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NEW MUSIC, NEW RHYTHMS
Music on CD
Flowing in a Harmonic Way
HEARTH SOUNDS Ancient Songs from Ireland and the World by Noirin Ni Riain & Sons
$20.50, CD. Sounds True. 59 minutes
$12.00, CD. Zamir Dhanji. 49 minutes
Renowned Irish singer Noirin Ni Riain joins voices with her two sons in a luminous new collection of songs to gladden the heart and soul. Riain and her talented sons bring us 18 traditional sacred songs in celebration of hearth, home, family, and the Divine. Recorded in Ireland’s acoustically awe-inspiring Glenstal Abbey, this album features medieval chant, traditional Irish songs, English-language hymns, and more. Listeners who have had the pleasure of hearing Noirin, Owen, and Moley sing together marvel at the transcendent merging of their vocal tones—and that alchemy reveals itself radiantly here in every piece. This soundscape of ours comes from the heart. We sing to gladden you through these songs, which have gladdened our hearts. That is the meaning: We want a secret shaft of light to shine upon you through listening… This is the organic sound of a mother and her two sons singing their hearts out! We hope these very sacred songs will come alive for you in the listening. And if you listen with the ear of the heart— “Ausculta” as St. Benedict named it in the 5th century—you too can join with our voices in a great celebration of gratitude and reverence for the universe, for family, and for the subtle presence of the Divine.
There’s even a musical version of W.B. Yeats’ poem The Song of Wandering Aengus.
LOVERS NIGHT by Shastro $16.95, CD. Malimba. 50 minutes
For those who may have enjoyed Shastro’s Tantric Heart CD, this long awaited new release by Shastro will be a lovely addition to your stash of deeply relaxing, sensual music. The slower pacing of Lovers Night indeed has the same qualities of sensuality but invites a more intimate and languid movement in both mind and body. The unhurried, often sultry and seductive sounds of the clarinet are the star in this album and are heartened with the ever present romantic qualities of Shastro’s guitar, all supported by a tapestry of delicate and mysterious rhythms. As Osho says (in the liner notes), “They feel grateful to each other. It is because of the other that they have been able to see their own selves; the other has become a mirror in which they are reflected.” Next time you need music for a massage, a hot bath to unwind, a restorative yoga session or music to share with a partner in intimate moments, this is the soundtrack for you. At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breathe into me.
by Naad Recorded in legendary Roberts Creek, B.C., world fusion artists Naad bring you an album focused on the PanART Hang—that rare and beautiful Swiss metal percussion “spaceship”—accompanied by beautiful instruments from around the world and the healing sounds of water. The music of the hang is played with the intention of supporting the feeling of flow within the listener. Inspired by the element of water, these real-time compositions and carefully crafted sonic sculptures respond to the ebb and flow of internal energies just as water becomes the currents, tides and eddies of the sea. Tracks include “Whirlpools,” “Unfinished Horizon,” “Monsoon,” “Where the Water Falls,” “Raining Mystics,” “Cloud Whales,” and others. You’ll find these sonic tapestries inspire repeated immersions and offer even deeper delights with a high fidelity sound system. Naad is a collective of Vancouver-based artists, musicians and poets that seek to embody and transfer a cosmic experience through music, mantras, mystical poetry, storytelling and a dash of divine inspiration. We play eclectic world fusion music using rare and beautiful instruments from all over the world, producing everything from meditative soundscapes to upbeat, groovy tunes.
Naad includes: ✦ Zamir Dhanji on PanART Hang, Pantheon Steel Halo, tbilat, shakuhachi ✦ Greg Valou on PanART Hang, guitar, vocal, bass, conch, fujara, swarmandal, banjo, percussion ✦ David Yates on Didgeridoo, udu, shakers.
HARMONIC WAY by Dean Evenson, Scott Huckabay & Phil Heaven $21.75, CD. Soundings of the Planet. 68 minutes
Harmonics are a key to healing with sound. Trance guitarist Scott Huckabay is a master of guitar harmonics, creating pure, bell-like sounds by gently tapping the strings on the neck of his guitar in a perfect ratio. His harmonics and innovative guitar effects resonate with the vibrating frequencies of Tibetan singing bowls played by Dean Evenson and Dudley Evenson who also perform flute, harp and keyboards. Phil Heaven enhances the musical conversation with his exotic viola colourings. The resulting interplay of harmony and bliss with a touch of nature sounds is a great soundscape for a massage, yoga session or romantic date. Alpha Frequencies and the Earth Resonance Frequency are included to enhance brainwave synchronization. Harmonic healing is a way of shifting, realigning and imprinting the resonant frequency structure in the body and energetic field in and around the body. It is a regenerative process. At the subatomic level, everything is simply information that vibrates at different frequencies… I use my ability to hear and feel in higher dimensional frequencies by surrendering and opening to a connection with the Great Spirit. My intentions are to bridge love and healing into this realm through the guitar harmonics.” —Scott Huckabay
“I’ve never seen Huckabay’s equal on acoustic guitar... He doesn’t just think outside the box the box doesn’t exist. Huckabay is indeed a musical shaman.” —Mel Mason, Tucson Weekly “Harmonic Way is a complex, multi-dimensional composition that transported me into deep meditation and complete relaxation, gifting me a sense of euphoria and bringing me straight into my heart center. Another fabulous creation from Soundings of the Planet.” —Diana LaDue-Hand, Wise Awakening
Close the language-door and open the love-window. The moon won’t use the door, only the window. —Rumi
DRUM CARGO: RHYTHMS OF WATER by David & Steve Gordon $14.95, CD. Sequoia Records. 58 minutes
Acclaimed musicians David & Steve Gordon combine beats from their amazing collection of ethnic drums and percussion with the sweet sound of Native American flute. To evoke the element of water, they have included water drums and actual sounds of water percussion. Master drummer Kim Atkinson and hand drumming expert Bobby Cochran join them.
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This drum music is much more than rhythms— they will take you on a spirit journey to your innermost self. When you need energizing drums for dance, working out, driving, parties or while at work, this album will give you the boost you need. Allow your spirit and body to flow and move with these deep water rhythms. There is a distinct reminiscence of West African drumming in these shamanistic rhythms, such as on “Flowering Tree Totem.” The tune is subtly complex, with different drum tones playing different melody lines, for a richly layered sound, with a precision and unison that gives the
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✦ impression of thousands of droplets of water dripping down a rainforest canopy. “Sacred Water Rhythms” invokes the spirit of the Amazon running through a fierce jungle, rushing and flowing with an ancient energy that closely resembles that of blood coursing through your veins. The flute trills mystically behind mounting tribal rhythms, and each thump grows excitement and tranquil energy in both the body and mind. The album closes with “Rhythm Reverence,” a tune that aptly pays homage to the power of beats and the strength of rushing water. Rain sticks add texture, while bass tones intersperse with tighter, hollower sounds for a musically percussive storm that escalates to reverential proportions. All the while, the Native American flute creates calls and echoes, simulating animals and birds in the wild.
LAUGHING AT THE MOON A Collection of Classics 1996-2005 by Krishna Das $11.95, CD. eOne. 1 hour, 12 minutes
Laughing at the Moon is a new collection of beloved Krishna Das classics kirtans from 1996 to 2005. “These songs have been favorites of our family of chanters.” Along with the lyrics, Krishna Das has included a few words about each track ! Let the river of these Names take you… Let yourself float in the beauty of your own heart into the ocean of Love that fills all space, that ALWAYS is…. That ONLY is. When we know ourselves to be That, then we can be This too. Then we can play. We are free and bound in the same breath… The breath of the One breathes in us, in all religions… in all spiritual practices.
Included are: ✦ “Hara Hara Mahaadeva”
from One Track Heart ✦ “Govinda Hare” from Pilgrim Heart ✦ “Rock in a Heart Space” from All One ✦ “Shri Guru Charanam” from Live on Earth (For a Limited Time Only) ✦ “Mother Song” from Pilgrim Heart ✦ “Sita Ram” from Live on Earth ✦ “God Is Real / Hare Ram” from Door of Faith ✦ “Shri Hanuman Chaleesa / Gate of Sweet Nectar” from Door of Faith ✦ “Baba Hanuman” from Breath of the Heart
OPEN SPACES by Stanton Lanier $18.95, CD. Music to Light the World. 58 minutes
Stanton Lanier, the “Pianist of Peace,” explores and sculpts deep heart chords on Open Spaces— co-produced by William Ackerman of Windham Hill vintage—with guest instrumentalists on various tracks including Tom Eaton on Bass,
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New Films on DVD
Peter Kater’s Piano Magic IGOD
What Do You Believe? by Neale Donald Walsch & others
THE MEDITATION MUSIC OF PETER KATER by Peter Kater $20.50, CD. Sounds True. 1 hour, 4 min.
$25.50, DVD. Beyond Words. 80 minutes
Relaxing and expansive with minimal instrumentation, The Meditation Music of Peter Kater brings you nine tracks ideally suited for formal meditation or contemplative practice of any kind. Hand-selected and sequenced by the pianist and composer from his Healing Music series and his rich catalog of work, which has earned him nine Grammy Award nominations.
People have been asking questions about God since the dawn of humankind—and humanity’s disagreements about the nature of God have often led to ethnic and religious warfare, the suppression of women, the debasing of human dignity, and even polluting the very garden in which we exist. Many religions have created rituals and dogmas that separate one from the other, and cling to the belief that only they have the “one truth.” But are any of them actually right? Can the true essence of God ever truly be understood or explained? iGOD traces how the various belief systems about God have evolved into what exists in the present day, and then delves into the many questions about God. Produced and narrated by Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with God series, this film includes Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Gregg Braden, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Alan Cohen, James Van Praagh, Amit Goswami, and Barbara Marx Hubbard.
When I compose and record music, I draw upon my experience of the sound current, the celestial harmonies, the sounds of the universe. This album includes some of my all-time favorite pieces. I encourage you to let them take you on an inner journey. Allow them to provide passage, to Peter Kater escort you deeper into the rich world of your own inner consciousness. Thank you for sharing your journey with me.
Peter Kater’s piano-centred recordings, such as Essence, Compassion, and more recently Wind, Rock, Sea & Flame have enriched thousands of hearts in subtle, melodic and heart-full ways.
THE HEART OF SILENCE piano and flute meditations by Peter Kater & Michael Brant DeMaria $20.50, CD. Sounds True. 1 hour
Like the breath itself, music is the invisible thread that connects all life. From the morning breeze to a meadow fire, from the bugle of the elk to the cry of the eagle, nature expresses a deeper kind of music that can only be heard when we quiet the mind, open the heart, and step into silence. Heart of Silence presents the first collaboration between Grammy-award nominees Peter Kater and Michael Brant DeMaria. Pairing Kater’s elevating, gorgeously spacious piano with DeMaria’s soothing, haunting Native American flutes, these soulful improvisations invite us to explore and evoke the mysterious depths within each one of us. We embarked on this album together by bringing ourselves into a deep, timeless place. These sound poems and tone prayer are offerings to you and the Universe and are infused with love and blessings. They are soulful improvisations created by virtue of deep listening and infused with love and curiosity from with the Heart of Silence.
Also by Peter Kater is the amazing Wind, Rock, Sea and Flame album. Eugene Friesen on Cello, Jeff Haynes on Percussion, Richard “Gus” Sebring on French Horn, and Noah Wilding on Ethereal Vocals. This is, indeed, “music to light the world,” in a flowing, piano-centric way. Track titles are in bold below, from the liner notes which reflect images from Christian scriptures: “I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for your truth and your wisdom… I’ll pour a spirit of grace and prayer over them. You put us in charge of your handcrafted world… birds flying and fish swimming, whales singing in the ocean deeps. Dear lover and friend, you’re a secret garden, a private and pure fountain. My soul longs for you like a desert thirsty for rain… Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. He reveals the deep things of darkness, and brings deep shadows into the light. The Son gives life… Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put me in charge, has at this very moment the real and lasting life.”
The heart-power in these piano journeys is very touching. We’ve been listening to this one a lot.
AMBIENT PIANO MEDITATIONS by Kip Mazuy $20.50, CD. Sounds True. isbn 600835436724 1 hour, 7 minutes
The piano endures as one of the most beautiful and effective instruments for
evoking deep states of contemplative calm. In this tradition, musician and meditation teacher Kip Mazuy offers Ambient Piano Meditations. My focus during this recording was on making music that’s more an expression of meditation rather than the deep meditation music for which I am known. The pieces were not composed or thought about beforehand, but were spontaneous expressions of the inner bliss I was experiencing at the time, letting joy itself play the piano. My hope is that while listening to the music you will feel the love and joy from which the music was created.
We hope to engender an ongoing dialogue on God, and examine the possibility that humankind has misunderstood the nature of God. Perhaps it is time to explore those misunderstandings. Perhaps if God could say only one thing to the human race, he just might say, “You’ve got me all wrong!”
Six Ways to Santiago by Lydia Smith
New on DVD
$25.50, DVD. Beyond Words. 84 minutes
Rich with reverberant harmonics and intuitive melodic movements, this album draws us powerfully into a lucid-yet-serene space of gentle presence. An exceptional musical experience to relax the body and invite blissful, grounded awareness.
Questions that have plagued thinkers for many centuries: What is good and evil? Why does God answer some prayers and not others? Why does an omnipotent, allpowerful God allow holocausts and genocides to happen, and children to starve? Is there a devil? Is there really a heaven and a hell? We will talk with many of the world’s great religious and spiritual leaders in addressing these questions, and in looking at the varied points of view and beliefs about God. We will examine the many beliefs about the nature of God. Perhaps it will change the way people look at their own beliefs. Because that is where it has to begin…
WALKING THE CAMINO
Each of these tracks is composed of a single take. During the recording, I found that I was drawn to washes of sound and the harmonics and textures that naturally flowed out of the piano, liberating the music from being bound to any linear melody or movement. Sometimes the music may not even sound like it’s coming out of a piano.
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Walking the Camino follows a diverse group of pilgrims, ages 3 to 73, each from a different part of the world, as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots, and an open mind. The 800 km (500 miles) Camino de Santiago is no small undertaking, yet hundreds of thousands of peo-
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ple embark on the journey across the rugged and beautiful landscape each year. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves. Whatever their motivation, no one can predict just how their paths will unfold, what personal demons or angels they will face or what transformations they will undergo by trail’s end. Called “A brilliant documentary” by Martin Sheen, this multiple award-winning film has been selling out screenings worldwide. Featuring breathtaking vistas and engaging characters, the Camino comes to life in this inspiring look at its magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. The DVD also includes an interview with Director/Producer Lydia B. Smith. “Viewer beware: The impulse to take a hike is strong.” —New York Times
AWAKE IN THE DREAM by Catharina Roland
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$25.50, DVD. Beyond Words. 100 minutes + 45 minutes of bonus materials
We spend the majority of our lives in a kind of hibernation: Functional but separate (in our awareness) from the source of our being. What can we do to wake up? Viennese filmmaker Catharina Roland explores this crucial question, inviting us to share in her deeply enriching journey. When her son Moritz was born and the relationship to the father of her son broke down and her seemingly perfect world suddenly fell apart, her spiritual journey took off. Since then she traveled together with her son around the world for her heart project the documentary Awake in the Dream to set the jigsaw puzzle of the newest scientific insights and mystic wisdom together and to contribute to the awakening consciousness on our Planet. For her, the solutions are never to be found in the outside, but always in connection with our inherent inner wisdom and by finding and releasing old sabotaging belief systems. Her film explores how we can learn to be whole again, how we can heal ourselves and the environment we live in, and how we can leave the cocoons of our perception to face our own selfishness and fears… and truly savour the miracle of being alive! Through lessons from visionaries and spiritual teachers (Starring: Neale Donald Walsch, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Bruce Lipton, Daniel Pinchbeck, Arjuna Ardagh, Kiara Windrider). as well as numerous exercises, Awake in the Dream gives us the tools to break down the walls of the person we have created for ourselves, complete the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly and tap into the potential that has existed since the beginning of time.
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Art, Creativity & Music RECLAIMING ART IN THE AGE OF ARTIFICE A Treatise, Critique, and Call to Action by J.F. Martel $16.95, paper. North Atlantic. 182 pages
Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice is a journey into the uncanny realities revealed to us in the great works of art of the past and present. It’s also a resounding call to return to the Imaginal Life. ‘Sing in me muse,’ spoke Homer, and Martel has writ this large across the pages. Received opinion holds that art is culturally-determined and relative. We are told that whether a picture, a movement, a text, or sound qualifies as a “work of art” largely depends on social attitudes and convention. Drawing on examples ranging from Paleolithic cave paintings to modern pop music and building on the ideas of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Gilles Deleuze, Carl Jung, and others, J.F. Martel argues that art is an inborn human phenomenon that precedes the formation of culture and even society. Art is free of politics and ideology. Paradoxically, that is what makes it a force of liberation wherever it breaks through the trance of humdrum existence. Like the act of dreaming, artistic creation is fundamentally mysterious. It is a gift from beyond the field of the human, and it connects us with realities that, though normally unseen, are crucial components of a living world. Acknowledging the presence—overwhelming in our media-saturated age—of a false art that seeks not to liberate but to manipulate and control, Martel argues that preserving artistic expression in the face of our contemporary hyper-aestheticism is essential to our own survival. He offers us a lovely and powerful reminder that the greatest art presents the world through mystery rather than manipulation. Art is more than ornament or entertainment; it is a way, one leading to what is most profound in us. Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice places art alongside languages and the biosphere as a thing endangered by the onslaught of predatory capitalism, spectacle culture, and myopic technological progress. The book is essential reading for visual artists, musicians, writers, actors, dancers, filmmakers, and poets. It will also interest anyone who has ever been deeply moved by a work of art, and for all who seek a way out of the web of deception and vampiric diversion that the current world order has woven around us.
