perspective shows us that we have the strength to live with kindness in the midst of the many challenges we face as socially and environmentally conscious beings. Because he sees the world through the lens of the interdependence of all beings, he shows ways that we can change our world by changing ourselves—by examining our own habits of consumption and by being willing to look into how our food reaches our table and how the products we buy are made. The Karmapa calls on us to open our mind and heart to the innumerable connections we share with others—in our families, communities, social systems, and on our planet. Thanks to the depth of his spiritual training, and the breadth of his curiosity about the world and his love for it, he presents a relevant framework for understanding what it means to be human now— and why it’s imperative that we concern ourselves with the well-being of all others. He points to a world we can create through our own effort, using a resource we already have in abundance—the basic nobility of our human heart. This is not a book about Buddhism. I don't want to talk about Buddhist theory or practice, but about our experience of life. The shared ground we all meet on is our shared concern about our lives and our world, rather than philosophical views.
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T R E A S U R I E S O F D H A R M A & T H E TA O Taoism & Chi Energetics
Chögyam Trungpa’s Treasury of Dharma
DRAGON AND TIGER MEDICAL QIGONG VOLUME 2
THE PATH OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERATION The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume One by Chögyam Trungpa
Qi Cultivation Principles and Exercises by Bruce Frantzis
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$26.95, paper. North Atlantic. 200 pages, 7x9, b/w illustrations
$35.00, paper. Shambhala. 680 pages
This 1,500-year-old self-healing exercise strengthens the immune system, mitigates chronic illness, prevents and heals cancer, reduces stress and anxiety, and improves focus and wellbeing. Dragon and Tiger medical qigong is based on Chinese medicine’s acupuncture wellness model. The prac-
The first volume of this landmark series presents the teachings of the hinayana. The hinayana introduces core Buddhist teachings on the nature of mind, the practice of meditation, the reality of suffering, and the possibility of liberation. It examines the nature of suffering, impermanence, and egolessness, with an emphasis on personal development through meditative discipline and study. The formal entry into the hinayana and the Buddhist path altogether is the Chögyam Trungpa refuge vow, in which a student goes for refuge to the Buddha, or the teacher; the dharma, or the teachings; and the sangha, or the community. The hinayana path is based on training in mindfulness and awareness, cultivating virtue, and cutting grasping. Topics covered in detail in this volume include the four noble truths, karma, the four foundations of mindfulness, meditation practice, the refuge vows, the three jewels, the five skandhas, the five precepts, twofold egolessness, and more. The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma represents meditation master Chögyam Trungpa’s greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume collection presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. This work will resonate with new students of Buddhism as well as the most senior students.
tice consists of seven movements which regulate and strengthen all of the acupuncture meridians of the body. Grounded in the ancient spiritual traditions of Taoism and Buddhism, Dragon and Tiger medical qigong is known for its powerful ability to prevent and heal cancer and reduce the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong: Volume 1 taught students the physical movements. Volume 2 teaches students how to take their practice to the next level and more effectively reap the health benefits for which this qigong practice is renowned: ✦ Releases stagnant chi that cannot move freely due to physical, emotional, or psychic blockages of energy. ✦ Increases the speed, strength, and evenness of the circulation of chi, blood, and other fluids, balancing the body’s energy. ✦ Quickly raises the energy levels of the body to boost its natural healing capacities. Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong: Volume 2 teaches how to cultivate and direct the flow of qi in the body and make the feeling of qi tangible. Qi, or “internal life-
Robert Peng & Qigong Vitality THE MASTER KEY
THE BODHISATTVA PATH OF WISDOM AND COMPASSION The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume Two by Chögyam Trungpa
Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom by Robert Peng $24.00, paper. Sounds True. 298 pages, b/w photos
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It’s 1972 in the industrial city of Xiangtan, China. A frail child with a heart condition sneaks into a hotel boiler room and befriends the elderly yet vibrant attendant, who eventually reveals his true identity as a revered Qigong master. He heals the boy and, for the next 13 years, secretly teaches him the keys to unlocking the spiritual and healing dimensions of the Life Force. It sounds like a modern-day fable, but the story is true. And with The Master Key, that grateful student, Robert Peng, invites all of us to enter the next chapter of this empowering path. Here, Master Peng brings together the unique insights of his teacher (Xiao Yao, 1889-1985) with the moving account of his own journey to inspire and guide us into: ✦ The foundational methods for gathering, refining, and using the Life Force ✦ A five-minute exercise to directly experience the reality of Qi energy ✦ Awakening the body’s three Dantian centers ✦ The Four Golden Wheels practices for strengthening your Qi reservoirs ✦ The discovery of your True Self through Qigong’s tools of self-inquiry ✦ Empowering your relationships and sexual intimacy ✦ Entering the sea of compassion and happiness, and much more. How do we open the doorways to authentic love, power, and wisdom? The answer lies in our inner Life Force—and The Master Key teaches us how to unlock it. The Master Key includes nine follow-along videos and two audio downloads that are spread throughout the exercises. All this digital material can be found on my website at the following link: robert-peng.com/masterkey. These video and audio files form a sampling of the four-DVD and five-CD The Master Key companion sets that complement the book.
$33.00, paper. Shambhala. 528 pages
The second volume in this landmark series presents the bodhisattva teachings of the mahayana. At this point, having trained and seen the benefits of looking within, the student begins to shift their focus outward to the broader world. Formal entry into the mahayana occurs with taking the bodhisattva vow. Mahayana practitioners dedicate themselves to the service of all sentient beings, aspiring to save them from sorrow and confusion, and vowing to bring them to perfect liberation. This stage of the path emphasizes the cultivation of wisdom through the view and experience of emptiness, or shunyata, in which all phenomena are seen to be unbounded, completely open, ungraspable, and profound. From the ground of shunyata, compassionate activity is said to arise naturally and spontaneously. In addition to mindfulness and awareness, the mahayanist practices lojong, or mind training, based on the cultivation of the paramitas, or transcendent virtues: generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and prajna, or knowledge. As a component of lojong, tonglen, or sending and taking, is practiced in order to increase maitri, or loving-kindness. Other topics covered in detail in this volume include bodhichitta, skillful means, Buddha nature and basic goodness, Madhyamaka, the ten bhumis, the three kayas, and more. The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma represents meditation master Chogyam Trungpa’s greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume collection presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. This work will resonate with new students of Buddhism as well as the most senior students. Topics covered in detail include: Bodhichitta Loving-kindness, or maître Compassion, or karuna Skillful means, or upaya Buddha nature and basic goodness The four limitless ones Bodhisattva vows Emptiness, or shunyata Madhyamaka Relative truth and ultimate truth Prajna The paramitas Lojong training Tonglen meditation The ten bhumis Dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya… and more
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QIGONG ECSTASY A Movement and Meditation Practice to Cultivate Radiant Happiness by Robert Peng $21.95, DVD. Sounds True. 1 hour, 20 minutes
The energy of joy lifts your spirit, opens your heart, and fills you with enthusiasm for life. With Qigong Ecstasy, Master Robert Peng brings you a potent practice for cultivating unconditional joy—bringing forth an inner wellspring to fill your body and spirit with radiant vitality. This 45-minute practice gently activates the three Dantians—the major energy centers of the body—dissolving stagnant energy that impedes the flow of life-giving Qi. Qigong Ecstasy begins with structured movement sequences that generate a strong energetic charge. Robert then transitions you into spontaneous Qigong that lets the energy take over, moving the body with playful and free-flowing expression as you immerse yourself in the abundant Qi of the universe. Finally, he brings you to a place of meditative stillness for grounding, peace, and blissful oneness with the Qi of Heaven, Earth, and your own body. The result: you awaken within you “a gurgling spring of fresh energy that streams into all your activities.” Clear and open Qi channels give you access to a greater reservoir of the vital energy we need for health and happiness. Qigong Ecstasy is a complete training video in a powerful practice to amplify your capacity for joyous living—infusing you with an inner radiance that carries you effortlessly through the day. Robert Peng is also author of The Master Key: The Qigong Way to Unlock Your Hidden Power.
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force energy,” is the foundation of acupuncture and all Chinese medicine. The stronger the qi moves, the greater the health benefits of qigong will be. Once the feeling of directing qi becomes tangible, the principles can be applied to other internal martial arts such as tai chi and other qigong practices such as sexual qigong. Practitioners of healing arts will find this book valuable as a means for becoming sensitive to qi energy in themselves and others. Healers will also learn how to get rid of stagnant qi buildup and thereby avoid burnout when working with other people’s energy.
Healing Arts & Ayurveda EARTHING The most important health discovery ever! by Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra & Martin Zucker $24.95, paper. Basic Health. 288 pages
The subtitle of this book could be “Connect to the Earth and Heal!” Beneath your feet outdoors is not just a mere patch of grass, dirt, sand, or concrete. It is an omnipresent source of natural healing energy. After you read this book, you will never look at the ground the same way. We humans, as all other living beings, are electrical creatures on an electrical planet, and the ground beneath us is more than something we just stand, walk, play, and build on. Earthing involves being in contact with the Earth’s eternal and gentle surface energy. It means walking barefoot outside and/or sitting, working, relaxing, or sleeping indoors while connected to an “earthing sheet or mat” that delivers the natural energy of the Earth into your body. Throughout most of evolution humans walked barefoot and slept on the ground, largely oblivious that the surface of the Earth contains limitless healing energy. Science has discovered this energy as freeflowing electrons constantly replenished by solar radiation and lightning. Few people know it, but the ground provides a subtle electric signal that maintains health and governs the intricate mechanisms that make our bodies work—just like plugging a lamp into a power socket makes it light up. Modern lifestyle, including the widespread use of insulative rubber or plasticsoled shoes, has disconnected us from this energy and, of course, we no longer sleep on the ground as we did in times past. Earthing introduces the planet’s powerful, amazing, and overlooked natural healing energy and how people anywhere can readily connect to it. This eye-opening book describes how the physical disconnect with the Earth creates abnormal physiology and contributes to inflammation, pain, fatigue, stress, and poor sleep. By reconnecting to the Earth, symptoms are rapidly relieved and even eliminated and recovery from surgery, injury, and athletic overexertion is accelerated. Now revised and updated with new research and doctors’ commentaries.
Natural Healing / at Home thy, and more. The second part offers practical advice for the treatment of over 100 common diseases and ailments that individuals and families face. The A-Z compendium ranges from acne and alcoholism to menstrual disorders and migraines to warts and whooping cough. It’s deeply researched, experientially-tested, and resource-full.
BETTER HEALTH THROUGH NATURAL HEALING How to Get Well without Drugs or Surgery by Ross Trattler & Shea Trattler $27.95, paper. North Atlantic. 544 pages
First published in 1985, Better Health through Natural Healing has become one of the most successful and authoritative resources of its type, with more than 1.5 milMost diseases are curable, but not all patients. The lion copies sold worldwide. Since the original publicabenefit you obtain from natural therapy will depend upon the amount of effort you expend. The process of tion of this comprehensive guide, alternative therapies cure does not end when your symptoms disappear, have become more and more accepted by the mainbut continues each day as you live more and more stream, and patients and practitioners of the wider medaccording to the laws of nature. Let this book ical community are embracing complementary medifunction as a training guide, giving useful suggestions cine as an effective treatment option for a range of to help you along the path to self-cure. The rest is up medical conditions. to you. This third edition has been fully revised by Dr. Ross Trattler Whenever possible, make your food your medicine and your (a naturopath and osteopath) with the assistance of his son, osmedicine your food. teopath Shea Trattler, to encompass recent developments in holistic medicine and healing. A comprehensive self-help guide to natural medicine, Better The first part of the book clearly explains the principles of nat- Health through Natural Healing is an essential reference book ural medicine, including diet, osteopathy, naturopathy, botanical for health care practitioners and for anyone seeking to heal illmedicine, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and massage, homoeopa- ness effectively with natural treatments. how nearly every aspect of your life forms the medicine you need to thrive.
LIFE IS YOUR BEST MEDICINE A Woman’s Guide to Health, Healing, and Wholeness at Every Age by Tieraona Low Dog
The answers to our well-being cannot be found by simply taking a prescription drug. So much of modern illness can be prevented or mended with wholesome food, movement, meditation, forgiveness, interaction with nature, and social connectedness. And even in the absence of a cure, we can choose to be healed. We can’t measure healing with a blood pressure cuff or by the values on a lab test. True healing is experienced and measured by our level of contentment and joy. And healing is the essence of this book.
$17.95, paper. National Geographic. 304 pages
Everything you do and every choice you make can have a positive and profound impact on your health and well-being. In fact, the science is irrefutable: No drug on the market today can come close to the power of a healthy lifestyle in preventing disease and improving the quality of our lives. Building on this evidence and on her own personal experiences as a medical doctor and holistic healer, Tieraona Low Dog guides women through nearly every facet of their lives, with practical advice and hands-on recommendations for improving their health based on traditional practices and cutting-edge science. From stress-reducing exercises and reenergizing with sleep to the power of forgiveness, nature, and social connectedness, Dr. Low Dog shows
HEALTHY AT HOME How to Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions by Tieraona Low Dog $31.00, cloth. National Geographic. 335 pages
In this follow-up to Dr. Low Dog’s Life Is Your Best Medicine, get the how, when, and why of getting better and staying well with homemade remedies that the doctor orders. National Geographic helps you take charge of health care guided by a physician expert in natural healing, herbal medicine, and home remedies. Never have we needed this advice more than now, as worries about hospital-borne infections, antibiotic resistance, and pandemic threats make us yearn for the days of doctor home visits and mother’s chicken soup. We need to rediscover the special care and comfort that comes from
4 Seasons of Self-Care Through Ayurveda and Yoga Practices That Work by Glynnis Osher & Madhuri Phillips $24.99, paper. Balboa. 246 pages, 7x9, b/w illustrations
Bringing Ayurvedic and yogic wisdom down to earth in vitalizingly useful ways, Your Irresistible Life is a vibrant offering from two Vancouver women teachers.
and sensibility of the busy, modernday woman.
Despite our greatest intentions (and having the knowledge and tools at our fingertips), we too have struggled at times to make self-care a priority. As a result we have ended up feeling worn-down, stressed-out, disempowered, and less than ourselves. Sound at all familiar?
These easy-to-follow food routines, Yoga practices, beauty secrets, home remedies, cleanses, and self-care suggestions will bring you radiant health for life. Everything in this book has helped us shine in our own lives. If you too desire amazing energy, glowing skin, restful sleep, excellent digestion, and a positive outlook,
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caring for health at home, says Dr. Low Dog. In this book she guides us in identifying, responding to, and caring for all the most common ailments, so that when it’s time to take care at home, you have a doctor’s advice on how. Learn how to make herbal remedies and why you and your family will be healthier for doing so—and get advice on when it’s best to consult a health care professional. Organized by general remedy types (teas, salves, compresses, ointments) and common ailments (colds, fever, insomnia, back pain), this innovative book is sure to become a household standard and go-to guide for treating a wide variety of conditions and illnesses at home. Practical advice and recipes are embedded in a rich and inspirational personal narrative written in the strong, authoritative, and charismatic voice of Tieraona Low Dog, physician and teacher at Andrew Weil’s Center for Integrative Medicine.
seasons of selfcare that can transform your life. We draw upon the ancient principles and practices of Ayurveda and Yoga with the sass
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“Life Is Your Best Medicine is not only a comprehensive and highly practical guide for women seeking optimum health, it is also Tieraona’s own life story, sparkling with the wisdom she has drawn from it.” —Andrew Weil, from his foreword Dr. Low Dog is a colleague with Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine.
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this illuminating Ayurveda and Yoga guidebook is for you!
“Madhuri and Glynnis have united the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda and the ancient spiritual discipline of Yoga in a most simple, practical way that can heal every individual and unfold the inner harmony of life in daily living.” —Vasant Lad, author of Ayurveda: Science of Self-Healing “With their earned expertise, Glynnis & Madhuri have made the immense power of Ayurveda so incredibly easy to practice—daily and deeply. As a big fan of Ayurveda, this is the system I’ve been looking for—both logical and loving, ritualistic and practical, ancient and modern.” — Danielle LaPorte, creator of The Desire Map Also by Madhuri is Ayurvedic Yoga Practice (DVD).
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PLANT INTELLIGENCE & ENERGY MEDICINE
Healing Energies, Healing Herbs PLANT INTELLIGENCE AND THE IMAGINAL REALM Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner $31.50, paper. Bear & Company. 576 pages, 10 b/w illustrations
In Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Stephen Harrod Buhner reveals that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. He shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, we can reconnect with the living intelligences in Nature as kindred beings, become again wild scientists, nondomesticated explorers of a Gaian world just as Goethe, Barbara McClintock, James Lovelock, and others have done. For as Einstein commented, “We cannot solve the problems facing us by using the same kind of thinking that created them.” Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, that are expressed from each living form that surrounds us, and to directly initiate communication in return. He delves deeply into the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and, most importantly, the human species itself. He shows that human beings are not a plague on the planet, they have a specific ecological function as important to Gaia as that of plants and bacteria. Buhner shows that the capacity for depth connection and meaning-filled communication with the living world is inherent in every human being. It is as natural as breathing, as the beating of our own hearts, as our own desire for intimacy and love. We can change how we think and in so doing begin to address the difficulties of our times. Elder plant teacher Stephen Buhner has written many books, among them The Secret Teachings of Plants and Sacred Plant Medicine.
SEIKI JUTSU The Practice of Non-Subtle Energy Medicine by Bradford & Hillary Keeney $20.50, paper. Inner Traditions. 224 pages
Seiki jutsu is the ancient Japanese shamanic art of working with seiki, concentrated life-force energy, for self-healing, revitalization, creativity, and inspiration. Known in Tantra as kundalini and to the Kalahari Bushmen as n/om, seiki has been called activated and strengthened chi and is often described as a non-subtle energy because it is strongly felt when awakened. Centering on spontaneity of movement to gather and transmit seiki, the practice of seiki jutsu does not require years
Herbal Wisdom & Sweetgrass Teachings THE GIFT OF HEALING HERBS Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life by Robin Rose Bennett $28.95, paper. North Atlantic. 552 pages
Herbalists, naturopaths, plantspeople, witches and natural healers will love the clear, empowering information, engaging stories, more than 180 easy-to-follow recipes, and heartfelt meditations and rituals of natural herbal medicines. Written by seasoned urban herbalist Robin Rose Bennett, this book offers readers an immersion into a myriad of ways to use plant-based remedies to care for themselves and others on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. Informed by the wisdom that physical and spiritual healing are inextricably intertwined, The Gift of Healing Herbs explores herbology as the “people’s medicine,” freely available to all, and as a powerful yet gentle way to heal body, mind, heart and soul. The book is divided into three parts: the first part examines health and the causes of illness; the second part comprises a comprehensive reference of all the physical systems of the body and the common and not-so-common herbs for tonifying them; and the third part contains recipes for teas, brews, and instructions for incorporating herbs into our daily lives. The hundreds of recipes for herbal preparations in this book—accompanied by prayers, meditations, and rituals—offer spiritual and physical insights into the relationship between our body systems and the elements, Earth, Air, Fire and Water, thus helping the reader explore and experience the interconnection of all things in the web of life. I encourage you, dear reader, to deepen your connection with Earth and with your own natural wisdom and loving kindness. There are a variety of simple practices and ritual shared throughout The Gift of healing herbs to help you expand your consciousness in ways that will allow you to personally experience the generosity and green blessings provided by the healing plants.
With personal stories, case histories, and elements of personal memoir, The Gift of Healing Herbs is equal parts inspiration and instruction drawn from the author’s life and decades spent teaching and practicing herbal medicine in a spiritual, earth-based, nondogmatic style. She also explores how one’s personal story turns into one’s embodied physicality, specific health challenges, and ultimately reveals one’s unique path of healing. “Contains far more than the simple directives found in most herbs books—she teaches through stories, and the stories are profound.” —Rosemary Gladstar, visionary herbalist
BRAIDING SWEETGRASS Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer $28.50, cloth. Milkweed Editions. 390 pages
With incredible grace and inspiring attention to the natural world, Robin Kimmerer takes readers on a field trip through ancient forests and backyard ponds, sacred sites and urban wastelands. Plants become powerful metaphors for healing our relationship with the natural world, and guides in the process of becoming indigenous to place ourselves. Through a unique combination of science, Native American teachings, and memoir, she shows us in the most subtle of ways how plants are our indigenous teachers, ultimately revealing a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. Braiding Sweetgrass crosses boundaries between indigenous and dominant culture, between science and literature, between matter and spirit, bringing readers back into conversation with all that is green and growing—a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even if we neglected to listen. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Potawatomi Nation, she embraces indigenous teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together in Braiding Sweetgrass to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise. She is a great teacher, and her words are a hymn of love to the world.” (Elizabeth Gilbert). It is an intertwining of science, spirit, and story—old stories and new ones that can be medicine for our broken relationship with earth, a pharmacopoeia of healing stories that allow us to imagine a different relationship, in which people and land are good medicine for each other.
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
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of training or endless memorization of forms. Once you have received seiki, your daily practice will teach you to activate the flow of this powerful energy to recharge your body, mind, and spirit and empower you to find your unique destiny. Renowned seiki jutsu masters Bradford and Hillary Keeney detail the history and lineage of seiki jutsu beginning in 8th-century Japan and reveal how this ancient practice was used by the samurai. The authors show how seiki underlies the flow experience sought after by artists, musicians, athletes, and performers of all types. They explain how to recognize the awakening of seiki, guiding you through the stages of seiki development with stories of healings they have participated in or witnessed. They reveal how to develop your own daily practice for self-healing and renewal as well as provide active exercises to discover your life’s purpose, infuse your everyday activities with seiki, and motivate yourself to create a fulfilling life. They show that no method of performance, spiritual practice, or philosophy of life can fully awaken unless you are instilled with sufficient seiki. Regarded in Japan as the fountain of youth, seiki jutsu provides a way to bring maximum vitality into every aspect of life. Among Brad Keeney’s other books are Shaking Medicine and Bushman Shaman.
THE POWER OF CHAKRAS Unlock Your 7 Energy Centers for Healing, Happiness, and Transformation by Susan Shumsky $19.50, paper. New Page. 279 pages, b/w illustrations
The Power of Chakras reveals astonishing and detailed “secrets” about the human energy field. Dr. Shumsky Susan has delved into the ancient Tantric and Vedic literature to uncover the mysteries, where the most authentic information about the 7 chakras, 7 sub chakras, and the subtle energy system can be found. Until now, much of this wisdom has been locked in hiding places in the forests and caves of India and Tibet. This award-winning book is now offered as a new edition. This book is dedicated to the beauteous kundalini, subtle and radiant as 10 million suns. To her lotus feet all worshippers bow, for she invents this mirage by her maya, and she absorbs it again by her allconsuming flame.
Within these pages you can find descriptions of the meaning of the individual petals, the deities associated with each chakra, and discussion of mudras (physical gestures), bandhas (inner locks), pranayama (breathing practices), and mantras (sounds) associated with the chakras. In addition she discusses the importance of Shiva/Shakti, the divine couple who represent the polarities of the Tantric tradition, where the chakra system originated, along with the sheaths of the human aura, the tattvas of manifestation, and much more. 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.
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field. “The Power of Chakras provides a wealth of information and inspiration.” —Dr. David Frawley, Director, American Institute of Vedic Studies “The information within is a much-needed guide to help seekers discover their own intelligence within.” —Yogi Amrit Desai, founder, Kripalu Yoga
ENERGY MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIES Ozone Healing, Microcrystals, Frequency Therapy, and the Future of Health edited by Finley Eversole $21.95, paper. Inner Traditions. 344 pages, b/w illustrations
Presenting a compendium of some of the most revolutionary yet still widely unknown discoveries in health and energy medicine, this book edited by Finley Eversole, Ph.D., explores the use of microcrystals to harmonize the energies of body, mind, and environment; the healing effects of ozone and hydrogen peroxide therapy; ways to combat electromagnetic fields and environmental toxins; sources of disruptive energy that cause stress and health problems, including other peoples negative emotions; and how to tap in to healing antioxidant electrons from the Earth. The book reveals the scientifically proven health risks of genetically modified foods— the first irreversible technology in human history with still unknown consequences. It looks at the link between industrial farming and the precipitous rise in heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s over the past 100 years, providing a 10-point LowToxin Program to reduce your risk. It explores the cancer-curing electro=medicine of Royal Raymond Rife and its suppression by the medical establishment as well as Nobel laureate Albert Szent-Gyrgi’s followup discovery of Frequency Therapy. Offering a window into the holistic future of medicine, the book shows the body not simply as a biological machine to be patched and repaired but as a living organism made up of cells dynamically linked to their inner and outer environments.
Bodywork & Movement HEALING THROUGH TRIGGER POINT THERAPY A Guide to Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction by Devin Starlanyl & John Sharkey $35.00, paper. North Atlantic. 262 pages, 8x11, colour illustrations throughout
Trigger point therapy is crucial to the treatment and cure of fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, migraines, back pain, irritable bowel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, chronic pain symptoms, mental confusion, impotence, incontinence, loss of voice, pelvic pain, muscle weakness, cardiac
arrhythmia, menstrual pain, TMJ, shortness of breath, and many other kinds of disease and disability. Yet although trigger point therapy has been used for decades, trigger points are often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Devin Starlanyl is a fibromyalgia medical researcher and fibromyalgia patient who has provided chronic pain support to thousands of people around the world. John Sharkey is a physiologist with more than 27 years of anatomy and dissection experience. Together they have written a comprehensive reference to trigger point treatment for fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and a number of other conditions. This guide for both therapists and laypeople facilitates communication between care providers and patients, empowering patients who struggle with all kinds of chronic pain symptoms. Part 1 explains what pain trigger points are and how they generate symptoms, refer pain to other parts of the body, and create a downward spiral of dysfunction. The authors look at fibromyalgia causes and pain causes; identify stressors that perpetuate trigger points such as poor posture, poor breathing habits, nutritional inadequacies, lack of sleep, and environmental and psychological factors; and provide a list of over 100 pain symptoms and their corresponding trigger points. Part 2 describes the sites of muscle trigger points within each region of the body and provides pain relief solutions for fibromyalgia patients and others suffering from debilitating symptoms. Pain treatment plans include both self-help remedies for the patient—stretching, postural exercises, self-massage—as well as treatment protocols for care providers: palpation, therapeutic massage, myofascial release, acupuncture, and injection therapy. Part 3 offers guidance for both patients and care providers in history taking, exams, and treatment and offers a vision for the future of fibromyalgia treatment and fibromyalgia cure, asserting that patients have a vital role to play in the management of their own health.