THE NAKED VOICE Transforming Your Life through the Power of Sound by Chloe Goodchild $23.95, paper. North Atlantic. 256 pages
Both science and spirituality agree that every particle of matter, every phenomenon we experience, is a form of resonance or vibration. The human voice is quite literally a mouthpiece of this truth; there is no form of expression more personal, more tied to our identities, than our voices. With simple inspirational exercises, this book by renowned voice teacher Chloe Goodchild gives readers the tools to guide them in a process of sound healing and soul communication that is guaranteed to open the
Wild Creative Edges THE CREATIVE EDGE Art Exercises to Celebrate Your Creative Self by Mary Todd Beam
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$27.99, paper. F&W. 144 pages, 8x11, colour illustrations
In this follow-up to her also wonderfully empowering and resourceful book Celebrate Your Creative Self, Mary Todd Beam demonstrates how to take your creativity to the next level by further exploring ways to use colour, design, metaphors and symbols to bring that creative edge to your work. Twenty-six new techniques focus on expressing life experiences and recording the world around you in addition to insights of artistic expression from Beam and a host of contributing artists. The book includes twenty mini demonstrations and ten full demonstrations showing readers how to use watercolour and acrylic to take their work to the next level. An amazing gallery of the author’s art and work by contributing artists (how do they do that?) offers additional inspiration and showcases new creative paths for readers of this soon-to-be-paint-splattered book. “This is an exciting and inspiring book, for artists of all levels. Every time I look at it, I feel excited by another wonderful creative idea and can’t wait to try it out. The book is very well organized, and I love the intriguing, colourful images, inspiring quotes, and idea inserts. The sections on mediums/textures and design formats, and exploration of personal symbols, have been most helpful for myself and my students. This is a great book for anyone interested in the creative process and looking for jumpstarts to new ideas and creativity.” —Jill Segal
WILD CREATIVE Igniting Your Passion and Potential I Work, Home, and Life by Tami Lynn Kent $19.99, paper. Beyond Words. 222 pages
Realign yourself with the creative currents that flow deep within, and you’ll see your work and home life transformed and inspired by this completely new understanding of creativity. At its root, creativity is the practice of engagement; it’s the marriage of feminine and masculine energy. By restoring that creative energy—and thus seeking our dreams—we can realign ourselves with an ancient, limitless presence, and reawaken the wild creative within. The first key to reclaiming your creative abundance is to find your creative currency: the channel of flow that feeds your energy field. It could be exercise, gardening, cooking, dancing, journaling, fishing, playing a sport, or gathering with friends. It does not matter what it is, and you do not have to be able to make a living with it. Your creative currency is the thing or things that feed your soul and make you feel tangibly alive; it is the channel in which your life is meant to flow. Dwelling near it, you return to what is essential for you.
In Wild Creative, Tami Lynn Kent shows you how to tap into your creative center and access the natural, sustaining energy that is inherently yours. In doing so, you’ll embark on a journey to achieve your dreams and restore your inner creative map. In addition, you’ll discover that when creativity and inspiration take center stage in your life, miracles both large and small unfold. Not only does Kent offer a wellspring of valuable insights, she also details her own experience building a framework of creativity that has served the well-being of herself, her family, and her business. Wild Creative shows how, by following the creative source within each of us, we can nourish a vibrant and successful life. “Tami Lynn Kent has written an inspiring guide for calling forth the creative energies that transform daily experience into a soulful adventure that is wildly alive and deeply fulfilling.” —Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine for Women
heart and restore forgiveness, compassion, and interconnectedness between individuals and in their communities. At the heart of every human journey exists the longing to feel at home in one’s self and in the world. In a unique response to meet this longing, Chloe Goodchild invites you on a compelling adventure of self-discovery and creative fulfillment through a direct experience of your own authentic voice—the voice of your personal authority, the song of your soul. Going beyond traditional vocal training guides, this book will appeal to anyone wishing to encounter themselves at a primal level through the medium of the voice.
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Over the past 30 years Chloe Goodchild has established a worldwide platform as a voice pioneer, sound visionary, singer-performer, and recording artist. Her global brand The Naked Voice and its charitable foundation have reached thousands of people with their radical approach to the transformative impact of sound.
Poetry, Writing & Stories THIS PRESENT MOMENT New Poems by Gary Snyder $30.50, cloth. Counterpoint. 96 pages
For his first collection of new poems since his celebrated Danger on Peaks, published in 2004, Gary Snyder finds himself ranging over the planet. Journeys to the Dolomites, to the north shore of Lake Tahoe, from Paris and Tuscany to the shrine
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at Delphi, from Santa Fe to Sella Pass, Snyder lays out these poems as a map of the last decade. Placed side-by-side, they become a path and a trail of complexity and lyrical regard, a sort of riprap of the poet’s eighth decade. This present moment That lives on To become Long ago.
And in the mix are some of the most beautiful domestic poems of his great career, poems about his work as a homesteader and householder, as a father and husband, as a friend and neighbor. A centerpiece in this collection is a long poem about the death of his beloved, Gary Snyder Carole Koda, a rich poem of grief and sorrow, rare in its steady resolved focus on a dying wife, of a power unequaled in American poetry. As a friend is quoted in one of these new poems: I met the other lately in the far back of a bar, musicians playing near the window and he sweetly told me “listen to that music. The self we hold so dear will soon be gone.”
Gary Snyder is one of the greatest North American poets of the last century, and This Present Moment, published near Snyder’s 85th birthday, shows his command, his broad range, and his remarkable courage.
POEMS THAT MAKE GROWN MEN CRY 100 Men on the Words That Move Them edited by Anthony & Ben Holden $20.00, paper. Atria Books. 336 pages This is a unique British collection of poetry so powerful that 100 grown men— bestselling authors, poets laureate, and other eminent figures from the arts, sciences, and politics— have been moved to tears. Here they deliver touching and insightful personal introductions to a range of beloved poems. The book includes both the introductions and the poems themselves. Grown men aren’t supposed to cry. Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, however, a rare and fascinating collection, will profoundly move the strongest men—and women. Father-and-son team Anthony and Ben Holden, a British writer and movie producer respectively, have teamed up to compile a poetry anthology unlike any other. Poets whose work is represented in this collection include W.H. Auden, Charles Bukowski, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Antonio Machado, Emily Dickinson, D.H. Lawrence, Harold Pinter, Ezra Pound, William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, and a host of other notables—-many of them women. You must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing
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your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go. —Mary Oliver
Familiar personalities who have confessed to breaking down range from J.J. Abrams to John le Carré, Seamus Heaney to Richard Dawkins, Salman Rushdie to Jonathan Franzen, and Stanley Tucci to Colin Firth. Each explains why the poems have made them cry—often in words as moving as the poetry itself—delivering private insight into the souls of men whose writing, acting, or thinking you have enjoyed and admired. In Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, you will savour old favorites and discover new gems; you will share private moments through the joys and sorrows of some of the most moving poetry ever written. And you will learn more about yourself in the process.ansformative impact of sound.
LOVE HAIKU Japanese Poems of Yearning, Passion, and Remembrance translated by Patricia Donegan $19.00, paper. Shambhala. 208 pages, 6x6, colour illustrations
This exquisite collection of love poems is in a striking gift book format, with beautiful Japanese artworks. Haiku is celebrated as a concise form of poetry able to convey a singular moment with great clarity. While haiku most often depicts the natural world, when focused on the elements of love and sensuality, haiku can be a powerful vehicle for evoking the universal experience of love. In this elegant anthology, love is explored through beautiful images that evoke a range of feelings—from solitary yearning to mutual passion to the bittersweet recollection of love lost. woman’s desire deeply rooted— the wild violets
Written by contemporary Japanese poets as well as by haiku masters such as Basho, Buson, and Issa, these haiku poems invite us to open our hearts as we reflect on love in all its various stages. If we can remember the fragility of love and see our beloved through the lens of impermanence, appreciation naturally arises; in Japanese this is known as mono no aware, the beauty of the transitory, be it a flower or love itself. As with all of life, within the seed of love is the seed of sorrow and death, which heightens its poignancy… For by learning to love one person, we learn to love the many. This is our hope for survival, for peace, for happiness, for ecstasy: to open to love. These love haiku give us a chance to pause, and they remind us of the way.
WILD WOMEN, WILD VOICES Writing from Your Authentic Wildness by Judy Reeves $20.00, paper. New World Library. 238 pp
In her years as a writing coach, Judy Reeves has found twin urges in women. They yearn to reclaim a true nature obscured by traditional roles and to write about, through, and beyond this process. Reeves herself experienced this need, which informed her popular workshop and now
Solace from the Poet: David Whyte CONSOLATIONS The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte $26.50, paper. Many Rivers. 245 pages
With the imagery of a poet and the reflection of a philosopher, David Whyte turns his attention to 52 ordinary words, each its own particular doorway into the underlying currents of human life. Beginning with Alone and closing with Work, each chapter is a meditation on meaning and context, an invitation to shift and broaden our perspectives on the inevitable vicissitudes of life: pain and joy, honesty and anger, confession and vulnerability, the experience of feeling besieged and the desire to run away from it all. Through this lens, procrastination may be a necessary ripening; hiding an act of freedom; and shyness the appropriate confusion and helplessness that accompanies the first stage of revelation. It may be that the ability to know the necessity for help; to know how to look for that help and then most importantly, how to ask for it, is one of the primary transformative dynamic that allows us to emancipate ourselves into each new epoch of our lives… Our greatest vulnerability is the very door through which we must pass in order to open the next horizon of our lives.
Consolations invites readers into a poetic and thoughtful consideration of words whose meaning and interpretation influence the paths we choose and the way we traverse them throughout our lives. The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self, the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone. — from FRIENDSHIP
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the art of asking the beautiful question by David Whyte $30.00, 2 CDs. Many Rivers. 2.5 hours
Poet and author David Whyte looks at the fruitful discipline of finding and asking ever keener and more beautiful questions throughout our lives. These questions ask us to reimagine ourselves, our world and our part in it, and have the potential to reshape our identities, helping us to become larger, more generous and more courageous, equal to the fierce invitations extended to us as we grow and mature. As ever, David offers readings of his own and others’ poems, with David Whyte pithy and provocative commentary, stories, jokes, and resonant anecdotes. This is surprisingly nourishing gristle and evocation. Contents include: 1. The invitation that is waiting for you 2. The pilgrim road 3. Finding a question you don’t want to answer 4. A broad field of freedom 5. Our journey into solace 6. The way forward 7. The first prayer that opens me to faith 8. You are all possibilities you can see 9. The privilege of loss 10. How will you forgive yourself? 11. Naming love too early 12. Going against yourself 13. Your secret form of love 14. The human heart left to itself This talk is an edited version of the gathering at Asilomar, California, in January 2014. this workshop in a book. Wild Women, Wild Voices is constructed as a guide to help writers access memories and experiences, beliefs and imaginings, and write them from deep, authentic wildness. It is an invitation for women to write their own stories. In our Wild Women writing workshops, this work was the territory where discoveries were made and memories resurrected and recounted in a new way. Writing explorations took participants deep
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into the vein of their own lived wisdom, where secret doors fell open and intuition connected seemingly disparate dots.
Reeves focuses consecutively on the cycles that make up a woman’s life, from Wild Child, Mother/Sister/Daughter, and Loves and Lovers to explorations of creative work, friendship communities, and how the Wise Woman encounters death. Intensely practical, Wild Women, Wild Voices answers common female needs and desires with specific and inspiring activities, exercises, and writing prompts. With true empathy, Reeves offers women permission and instruction on “going wild” with joyful purpose. Recently, I asked some women from past Wild Women writing workshops, and others whom I identified as “wild” (was it
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the bits of leaves and twigs still caught in their hair?) what the world wild and women conjured up for them. They used words such as free and unpredictable, strong and uncontrollable, natural and fierce, deep dreaming and farsighted. “It’s a part of me that knew what was true before I learned words to describe it,” said Helen, one of the participants. Boundlessness, the women said, energy and creativity, joy and freedom. Risk taking, curious, brave, wise, feral, and extraordinary in her splendid glorious way of being.
TIBETAN PEACH PIE A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins $19.99, paper. HarperCollins. 224 pages
Here novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. Tom Robbins warm, wise, and wonderfully weird novels—including Still Life With Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues—provide an entryway into the frontier of his singular imagination. Madcap but sincere, pulsating with strong social and philosophical undercurrents, his irreverent classics have introduced countless readers to natural born hitchhiking cowgirls, born-again monkeys, a philosophizing can of beans, exiled royalty, and problematic redheads. In Tibetan Peach Pie, Robbins turns that multi-dimensional literary sensibility inward, stitching together stories of his unconventional life, from his Appalachian childhood to his globetrotting adventures told in his unique voice that combines the sweet and sly, the spiritual and earthy. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio dj, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters. Robbins offers intimate snapshots of Appalachia during the Great Depression, the West Coast during the Sixties psychedelic revolution, international roving before homeland security monitored our travels, and New York publishing when it still relied on trees. Written with the big-hearted comedy and mesmerizing linguistic invention for which he is known, Tibetan Peach Pie is an invitation into the private world of a literary legend.
Here In the dark (The new moon long set) A soft grumble in the breeze Is the sound of a jet so high It’s already long gone by Some planet Rising From the east shines Through the trees It’s been years since I thought, Why are we here? —Gary Snyder
Yoga & the Hindu Traditions
THE YOGA TRADITIONS
Doorways to the Infinite
THE BHAGAVAD GITA A New Translation by Georg Feuerstein $35.00, paper. Shambhala. 506 pages
The seven hundred verses of the Bhagavad-Gita have, for more than two millennia, served as a guide to liberation through a life of knowledge, devotion, and action without attachment to results. The influence of most this renowned of all the Hindu scriptures has spread far beyond its religion of origin to inspire figures as diverse as Mohandas Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Aldous Huxley, and C. G. Jung. This fresh translation stands out from all the others first of all for its careful faithfulness to the original language, but also for the extensive tools for understanding it provides, which include: detailed explanatory notes, the entire Sanskrit text on facing pages—both in the original Devanagari alphabet as well as in a romanized version that allows the reader to approximate the sounds (a pronunciation guide is provided)—a word-for-word translation for comparison, an exhaustive glossary, and a wealth of essays on the Gita’s background, symbolism and influence. This Gita is an excellent resource for serious students, but it’s also a sturdy version for firsttime readers who want to approach the text with understanding. “I do nothing”—thus reflects [the yogin who is] yoked, the knower of Reality, [while he is] seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, walking, sleeping, breathing, talking, excreting, grasping, opening as well as closing [the eyes], and maintaining: “The senses abide in the sense objects.” He who acts, assigning [all] actions to the world-ground, and having abandoned attachment, is not defiled by sin, as a lotus leaf [is not stained] by water [surrounding it]… [He who is] yoked, having relinquished the fruit of action, attains ultimate peace. The unyoked [individual], acting from desire and attached to the fruit [of action], is bound [by karma].
“Dr. Feuerstein’s new rendering is perhaps the most complete version of the more than one hundred English translations of the Gita to come our way in the last two-anda-quarter centuries. This is a work for both scholars and serious laypersons, destined, I believe, to become the standard text for Yoga training programs in the Englishspeaking world.” —Richard Rosen, author of The Yoga of Breath
SADHUS Holy Men of India by Dolf Hartsuiker $19.95, paper. Inner Traditions. 176 pages, colour photos
Spiritual adventurers, philosophical monks, naked ascetics, or religious transvestites, the Sadhus of India form a vital and unbroken link between the birth of yoga millennia ago and its present-day expression. Numbering in the millions, these mys-
DOORWAYS TO THE INFINITE The Art & Practice of Tantric Meditation by Sally Kempton $84.00, 6 CDs. Sounds True. 7.25 hours
Doorways to the Infinite invites us to directly experience the core practices and insights of Tantra from its original source: Kashmir Shaivism’s Vijnana Bhairava. This dialogue between the deity Shiva and his consort Devi unfolds the secrets for moment-tomoment awakening into inner freedom and openeyed ecstasy. Now, Sally Kempton, author of the highly-praised books Awakening Shakti and Meditation for the Love of It, unpacks the hidden truths of this text, revealing it as a treasury of powerful pathways to direct revelation. With her gift for sharing subtle esoteric wisdom in an immediate and down-to-earth way, Kempton guides us into dozens of meditations Sally Kempton and methods to engage our senses, imagination, breath, energy flow, attention, and postures as vehicles for radical and profound spiritual illumination. Doorways to the Infinite explores: The breath within the breath, the heart within the heart ✦ Listening, seeing, and feeling with full presence ✦ Awakening to your inner body as space and light ✦ Opening to the flow of your Kundalini energy ✦ Engaging intense emotions for Self-realization ✦ The spirituality of everyday activities ✦ Intimate relationships and lovemaking ✦ Physical movement, dance, and more. A graceful gesture can lead to a heart-stopping realization of your body as divine. A long, slow exhalation of the breath can reveal your connection to the Source of everything. A sound—any sound—can take you to the reality beyond sound. Realizations can unfold in a thousand ways.
Also available by Sally Kempton on audio CDs are Shakti Meditations and Beginning to Meditate.
AWAKENING TO THE INFINITE Essential Answers for Spiritual Seekers from the Perspective of Nonduality by Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh $23.95, paper. North Atlantic. 202 pages
Having been raised as a Catholic and educated in the West, then trained as a monk in India since the 1980s (in the tradition of Swami Sivananda), Canadian author Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh is uniquely positioned to bring the Eastern tradition of Vedanta to Western spiritual seekers. In Awakening to the Infinite, he answers the eternal, fundamental question posed by philosophical seekers, “Who am I?” with straightforward simplicity. Knowing who you are and adopting a spiritual outlook, he counsels, can help solve problems in daily life to do with relationships, work, children, sexuality, illness, and social injustice. In answering the question “Who am I?,” Swami Muktananda of Rishikesh draws on the ancient teachings of advaita or nonduality, the truth that there is no division between ourselves and others at a fundamental level. The book is drawn from the many conversations he has throughout the year meeting with individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life, as well as public talks and question and answer sessions. Covering subjects ranging from the spiritual path to everyday problems, Muktananda addresses questions with simplicity and compassion, from the standpoint of someone who is anchored in the infinite but fully in touch with the world. His teaching follows the words of Christ and the Old Testament as well as those of the sages of India, who all proclaim a universal truth that transcends all religions: “You are not the body; you are not the mind; you are the immortal, divine Self. Realize this and be free.” The human body is a difficult gift to obtain; it is a spiritual Lamborghini. But you are not this body; you are simply passing through it. The body is a catalyst that enables you to awaken to that which transcends this cosmic dream. It allows you to drink the water of life and awaken to the Spirit that you are. This is why sages invite us to make good use of this precious gift. It is up to you to think, weight, and compare, and then to decide on your priorities.