MEDICINE HANDS Massage Therapy for People with Cancer by Gayle Macdonald $49.95, paper. Findhorn Press. 272 pages, 7x10, colour photos
Medicine Hands gives new, in-depth insights on a specific topic—how to use massage as therapy for cancer patients—while answering the questions of a broad spectrum of people: patients and their families, bodyworkers, allopathic and alternative physicians, hospice workers, physical therapists, and more. Vignettes about everyday people, and simple definitions of words such as “malignant,” make this book accessible to the layperson as well as the professional. Sidebars with quotes from patients, poets, physicians, therapists, and family members add a genuine human touch to the technical information. Written for both health professionals and the layperson, this newly revised guide deconstructs common myths about the use of massage in cancer treatment. Reviewing literature that shows cancer to be caused by
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genetic mutation and the influence of hormones, the opening discussion emphasizes that mechanical action such as massage does not break tumors open or cause them to spread. The book shows that the real medical issues for massage therapists center on ameliorating the discomfort of treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. The topics covered include massage in hospitals, in respite care, for the dying, and for exhausted caregivers. Charts for the adjustment of massage techniques according to the treatment a patient is undergoing are also included. The field of oncology massage is maturing into a discipline with a deeper and deeper body of knowledge. New in the 3rd edition is material devoted to massaging young adult survivors, the person with breast reconstruction, cording, and late effects as well as thoughts for therapists and clients who are considering the use of massage as part of a detoxification process. To augment the learning process, written exercises have been added for student therapists and all of those who want to participate in their own learning. As well, sample session write-ups have been included to show the reader the variety of touch modalities that can be used to for people living with cancer. Gayle MacDonald is a licensed polarity and massage therapist in Oregon.
BOWEN UNRAVELLED A Journey into the Fascial Understanding of the Bowen Technique by Julian Baker $35.00, paper. North Atlantic. 168 pages, 8x11, colour photos & illustrations
For Bowen technique therapists and any bodywork practitioners interested in using a gentle, nonintrusive pain-relief therapy, this book draws on myofascia and connective tissue dissection to explain how the Bowen technique initiates a body-wide signaling mechanism to start the process of healing and restore normal function. With more than 100 full-color images—including some photos of actual dissections of the body—this useful guide helps manual therapists understand how the Bowen technique can help people with back pain, neck pain, headaches, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory problems, hay fever, high blood pressure, kidney problems, arthritis, and knee pain. The Bowen technique, named after its originator Tom Bowen, has been growing in popularity since it was first taught in the 1980s. Known for its gentle rolling motions and intentional pauses between moves, the technique has been shown to bring extraordinary pain management results with very little pressure on the part of the therapist. Yet until now, little has been known of the actual workings of this technique. Tom Bowen himself called it simply a “gift from God” and treated thousands of people without trying to understand the processes that drove his results. This book fills in the gap in scientific understanding by explaining in anatomical terms what happens during a Bowen technique treatment. Author Julian Baker shows how traditional anatomy fails to fully explain
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the complex biomechanical relationships that make up human movement. Each move of the technique is analyzed in depth, with an emphasis on the role of fascia and connective tissue. The foot is the conductor of the body’s muscular orchestra. They all pay attention to his movements and follow where he leads them.
Food, Nutrition & Healing BLESSING THE HANDS THAT FEED US What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth by Vicki Robin $31.00, cloth. Viking. 334 pages
In this lively account, the coauthor of Your Money or Your Life (which focuses on frugality and simplicity in money matters) now chronicles her quest to eat food produced within a few miles of home—which, a hundred years ago, pretty much everyone did. Taking the locavore movement to heart, author and social innovator Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Her mind-opening attempt to eat a sustainable diet not only brings to light society’s unhealthy dependency on mass-produced, prepackaged, well-traveled foods but also helps her reconnect with her body and her environment. I’m transformed but not reborn. I simply like being acquainted with my food. I like cooking from scratch. I like eating less with more gratitude. I like growing what I can… I like the political puzzle—which policy shifts and personal choices and skillful practices will rebalance our food system. I like being part of this unfolding story, the shared adventure in security, sovereignty, and safety; in health, prosperity, and yum. And I like being relaxed about it all.
Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is part personal narrative and part global manifesto. By challenging herself to eat and buy local, Robin exposes the cause and effect of the food business, from the processed goods laden with sugar, fat, and preservatives to the trucks burning fuel to bring them to a shelf near you. Robin’s journey is also one of community as she befriends all the neighboring farmers who epitomize the sustainable lifestyle. Among them are Tricia, the prolific market gardener who issued Robin’s 10-mile challenge; Britt and Eric, two young, enthusiastic farmers living their dream of self-sufficiency; and Vicky, a former corporate exec turned milk producer. Featuring recipes throughout, along with lots of practical tips on adopting your own locally sourced diet, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is an inspirational guide and testimonial to the locavore movement and a healthy food future. Blessing the Hands That Feed Us suggests that it is possible for us all to be nourished by a regional diet by feeling the relationships embodied in our food… We know that in aligning food and farming with nature’s genius, there can be more than enough for all. —Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé, from the preface
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M Y B E E F W I T H M E AT / V E G A N P L A N E T
T. Colin Campbell on Nutrition
New Vegetarian Cooking Bibles
THE NEW VEGETARIAN COOKING FOR EVERYONE
Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell, with Howard Jacobson
by Deborah Madison
$19.99, paper. Benbella Books. 352 pages
This generously revised edition of the landmark, awardwinning cookbook from North America’s leading authority on vegetarian cooking features new recipes and a new introduction by the author. What Julia Child is to French cooking, Deborah Madison is to vegetarian cooking—a demystifier and definitive guide to the subject. After her many years as a teacher and writer, she realized that there was no comprehensive primer for vegetarian cooking, no single book that taught vegetarians basic cooking techniques, how to combine ingredients, and how to present vegetarian dishes with style. Originally published in 1997, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone was both ahead of its time and an instant classic, and has endured as one of the world’s most popular vegetarian cookbooks. Featuring more than 1,600 recipes suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and everyone who loves fresh produce and good food—including more than 200 new recipes for this edition—The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is as full of practical information as it is inspiring, a treasure from a deeply kitchen-seasoned foodie. Deborah also provides comprehensive, updated information on vegetarian and vegan ingredients.
$46.00, cloth. Ten Speed. 664 pages, 8x10
T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study answered the question, What should we eat to optimize our nutrition and our health? Backed by the most extensive study of nutrition ever conducted, it gave us a simple but powerful answer: eat a diet based on whole, plant-based foods, and dramatically reduce your risk of a broad spectrum of diseases, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Whole picks up where The China Study left off, answering the question, Why does a whole-food, plant-based diet provide optimal nutrition? Whole demonstrates how far the scientific reductionism of the nutrition orthodoxy has gotten off track and reveals the elegant wonders of the true holistic workings of nutrition, from the cellular level to the operation of the entire organism. What happens when you eat an apple? The answer is vastly more complex than you imagine. Every apple contains thousands of antioxidants whose names, beyond a few like vitamin C, are unfamiliar to us, and each of these powerful chemicals has the potential to play an important role in supporting our health. They impact thousands upon thousands of metabolic reactions inside the human body. But calculating the specific influence of each of these chemicals isn’t nearly sufficient to explain the effect of the apple as a whole. Because almost every chemical can affect every other chemical, there is an almost infinite number of possible biological consequences. And that’s just from an apple. The traditional “gold standard” of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or pre-packaged dinners that is “good” for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health. Whole is an eye-opening, paradigm-changing journey through cutting-edge thinking on nutrition, a scientific tour de force with powerful implications for our health and for our world.
As its title suggests, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone was not intended only for vegetarians, although they would be happy to know that all of these recipes require no adjustments. I’ve always seen this is as a book for anyone who wants to include more vegetables and other plant-based foods in their meals (isn’t that everyone?), as a resource for those who wish to have meatless meals as a change from their usual diet— ”meatless Mondays” have since become popular—and I wanted it to serve as a guide for those cooking for another who, for whatever reasons, has needed to assume a more plant-based diet. In this edition of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, I have also flagged the many vegan recipes so that they would stand out clearly for vegan cooks.
VEGAN PLANET More Than 425 Irrresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World by Robin Robertson $24.95, paper. Harvard Common. 532 pages, 7x9, 2-colour throughout
THE LOW-CARB FRAUD by T. Colin Campbell, with Howard Jacobson
When it first appeared in 2003, Vegan Planet revolutionized animal-free cooking. Robin Robertson’s pioneering book played a leading role in the passage of veganism from subculture to mainstream culinary lifestyle. Its breadth and variety of fantastically flavorful food not only gave vegans what they craved, it gave them food they could serve up happily to their non-vegan family members and friends. One decade and more than 100,000 copies later, this important classic is back in a thoroughly revised edition. Vegan cookbooks are big sellers today, but in a thicket of topical and niche titles there’s a need for an everyday cooking bible on which vegan cooks can rely. The new Vegan Planet meets that need handsomely. Robertson’s extensive updates cover such things as: the newly expanded range of whole grains that are available; super greens, such as kale and chard, that are rising in popularity; new facts concerning which cooking oils are healthiest and most earth-friendly; and new saucing and flavoring ideas from the global pantry. Throughout, there’s the spirit of adventure and of culinary creativity—while keeping it doably simple, and with ingredients all of us can readily find. There’s so much here: soups, salads, slaws, dressings, grains, pasta, beans, stews, grilling-sauteeing-stirfrying, the oven, sandwiches-wraps-burgers, breads-muffins-biscuits, dessert heavens, smoothies, breakfasts.
$19.99, cloth. Benbella Books. 88 pages
By now, the low-carb diet’s refrain is a familiar one: Bread is bad for you. Fat doesn’t matter. Carbs are the real reason you can’t lose weight. The low-carb universe Dr. Atkins brought into being continues to expand. Low-carb diets, from South Beach to the Zone and beyond, are still the go-to method for weight-loss for millions. These diets’ marketing may differ, but they all share two crucial components: the condemnation of “carbs” and an emphasis on meat and fat for calories. Even the latest diet trend, the Paleo diet, is—despite its increased focus on (some) whole foods—just another variation on the same carbohydrate fears. The evidence is remarkably consistent: when eating the WFPB (whole foods plantbased) diet—a diet that is exactly the opposite of the Paleo Diet—the benefits begin quickly, slowing and often reversing a broad spectrum of diseases and illnesses. Has a Paleo/low-carb diet ever been shown to do this? No. Not ever.
In The Low-Carb Fraud, longtime leader in the nutritional science field T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study) outlines where (and how) the low-carb proponents get it wrong: where the belief that carbohydrates are bad came from, and why it persists despite all the evidence to the contrary. The foods we misleadingly refer to as “carbs” aren’t all created equal—and treating them that way has major consequences for our nutritional well-being. If you’re considering a low-carb diet, read this book first. It will change the way you think about what you eat—and how you should be eating, to lose weight and optimize your health, now and for the long term.
MY BEEF WITH MEAT The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet —Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes by Rip Esselstyn $18.00, paper. Grand Central. 288 pages, 16 page colour insert
Think a Plant-Based Diet Can’t Save Your Life? Think Again! In 2005, firefighter Rip Esselstyn convinced his entire firehouse to eat a plant-based diet, and his bestseller The Engine 2 Diet inspired thousands to do the same. Now, in My Beef with Meat, Rip arms readers with the 36 most powerful facts that prove, once and for all, that a plant-based diet can save your life.
Many of the recipes are what I call transformation recipes. They include dishes that traditionally contain meat or dairy but have been transformed into vegan versions by changing some of the ingredients. Examples include Easy Vegan Hollandaise, Seitan Reubens, and Fresh Lime Cheesecake… In Vegan Planet, you will traverse the globe with internationally inspired, straightforward recipes that show how varied, flavorful, and exciting vegan food can be.
you’ll find everything you’ll need to become a healthycooking virtuoso.
Do you want to: ✦ Prevent cancer, heart attacks, stroke, and
Type 2 Diabetes? Eat plants! ✦ Have stronger bones than milk could ever
give you? Eat plants!
So here’s the deal: Animal proteins and plant proteins are both complete. The difference is that the composition and proportion of the amino acids in animal protein are higher in the sulfurcontaining amino acids, which in excess may be harmful.
✦ Enjoy a good sex life? Eat plants! ✦ Avoid dangerous carcinogens and conta-
minants? Eat plants! ✦ Lose weight and look great? Eat plants!
Not only does Rip arm you with every fact you need to win any argument you could ever have with a meat eater, he also presents over 140 delicious new Engine 2 recipes to feed your newly plant-eating friends. From pizzas to burgers, from casseroles to cakes, from soups to nuts,
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On the flip side, plant proteins have a healthier composition and balance of essential amino acids, one that has been elegantly balanced by nature in a way that inherently protects us from inflammation and tumor growth. In addition, plants come with added gifts such as fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. All of which are sorely missing in meat. So the next time someone questions you on the dangers of eating a plant-based diet that is “lacking” or “incomplete” in protein, let that person know you have found the mother source of protein, and it’s spelled P.L.A.N.T.S.!!
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R E C O V E R Y, P O S I T I V E T H I N K I N G , I N S P I R AT I O N
COOKED A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan $19.00, paper. Penguin. 480 pages
In Cooked, Michael Pollan (who brought us The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Rules) explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into nourishing and delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from pickles to cheese to beer. Each section of Cooked tracks Pollan’s effort to master a single classic recipe using one of the four elements. A North Carolina barbecue pit master tutors him in the primal magic of fire; a Chez Panisse trained cook schools him in the art of braising; a celebrated baker teaches him how air transforms grain and water into a fragrant loaf of bread; and finally, several mad-genius fermentos (a tribe that includes brewers, cheese makers, and all kinds of picklers) reveal how fungi and bacteria can perform the most amazing alchemies of all. The reader learns alongside Pollan, but the lessons move beyond the practical to become an investigation of how cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships. Cooking, above all, connects us. How, in our everyday lives, can we acquire a deeper understanding of the natural world and our species’ peculiar role in it? You can always go to the woods to confront such questions, but I discovered that even more interesting answers could be had simply by going to the kitchen.
The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching. Relying upon corporations to process our food means we consume large quantities of fat, sugar, and salt; disrupt an essential link to the natural world; and weaken our relationships with family and friends. In fact, Cooked argues, taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable. Reclaiming cooking as an act of enjoyment and self-reliance, learning to perform the magic of these everyday transformations, opens the door to a more nourishing life.
Recovery REFUGE RECOVERY A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction by Noah Levine $19.99, paper. HarperCollins. 288 pages
In this new book, author and young Buddhist teacher Noah Levine adapts the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path into a proven and systematic approach to recovery from alcohol and drug addiction—a welcome and needed alternative to
the 12-step program. While many desperately need the help of the 12-step recovery program, the traditional AA model’s focus on an external higher power can alienate people who don’t connect with its religious tenets. Refuge Recovery is a systematic method based on Buddhist principles, which integrates scientific, non-theistic, and psychological insight. Viewing addiction as cravings in the mind and body, Levine shows how a path of meditative awareness can alleviate those desires and ease suffering. Refuge Recovery includes daily meditation practices, written investigations that explore the causNoah Levine es and conditions of our addictions, and advice and inspiration for finding or creating a community to help you heal and awaken. Practical yet compassionate, Levine’s successful Refuge Recovery system is designed for anyone interested in a non-theistic approach to recovery and requires no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism or meditation. Levine, also author of Dharma Punx and Heart of the Revolution, has personally developed and taught the Refuge Recovery system for many years and has created a community of those that follow the tenets. Levine writes This is a path and practice that if developed and lived and, if successfully completed, will insure a full recovery from addictions and will lead to a lifelong sense of well-being and happiness. Of course, like every path, you can only get to your destination by taking the actions moving forward—a deliberate action, one foot in front of the other, and surely we will arrive. The path is gradual and comprehensive, a map of the inner terrain that must be traversed on the way to recovery.
“A most remarkable history and explanation of that deeply American idea that thought is causative, that thoughts are forces, and that thinking can literally change the world. It can. Mitch Horowitz shows how—with real heart, with real learning, and with real answers to all of the facile thinking, both pro and con, around this ‘one simple idea.’ Easily the best book on the subject we have now.” —Jeffrey Kripal, author of Esalen
The Uplifting Story of Spilt Milk and Finding Your Own Spiritual Path in a Hectic World by Betsy Chasse $17.00, paper. Beyond Words. 230 pages
ONE SIMPLE IDEA How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life by Mitch Horowitz $27.00, cloth. Crown. 338 pages
Serious skeptics, true believers, and seekers of every stripe will want to read Mitch Horowitz’s vibrant, probing, and richly researched account of the impact of the positive-thinking movement on every aspect of North American life today. Filled with a cast of remarkable characters and many lively One tales, Simple Idea is a
Any defender or detractor of positive thinking must weigh his perspective against one simple, ultimate question: Does it work? To find out, we will consider where this radical idea arose from; how it grew beneath our culture like a vast root system, touching nearly every aspect of life; the persistence of its ethical problems (and possible paths out of them); and, finally, what positive thinking says about our existence and what it offers people today.
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readable, responsible examination of the limits and possibilities of mind-power as a source of constructive transformation. Positive thought is at the root of studies on the placebo effect, the 12-step approach to overcoming addiction, and the mindbody connection in treating illness. For all its influence across popular culture, religion, politics, and medicine this psycho-spiritual movement remains a maligned and misunderstood force in modern life. In response, One Simple Idea corrects several historical misconceptions about the positive-thinking movement, rescues its pioneers from obscurity, and explores the lives of its most dramatic personalities, including Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, James Allen, Mary Baker Eddy, Charles Fillmore, Ernest Holmes, and many more. Horowitz’s range, grasp, and style make it a genuinely fascinating read.
Tip over your sacred cows of belief, dump your personal prejudices and biases, and begin to rebuild a spiritual lifestyle that really works. Some chapter titles give a flavour: ✦ What the Hell is the Law of Attraction Anyway? ✦ The Wacky Tale of Quantum Physics and Angel Cards and How It all Means Absolutely Nothing and Everything ✦ Living in Bliss and Other Myths ✦ Self-Love? ✦ Enlightenment Says, Huh? ✦ To Attach or Not to Attach—That is the Question What does it mean to live a spiritual and purposeful life? And how can we achieve it while picking up the kids from the school, cleaning dog vomit off the living room carpet, or sitting at our desk at work? For forty-two years, Betsy Chasse—movie producer, blogger, radio show host, and pioneer behind the film What the Bleep Do We
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Know?!—told herself a story about who she was, what she believed, and how the world worked. She thought she had it all figured out—except she didn’t. In this candid and wry look at the singular, often ridiculous, search for what it all means, Tipping Sacred Cows brings spirituality out of the intellect and into real life. Reverently irreverent and funny, with practical tools to use as you wander through your crazy, daily life, this is not a book of answers but an everyday guide as experienced by one woman on the same journey as the rest of us. So throw everything you think you know about spirituality out of your spiritual junk drawer and start over. “Betsy Chasse’s work is an invitation to ‘practice life’ with honest spirituality.” —Joe Dispenza, from the foreword “Tipping Sacred Cows is a pure delight. It will make you laugh and give you courage to face … It will keep you on your path to your conscious evolution. A light and enlightening read.” —Barbara Marx Hubbard, Foundation for Conscious Evolution
ALL IS WELL Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition by Louise Hay & Mona Lisa Schulz $15.95, paper. Hay House. 264 pages
New in Paperback
In this healing tour de force, bestselling authors Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz have teamed up for a reexamination of the quintessential teachings from Heal Your Body. Whenever there is a problem, repeat over and over: All is well. Everything is working out for my highest good. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe.
All Is Well brings together Louise’s proven affirmation system with Mona Lisa’s knowledge of both medical science and the body’s intuition to create an easy-to-follow guide for deep well-being. And, for the first time ever, they present scientific evidence showing the undeniable link between the mind and body that makes these healing methods work. Bringing focus and clarity to the effects of emotions on the body, All Is Well separates the body into seven distinct groups of organs—or emotional centers—that are connected by their relationship to certain emotions. Structured around these emotional centers, the authors outline common imbalances and probable mental causes for physical illness. They also include case studies that show a complete program for healing that draws from all disciplines, including both traditional and alternative medicine, affirmations, nutritional changes, and so much more. Using the self-assessment quiz, the holistic health advice, and an expanded version of Louise’s original affirmation chart (organized by “problem,” “probable cause,” and “new thought pattern”), you can learn how to heal your mind and body with affirmations and intuition and live a balanced, healthy life.
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MANIFESTING, ARCHETYPES & MIRACLES
Wayne Dyer & Caroline Myss I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW by Wayne Dyer $27.95, cloth. Hay House. 369 pages, b/w photos
After four decades as a teacher of self-empowerment and the best-selling author of many books, Wayne Dyer has finally written a memoir. However, he has written it in a way that only he can—with a remarkable takehome message for his longtime followers and new readers alike—and the result is an exciting new twist on the old format. Rather than a plain old memoir, Wayne has gathered together quantum-moment recollections. In this engaging book, Wayne shares dozens of events from his life, from growing up in Detroit up to the present day. In unflinching detail, he relates his vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, taking readers with him into these formative experiences. Yet then he views the events from his current perspective, noting what lessons he ultimately learned, as well as how he has made the resulting wisdom available to millions via his lifelong dedication to service. As a reader, you will feel as if you are right there with Wayne, perusing his personal photo album and hearing about
$15.95, paper. Hay House. 202 pages, colour photos
New in Paperback
I Can See Clearly Now is an intimate look at a notable teacher, but it also holds the key for seekers on a personal path of “en-wakenment.” Wayne offers up his own life as an example of how we can all recognize the hand of the Divine steering our individual courses, helping us accomplish the mission we came here to fulfill.
The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination. Everything that now exists was once imagined. And everything that will ever exist must first be imagined... Wishes Fulfilled is designed to take you on a voyage of discovery, wherein you can begin to tap into the amazing manifesting powers that you possess within you and create a life in which all that you imagine for yourself becomes a present fact.
In Wishes Fulfilled, Wayne Dyer explores the region of your highest self, and definitively shows you how you can truly change your concept of yourself, embark upon a God-realized way of living, and fulfill the spiritual truth that with God all things are possible—and “all things” means that nothing is left out. I’m offering what I consider to be a program that guarantees you the ability to manifest into your life all that you desire, as long as what you desire remains aligned with your Source of being.
By practicing the specific technique for retraining your subconscious mind, you are encouraged to not only place into your imagination what you would like to manifest for yourself, but
ARCHETYPES Who Are You? A Beginner’s Guide to Your Inner-Net by Caroline Myss
I wasn’t aware of all of the future implications that these early experiences were to offer me. Now, from a position of being able to see much more clearly, I know that every single encounter, every challenge, and every situation are all spectacular threads in the tapestry that represents and defines my life, and I am deeply grateful for all of it.
you are given the specifics for realigning your life so you can live out your highest calling and stay connected to your Source of being. From the lofty perspective of your highest self, you will learn how to train your imagination in a new way.
WISHES FULFILLED Mastering the Art of Manifesting by Wayne Dyer
his family, his time in the service, the process behind how he writes his books, and so much more. In the process, you’ll be inspired to look back at your own life to see how everything you have experienced has led you to where you are right now. Wayne has discovered that there are no accidents. Although we may not be aware of who or what is “moving the checkers,” life has a purpose, and each step of our journey has something to teach us. As he says,
New in Paperback
$15.95, paper. Hay House. 242 pages
Have you ever wondered why you are drawn to certain people, ideas, or products—and turned off by others? Are you constantly searching for something you can’t put your finger on, or wondering whether you are living a life that truly fits? In Archetypes, Caroline Myss delves into the world of archetypes, which have been the subject of her work for more than 25 years. Archetypes are universal patterns of behavior that, once discovered, help you better understand yourself and your place in the world. In short, knowing your archetypes can transform your life. In this book, Myss writes about ten primary archetypes that have emerged in today’s society: the Caregiver, the Artist/Creative, the Fashionista, the Intellectual, the Rebel, the Queen/Executive, the Advocate, the Visionary, the Athlete, and the Spiritual Seeker. In each chapter, she explains one in-
YOUR CREATIVE SOUL expressing your authentic self by Caroline Myss & Sandra Joseph $32.95, 4 CDs. Sounds True. 4.5 hours
Many of us wear a mask that covers not our faces but our souls, hiding the authenticity we yearn to express. But how do we remove these masks and step into our full creative power? On Your Creative Soul, Caroline Myss and Sandra Joseph, the author and actress best known for her role as Christine in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, investigate the profound relationship between our spirituality and our creative lives—and why it’s essential for each of us to honor the impulses of the soul. Caroline begins by offering her understanding of the inherent connection between spirituality and creativity and why every breath we take is itself an act of creation. She illuminates the
By using your imagination and practicing the art of assuming the feeling of your wishes being fulfilled, and steadfastly refusing to allow any evidence of the outer world to distract you from your intentions, you will discover that you, by virtue of your spiritual awareness, possess the ability to become the person you were destined to be. dividual archetype, showing how it has evolved and then in fascinating detail lays out the unique characteristics, the defining graces, the life challenges, and other information to help you understand if you are part of this archetype family and if so, how you can fully tap into its power. She also offers tips and practical advice on how to fully engage with your archetypes. Archetypal patterns hold the key to the real you. They somehow know more about you than you know about yourself. By identifying and exploring your own archetypal patterns, you come to understand your true self.
Learning which archetypes best describe you is just the beginning. You can then use this knowledge to make more conscious decisions about everything from careers to relationships, avoiding common pitfalls of your personality type while playing up your strengths. Together, Archetypes: Who Are You? and the website www.ArchetypeMe.com offer an interactive vessel for stepping into the power of your archetypes and using their magnetism to assist you in opening to the full expression of your life.
many levels of creative expression beyond artistic pursuits and illustrates the energetic anatomy of the creative process chakra by chakra. Sandra and Caroline discuss the most common blocks to creativity, then Sandra points the way toward six “doorways” to creativity, as together they explore: ✦ Re-evaluating our relationship with the survival instinct of fear ✦ The shadow of creativity—what happens when we squelch the soul’s call ✦ How to “empty oneself and let go”—the key to authenticity in performance. What are you longing to create right now? What inner gifts are waiting to be revealed? Your Creative Soul is an inspirational guide for giving voice to your deepest truths. Features five beautiful songs performed by Sandra Joseph.
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A YEAR OF MIRACLES Daily Devotions and Reflections by Marianne Williamson $29.95, cloth. HarperCollins. 365 pages
Marianne Williamson, author of the classic A Return to Love and world-renowned teacher, has taught millions around the world an incredible secret: you can transform your life and the world by simply changing how you think. Our thoughts hold our destiny. Help me resist, dear God, my projection of blame onto others. For it is only in seeing them innocent that I can be at peace. Help me to disagree without blame, to share without criticism, and to debate without demonizing anyone. Make me in all ways a conduit of your love.
In A Year of Miracles, she provides 365 reflections and devotions that offer guidance and spiritual support for following the path of love. These readings help you to remember, each day, that you are not alone, that the universe is alive and ready to shower you with help and miracles when you strive to put your best self forward. I am aware that there are ways to speak, and ways to behave, that cause fear instead of love to rise up in those around me. It is not the job of others to figure out who I really am; rather, it is my job to make it clear for all to see. If I want others to see the love in me, then I must show it to them.