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20 years in the making, photographer Dolf Hartsuiker illustrates the Sadhus world of ancient magical rituals, religious symbols, and ascetic practices. In his photographic quest across India, the author visited many holy places, attended religious festivals including the Kumbha Mela, and encountered and photographed thousands of Sadhus, befriending several as he was drawn into their inner circle. Sharing more than 100 striking color photographs from his travels, he reveals the Sadhus utmost devotion to their spiritual path through meditation practices, yoga exercises, penance, S PRING - SUMMER - FALL • 2 01 5
and austerities—sometimes taken to the extreme of prolonged self-imposed silence, bodily mortification, such as holding an arm above the head for years, or even ritual suicide—as well as their profound involvement with the mundane world as healers and teachers or magicians and sorcerers. It is a path of knowledge and devotion, renunciation and realization, sexual energy and spiritual power, divine intoxication and mystical union. The author examines the different beliefs and behaviors of each Sadhu sect, including the sky-clad Naga Babas, and traces their historical and mythological roots to show how they have fundamentally shaped Hinduism since antiquity. Revealing the powerful otherworldliness of the Sadhus, the author also exposes the mystical beauty that emanates from those who have chosen the path of asceticism in pursuit of knowledge of the Absolute and liberation from all earthly bonds. Just to take a look at these guys—they are all males—and to read about their spiritual sadhanas is to get a wake-up from our western industrial sleep.
THE SACRED TRADITION OF YOGA Philosophy, Ethics, and Practices for a Modern Spiritual Life by Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois $23.95, paper. Shambhala. 309 pages
This guide to personal discipline and social ethics from a classical Sanskrit scholar is designed for the modern yoga practitioner. Students of yoga are introduced to the ancient teachings of classical Indian literature in abundant workshops and teacher trainings. But amidst this abundance there is a hunger for more insight into how practitioners can integrate this wisdom into their modern lives. In today’s complex world, how is it possible to truly live as a yogi? Drawing from his deep insight into ancient Sanskrit texts, Dr. Shankaranarayana Jois connects yogic philosophy to how we approach food, work, education, relationships, and much more to support our deepest longings for true peace and happiness. The Sacred Tradition of Yoga focuses on the yamas and the niyamas, the personal disciplines (or restraints) and social ethics that represent the first two limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. Rather than offering a set of esoteric practices and disciplines, Dr. Jois offers clear and practical guidance to help us both understand and experience for ourselves why yogic practices are meaningful. Dr. Jois’s central message underscores the benefits we can gain from adopting a yogic way of life in the modern world. His unique teachings show us the ultimate goal of yoga, and he clearly directs us toward the tools available to us for reaching that goal. Rather than suggesting that we blindly follow some prescription from the past, Jois challenges us to use our analytical mind to assess their usefulness and benefit in our daily lives. His teachings honor ancient traditions, going beyond the information and teachings being offered (and recycled) by many Western teachers.
YOGA, MUDRAS & BUDDHISM
Healing Yoga Practice RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR LIFE
YOGA FOR A HEALTHY LOWER BACK
A Relaxing Way to De-stress, Re-energize, and Find Balance by Gail Boorstein Grossman
A Practical Guide to Developing Strength and Relieving Pain by Liz Owen & Holly Rossi
$21.99, paper. Adams Media. 256 pages, 8x9, colour photos
$24.95, paper. Shambhala. 306 pages, 7x9, b/w photos
Written by instructor Gail Boorstein Grossman and published in partnership with Yoga Journal, Restorative Yoga for Life teaches you how to practice restorative yoga—a form of yoga that focuses on physical and mental relaxation through poses aided by props. It’s a gentle yet empowering style that helps you de-stress and re-energize. While restorative yoga is beneficial for your entire body, Gail also shows you how to treat more than twenty ailments, such as headaches, digestive issues, and anxiety, through specific yoga poses and sequences. Guided by step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs, you will gently ease your way into inner calm and better health with powerful yoga sequences.
Learn to understand lower back pain and heal it through gentle yoga exercises. Liz Owen, a yoga instructor who specializes in alleviating back pain, describes the anatomy of the sacrum and the region around it, including the hips and lumbar spine. She discusses both the Western and Eastern approaches to understanding back pain—particularly the Eastern medical notion of energy flow and how that relates specifically to the sacrum and the many related muscles and joints, and the chakras, or energetic points, that relate to the area. The many illustrations in this book are precise revelations—and useful. The sacrum, or lower back, is an incredibly powerful part of the human anatomy. It’s what enables you to stand upright and tall, it unites your upper and lower body, it roots you to the earth, it is the foundation from which you reach upward—and it is one of the most common areas where people experience chronic pain and discomfort. It’s probably the number one body part that keeps massage therapists, chiropractors, and acupuncturists in business.
It is a receptive practice, not an active practice. Unlike the more active styles of yoga where poses “flow” into one another, in restorative yoga poses are held from five to as long as twenty minutes. During this time, you are held in “shapes” while being supported with blankets, blocks, or bolsters (pillows). The shapes emulate the forms of some more active poses found in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, or Iyengar such as a back bend, forward bend, twist, or inversion. When you are in the poses you are completely supported in a particular shape, which helps achieve the desired benefit—it could open up your lungs, release tension in your lower back, or any of the other benefits we discuss in this book, as well as help you feel comfortable enough to “let go.”
Your spine is one of the most physically important and symbolically powerful areas in your body. It is, after all, the column of support that holds up upright, enables you to stand tall, and connects your mind to your body. Your lower back looms just as large, as the point from which are you rooted to the earth and stretch upwqrd toward the sky. Your lower back united the two halves of your body; without it, you literally could not stand on your own two feet.
Whether you’re having trouble sleeping, suffering from backaches, or just want to unwind after a busy day, you will find balance throughout your body, soul, and mind with Restorative Yoga for Life.
Owen then provides simple, easy-to-learn sequences of yoga poses for general sacrum health and then for specific problems. The last section looks at strategies for sacrum health related specifically to pregnant women and those with fibromyalgia or arthritis.
It gives the body a real sense of the healing power of just being still, which is actually the heart of the practice of yoga and meditation. Practice, however, is the real first step..
A NEW BUDDHIST PATH Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in the Modern World by David Loy
MUDRAS OF INDIA A Comprehensive Guide to the Hand Gestures of Yoga and Indian Dance by Cain Carroll & Revital Carroll, foreword by David Frawley
$19.95, paper. Wisdom. 164 pages
Engage with a new vision of Buddhism and the modern world with the popular Zen teacher and author of Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution. David R. Loy addresses head-on the most pressing issues of Buddhist philosophy in our time. What is the meaning of enlightenment—is it an escape from the world, or is it a form of psychological healing? How can one reconcile modern scientific theory with ancient religious teachings? What is our role in the universe? Loy shows us that neither Buddhism nor secular society by itself is sufficient to answer these questions. Instead, he investigates the unexpected intersections of the two. Through this exchange, he uncovers a new Buddhist way, one that is faithful to the important traditions of Buddhism but compatible with today’s society. This way, we can see the world as it is truly is, realize our indivisibility from it, and learn that the world’s problems are our problems. This is a new path for a new world.
$32.95, paper. Singing Dragon. 336 pages, 7x10, 264 b/w photos
For thousands of years hand mudras have been used in India for healing, storytelling, emotional expression, and to evoke and convey elevated spiritual states. For the first time, the elaborate system of mudras—as applied in yoga and Indian dance—has been organized into a comprehensive, fully-indexed and cross-referenced format that allows readers access to this still esoteric body of knowledge. Mudras of India presents over 200 photographed hand mudras each with detailed instructions on technique, application, health and spiritual benefits and historical background. The authors have extensively researched the usage of mudras and their significance in the larger context of Indian spiritual systems, and taken painstaking efforts to ensure each mudra is rendered with correct Sanskrit name, transliteration and translation to English. A new chapter that comprehensively lists the benefits of hand mudras, covering major health concerns as well spiritual and psycho-energetic categories, has been added for the paperback edition. The book will appeal to spiritual seekers, students and teachers of yoga and Indian Dance, scholars and lay people, and anyone interested in the rich cultural heritage of Indian mudras, and the transformative effects of these powerful hand gestures.
MUDRAS OF YOGA CARDS 72 Hand Gestures for Healing and Spiritual Growth by Cain Carroll & Revital Carroll $25.00, cards. Singing Dragon. 72 illustrated cards + booklet
This card set provides 72 of the most important hand mudras used in Indian yoga. The gestures presented support mental and spiritual development and have a range of different health benefits. Each card presents a full-colour image of the mudra with the accurate Sanskrit name, transliteration, and English translation. They also include concise information on techniques and applications as well as detailing the physical, energetic, and spiritual benefits of the mudra. The accompanying booklet contains information on the mudras and how to practice them at home and details on those that can be used to address a number of common health complaints.
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If “I” am not separate from others, neither is my well-being separate from theirs. Today this means that we are called upon not only to help other individuals deconstruct their sense of separation (the traditional role of a bodhisattva) but also to
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help our society to reconstruct itself, to become more just and sustainable—and awakened.
“This breathtakingly insightful book captures what the Buddha-dharma most distinctively brings to this apocalyptic moment in our crisis-ridden world… I have always counted on David Loy for his explication of the systemic, institutionalized forms of greed, hatred, and delusion, the ‘three poisons’ now threatening all life on Earth. With this treasure of a book I equally prize his wide-angle reflections on collective awakening and his good, grounding presentation of the bodhisattva archetype, so meaningful to so many today, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.” —Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life
THROUGH THE FLAMES Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and Determination by Allan Lokos $28.95, cloth. Tarcher. 236 pages
After miraculously surviving a plane crash in Burma, Allan Lokos shares what his long and painful recovery process is teaching him about humanity’s ability to survive—and even thrive—in the face of suffering. In Through the Flames, Allan Lokos tells the terrifying story of being on board a plane on Christmas Day with his wife, Susanna, when it crashed and exploded in flames. Lokos was severely burned in the accident, and in the days and weeks following the crash, Susanna was told by the many doctors who examined Lokos that he would not survive.
✦ As founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in New York City, Lokos had spent decades cultivating compassion and non-attachment. Since the plane crash, his Buddhist practice has been mightily tested. In this inspiring account of his against-all-odds recovery, Lokos uses his exAlan Lokos perience as a window through which to examine the challenge of human suffering in general and addresses the question of how we can thrive in the midst of pain and uncertainty. This narrative may appear to be about one person’s journey, but in truth it is about reality: the reality of suffering; its cause; and a path that can lead to its cessation. It is my chosen path, and just as I have had to carve out a trail for myself, you will have to do the same for yourself. My hope is that my experience might serve as a guide… I have fallen down face-first in dung. I have wiped away the blood, stitched up the wounds, and then taken the next step. When I have finished, I will have made a comeback that few would have believed possible… We will explore how complete healing is possible even when a cure is not… I do not think I could possibly do justice to the profound nature of the experience outlined herein, so I have opted, for the most part, to let it speak for itself. I am confident, extremely confident, that you will get it.
“This is a story of amazing fortitude, compassion, and wisdom. Through the Flames is beautifully written, completely engaging, and very inspiring.” —Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness Also by Allan Lokos are Pocket Peace and Patience.
THE FAITH TO DOUBT Glimpses of Buddhist Uncertainty by Stephen Batchelor $21.95, paper. Counterpoint. 128 pages
Kierkegaard said that faith without doubt is simply credulity, the will to believe too readily, especially without adequate evidence, and that “in Doubt can Faith begin.” All people involved in spiritual practice, of whatever persuasion, must confront doubt at one time or another, and find a way beyond it to belief, however temporary. Faith is not equivalent to mere belief. Faith is the condition of ultimate confidence that we have the capacity to follow the path of doubt to its end. And courage.
In this engaging spiritual memoir, Stephen Batchelor describes his own training, first as a Tibetan Buddhist and then as a Zen practitioner, and his own direct struggles along his path. It is most uncanny that we are able to ask questions, for to question means to acknowledge that we do not know something. But it is more than an acknowledgement: it includes a yearning to confront an unknown and illuminate it through understanding. Questioning is a quest.
Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism.
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Ayya Khema & Ajahn Brahm KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING A Complete Buddhist Guide to Meditation, Faith, and Everyday Transcendence by Ayya Khema $19.95, paper. Wisdom Pub. 216 pages
Know Where You’re Going provides a full course of instruction in Buddhist meditation and reflection (based on practice retreats in Canada), and contains a wealth of exercises and advice to help the reader grow. As we put these teachings into practice over time, we learn to see things as they really are and discover transcendence right here in our everyday lives. Ayya Khema (1923-1997) shows us how to live a wholehearted spiritual life, even amid our day to day concerns and responsibilities. Her teachings unfold simply, free of jargon, and are ideal for the contemporary world. Grounding the practice of more advanced meditations in a deeply cultivated sense of mindfulness, love, and altruism, Khema shows us, step by step, how to access to liberation and freedom. Experiencing the impermanence of the breath brings useful insight and is immensely preferable to thoughts about the past or the future… The more we train the mind to be in each moment, the more we will actually know what human life means… The Buddha didn’t want us to believe his statements without question but to have enough confidence to investigate them. They are in fact nothing but directions, guidelines, and signposts, to try out for ourselves.
“Ayya Khema is a meditator’s meditator, a real expert, as clear about the nuts and bolts of technique as she is about the basic sanity and profound peacefulness that is the goal of all technique.” —Zoketsu Norman Fischer, author of Training in Compassion Among Ayya Khema’s other books are Being Nobody, Going Nowhere and Be an Island.
DON’T WORRY BE GRUMPY Inspiring Stories for Making the Most of Each Moment by Ajahn Brahm $19.95, paper. Wisdom Pub. 222 pages
Laugh aloud even as you look at life anew with these stories from the bestselling author of Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? In 108 brief stories with titles like “The Bad Elephant,” “Girlfriend Power,” and “The Happiness License,” Ajahn Brahm offers up more timeless wisdom that will speak to people from all walks of life. Drawing from his own experiences, stories shared by his students, and old chestnuts that he delivers with a fresh twist, Ajahn Brahm shows he knows his way around the humorous parable, delighting even as he surprises us with unexpected depth and inspiration. When you step into some dog shit, don’t get annoyed and wipe it off your shoes. Smile instead and take it back home. There you can scrape off the dog poo under the apple tree in your garden. Next year, those apples will be more plentiful, juicy and sweet than ever before. But you must remember that when you bit into that succulent apple, what you are really eating is the dog shit! Only now it has been transformed into juicy, sweet apple. Similarly, when you experience any of the crises of life, it is like stepping into the dog shit. But instead of getting angry, bitter, or depressed, take it home with you and dig it into your heart. Soon you will be wiser and more compassionate. But remember, what is all that juicy wisdom and sweet love? It is just the dog shit of life transformed.
“I love a book that I can open randomly to any page and know I’ll find a valuable teaching. With every story, the irrepressible Ajahn Bram gently challenges our conventional views, giving us a fresh perspective imbued with wisdom and compassion.” —Toni Bernhard, authr of How to Wake Up A Buddhist monk for over thirty years, Ajahn Bram is the abbot and spiritual drector of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Among his other books are Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond and The Art of Disappearing
He considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Buddhism has survived for the past 2,500 years because of its capacity to reinvent itself in accord with the needs of the different Asian societies with which it has creatively interacted throughout its history. As Buddhism encounters modernity, it enters a vital new phase of its development. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism’s role in the modern world, which has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer. Also by Stephen Batchelor is Buddhism without Beliefs.
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NOTHING HOLY ABOUT IT The Zen of Being Just Who You Are by Tim Burkett $19.95, paper. Shambhala. 256 pages
Here be seasoned Zen teachings infused with elements of memoir by a popular modern teacher who “grew up” at the feet of two of the great figures who brought Zen to America, Shunryu Suzuki and Dainin Katagiri. He employs his reminiscences of those two great masters as teaching anecdotes. Tim Burkett was twenty when he met Suzuki Roshi, and it was love at first sight. He immediately quit pursuing the career in law to which his illustrious family of jurists inclined him, and became a serious Zen student. He went on to become a licensed psy-
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chotherapist and then followed Katagiri Roshi to Minneapolis to become a founder of the Zen scene there. He never left. Now that he’s himself a revered Zen teacher, he’s decided to articulate his own view of Zen. He structures the teaching according to five not-necessarily sequential levels on the road to enlightenment: 1. commitment to the path, 2. studying the self, 3. cultivating compassion and equanimity, 4. perseverance, and 5. emptiness. This is an introduction to Zen teaching that reads like an intriguing memoir, as the author discovers the teaching in the people, places, and experiences he encounters in the course of his practice. “Amidst Tim Burkett’s insights into Buddhism and life, there emerges a wonderful, intimate picture of Shunryu Suzuki. I learned a lot from this book.” —David Chadwick, author of Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki “Enjoy this wonderful, useful, profound yet modest book that expresses the true spirit of Zen. It and its warm-hearted author are blessings for the world, and I am honored and very pleased to introduce them to you.” —from the foreword by Norman Fischer, author of Training in Compassion
THE HEART SUTRA A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism by Kazuaki Tanahashi, with Joan Halifax $28.95, cloth. Shambhala. 240 pages
An illuminating in-depth study of one of the most well-known and recited of all the Buddhist texts— by the renowned modern translator. The first-century classic Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra may be the best known of all the Buddhist Scriptures. It’s a key Zen text, chanted daily by many, but is studied extensively in the Tibetan tradition too. In just about thirty-five lines, it expresses the truth of impermanence and the release of suffering that results from the understanding of that truth with a breathtaking economy of language. Kazuaki Tanahashi’s guide to the Heart Sutra is the result of a life spent working with it and living it. He outlines the history and meaning and then analyzes the text line by line in its various forms (Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian, and various key English translations), providing a deeper understanding of the history and etymology of the elusive words than is generally available to the nonspecialist, yet with a clear emphasis on the relevance of the text to practice. It includes a fresh, modern translation of the text by the author and Roshi Joan Halifax.