Reading these daily morsels of wisdom will help you stay focused, hopeful, and centered—and open your eyes to all the ways God wants to help and bless you. Expect a miracle every day! May I not forget that I am here to extend the compassion of God, to help repair the world, to heal the heart of humanity. Whatever I can do, with my love and with my efforts, may spirit guide me and give me the power to do.
Other recent books by Marianne Williamson are A Course in Weight Loss and The Law of Divine Compensation.
MAY CAUSE MIRACLES A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness by Gabrielle Bernstein $16.00, paper. Crown. 256 pages
From the popular and exciting author of Spirit Junkie and Miracles Now: 108 LifeChanging Tools comes this practical and fun 40-day program for living a life of unlimited happiness. One of the key components to my glass-half-full lifestyle is my dedication to A Course in Miracles, which teaches, “An untrained mind can accomplish nothing.”… In my experience studying the Course resulted in a full-blown mind cleanse, not to mention a superrockin’ life.
Are you ready to work miracles? Gabrielle Bernstein believes that simple, consistent shifts in our thinking and actions can lead to the miraculous in all aspects of our daily lives, including our relationships, finances, bodies, and self-image. In this inspiring guide, Gabrielle offers an exciting plan for releasing fear and allow-
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ing gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through us without fail. All of which, ultimately, will lead to breathtaking lives of abundance, acceptance, appreciation, and happiness. With May Cause Miracles, readers can expect incredible transformation in 40 powerful days: simply by adding up subtle shifts to create miraculous change. If you follow the simple daily steps, you’ll be hooked up with all you need. Try your best not to skip ahead or practice more than one exercise a day. Each lesson is artfully placed right where it needs to be… Each exercise will create subtle shifts. These shifts are miracles. And the more miracles you add up, the more miraculous your life will be. Before you start exercising your love muscles, it’s important that you prep for your journey…
Psychology, Therapy & Dreams THE SECRET LIFE OF BABIES How Our Prebirth and Birth Experiences Shape Our World by Mia Kalef, foreword by Andrew Feldmar $19.95, paper. North Atlantic. 192 pages
The Secret Life of Babies reveals how humans are sentient before conception and throughout gestation and birth, and presents scientific evidence and case studies that show the effects that these prebirth and birth experiences have on personal health and social development. Mia Kalef cites evidence showing how, unless addressed, we retain and often replay unwanted early experiences throughout life—in the form of emotional and physical challenges ranging from pain to suicide to drug addiction. A bold affirmation of sentience before conception and in the womb, The Secret Life of Babies reveals Kalef’s groundbreaking findings, which are organized around 4 provocative principles in the science of consciousness. First, babies can remember their earliest experiences. Second, this consciousness precedes the Mia Falef physical development of the brain itself. Third, Kalef deftly argues that technological medical interventions— and, by extension, estrangement from nature and pervasive violence in contemporary culture—imprint our relationships with the world and disconnect us from our sustainable place in the ecosystem. Finally, she provides a 6-step protocol for detecting these individual imprints and taking reparative steps for physiological and emotional balance and release. With a foreword by innovative psychotherapist Andrew Feldmar, The Secret Life of Babies offers an articulate guide to a transformation meant to restore us to our essential nature. From the table of contents: The Quest: Sparking the Conversation Part One: The Science 1. The First Principle: Babies Remember Their Experiences 2. The Second Principle: Consciousness Precedes the Brain Architecture That Supports It 3. The Third Principle: Babies Are Our Barometer Part Two: The Experience 4. The Fourth Principle: It’s Never Too Late to Heal Part Three: The Marriage 5. The Intuitive Recovery Project
Love & Self-Compassion LOVE 2.0 Creating Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection by Barbara Fredrickson $18.00, paper. Penguin. 245 pages
We all know love matters, but in this groundbreaking book positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson shows us how much—and why—giving us an entirely new way of understanding love and appreciating its benefits. Using research from her own lab (she’s director of the University of North Carolina’s Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab), Fredrickson redefines love as micro-moments of connection between people—even strangers. She demonstrates that our capacity for experiencing love can be measured and strengthened in ways that improve our health and longevity. Finally, she introduces us to informal and formal practices to unlock love in our lives, generate compassion, and even self-soothe. Chapters examine “your body’s definition of love in detail and describe love’s necessary preconditions,” the biological underpinnings of love, the benefits love can bring, and how to generate it. I offer you explicit guidance on how to seed love more often and more effectively, love for yourself and love for others, through thick and thin, in sickness and in health. You’ll come away having learned that love need not remain an unpredictable and elusive state. With practice, you’ll find you can generate love anytime you wish. Love will become a renewable resource.
Rare in its scope and ambitious in its message, Love 2.0 will reinvent how you look at and experience our most powerful emotion. “Barbara Fredrickson puts a new twist on love, illuminating how we can transform our lives by extending love to all of humanity—including ourselves. Based on solid research yet written in an easy-to-read manner, this book is full of practical exercises that can help the reader learn how to love more fully.” —Kristin Neff, author of Self-Compassion “Love 2.0 is not a treatise for old romantics, but something far more interesting… This book may change your life. Really. Give Love 2.0 a chance.” —New Scientist
SELF-COMPASSION Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff $18.99, paper. HarperCollins. 286 pages
The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion—and a tyrannical one at that. Fortunately, there is an alternative to “self-esteem” that many experts believe is a better and more effective path to happiness: “self-compassion.” The research of Kristin Neff and other leading psychologists indicates that people who are compassionate toward their failings and imperfections experience greater well-being than those who repeatedly judge themselves. The feelings of security and self-worth provided by self-compassion are also highly stable, kicking in precisely when self-esteem falls down. This book powerfully demonstrates why it’s so important to be self-compassionate and give yourself the same caring support you’d give to a good friend. This groundbreaking work will show you how to let go of debilitating self-criticism and finally learn to be kind to yourself. Using solid empirical research, personal stories, practical exercises, and humor, Dr. Neff explains how to heal destructive emotional patterns. Through her encounters with eastern spirituality, Neff began to understand that having compassion for oneself is as important as having compassion for others: From the Buddhist point of view, you have to care about yourself before you can really care about other people.
As Neff defines it, self-compassion has three core components: self-kindness, realizing one’s common humanity, and mindfulness. Self-kindness means being gentle and understanding, rather than harshly critical of our own errors. The recognition of common humanity involves feeling connected to others rather than alienated by our suffering. Mindfulness requires “that we hold our experience in balanced awareness, rather than ignoring our pain or exaggerating it.” While exploring these three components in depth, Neff weaves in events that inform her own life, such as the “precipice of despair” she felt while struggling emotionally with her son’s autism. By sharing such personal anecdotes, Neff helps readers understand how self-compassion can aid them. Neff’s compassionate tone makes Buddhist principles accessible, and exercises make them applicable in real life.
HEALING MOMENTS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY edited by Daniel Siegel & Marion Solomon $42.00, cloth. Norton. 296 pages
A wide range of distinguished scientists and clinicians discuss the nature of change in the therapeutic process. Jaak Panksepp, Ian McGilchrist, Ruth Lanius, Francine Shapiro, Pat Ogden, Diana Fosha, and other luminaries offer readers a powerful journey through mindful awareness, neural integration, affective neuroscience, and BRANCHES OF LIGHT
therapeutic presence to reveal the transformational nature of therapy. Healing Moments in Psychotherapy dives deep into the art and science of healing from the perspective of a variety of clinical approaches and scientific viewpoints, includ✦
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ing interpersonal neurobiology. Through the voices of a dozen clinicians and scientists presenting their combined experiences and wisdom, it serves as a window into the process of healing. Practical examples and empowering research data support the ways in which therapeutic relationships can help catalyze health and restore wellness within psychotherapy. “Healing Moments in Psychotherapy is supremely relevant to the working therapist who wants to understand the theory and science behind good practice.” —Sue Johnson, author Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love “This book moves away from the dominant concern with categories and prediction of attachment theory to focus on co-creative, regulatory, multi-leveled meaning-making processes between individuals. From Pat Ogden’s brilliant discussion of enactments and bodily processes to Jaak Panksepp’s neurobiological insights into emotion, Daniel Hughes’s twominded mindfulness, and Diana Fosha’s emotional therapeutic tilt, Solomon and Siegel have embodied and enacted the new interpersonal neurobiology, integrating theory and therapeutic practice.” — Ed Tronick, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts
THE ILLUSTRATED HAPPINESS TRAP How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris & Bev Aisbett $17.95, paper. Shambhala. 166 pages, b/w illustrations throughout
There’s this idea going around that we’re always supposed to be happy—and it’s making us miserable. The good news is, if you can learn to let go of that impossible expectation, your life will be a whole lot happier. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a simple, self-administered therapy that uses mindfulness to enable you to do just that. This fun, illustrated guide to the method that’s made life better for millions is the easiest way yet to learn how to escape the happiness trap and start living a life that’s more rewarding, more meaningful—and happier. With ACT you’ll learn to: ✦ Reduce stress and worry ✦ Handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively ✦ Break self-defeating habits ✦ Overcome insecurity and self-doubt ✦ Recognize and treasure the whole range of emotions that make up a satisfying life. The liberating life practice described in Russ Harris’s best-selling The Happiness Trap—the life-changing practice of applied mindfulness called ACT—is made even more accessible in this fun and easy-to-understand volume that illustrates all the principles with entertaining cartoons. An Important Message Simply reading this book will not be enough to make any real difference in your life. You actually will need to do the exercises if you want your life to be richer, fuller, and more meaningful. It is much the same as reading a book on how to play tennis or guitar. Your tennis or guitar skills won’t improve simply from reading it; you actually have to do the recommended exercises.
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THE BOY WHO DIED AND CAME BACK Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse by Robert Moss $19.00, paper. New World Library. 312 pages
After his first of three near-death experiences, when he was three years old, Robert Moss’s parents were told, “Your boy died and came back.” Moss finds “died and came back” more accurate than “neardeath”—and proof that “soul or consciousness is not dependent on the physical body.” Moss’s death experiences revealed reality to be layered and time to be fluid. Past and present, other worlds, and brilliant sources of wisdom were all accessible. In The Boy Who Died and Came Back he shares the amazing story of his life and adventures in non-ordinary realms. As the creator of Active Dreaming, Moss has taught thousands to use their night dreams to improve their waking lives. Now Moss teaches readers to be archaeologists, excavating and exploring experiences such as temporary death, dreams, and synchronicity. He describes how to seek wisdom and guidance from great minds and seekers, both past and present, and use the multiverse to pursue and live our “big stories.” Through stories and shamanic dreamwork, readers discover truths that illuminate not just the nature of life but also the paths they walk here and now. This is not an autobiography, but it is a book of memory. There are fantastic dramas here, mythic trouble (and delight), times of terror and beauty and possible madness, and tremendous trans-temporal adventures in which I sometimes enter the situation of my counterparts in other times, and sometimes they join me in mine. We bring each other gifts and challenges, allies and adversaries from other times and other worlds.
“Robert Moss is a weaver of worlds. In this book he entwines the shamanic with the classical, the mythological with the historical with gold-threaded prose… Moss’s book is a superb illustration of the restless, exuberant creativity of consciousness.” — Julia Assante, author of The Last Frontier “This is a thrilling account of the farthest reaches of human consciousness.” —Larry Dossey, author of One Mind Among Robert Moss’s other books are Dreaming the Soul Back Home and Dreamgates.
Midlife Passages & ElderWisdom HERBS FOR HEALTHY AGING Natural Prescriptions for Vibrant Health by David Hoffmann $22.95, paper. Inner Traditions. 372 pages
In this herbal guide to healthy aging, medical herbalist David Hoffmann discusses how to maintain the body’s vitality as we age and how to treat and prevent the health concerns brought about by aging. He provides herbal treatments to restore and protect each of the body’s major systems—from the muscles, bones, and digestive system to the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and reproductive organs—as well as herbal remedies for specific ailments such as prostate enlargement, hot flashes, hypertension, insomnia, bronchitis, varicose
Reb Zalman: Sage-ing & the December Project FROM AGE-ING TO SAGE-ING A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi & Ronald Miller $17.00, paper. Grand Central. 320 pages
Over two decades ago, beloved and respected rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was growing older, and fears about death and infirmity were haunting him. So he decided to embark on mission to get to the bottom of his fears. Through a series of events that included a vision quest in a secluded cabin and studying with Sufi masters, Buddhist teachers and NativeAmerican shamans, Reb Zalman found a way to turn aging into the most meaningful and joyous time in his life. In From Age-ing to Sage-ing, Reb Zalman invites us to create an aging process full of adventure, passion, mystery, and fulfillment, rather than anxiety. Using scientific research—both neurological and psychological—Reb Zalman offers techniques to nurture, heal, and perhaps even save a younger generation from the prison of how we typically regard aging. He writes honestly and engagingly, addressing the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of life’s later years. Showing how older people can continue to grow both spiritually and intellectually, he reveals how we can make the later years truly golden. Themes include: facing mortality, repairing relationships, developing a regenerative spirit, becoming the possible sage, a history of elderhood, the art of life completion, tools for harvesting life, the conscious transit at death, mentoring and ways of transmitting wisdom to future generations, and elders as healers of family, community and Gaia. Chock full of wonderful exercises to do, the material in this book arises from Zalman’s Spiritual Eldering Project. The model that I’m proposing does more than restore the elder to a position of honor and dignity based on age and long life experience. It envisions the elder as an agent of evolution, attracted as much by the future of humanity’s expanded brain-mind potential as by the wisdom of the past. With an increased life span and the psychotechnologies to expand the mind’s frontiers, the spiritual elder heralds the next phase of human and global development.
In this updated version of his popular book, Reb Zalman has added a new chapter on the shifts in our culture since this book first came out in the 1990s. Reb Zalman speaks candidly about the role the 78 million (now aging) Baby Boomers are currently playing in how we think about aging. He provides new inspiring ideas about the importance of an elder’s role in shaping society, and has added a concluding chapter in which he shares his own experience with aging and the time he calls “The December Years.”
THE DECEMBER PROJECT An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Take Aim at Our Greatest Mystery by Sara Davidson & Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi $31.00, cloth. HarperCollins. 224 pages
In 2009, Sara Davidson (author of Leap) was surprised by a call from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, asking her to engage with him in what he called, “The December Project.” At 85, Reb Zalman wanted to teach people how to navigate the December of life and to help them “not freak out about dying.” Davidson jumped at the opportunity, although she has a seeker’s heart and a skeptic’s mind. For two years, she and the rabbi met every Friday to explore our greatest mystery. Interspersed with their talks are sketches from Reb Zalman’s past. He barely escaped the Nazis, became an Orthodox rabbi in the U.S., was married four times and had eleven children, took LSD with Timothy Leary, and formed friendships with leaders of other faiths, such as Thomas Merton and the Dalai Lama. Breaking with the Orthodox, he founded the Jewish Renewal Movement to encourage people to have a direct experience of God. During their time together, they created strategies to deal Sara Davidson with pain and memory loss, and found tools to cultivate sim& Zalman Schachter- plicity, fearlessness, and joy—at any age. Davidson includes Shalomi twelve exercises so readers can experience what she did—a sea change in facing what we all must face: mortality. Topics We Cover: What is the spiritual work of the December years, and how do we prepare for the mystery? What inner work will help us glean every drop of joy and meaning from all our years? Facing the fear of nothingness. Dealing with physical pain. What if you feel you’re losing your memory and mental faculties? Forgiveness—the most important skill we need to perfect, especially forgiving ourselves. How intuition can be more important than thinking, and how to expand your intuitive capacity. Practicing the art of letting go.
“Davidson brings us the dialogue we dream of having: where we can place our darkest doubts and fears in the loving embrace of a profound elder, who’s grooming us patiently for what’s waiting around the inevitable corner of our lives.” —Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, author of The Woman’s Kabbalah “Reb Zalman is wise, funny and irresistible. You will want to read this book cover to cover.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness
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veins, and arthritis. He shows how herbs can help minimize dependence on conventional medical treatments and provide a safe and welcome alternative to the unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects of synthetic drugs. In the materia medica, Hoffmann details more than 150 anti-aging herbs and their actions on the body and mind, preparation methods, and recommended dosages. This authoritative guide to herbal preventive medicine and longevity offers holistic treatments designed not only to promote vibrant health but also to provide a way to age with grace. Remember that none of this would have been possible without the Photosynthesis Angels.
“David Hoffmann is one of the Western world’s most respected clinical herbalists, and he offers the reader safe, effective, and relevant treatments for many of the ills that come with increasing age.” —David Winston, coauthor of Adaptogens Among David Hoffmann’s other books are Medical Herbalism, The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal, and The Herbal Handbook.
RIPENING TIME Inside Stories for Aging with Grace by Sherry Ruth Anderson $15.95, paper. John Hunt. 162 pages
In Ripening Time: Inside Stories for Aging with Grace, Sherry Ruth Anderson presents a new perspective on aging. In her latest book, the bestselling author of The Feminine Face of God invites the reader to engage the aging process through the art of inner inquiry. She guides us beyond our culture’s mind traps through stories where elders face into the lies, the losses and endings, the tender and bittersweet and ferocious truths of growing old. Giving us an invaluable compass, she shows how growing into old age can be a fruition, the genuine grace and gift of human ripening. What kind of time is this when the ones who are coming up behind us want maps and we don’t have any? Or, to be honest, we have a superabundance of maps and soothsayers and doomsayers and fearless prophets. We just don’t have anything that we trust to show the way into…what? A new time. What does that mean? What if we had more time? What if, instead of dying in childbirth in our thirties or wearing down by forty or fortyfive like so many of our ancestors, we had an extra thirty years of life, an extra generation and then some to grow into our human possibility? What could we become?
With many stories and reflections from her years of creating and exploring in elders circles, Ripening Time includes chapters such as: ✦ Escaping Mother Culture’s Web ✦ When Your Mind is Not Clouded ✦ We are Already Naked
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✦ ✦ Disturbing the Furies ✦ Opening to the Questions ✦ Becoming an Elder ✦ Lessons from the Harvest
“Anderson explores the questions of maturity with depth, sensitivity, and humor, in a voice that is at once touchingly personal and deeply wise. A must read for anyone over 55.” —Roger Housden, author of Keeping the Faith without a Religion “Perhaps it will help shift the cultural bias from ‘Over the hill’ to ‘Wow! Enjoying the view.’” —Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness is an Inside Job
Jungian & Depth Psychology A RELIGION OF ONE’S OWN A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World by Thomas Moore $32.00, cloth. Gotham. 278 pages
In A Religion of One’s Own, author, therapist and former monk Thomas Moore shows how as individuals we can fashion a religion of our own. We can fill in the gaps in our lives between the spiritual and the secular and find a sense of purpose that satisfies us not only spiritually but intellectually and emotionally as well. He explores the myriad possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, either inside or outside formal religion. This is a user’s guide for people who sincerely want a life of deep personal meaning in the modern world. Thomas Moore shows how by paying attention to your inner guidance, seeking out mystical experiences in nature and art, and doing the service you feel called to do—all without any big religious ideas or pieties—you can find your own religion. A Religion of One’s Own is for agnostics, atheists, and seekers as well as those devoted to their religious traditions. Drawing on his time as a monk; the best that the major religious traditions have to offer; and the wisdom and experiences of writers, thinkers, and artists as varied as Thoreau and Emerson, Thomas Merton, Anne Sexton, Emily Dickinson, Georgia O’Keefe, James Hillman, Carl Jung, Simone Weil, Glenn Gould, and René Magritte— among others—he shows how we can create lives that feed our soul. The religion I am putting forward is not the domesticated, tame, rehearsed, and constantly repeated variety. It is ever revealing and renewing itself. When I say that it is your own, that’s what I mean. It is not someone else’s summary of what you should do and be. It is the constant new revelation of the deep truths that can shape your life.
Moore recounts the benefits of contemplative living he learned during his twelve years as a monk but also the more original and imaginative spirituality that he later developed and embraced in his secular life. And he shares stories of others who are creating their own path. At a time when so many feel disillusioned with or detached from organized religion yet long for a way to move beyond an exclusively materialistic, rational lifestyle, A Religion of One’s Own points the way to creating an amplified inner life and a world of greater purpose, meaning, and reflection.
Marion Woodman: 9 Hours on Video MARION WOODMAN AND THE CONSCIOUS FEMININE Marion Woodman in Conversation with Marlene Schiwy by Marion Woodman, with Marlene Schiwy $115.00, DVD. Principia Productions. 6 DVDs, 9 hours, 32 minutes
These interviews with Marion Woodman were filmed in her study in London, Ontario in 2005-2006. Marlene Schiwy and Lael McCall offered Marion the invitation to speak about the evolution of Body Soul Rhythms, the work of the Marion Woodman Foundation, and her current concerns and interests. These 6 DVDs cover a wide variety of topics, including Marion’s chlidhood and family life; Death Mother and Death Father archetypes; the essence of dreams and some of the big dreams that have shaped Marion’s destiny; the importance of Marion’s journal through the years; the spiritual meaning of addiction; Virgin and Crone; creativity as a healing force; and Marion’s own analyses. There is also one hour with Marion and Ross Woodman, and another hour with Marion and Marlene together on screen. The conversations have been edited only for continuity and clarity, and to avoid repetition. Summary of DVD Contents: 1. What is Marion working on now? Another level of Death Mother. Negative Mother. Kali. Myth of Medusa. Marion’s childhood and relationship with her father. Golden mandala dream about her mother. Father’s love of poetry. 2. Marion’s dreams and the importance of metaphor. Metaphor is crucial. Dream of orange bush. Teaching poetry – “Tyger, tyger, burning bright”. Emily Dickinson. Bone—importance of Marion’s journal and concerns about publishing it. 3. The Virgin archetype. How it is different for Marion now than 20 or 30 years ago. Most important aspect of Crone. Demon Lover. Conscious Mother. Conscious body. Subtle body. Celtic cross with cameos. Marion’s analysis with Dr. Bennett. 4. Marion’s experience of analysis. Dr. Bennett, continued. Analysis with Ms. Hannah, her “brilliant heart.” “Do you love your dreams?” Marion’s snake dreams over the years. Marion and Ross. What is most precious about their marriage now? 5. What does it mean to live our Virgin in the world? Who is the Virgin’s husband? Our culture is devastated with addiction. How do we work with Shadow? What is a Destiny marriage? Values of conscious Virgin and Crone. Death Father energy. 6. The opposites in addiction. What does “unconscious” really mean? Creativity as healer. Importance of archetypal energy. Marion recites poetry. Among Thomas Moore’s other books are Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul.
CHANGE YOUR STORY, CHANGE YOUR LIFE Using Shamanic and Jungian Tools to Achieve Personal Transformation by Carl Greer & Alberto Villoldo $22.50, paper. Findhorn Press. 224 pages
Change Your Story, Change Your Life is a practical self-help guide to personal transformation using traditional shamanic techniques combined with journaling and Jungian analyst Carl Greer’s method for dialoguing that draws upon Jungian active imagination. The exercises inspire readers to work with insights and energies derived during the use of modalities that tap into the unconscious so that they may consciously choose the changes they would like to make in their lives and begin implementing them. “An engrossing study of shamanism and how it relates to psychology and everyday
life. A unique blending of two very powerful tools.” —Lynn Andrews, author of The Medicine Women Series Carl Greer is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and shamanic practitioner. After focusing on business for many years, he earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and then became a Jungian analyst. The shamanic work he does is drawn from a blend of North American and South American indigenous trainings and is influenced by Jungian analytic psychology. He has trained with Peruvian shamans and through Alberto Villoldo’s Healing the Light Body School, where he has been on staff.
THE LIFE AND IDEAS OF JAMES HILLMAN Volume 1: The Making of a Psychologist by Dick Russell $43.95, cloth. Skyhorse. 672 pages, colour photos
Considered to be the world’s foremost post-Jungian thinker, James Hillman is known as the founder of archetypal psychology and the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling title The Soul’s Code. In The Making of a Psychologist, we follow Hillman from his youth in the heyday of Atlantic City, through post-war Paris and Dublin, travels in Africa and Kashmir, and onward to Zurich and the Jung Institute, which appointed him its first director of studies in 1960. This first of a two-
volume authorized biography is the result of hundreds of hours of interviews with Hillman and others over a sevenyear period. Discover how Hillman’s unique psychology was forged through his life experiences and found its basis in the imagination, aesthetics, a return to the Greek pantheon, and the importance of soul-making, and gain a better understanding of the mind of one of the most brilliant psychologists of the twentieth century. It is the first study which illumines the inner workings of the Jung Institute in the 1950s and 1960s, and the often-fraught tangle of person, institutional, and therapeutic relationships. This book invites one to read and reread Hillman’s works… It enables them to be read afresh; now accompanied with a view of the man at his writing desk, ‘the man of flesh and bone,’ as Unamuno would have put it; a view of what engendered his reflections, the struggle of self-overcoming, how he attempted to grasp the hidden powers at work in our lives, and to forge, in the smithy of his soul, a renewal of psychology, and a renewed appreciation of the force of imagination in all walks of life. —Shonu Shamdasani, from the preface
Mythology THE SNOWY TOWER Parzival and the Wet Black Branch of Language by Martin Shaw $20.50, paper. White Cloud. 272 pages
In Snowy Tower, Martin Shaw offers a telling of the Grail epic Parzival. Claiming it as a great Trickster story of medieval Europe, he reveals new implications of its depths: What is it saying to us about our lives in the early twentyfirst century? In Snowy Tower, British wildness guide and mythic teacher Martin Shaw continues his trilogy of works on the relationship between myth, wilderness, and a culture of wildness. The first book was A Branch from the Lightning Tree. In this second book, he gives a nuanced and richly resonant telling of the Grail epic and trickster story ‘Parzival.’ Shaw offers a deft and erudite commentary, with topics ranging from climate change and the soul to the discipline of erotic consciousness, from the hallucination of empire to a re-visioning of the dark speech of the ancient bards. Ingrained in the very syntax of Snowy Tower is an invocation of what Shaw calls “wild mythologies”— stories that are more than just human allegory, that seem to brush the winged thinking of owl, stream, and open moor. This daring work offers a connection to the genius of the margins; that the big questions of today will not be solved by big answers, but by the myriad of associations that both myth and wilderness offer. The story is clear that to find the Grail is
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MYTHOS, SOPHIA & MINDFULNESS The Heart of Religion
Joseph Campbell on Goddesses / the Hero’s Journey THE WORLD’S GREAT WISDOM Timeless Teachings from Religions and Philosophies edited by Roger Walsh
THE HERO’S JOURNEY
New in Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work Paperback by Joseph Campbell, edited & with an introduction by Phil Cousineau
$33.50, paper. S.U.N.Y. 258 pages
Surveying spiritual and philosophical traditions, this volume revives the search for wisdom for modern times. What is wisdom and how is it cultivated? These are among the most important questions we can ask, but questions that have been routinely ignored in modern times. In the twentieth century, the search for wisdom was replaced by a search for knowledge as science and technology promised answers to life’s ills. However, along with scientific achievements came disasters, particularly the devastation of the planet through the accelerating use of modern technology. In an era drenched in data, a desire for wisdom has been reborn. Where can we go to learn about wisdom? The answer is clear: to the world’s great religions and their accompanying philosophies and psychologies. The World’s Great Wisdom makes these treasuries available. Practitioners from each of the great religions—as well as from Western philosophy and contemporary research—provide summaries of their traditions’ understandings of wisdom, the means for cultivating it, and its implications for the modern world.