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SILENCE The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise by Thich Nhat Hanh $31.00, cloth. HarperCollins. 202 pages
The Zen master and one of the world’s most beloved teachers returns with a concise, practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource—silence—to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace. How apt it seems that this book Silence arrives as Thay himself is in deep silence recovering from a major stroke. Many people embark on a seemingly futile search for happiness, running as if there is somewhere else to get to, when the world they live in is full of wonder. To be alive is a miracle. Beauty calls to us every day, yet we rarely are in the position to listen. To hear the call of beauty and respond to it, we need silence.
Silence shows us how to find and maintain our equanimity amid the barrage of noise in our world. Thich Nhat Hanh guides us on a path to cultivate calm even in the most chaotic places. This gift of silence doesn’t require hours upon hours of silent meditation or an existing practice of
NO MUD, NO LOTUS The Art of Transforming Suffering by Thich Nhat Hanh $19.95, paper. Parallax. 124 pages
The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from or “transcend” it. In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration for transforming suffering and finding true joy. He acknowledges that because suffering can feel so bad, we try to run away from it or cover it up by consuming. We find something to eat or turn on the television. But unless we’re able to face our suffering, we can’t be present and available to life, and happiness will continue to elude us. Nhat Hanh shares how the practices of stopping, mindful breathing, and deep concentration can generate the energy of mindfulness within our daily lives. With that energy, we can embrace pain and calm it down, instantly bringing a measure of freedom and a clearer mind. No Mud, No Lotus has sections on “Five Practices for Nurturing Happiness,” “The Sixteen Breathing Exercises,” “The Six Mantras,” “Being Present with Strong
Tibetan Buddhism FEELING WISDOM Working with Emotions Using Buddhist Teachings and Western Psychology by Rob Preece $18.95, paper. Shambhala. 174 pages
A psychologist and longtime practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism shows how emotions relate to spiritual practice—that our feeling life is truly at the heart of our awakening. The realm of emotion is one of those areas where Buddhism and Western psychology are often thought to be at odds: Are emo-
any kind. Through careful breathing and mindfulness techniques he teaches us how to become truly present in the moment, to recognize the beauty surrounding us, and to find harmony. With mindfulness comes stillness—and the silence we need to come back to ourselves and discover who we are and what we truly want, the keys to happiness and wellbeing. Mindfulness gives you the inner space and quietness that allow you to look deeply, to find out who you are and what you want to do with your life. You won’t feel the need to make yourself run after meaningless pursuits anymore… If you can be here, if you can be free, then you can be happy right here and right now. You don’t have to run anymore. The practice of mindfulness is very simple. You stop, you breathe, and you still your mind… All the wonders of life are already here. They’re calling you. If you can listen to them, you will be able to stop running. What you need, what we all need, is silence. Stop the noise in your mind in order for the wondrous sounds of life to be heard. Then you can begin to live your life authentically and deeply.
When we know how to suffer, we suffer much, much less.
With his signature clarity and sense of joy, Thich Nhat Hanh helps us recognize the wonders inside us and around us that we tend to take for granted and teaches us how to be truly happy. If we know how to create a moment of happiness, we get to enjoy that happiness ourselves, and we can also double it by sharing it with another person. That is the art of happiness, tasting and delighting in the little happinesses of daily life. I suggest you take a piece of paper and write down all the conditions for happiness available to you right now. One page may not be enough. Two pages may not be enough. Three or four pages may not be enough. When we recognize all these elements, it’s so easy to generate happiness.
Four Steps to Restoring Communication by Sister Chan Khong $16.95, paper. Parallax. 118 pages
In Beginning Anew, Sister Chân Không shares a concrete, four-part process that can help anyone heal relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and romantic partners. The book beautifully describes the four-step process of Beginning Anew: after a few minutes of quietly sitting together, each person speaks without being interrupted. The first step is to express appreciation of the other person, something we may forget to do and that can lead to people feeling taken for granted. The second step is to express any regrets we have. This is something we often put off, but it gives the chance to directly address any problems in the relationship. The last two steps are for expressing anger and checking in with each other. When practiced regularly, these steps bring deeper understanding and harmony to any relationship. The awareness that our perception is always incomplete helps us to be humble. When you’re certain about the way you’re seeing something, question your certainty; you could be wrong, or
tions to be valued, examined, worked with as signs leading us to deeper selfknowledge? Or are they something to be ignored and avoided as soon as we recognize them? Rob Preece feels that neither of those extremes is correct. He charts a path
by Thich Nhat Hanh $13.50, paper. Parallax. 124 pp, drawings The third title in Parallax’s Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Love introduces beginners and reminds seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. This time Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the thorny question of how to love and distills one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; and deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love. Featuring original illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Love shows that when we feel closer to our loved ones, we are also more connected to the world as a whole. With sections on Love vs. Need, Being in Love, Reverence, Intimacy, Children and Family, Reconciling with Parents, and more, How to Love includes meditations readers can
“Deep Emotions,” Relaxation,” “The Five Mindfulness Trainings,” “Metta,” and “Walking Meditation.” The book introduces ways to be in touch with suffering without being overwhelmed by it.
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through the emotions as they relate to Buddhist practice, showing that though emotions are indeed “skandhas” (elements that make up the illusory self) according to the Buddhist teaching, there is a good deal to be learned from these skandhas, our emotions, and paying attention to their content contributes not only to psychological health but to deep insight into the nature of reality. He draws on his own experiences with emotions and meditation, through both his training in Tibetan Buddhism and psychotherapy, to show how working with emotions can and does complement our meditation practice. Do we allow ourselves to feel or do we
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do alone or with a partner to expand their capacity to love. This comprehensive guide to understanding the many different kinds of love also includes meditative practices that expand the understanding of and capacity for love, appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition, whether seasoned practitioners or new to meditation. When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings. Hugging with mindfulness and concentration can bring reconciliation, healing, understanding, and much happiness. The practice of mindful hugging has helped so many people to reconcile with each other—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and friends, and so many others… Hugging is a deep practice; you need to be totally present to do it correctly. When I drink a glass of water, I invest one hundred percent of myself in drinking it. You can train yourself to live every moment of your daily life like that. you could be seeing just one aspect of the person or situation. Then you’re ready to use the steps of Beginning Anew as a way to help correct your perceptions so that they’re more in accord with reality.
Sister Chan Khong has been a Buddhist nun in the community of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh since 1959. Creating happiness is an art. If during your childhood, you saw your mother or father create happiness in your family, you probably were able to learn that skill. But, if your parents didn’t know how to create happiness in the family, you may not know how to do it. At the Institute for the Happiness of One Person, we will teach the art of making people happy. Living together is an art. Even with goodwill, you can make your partner quite unhappy. Art is the essence of life. We have to be artful in our speech and action. The substance of art is mindfulness. —Thich Nhat Hanh, from the introduction, ‘One Person’s Happiness’
“Sister Chân Không has once again translated the priceless, practical legacy of the Buddha into a form we can use today.”—Michael Nagler, author of The Nonviolence Handbook
not? Do we work through and explore our emotions, or do we control, tame, and overcome them? Do we listen to the personal narrative within our feelings, or is it irrelevant?...
For some the underlying unhappiness and emotional distress within their lives leads to a perpetual need to take refuge in distractions and anesthetics that deaden the feelings… The ways we lessen the pain and unsatisfactoriness of our life and the feelings it brings can be very sophisticated. Within Buddhist understanding, this kind of relation to suffering is a central issue that needs to be faced if we are to wake up to our emotional habits.
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ALTRUISM The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World by Matthieu Ricard $33.00, cloth. Little, Brown. 432 pages
Here the author of the international bestseller Happiness (Ricard is a Tibetan Buddhist monk who some say is the “happiest person in the world”) makes a passionate case for altruism—and why we need it now more than ever. In Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, Matthieu Ricard demonstrated that true happiness is not tied to fleeting moments or sensations, but is an enduring state of soul rooted in mindfulness and compassion for others. Now he turns his lens from the personal to the global, with a rousing argument that altruism—genuine concern for the well-being of others—could be the saving Matthieu Ricard grace of the 21st century. It is, he believes, the vital thread that can answer the main challenges of our time: the economy in the short term, life satisfaction in the mid-term, and environment in the long term. Ricard’s message has been taken up by major economists and thinkers, including Dennis Snower, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, and George Soros. Matthieu Ricard makes a robust and passionate case for cultivating altruistic love and compassion as the best means for simultaneously benefitting ourselves and our society. It’s a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle—and one that just might make the world a better place. “Altruism is just what is needed to bring hope to those depressed by the violence, war, selfishness and corruption that surround us today. Matthieu Ricard provides convincing evidence based on both careful research and personal experience that altruism is an integral part of our nature with the desire to help others not only present in small children, but also in many animals. Altruism addresses how these qualities can be cultivated and enhanced in the individual and how a more altruistic society is not only possible but essential if we care about the future. Matthieu, thank you for writing this book.” —Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace Also by Matthieu Ricard is Why Meditate?
JEWELS OF ENLIGHTENMENT Wisdom Teachings from the Great Tibetan Masters translated by Erik Pema Kunsang $22.99, paper. Shambhala. 270 pages
This collection of jewel-like poems, prayers, and teachings has been lovingly selected, translated from Tibetan, and arranged by renowned translator and author Erik Pema Kunsang. Practical, beautiful, and precious, the quotations reflect the immense variety of approaches and the profundity that have made these teachings of deep in-
Books from the Dalai Lama BUDDHISM One Teacher, Many Traditions by The Dalai Lama & Thubten Chodron
THE PRACTICE OF DZOGCHEN
$34.99, cloth. Wisdom Publications. 318 pages, b/w photos
Explore the common ground underlying the diverse expressions of the Buddha’s teachings with two of Tibetan Buddhism’s bestselling authors. Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, from Tibetan caves to Tokyo temples to redwood retreats. To an outside viewer, it might be hard to see what they all have in common. In Buddhism, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and American Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron map out with clarity the convergences and the divergences between the two major strains of Buddhism—the Mahayana traditions of Central and East Asia and the Theravada traditions of South and Southeast Asia. Especially deep consideration is given to the foundational Indian traditions and their respective treatment of such central tenets as the four noble truths, the practice of meditation, the meaning of nirvana, and enlightenment. We “come and see” the experience of peace the moment greed is abandoned. We “come and see” the experience of peace the moment hatred is abandoned. We must build up this habit to “come and see” what is really happening within us without pointing our finger at others. We do not preserve and promote the Buddhist traditions for its sake alone. Rather, we preserve the teaching of the Buddha handed down from generation to generation because they relieve suffering and promote happiness… Buddhism is all its forms draws the world’s attention for its peaceful existence with other religions. Following this central message of the Buddha, every one of us should be a messenger of peace. This is our common bond. —Bhante Helepola Gunaratana, from the foreword
The authors seek harmony and greater understanding among Buddhist traditions worldwide, illuminating the rich benefits of respectful dialogue and the many ways that Buddhists of all stripes share a common heritage and common goals. The Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron have carefully fashioned a remarkable, comprehensive book of teachings in Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions.
FROM HERE TO ENLIGHTENMENT An Introduction to Tsong-Kha-Pa’s Classic Text “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment New in by The Dalai Lama, Paperback translated & annotated by Guy Newland $18.95, paper. Snow Lion. 202 pages
When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in 1959, he could take only a few items with him. Among these cherished belongings was his copy of Tsong-kha-pa’s classic text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. This text distills all of the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. In 2008, celebrating the long-awaited completion of the English-language translation of The Great Treatise, the Dalai Lama gave a historic six-day teaching at Lehigh University to explain the meaning of this classic text and to underscore its importance. It is the longest teaching that he has ever given to Westerners on just one text, and Westerners have never before had the opportunity to receive such a complete teaching that encompasses the totality of the Buddhist path from the Dalai Lama. From Here to Enlightenment makes the teachings from this momentous event available for a wider audience. “In this concise commentary to Tsong-kha-pa’s masterwork, Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws on his vast erudition, while at the same time speaking as a true spiritual friend, sharing his personal insights and many experiences from his own past. Reading this work is like sitting in the presence of His Holiness, warmed by his unique fusion of wisdom and compassion, as he reaches out to his readers as spiritual brothers and sisters. This is a book to treasure, to be read and pondered again and again as he guides us unerringly on the path to enlightenment.” —B. Alan Wallace, author of The Four Immeasurables terest to so many. For anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism, this volume is a perfect companion for meditation and contemplation. This is a reissue of A Tibetan Buddhist Companion. The book includes wisdom from: the Buddha Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Dudjom Rinpoche Gampopa Jamgn Kongtrl the Great Jamgn Mipham Rinpoche Jigmey Lingpa Machig Labdrn Manjushri Milarepa
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When not altering what is, allow it to be as it is, And the awakened state is right now spontaneously present. —Padmasambhava
Nagarjuna Naropa Padmasambhava Patrul Rinpoche Saraha Shabkar Shantideva Tilopa Tulku Urgyen Vairotsana Yeshe Tsogyal The Ultimate Instruction Empty cognizance of one taste, suffused with knowing, Is your unmistaken nature, the uncontrived original state.
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Writings on the Great Perfection, Revised & Expanded Edition by Longchen Rabjam, translated by Tulku Thondup $52.00, cloth. Snow Lion. 452 pages
This classic collection of texts on the meditation practice and theory of Dzogchen presents the Great Perfection through the writings of its supreme authority, the fourteenth-century Tibetan scholar and visionary Longchen Rabjam. The pinnacle of Vajrayana practice in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Dzogchen embodies a system of training that awakens the intrinsic nature of the mind to reveal its original essence, utterly perfect and free from all duality—buddha nature, or buddhahood itself. In The Practice of Dzogchen, Tulku Thondup translates essential passages from Longchen Rabjam’s voluminous writings to illuminate and clarify this teaching. He also draws on the works of later masters of the tradition, placing Dzogchen in context both in relation to other schools of Buddhism and in relation to the nine-vehicle outline of the Buddhist path described in the Nyingma tradition. This expanded edition includes Counsel for Liberation, Longchenpa’s poetic exhortation to readers to quickly enter the path of liberation, the first step toward the summit of Dzogchen practice. Attainment of buddhahood is not about getting somewhere else or transforming ourselves into something else. Rather, it is about realizing and perfecting the fully awakened nature of our own mind. This nature cannot be attained by holding on to something tightly or seeking something externally but only by awakening the openness nature, the intrinsic awareness, of our own mind itself, as it is. —Tulku Thondup, from the preface
“The road map offered in this book is an invaluable guide for those who seriously wish to take this road toward the experience of the true nature of the mind.” — Parabola Tulku Thondup is also author of The Healing Power of the Mind and Boundless Healing.
A LITTLE BOOK OF LOVE Buddhist Wisdom on Bringing Happiness to Ourselves and Our World by Moh Hardin $13.95, paper. Shambhala. 142 pages
In the Buddhist tradition, love is not just a feeling but a New in way of being present with Paperback ourselves and others. This book offers practical advice on how to cultivate love, how to deepen it, and how to let it flower in our lives. We may feel great love for our partners, our children, and our friends, but how do we put that love into action so that others are nurtured by it? And what about loving ourselves?
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How can we develop greater self-acceptance and self-compassion? Meditation teacher Moh Hardin offers key insights and practices from the Buddhist tradition. Topics include: ✦ Simple Buddhist practices for awakening the heart ✦ How and why to become your own best
friend ✦ Finding freedom from destructive patterns
in relationships ✦ Listening and speaking with love ✦ Loving and letting go. Good communication lies at the heart of a healthy relationship, and like learning to dance, communication requires space and time... When we flash generosity, in little drops, we are letting go of manipulation. In little drops, we are daring to be open. In little drops, we are learning to love more deeply.
Hardin ultimately introduces the inspiring idea of becoming a “bodhisattva warrior,” a person who commits to living open-heartedly and working to ease the suffering of the world. Written with unusual clarity, simplicity, and warmth, this little book contains a wealth of wisdom and guidance that could change your life. “A wonderfully heartfelt and heart-centered manual that shows how love can be fully do-able and be-able by all of us. I found this little book big in wisdom and deeply encouraging.” —David Richo, author of How to Be an Adult in Relationships Moh Hardin is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage.
SIT LIKE A BUDDHA A Pocket Guide to Meditation by Lodro Rinzler $13.95, paper. Shambhala. 95 pages
Here is the ultimate go-to guide for learning how to meditate. It contains all the instructions you’ll need to get started in a remarkably short space, but it also shows you how to make meditation practice a permanent part of your life, infusing it with wisdom and compassion as you go about your day. And it’s instruction in the voice of the meditation teacher the young spiritual-but-not-religious crowd have come to trust: Lodro Rinzler, a young Buddhist teacher who speaks to the twenty- and thirty-something crowd in a way that has made his first book, The Buddha Walks into a Bar..., a best seller. Lodro begins by challenging you to understand why you want to meditate in the first place, then, after the basic instructions, he shows how to prioritize your practice among your other daily activities and make it the center of all of them. He then shows you how to bring the wisdom and insight gained from meditation into all aspects of life. It is up to you how you want to view the world. You could ignore those moments of peace and buy into society’s point of view that you are basically messed up and need fixing. You could continue to take refuge in
Shambhala Buddhist Teachers of thought and action. It’s never too late, she tells us, to look within and discover a new way of living.
PRACTICING PEACE by Pema Chodron $10.95, paper. Shambhala. 96 pages, 3x5
“War and peace start in the hearts of individuals,” declares Pema Chödrön. In Practicing Peace she draws on Buddhist teachings to explore the origins of aggression and war, explaining that they lie nowhere but within our own hearts and minds. She goes on to explain that, remarkably, the way in which we as individuals respond to challenges in our everyday lives can mean the difference between perpetuating a culture of violence or creating a new culture of compassion. With violence flaring all over the world, from Iraq to Darfur to London, most of us are left feeling utterly helpless. In this book Pema Chödrön insists that our world will begin to change when each of us, one by one, begins to work for peace at the level of our own behavior, our own habits
Someone once gave me a poem that has a line in it that offers a good definition of peace: “Softening what is rigid in our hearts.” We can talk about ending war and we can march for ending war, we can do everything in our power, but war is never going to end as long as people’s hearts are hardened against each other… If you have a bird’s-eye perspective on the Earth and you look down at all the conflicts that are happening, all you see are two sides of a story where both people think they’re right. So the solutions have to come from a change of heart, from softening what is rigid within us.
Practicing Peace is a short, pithy, and profound book that includes practical strategies for cultivating the seeds of peace and compassion amid life’s upsets and challenges. The title says it all. can help us cultivate compassionate action and positive societal change. They offer insight on the inherent strength and goodness of humanity and on how each of us can tap into that strength through meditation practice. Sakyong Mipham provides guided practices on core Shambhala meditations for developing courage, love for others, and respect for others’ basic human dignity; Pema Chödrön teaches extensively on how personal spiritual practice relates to community betterment; and a compelling panel discussion with Shambhala teacher Adam Lobel and Episcopal Rev. Marc Handley Andrus reviews how the retreat’s teachings can be brought to bear in today’s interconnected global society.
THE HEART OF BRAVERY A Retreat with Sakyong Mipham and Pema Chodron by Sakyong Mipham & Pema Chodron $35.00, 4 CDs. Shambhala. 4.75 hours $35.00, 2 DVDs. 4 hours, 45 minutes
Two of the world’s most beloved spiritual teachers and leading figures in the Shambhala tradition of Buddhism discuss the core principles and practices of the tradition and how personal meditation practice can forge an enlightened society. Best-selling authors Pema Chödrön and Sakyong Mipham get to the heart of Shambhala practice in this recorded retreat on the ways that inner peace and bravery
can be challenging, it shows us the truth of who are are, but that is all part of the beauty of human life.
MINDFULNESS IN ACTION Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness by Chogyam Trungpa $25.95, cloth. Shambhala. 196 pages Edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian from the writings of Chogyam Trungpa, Mindfulness in Action is a book about meditation, about the practice and experience of mindfulness and awareness, and about how these meditative qualities influence our everyday lives. It is a practitioner’s book: a book for people who want to practice meditation and also apply meditative insight to their lives. It includes practice instructions, as well as insights into the principles and aspects of meditation that are the foundations of mindfulness. In her preface, Gimian writes, Chogyam Trungpa taught in a profoundly heartfelt fashion that still resonates in our situation today. He allows us to see that meditation is a potent and inspiring discipline, yet that it is also simple, effective, and ordinary. He shows us that mindfulness and meditation are worthwhile disciples and that they work. The practice of meditation works with us and on us, making us more available to ourselves and to others. The practice is demanding, it
startling new dimensions in this widely-influential text. He shows how Lao Tzu’s spirituality is structured around the generative life-force, for example, and that this system of thought weaves the human into natural process at the deepest levels of being, thereby revealing the Tao Te Ching as an originary text in deep feminist and ecological thought.
external circumstances, ranging from new advances to make in your career to new products to buy to new people to date, and see how that works out for you. Or you can rejoice in those moments of peace and through discovering your innate state make a conscious decision to cultivate conviction in that experience. You can learn to appreciate your life and your world through having faith in this discovery of your peaceful abiding state
Taoism & Chi Energetics TAO TE CHING by Lao Tzu, translated by David Hinton $20.50, paper. Counterpoint. 98 pages
Having masterfully translated a wide range of ancient Chinese poets and philosophers, David Hinton is uniquely qualified to offer the definitive contemporary English version of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. Like all of his translations, Hinton’s translation of the Tao Te Ching is mind-opening, presenting BRANCHES OF LIGHT
Part One introduces the practice of meditation in some detail, connecting it with a sense of heart and with experiences of gentleness, clarity, a positive experience of aloneness, and the discovery of compassion. Part Two offers us further perspectives on the foundations of mindfulness, which are presented here as strategies for deepening and enlivening our practice of meditation as well as for linking practice with everyday experience. Part Three offers additional meditation instructions that address working with the emotions, as well as a discussion of walking meditation and working with our awareness in group retreat situations. There is also an exploration of how meditation makes us less self-centrered, enabling us to be more open and available to our world. The final chapters focus on working with the emotions in practice and everyday life, as well as touching on the intriguing possibility of a mindful society. Mindfulness in Action presents a broad, secular approach to meditation and teaches how to practice awareness to improve one’s life.
The valley spirit never dies. It’s called dark female-enigma, and the gateway of dark female-enigma is called the root of heaven and earth, gossamer so unceasing it seems real. Use it: it’s effortless.
Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching is not only the single most important text ever composed in
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China, it is probably the most influential spiritual text in human history. In the past, virtually all translations of this text have been produced either by sinologists having little poetic facility in English, or writers having no ability to read the original Chinese. Hinton’s fluency in ancient Chinese and his acclaimed poetic ability provide him the essential qualifications. Together, they allow a breathtaking new translation that reveals how remarkably current and even innovative this text is after 2500 years. Return is the movement of Way, and yielding the method of Way. All beneath heaven, the ten thousand things: it’s all born of Presence, and Presence is born of Absence.
TA O I S M , M E D I C I N E & PA I N THE HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL GUIDE TO TAI CHI
12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart & Sharp Mind by Peter Wayne & Mark Fuerst
BEING TAOIST Wisdom for Living a Balanced Life by Eva Wong
$19.95, paper. Shambhala. 336 pp, photos
Conventional medical science confirms what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to longer life, more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cuttingresearch edge from Harvard Medical School now also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind. This research also provides insight into the underlying physiological mechanisms that explain how Tai Chi works. Dr. Peter Wayne, a longtime Tai Chi teacher and a researcher at Harvard Medical School, developed the simplified program in this book, similar to protocols that have been scientifically demonstrated to work in a number of clinical trials, and which is suited to people of all ages and can be done in just a few minutes a day. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi includes: ✦ The basic program, illustrated by 52 halftones of the author ✦ Practical tips for integrating Tai Chi into everyday activities ✦ A readable introduction to the traditional principles of Tai Chi as viewed through the lens of medical science ✦ How Tai Chi can improve work productivity, enhance creativity, and boost sports performance.
$21.50, paper. Shambhala. 193 pages
This beautifully clear and accessible explanation of how to live a Taoist life is by renowned Taoist master Eva Wong. Being Taoist is one of the most readable books on Taoist philosophy available. It shines a light on exactly what it takes to live a Taoist life. Taoist living rests on four pillars—the public, the domestic, the private, and the spirit lives. Not only do Taoists strive to live these four aspects fully and in a balanced way, they also believe there is an outlook and an art to each of them. Eva Wong uses the teachings of Taoist masters (one for each pillar) to explain the essential concepts. She then gives voice to these texts—simplifying them, removing barriers to understanding, and making them completely accessible and relevant to the modern reader. To be Taoist is to become the very essence of the five elements: fire, wood, earth, water, and metal. In public life we are virtuous leaders. Holding a vision with wisdom and maturity, we inspire others and lead with enthusiasm and humility. We become the element fire that surges upward, always reaching for the vastness that is the sky. In domestic life, we are healthy householders. Caring and contented, we celebrate our health and well-being and enjoy family, friends, and life at home. We become the element wood that grows deep into the ground, always drawing on the homely wisdom that is practical and down-to-earth. In private life we enjoy the richness of our vast consciousness. Embracing, stillness, emptiness, clarity, and ordinariness, we welcome alike action and nonaction, movement and rest, chaos and order. We become the element earth, at times dull and inert, and at times colorful and unpredictable. In spirit life we are never separated from the mysterious sacredness of the world around us. Our limitless spirit holds all diversities, resolves all conflicts, and accommodates everything, Participating fully in the dance of consciousness and experiencing its beauty, mystery, and vastness, we are committed in everything we do, knowing that beyond the limits of understanding there is depth and power. We become the element water, always following a natural course, changing with the world and yet changing the world.
Wong is an enthusiastic guide, challenging us to stop, reflect, and ask ourselves: Do we balance the public, domestic, private, and spirit aspects in our lives? Do we emphasize some at the expense of the others? Do we ever think about unifying worldly and spiritual wisdom in our lives?
TRYING NOT TO TRY Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity by Edward Slingerland
The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi also offers you information about developing a regular Tai Chi practice, locating Tai Chi classes, and knowing what to look for in a good Tai Chi program… Students describe what it’s like to learn Tai Chi and how it has affected their lives. I also provide my personal experiences working with Tai Chi masters to show how you, too, can improve your health, strengthen your heart, and sharpen your mind.
$18.00, paper. Random House. 295 pages
This is a deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity—an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand—and why it is so essential to our well-being. In Trying Not To Try, Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. We’ve long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort. But recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life, like happiness and spontaneity, are best pursued indirectly.
The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they called wu-wei (ooo-way). They believed it was the source of all success in life, and they developed various strategies for getting it and hanging on to it. With clarity and wit, Slingerland introduces us to these thinkers and the marvelous characters in their texts, from the butcher whose blade glides effortlessly through an ox to the wood carver who sees his sculpture simply emerge from a solid block. Uncovering a direct line from wu-wei to the Force in Star Wars, he explains why wuwei is more powerful than flow, and tells us what it all means for getting a date. He also shows how new research reveals what’s happening in the brain when we’re in a state of wu-wei—why it makes us happy and effective and trustworthy, and how it might have even made civilization possible.
MEDICINE AND COMPASSION A Tibetan Lama and an American Doctor on How to Provide Care with Compassion and Wisdom by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche & David Shlim $21.95, paper. Wisdom. 208 pages
Who cares for the caregivers? No matter what inspires a provider’s commitment, the wise words found here will soothe and rejuvenate while offering practical advice. A new 10th anniversary expanded edition. It is estimated that nearly one-third of our adult population acts as informal caregivers for ill or disabled loved ones. We can add to these countless workers in the fields of health and human service, and
Although this book will not present a 100 percent guaranteed, ten-step program for achieving wu-wei, you will end up learning quite a bit about strategies that have worked for people in the past.
Through stories of mythical creatures and drunken cart riders, jazz musicians and Japanese motorcycle gangs, Slingerland nimbly weaves strands of Eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us how we can live more fulfilling lives. Trying Not To Try is mind-expanding and deeply pleasurable. Among other things, this book is intended to provide some insights into the nature of Chinese thought, which should be helpful for anyone living in an age where China has reemerged—after what was really just a short hiatus—as a major world power.
Edward Slingerland is a professor of Asian Studies at the University of B.C.
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✦ yet there is still not enough help to go around. Sure to be welcomed by caregivers of all types, this new edition of the groundbreaking Medicine and Compassion can help anyone reconnect with the true spirit of their care-giving task. In a clear and very modern voice, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Dr. David R. Shlim use the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to present practical tools for revitalizing the caring spirit. Offering practical advice on dealing with people who are angry at their medical conditions or their care providers, people who are dying, or the families of those who are critically ill, Medicine and Compassion provides needed inspiration to any who wish to reenergize their patience, kindness, and effectiveness. The warmth and care in these pages is sure to strike a resonant cord with medical professionals, hospice workers, teachers and parents of children with special needs, and those caring for aging and infirm loved ones. “Medicine and Compassion is a wonderful guide for caregivers to develop compassion and skill in helping others from their deepest heart. A very practical, easy to read, and much needed book.” —Judith Orloff, author of Positive Energy
YOU ARE NOT YOUR PAIN Using Mindfulness to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Restore Well-Being by Vidyamala Burch & Danny Penman $22.99. St Martin’s. 236 pages + audio-CD
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Pain, suffering, and stress can be intolerable, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You Are Not Your Pain reveals a simple set of mindfulnessbased practices that you can incorporate into daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. These are essential tools for harnessing the power of our minds and hearts to navigate all kinds of pain. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers and enhance the body’s natural healing systems. It also significantly reduces the anxiety, stress, depression, irritability, exhaustion, and insomnia that often accompanies chronic pain and illness. Developed by two authors who have themselves struggled with the severe pain of serious injuries, this accessible book reveals the eight-week program that will quickly melt away your suffering. Taking just 10-20 minutes per day, it is a simple yet effective way to soothe some of the most common causes of pain such as back problems, arthritis, and migraine. It is also effective for people undergoing chemotherapy, or suffering from heart disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, and many other causes of severe and chronic pain. Accompanied by a CD of 8 meditations, readers will quickly learn to dissolve suffering by soothing the brain’s pain networks. It will help you to live life fully once again. “This book provides an extremely effective and elegant mind-body approach to
✦ healing for people dealing with the potentially hugely eroding effects of chronic pain and illness in their lives.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are
THE GENIE IN YOUR GENES Epigeneti Medicine and the New Biology of Intention by Dawson Church $19.95, paper. Hay House. 396 pp, illus. Your genes respond to your thoughts, emotions and beliefs. The way you use your mind shapes your brain, turning genes on and off in ways that can dramatically affect your health and wellbeing. In this award-winning book, researcher Dawson Church reveals the exciting applications of the new science of Epigenetics (epi = above, i.e. control above the level of the gene) to healing. Citing hundreds of scientific studies, and telling the stories of dozens of people who have used his ideas for their own healing, he shows how you can apply these discoveries in your own life. He explains how electromagnetic energy flows in your body and affects your cells, and how the new fields of energy medicine and energy psychology can help cases that are beyond the reach of conventional medicine. He shows how your hormonal, neurological, connective tissue, and neutrotransmitter systems all work in harmony to conduct a coordinated flow of information throughout your body. As you take conscious control of the process, you produce a positive effect on your health, becoming an “epigenetic engineer” of your own wellbeing. Practical and scientific, this book has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people. This new edition is updated with the latest research and clinical breakthroughs. “Take yourself on a quantum leap into cutting edge science and discover how it will transform medicine and health care in the next decade. Dawson Church has mined the most revolutionary findings from diverse fields of science and practice and brilliantly synthesized them into a clearlywritten manifesto for the enlightened care of the human body, mind, and community.” —Donna Eden & David Feinstein, coauthors of Energy Medicine
THE WHEEL OF HEALING WITH AYURVEDA An Easy Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle by Michelle Fondin $20.00, paper. New World Library. 258 pages, b/w photos, charts
Ayurveda, the “science of life,” is a complete wellness system that includes all that we associate with medical care—prevention of disease, observation and diagnosis, treatment. Author Michelle Fondin found this 5,000-year-old tradition when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Ayurveda resonated with her because she was searching
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Mercolla & Mincolla on Whole Health EFFORTLESS HEALING 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself by Joseph Mercola $31.00, cloth. Bantam. 324 pages
Let your body do the work. Do you have to tell your leg to heal from a scrape? Your lungs to take in air? Your body that its hungry? No. Your body does these things automatically, effortlessly. Vibrant health is your birthright and within your grasp; you just have to step out of the way. In Effortless Healing, online health pioneer and natural medicine advocate Dr. Joseph Mercola reveals nine simple secrets to a healthier, thinner you. Replete with informational sidebars and eye-opening takeaways, Mercola offers top-notch nutrition, exercises, and lifestyle strategies that can be tailored to your unique goals and biology. The results are encouraging and the steps can be as easy to implement as: ✦ Throwing ice cubes in your water to make it more structured ✦ Skipping breakfast, as it could be making you fat ✦ Eating more of your calories each day in fat for optimal health, reduction of heart disease, and cancer prevention ✦ Avoiding certain meat and fish, but enjoying butter ✦ Eating sauerkraut (and other fermented foods) to improve your immune system and your mood ✦ Walking barefoot outside to decrease system-wide inflammation (and because it just feels great) ✦ Eat Your Veggies (ways to eat more) ✦ Cleaning your brain with sleep ✦ Enjoying a laugh: it’s as good for your blood vessels as fifteen minutes of exercise. Effortless Healing is the distillation of decades of Dr. Mercola’s experience and cutting-edge medical knowledge. One of the reasons Mercola.com is so popular is because my experience treating so many patients has helped me to translate complex medical jargon into easy-tounderstand, everyday language and turn hard-to-understand studies into easily actionable advice… In this book, I will guide you through the nine principles of healing, which will help you choose more skillfully what and when to eat, what to drink, how and when to be physically active, and how to incorporate more exposure to nature into your life while also protecting yourself from the toxins that are increasingly present in the environment.
WHOLE HEALTH A Holistic Appoach to Healing for the 21st Century by Mark Mincolla $18.95, paper. Putnam. 336 pages
In Whole Health, Mark Mincolla outlines his unique method based on more than thirty years experience as a holistic medical practitioner. This system integrates elements of classical Chinese medicine, personalized nutrition, and extrasensory energy medicine. This book will: ✦ Assist in making sixth-sensory diagnoses of ailments ✦ Help you achieve better health through specially tailored nutritional recommendations ✦ Balance body, mind, and spirit with time-tested diagnostic tools, techniques, and meditations, and much more. We have outgrown the coldhearted mechanism of modern medicine, and our tolerance of pharmaceutical greed is at last wearing thin. We are multidimensional, energetic beings with an increasing desire to know more of our greater depths. Our medicines merely keep us alive. Our need is for healing wisdoms that show us the way to a more whole and healthy life… Our changing world is in the midst of a learning curve of epic proportions.
Everything is energy, and by learning to balance vital body energies with the proper corresponding food energies, Whole Health practitioners can prevent the onset of many inflammatory symptoms associated with common ailments. This one-of-a-kind system will lead you down the path to natural healing and help you achieve physical health and spiritual oneness as never before. I want you to take as good care of yourself as you do your beloved pets. When we love our lives and bodies, our internal chemistry helps us to heal and grow in a transformational way. True wellness is not about trying to avoid death but about healing our lives and bodies and benefiting from the health that comes with it… Our lives are storied in our bodies, and if we do not respond to what is within us, someday the body will present us with the bill. Mark’s work can help you to find selfempowerment and free yourself from unhealthy addictions and behaviors. —from the
foreword by Bernie Siegel
for ways to understand why she had become ill and actively participate in her healing— rather than simply turning it over to experts and protocols.
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In Ayurveda, Fondin found a truly holistic approach that considers not just diet, exercise, and genetics, but also relationships, life purpose, past experiences, environmental
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✦ health, and financial stress. Her self-assessment questions allow readers to zero in on their own best practices through interventions such as eating plans, healing addictions, detoxification, and improving relationships and work. Contemporary Westerners are rediscovering the gentle yet powerful Ayurveda and Fondin’s superbly clear and accessible approach to the practice shows why. Ayurvedic medicine teaches people to first look inward. Get to know yourself inside and out. Know what makes you tick. And what makes you tick is probably different from what makes the other people in your life tick. If you do not take this crucial step first, no sprout, herb, vitamin, juice, or drug will help.