$23.50, paper. New World Library. 352 pages, b/w photos & illustrations
Now in a Third Edition, this “spiritual autobiography” of Joseph Campbell is the story of his lifelong journey into the world of myth and the muses. Recorded in the last years of his long life, these rare interviews, lectures, and conversations with figures such as poet Robert Bly, anthropologist Angeles Arrien and others, reveal Joseph Campbell the man as well as the revered mythologist, teacher, and writer. Through the themes of Campbell’s seminal Hero with a Thousand Faces—”The Call to Adventure,” “The Vision Quest,” “The Return”—readers follow Campbell from his Catholic boyhood and early interest in American Indians through Paris in the 1920s, and into the world of such modern mythmakers as Stan Grof and George Lucas. The evolution of Campbell’s thought is traced, illuminating his inspiring synthesis of mythology, religion, psychology, and art—and his encounters with Joseph Campbell many of the 20th century’s seminal thinkers. (In 1986 he lectured on “Ritual and Rapture from Dionysius to the Grateful Dead.”) When people say they’re looking for the meaning of life, what they’re really looking for is a deep experience of it.
Campbell dealt with the essence of human nature through the ages and its struggle with the deep imponderables that are a mystery to us all—the fundamental questions about our origins and the meaning of life and death. These questions, Campbell showed, are answered in every culture by mythic tales—the human way of making sense of the world. As the perennial philosopher, Joseph Campbell reflects on subjects ranging from the origins and functions of myth, the role of the artist, and the need for ritual, to the ordeals of love and romance. The Hero’s Journey reveals fresh aspects of the man, his discoveries, and his genius— beautifully illustrated with photos and works of mythic art he loved.
GODDESSES Mysteries of the Feminine Divine by Joseph Campbell
I sought outstanding scholarpractitioners from each of the great religions, as well as from Western philosophy, to contribute chapters. These contributors are all both noted scholars with expert intellectual knowledge of their tradition as well as practitioners who use their tradition’s reflective and contemplative techniques themselves. They therefore have both intellectual and experiential expertise in their traditions. This direct experience and prolonged practice is essential, because if there is one thing on which the world’s wisdom traditions agree, it is that to fully comprehend deep wisdom requires careful preparation and practice.
$29.50, cloth. New World Library. 304 pages, b/w illustrations
Joseph Campbell brought mythology to a mass audience, most notably in his conversations with Bill Moyers on PBS. In print and on television, his accessible and conversational tone riveted audiences without “dumbing down.” His bestselling books, including The Power of Myth and The Hero with a Thousand Faces, continue to enrich new generations of readers. While Campbell’s work reached wide and deep as he covered the world’s great mythological traditions, he never wrote a book on goddesses in world mythology. He did, however, have much to say on the subject. Between 1972 and 1986 he gave over twenty lectures and workshops on goddesses, exploring the figures, functions, symbols, and themes of the feminine divine, following them through their transformations across cultures and epochs.
This book offers distillations of the world’s accumulated wisdom—ancient and modern, religious and scientific, philosophical and psychological. It is a unique resource that for the first time in history brings together our collective understanding of wisdom and the ways to nurture it. Roger Walsh, MD is Professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy, and Anthropology and Professor in the Religious Studies Program at the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of several books, including The World of Shamanism: New Views of an Ancient Tradition.
And is it likely, do you think, after all her years and millennia of changing forms and conditions, that she is now unable to let her daughters know who they are?
In this provocative volume, editor Safron Rossi—a goddess studies scholar, professor of mythology, and curator of collections at Opus Archives, which holds the Joseph Campbell archival manuscript collection and personal library—collects these lectures for the first time. These lectures show his sensitivity to the uniqueness of the feminine form in mythology, and what that could mean to women. Further, Campbell understood and honored the vital importance of female spirit and its creative potential to birth the meaning of women’s experiences into mythic and creative form. He saw this as the gift and challenge of our age and honored women in their visioning and forming of the journey. —Safron Rossi
In them, Campbell traces the evolution of the feminine divine from one Great Goddess to many, from Neolithic Old Europe to the Renaissance. He sheds new light on classical motifs and reveals how the feminine divine symbolizes the archetypal energies of transformation, initiation, and inspiration.
Meditation on CD
The challenge for women is to flower as individuals, neither as biological archetypes, nor as personalities imitative of the male.
GUIDED MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Series 2 by Jon Kabat-Zinn
to be aligned to these powers—the tusky hag of the forest, the magnificent otherness of the magpie brother—and to have walked a crooked mile to the very gate of heaven. That all are in high service to the Grail—that celestial consciousness—is absolutely delicious.
"An outrageous piece of magic, this horde of galloping insights sprung from the meeting of one of Europe's most alchemical story traditions with the pirate brilliance of Martin Shaw." —David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous
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$32.95, 4 CDs. Sounds True. 3.5 hours
Guided Mindfulness Meditation: Series 2 is a set of four practice CDs of different lengths, designed for people who want a range of shorter guided meditations to help them develop and/or expand and deepen a personal meditation practice based on
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mindfulness. It gives you programs of varying lengths to use on different days, depending on how much time you can make for formal practice. They are a way for you to make maximum use of the time you do have to develop a strong and enduring daily practice. The first CD (#1) is devoted to three sitting meditations of varying length. The second CD (#2) has the three lying down meditations, also of varying lengths— guided sessions for learning how to “fall awake” rather than fall asleep, which, teaches Kabat–Zinn, is what mindfulness is all about. Series 2 also includes one CD (#3) with a guided “mountain” and a guided “lake” meditation. These images are used in the service of strengthening one’s understanding of mindfulness practice. They speak to deep aspects of the psyche and support the cultivation of silence, stillness, resolve, and wakefulness. The last CD (#4) is Silence with Bells: at 5, 10, 20, and 30 minutes. “Helps in practicing on your own without guidance, yet keeping track of the time without looking at a clock.”… Also, Silence with bells at random times up to 30 minutes. “Helps in developing calmness and equanimity (non-reactivity), as the bells ring at irregular intervals, sometimes loudly.” Intended to be used in conjunction with his book Wherever You Go, There You Are, these four CD–length programs are a valuable resource that meditators at all experience levels can adapt to their specific needs. Mindfulness is moment–to–moment non–judgmental awareness, a way to embody sanity, clarity, and harmony, even in challenging circumstances. And it’s a way to heal ourselves and our relationships with others. But it does require cultivation. These guided meditations provide an essential set of tools to help support that process.
MEDITATION FOR YOGA LOVERS Let Your Body Teach Your Mind by Lorin Roche $19.95, 2 CDs. Sounds True. 2.3 hours
When we approach meditation as a wideopen embrace of life, we can let our bodies be our best meditation teachers. Created for yoga practitioners and everyone else, Meditation for Yoga Lovers invites you to join Lorin Roche to leap into a meditation practice unique to you (because it will naturally unfold from the rich tapestry of your own experience in the moment). With a poetic delivery and the wisdom of forty years of teaching and practicing, Lorin describes the central skills of yoga meditation, including non-judgment, finding focus, tuning in to your inner world, the spirit of adventure, and more. Then he opens up the meditator’s toolkit to share a series of guided exercises including: ✦ Instinctive awareness practice for embracing “the wise motions of life” ✦ Salute to the senses—a practice for continually turning toward the life within and
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✦ without ✦ Mantra practice for expressing joy, delight,
awe, and pleasure ✦ Breath meditation-a celebration of all the colors of prana (energy) Connectedness is the sacred function of meditation, because it is a time that we give ourselves to weave together and coordinate all of the elements of our being.
Meditation for Yoga Lovers welcomes you to the beautiful art of inner connection with your own essence and life itself.
Western Spiritual Teachers & Teachings
Byron Katie’s Friendly Universe BYRON KATIE’S “KATIE-ISMS” INNER WISDOM CARDS by Byron Katie, illustrated by Hans Wilhelm $17.00. Tarcher. 64 colour cards in a box
Byron Katie, also author A Thousand Names for Joy, has one job: to show people how to stop suffering. When Katie appears, lives change. These 64 beautiful cards, with principles taken from Katie’s spiritual classic Loving What Is, feature whimsically colourful original art from award-winning artist Hans Wilhelm, coupled with powerful affirmations from Byron Katie. “The Work of Byron Katie” can be summed up as follows:
KEEPING THE FAITH WITHOUT A RELIGION by Roger Housden $24.00, cloth. Sounds True. 136 pages
Here’s a beautifully contemplated and written exploration of the emerging secular spirituality, from Roger Housden, author of the Ten Poems series of books. What is faith? It is not something we must receive from a religion, nor is it a quality we must abandon in order to be rational. Faith is not the same as belief. A nonreligious faith allows us to live with uncertainty, change, and mortality—to embrace life in all its sublime beauty.
For the many who self-identify as “spiritual but not religious,” Keeping the Faith Without a Religion offers us a number of ways to embrace the extraordinary mystery of our lives without resorting to blind dogmatism or nihilistic scientism. He invites us to investigate: ✦ Faith and belief—how our hunger for certainty and easy answers impedes the growth of a mature spirituality ✦ Guidance for building a personal faith
based on your own inner experience ✦ How faith in life’s uncertainty can lift us
through hard times—even when we know there are no guarantees ✦ Love, joy, and beauty—what these experi-
ences can teach us about the intelligence of the universe. Faith refers to a matter not of the head but the heart. It implies an orientation of trust and love-for-no-reason. Just because. It is, you may say, the fragrance of the heart’s knowing… This book urges us to give a deepening attention to our own intelligent heart, along with an informed awareness of the pitfalls we can be prone to… The chapters that follow explore how doubt, perplexity, difficulty, change, as well as beauty, love, presence, can all be doorways beyond the narrow concerns of self-interest into our greater humanity. They center on ten themes that deepen our faith in the value and meaning of being human.
With Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, Roger Housden offers a guidebook for free-thinking seekers—an inspiring call to step beyond the need for one absolute truth and trust ourselves to the unfolding of our singular, extraordinary life.
Identify a stressful situation and thought you were believing in the situation and question that thought, using the following questions. (Example: “They are judging me.”) The Four Questions: ✦ Is it true? ✦ Can you absolutely know that it’s true? ✦ How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought? ✦ Who or what would you be without the thought?
While these cards can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, it is suggested to read only one card a day; keep the card visible throughout your day, especially those cards that you are most inspired or challenged by. Here are a few of the “Katie-isms”: When you argue with reality, you lose—but only 100% of the time. If I had a prayer, it would be this: “God, spare me from the desire for love, approval, or appreciation. Amen.” Everything happens for me, not to me. All the suffering that anyone has ever experienced is in the past. This moment now is a state of grace. You either believe your stressful thoughts or you question them—there’s no other choice.
Sayings to Inspire and Challenge You by Byron Katie, illustrated by Hans Wilhelm $16.00, paper. Tarcher. 128 pages, 7x7, colour illustrations
In this unusual book, awareness teacher Byron Katie, also author of Loving What Is, offers a bouquet of her pithy, challenging, inspiring sayings. Such as… Stress is an alarm clock that lets you know you’ve attached to something that’s not true for you. Seeking love keeps you from the awareness that you already have it—that you are it. Thoughts aren’t personal. They just appear, like raindrops. Would you argue with a raindrop?
Byron Katie, widely known and appreciated for “The Work,” her method of selfinquiry, here offers powerful aphorisms that can change the lives of readers forever. These delightful “Katie-isms” are presented along with full-color, full-page illustrations from celebrated and award-winning artist Hans Wilhelm. The universe is friendly. And any thought that opposes that is going to feel like stress. Reality is always kinder than the story we tell about it. We are really alive only when we live in nonbelief—open, waiting, trusting, and loving to do what appears in front of us now. The world is your perception of it. Inside and outside always match—they’re reflections of each other. The world is the mirror image of your own mind.
This book will brighten the lives of readers who are searching for inner harmony and an end to suffering.
a no bullshit exploration of spirituality by Chris Grosso $17.00, paper. Beyond Words. 240 pages
After years of heavy addiction, tattooed musician Chris Grosso found himself literally on his knees, utterly lost and broken. He needed a new way to approach life, something that went beyond conventional religious or spiritual doctrine—free of bullshit. Drawing on his punk rock roots and question-everything mindset, Grosso of-
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fers a collection of stories and musings about his meandering journey of self-inquiry, recovery, and acceptance. He rejects all the hypocrisies and judgments of religion to show that spirituality is not something that only happens on meditation cushions or yoga mats, in sanghas, churches, mosques, temples, or synagogues. It’s not always peaceful and quiet. It can be as loud as a rock concert or as alternative as Grosso himself. And its up to you to find and follow your own path. Honest as a friend, bitingly humorous, and radically odd, Grosso’s collection of vignettes shows what it means to live an authentic, open, and mindful life. Set amongs the backdrop of Grosso’s soriginal music (included for download via QR codes in the text), Indie Spiritualist encourages you to ac-
cept yourself just as you are, in all your humanity and imperfect perfection. After the collection of vignettes is a “Side-B,” which extends the invitation for those independent spiritual seekers who are interested in learning more about incorporating meditations and practices into their lives. These practices are from a wide spectrum of spiritual traditions and have been enormously helpful in my life. Included at the end are some “Bonus Tracks,” an eclectic list of personally recommended books, music, and films that may provide sources of inspiration in obvious as well as unconventional ways.
“This is ragged truth-telling at its best, and Chris speaks directly from nothing but his own experience. It is therefore as honest and authentic an account of spirituality as you will likely find anywhere. What else could you ask for?” —Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision “You awaken your True spirit by way of the broken heart: ragged, vulnerable, fierce, and finally compassionate. Chris trod this rough way and shows honestly how it can be done.” —Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart Chris Grosso created the popular hub for all things indie, alt, and spiritual with TheIndieSpiritualist.com website.
RESURRECTING JESUS Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic by Adyashanti $28.50, cloth. Sounds True. 235 pages $88.00, 11 CDs. 11 hours
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Adyashanti is an American spiritual teacher whose teachings “point us toward what we most yearn for: realizing and embodying the love and awareness that is our natural state.” —Tara Brach The story of Jesus has not waned in its power to change lives. Yet today, even though the majority of us grew up in a culture suffused by the mythos of Jesus, many of us feel disconnected from the essence and vitality of his teachings. With Resurrecting Jesus, Adyashanti presents a bold new book inviting us to rediscover the life and teachings of Jesus as a direct path to what may be the most radical of transformations: spiritual awakening. Jesus crossed all of the boundary lines that separated the people of his time because he viewed the world from the perspective of what unites us, not what divides us. For each of us, our own existence is a very mysterious thing. Simply to be, to exist, is a great mystery. On the surface, we each have a personality, a persona, an ego structure—the way we present ourselves to the world. But inside of us is something quite different… Initially I thought of what was inside in psychological terms. Then, through my study of Zen, I realized that there was a dimension of being that was far beyond what we would think of as our own personal psychology. Finally, when I encountered those Christian mystics, it’s as if they pulled me into a more creative place, toward a meeting place where the story of Jesus came together with the creative power of the unconscious.
In this provocative inquiry, with anecdotes from his own journey, Adyashanti reveals the man known as Jesus as an exemplar of the realized state and a model of
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enlightened engagement with the world. Tracing the story of Jesus from his birth to the Resurrection, he shows how the key events in Jesus’ life parallel the stages of spiritual awakening and shares the profound implications this represents for modern seekers. Jesus symbolizes the spiritual mystery of each one of us, and points us toward the radiance within that is available right now —the eternal saving grace through which we realize that we are each sons and daughters of a living God.
In Resurrecting Jesus, readers from all walks of life will explore “the transmission of infinite love” that his story represents and how that love revolutionizes our lives and our world.
Dying, Near-Death & Grieving THROUGH THE DARK FOREST Transforming Your Life in the Face of Death by Carolyn Conger $18.00, paper. Penguin. 258 pages
This practical and deeply healing book is the first to offer readers tools and exercises to help them begin the soul work that is preparing for death. Drawing on her thirty years of experience working with people who are imminently facing death, Carolyn Conger shows how active imagination, self-hypnosis, energy medicine, and dreamwork can profoundly deepen and enhance our final days and nights. Older readers, the terminally ill, psychotherapists, the clergy, and hospice and health care workers will welcome this paradigm-shifting guide to the most difficult time in life. When we are confronted with the end of life, we must tackle medical decisions, attend to family and legal matters, and grapple with overwhelming questions such as: How do I manage each day knowing that death is near? What has life up until now meant? What should I do with the time that remains? Something in us wants to have a satisfactory sense of completion to our time upon this earth. Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The more we participate in writing the ending of our own story, the more satisfied we are with the arc of our life. This book draws upon my experience working with people who are facing death. It is not only for people who have a terminal illness and for their caretakers and families, but also for everyone who is ready to face his or her own mortality and live the remainder of their life meaningfully.
As you read Through the Dark Forest, “you will need a journal to do the exercises, track your progress, and record your thoughts, images, and feelings. Your writing is an important part of the exercises, because it embodies and grounds your experience.” “A rare and deep look into the great mystery of dying, this powerful book gives the reader a path through the darkness to light.” —Roshi Joan Halifax, Founding Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
BRINGING BUBBE HOME A Memoir of Letting Go by Debra Zaslow $20.95, paper. White Cloud Press. 192 pages
Debra Zaslow was humming along on baby-boomer autopilot, immersed in her life as a professional storyteller, wife of a Rabbi, and mother of two teenagers when she felt compelled to bring her 103-year-old grandmother, Bubbe, who was dying alone in a nursing facility, home to live and die with her family. Zaslow had no idea if she will have the emotional stamina to midwife Bubbe to the other side. Bringing Bubbe Home is the story of their time together in Bubbe’s last months, mingled with scenes from the past that reveal how her grandmother’s stories of abuse, tenacity, and survival have played out through the generations of women in the family. Debra watches her expectations of a perfect death dissolve in the midst of queen-size diapers, hormonal teenagers and volatile caregivers, while the two women sit soul-to-soul in the place between life and death. As she holds her grandmother’s gnarled hand and traces the lines of her face, Debra sees her own search for mothering reflected in her grandmother’s eyes. When Bubbe finally dies, something in Debra is born: the possibility to move into the future without the chains of the past.
YOGA FOR GRIEF RELIEF Simple Practices for Transforming Your Grieving Mind and Body by Antonio Sausys $26.95, paper. New Harbinger. 216 pages, 8x10, over 100 b/w illustrations
If you’ve experienced profound loss—be it the death of a loved one or the end of an important relationship—you may feel intense emotional or physical pain. In fact, it’s not uncommon for grieving people to experience depression, anxiety, fatigue, and a variety of chronic ailments. If you’ve tried medication or therapy but have yet to find relief, you may be surprised to discover the healing effects of yoga. Yoga for Grief Relief combines over 100 illustrations of gentle yogic poses and the latest research in psychophysiology and neuroscience to help you get back on the path to wellness. Written by Antonio Sausys, TV host of YogiViews and the founder of Yoga for Health, an International Yoga Therapy Conference, the step-by-step exercises in this book can be tailored to your personal needs, and are designed to help you work through your loss and recover your centre, your vitality. Grief affects both the mind and the body. Using the examples and illustrations in this book, you’ll discover how the ancient practice of yoga can provide relief for both your emotional and physical symptoms. The book also explains the psychophysiological correlation between emotional grief
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and bodily pain that may also arise. The gentle yoga practices within include postures, breathing exercises, body movements, cleansing techniques, self-relaxation techniques, and mind reprogramming exercises. At its core, yoga is about accepting change. If you are ready to heal, this book can provide the necessary tools needed to make a meaningful transition in life with graceful awareness. To find out more, visit yogaforgriefrelief.com.
CONVERSATIONS BEYOND PROOF OF HEAVEN with Eben Alexander & Raymond Moody $23.95, DVD. Beyond Words. 121 minutes
If we all knew our life on planet Earth is just one in a series of many lives, what would we do differently? What implications does this knowledge have on the everyday, the economy, and the world as we know it? Join filmmaker David Hinshaw as he documents the exploration of these questions and more in a dialogue between Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven and Dr. Raymond Moody, author of Life After Life. Set against the backdrop of Dr. Alexander’s Virginia home and contextualized by his own passionately recounted experience of being brain dead for a week— a near-death experience unlike any other ever detailed—the film invites you to become a part of the conversation as Dr. Alexander and Dr. Moody discuss: ✦ Soul School—what it is and why we are here. ✦ Consciousness—is it dependent on the brain or a richer, freer state that exists beyond the physical mind? ✦ Time—how it flows, how we perceive it linearly, and how all things are happening at once. ✦ Science and Spirituality—the possibility of merging the two as partners rather than adversaries and the consideration of science in the question of the soul. Rich, real, and engaging, this film captures that something we all know about divine nature that is beyond words but felt at the deepest level. Get ready for the experience of this lifetime—an experience you will want to share with friends and family—as Dr. Alexander and Dr. Moody shed light on the divine plan of the Universe to help us with the realization that we are far more than we ever thought ourselves to be. Includes a bonus interview with Holley Alexander, who was at Dr. Alexander’s side the entire time he was brain dead from a bout of E. coli meningitis.
Transpersonal Psychology GRIST FOR THE MILL Awakening to Oneness by Ram Dass & Stephen Levine $18.95, paper. HarperCollins. 184 pages
From Ram Dass, the author of Be Here Now and Be Love Now, aided by Stephen Levine, author of A Year to Live, comes this timeless lesson about the experience of being and the risks and rewards of spiritual awakening. The book is fully revised with a new introduction. Originally published in 1976, Grist for the Mill is a living classic that offers a deep journey of self-discovery, an
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✦ understanding of what it means to “be” and to grow as human beings.
Grist for the Mill came from talks I gave to different groups in the 1970s. It captures those interchanges, but it’s also about living in the moment, which transcends time… Paradoxes like the infinity of time vs. the timeless present, self vs. non-self, and the need for individual effort vs. surrender to a higher power are all grist for the mill of treading on this pathless path. My Guru, Maharaj-ji, once told me, “Enjoy everything!” These days I try to simply love everything that comes my way, whether animate or inanimate, pleasant or painful. I hope you too can learn to absorb life’s ecstasies and distresses into your spiritual practice so they are just more grist for the mill. —from the introduction, 2012
Some of the chapter titles give a sense of the topics: Receiving the Transmission, Rules of the Game, Levels of Reality, The Mellow Drama, Dying: an Opportunity for Awakening, Nobody’s Special, Karmuppance, Methods and More, Questions and Answers. Yet how can we remove suffering when we ourselves still fear? It is a matter of degree. We do what we can for others and yet never stop working on ourselves, for we keep in mind that it is our consciousness that may help to liberate another.
As Ram Dass says, When the faith is strong enough it is sufficient just to be. It’s a journey towards simplicity, towards quietness, towards a kind of joy that is not in time. It’s a journey that has taken us from primary identification with our body and our psyche, on to an identification with God, and ultimately beyond identification.
THE FOUR VIRTUES Presence, Heart, Wisdom, Creation by Tobin Hart $18.99, paper. Beyond Words. 352 pages
This remarkable book interweaves insight and wisdom from sources Eastern and Western, psychological and spiritual, scientific and religious, ancient and modern, along with practical ways for tapping into the current of our own deepest inner natures where we may find a new way. How do we find our way and help others find theirs?... We will explore four living virtues that lead toward deep connection and communion with the world and with ourselves. We can think of these as powers, capacities, or cardinal directions. Drawn from across traditions and time, from neuroscience to ancient wisdom, they help us build, balance, and integrate our psychological and spiritual life on earth… In the smallest and the largest ways, I have come to see how these enduring
virtues have brought my own heart and wisdom into life and helped me recognize beauty, rekindle awe, and find my own voice. They help open the aperture of consciousness so that we may meet the
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world deeply from a profound place within. That’s what this is all about: meeting the world, deep to deep.
Most of us are hungry for a life of meaning, connection, and fulfillment, but in the midst of today’s demands and pressures, a deeper life doesn’t come automatically. Drawing from decades of research across the wisdom traditions, neuroscience, psychology, poetry, physics, religion, the arts, and literature, The Four Virtues provides a field guide for developing your deepest self. The Spiritual Assessment Matrix of targeted quizzes shows you where you are in relation to the virtues of Presence, Heart, Wisdom, and Creation, and expert practices and tools help you activate them in your life. In addition, internationally respected author, professor, and psychologist Tobin Hart speaks directly to anyone— whether religious or secular—looking to live by a contemporary set of ethics to frame their self-development and happiness. The chapters and quizzes that follow will help bring precision and depth of understanding to the nature of presence, heart, wisdom, and creation. In so doing, these virtues become easier to see, grow, and bring together within us.
Highly accessible, thought provoking, and interactive, The Four Virtues provides a way to engage and flourish in life.
Entheogens / Psychedelics MANIFESTING MINDS A Review of Psychedelics in Science, Medicine, Sex, and Spirituality edited by Rick Doblin & Brad Burge $22.95, paper. North Atlantic. 288 pages
Featuring essays and interviews with Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley, Ram Dass, Albert Hofmann, Alexander (Sasha) Shulgin, Daniel Pinchbeck, Tim Robbins, Arne Naess, and electronic musician Simon Posford, as well as groundbreaking research and personal accounts, this one-ofa-kind anthology is a collection of the most influential and provocative articles and essays published by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). These pieces explore some of the most surprising and beneficial effects of psychedelics, including MDMA, ibogaine, LSD, ayahuasca, 2C-B, and other psychedelics: treating addiction and PTSD, providing creative inspiration and formative coming-of-age experiences, enriching sexuality and spirituality, improving our relationship with nature, and creating innovative technologies for the future. With its wide range of voices and multifaceted viewpoints, Manifesting Minds is an insightful, well-rounded exploration for educated readers interested in psychedelics, as well as professionals in the fields of progressive therapies, neuroscience, pharmacology, spirituality, and art. Among the many articles are these: ✦ “On Leary and Drugs at the End,” by Carol Rosen and Vicki Marshall ✦ “Psychedelic Rites of Passage,” by Ram Dass ✦ “To Be Read at the Funeral,” by Albert Hofmann
Ayahuasca Awakenings AYA AWAKENINGS A Shamanic Odyssey by Rak Razam $31.00, paper. North Atlantic. 490 pages
Experiential journalist Rak Razam sets out to document the thriving business of 21st-century hallucinogenic shamanism starting with a trip to the annual Amazonian Shaman Conference in Iquitos, Peru, where he meets a motley crew of “spiritual tourists,” rogue scientists that conduct DMT-brain scans on jungle psychonauts, brujo—black magicians— wielding their psychic darts, and indigenous Rak Raszam and Western healers and guides, all in town to partake of the ritual—and the medicine—of ayahuasca, “the vine of souls.” Combining his personal story with the history of Amazonian shamanism, Razam takes the reader along on an entertaining, enlightening adventure. And then I’m floating in the sea of vibration again, reading the wave we’re all made up of. It feels like my brain is filtering and drinking in the prime frequency.