The book is built around eitht “spokes” of the Ayurvedic wheel of healing—physical, spiritual, emotional, relationship, occupational, financial, and environmental health, as well as healing the past. Using the system of three principle doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), Michelle offers readers a self-assessment for discovering their mind-body type, as well as practical ways they can enhance their health based on their type.
Healing Energies, Healing Herbs TUNING THE HUMAN BIOFIELD Healing with Vibrational Sound Therapy by Eileen Day McKusick $16.95, paper. Inner Traditions. 252 pages, b/w illustrations
When Eileen McKusick began offering sound therapy in her massage practice she soon discovered she could use tuning forks to locate and hear disturbances in the energy field, or biofield, that surrounded each of her clients. She found these energetic disturbances correlated with the emotional and physical traumas her clients had experienced throughout their lives, the biofield acting as a record of pain, stress, and trauma from gestation onward. Passing the forks through these areas in the biofield not only corrected the distorted vibrational sounds she was hearing but also imparted consistent, predictable, and sometimes immediate relief from pain, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, depression, fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, and a host of other complaints. Now, nearly 20 years later, McKusick has fully developed her sound healing method, which she calls Sound Balancing, and created a map of the biofield, revealing the precise locations where specific emotions, memories, ailments, and traumas are stored. In this book, McKusick explains the complete practice of Sound Balancing and provides illustrations of her Biofield Anatomy Map. She details how to use tuning forks to find and clear pain and trauma stored in the biofield. She reveals how the traditional principles and locations of the chakras correspond directly with her biofield discoveries. Exploring the science behind Sound Balancing, she examines scientific research on the nature of sound and energy and explains how experiences of trauma produce pathological oscillations in the biofield, causing a breakdown of order, structure, and function in the body.
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Offering a revolutionary perspective on mind, energy, memory, and trauma, McKusicks guide to Sound Balancing provides new avenues of healing for energy workers, massage therapists, sound healers, and those looking to overcome chronic illness and release the traumas of their past.
The Book of Stones THE BOOK OF STONES, REVISED EDITION Who They Are and What They Teach by Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian $35.00, paper. North Atlantic. 496 pages, 7x10, colour photos throughout
THE HERBAL HANDBOOK FOR HOME & HEALTH 501 Recipes for Healthy Living, Green Cleaning & Natural Beauty by Pip Waller $33.00, cloth. North Atlantic. 252 pages, 7x9, green illustrations
Kitchen pharmacy meets green cleaning and natural beauty in this comprehensive handbook of 501 recipes that harness the power of plants to enhance wellness and toxin-free living. Expert herbalist Pip Waller provides a wealth of information about growing, collecting, preserving, and preparing herbs for a variety of purposes—from cleaning products, to food and drink, medicines, beauty products, and a lot more. Attractive and easy to use, The Herbal Handbook for Home and Health includes growing tips and profiles of herbs, guidelines for setting up an herbalist’s kitchen, and techniques to make everything from tinctures to tonics. A valuable resource for anyone affected by allergies or sensitivities, this compendium is handsomely produced with two-color printing throughout and more than three hundred striking illustrations. The Handbook includes contributions from herbalists from around the world and encompasses recipes that range from very simple to more complex. Seasoned herbalists as well as those just beginning to explore the world of herbs will find something to start their own nontoxic, non-allergenic domestic green revolution. The book includes: ✦ A history of herbal lore ✦ The herbalist’s kitchen—equipment and procedures for harnessing the power of plants ✦ Green cleaning products (from floor wax to stain removers) ✦ Herbal pharmacy (from throat lozenges to hangover cures) ✦ Nutritional supplements and detoxes ✦ First aid (from anti-anxiety drops to bruise ointment) ✦ For travel (insect repellant to anti-nausea drops) ✦ Food and drink (breads, butters, wines, teas) ✦ Beauty and balms (toothpaste to shampoo to lip balm) ✦ Kitchen Pharmacy ✦ Food & Drink ✦ Beauty, Balms & Personal Care.
ROSEMARY GLADSTAR’S MEDICINAL HERBS A Beginner’s Guide by Rosemary Gladstar $19.50, paper. Storey Publishing. 216 pages, 7x9, colour photos
With Rosemary Gladstar’s expert advice, anyone can make their own herbal remedies for common ailments, such as aloe lo-
Often dubbed the “crystals bible,” this comprehensive reference guide to the spiritual and healing qualities of 455 sacred stones has become the go-to book for looking up the properties of gems and minerals. Each entry includes vivid colour photos for each stone to aid identification and to showcase its beauty. This revised edition of The Book of Stones includes 70 new entries. Two introductory chapters detail the authors’ theories about how to work with crystals and stones—including the concept of crystal resonance and the scientific observation that living organisms (such as ourselves) are liquid crystalline structures. An illuminating alphabetical journey through the mineral kingdom, stone by stone, follows. Each entry begins with the stone name and photo, plus its elemental and chakra correspondences, as well as keywords that indicate its properties. Next comes a description of the crystal structure, hardness, history, and known locations of each mineral, plus any relevant legend or lore from the past. Each author then offers an essay on the subtle energy properties and spiritual applications of the stone. The entries conclude with summaries of the spiritual, emotional, and physical healing qualities of the stone, and an affirmation for evoking its potential benefits. The book’s presentation is straightforward enough to make it an excellent introduction for beginners, yet the level of detail and the depth of research make it an invaluable resource for the most experienced stone practitioners. And the photos are wonderful! The index of physical, emotional, and spiritual correspondences in this new edition makes it easy to find the stones that suit you best. This pictorial metaphysical encyclopedia is a crystal lover’s dream come true. “Each description is an intimate conversation between the Wisdom of the Stones and the deep soul Wisdom of these two authors.” —Robert Sardello, author of Love and the World
THE POCKET BOOK OF STONES, REVISED EDITION Who They Are and What They Teach by Robert Simmons $17.95, paper. North Atlantic. 398 pages, 4x5, colour photos
This new edition of The Pocket Book of Stones, featuring a handy lay-flat binding, was created in response to demand from readers for a more portable metaphysical crystals guide than the author’s monumental Book of Stones. It is an ideal introduction to stones and their energies for those who are new to the field, as well as being an invaluable reference for well-versed readers. Every one of the 390 entries contains a vivid colour photo and quick-look list of keywords, elemental and chakra correspondences, plus the beneficial physical, emotional, and spiritual qualities of each mineral, crystal, or gemstone. Author Simmons also provides a description of each stone, including scientific data and the story of each stone’s spiritual and healing qualities, as well as recommendations for other stones that combine harmoniously with it. The scientific information offered welcomes those not yet familiar with crystal energies by providing a familiar frame of reference and also broadens the knowledge of those who come to stones primarily for spiritual purposes. A comprehensive index cites the healing qualities and emotional and spiritual qualities of all the stones in the book. This affordably priced edition makes an ideal gift for any rock-lover. Robert Simmons is the cofounder of Heaven and Earth, a company offering more than 2,000 gem and jewelry items for seal-healing and spiritual and emotional development. tion for poison ivy, dandelion-burdock tincture for sluggish digestion, and lavender-lemon balm tea for stress relief. Gladstar profiles 33 of the most common and versatile healing plants and then shows you exactly how to grow, harvest, prepare, and use them. Stock your home medicine chest with safe, natural, low-cost herbal preparations. Gladstar, the godmother of modern herbalism, also offers tips on introducing an herb patch to your backyard garden and easy-to-follow recipes for brewing restorative teas, blending soothing salves, and making tinctures, oils, syrups, and pills.
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Herbs featured in this “kitchen pharmacy” manual include basil, cayenne, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, rosemary, sage, thyme, and turmeric. And “24 safe and effective herbs to know” include aloe vera, burdock, calendula, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, echinacea, elder, goldenseal, hawthorn, lavender, lemon balm, licorice, marsh mallow, mullein, nettle, oats, peppermint, plaintain, red clover, St. John’s wort, spearmint, valerian, and yarrow.
SACRED PLANT INITIATIONS Communicating with Plants for Healing and Higher Consciousness by Carole Guyett $19.50, paper. Bear & Company. 288 pages, 8-pages colour, 50 b/w illustrations In this guide to sacred plant initiations, medical herbalist and shamanic practitioner
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Carole Guyett explains how to commune with plants and their spirits through the traditional shamanic method of plant dieting. A plant diet involves ingesting a particular plant over a period of time so you regularly receive the vibratory plant’s energy as well as its medicinal actions. Adding a ceremonial element to plant dieting offers a sacred initiation by the plant world, allowing you to connect deeply with all aspects of a plant, receive its sacred teachings, and forge a relationship for guidance and healing, benefitting both yourself and others. Each of the eight ceremonial plant initiations detailed in the book was personally developed by the author through extensive work with her ceremonial groups. They each center on an easily recognized plant or tree such as primrose, dandelion, oak, and dog rose. These common plants have powerful teachings and healing guidance to share with those who communicate with and honor them. The initiations, for both individuals and groups, work with the Wheel of the Year, honoring each plant’s sacred timing and connecting with one of the eight Celtic and Pre-Celtic Fire Festivals— the solstices, equinoxes, and the holy days of Beltane, Lughnasadh, Samhain, and Imbolc. Offering practical instructions so you can develop your own sacred plant initiations, the author also include access to 4 audio journeys to facilitate the initiations in the book. She also explains how to make plant elixirs for use in plant diets and for healing. She shows how connecting with plants allows us to deepen our relationship with Nature, access higher levels of consciousness and spiritual realms, and facilitate the full flowering of human potential.
NEW REIKI SOFTWARE FOR DIVINE LIVING An Energetic Embodiment of Divine Grace by Brett Bevell $19.95, paper. John Hunt. 125 pages
New Reiki Software for Divine Living examines Reiki, the world’s most popular form of energy healing as a type of spiritual technology which can be upgraded to impact every area of our lives. This book interprets Reiki as an energetic embodiment of Divine grace, something designed to not only heal but also uplift, inspire and bring us into alignment with our Divine purpose. Offering an entirely new upgrade to Reiki technology called Mikao Usui’s Reiki Crystal of Awakening, the book shows us ways that Reiki can be simplified so anyone can use it, without the complex symbols or long sequences of hand positions that are part of traditional Reiki training. As you read this book, you engage a Divine energy transmission sent through these pages that revolutionizes Reiki as an energy healing system… With the information in this book, it is now possible to perform a deep and powerful
Reiki treatment without the long sequence of hand positions that has been traditionally taught to Reiki initiates. Also, with this new information it is now possible to send a Reiki treatment across space and time without having to ever memorize or use any Reiki symbols. And, perhaps most importantly, the entire system of degrees within Reiki is eliminated, making it a truly democratic and egalitarian energy healing system… Be playful! Be joyful! Be imaginative and alive! That is what I sense the Divine wants from us most, something so often missed in the spiritual texts of the world.
Also by Brett Bevell are Reiki for Spiritual Healing and Energy Healing for Everyone.
Bodywork & Movement AGING BACKWARDS 10 Years Younger, 10 Years Lighter, 30 Minutes a Day by Miranda Esmonde-White $32.00, cloth. Ballantine. 278 pags, 7x9, b/w photos
This ground-breaking guide, from Montreal-based stretch and bio-mechanics trainer Miranda Esmonde-White, helps us understand how aging happens in our cells and how to maintain and repair those cells— and roll back joint pain and muscle loss at any age— gentle, through scientifically designed “anti-aerobics” workouts based on Classical Stretch and Essentrics, developed by the author and star of PBS’s Classical Stretch series. It’s never too late to slow down, or even reverse, the effects of aging. The human body is designed to function for the full length of its life—and with gentle, full-body flexibility and strengthening exercises we can look and feel tremendous, vibrant and active at any age, and well into our senior years. After all, the body is the world’s most efficient self-healing machine. And yet, remarkably, many of us neglect the single most important system in the body—the one that makes all the others work—our muscles. The old adage of “use it or lose it” is true, but Miranda’s fitness and anti-aging breakthrough has come from understanding that how you use it is all-important. You need to strengthen and stretch all 650 muscles in the body in a balanced way that enhances overall strength, posture, cardiovascular health and mobility; eliminates joint pain; and burns calories. This book tells why and shows how, in “The Eight Age-Reversing Workouts,” with step-by-step photos and clear descriptions that explain the finer points. The typical message we get as we age is that we can move less and should take it easy—exactly the wrong advice. Surprisingly, fitness enthusiasts often do as much harm to their bodies as people living sedentary lives. Ligaments are virtually ignored by most exercises routines and yet joint health is essential in order to remain active. With Aging Backwards we can slow or prevent the onset of many afflictions, and often reverse their symptoms. I will explain how the ESSENTRICS technique not only reconnects you with your body’s innate strength and grace on a
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daily basis but also reconnects you with the joyful pleasure of movement in every aspect of your life, increasing your energy, smoothing and firming your skin, and bringing a sparkle back into your eyes.
HUNGER, HOPE & HEALING A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship to Your Body and Food by Sarahjoy Marsh $21.50, paper. Shambhala. 298 pages, b/w photos
PILATES Second Edition by Rael Isacowitz $29.50, paper. Human Kinetics. 376 pages, 11x8, 900+ colour illustrations
Now in a second, even more accessible edition, this is the first truly complete guide to Pilates technique, exercises and equipment. A thorough, well-written, visually accurate, and useable to guide proper Pilates practice, this book will be a trustworthy guide for the millions of people now doing Pilates exercises worldwide. Strengthen, lengthen, and sculpt your muscles with the full range of Pilates exercises. In Pilates, world-renowned Pilates “teacher of teachers” Rael Isacowitz shows you the same repertoire that he has used to train 10 Olympians, including U.S. figure skater Sasha Cohen and diver Wendy Williams, as well as an elite group of professional instructors who work with celebrities and athletes around the world. Starting with the foundation for all the exercises, Pilates presents an in-depth treatment of mat work, including photo illustrations and detailed breathing instruction to help you perform the movements correctly. A unique set of challenging exercise sequences allows the movements to flow in one continuous motion. Included are level of difficulty ratings, recommended resistance ranges, imagery cues, and how readers will benefit from each movement. Following mat work, where most books stop entirely, Pilates just gets going. The same depth of instruction and photo illustrations are applied to the full range of Pilates apparatus: Reformer, Cadillac, Step and ladder barrels, Magic circle, Wunda chair, Ped-a-pul, and Arm chair. Because breath control is an integral part of Pilates, notes on breathing patterns are included for each exercise. Readers will also benefit from the detailed information on fundamentals such as the mind-body connection, alignment, and posture. The complete repertoire includes a customized grouping of exercises in blocks that progress from the fundamental level through the intermediate and advanced levels to challenge you at all stages of Pilates development. Pilates is the most comprehensive guide available on the Pilates method. A contemporary approach to the work of Joseph Pilates, this one book can guide you dependably toward improving posture, muscle tone, core strength, and flexibility.
Food & Nutrition BLESSING THE HANDS THAT FEED US Lessons from a 10-Mile Diet by Vicki Robin $18.00, paper. Penguin. 352 pages
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In this lively account, the coauthor of Your Money or Your Life (which focuses on frugality and simplicity in money matters) now
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Yoga philosophy and practice is increasingly being used in therapeutic settings with great efficacy to help treat eating disorders. In this book, Sarahjoy Marsh, a yoga teacher, counselor, and meditation teacher, offers a real labor of love, a program using the tools and philosophy of yoga for addressing addiction—specifically, food addiction, disordered eating patterns, body image issues, and emotional eating. She educates the reader about both the nature of addiction and the philosophy of yoga and offers a methodical approach to recovery that is neither dogmatic nor rigid; rather, it is empathic, hopeful, and deliberate. Full of clear, empathic advice and photographs of the step-by-step practices, this book will help alleviate the isolation that people with eating disorders feel; offer strategies for changing the behaviors; and give clear guidelines about the processes of recovery and the development of new life skills, which are taught in the book. I have no doubt that the practices of yoga were instrumental in ushering out an old, shaming, unhelpful voice and ushering in a more nurturing, wise, caring voice. Yoga also greatly reduced my anxiety, soothed my exhausted nervous system, and helped me metabolize life events, emotions, thoughts, feelings, and stress. In addition, it became my inner biofeedback machine, letting me know when I was compromising my resilience as well as when I was supporting my mind and heart to move toward love.
Sarahjoy Marsh asks us to consider… What if you were to discover that underlying your currently disorganizing relationship to food there is a profoundly intelligent rhythm of hunger and satiation, an intelligent rhythm that has your best interests at heart, an intelligence that can be trusted day in and day out? What if this rhythm is trying to make itself known to you? What is, for every time you keep beating it down by trying to control it, it gets more determined to teach you about hunger and satiation? Perhaps one of the ways it is getting your attention is by making you miserable when you aren’t respectful of its innate intelligence!... What if settling your physical hunger and satiation rhythms into a more intelligent, loving, harmonious relationship freed you to know what your other hungers are? What is underlying your current confusion about your physical hunger is a host of other hungers that you have been literally starving, numbing, or confusing with food? What if there is a similarly primal intelligence that supports your mind and heart to wisely pursue these other hungers?
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 Washington. Her mind-opening attempt to eat a sustainable diet not only brings to light society’s 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.
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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.
THE VEGAN BOOK OF PERMACULTURE Recipes for Healthy Eating and Earthright Living by Graham Burnett $30.95, paper. Permanent Publications. 284 pages, 7x9, b/w illustrations
How we eat is such a fundamental part of what we are; yet, in our present time-poor culture of prepackaged fast foods, food can become an expensive symptom of alienation and disempowerment. It doesn’t have to be this way! The Vegan Book of Permaculture gives us the tools and confidence to take responsibility for our lives and actions.
✦ Creating a good meal, either for ourselves or to share, taking time to prepare fresh, wholesome home- or locally grown ingredients with care and respect can be a deeply liberating experience. It is also a way of taking back some control from the advertising agencies and multinational corporations. In this groundbreaking and original book—full of fascinating new things to learn and old things to remember— Graham demonstrates how understanding universal patterns and principles, and applying these to our own gardens and lives, can make a very real difference to both our personal lives and the health of our planet. This also isn’t so very different from the compassionate concern for “animals, people, and environment” of the vegan way. Interspersed with an abundance of delicious, healthy, and exploitation-free recipes, Graham provides solutions-based approaches to nurturing personal effectiveness and health, eco-friendly living, home and garden design, veganic food growing, reforestation strategies, forest gardening, reconnection with wild nature, and community regeneration with plenty of practical ways to be well fed with not an animal dead! This is vegan living at its best. “Longtime permaculture practitioner and activist Graham Burnett has written a very practical guide to living lightly using permaculture design within the ethical constraints and opportunities of a vegan diet. Based on lived experience rather than ideology, the strong focus on food, complete with recipes, helps vegans and omnivores alike make better use of the diversity of plant based ingredients in cool temperate climates. For vegans wanting to reduce their ecological footprint, maintain nutritional balance and increase their autonomy and resilience in a rapidly changing world, this book is the ideal introduction to permaculture living and land use.” —David Holmgren, co-originator of the Permaculture concept
THE CAMPBELL PLAN The Simple Way to Lose Weight and Reverse Illness, Using The China Study’s Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Thomas Campbell $29.99, cloth. Rodale. 284 pages
In the 1980s, T. Colin Campbell co-directed a study of more than 4 dozen diseases and 367 items of socio-economic, lifestyle, nutrition, and genetic information across a population of 6,500 adults in rural China, generating more that 8,000 statistically significant associations. Those groundbreaking results, along with other research projects described in the bestselling book, The China Study, support the theory that a whole-food, plant-based diet is linked to lower rates of chronic disease. More than a million people across the world have read The China Study and have been convinced by empirical evidence to adopt a whole-food, plant-based diet. The Campbell Plan goes beyond the why and shows readers how to make the transition-
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Superfoods, Moosewood, Fresh & Fermented lustrations to bring each superfood to life, the authors reveal the healing power of the world’s top superfoods and share information on cutting-edge nutrition. Rawlicious Superfoods covers aloe, baobab, goji berries, chia, berries, blue-green algae, camu camu, grasses and microgreens, hemp, coconut, sea vegetables, maca, lucuma, mesquite, bee products, raw cacao, and medicinal herbs and discusses “What Are Superfoods?,” “Where Is the Proof?,” “What About Cost,” “Stocking the Kitchen with Superfoods,” and much more so that readers come away with a comprehensive knowledge of superfoods. David Wolfe provides an introduction. Also by these authors is Rawlicious: Recipes for Radiant Health.
RAWLICIOUS SUPERFOODS With 100+ Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle by Peter & Beryn Daniel $28.95, paper. North Atlantic. 254 pages, 8x10, colour photos
Authors Peter and Beryn Daniel reveal Rawlicious Superfoods. Revered by ancient cultures and verified by scientists, superfoods are reemerging today as a profound solution to widespread nutritional deficiencies. This book combines beautiful illustrations and photos, information on superfoods, and delicious recipes to inspire the whole family. The authors show how to easily add superfoods, from berries to bee pollen to maca to cacao to tonic herbs, to our diets to enjoy delicious health. With over 100 new recipes with colour photos and 17 enchanting il-
THE MOOSEWOOD COOKBOOK 40th Anniversary Edition by Mollie Katzen $23.99, paper. Ten Speed. 248 pages, 8x11, line drawings
The Moosewood Cookbook has now inspired generations to cook simple, healthy, and seasonal food. A classic listed as one of the top ten best-selling cookbooks of all time by the NewYork Times, this 40th anniversary edition of Mollie Katzen’s seminal book will be a treasured addition to the cookbook shelves of fans young and old. In 1974, Mollie Katzen handwrote, illustrated, and locally Mollie Katzen published a spiral-bound notebook of recipes
for vegetarian dishes inspired by those she and fellow cooks served at their small restaurant coop in Ithaca, New York. Several iterations (recipes with less dairy, for example) and millions of copies later, the Moosewood Cookbook has become one of the most influential and beloved cookbooks of all time. Mollie’s Moosewood Cookbook has inspired generations to fall in love with plant-based home cooking, and, on the fortieth anniversary of that initial booklet, continues to be a seminal, timely, and wholly personal work. With a new introduction and new guidance for vegan cooks (the term “vegan” hardly existed in 1974), this new edition will continue to inspire some messy, delicious adventures in the kitchen—for another generation. Some other cookbook titles by Mollie Katzen are The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest and The Heart of the Plate. After you’ve made your first jar of kraut, you’ll find more than eighty mouth watering ways you can put it to good use. Our home-tested recipes are written with an attention to detail that can help even the most novice cook turn out delicious meals. Transform your breakfasts; add zip to dips, salads, and sandwiches; and boost the vitality of dinners and sparkle of desserts. And the recipes don’t stop there—they’ll inspire you with ideas for how you can adapt everyday foods to incorporate fermented veggies and give you plenty of permission to experiment. We like a tablespoon or three of kraut at every meal. These recipes allow you to incorporate those servings in ways you’d never imagine.
FRESH & FERMENTED 85 Delicius Ways to Make Fermented Carrots, Kraut, and Kimchi Part of Every Meal by Julie O’Brien & Richard Climenhage $24.95, paper. Sasquatch. 224 pages, 7x9, colour photos
Eating naturally fermented, probiotic foods (such as kraut or kimchi) is one of the healthiest and most effective ways to improve digestion. Balance the digestive system and boost your immunity with healthful, simple, and delicious everyday meals using Firefly Kitchens’ recipes for fermented kimchi, krauts, and carrots. Making homemade fermented foods is simple and delicious. With eighty-five recipes like Kimchi Kick-Start Breakfast, Smoked Salmon Rueben, and Flank Steak over Spicy Noodles, Fresh & Fermented makes it easy to include these healthy foods in every meal.
and enjoy the journey—with practical guidance and a simple plan to make a wholefood, plant-based lifestyle easy and sustainable. The Campbell Plan is full of the cutting-edge nutritional research that fans of The China Study have come to expect. Dr. Thomas Campbell speaks to the reader about health, weight loss, and the science behind it. He also addresses the biggest difficulties of transitioning to a plant-based diet; the most frequently asked questions he receives from patients, practitioners, and readers; and the most cutting-edge research in nutrition. He offers the latest evidence on hot topics such as: is wheat truly terrible? gluten; supplement mania; fish and fish oils; sugar and soy; oils and fats. Plus 50 pages of recipes! Speaking as both nutritional researcher and practicing physician, Campbell’s combination of practical tools and the research-based evidence of The China Study will guide many in changing their diet and restoring health. “Rare is the physician with the humility and the wisdom to tell us the truth—that the life-style choices we make are more consequential for long-term health than any pill
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In these pages, you’ll also learn a bit of the science behind fermentation—about the bacteria that make it happen, the critical and integral role they play in our digestion and immune systems, and the incredible health benefits and healing powers that these beneficial bacteria (called probiotics) confer.
or procedure Western medicine can provide. But Thomas Campbell, MD, does exactly that and, what’s more, goes on to explain in a clear and deeply human way, precisely what the diet and lifestyle choices are that have been proved to lead to the healthiest possible outcomes.” —John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution
Recovery EIGHT STEP RECOVERY Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction by Valerie Mason-John & Paramabandhu Groves $23.50, paper. Windhorse. 218 pages
All of us can struggle with the tendency towards addiction, but for some it can destroy their lives. In our recovery from addiction, the Buddha’s teachings offer an understanding of how the mind works, tools for helping a mind vulnerable to addiction, and ways to overcome addictive behavior, cultivating a calm mind without resentments. Challenged by addiction to substances or to behaviors that generate more pain, we S PRING - SUMMER - FALL • 2 01 5
need to find the right path for ourselves. Twelve steps, five steps, no steps, eight steps: what is right is what works. The eight steps here recommended may be the primary path for many, but they can also be a powerful support to anyone, no matter what the addiction and no matter what path they are on. Mindful awareness, conscious breathing, being present in our body, compassion for ourselves and toward others: addicted or not—and most of us are, in some way—these qualities and practices can serve us all. —Gabor Maté, from the Foreword
“The Buddha was in recovery. Taking this bold statement as a starting point, this wonderful book shows how we are all addicted to aspects of life and we all can ben-
✦ efit from training our minds and hearts to be free of the tyranny of compulson.” — Vidyamala Burch, author of Living Well with Pain and Illness “Blending Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery with traditional Buddhist teachings and personal stories, the authors give us a wise and compassionate approach to recovery from the range of addictions. This comprehensive approach will be a valuable tool for addicts and addiction professionals alike.” —Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps
Inspiration & Self-Help I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW by Wayne Dyer $17.99, paper. Hay House. 368 pages, b/w photos
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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’s written it in a way that only he can—with a remarkable take-home message for his longtime followers and new readers alike—and the result is an exciting new twist on “the old story.” Rather than a plain old memoir, Wayne has strung together his quantum-moment recollections. In I Can See Clearly Now, 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 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. 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.
I Can See Clearly Now is an intimate look at a notable teacher, who 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.
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The Power of the Heart THE POWER OF THE HEART
The book is based on the format of the Relationship Workshop the authors have been leading together for years. Among Shakti Gawain’s other titles are Reflections in the Light and The Path of Transformation.
Finding Your True Purpose in Life by Baptist De Pape $30.95, cloth. Atria Books. 232 pages, colour photos $35.99, 4 CDs. Simon & Shuster. 4 hours, read by the author and co-creators
With its unprecedented convocation of eighteen of the worlds greatest spiritual thinkers, writers, and scientists, including Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Paulo Coelho, and Eckhart Tolle, this beautifully designed full-color spiritual guide—which ties into a film of the same name—reveals how you can overcome limitations and fulfill your highest potential. Baptist de Pape, a young lawyer, was mired in anxiety and fears about his future when he felt the call to investigate the incredible power of the heart and how it can lead us to our true purpose in life. On a quest that took him around the world, De Pape interviewed eighteen living icons—all on camera—including Isabel Allende, Joe Dispenza, Neale Donald Walsch, Jane Goodall, Marci Shimoff, Marianne Williamson, and Gary Zukav. Generously sharing their touching personal stories as well as profound guidance, these leaders co-created with de Pape a multidimensional, illuminating portrait of the heart as an inexhaustible source of love and wisdom that far surpasses that of the mind. With a broad range of spiritual and scientific insights, The Power of the Heart presents fascinating evidence that the heart is more than a physical organ. It possesses its own intelligence, capable of transforming your views of money, health, relationships, and success. Mindfulness exercises and contemplations guide you to activate the heart’s special powers—including intuition, intention, gratitude, forgiveness, and love. These vivid lessons from some of the world’s greatest teachers will inspire you to find your hidden talents, hear your inner voice, and fulfill your highest purpose in life.
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Finding Your True Purpose in Life written & directed by Drew Heriot $30.95, DVD. Beyond Words. 90 minutes
This moving film, along with a beautiful book of the same title, is the vision of Baptist De Pape, who writes, It was crystal clear to me: I had to explore this power of the heart, this energy that had taken hold of me. I had to seek out the leading spiritual thinkers and writers and teachers of today and ask them for their insights about the heart. And I had to record their wisdom for all time. I had to make a film about the heart… Over the next two years, I traveled around the world and was fortunate to meet and talk with eighteen influential spiritual teachers, scientists, and thinkers from many diverse cultures and backgrounds.
His surprisingly touching film, The Power of the Heart, features the wisdom of Isabel Allende, Maya Angelou, Michael Beckwith, Deepak Chopra, Paulo Coelho, Jane Goodall, John Gray, Rollin McCraty, Howard Martin, Mark Nepo (featured), Marci Shimoff, Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Gary Zukav and Imaculee Iligabiza (featured). “I consider them to be Co-creators of the movie and the book,” De Pape says. In exploring the stories of souls transformed by love, all over the world, The Power of the Heart plays various heart-chords boldly and honestly, and has the potential to generate a quantum leap in humankind’s capacity for love, connectedness, compassion, and understanding. Some of these individuals and their stories will touch you deeply, and heartfully. The film is written and directed by Drew Heriot, who also directed The Secret, which was a huge bestseller in 2007.
THE RELATIONSHIP HANDBOOK A Path to Consciousness, Healing, and Growth by Shakti Gawain & Gina Vucci $19.00, paper. New World Library. 158 pages, French flaps
In her first new book in 15 years, personal development pioneer Shakti Gawain (author of Creative Visualization) encapsulates skills honed over a lifetime of teaching and learning to offer her most seasoned and universal work to date. In her popular workshops and in her personal life, she has tested and refined the insights and exercises in this book, which she co-wrote with her longtime collaborator Gina Vucci. BRANCHES OF LIGHT
use tools that bring clarity and healing to your relationships, including creative visualization, affirmations, and Voice Dialogue and facilitation exercises.
These exercises and insights reflect the fact that each of us is in relationships—with romantic partners, family, coworkers, etc.—and that each of us is also in relationships with internal core beliefs and a variety of selves, including primary, disowned, and shadow selves. Her revelatory teaching incorporates strategies for becoming aware of hidden beliefs, applying the Voice Dialogue process developed by therapists Hal and Sidra Stone, and learning to experience our every relationship as a path to self-knowledge. Regardless of whether we stay in a relationship or move on from it, every relationship is an opportunity for us to learn about ourselves and to grow. Working with my relationships in this way has been the most powerful and comprehensive path to consciousness I have experienced, and I love to pass it on to other people… In addition to recognizing how you can user your relationships as a path of consciousness, you will also learn how to
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VITAL SIGNS The Nature and Nurture of Passion by Gregg Levoy $33.00, cloth. Putnam. 492 pages
What inspires passion in your life? And what defeats it? How do you lose it and how do you get it back? In this exuberant and compelling book, Gregg Levoy, best-selling author of Callings, explores how you can cultivate not just a specific passion, but passion as a mindset—a stance—that helps bring vitality to all your engagements, from work and relationships to creativity and spiritual life. Vital Signs examines the endless, yet endlessly fruitful, tug-of-war between passion and security in our lives, the wild in us and the tame, our natural selves and our conditioned selves, and shows us how to stay engaged with the world and resist the downward-pulling forces that can drain our aliveness. Vital Signs also encourages courageous inquiry into our dis-passion—where we’re numb, depressed, stuck and bored in our lives—so that we can rework these tendencies in ourselves and claim our rightful inheritance of vitality. In this book you’ll learn that: Passion can be cultivated. Turned on as well as turned off. And this happens most readily at the level of the gesture and the moment, not the five-year plan. Passion is in the risk. In the willingness to step from the sidelines onto the playing field. Passion breeds passion and disinterest breeds disinterest. If you lack passion in your life, your other relationships—your partnerships, friendships, communities, classrooms, corporations and congregations—will be denied that energy. Passion is more than exuberance; it’s endurance. It’s sometimes shoulder-tothe-wheel stamina and patience on the order of years. Passion is intimately related to health. To the degree that passion is vitality, denying ourselves our passion contributes to diminished vitality, and not just in a psychological sense.
Drawing from centuries of history, art, science, psychology and philosophy, as well as indepth interviews with people who rediscovered and reignited passion in their own lives, Vital Signs offers an expansive menu of possibilities for how to claim and reclaim your passion, and will help you maintain a keen awareness of where the pulse is and a determination to plug into that place. Each chapter in Vital Signs is a core sample, an intimate biography of one of the strategies you can employ to gain or regain passion—including the search for wonder and awe, the quest for novelty, the urge toward self-expression, the hunger to reconnect with inner and outer wildness, the desire to keep passion alive in your
relationships, and the role that risk-taking plays in the ripening of passion.
“This magnificent work brimming with gorgeous prose and life enhancing stories and insights reveals how the cultivation of passion is key to the energy, love, creativity, health, and just about everything else that is good and true in our existence. Levoy offers us a thrilling new map to the vital core of all our becomings. To read this book and follow its principles is to stop boring God!” —Jean Houston, author of The Wizard of Us
CHANGE ME PRAYERS The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender by Tosha Silver $29.00, cloth. Atria Books. 224 pages
From the author of the life-changing bestseller Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead, here’s a thoughtful collection of prayers and stories to help you actively invite the Divine into your life. Change me Divine Beloved into one who can give and receive freely and be a clear vessel for your Light.
In this sequel to the delightfully profound Outrageous Openness, Tosha Silver, with her characteristic wit and charm, shows how to—and invites you to—transform yourself from the inside out. Covering a variety of topics—from work to finances to selfworth—Change Me Prayers reveals how to truly surrender to a Divine plan in the most joyous and uplifting way. At its heart, Change Me Prayers is a spiritual guide which offers prayers to the Divine that can change someone into a person open to receive bountiful blessings in everyday life. Anyone can use these powerful prayers to leave the old limited self behind. May the Divine be invited into every part of life!
“In a marketplace filled with lackluster spirituality books, this book sparkles with truth. Through touching personal stories, potent insights and holy humor, Tosha Silver reminds us that the only way to truly live is hand in hand, heart to heart, and hip bump to hip bump with the Divine.” —Sera Beak, author of Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic’s Love Story
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Friends of A Course in Miracles On Work, Money and Miracles by Marianne Williamson
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$18.50, paper. HarperCollins. 192 pages
Marianne Williamson’s The Law of Divine Compensation addresses how to overcome the anxiety, frustrations, and obstacles of our financial lives and realize our true and prosperous destiny. Simply stated, the Law of Divine Compensation says that when we lack faith in ourselves and believe in the negative, we create and perpetuate our own negative circumstances. Conversely, when we have faith in what can go right in our lives, with matters pertaining to our finances, and believe that we will be all right, we ready ourselves to receive the miracles the universe holds for us. For many, it is at the precise moment we realize that our current way of thinking isn’t working when we open our minds to consider that a new reality is possible. Finance is just one of many areas where an increasingly obsolete, materially-based worldview is proving inadequate to the challenges of the times in which we live, and more people are finding practical wisdom in spiritual understanding.
The Law of Divine Compensation is about faith as a mental and emotional muscle we must exercise in order to benefit from. In our every thought, we either demonstrate faith in ourselves and what can go right or doubt in ourselves and what can go wrong. Marianne Williamson demonstrates how to shift our focus to believe in what is possible, in what is a force of good in our lives. “Williamson may be the most renowned spiritual activist and author teaching spiritual principles based on A Course in Miracles.” —Publishers Weekly lead you to that experience. The knowledge of what it’s like to be one with your Source is the awesome mystical experience that’s been described by Masters throughout the ages. It’s the greatest sense of awareness anyone can have while still appearing to be in this world. This book will teach you exactly how to get to that experience, which upon the end of your physical existence will become your permanent reality. You will find that, indeed, love has forgotten no one.