In areas of Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, the traditional herbal brew known as ayahuasca or yajé is legally used to heal physical ailments and to cleanse and purify the spirit by connect-
ing it to the web of life. Aya Awakenings works as a cautionary tale, a travelogue, and a memoir, but primarily acts as a portal through which readers are able to gain more information about the perils and the promise of spiritual reconnection through ayahuasca. In researching ayahuasca, Razam has his own shamanic initiation, undergoing numerous tests and trials in the jungle and the psychic landscapes the vine reveals. Razam documents his experiences with the vine and his burgeoning relationship with the plants, seeing the connections under the skin of things and the way the world threads together. Razam’s eye for detail captures a unique spiritual adventure that echoes the archetypal Western quest, propelling the reader on a cosmological travel memoir that is at turns beautiful, terrifying, mind-blowing and ultimately, cathartic. Part journalistic account, part travelogue adventure-memoir, Aya is ultimately a love song to something intimately familiar to the human spirit. “The best Canterbury Tales of the modern pilgrimage to Iquitos.” —Richard Meech, filmmaker, director of the documentary Vine of the Soul: Encounters with Ayahuasca. Also available by Rak Razam are Aya: Awakenings DVD and The Ayahuasca Sessions. Directed by Tim Parish, the movie features the artwork of Pablo Amaringo, Andy Debrenardi, and more; the screenplay was written by Rak Razam, video editing by Verb Studios, soundscapes by Lulu Madill and music by Shpongle, Tipper, Darpan, Lula Cruza, and curanderos Norma Panduro, Guillermo Arevalo, Percy Garcia Lozano, Ron Wheelock, and Kevin Furnas. This more-than-a-documentary (Razam calls this film a “shamanic artifact” in itself) charts the global shamanic resurgence born in the jungles of Peru reaching out to embrace the world.
AYA: AWAKENINGS A Journey of Shamanic Discovery by Rak Razam $22.95, DVD. North Atlantic. 90 minutes + bonus features
Blending narration directly from Rak Razam’s book Aya Awakenings with video footage, interviews with practicing curanderos (healers), samples of traditional icaros or magic songs, photographs, and beautifully psychonautical special effects, the movie AYA: Awakenings reproduces the inner landscape of the visionary state in unprecedented detail, invoking an awakening in the viewer. Meet the book’s “spiritual tourists,” rogue scientists, black magicians, indigenous healers, and Western guides in person and gain an understanding of the history of Amazonian shamanism through the art, music, and culture of the region.
The vine has spread her tendrils across the world and a genuine archaic revival was underway. My bags were packed, South America beckoned, and the ancient mysteries of the rainforest awaited. I wanted in on it ...
To live in the rainforest is to live in harmony with the plants who are communicating with the humans. — Guillermo Avevalo
THE AYAHUASCA SESSIONS Conversations with Amazonian Curanderos and Western Shamans by Rak Razam
Contents: 1. Indigenous Curanderos: Adela Navas; Guillermo Arevalo; Percy Garcia Lozano; Elias Mamallacta; Don Francisco Montes Shuna; Norma Panduro Navarro and Paula Harbrink Numan; Don Juan Tangoa Paima; Sara Alicia Ferreira Yaimes 2. Western Shamans: Kevin Furnas; Scott Petersen; Carlos Tanner; Ron Wheelock 3. Ayahuasca Workers: Chuck; Jan Kounen; Dennis McKenna; Alan Shoemaker 4. Seeds: Alexis; Brian; Javier; Joel and Elsa; Pedro; Rachel ; Rolando; Wind Spirit Center.
$23.95, paper. North Atlantic. 288 pages
In areas of Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, the traditional herbal brew known as ayahuasca or yajé is legally used to heal physical ailments and to cleanse and purify the spirit by connecting it to the web of life. The Ayahuasca Sessions is the companion volume to the critically acclaimed Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey by Rak Razam. Illustrated with over 100 photographs, this is a seminal collection of 24 interviews with native Peruvian curanderos, Western shamans, ayahuasqueros and spiritual seekers that drink the potent jungle medicine ayahuasca. Aussie Journalist Rak Razam talks in depth with some of the leading lights of Amazonian shamanism, letting them explain in their own words what they do in their profession and what they think the unprecedented explosion in Western interest forbodes. This is a bracing read for those interested in the booming business of ayahuasca tourism, entheogens, spirituality, anthropology and counter-culture studies.
“I think the world is in serious need of healing and in serious need of waking. And some very positive trends like the global ayahuasca movement and the rediscovery of the Archaic… is an encouraging thing.” —Dennis McKenna, ethnobotanist
✦ “Another Green World: Psychedelics and
✦ “Consideration of Ayahuasca for the Treat-
✦ “Talking with Ann and Sasha Shulgin about
Ecology,” by Daniel Pinchbeck ✦ “Psychedelics and Species Connectedness,” by Stanley Krippner ✦ “Huxley on Drugs and Creativity,” by Aldous Huxley ✦ “Psychedelics and the Deep Ecology Movement: A Conversation with Arne Naess,” by Mark Schroll and David Rothenberg ✦ “Electronic Music and Psychedelics: An Interview with Simon Posford of Shpongle,” by David Jay Brown ✦ “How Psychedelics Informed My Sex Life and Sex Work,” by Annie Sprinkle
ment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder,” by Jessica Nielson, PhD, and Julie Megler, MSN ✦ “Youth and Entheogens: A Modern Rite of Passage?,” by Andrei Foldes with Amba, Eric Johnson, et al. ✦ “Diary of an MDMA Subject,” by Anonymous ✦ “Feeding the Hungry Ghosts: Ibogaine and the Psycho-Spiritual Treatment of Addiction,” by Jonathan Dickinson ✦ “Lessons from Psychedelic Therapy,” by Richard Yensen ✦ “Meditation and Psychedelics,” by Vanja Palmers
the Existence of God and the Pleasures of Sex and Drugs,” by Jon Hanna and Silvia Thyssen
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Shamanism & Ritual PLANT SPIRIT MEDICINE A Journey into the Healing Wisdom of Plants by Tom Cowan $18.50, paper. Sounds True. 210 pages
Whether you live in a mountain cabin or a city loft, plant spirits present themselves to us everywhere. Since its first printing in 1995, Plant Spirit Medicine has passed hand-to-hand among countless readers drawn to indigenous spirit and all things alive and green. In this updated edition, Eliot Cowan invites us to discover the healing power of plants—not merely their physical medicinal properties, but the deeper wisdom and gifts that they offer. Enriched by many new insights, this guide unfolds as a series of chapters on how plant spirit medicine helped Cowan resolve specific challenges in his own healing journey and in his work with others. In the telling, we learn how plant spirits can directly communicate with and aid all of us, including: ✦ Plant spirit medicine’s five-element view of healing ✦ Ways to assess our own states of health and balance ✦ Receiving guidance from plants, including those found within herbal preparations ✦ New passages on community and sacred plants such as peyote, marijuana, and tobacco ✦ Additional interviews with plant shamans across diverse traditions, and more. Ancient shamanic practice compelled the magician-healer first to make contact with the spirit of the plant to ask for its help before administering the herbal cure. This practice is alive today… Eliot Cowan, a master of herbalism since 1969, has fashioned Plant Spirit Medicine to reveal these ancient practices and guide the reader in the effective use of the wild herb plants in the area in which he or she lives. The result is a wonderful psychic and spiritual approach to holistic healing, well supported by Cowan’s firsthand stories of Indian shaman healers with their respect for and alliance to plant spirits. “Cowan has charted the territory for a medicine of the past and the future and restores one of the vital links for this to happen—the healing power behind our relationship with the plant world.”—Malidoma Somé, author of Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman.
EMA’S ODYSSEY Shamanism for Healing and Spiritual Knowledge by Sandra Harner $39.95, paper. North Atlantic. 499 pages
Follow the fantastic odyssey of one woman as she explores shamanic realms, encountering spirit animals and other teachers who answer her deepest questions and provide her with life-changing guidance and healing. Widowed, childless, and alone, 60-year-old Ema bravely decides to expand her self-knowledge by embarking on a spiritual adventure. She meets with author Sandra Harner, who leads her through five sessions of Harner Shamanic Counseling (HSC), a highly effective system
of personal problemsolving in which counselors help clients enter a shamanic state of consciousness using sonic rhythms. While in this state, clients seek out helping spirits, who offer insight, wisdom, and healing. By the end of her sessions with Harner, Ema has discovered her own innate ability to find answers to pervasive personal questions, overcome inhibitory fears, and acquire self-confidence and wisdom. She has found a sense of personal empowerment and a newfound joy in existence—and decides she wants to continue her journeys independently. From 1999 to 2011, Ema ventures on a total of 66 journeys, each one chronicled in this book, thanks to taped recordings of her simultaneous narration. In addition to serving as an invaluable resource for students and practitioners of shamanism, psychology, and alternative modalities of therapy, Ema’s Odyssey enchants us with its lyrical poetry and unique wisdom, and inspires us with its demonstration of courage, curiosity, persistence, and humility. Perhaps most importantly, we come away with the added assurance that we are not alone, that there are oft-untapped resources we all can access, given the tools and trust in our own experience. “Nowhere else will you find a more compelling and illuminating account of the inherent wisdom, spiritual democracy, and transformative power found within the experience of shamanic journeying— the most ancient of spiritual practices! Not only a must read for students and practitioners of shamanism, but for anyone, personally or professionally, who is interested in spiritual liberation, personal growth, selfdiscovery, and self-healing.” —Angeles Arrien, author of The Second Half of Life and Living in Gratitude
difficult part is to accept the simplicity, because that means changing one’s idea about what reality is. And that’s what this book is all about.
“If you want to go from aligning with reality to actually creating it, this book is your guide. Brimming with solid shamanic techniques for bringing the extraordinary into the realm of the ordinary, it will help you transcend your beliefs and assumptions so that you can not only experience, but live, the spirit of Aloha.” —Tamarack Song, author of Entering the Mind of the Tracker: Native Practices for Developing Intuitive Consciousness
Wicca & Western Magick THE INNER MYSTERIES Progressive Witchcraft and Connection with the Divine by Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone $20.95, paper. Acorn Guild Press. 252 pages
Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone have updated their 2004 classic, Progressive Witchcraft and given the new second edition a fresh title: The Inner Mysteries: Progressive Witchcraft and Connection with the Divine. This important book for Wiccans provides a lot of insightful analysis that debunks common Wiccan historical myths. As they point out, if a system helps practitioners to connect with the Divine and meets their needs then it is successful no matter if the system is many thousands of years old or just a few decades old.
This book is not merely an exploration of Wiccan theory. It was written as a handbook for training—for solitaries as well as groups who are looking for a solid grounding in Wiccan spiritual and magickal practice. Janet and Gavin explain the theory, give clear exercises, and make it all practical and straightforward. This second edition of the book is clearly the result of the couple’s many years of personal experience providing exactly this sort of training all around the globe. A look into the underlying principles behind modern magic in Witchcraft, this investigation provides an integrated training system for both solitary Witches and coven-based trainees in the form of magical energy practice and cosmology. By fully explaining the values of Witchcraft, this work makes numerous Wiccan practices approachable, including Circle casting, raising energy, elemental work, and drawing down the moon. Illustrating how Wicca is a modern, nondogmatic, and dynamic tradition still in a state of evolution, this book also features a history of the spirituality of Witchcraft.
ALEISTER CROWLEY The Biography: Spiritual Revolutionary, Romantic Explorer, Occult Master and Spy by Tobias Churton $20.95, paper. Watkins. 475 pages, b/w & colour photos
In early 20th-century England, Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) was considered “the wickedest man in the world.” Nicknamed “The Beast,” he was vehemently antiChristian, and supported the use of drugs and sexual magic as a means to access deeper levels of consciousness. Today he’s seen as a prophet, a master of the occult, and a spiritual pioneer—and his reputation just keeps on growing. This new biography, written with the cooperation of leading Crowley
The Inner Light / the Western Mysteries THE INNER LIGHT
CHANGING REALITY Huna Practice to Create the Life You Want by Serge Kahili King
Self-Realization via the Western Esoteric Tradition by P.T. Mistleberger
$19.95, paper. Quest. 256 pages
$36.95, paper. John Hunt. 584 pages
“Reality is experience, and experience is reality,” says Hawaiian shaman Serge King, speaking of Huna, the esoteric tradition in which he was reared. King emphasizes that all of us have the ability to shift from one world to another. The difference is that shamans do it purposefully, while the rest of us are unaware of it. He trains us to engage in the process consciously in order to expand our human potential. Among books on Huna, this one is unique for offering actual practices for changing our reality to create the life we want. In a user-friendly, conversational style, King’s chapters explain the four worlds of a shaman and basic Huna principles. Then, citing case studies, he guides us in how to change reality in each of the four worlds, bringing in ESP, telepathy, the perception of auras, telekinesis, dreaming, magical flight, and, finally, soul retrieval and the great power of healing.
Eastern teachings—Yoga, Buddhism, Tantra, martial arts, and so on—have become extremely popular in the West here in the early 21st century. What is less well known, however, is the Yoga of the West —the Western Esoteric Tradition. This tradition includes such powerful teachings as spiritual alchemy, the Kabbalah, the Tarot, sacred geometry, Sex Magick, High Magick, and thaumaturgy (the art of manifestation). In addition, the entire field of Western spiritual psychology—everything from the work of Jung, Assagioli, A Course in Miracles, the Enneagram, and Ken Wilber’s teachings—are part of the modern leading edge of the Western esoteric tradition. The Inner Light: Self-Realization via the Western Esoteric Tradition provides a comprehensive manual in both theory and practice to enable either the newcomer to spiritual work, or the more seasoned traveler of the path, to advance in their inner development and outer success in life. It contains cutting-edge information from modern psychology, in combination with the old and potent teachings of Western esoterica. The main premise presented is that reality as we know it is a construct of the personal mind—itself a modification of the Cosmic Mind, or matrix of Consciousness—and all ‘other worlds’ (‘planes,’ ‘dimensions’) reside within, as representational models of reality. The ‘personal self’ (ego) as we commonly experience it is not what we really are; this ‘self’ is a type of manufactured image generated by various factors… What is being proposed is not that the ‘truth is within’ or that some ‘light within’ is the great secret; but rather that we reside within the limitless field of consciousness that is the Ground of existence. And thus we ourselves are the ‘inner light’.
“P.T. Mistlberger’s The Inner Light is a stupendous accomplishment, linking spiritual, psychological, and magickal traditions into a coherent whole. Its focus on history is kept fascinating by revealing the interplay and interdependence between the seemingly disparate threads of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions and what has evolved into modern psychological theories and practices. This weaving of systems, combined with practical techniques, will bring new insights to students and practitioners in many fields as well as increasing respect and understanding.” —Donald Michael Kraig, author of Modern Magick
It sounds simple, and it is. The most
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scholars and including new revelations from Crowley’s grandson, displays the full scope of the man’s many achievements as poet, explorer, spiritualist, wartime spy, and a thinker as significant as Jung, Freud, or Einstein. Packed with 20 years of fresh research, and previously unpublished “Crowleyana” and photographs, this is the unexpurgated, true story of Crowley. It demolishes the myths, establishes the facts and tells with verve and style the pretty astonishing story of his life, including many “missing years,” intrigues, discoveries and adventures. Churton’s illuminating biography includes a detailed account of Crowley’s adventures as a British spy during World War I; his astonishing family background, with secrets that have remained hidden for over a century; and his rich legacy of highly original ideas, which are finally receiving the consideration they deserve.
Celtic Spirit GRAIL ALCHEMY Initiation in the Celtic Mystery Tradition by Mara Freeman $22.95, paper. Inner Traditions. 278 pages, b/w illustrations
The primary myth of Western culture, the quest for the Holy Grail has persisted through the centuries like a recurring dream, embodying the longing for the divine feminine suppressed for more than two thousand years. The Holy Grail emerged not only as a symbol of the feminine but also as a symbol of the soul, for hidden within the sacred Grail legends lies an initiatory path that leads to the highest realms of consciousness and spiritual illumination. By working with the symbols of the Grail tradition we can gaze into our own hidden depths and heal the separation between masculine and feminine, Spirit and Matter, and Heaven and Earth. Mara Freeman traces the evolution of the Grail from the sacred vessel of the Celtic goddess to the Cup of Christ, revealing a spiritual path rooted in the mysteries of the Goddess, the Grail, and the Sword. She explains how the Sword has dominated over the Goddess and the Grail for far too long, leading to a spiritual wasteland as foretold in the Grail stories. She provides a practical workbook of exercises, visualizations, and magical rituals to restore the power of the divine feminine through spiritually transformative experiences with the Cauldron of Rebirth, the Chalice of Healing, the Sword of Light, and the Holy Grail itself. Drawing on folk traditions and medieval Arthurian romances as well as alchemy, the Kabbalah, and the wisdom of the mystics of Glastonbury, Freeman reveals the ancient Celtic teachings of the Western Mystery tradition. She shows that attaining the Grail involves achieving full consciousness of the soul. Then, as a Grail-bearer, you can bring the light of the Grail into the world for the healing of self and others. Also by Mara Freeman is Kindling the Celtic Spirit.
Christian & Jewish Spirituality
Forgiving Heals the World
THE BOOK OF FORGIVING
The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu & Mpho Tutu
$20.00, paper. Random House. 336 pages
From the author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was the age of zealotry—a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction; a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity a secret; and ultimately the seditious “King of the Jews” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his brief lifetime. Aslan explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity. Zealot is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fastpaced novel: a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time, and the birth of a religion.
OUR IMMORAL SOUL A Manifesto of Spiritual Disobedience by Rabbi Nilton Bonder
$31.00, cloth. HarperCollins. 229 pages
How do I forgive? Archbishop Desmond Tutu has witnessed some of the worst crimes people can inflict on others. So wherever he goes, he gets asked this question. This book is his answer. Writing with his daughter, Mpho, an Anglican priest, they lay out the simple but profound truths about the significance of forgiveness, how it works, why everyone needs to know how to grant it and receive it, and why granting forgiveness is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves when we have been wronged. This book will help you learn the language of forgiveness. Along the way, we will offer meditations, exercises, and rituals to guide and help you as you walk along the path. Some of the exercises will, we hope, offer comfort and solace, as well as inspire your compassion. We imagine that some of the exercises will also challenge you… We trust that in these pages you can learn the skills and disposition of heart you will need to repair your relationships and in, in some important way, contribute to repairing our world.
Desmond Tutu’s role as the Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission taught him much about forgiveness. If you asked anyone what they thought was going to happen to South Africa after apartheid, almost universally it was predicted that the country would be devastated by a bloodbath. Yet, instead of revenge and retribution, this new nation chose to tread the difficult path of confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation. After much reflection on the process of forgiveness, Tutu has seen that there are four important steps of healing: 1. Admitting the wrong and acknowledging the harm 2. Telling one’s story and witnessing the anguish 3. Asking for forgiveness and granting forgiveness 4. Renewing or releasing the relationship Forgiveness is hard work. Sometimes it even feels like an impossible task. But it is only through walking this four-fold path that we can free ourselves of the ties that bind perpetrator to victim in an endless and unyielding cycle of pain and retribution.
The Book of Forgiving will be both a touchstone and a tool. Forgiveness… is the way we mend tears in the social fabric. It is the way we stop our human community from unraveling… It doesn’t matter whether you are having trouble moving forward from the wrongs that were done to you, or whether you need the courage to admit the wrongs you have done. Forgiveness is nothing less than the
way we heal the world. We heal the world by healing each and every one of our hearts. The process is simple, but it is not easy. der leads to the wellbeing of society as well as the salvation of their souls. On the contrary, says Bonder, the human spirit is nourished by the impulse to betray and transgress the ways of the past. Even the Bible legitimizes our God-given urge to disobey in order to evolve, grow, and transcend. It is this “immoral” soul of ours that impels us to do battle with God—and out of this clash, Bonder predicts, a new humanity will emerge. In the course of discussion, he examines a variety of intriguing issues touching on religion, science, and culture, including the findings of evolutionary psychology; the relation of body and soul; infidelity in marriage; the stereotype of Jew as traitor; sacrifice and redemption in Judaism and Christianity; and the Messiah as archetypal transgressor. Religions will have predicted it. Psychoanalysis will have pointed to it. But it is biology that will discover the soul. Not a well-behaved soul but a deeply immoral soul. This immoral soul is planted in the interstices of our primordial instructions. It is the tool through which information, chemistry, and the organism produce themselves. Semen of creation, perhaps this is the seed we so desperately seek to sow.
$19.95, paper. Shambhala. 118 pages
Our Immoral Soul is treatise on when and why to heed your soul’s transgressive instinct, with examples drawn from biblical history and Hasidic lore. Rabbi Bonder turns a few conventional ideas on their heads as he identifies the forces at play in individual, social, and spiritual transformation. Many people believe that obedience to the established moral or-
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Sufism, Islam & Rumi THE SUFI PATH OF ANNIHILATION In the Tradition of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi and Hasan Lutfi Shushud by Nevit Ergin $20.50 0, paper. Inner Traditions. 192 pages, 5 b/w illustrations
In this exploration of the profound spiritual practice of Itlak Yolu, the Sufi path of annihilation, Nevit Ergin examines the three main facets of this path: zikr or breathing exercises, fasting, and mental suffering. Sharing experiences and discussions with Hasan Lutfi Shushud, renowned Sufi saint and final guide of Gurdjieff’s disciple J. G. Bennett, the author illustrates how suffering-—the searing fire of contrition—is the most effective instrument of spiritual progress, for it is suffering that burns the Self. He explains how faithful practice of zikr and fasting will bring on this kind of suffering when the student is ready and will make the suffering tolerable. He shows how once the Self is annihilated higher levels of perception take hold and one finds oneself on the path to sainthood and immortality. Interwoven throughout with sayings by Shushud, Sufi parables, and poems by
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✦ Rumi, Ergin shares the unique Itlak perspective on the major questions of every seeker: the true nature of love and religion, life and death, and other major spiritual questions. The book also includes an essay on annihilation and absence in Rumi’s philosophy and biographical portraits of Hasan Lufti Shushud by other aspirants who met with him. Nevit Ergin is the English translator of the complete Divan-i-Kebir—all 44,829 verses of Rumi’s opus. He is also author of Tales of a Modern Sufi and coauthor, with Will Johnson, of The Forbidden Rumi and The Rublais of Rumi.
Astrology & The Tarot PLANETARY ASPECTS An Astrological Guide to Managing Your T-Square by Tracy Marks $23.95, paper. Ibis. 266 pages, charts
Tracy Marks is one of the most original writers in modern astrology, combining her training in psychotherapy with many years of experience in astrology. Her classic revised, expanded, and back in print, Planetary Aspects is one that every astrologer would choose on their shortlist for their own library and a great tool for all levels of astrological practice. This comprehensive work focuses on the most challenging dynamics of the birth chart. Originally published in 1987, it is recognized as a classic of modern astrology, and was the most highly rated book in the Astrology Book Club’s nationwide survey. The author presents powerful techniques for understanding and resolving the conflicts of planetary aspects, emphasizing the potential for growth and achievement involved in stressful aspects. The central theme of this book is the Tsquare configuration—a chart pattern that occurs periodically for everyone by transit, progression, or chart comparison. The T-square is a combination of planets, signs, and houses that suggests a pronounced strength or emphasis, as well as imbalance and deficiency. Planetary Aspects: An Astrological Guide to Managing Your T-Square is a discussion of the conflicts and harmonies of this important aspect, and a guide to understanding the crucial periods and challenges it presents. The discussion of the t-square configuration is basically a discussion of the conflicts and harmonies suggested by the astrology chart, and the process of constructively utilizing squares, oppositions, sextiles, trines and conjunctions, as well as developing the qualities of the planets, signs, houses and aspects which may be weak or lacking.
She also demonstrates some techniques of integration, such as the technique of giving voice to one’s planets as if they are personalities, and allowing them to dialogue with each other—this includes name calling, arguing, cajoling—until some degree of cooperation is reached between at least a few planetary selves.
Also by Tracy Marks are The Astrology of SelfDiscovery and The Art of Chart Interpretation.
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Tarot Transformations TAROT BEYOND THE BASICS Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Meanings Behind the Cards by Anthony Louis $22.95, paper. Llewellyn. 408 pages
Most tarot books are for beginners. Here, Anthony Louis, famous for Tarot Plain & Simple, shares decades worth of insights and information that can help you become an advanced practitioner. Not merely ”more of the same,” Louis provides real world examples of how to use your intuition to improve your readings. Louis reveals the common background of astrology and tarot, explaining astrology for tarot readers clearly and in a way that makes sense. Then he shows how to use the tarot with astrological concepts to give advanced readings that can really change people’s lives. With an emphasis on tarot’s astrological influences and a number of detailed sample readings, Tarot Beyond the Basics shares how-to instructions for working with reversals, number symbolism, intuition, the four elements, and the philosophical roots of tarot. The “real” tarot exists in the mind of each reader and is interlaced with his or her stories and experiences. The abundance of knowledge presented in Tarot Beyond the Basics is sure to make your readings come alive with meaning and significance.
OSHO TRANSFORMATION TAROT by Osho $20.95, cards. Osho. 60 cards + 192-page book
Throughout the centuries, the mystics and sages have used parables as a way to help us more easily remember and reflect on the deepest secrets in life. Osho is a master storyteller of our times, who has an uncommon knack for bringing the timeless wisdom of ancient parables right into the 21st century, in a way that gives us immediate and practical insight into the realities of contemporary life. The emphasis of the card deck is not on prophecy or divination—rather, it directs us to the hidden potential of transformation and renewal in every aspect of our daily lives, if we only know where to look for it. Choose a card for the day, and read the accompanying story as a theme for contemplation. Or use as simple spread to explore the dynamics of a relationship, or to gain insight into a specific question. The 60 beautiful cards illustrate parables and teaching stories form the world’s great wisdom traditions—including Zen, Buddhism, Sufism, Tantra, Tao, Christian and Jewish mysticism. The book contains the parables, summary meanings for each card, the instructions for a variety of simple card readings to gain insight into the challenges and opportunities of everyday life. Osho (1931-1990) is a contemporary mystic whose often provocative and challenging teachings generate today more and more interest and his readership is dramatically expanding around the world in more than 50 languages.
YOUR SECRET SELF Illuminating the Mysteries of the Twelfth House by Tracy Marks $29.95, paper. Ibis. 272 pages, charts
The Twelfth House is where the angels of our creative inspiration and spirituality, and the demons of our shadow self reside. Tracy Marks, psychotherapist /astrologer, provides penetrating insights into the inner workings of both the hidden weaknesses and strengths of the Twelfth House, and provides practical and easy-to-use worksheets to support the process of recovering buried facets of ourselves. Part I: The multi-faceted meanings of the Twelfth House Part II: The meaning of individual Twelfth house planets and signs, their rulers and placement Part III: Psychodynamics of the Twelfth House -the emotional conflicts associated with it, and the process of integrating and liberating Twelfth House energies Part IV: Self Transformation through Dreamwork and the dream experience using case studies related to the Twelfh House
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Part V: The Collective Shadow, focusing on the Twelfth House of the United States. Your Secret Self is an expanded and revised addition of a book published in 1989, with over 30 pages of new material. Tracy Marks’s transformational astrology books, including Astrology of Self-Discovery and The Art of Chart Interpretation, have been translated into nine languages.
Metaphysics & Philosophy CARETAKERS OF THE COSMOS Living Responsibly in an Unfinished World by Gary Lachman $32.95, paper. Floris. 304 pages
Why are we here? Human beings have asked themselves this question for centuries. Modern science largely argues that human beings are chance products of a purposeless universe, but other traditions believe humanity has an essential role and responsibility in creation. Noted modern esoteric scholar Gary Lachman (also author of Jung the Mystic and The Quest for Hermes
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✦ Trismegistus: From Ancient Egypt to the Modern World) brings together many strands of esoteric, spiritual, and philosophical thought to form a counter-argument to the nihilism that permeates the twenty-first century. Offering a radical alternative to postmodern apathy, he argues that we humans are indeed the “caretakers” of the universe, entrusted with a daunting task— healing and repairing creation itself. I believe that nature, the world, the cosmos, separated us off from itself in order for it to become conscious of itself through us. It is in this way, through our own increasing consciousness, that the work of creation is completed, or at least carried on. Drawing on the world of different ‘participatory’ thinkers, it is my belief that our evolutionary task now is to regain an experience of participation and all that it entails, without losing our independence as conscious egos, capable of free will and creative action, something our ancestors, more at one with the cosmos, lacked. Our task, then, is to become more conscious, not less, which means facing the sense of separation from the world firmly, and getting through it… We must press forward into what the poet Walt Whitman called ‘unknown region’. It is here that our caretaking adopts a more adventurous character, and in the last section of the book I will explore what this might entail. Here we are no longer taking care of a cosmos already made nor repairing the cracks and fissures left by an inadequate craftsman, but are bringing new worlds into being.
This is an important book from a key thinker of our time, addressing some of the most urgent questions facing humanity.
THE ECSTASY OF SURRENDER 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life by Judith Orloff $31.00, cloth. Crown. 401 pages
What does surrender really mean? According to intuitive and psychiatrist Judith Orloff, “the grace of letting go at the right moment, the ability to accept what is, to exhale and flow downstream with the cycles of life instead of battling them or anxiously brooding.” I write about what I yearn to discover. And my attraction was to the concept of surrender: the ability to be fluid, to bend like a willow in the wind during life’s climaxes and lows. I want to be increasingly able not to clench, obsess, overthink, overcontrol, fight with my life, or let my stubborn streak obstruct my spiritual expansion.
The art of letting go, Orloff explains, is the secret key to manifesting power and success in all areas of life, including work, relationships, sexuality, radiant aging, and health and healing. In our super-connected world where emails and text messages constantly interrupt us, it’s easier to let go than you think. Once embraced, surrendering removes roadblocks and the exhaustion that comes from trying too hard— and it helps you achieve goals more effortlessly and brings ongoing happiness. With her heartful gift for storytelling coupled with her unique, results-oriented approach to physical, emotional, and spiritual health—marrying neuroscience, psychiatry, intuitive medicine, energy tech-
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niques, and more—Judith provides a powerful, practical, and accessible map for anyone who is longing to be happier but who feels stuck, burned-out, tense, worried, or afraid to let go. Why surrender? What’s the advantage of going beyond your comfort zone? Whether you surrender a little or a lot, you’ll experience more passion and power. As I did, you can also undergo a rebirth in areas where you may feel bored or stuck. This flux of letting go, not knowing but moving forward anyway is a vibrant process of refining your body and soul.
Among Judith Orloff’s other books are Emotional Freedom and Positive Energy.
Transmissions & Revelations KRYON 13: THE RECALIBRATION OF HUMANITY 2013 and Beyond by Lee Carroll $20.00, paper. Kryon Writings. 264 pages
Is it possible that we have actually turned a significant corner in the evolution of Humanity? When you look at the news and current events, does it seem extra crazy right now? Join author/channeller Lee Carroll and Kryon as they unravel the history behind what is happening, and present the many facets of the details. Is it possible that the entire reason for Kryon’s being here is because of what we just did? Is all this too strange for you? The Ancients foretold of this time, and it’s in the Mayan Calendar as well. So what does it mean? Is everything we know and have studied going to change? What are the new “rules” of reality? Are there now new prophecies? The answers are all here in this book. For Kryon says that this is the beginning of the New Earth. ✦ The recalibration of self. ✦ The recalibration of dark and light. ✦ The recalibration of Gaia and the future ✦ New Inventions coming... Plus, comments and thoughts by Lee about the entire situation and his 23-year adventure as the original Kryon channel for the planet. I want you to know what you can expect and what some of you are already working with: Recalibration. Your biology has to shift. It has to absorb and work with, and be part of, a softer energy. If it’s going to do that, there has to be a recalibration of the core, or the center of the energy.
THE COUNCIL OF LIGHT Divine Transmissions for Manifesting the Deepest Desires of the Soul by Danielle Rama Hoffman $22.95, paper. Bear & Company. 298 pages
Through her advanced spiritual work with Thoth, Danielle Rama Hoffman was introduced to the Council of Light—an intergalactic group of thousands of light beings from across the Multiverse. Their purpose is to support individuals as they shift into Unity Consciousness and return to their natural state of joy. The Council trans-
The Sacred History of Humanity THE SACRED HISTORY by Mark Booth $34.99, cloth. Simon & Schuster. 510 pages, b/w illustrations
Written by the densely brilliant author of The Secret History of the World—an underground bestseller for years—The Sacred History takes us on a captivating journey through the great myths of many ancient civilizations to the astounding discoveries of the modern era. The Sacred History is the epic story of human interaction with angels and other forms of higher intelligence, starting from Creation all the way through to the operations of the supernatural in the modern world. What emerges is an alternative history of great men and women, guided by angels or demons, and the connection between modern-day mystics and their ancient counterparts. This spellbinding historical narrative brings together great figures— such as Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Elijah, Mary and Jesus and Mohammed—and stories from African, Native American and Celtic traditions. Woven into this is an amazing array of mystical connections, including the surprising roots not only of astrology and alternative medicine but also of important literary and artistic movements, aspects of mainstream science and religion and a wide range of cultural references that takes in modern cinema, music and literature. This is a book of true stories, but it is also a book about stories. It shows how they can tell us things about the deep structure of the human experience that are sometimes forgotten. Stories about otherworldly patterns and mystic traces can sensitize us to patterns like these in our own experience. They encourage attentiveness to complex, subtle, inner events which, if idealism provides an accurate picture of the world, are at the same time experiences of the inner workings of the world and evidence for the great forces that weave together to create, maintain and move it. The stories in this book have been chosen to help bring such patterns into focus.
Philosophical, passionate, entertaining, and filled with gorgeous illustrations, The Sacred History is a remarkable feat of repositioning ancient knowledge in such a way that we see truth through yet another lens. Let us now gaze into the great vistas opened up by these mystics and visionaries, the panoramas of armies of angels, dynasties of angels, angelic leaders, angelic heroes and, yes, bad angels. In what follows we will see galaxies expanding and collapsing and angelic civilizations rising and falling. Are the battles of angels the product of human fantasy, as the atheists insist? Or are our lives and loves echoes of the lives and loves of angels?
mitted the teachings in this book for those seeking to accelerate their journey toward health, wealth, happiness, and their soul’s deepest desires. The Council’s teachings reveal that by shifting your consciousness and raising your inner vibration, you can change your daily life experience and manifest the life you want. These direct transmissions of spiritual technology from the Council include activations for the 11 Rays of Light, guided journeys and meditations, and written, spoken, energetic, and breathwork exercises to creatively turn your debt into wealth, transfigure your food into light for better health and well-being, enhance your abilities for inter-dimensional travel, and return to your natural inner state of joy. The Council explains how each Ray of Light has a specific vibration and application and can assist in removing any blocks to achieving your soul’s purpose. The Emerald Ray, for example, activates the signature energy of your authentic and full self, and the Venus Ray, the Ray of Opulence, supports alignment with abundance and prosperity.
has already been transmitted and that it is a one-way conversation. That is not the case because the words are simply placeholders for vibrational communication. We are vibrating with you from the place of unity, wholeness, and joy, and you are vibrating with us as well from your wholeness and from your multidimensionality. All of that transcends time and space.
Offering an opportunity to form a direct connection with the Council of Light, this book provides practical tools to move from a life of worry, debt, exhaustion, and isolation to one of joy, abundance, purpose, ease, and connectedness, with a team of Divine supporters to assist you along the way. Also by Danielle Rama Hoffman is The Temple of Light. For more info, visit www.divinetransmissions.com.
THE ARCTURIAN ANTHOLOGY by Tom Kenyon & Judi Sion $29.95, Book+CD set. Orb Pubishing. 180-page paperback + 24-min. audio-CD “Once every twenty years or so, a book comes along that totally changes the way you think. This is that book.” —Tom Kenyon Some ideas can be catalysts for personal growth and evolution regardless of their origins. I also think that some ideas are inherently radical, meaning that they have the potential to change our perception of reality… If one accepts the notion that the Arcturians are a technologically advanced and higher dimensional intergalactic civilization, then their perception of us,
We would like to begin by explaining that this communication is one that is interactive even though at first glance it may seem as if you are reading text that
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and our potentials, could prove helpful. —from the introduction by Tom Kenyon
The Arcturian Anthology is a collection of what eight Arcturians have to say, including Sanat Kumara, Yeshua ben Joseph, and Mary Magdalen. From the Science Officer, to their Akashic Librarian, to an Arcturian Warrior, a Medical Officer and a Meditation Master, they bring forward the issues they struggle with, their concerns, and their choice about how to further help humanity. It’s an expanded view of reality, a higher dimensional view brought to Earth by Tom Kenyon’s amazing ability to contact and communicate with beings from other dimensions. Arcturians are brilliant, fearless and highly evolved. They have been, and will continue to be, our guardians and protectors. Regardless of what you may feel as en embodied biological life form at this time in history, from my perspective as a scientific observer, large masses of human beings are jumping ship. They are leaving the old reality—including its institutions— behind in the dust. They are forging a new planetary humanity and a new destiny. I trust that this will give those of you higher up the bell curve some consolation. You are not alone. That is my message here. Other humans from your specie are joining your ranks. The scales of history are tipping. —Ektara, the Science Officer
Included is a companion CD of the Nakura, an Arcturian sound meditation for exploring other dimensions of consciousness and the “channeled” sounds from an Arcturian Re-Genesis Chamber–all of them using Tom Kenyon’s almost four-octave voice. For more info: tomkenyon.com.
Business, Work & Money THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS OF WEALTH a Buddhist view of economic life by Layth Matthews $19.95, paper. Enlightened Economy.155 pages
From a Victoria-based Shambhala Buddhist teacher and MBA economist / mortgage broker, here is an excellent introduction to the Buddhist view of economic life, and way of looking at life in general. The role of perception as the gateway to any kind of wealth is illuminated, as is the Eightfold Path to an unconditionally wealthy life. It is a useful introduction to Buddhism for business people and a wonderful orientation to economic life for more contemplative types. This book is meant to give your outlook on wealth just a quarter turn, maybe even just 5%. But even just that much of a change can be the keys to the kingdom of wealth. It is said that enlightenment eludes us because it
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is too simple, too close, and too familiar (or something like that). So here I have tried to illuminate the essential understanding and gateways to profound richness with the clarity that Buddhism has to share.
Wealth is always and everywhere a matter of perception… Contemplative disciplines give us two important things: ✦ familiarity with our discursive mind and its habitual thought patterns ✦ discipline to remain open in the face of uncertainty. With these two things our relationship with experience can become less defensive and more perspicacious… What do you get when mindfulness and awareness prevail? You get raw perception, which is out of control, unwieldy, but real, untainted by the confusion of ego. This raw perception is the true source of wealth. So this book is really an introduction to Buddhism with application to (terms and examples from) the challenges and opportunities that money and livelihood present. I also make some comments on ethical business and economics from a Buddhist point of view. Many of us, including myself, have been guilty of attempting to use spiritual practices for egocentric gain from time to time. Ironically, that type of mentality is the essence of the obstacle. From the Buddhist point of view the world is primordially pure and rich, inside and out already. Our challenge is to recognize it and start relating with it accordingly. Things are more workable than we imagine, we only need to train ourselves to see it. This book is about how to make this journey from egocentric poverty mentality to a wealthy outlook, which is the gateway to genuine wealth.
Sharing & “Natural Capital”ism
How local action can change the world by Rob Hopkins
How to Save Money, Time and Resources through Collaborative Consumption by Beth Buczynski
$16.99, paper. Green Books. 158 pages, b/w photos & illustrations
$17.95, paper. New Society. 179 pages
Society is at a crossroads. We can either continue on the path of consumption at any cost, or we can make new choices that will lead to a happier, more rewarding life, while helping to preserve the planet’s “life-givingness” for future generations. Unfortunately, we can’t all afford to install solar panels or buy a Prius. Does this mean we are doomed in our quest to live a truly sustainable life? Not at all. Collaborative consumption is a new way of living, in which access is valued over ownership, experience is valued over material possessions, and “mine” becomes “ours,” and everyone’s needs are met without waste. Sharing is Good is your roadmap to this emerging economic paradigm. Discover: ✦ The history and development of collaborative consumption ✦ The benefits and challenges of a sharing lifestyle ✦ A wealth of resources from around the world to help make sharing easy and safe. The beauty of the sharing economy is that it is free, so anyone can participate and make a difference. No one has to sacrifice their individuality or comfort. Best of all, when we’re actively engaged in sharing, personal connections are rekindled and we become invested in our communities again. Aside from the necessity of resource sharing, we can’t ignore the happiness factor, sharing is fun… More than that, Buczynski provides a comprehensive overview of this new economy, bringing together the separate strands that are forming the ecosystem for this new economic model. Buczynski’s Green Guru credentials come shining through; being able to take an aerial view, to not only see the various strands that make up this new economic system: collaborative consumption, cooperatives, DIY movement, co-housing (her personal favorite), co-creation, social entrepreneurship, greenomics, Cradle to Cradle, Wikinomics, open source, communing, ‘collaboratition’… to name a few, but to connect them, is essential to building a robust economic system. —from the foreword by Benita Matofska, Chief Sharer, The People Who Share, England
$17.50, paper. Workman. 224 pages, French flaps
Real Happiness at Work brings the profound benefits of meditation (Sharon Salzberg has taught mindfulness meditation for 40 years and cofounded the Insight Meditation Society) to an area where people could use it most—the workplace. A follow-up to Real Happiness, Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness at Work is a practical guide to improving work life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. It’s about being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel, managing time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration. It shows readers how to be more creative, organized, and accomplished in order to do better, more productive work. Dividing the idea of workplace satisfaction into eight pillars, Real Happiness at Work is filled with secular wisdom; core meditations on broad themes like motivation, awareness, and seeing the good in others; and more than a dozen exercises, including Moving From Me to We and When Things Go Wrong. Sprinkled throughout the book are short “stealth meditations,” the kind that are quick, private, and doable anywhere: Let the phone ring three times, follow your breath, then pick it up… and
$21.50, paper. Synergetic Press. 309 pages, b/w & colour photos
In What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? British environmentalist Tony Juniper points out that we think everything nature does for us—providing water, pollinating plants, generating oxygen, recycling miracles in the soil and much more—is free, but it isn’t. Its economic value can, and has been, measured. And upon realizing what that value truly is we would stop treating our natural systems in a destructive manner. During recent years, environmental debate worldwide has been dominated by climate change, carbon emissions and the greenhouse effect. But there’s the emergence of a new wave of environmental attention focused on “natural capital,” “ecosystem services” and “biodiversity,” things nature does for us. From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, nature provides the ‘natural services’ that keep the economy going. From the recycling miracles in the soil; an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; an abundance of life creating a genetic codebook that underpins our food, pharmaceutical industries and much more. It has been estimated that these and other services are each year worth about double global GDP. This shift towards seeing Nature as the provider of a set of economically vital services, rather than resources that can be used up to fuel economic growth is, for me, one of the most important conceptual shifts in history. I am pleased to say that the shift is already underway, but it needs to go much further and happen much faster. —HRH the Prince of Wales, from his foreword
This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories containing both warnings (such as in the tale of India’s vultures, killed off by drugs given to cattle, leading to an epidemic of rabies) but also the positive (how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs protect coasts from storms and how the rainforests absorb billions of tons of carbon released from cars and power stations). Tony Juniper’s book—the statistics are mind-blowing—will change the whole way you think about life, the planet and the economy.
For an upcoming one-on-one conversation, resolve to listen more and speak less. Even the best jobs are filled with stress, tough deadlines, impatient bosses, seemingly endless meetings—all the ills of harried life. But as science increasingly shows, meditation is the antidote. And as Sharon so nimbly teaches, while what happens on the cushion is vital, every moment of our wigged-out day is worthy of attention and
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care, and can be beautifully illuminating. “The best book I have ever read about managing stress at work and being creative, fulfilled, and successful along the way, all conveyed with a warm and helpful voice. It’s a masterpiece.” —Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness Among Sharon Salzberg’s other titles are Lovingkindness and Unplug.
Something is stirring. People around the world are deciding that the wellbeing of their local community and its economy lies with them. Just people like you, they’re rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours, and doing something about it. Whether they start small or big, they find that just doing stuff can transform their neighbourhoods and their lives. This new book from the cofounder of the Transition Network is packed with real-life examples and the voices of people who have created innovative local businesses and invested in all manner of new enterprises, this call for local action argues that the seed of a new economy—and the answer to the desperate search for a new way forward in an increasingly economically insecure and ecologically unstable world—is an understanding by individuals that change starts with them. This book won’t tell you what to do (although you’ll find some great resources at the back). Rather, it will present you with a new Big Idea for where we move forward to from here, and will give you a taste of what moving towards that looks and feels like.
How Money Really Does Grow on Trees by Tony Juniper Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace by Sharon Salzberg
Ecology & Community THE POWER OF JUST DOING STUFF
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The aim of the Transition movement is to galvanize people into taking action, whether on a large or a small scale, with the goal of creating communities that model a local economy rooted in place, in well-being, in entrepreneurship, and in creativity. While the book is primarily focused on food production and sustainable energy, the practical applications it offers also address how to rebuild a local community in the face of austerity due to a natural disaster or economic collapse. Eschewing political arguments of any kind, this discussion (with lively illustrations) will appeal to readers of all persuasions who are eager to play a role in creating a more stable and healthier world one community at a time. Also by Rob Hopkins are The Transition Handbook and The Transition Companion.
THE FARM THEN AND NOW A Model for Sustainable Living by Douglas Stevenson $19.95, paper. New Society. 256 pages, 40 b/w photos
In the Summer of Love in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, a charismatic young hippie by the name of Stephen Gaskin launched “Monday Night Class”—a weekly event which drew together an eclectic mix of truth-seekers and flower children. [Gaskin’s book Monday Night Class, still available, offers his “head wisdom” from those Monday nights.] Before long, the class became a caravan, and after touring the country this colorful crew decided to seek a plot of land and found a commune based on their shared values. Thus was born The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee.
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✦ The Farm Then and Now presents the story of a group that has defied the odds, blending idealism with a practical approach to intentional community and creating a model for sustainable living. Just as the Monday Night Classes taught students to open their hearts and minds, The Farm continues as a school of change, demonstrating ways to operate collectively in terms of: ✦ Land, water and stewardship ✦ Health care, building and infrastructure ✦ Cooperation, compassion and spiritual values. For humans to survive as a species, we must re-learn the skills needed to work together; the lessons of The Farm can be applied in any community or organization. The Farm Then and Now addresses both the successes and shortcomings of this unique ongoing social experiment, showing how what was once the largest commune in the world has evolved into an exceptional example of living lightly on the earth.
FERAL Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life by George Monbiot $18.00, paper. Penguin. 320 pages
George Monbiot’s celebrated Guardian columns are syndicated all over the world. He has dedicated his life and career to tirelessly defending reason and the environment in a world assaulted by bad science, bad leadership, and bad habits. Feral is the lyrical and gripping story of Monbiot’s efforts to re-engage with nature and discover a new way of living. He shows how by restoring and rewilding our damaged ecosystems on land and at sea, we can bring wonder back into our lives and alleviate what he calls our ecological boredom. Feral lays out a new, positive environmentalism in which nature is allowed to find its own way. Monbiot shows that as vast as our country is, it’s not nearly as wild as we allow ourselves to believe. From the Grand Banks to the tar sands to the Arctic, the natural world is in retreat. But Monbiot makes a passionate case that shows how rewilding could repair the living planet, creating ecosystems that reverse the damage our shortsightedness has caused. An ounce of hope is a more powerful stimulant than a ton of despair. The positive environmentalism I develop in Feral is intended to create a vision of a better place, which we can keep in mind even as we seek to prevent our governments from engineering a worse one.
Feral is a work of hope and of revelation, a wild and bewitching adventure that argues for a mass restoration of the natural world—and a powerful call for us to reclaim our own place in it. “Warns us in no uncertain terms that if we don’t change our ways in the hell of a hurry,
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Reclaiming the Commons DEEPENING COMMUNITY
✦ Sharing our story: achieving unity by opening doors
Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times by Paul Born
✦ Enjoying one another: spending time together, in
$22.95, paper. Berrett-Koehler. 168 pages
Community shapes our identity, quenches our thirst for belonging, and bolsters our physical, mental, emotional, and economic health. But in the chaos of modern life, community ties have become unraveled, leaving many feeling afraid or alone in the crowd, grasping at shallow substitutes for true community. In this thoughtful and moving book, Paul Born describes the four pillars of deep community. We have a choice, says Paul Born, between shallow or deep community life. Will we react to the instability of our times by defining ourselves selfishly or out of fear? Or will we deepen our experience of community, reaching out to others and building a life of joy? Using stories from his experience growing up among people displaced by war; insights from his career as a community activist, writer, and speaker; and the results of interviews with 500 people, Born shows how we can deepen community by:
✦ Caring for one another: building a sense of be-
longing through mutual acts of care ✦ Working together for a better world: sharing a be-
lief that creates a benefit for all and that moves from a life of us/them to one of all of us, together. We must keep dreaming and sharing our dreams and hopes with one another. And we must keep making these dreams come true by acting on them as a community but never against another community. Acting in this way will be challenging but will be done with a lightness of being if we look out for and include one another. It is in the
work of restoring our neighborhoods, cities, and beyond that we will see the result of dreams that are dreamed in deep community. And what is deep community? It is the process of finding joy—much joy!—together.
✦ Is an exploding field of DIY innovation ranging from
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Wikipedia and seed-sharing to community forests and collaborative consumption, and beyond
A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier $16.95, paper. New Society. 196 pages
✦ Challenges the standard narrative of market eco-
The biggest “tragedy of the commons” is the misconception that commons are failures—relics from another era rendered unnecessary by the Market and State. Think Like a Commoner dispels such prejudices by explaining the rich history and promising future of the commons—an ageless paradigm of cooperation and fairness that is re-making our world. With graceful prose and dozens of fascinating stories, Bollier describes the quiet revolution that is pioneering practical forms of self-governance and production controlled by people themselves. Think Like a Commoner explains how the commons:
RECLAIMING THE COMMONS FOR THE COMMON GOOD by Heather Menzies $17.95, paper. New Society. 240 pages
Commoning was a way of life for most of our ancestors. In Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good, author Heather Menzies journeys to her roots in the Scottish Highlands, where her family lived in direct relation with the land since before recorded time. Beginning with an intimate account of unearthing the heritage of the commons and the real tragedy of its loss, Menzies offers a detailed description of the self-organizing, self-governing and self-informing principles of this nearly forgotten way of life, including its spiritual practices and traditions. She then identifies pivotal commons practices that could be usefully revived
we’ll have done two other things: 1) Committed the ultimate crime of biocide; and 2) Hanged ourselves in the process thereof. Read Feral and act… or else.” — Farley Mowat, author of Never Cry Wolf
Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World by Bruce Lourie & Rick Smith The Rubber Duck boys are back, and after showing us all the ways that toxins get IN our bodies, now they give us a guide for scrubbing those toxins OUT. Following the success of their first book, Slow Death by Rubber Duck, two of Canada’s leading environmental activists give practical and often surprising advice for removing toxic chemicals from our bodies and homes. The new pollution affects us all. We have become, all together, the proverbial canaries in the coal mine…. How can we reduce our toxic chemical intake and how
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✦ Provides a framework of law and social action that
can help us move beyond the pathologies of neoliberal capitalism.
We have a choice: Ignore the commons and suffer the ongoing private plunder of our common wealth. Or Think Like a Commoner and learn how to rebuild our society and reclaim our shared inheritance. This accessible, comprehensive introduction to the commons will surprise and enlighten you, and provoke you to action. today. A final ‘manifesto’ section pulls these facets together into a unified vision for reclaiming the commons, drawing a number of current popular initiatives into the commons and commoning frame— such as local food security, permaculture and the Occupy Movement. An engaging memoir of personal and political discovery, Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good combines moving reflections on our common heritage with a contemporary call to action, individually and collectively, locally and globally. Readers will be inspired by the book’s vision of reviving the commons ethos of empathy and mutual respect, and energized by her practical suggestions for connecting people and place for the common good. Heather Menzies is a writer and member of the Order of Canada.tion, and spirit.” —Riding
can we rid our bodies, our lives and ultimately our economy of these synthetic hazards? Finding some honest and specific responses became the purpose of Toxin Toxout.
$29.95, cloth. Crown. 290 pages
nomics by explaining how cooperation generates significant value and human fulfillment
There are over 80,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce today, including hormone-disrupting phthalates and parabens, cancer-causing pesticides, heavy metals and air pollutants.
brave volunteers are the guinea pigs) to prove how easily our bodies absorb these chemicals from the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the products we smear on our skin—day after day. Then they give us the good news about what is in our control and the steps we can take for reducing our toxic burden. They investigate the truth behind organic foods, which detox methods actually work, if indoor air quality is improving, and how we dispose of waste (where do those chemicals go?). And a lot more. “Green chemistry,” here we come! These guys are funny, too, which makes the whole book so vividly informative.
When it comes to the health effects of these pollutants, one plus one equals more than two: These chemicals can actually amplify each other’s individual impacts.
We provide a prudent appraisal of the sometimes confusing world of detox. Our opinions on what works and what doesn’t are based on direct experimentation, in addition to extensive research. In many cases, the experiments have never been done before. What you’re reading here is a first!
Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie use their outrageous experiments (they and their
The result is nothing short of a prescription for a healthier life.
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Eco-Philosophy, Deep Ecology THE SIXTH EXTINCTION An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert $32.00, cloth. Henry Holt. 318 pages, photos
This is a major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes, in our time. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically con-
tracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. A sign in the Hall of Biodiversity offers a quote from the Stanford ecologist Paul Ehrlich: “In pushing other species to extinction, humanity is busy sawing off the limb on which it perches.”
coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human. Right now, in the amazing moment that to us counts as the present, we are deciding, without quite meaning to, which evolutionary pathways will remain open and which will forever be closed. No other creature has ever managed this, and it will, unfortunately, be our most enduring legacy. The Sixth Extinction will continue to determine the course of life long after everything people have written and painted and built has been ground into dust and giant rats have—or have not— inherited the earth.
In The Sixth Extinction, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction now, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn
trol weeds with just a little hand weeding or hoeing every ten days or so, when weeds are small. Based on this approach and his experience with a system of permanent, slightly raised beds, Organic Gardening: The Natural No-Dig Way shows you how to grow a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables: what to choose; when to sow, plant and harvest; and how best to avoid pests and diseases without the need to dig. Englishman Dowding has run a successful organic garden that has supplied local restaurants and shops for 25 years. Encouraging readers to forget the rules— ”received wisdom” about gardening is surprisingly inaccurate, he says—Dowding suggests gardeners will better understand what is going on in your soil, plants, garden, and climate when you develop your own methods of gardening. He’s currently farming an acre, selling about 200 salad bags of different sizes every week. He has also written Salad Leaves for All Seasons.
Becoming Intimate with the Earth the bacteria in your body. You’ll find new ways to engage with the natural world, including, and especially, your own body. You’ll be guided by wit, wisdom, poetry, and stories of transformation that come straight from the heart of a fierce, compassionate woman.
BECOMING INTIMATE WITH THE EARTH by Pauline Le Bel $19.95, paper. Collins Foundation. 185 pages
Pauline Le Bel is a “songspinner” and storyteller based on Bowen Island, near Vancouver. Her book, Becoming Intimate with the Earth, is part love story, part battle cry, part call to adventure, and seamlessly weaves together our new science-based cosmology (The Universe Story) with the traditional wisdom of indigenous people and Pauline’s own passionate engagement with life and the natural world. There is a compelling new story for our world—a soul-stirring story that recreates the role of humans and offers hope in these challenging times. Becoming Intimate with the Earth invites you to live inside this narrative, to embrace the blessing as well as the shadow of modern culture. You’ll discover how intimately you are related to everything in the Universe—the stars in the heavens, the worms in the garden,
EARTH CALLING A Climate Change Handbook for the 21st Century by Ellen Gunter & Ted Carter $23.95, paper. North Atlantic. 320 pages
Our earliest mythologies tell us we all start as a little bit of dirt. These stories carry a profound message: each of us is born with a deep and abiding connection to the earth, one that many of us have lost touch with. The Silent Spring for today’s environmental activists, this book offers an invitation to reestablish our relationship with nature to repair our damaged environment. Chapter 1 examines the threats to the planet’s health through the lens of the human energy system known as the chakras, describing how the broken first chakra relates to our disconnection from our biosphere. Chapter 2 shows how our current environmental crises—global warming, climate change, dwindling water resources, natural disasters such as wildfires and hurricanes—represent severe manifestations of our disconnection from the earth. Chapter 3 describes how the preponderance of oil in our culture—especially agribusiness—compounds this disconnection,
Gardening, Farming & Self-Reliance ORGANIC GARDENING The Natural No-Dig Way by Charles Dowding $28.95, paper. Green Books. 238 pages, 7x9, colour photos & charts
Charles Dowding has been practicing no-dig organic growing for over thirty years. In this new, full-color edition of Organic Gardening he shares the wealth of his experience, ex-
I keep writing and singing my Earth songs, telling new stories, caring for the land and waters where I live. I do what I can. We are involved in a process for which we will not see the results. It’s like planting a tree that will not reach maturity in your lifetime, one that will offer shade for the next generation. You do it for others. You do it for beautiful. You do it because it’s the right thing to do.
My deep desire, dear reader, is that these stories will help you see how truly intimate you already are with the Earth, and how this intimacy can support you as we prepare for a new partnership with the Earth. May you deepen this intimacy, in your own way, in a storied way. Inside are Intimacy Guides, and Resources and Links to fascinating people making a difference. Enter: be inspired by the wonder, the sorrow, and the beauty of our Earth community. from our dependence on other countries for our energy, to current issues of oil depletion, peak oil, and fracking, to the dumbing down of our agricultural polyculture. Chapter 4 explains how the most basic building blocks of our nourishment—seeds—are being compromised with a loss of biodiversity and rise of GMOs, and how that adversely affects the farmers whose sacred connection to the land has in many cases been severed. Chapter 5 describes the ways in which we as individuals can begin to wake up to climate activism as a spiritual practice. This chapter includes specific activities that you can use to implement change and heal your own connection to the earth. By learning and practicing ritual and understanding the earth’s rhythms and seasonal rites of passage, each of us can find unique ways to heal our own connections and help others heal theirs. Chapter 6 looks at stories of how people are responding to their inner callings with generosity, innovation, and dedication—exactly the traits our nations and our planet need now. Earth Calling is published in the Sacred Activism Series.
plaining his approach to soil and plants and revealing the range of techniques that have enabled him to grow healthy and vibrant plants for decades. His success is based on some key principles: ✦ No-dig enhances soil structure and en-
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courages healthy growth, especially when soil life is encouraged and multiplied through the addition of good compost and manure. ✦ Organic matter is best spread on the surface - just leave it on top and let the worms take it in, aerating the soil as they do so. ✦ When starting with weedy soil there is a period of three to twelve months, depending on weed types, when the emphasis is on cleaning and improving the soil. ✦ Using a no-dig method you can easily con-
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GROW A SUSTAINABLE DIET Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth by Cindy Conner $24.95, paper. New Society. 186 pages, 7x9, b/w & colour illustrations
Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter how plentiful our harvest, homegrown produce comprises only a fraction of what we eat. And while many gardening guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about individual crops, few tackle the more involved task of helping you maximize the percentage of your diet you grow yourself. Grow a Sustainable Diet will help you develop a comprehensive, customized garden plan to produce the maximum number of calories and nutrients from any available space. Avoid arriving in August buried under a mountain of kale or zucchini (and not much else) by making thoughtful choices at the planning stage, focusing on dietary staples and key nutrients. Learn how to calculate: ✦ Which food and cover crops are best for your specific requirements ✦ How many seeds and plants of each variety you should sow ✦ What and when to plant, harvest and replant for maximum yield. Focusing on permaculture principles, biointensive gardening methods, getting food to the table with minimum fossil fuel input, and growing crops that sustain both you and your soil, this complete guide is a must-read for anyone working toward food self-sufficiency for themselves or their family. Imagine gardening as a process which improves the soil even as we grow our crops, helps balance and enrich the ecology, relies on free services of nature rather than purchased inputs—and is powered with energy from the nearest star. That is the way of gardening Cindy Conner offers in Grow a Sustainable Diet. “Just the book you have been looking for!” —John Jeavons, author of How To Grow More Vegetables
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Seeds, Soil & Human Wastes as Gold SEEDTIME On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds by Scott Chaskey $24.99, cloth. Rodale. 222 pages
Seedtime is a poetic discovery of the mystery and magic of seeds in the tradition of Wendell Berry and Rachel Carson. Scott Chaskey—working farmer, poet, and spiritual father of the community farming movement—considers “the web of biodiversity and resilience at the heart of our cultural inheritance” by masterfully weaving history, politics, botany, literature, mythology, and memoir into this beautiful and instructive book. As defined in Flora, an encyclopedia of plants, “A seed, in essence, is a tiny plant in suspended animation sealed up in an environment-proof coat.”
It’s hard to think of a subject more fundamental to the sustenance of the human race than seeds. Having coevolved with the Earth’s plants, insects, and animals, seeds are entwined with the core myths of ancient cultures and the development of human consciousness. Their story remains vitally important today, as the corporations that manufacture GMOs threaten our
THE SOIL WILL SAVE US How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet by Kristin Ohlson $27.50, cloth. Rodale. 242 pages
We generally think of climate change as a story of sky—of emitted gases, of atmospheric carbon levels, of storms. Author Kristin Ohlson would like to direct our gaze earthward, to take a long, hard look at the dirt beneath our feet. We may have overlooked a solution there. In The Soil Will Save Us, Ohlson lays out a thesis that farmers and climate researchers have been talking about for decades: that a change in farming and forestry techniques could sequester enough carbon in the ground to not only mitigate but reverse global warming. Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices— and, especially, modern industrial agriculture—have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world’s soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet.
THE WASTEWATER GARDENER: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time Mark Nelson $28.50, paper. Synergetic Press. 296 pages, 7x10, colou & b/w illustrations
The Wastewater Gardener is a thoroughly entertaining book about one man’s quest to find the truth about the last taboo: human bodily wastes. The author insightfully describes just how we humans got ourselves into our current ecological nightmare, wanting our bodily effluents to be out of sight, out of mind and never discussed. In the 1960s, like many young men and women, Mark Nelson was seeking meaningful work. Leaving his big city ways and Ivy League roots behind, Nelson landed on a communal farm in arid New Mexico where he learned what all farmers used to know: That the proper use of sewage is incredibly important to restoring and maintaining arability of soil. His journey then took him to managing the sewage system
BOKASHI COMPOSTING Scraps to Soil in Weeks by Adam Footer $16.95, paper. New Society. 162 pages, photos
Bokashi is Japanese for “fermented organic matter.” Bokashi composting is a safe, quick, and convenient way to compost in your kitchen, garage, or apartment, using a specific group of microorganisms to anaerobically ferment all food waste (including meat and dairy). Since the process takes place in a closed system, insects and smell are controlled, making it ideal for urban or business settings. The process is very fast, with compost usually ready to be integrated into your soil or garden in around two weeks.
food security and the future of seed-cultivated agriculture. The stakes, for those concerned with preserving biodiversity and ecological integrity, are perilously high. Balancing a wide view of politics and history, Chaskey alights from life on the farm he has cultivated for 25 years to conjure Gregor Mendel’s breeding experiments that yielded our modern understanding of genetics; he also introduces us to several “bioneers,” such as the geobotanist Nikolay Vavilov and agriculturalist Cary Fowler, who are preserving global biodiversity through seeds. Integrating scholarship with accessible storytelling, Seedtime is a fascinating celebration as well as a call to action urging us “to recover some sense of balance in our understanding and care for the land, and in how we choose to manage and distribute seeds and to grow the food that sustains us.” As we travel farther into space and crowd the earthly space we have, this is also the time to recognize the beauty in the architecture of our soils and the transformative seed language born of these soils. If we accept our role as “mere citizens” of the biological community, as Leopold defined it, then the genetic wisdom carried in a seed kernel is an invitation to nurture our collective future, not to manipulate ecologies or markets.
The Soil Will Save Us makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for “our great green hope”—a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming. As the granddaughter of farmers and the daughter of avid gardeners, Ohlson has long had an appreciation for the soil. A chance conversation with a local chef led her to the crossroads of science, farming, food, and environmentalism and the discovery of the only significant way to remove carbon dioxide from the air—an ecological approach that tends not only to plants and animals but also to the vast population of underground microorganisms that fix carbon in the soil. Ohlson introduces the visionaries—scientists, farmers, ranchers, and landscapers—who are figuring out in the lab and on the ground how to build healthy soil, which solves myriad problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. Her discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth. of the most spectacular biological experiment of the 20th century, Biosphere 2. Having fallen in love with wetlands, Nelson returned to university for a PhD and went on to construct wastewater gardens all over the world: From the Yucatan to the Bahamas, from the Philippines to France, from Morocco to New Mexico and Australia. The book’s illustrations include whimsical original drawings by artist Corinna MacNeice, plus schematic diagrams that make it easy to follow how various waste treatment systems work. There are a number of color plates that show the beauty that it is possible to achieve by installing and maintaining wastewater gardens. A bibliography that will satisfy gardeners, ecologists and scholars is included. Nelson’s book is a plea for mindful use of our natural water resources to ensure the long-term health of the planet and all its life forms.
While bokashi has enjoyed great popularity in many parts of the world, it is still relatively unknown in North America. From scraps to soil, Bokashi Composting is the complete, step-bystep, do-it-yourself guide to this amazing process, with comprehensive information covering:
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✦ Background - the history, development and
scientific basis of the technique ✦ Getting started - composting with com-
mercially available products or homemade systems ✦ Making your own - system plans and bokashi bran recipes using common materials and locally sourced ingredients ✦ Growing - improving your soil with fermented compost and bokashi juice. This essential guide is a must-read for gardeners, homeowners, apartment dwellers, traditional composters, and anyone who wants a safe, simple, and convenient way to keep kitchen waste out of the landfill.
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“His explanation of bacterial culturing is clear and simply stated. Whether you purchase a home bokashi kit or build your own following Footer’s foolproof instructions, this is the manual for you.” —Mark McDonald, West Coast Seeds Adam Footer is a permaculture designer with a focus on soil building, food forestry, cover crops, water conservation and harvesting, and natural farming. See bokashicomposting.com.
THE MIX & MATCH GUIDE TO COMPANION PLANTING An Easy, Organic Way to Deter Pests, Prevent Disease, Improve Flavor, and Increase Yields in Your Vegetable Garden by Josie Jeffery $20.99, paper. Ten Speed. 126 pages, ringbound, colour photos
With its unique split-page mix-and match system, The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting is a colorful visual gardening guide to which vegetables, fruits, and herbs grow best with one another, and which do not. Due to the revival of interest in vegetable gardening, people are again turning to the ageold practice of companion planting as an effective way to avoid chemicals and reduce labor simply by placing the right plants next to each other in the garden. This book is designed to help gardeners mix and match various companion plant pairs and groups to create healthy, harmonious botanical communities. All you have to do is choose from the extensive plant directory to find the perfect plant pals. Each central crop has a row of colored dots along the top and bottom of the strip showing its “requirements”—that is, what it’s looking for in a companion plant, whether it be a support while growing and a pest deterrent or a soil conditioner and a nutrient accumulator. Turn the strips and match the dots to find your plants’ best friends. The more dots that match, the better the chance your plants will flourish. Josie Jeffery grew up with a companion planting chart pinned up permanently in the kitchen. She now runs a seedbomb business, SeedFreedom, in the UK.
THE BOOK OF KALE AND FRIENDS 14 Easy-to-Grow Superfoods with 130+ Recipes by Sharon Hanna & Carol Pope $26.95, paper. Douglas & Mcintyre. 224 pages, 8x10, 150 colour photos
Following the success of her bestseller, The Book of Kale, Sharon Hanna is back, teaming up with gardening editor Carol Pope, for even more fun with kale. There are good reasons why the Kale Revolution is growing—this humble leafy green is one of the healthiest vegetables on earth, it thrives in winter and sweetens in the cold, it self-seeds, its flowers sustain bees, and its so easy to grow you will feel like a master gardener with almost no effort. With the seemingly limitless ways to
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enjoy this superfood—kale salad, kale chips, kale pizza, kale soup, kale pesto, and even kale cookies—one book just wasn’t enough. Kale, available in so many gorgeous varieties, grows well in pots, and anyone with a balcony, back porch or limited outdoor space can access fresh, tender leaves yearround. In addition to more tips on kale cultivation, Sharon and Carol invite readers to branch out with thirteen other superfood crops that are equally easy to grow, as well as nutritious and versatile in the kitchen. With advice on growing and using arugula, basil, chives, cilantro/coriander, herb fennel, garlic, kale, lovage, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme, readers can eat the “localest” and save a lot of money too. After the garden is planted, celebrate with over 130 recipes, including Kale Cilantro Chimichurri, Potato-Crusted Kale and Smoked Salmon Tart, and Kalelicious Chocolate Cake. With abundant vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, The Book of Kale and Friends has something to please everyone. Even the family pooch is invited to enjoy the healthy harvest with Kale Doggy Biscotti!
UPRISINGS A Hands-On Guide to the Community Grain Revolution by Sarah Simpson & Heather McLeod
Permaculture & Edible Cities SUSTAINABLE REVOLUTION Permaculture in Ecovillages, UrbanFarms, and Communities Worldwide by Juliana Birnbaum & Louis Fox $39.95, paper. North Atlantic. 352 pages, 7x9, colour photos
Urban gardeners. Native seed-saving collectives. Ecovillage developments. What is the connection between these seemingly disparate groups? The ecological design system of permaculture is the common thread that weaves them into a powerful, potentially revolutionary—or re-evolutionary—movement. Permaculture is a philosophy based on common ethics of sustainable cultures throughout history that have designed settlements according to nature’s patterns and lived within its bounds. It is taking form as a growing network of sites developed with the intention of regenerating local ecologies and economies. Permaculture strategies can be used by individuals, groups or nations to address basic human needs such as food, water, energy, and housing, and the movement has been building momentum exponentially for the past 40 years. As a species, humans are being called forth to evolve, using our collective intelligence to meet the challenges of the future. Yet if we are to survive our collective planetary crisis, we need to revisit history, integrating successful systems from sustainable cultures. To boldly confront our position on the brink of the earth’s carrying capacity and make change that incorporates the wisdom of the past is truly revolutionary.
Sustainable Revolution features the work of a worldwide network of visionaries, including journalists, activists, indigenous leaders and permaculturists such as David Holmgren, Vandana Shiva, Charles Eisenstein, Starhawk, Erik Assadourian, Victoria TauliCorpuz, Albert Bates, and Geoff Lawton. This beautifully photographed collection of profiles, interviews, and essays features 60 innovative community-based projects in diverse climates across the planet. Edited by anthropologist Juliana Birnbaum Fox and activist filmmaker Louis Fox, it can be read as an informal ethnography of an international culture that is modeling solutions on the cutting edge of social and environmental change. The research presented in the book frames the permaculture movement as significant ally to marginalized groups, such as the urban poor and native communities resisting the pressures of globalization. Sustainable Revolution uplifts and inspires with its amazing array of dynamic activists and thriving, vibrant communities. What we see in Juliana and Louis’ articulate book—a work that documents their pilgrimage to some of the most imaginative and healing communities on earth—are templates for the future that will become increasingly evident and important... It is impossible not to want to rethink, reimagine, and renew our purpose after hearing about those who deeply understand the plight we are in, those who have chosen to mimic nature’s exquisite nutrient and energetic pathways in their existing or newfound communities. —Paul Hawken, from the foreword
$19.95, paper. New Society. 202 pages, photos
If we want to reduce our environmental impact, build resiliency in our community and improve food security, it’s up to us to make it happen. In many North American communities, the instrument of change is grain. Grain is the perfect metaphor for how we’ve lost control of our food supply, and with it the skills and tools to feed ourselves. Uprisings shows how communities can take back their power by reviving local grain production to improve food security, local economies, and the environment. Given the importance of grain to the human story, perhaps it should be no surprise that many of us who want to make a difference in the world—environmentally, economically, socially—are choosing grain as our instrument of change. When a community reclaims control over its food supply, there are numerous ripple effects and spin-off benefits.
Profiles of ten unique community models demonstrating how local grain production is making a difference are rounded out by stepby-step instructions for small-scale grain production that will turn any community into a hotbed of revolution. Learn about: ✦ How locally grown wheat, barley and other grains can impact a community ✦ How to start a community grain project from scratch ✦ How to plant, grow, harvest, thresh, winnow, and store your grain ✦ How to use whole and sprouted grains. The new self-sufficiency is community sufficiency. Uprisings offers a wealth of practical advice to inspire and empower anyone interested in local initiatives to develop a community grain-growing model tailored for their unique needs and resources. “In Uprisings, a new standard has been set on the topic of growing, harvesting and processing grains, and the Field-to-Table movement is stronger because of this book.” — Mark Macdonald, West Coast Seeds
Urban Permaculture for Gardens, Balconies, Rooftops, and Beyond by Judith Anger, Immo Fiebrig & Martin Schnyder
✦ Worldwide examples of urban gardening projects ✦ Ideas for flats and balconies ✦ Green roofs ✦ Vertical gardening and urban beekeeping ✦ Guerrilla gardening and successful community
$26.50, paper. Permanent Publications. 176 pages, 8x9, colour throughout
✦ Illustrated practical techniques with clear in-
Want to grow food but have nothing larger than a balcony, windowsill, or a piece of wall? No problem! This is a gardening book with a difference. It will help you to grow your own fruit, vegetables, herbs, and even mushrooms in small spaces in the most ecological way possible. Edible Cities shows you why the urban landscape can be a great place for permaculture. Discover inside: ✦ Principles of permaculture
EDIBLE PERENNIAL GARDENING Growing Successful Polycultures in Small Spaces by Anni Kelsey $26.50, paper. Permanent Publications. 176 pages, 7x9, full colour throughout
Do you dream of a low-maintenance perennial garden that is full to the brim of perennial vegetables that you don’t have to keep replanting, but have only a small space? Do you want a garden that doesn’t take much of your time and that needs little attention to control the pests and diseases that eat your crops? Do you want to grow unusual vegetable varieties? You can have all of this with Edible Perennial Gardening. Anni Kelsey has meticulously researched the little-known subject of edible perennials and selected her favorite, tasty varieties. She explains how to source and propagate different vegetables, which plants work well together in polycultures, and
Nature as Teacher & Healer THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF ANIMALS A Guide to Remarkable Behavior by Janine Benyus $27.50, paper. Black Dog & Leventhal. 512 pages, 300 two-colour illustrations
Unlock the secrets behind the behavior of the world’s most fascinating creatures— from the Adlie penguin to the plains zebra to the giant panda—in this wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated book. In The Secret Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus (also author of Biomimicry) takes us inside the animal kingdom and shows us the whys and the hows behind the distinc-
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structions ✦ Preface and contributions by Sepp Holzer ✦ Urban case studies from cities all over the world.
Packed with inspiration and practical, fully illustrated ideas, discover how people around the world are inventing new growing opportunities and making them a reality with few resources and a lot of creativity. Find out how you, too, can plan and create your own urban growing paradise. what you can plant in small, shady, or semi shady beds, as well as in sunny areas. It includes: ✦ Getting started and basic principles ✦ Permaculture, forest gardening, and natural farming ✦ Growing in polycultures ✦ How to chose suitable leafy greens, alliums, roots, tubers, and herbs ✦ Site selection and preparation ✦ Building fertility ✦ Low-maintenance management strategies If you long for a forest garden but simply don’t have the space for tree crops, or want to grow a lowmaintenance edible polyculture, this book will explain everything you need to know to get started on a new gardening adventure that will provide you with beauty and food for your household and save you money.
tive behavior of creatures great and small in their natural environments. Divided geographically into five sections—Africa, Asia, North America, the oceans, and the poles—the book examines and describes the behavior, body language, and patterns of communication of 20 different animals: the gorilla, lion, African elephant, plains zebra, black rhinoceros, giraffe, ostrich, greater flamingo, Nile crocodile, giant panda, peacock, Komodo monitor, ✦
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bottlenose dolphin, California sea lion, gray wolf, bald eagle, sandhill crane, beluga whale, polar bear, and Adlie penguin. For each animal, Benyus describes and explains basic behaviors (locomotion, feeding, drinking, bathing, grooming, sleeping), communication behavior (greeting, social play, group defense, conflict, aggression/submission, fighting, courtship, copulation), and parenting behavior (birth, care and feeding, teaching, communal care). The book is illustrated throughout with tender yet precise line drawings that beckon us to the animals and vividly capture everything from changing facial expressions to nurturing postures to playful and
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✦ aggressive interactions. The text, too, is both intimate and informative, allowing for a deep connection with, and a great admiration for, each one of the animals.
ANIMAL WISDOM Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals by Linda Bender $22.50, paper. North Atlantic. 212 pages.
There is something about the motoring of a cat’s purr or the wagging of a dog’s tail that brings us a certain comfort and delight. Cat memes and pleas for animals to be rescued and adopted have taken over our social media culture, as well as, the stories about animal cruelty around the world that break our collective hearts. This book of anecdotes collected in a lifetime of loving and working with animals conveys the heart of what they have taught the author and the marvelous lessons and profound wisdom they can teach us, if we choose to pay attention. In Animal Wisdom, veterinarian and animal intuitive Linda Bender offers us a wealth of extraordinary stories and research-based evidence indicating animals have deeply perceptive—even extrasensory—abilities, especially when love is involved. In addition, she provides 18 stepby-step practices for honing your own natural ability to communicate with animals, so that you too can learn to understand their urgent messages about peace, happiness, and the future of the planet. Animal and pet lovers, animal-rights activists, and fans of Jane Goodall and Rupert Sheldrake will be deeply touched by this heartwarming book revealing the profound life lessons we can learn from animals, once we learn how to communicate with them as respected other beings. Contents: The Ecology of Paradise How Can We Know What Animals Are Thinking and Feeling? You Are Loved You Are Already Living in Paradise You Don’t Have to Figure Everything Out Dying Isn’t Bad How to Communicate Telepathically with Animals: A Practical Guide The Animals Speak for Themselves What We Can Do: Making a Difference “Linda Bender opens up a spiritual dimension of animals that many people feel intuitively but find hard to express… This beautifully written book will inspire animal lovers and enrich their experience of animals’ lives—and their own.” —Rupert Sheldrake, author of Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home
Conscious Evolution & Planetary Culture DAWN OF THE AKASHIC AGE New Consciousness, Quantum Resonance, and the Future of the World by Ervin Laszlo & Kingley Dennis $17.50, paper. Inner Traditions. 216 pages Our world is a-changing. The transition from the mechanistic worldview to one that recognizes the interconnectedness of all life is upon us. It is the dawning of the Akashic Age. The Akashic field that connects the
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Geometry, Leonardo & Quadrivium GATEWAY TO THE HEAVENS How geometric shapes and patterns form our reality by Karen French $20.95, paper. Watkins. 240 pages, 7x9, 700+ colour illustrations & pictures
Simple geometric shapes and symbols combine to make the universal, powerful, sacred model Karen French calls “Gateway to the Heavens.” In this book, French explains the meaning and purpose of these shapes, how they mold our reality and perception of it and how they have a direct bearing on what you are and why you are here. These shapes and symbols contain messages that have been consistently represented in religion, philosophy, mythology, mysticism, the arts and sciences. Their messages are built into our genetic make-up and we rec-
ognize them instinctively. This magnificently illustrated book is a unique evocation of, and immersion in, the “geometries of consciousness.” Gateway to the Heavens is divided up into 3 parts. Part 1 covers the properties of the basic geometric shapes and numbers. Part 2 describes how these, in turn, form layers of construction, creating principles that are fundamental to the purpose of the universe; the spiral sustains reality, the cross highlighting the central point of existence and the heart is where we weigh up our choices. Part 3 describes how we can use these principles to create positive change in our lives by helping us to expand our awareness of reality. Karen French’s earlier book, The Hidden Geometry of Life, has become an international classic text.
were integral to his scientific studies, and he brought art, science, and technology together in his beautiful and elegant mechanical and architectural designs. Capra describes seven defining characteristics of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius and includes a list of over forty discoveries he made that weren’t rediscovered until centuries later. Capra follows the organizational scheme Leonardo himself intended to use if he ever published his notebooks. So in a sense, this is Leonardo’s science as he himself would have presented it.
LEARNING FROM LEONARDO Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius by Fritjof Capra $34.95 , cloth. Berrett-Koehler. 380 pages, b/w & colour illustrations
Leonardo da Vinci was a brilliant artist, scientist, engineer, mathematician, architect, inventor, and even musician—the archetypal Renaissance man. But he was also a profoundly modern man. Not only did Leonardo invent the empirical scientific method over a century before Galileo and Francis Bacon, but Capra’s decade-long study of Leonardo’s fabled notebooks reveals that he was a systems thinker centuries before the term was coined. At the very core of Leonardo’s science, Capra argues, lies his persistent quest for understanding the nature of life. His science is a science of living forms, of qualities and patterns, radically different from the mechanistic science that emerged 200 years later. Because he saw the world as an integrated whole, Leonardo always applied concepts from one area to illuminate problems in another. His studies of the movement of water informed his ideas about how landscapes are shaped, how sap rises in plants, how air moves over a bird’s wing, and how blood flows in the human body. His observations of nature enhanced his art, his drawings
Today, as we are developing a new systemic understanding of life with a strong emphasis on complexity, networks, and patterns of organization, we are witnessing the gradual emergence of a science of qualities that has some striking similarities with Leonardo’s science of living forms.
As Capra shows throughout the book, Da Vinci practiced a science and technology that honored and respected the unity of all life, recognized the fundamental interdependence of all natural phenomena, and connected the microcosm (the human being) with the macrocosm (the living Earth). That is exactly the kind of science and technology we need today. Among Fritjof Capra’s other books are The Tao of Physics and The Web of Life.
QUADRIVIUM The Four Classical Liberal Arts of Number, Geometry, Music & Cosmology by Wooden Books $21.00, cloth. Walker. 408 pages, illustrations
The Quadrivium—the classical curriculum— comprises the four liberal arts of number, geometry, music, and cosmology. It was studied from antiquity to the Renaissance as a way of glimpsing the nature of reality. Geometry is number in space; music is number in time; and cosmology expresses number in space and time. Number, music, and geometry are metaphysical truths: life across the universe investigates them; they foreshadow the physical sciences.
universe is now recognized by cutting-edge science. What we know about communication, energy, and consciousness is rapidly evolving in tandem with the new quantum worldview. Many adults are consciously evolving to meet the transitional challenges at hand, while today’s youth have arrived already hard-wired with the new consciousness. Rising from the ashes of the old systems, this Phoenix generation of radical change agents is seeding our evolution and spiritual transformation, a process that will continue over the next few decades. Authors Ervin Laszlo and Kingsley Dennis look at the chief engine of the com-
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Quadrivium is the first volume to bring together these four subjects in many hundreds of years. Composed of six successful titles in the Wooden Books series: Sacred Geometry Sacred Number Harmonograph The Elements of Music Platonic & Archimedean Solids, and A Little Book of Coincidence it makes ancient wisdom and its astonishing interconnectedness accessible to us today. Beautifully produced in six different colors of ink, Quadrivium will appeal to anyone interested in mathematics, music, astronomy, and how the universe works.
ing changes—the growing global understanding of nonlocality—and the development of practical applications for it. They examine how the new values and new consciousness taking hold will reorganize society from top-down hierarchies into grassroots networks like those revealed through quantum physics understanding of energy and information waves and experienced daily by millions through social media. With contributions from visionary thinkers such as futurist John L. Petersen, ex-CEO of Sanyo Tomoya Nonaka, media activist Duane Elgin, systems scientist Alexander Laszlo, and spiritual economist Charles Eisenstein, this book explores the future of education, spirituality, the media, economics, food, and planetary citizenship as well as the expansion of consciousness necessary to reach that future. The Akashic Age represents a new stage in human consciousness, a stage that allows humanity to rise and overcome all
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the challenges we now confront. We ask you, the reader, to join us on this journey, and to envision the possibility that such an age may be more than just a possible future. It can be our future, if we truly want it to be.
Among Ervin Laszlo’s other titles are Science and the Akashic Field and The Akashic Experience.
Science, Brain/Mind & Cosmology THIS WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking edited by John Brockman $18.95, paper. HarperCollins. 414 pages
Featuring a foreword by David Brooks, This Will Make You Smarter presents brilliant—but accessible—ideas to expand every mind.
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What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to the world’s most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world. Daniel Kahneman on the focusing illusion? / Jonah Lehrer on controlling attention / Richard Dawkins on experimentation / Aubrey De Grey on conquering our fear of the unknown / Martin Seligman on the ingredients of well-being / Nicholas Carr on managing ‘cognitive load’ / Steven Pinker on win-win negotiating / Daniel C. Dennett on benefiting from cycles / Jaron Lanier on resisting delusion / Frank Wilczek on the brain’s hidden layers / Clay Shirky on the ‘80/20 rule’ / Daniel Goleman on understanding our connection to the natural world / V. S. Ramachandran on paradigm shifts / Matt Ridley on tapping collective intelligence / John McWhorter on path dependence / Lisa Randall on effective theorizing / Brian Eno on ‘ecological vision’ / Richard Thaler on rooting out false concepts / J. Craig Venter on the multiple possible origins of life / Helen Fisher on temperament / Sam Harris on the flow of thought / Lawrence Krauss on living with uncertainty… Here the term “scientific” is to be understood in a broad sense—as the most reliable way of gaining knowledge about anything, whether it be human behavior, corporate behavior, the fate of the planet, or the future of the universe. —John Brockman
Amit Goswami: the Physics of Creation cuses on two levels of thinking—the conscious mind of actuality and the unconscious mind of possibility. He then teaches readers how to harness this innate ability in order to live more creatively.
QUANTUM CREATIVITY Think Quantum, Be Creative by Amit Goswami $16.95, paper. Hay House. 240 pages
In Quantum Creativity, Amit Goswami, Ph.D., physicist and author of The Self-Aware Universe, explores human creativity through the unique lens of quantum physics, offering readers a new way to nurture and enhance their own creativity—the ultimate source of joy and fulfillment. In this effervescent work, Goswami poses questions that probe the wellspring of creation that exists Amit Goswami in each of us. What is creativity? Can anyone be creative? What kinds of creativity are there? Goswami fixes on this mercurial subject with the eye of a scientist. Combining the art of creativity with the objectivity of science, he lays out a guidebook for understanding the power of the mind to access creativity in a whole new way. According to quantum physics, reality occurs on two levels: possibility and actuality. Goswami uses this same duality to explore what he calls quantum thinking, which fo-
How to Discover Your Passions and Talents and Transform Your Life by Ken Robinson $18.00, paper. Penguin. 288 pages
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Ken Robinson’s TED talk video and groundbreaking book, The Element, introduced readers to a new concept of self-fulfillment through the convergence of natural talents and personal passions. The Element has inspired readers all over the world and has created for Robinson an intensely devoted following. Now comes the eagerlyawaited companion, the practical guide that helps people find their own Element. Among the questions that this new book answers are: How do I find out what my talents and passions are? What if I love something I’m not good at? What if I’m good at something I don’t love? What if I can’t make a living from my Element? How do I help my children find their Element?
As we attune ourselves to the evolutionary purpose of the universe, our curiosity becomes ever more intense. Here, in brief, is the central theme of this book. We create our own lives through the creative choice s we make, which collapse new potentiality into actuality. This process can be understood, and we can become more skillful at it. The new theory of evolution tells us that by embracing the creative journey of this lifetime we are furthering the purpose of the evolutionary movement of consciousness. Knowing this makes our motivation all the keener.
Written for a broad audience, Quantum Creativity uses empirical data to support this new theory of how to think, and puts forth guidelines for living it. “Goswami has painted a majestic picture of what it means to be human, on which our future may depend.” —Larry Dossey, author of One Mind: How our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters the usual activism of changing the world with ongoing efforts to align oneself with the evolutionary movement of the whole. If the latter step requires our creativity and quantum leaps in our processing of meaning and values while engaged in the affairs of the world, so be it. At the least this will bring new meaning and value to our lives; at best, it will usher in a new age of enlightenment.
GOD IS NOT DEAD What Quantum Physics Tells Us about Our Origins and How We Should Live by Amit Goswami $23.95, paper. Hampton Roads. 320 pages
God Is Not Dead is a fascinating guided tour of quantum physics, consciousness, and their relationship to the existence and experience of God. University of Oregon physics professor Amit Goswami shows readers that God’s existence can be found in clues that the science of quantum physics reveals. Goswami helps readers to break free of a materialistic view of reality, as defined by Newtonian physics, to the fascinating quantum experience of God. In fact, God Is Not Dead argues for a “quantum activism,” leading a balanced life that incorporates both the quantum and material worlds—and an experience of consciousness. My final message is what I call quantum activism: combining
PHYSICS OF THE SOUL The Quantum Book of Living, Dying, Reincarnation, and Immortality by Amit Goswami $25.95, paper. Hampton Roads. 304 pages
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Can the bizarre and probabilistic world of quantum physics be used to prove the existence of the soul and its immortality? In Physics of the Soul Dr. Amit Goswami details how cutting-edge science might be used to answer questions that religions have grappled with for millennia. He proposes that a “quantum monad” is involved in reincarnation, and draws upon UFO sightings, past-life regression, ghosts and angels to broaden the applicability of his ideas. He compares spiritual traditions —including yoga and the Tibetan Book of the Dead—the very latest scientific observations, and individual experiences to find out what death really means. First published in 2001, Physics of the Soul is revised with a new introduction by the author.
To find out what lies within, you also have to look outside yourself. You need to try new activities, visit new places and meet new people. You need to put yourself in the way of new opportunities and test yourself in different circumstances. If there are activities or experiences you have wanted to try, you should try them. If there are things that you have been anxious about doing, but feel intrigued by them, you should try them. If you don’t try new things then you may never find out what you are capable of.
Finding Your Element comes at a critical time as concerns about the economy, educa-
Writing in a style that is both lucid and charming, mischievous and profound, Dr. Amit Goswami uses the language and concepts of quantum physics to explore and scientifically prove metaphysical theories of reincarnation and immortality. In Physics of the Soul, Goswami helps readers understand the perplexities of the quantum physics model of reality and the perennial beliefs of spiritual and religious traditions. He shows how they are not only compatible but also provide essential support for each other. The result is a deeply broadened, exciting, and enriched worldview that integrates mind and spirit into science. One of today’s pioneering thinkers in science and spirituality, Dr. Goswami taught physics for 32 years, was a professor of Theoretical Science at the University of Oregon, and was senior resident researcher at the world-renowned Institute of Noetic Sciences.
tion and the environment continue to grow. The need to connect to our personal talents and passions has never been greater. As Robinson writes in his introduction, “Wherever you are, whatever you do, and no matter how old you are, if you’re searching for your Element, this book is for you.”
With people there is always something new. The reason is that human beings are naturally creative. This is true of us as a species and of our individual lives. You create your own life by how you see the world and your place in it; by the opportunities you take and the ones you refuse; by the possibilities you see and the choices you make… You’re not given your resumé with your birth certificate. You create your life and you can recreate it. As the psychologist George Kelly says, “No one needs to be a victim of their own biography.” Or, as Carl Jung puts it, “I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
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This book will challenge readers to change how they think—and experience—the nature of reality, the existence of souls, the power of dreams, the universality of love, the possibility of ESP, and the very mind of God. “Amit Goswami as usual has the most brilliant insights into how consciousness becomes biology.” — Deepak Chopra, author of Quantum Healing Amit Goswami became best known as one of the interviewed scientists featured in the 2004 film What the Bleep Do We Know?! He is also the author of Creative Evolution and Physics of the Soul.
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Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human potential. Born in the U.K., he now lives in LA.
THE HONEYMOON EFFECT The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth by Bruce Lipton $14.95, paper. Hay House. 216 pages $27.50, 4 CDs. Sounds True. 4 hours, unabridged
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The Honeymoon Effect: A state of bliss, passion, energy, and health resulting from a huge love. Your life is so beautiful you can’t wait to get up to start a new day, and you thank the Universe that you are alive. Think back on the most spectacular love af-
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✦ fair of your life. For most, it was a time of heartfelt bliss, robust health, and abundant energy. Unfortunately for most of us, the Honeymoon Effect is frequently shortlived. Imagine if you could maintain the Honeymoon Effect throughout your whole life. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, describes how the Honeymoon Effect is not a chance event or a coincidence, but a personal creation. This book reveals how we manifest the Honeymoon Effect and the reasons why we lose it. This knowledge empowers readers to create the honeymoon experience again, this time in a way that ensures a happily-ever-after relationship. With authority and eloquence, Lipton covers the influence of quantum physics (good vibrations), biochemistry (love potions), and psychology (the conscious and subconscious minds) in creating and sustaining juicy loving relationships. He also asserts that if we use the 50 trillion cells that live harmoniously in every healthy human body as a model, we can create not just honeymoon relationships for couples but also a “super organism” called humanity that can heal our planet. “Bruce Lipton has written the single best book on love—both personal and planetary—that I’ve ever read. And I’ve read a lot of them! I know Bruce and his beloved Margaret up close and personal. Their relationship is joyful, nurturing, creative, and contagious. Bruce uses the principles of the New Science he champions to enlighten, explain, and encourage us all to embody the love that we’ve always wanted.” — Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
Family & Parenting SITTING STILL LIKE A FROG Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel, foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn $19.95, Book+CD set. Shambhala. 106 pages, 6x7 + 60-minute audio-CD
Here are beautifully presented simple mindfulness practices to help your child (ages 5-12) deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions. The book includes a 60-minute audio CD of guided exercises read by Myla Kabat-Zinn. Mindfulness—the quality of attention that combines full awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is—is gaining broad acceptance among mental health professionals as an adjunct to treatment. This little book is a very appealing introduction to mindfulness meditation for
Journeys of Childbirth ✦ Instruction in using imagery and conscious
DREAMBIRTH Transforming the Journey of Childbirth through Imagery by Catherine Shainberg $20.95, paper. Sounds True. 310 pages
Bringing a new life into the world is the most profound act of creativity in the human experience. With DreamBirth, leading imagery expert Catherine Shainberg offers practical exercises and guidance becoming an active participant in all four phases of childbirth—conception, pregnancy, labor, and post–partum care. By communicating with your body through the language of dreams and imagery, you can experience the journey of childbirth we were meant to have—exhilarating, natural, and overflowing with love. Focusing our intention lets us consciously begin the process of dreaming forth a new life.
Created as an essential resource for parents, midwives, fertility experts, and any birth care professional, DreamBirth includes:
dreaming to activate the creative power of your mind and the deep wisdom of your body ✦ Pre–conception and conception—practices for preparing to conceive and calling to the spirit of your child ✦ In–depth guidance for navigating each trimester of pregnancy, the two stages of labor, and essential early bonding ✦ Effective imagery for dissolving anxiety around childbirth ✦ Techniques for fathers and partners, and much more. With DreamBirth, this innovative teacher shows you how you can use creativity and imagery to carry you through an aware conception, a conscious pregnancy, a natural and joyous birth, and the loving reception of your child into your family. A 4 CD audio companion of DreamBirth is also available.
✦ Pregnancy—reducing physical discomfort and
DREAMBIRTH Imagery for Conception, Pregnancy, Labor, and Bonding by Catherine Shainberg $29.95, 4 CDs. Sounds True. 4.5 hours
Many pregnancy guides focus on what’s going on in a mother’s body—yet our thoughts, dreams, and imagination can have the greatest impact on our experience of childbirth. Dr. Catherine Shainberg’s DreamBirth is a powerful method for using imagery to access your body’s vast creative intelligence. With DreamBirth, she presents four CDs of imagery exercises created for parents and birth professionals alike, with more than 90 practices for: ✦ Conception—easing anxiety, harmonizing with your partner, and welcoming a new life
morning sickness, rehearsing for birth, and tuning in to your body’s needs and to your baby ✦ Labor—minimizing medication, choosing the right professional care, and consciously monitoring each step of the birth ✦ Bonding—feeling into your baby’s needs, nursing and emotional connection, and supporting your child’s extraordinary life. “Women and men are life creators,” teaches Dr. Shainberg. “DreamBirth reconnects us with the boundless knowledge that nature has given to us for this purpose.” Join this pioneering clinician to learn imaginal methods for transforming your hopes into reality—into the birth of your dreams. See also Catherine Shainberg’s book, DreamBirth.
JOYOUS CHILDBIRTH CHANGES THE WORLD by Tadashi Yoshimura, foreword by Ina May Gaskin $16.95, paper. Seven Stories. 192 pages
“No matter how science has progressed, childbirth, in essence, has remained unchanged from ancient times...[it] is the last natural process left to us,” writes internationally lauded obstetrician Dr. Tadashi Yoshimura, “The fact that it has remained unchanged means that there is truth in it.” The truth and power of birth is the subject of Dr. Yoshimura’s first book published in the United States. Yoshimura describes babies born so directly into the arms of their mothers that they do not cry, and women so transformed with pride and passion
children and their parents. In a simple and accessible way, it describes what mindfulness is and how mindfulness-based practices can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware. The book contains eleven practices that focus on just these scenarios, along with short examples and anecdotes throughout. Included with purchase is an audio CD with guided meditations, voiced by Myla Kabat-Zinn, who along with her husband, Jon Kabat-Zinn, popularized mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) as a therapeutic approach. Sitting Still Like a Frog introduces the basics of mindfulness to children in an easy-to-understand and playful way. It guides children in the cultivation of presence: presence of mind, presence of heart, and presence in the body. Presence comes when we are attentive, when we are in touch with our experience… Why not start young in training those capacities? —Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the foreword
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in their ability that they are joyous and forever changed. Instead of a medical disaster in need of intervention, Yoshimura describes a transcendent natural process that cannot be perfected, and that, when performed through the innate power of women, reveals what he calls a “mystic beauty.” Full of delightful stories of birthing women and peaceful smiling infants, and insights into his interesting childbirth preparation program including lots of lunges, Joyous Childbirth Changes the World is a must-read for all expectant parents and those who care for them. Yoshimura’s incredible clinic serves as a testament to the kind of compassionate birth culture that is possible if we prioritize the health and experience of women and babies.
ATTACHED AT THE HEART Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children by Barbara Nicholson & Lysa Parker $18.75, paper. HCI. 306 pages
In its most basic form, “attachment parenting” is instinctive and traditional. A crying baby is comforted and kept close to parents for protection. If hungry, he or she is breastfed. And while it is understood that there is no such thing as perfect parenting, research suggests that there is a strong correlation between a heightened sense of respect, empa-
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thy, and affection in those children raised the “attachment parenting” way. In Attached at the Heart, readers will gain much needed insight into childrearing while learning to trust the intuitive knowledge of their child, ultimately building a strong foundation that will strengthen the parent-child bond. Using the Eight Principles of Parenting, readers will learn: ✦ How to prepare for baby before birth ✦ Why breastfeeding is a must for busy moms ✦ When to start feeding solid food ✦ How to respond to temper tantrums ✦ Sleeping safety guidelines and the benefits of co-sleeping ✦ Tips for short separation ✦ How to practice positive discipline and its rewards ✦ Tips for finding and maintaining balance ✦ The benefits of using a baby sling and implementing infant massage ✦ Tips on dealing with criticism from those opposed or unfamiliar with AP style ✦ The dangers surrounding traditional discipline styles of parenting.
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Contrary to popular belief, “attachment parenting” has been practiced in one form or another since recorded history. Over the years, it had been slowly replaced by a more detached parenting style—a style that is now believed by experts to be a lead contributing factor to suicide, depression, and violence. The concept of “attachment parenting”—a term originally coined by parenting experts William and Martha Sears—has increasingly been validated by research in many fields of study, such as child development, psychology, and neuroscience. Also known as “conscious parenting,” “natural parenting,” “compassionate parenting,” or “empathic parenting,” its goal is to stimulate optimal child development. “Trust me. This is the only baby book you’ll ever need! It’s amazing, heartwarming, and completely user-friendly. Just add your heart!” —Christiane Northrup, author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom
HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough $19.95, paper. Mariner Books. 230 pages
Drop the flashcards—grit, character, and curiosity matter even more than cognitive skills. How Children Succeed is a persuasive wake-up call. The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control. And they can be taught. How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators, who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories—and the stories of the children they are trying to help— Tough reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people’s lives. He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do— and do not—prepare their children for adulthood. And he provides us with new insights into how to improve the lives of children growing up in poverty. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers, it will also change our understanding of childhood itself. If we want to improve the odds for children in general, and for poor children in particular, we need to approach childhood anew, to start over with some fundamental questions about how parents affect their children; how human skills develop; how character is formed.
BRAINSTORM The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel $29.50, cloth. Tarcher. 320 pages, illustrations
Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important, and at times, challenging ways. It’s no wonder that many parents approach their child’s adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science
behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another. Brainstorm, In Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers’ behavior and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children’s lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide. In this book, the brilliant author of Mindsight, The Whole-Brain Child, and other books busts a number of commonly held myths about adolescence—for example, that it is merely a stage of “immaturity” filled with often “crazy” behavior—to reveal how it is in fact a vital time in our lives in terms of charting the course for the adults we ultimately become. According to Siegel, during adolescence we learn important skills, such as how to leave home and enter the larger world, how to connect deeply with others, and how to safely experiment and take risks, thereby creating strategies for dealing with the world’s increasingly complex problems. Siegel offers readers an inside-out approach to focusing on how brain development affects our behavior and relationships. “Eye-opening and inspiring… Daniel Siegel shows how the supposed downsides of the teen years all have upsides, and that the lessons for living that await teens are ones any of us, at any age, can learn from. Teens and their parents stand to benefit immensely from reading this book, separately or together.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
Men & Women STRESS RELIEF FOR MEN How to Use the Revolutionary Tools of Energy Healing to Live Well by Jed Diamond $23.95, paper. North Atlantic. 376 pages
Depression, fatigue, chronic pain, sexual dysfunction, anger, and irritability: these are just some of the toxic effects of stress. Stress Relief for Men introduces energy healing techniques based on ancient wisdom and cuttingedge science that are designed to neutralize stress so that you can regain inner strength and power in your life—without talk therapy or drugs. According to preeminent heart surgeon and author Mehmet Oz, MD, “The next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine.” This essential resource provides the most scientifically sound tools from this emerging new field applied to the most pressing problems facing men today.
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Learn how to: ✦ Eradicate depression, anxiety, anger, and
irritability ✦ Improve your love life—including better
communication with your partner ✦ Eliminate chronic pain, reduce inflamma-
tion, and sleep better ✦ Develop peace of mind, greater well-being,
and a passion for life. This book teaches you how to apply these proven energy healing “power tools”: ✦ Earthing (Grounding): healing through connection with the Earth’s surface energy ✦ Heart Coherence: heart-based breathing and visualization techniques ✦ Attachment Love: activating healthy connection in relationships ✦ Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping): described as an emotional version of acupuncture. The ultimate goal of these practices is health, vitality, and empowerment—so that you can successfully navigate relationships, skillfully face life’s challenges, and enjoy your life! A psychotherapist for over 40 years, Jed Diamond is the founder and director of MenAlive, a health program that helps men and the women who love them to live well throughout their lives.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GODDESSES AND HEROINES by Patricia Monaghan $35.50, paper. New World Library. 512 pages
Groundbreaking scholar—and award-winning poet—Patricia Monaghan produced the first dictionary of goddesses ever published in 1980. This work, Book of Goddesses and Heroines, was reissued many times and became a standard text. Her work researched, detailed, and documented the fact that from the beginning of recorded history, goddesses reigned alongside their male counterparts as figures of inspiration and awe. For the first time in one volume, Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines offers over a thousand entries drawing on classics, anthropology, folklore, literature, and psychology including widely known Greek and Roman figures as well as those from lesser-known traditions such as Korea, the Baltics, Africa, and Australia. Today, even as phrases like Mother Earth and Mother Nature are mainstream, Monaghan’s vibrant and accessible work adds insight, context, and dimension. Her Encyclopedia, which ranges from Africa, the Mediterranean, and Asia, to Europe and the Americas, and through every world religious tradition, makes clear that the history of goddesses is essential to understanding the historical, cultural, and spiritual histories of all peoples—and is undeniably meaningful and resonant in contemporary life.
THE HORMONE CURE Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital, and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol by Sara Gottfried $21.00, paper. Simon & Schuster. 458 pages
Too often women are told that feeling moody, asexual, tapped out, dried up, stressed out, and sleep deprived is just a part
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of being female. Or that prescription pills are the answer. Integrative physician and gynecologist Sara Gottfried refuses to accept that being a woman means feeling overwhelmed or that popping pills is the new norThe mal. In Hormone Cure, she shares the unique hormone-balancing program that she has used to help thousands of women reclaim wellness, verve, and optimal health. Combining natural therapies with rigorous scientific testing and using an informative questionnaire to identify the common causes of hormonal imbalance, Dr. Gottfried provides an individualized plan in nonjudgmental and thoughtful language. Based on ten years study of cuttingedge medical research as a specialist in functional and integrative therapies, Dr. Gottfried’s three-tiered treatment strategy includes: ✦ Supplements and lifestyle changes that address underlying deficiencies ✦ Herbal therapies that restore balance and optimize your body’s natural function ✦ Bioidentical hormones, most available without a prescription The Hormone Cure is a groundbreaking book that demonstrates how balancing your hormones can cure underlying health issues and result in restored sleep, greater energy, improved mood, easy weight loss, increased productivity, and many more benefits. “Dr. Sara is a rare combo of Harvard Medical School graduate, yoga teacher, and integrative physician. She’s smart, she’s hip, she writes in a user-friendly way! Learn all about your hormones—what they do, how they can ruin your life, how you can make them hum.” —Hyla Cass, MD, author, 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health “The playbook for your mojo, mind, and bootie. With every chapter I thought, ‘So THAT’s how that works.’ Then I wanted to call every girlfriend and give them the goods on how to glow, now and always.” —Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map
Relationship & Sexuality HOW TO BE AN ADULT IN LOVE Letting Love in Safely and Showing It Recklessly by David Richo
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$17.95, paper. Shambhala. 245 pages
We’re made to be loved and to love. We deserve it. It’s in our genetic code. It’s nothing other than the purpose of our lives, says David Richo. But knowing that doesn’t make it easy to do. The first problem is that we have a hard time letting love in: recognizing it, accepting it from others. We’re afraid of it, of getting hurt. The second re-