LOVE HAS FORGOTTEN NO ONE The Answer to Life by Gary Renard $16.95, paper. Hay House. 224 pages
Join Gary Renard, author of The Disappearance of the Universe and Your Immortal Reality, for the final installment of his trilogy: a fascinating roller-coaster ride exploring and explaining the truth behind the modern classic, A Course in Miracles. In this fascinating book, Gary Renard and his Ascended Master teachers, Arten and Pursah, guide you through a way of dissolving the illusions of time and space and returning to Reality, which is Perfect Love. This is not love in the way the world commonly thinks of it. It’s an all-encompassing kind of love that is perfect spirit: innocent, unflawed, immortal, invulnerable, and forever fearless. Real love, which is Divine in nature, must be experienced, for it is beyond words. Yet words and practice are needed to help
MIRACLES NOW 108 Life-changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your New in True Purpose Paperback by Gabrielle Bernstein $15.95, paper. Hay House. 272 pages
Gabrielle Bernstein is a next-generation inspirer whose popular books have included May Cause Miracles and Spirit Junkie. “Gabby” is a media-savvy “resonator”— a leading voice for the next wave of spirituality. Let’s be real for a sec. Most of us don’t have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation every day. We’re overwhelmed as it is. Our spiritual practice shouldn’t add to that. That’s why I’ve handpicked 108 simple techniques to combat
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Cultivating Natural Vitality, Deep Presence, Intimacy, Meaning and Purpose by Dave Wali Waugh
$14.99, cards. Hay House.
When stuck in challenging transitions in our health, relationships, or work, we can feel exhausted, overwhelmed or lost. In Evolving Soulfully, Dave Waugh draws from wholistic psychotherapy and interspiritual wisdom to help us clear barriers on our path. In this book he offers a map, a compass and guidance toward cultivating a
In a material sense, your situation might indeed be bleak. You might have been given a raw deal, or been betrayed by others. Despite these circumstances, all that matters is how you perceive what has transpired and what you think now: Are you lingering in the past or are you allowing for a miracle in the present? Are you blaming yourself and others or blessing yourself and others? Are you clinging to your faith in the reality of the disaster or opening your mind to the possibility of a miracle? Realign your thoughts with the thoughts of God, and in any given instant, the universe is ready to start over.
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$19.95, paper. 280 pages.
Students of A Course in Miracles all over the world consider Renard’s books to be the “CliffsNotes” for the Course, empowering them to read, understand, and apply its deep teachings to their everyday lives in a practical way. “Love Has Forgotten no One is not really a book—rather, it’s a portal, a transport system, a rearranging of the mind. When you’ve finished reading it, I believe you’ll be closer to knowing your True Nature. Al that, and Gary’s funny, too!” —H.R. Hulnick, co-author of Loyalty to Your Soul our most common problems—stress, burnout, frustration, jealousy, resentment. The stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis. This book is designed so that you can achieve peace and experience miracles now. Inspired by some of the greatest spiritual teachings, these practical, moment-to-moment tools will help you eliminate blocks and live with more ease. They’re powerful, life-changing meditations and principles, modernized and broken down into easy-to-digest techniques to fit your lifestyle. Throughout the book, I share principles from both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation. These tools can help you find your connection to your inner strength. When you practice these techniques, fear will melt away, inspiration will spring up, and a sense of peace will set in.
Inspirational Affirmations and Life-Changing Tools by Gabrielle Bernstein This 62-card deck and guidebook from the exuberant inspirer Gabrielle Bernstein consists of 62 Affirmations for Spiritual Growth and Healing.
soulful life of natural vitality, deep presence, intimacy, meaning and purpose. For many years, I have made it a practice on Remembrance Day to dig for Inner Treasure. I begin by reflecting on the past so that I can harvest the experience and lessons of my life. This time of reflection allows me to understand more deeply all that I’ve learned and to make the issues that are arising in the present more visible. With this mirroring I am better able to work with whatever emerging and longstanding challenges are present, and to treat them as invitations to continue to heal, transform and evolve soulfully.
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My hope is that you’ll use this deck daily as a spiritual guide to help expand your miracle mind-set. When in doubt, put your hand on the deck and say, “Thank you, divine guidance. I need a Miracle Now. Show me what you’ve got!” Trust in the guidance you receive and let it inform your next right action.
“Reading Evolving Soulfully felt like a soulful conversation with a wonderful friend who is sharing from his heart the wisdom gathered on his journey. Dave’s naturalness is his unique gold. His writing invited me to deeply relax and open to some soul soothing insights that feel so approachable. The examples he shares from his life resonate with our essential human experiences so that we immediately recognize we are on a shared journey.” —Thomas Atum O’Kane, founder of the Spiritual Guidance Wisdom School “Dave offers up this contribution from his own travels in depth exploration. within it is
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a sacred call to embrace a framework, a sequential map and clear steps for the journey of soulful living. this is clearly well written; it offers both information, and very practical guidance in the movement from our sense of individual separation to the interpersonal and the sacred. A gentle and substantial contribution to the field of psychological healing and spiritual transformation. Well worth both its initial reading and as an ongoing reference and practice guide through time.” —Ian Macnaughton, editor of Embodying the Mind & Minding the Body
THE ANXIETY & PHOBIA WORKBOOK Sixth Edition by Edmund Bourne $33.95, paper. New Harbinger. 488 pages, 8x10
Now in its sixth edition and recommended by therapists worldwide, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook has been the unparalleled, essential resource for people struggling with anxiety and phobias for almost thirty years. Living with anxiety, panic disorders, or phobias can make you feel like you aren’t in control of your life. If you’re ready to tackle the fears that hold you back, this book is your go-to guide. Packed with the most effective skills for assessing and treating anxiety, this evidencebased workbook contains the latest clinical research. You’ll develop a full arsenal of skills for quieting fears and taking charge of your anxious thoughts, including: Relaxation and breathing techniques Ending negative self-talk and mistaken beliefs - Imagery and real-life desensitization Lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise changes Written by a leading expert in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and a classic in its field, this fully revised edition offers powerful, step-by-step treatment strategies for panic disorders, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), worry, and fear. You will also find updated information compatible with the DSM-V, as well as current information on medications and treatment, nutrition, mindfulness training, exposure therapy, and the latest research in neurobiology. Whether you suffer from anxiety and phobias yourself, or are a professional working with this population, this book will provide the latest treatment solutions for overcoming the fears that stand in the way of living a full, happy life. This workbook can be used on its own or as a supplement to therapy. A partial list of topics includes: ✦ Causes of anxiety disorders ✦ Changing mistaken beliefs ✦ Visualization for anxiety ✦ Relaxation techniques ✦ Overcoming negative self-talk ✦ Physical exercise ✦ Real-life desensitization ✦ Asserting yourself ✦ Coping with panic attacks ✦ Identifying and expressing feelings ✦ Existential and spiritual perspectives of anxiety.
ATTITUDE RECONSTRUCTION A Blueprint for Building a Better Life by Jude Bijou $21.75, paper. Riviera. 314 pages, charts
Attitude Reconstruction proposes that all our problems stem from unexpressed sadness, anger, and fear. This book offers five complete, ground-breaking approaches in one. It clearly shows how our emotions, thoughts, intuition, speech, and actions are all governed by the same Ultimate Attitudes: honor yourself, accept people and situations, and stay present and specific. Attitude Reconstruction is a fruit of Jude Bijou’s three-decade professional and personal journey as psychotherapist, teacher, and student of Eastern philosophies. Her five “approaches” are:
Redefining Depression DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN Redefining the Journey Through Depression edited by Tami Simon $20.50, paper. Sounds True. 226 pages
There’s no shortage of psychology self-help books on depression—but this collection, envisioned and edited by Sounds True founder Tami Simon, is not one of them. Readers won’t be revisiting familiar therapies or antidepressant options. What they will find is a gathering of 16 exceptional and compassionate teachers who have faced profound depression themselves. Their purpose? To radically shift the way that we perceive the experience. To offer insights and practices that reach beyond conventional models. And to help us receive depression’s uninvited yet singular gifts. The guidance presented here supports traditional psychotherapy and medication as valuable tools. But for those who’ve found these approaches incomplete—or seek to help others at an impasse—there’s much to discover within these pages, including: ✦ Thomas Moore on Saturn’s gifts; ✦ Sally Kempton on shifting from suffering and witnessing awareness; ✦ poet Mark Nepo on embracing both emptiness and aliveness (“Wholehearted Expression”); ✦ Mary Pipher on how despair can crack open our hearts; ✦ Christina Baldwin on ineffable sorrow (“A Spiritual Response to Our Times”) ✦ plus exceptional contributions by Parker J .Palmer (“Welcome to the Human Race”); Anne Marie Chiasson (“Practices to Reconnect, Retrieve, Revivify”); James Gordon; Sandra Ingerman (“Depression as Initiation”); Karla McLaren; Robert Augustus Masters (“A Pain That’s a Solution to a Deeper Pain”); Amy Weintraub (“Lifting the Armor with Breathwork”); Jeff Foster; Elizabeth Rabia Roberts (“Into the Dark Light”); Michael Bernard Beckwith; Traleg Kyabdon Rinpoche (“Depression’s Truth”) and Reginald A. Ray (“Depression, Meditation, and the Spiritual Journey”). This book is designed as an open-ended exploration to help you redefine depression as an intrinsic part of the human journey. It is not meant to “fix you,” but to inspire you in your own way to find the intelligence in your experience… Darkness Before Dawn is not prescriptive; it is designed to befriend you and accompany you. —Tami Simon
Also included are “Resources for Suicidal Depression and Ways to Help Yourself and Others.” As you will read in Darkness Before Dawn, there are many different types of depression, with different degrees, shades of experience, and mysterious dimensions. It is important not to lump all types of depression together—oftentimes, people use the word depression to refer to quite different states of being, from melancholy, to situational grief, to chronic despair, and more. We need a nuanced approach, one that takes depression out of the purely medical category and enables us to see, each one of us in our own life, what depression is asking of us and, maybe, what it is even offering. —Tami Simon, from the introduction
Emotions - The book demystifies emotions in general and shows how to express sadness, anger, and fear constructively and physically so they don’t overshadow joy, love, and peace. Thoughts Readers learn how to identify their predictable and universally held destructive thoughts associated with sadness, anger, and fear and replace them with “reliable truths” that will serve them better. Moreover it shows how to create and internalize constructive thoughts. Intuition - Intuition is our best source of guidance. Many people complain that they don’t know how to access their intuition and others fear they can’t trust it. Readers are shown a foolproof way to determine what is true for them in their heart-of-hearts. Speech - The four rules that govern communication allow readers to navigate any kind of situation with ease. How to speak up loving and effectively, handle communication violations, extend bridges to increase feelings of connection, and resolve differences of any magnitude are also explained. Action - The book describes how to handle any stuck situation and overcome any destructive habit, whether it is an attitude or an addiction, by creating a goal and translating it into doable steps. The material is easily understood and integrated into daily routine, no matter what
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the reader’s spiritual path, cultural background, or education level. Examples from Bijou’s practice as a marriage and family therapist and teacher are given throughout the book to illustrate how people have successfully implemented these simple principles. The book contains a comprehensive Blueprint and a self-assessment Quiz which allow readers to quickly pinpoint what keeps them mired in unhappiness and discover what brings joy, love, and peace.
DARING GREATLY How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead New in by Brené Brown Paperback $19.00, paper. Penguin. 256 pages
Brown (who also wrote The Gifts of Imperfection) examines vulnerability in Daring Greatly. A researcher at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, she is the first to admit that vulnerability makes her uncomfortable, but posits that daring to fail is the only true way to be wholeheartedly engaged in any aspect of life. Experiencing vulnerability isn’t a choice—the only choice we have is how
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we’re going to respond when we are confronted with uncertainty, risk and emotional disclosure.
The author includes chapters on eliminating blame and shame from work and education, and daring to be the adults we want our children to be. At the same time, she explores what drives people to feel vulnerable and how to address common coping mechanisms in what she calls the “Vulnerability Armory.” But the core of her message is understanding the difference between guilt and shame, and developing “shame resistance.” Brown’s theories—complete with candid examples from her own life—will draw readers in. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts. This book helps us learn to do that. When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.
Brown believes it is essential to expose oneself to a wide range of feelings in order to combat shame, break down the walls of perfectionism and stop the act of disengagement that separates many from themselves and others. It’s not an easy journey from excruciating to exquisite, but for me it’s been worth every step... Being rather than knowing requires showing up and letting ourselves be seen. It requires us to dare greatly, to be vulnerable. The first step of that journey is understanding where we are, what we’re up against, and where we need to go. I think we can best do that by examining our pervasive “Never Enough” culture.
Brené Brown’s 2010 TED Talk on “The Power of Vulnerability” has received more than 18 million views! “Urgent, essential, and fun to read. I couldn’t put it down, and it continues to resonate with me” —Seth Godin
SELF-COMPASSION The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself 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 selfcompassion can aid them. Neff’s compassionate tone makes Buddhist principles accessible, and exercises make them applicable in real life.
Midlife Passages & ElderWisdom THE GRACE IN AGING Awaken as You Grow Older by Kathleen Dowling Singh $21.95, paper. Wisdom. 292 pages
The Grace in Aging invites all those who have ever experienced spiritual longing to awaken in their twilight years. Since aging, in and of itself, does not lead to spiritual maturity, The Grace in Aging suggests and explores causes and conditions that we can create in our lives, just as we are living them, to allow awakening to unfold—transforming the predictable sufferings of aging into profound opportunities for growth in clarity, love, compassion, and peace. We can, if we so choose, dedicate these last years to waking up.
Kathleen Dowling Singh streamlines vast and complex teachings into skillful means and wise views. Straightforward language and piercing questions bring Singh’s teachings into the sharp focus of our own lives; the contemplative nature of each chapter allows for an uncommon depth of inquiry. Examples from our lives and from the chatter in our own minds touch the reader personally, offering the chance to absorb the implications deeply and do the work of freeing his or her own mind. Many of the words and thoughts in these pages offer an overview of spiritual practice that is appropriate for a person of any age. Viewed through the lens of aging, though, they take on a sense of both urgency and invitation. Each chapter is a contemplation, offering views to consider and steps to take—for those who wish to do so—to make the most of our remaining time and use these last few years wisely… All those of us who have, throughout our lives, been stirred even occasionally, even
A G I N G , J U N G & WA K I N G U P slightly, by such a longing might be able to now receive the invitation with a grateful and timely sense of personal welcome.
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This book offers wisdom from teachers from a variety of spiritual backgrounds: Chogyam Trungpa, the Apostles, Annie Dillard, lots more. Lessening our attachments, decreasing our aversions, unbinding what binds us, we bear witness to the possibility of awakening for all beings. The Grace in Aging offers guidelines for older individuals of any wisdom tradition who wish to awaken before they die; no need for caves or seven-year retreats. This is spiritual practice for the lives we live.
Jungian & Depth Psychology DREAMS, DEATH, REBIRTH A Topological Odyssey into Alchemy’s Hidden Dimensions by Steven Rosen $35.95, paper. Chiron. 246 pages, b/w illustrations
Our greatest certainty and greatest mystery is our mortality. In this book, Steven M. Rosen explores the profound mystery of death and rebirth from psychological, philosophical, and alchemical perspectives. To model, embody, and contain the paradoxical transformations involved in the death-rebirth enigma, Rosen employs a paradoxical form of mathematics: the topology of the Moebius strip and Klein bottle. As we follow this alchemical odyssey, the author makes himself transparent through his dreams and brings himself tangibly into his text so as to enact a dialectic of ego and Self. The dreams I recall in this book can be seen as excursions into the netherworld… And alchemical transformation entails nothing less than a confrontation with death that aims to rebirth.
“Using myths, dreams, and alchemical symbolism, as well as psychological research and Jungian insights, Rosen speaks to us all from the self and the Self. A book to be read immediately, and then read again.” — Christopher Hauke, Jungian analyst and author of Jung and the Postmodern: The Interpretation of Realities “How does a mental-spiritual ego, the creation of our post-Renaissance world, embrace the body as a living partner? In Dreams, Death, Rebirth, Rosen offers a topological analysis that meets the challenge of this daunting endeavor. It is a remarkable accomplishment, and vital for the advancement of psychotherapy.” —Nathan Schwartz-Salant, Jungian analyst and author of The Black Nightgown: The Fusional Complex and the Unlived Life
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A Guide to Spirituality without Religion by Sam Harris $21.00, paper. Simon & Schuster. 256 pp.
For the millions of us who resonate to “spirituality without religion,” Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith, has written a new book, Waking Up—a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. Some 30 percent of us, they say, follow no religion, but suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives—and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow. Waking Up is “by turns seeker’s memoir [he’s sat at length with Vipassana, Dzogchen and nondual teachers, and taken his share of psychedelics], an introduction to the brain, a manual of contemplative instruction, and a philosophical unraveling of what most people consider to be the center of their inner lives: the feeling of self we call ‘I.’” No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in quite this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, Sam Harris philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it. Altered states of consciousness are empirical facts, and human beings experience them under a wide range of conditions. To understand this, and to seek to live a spiritual life without deluding ourselves, we must view these experiences in universal and secular terms… Consciousness is simply the light by which the contours of mind and body are known. It is that which is aware of feelings such as joy, regret, amusement, and despair. It can seem to take their shape for a time, but it is possible to recognize that is never quite does. In fact, we can directly experience that consciousness is never improved or harmed by what it knows. Making this discovery, again and again, is the basis of spiritual life… It is within our capacity to recognize the nature of thoughts, to awaken from the dream of being merely ourselves and, in this way, to become better able to contribute to the well-being of others.
“Sam Harris reminds us that awakening does not depend on religious belief. With his usual probing clarity, he points out the rational methodology for exploring the nature of consciousness. Waking Up really does help wake us up.” —Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
Something to say; someone to listen.” The sixteen contributors to this volume recognize and demonstrate, directly or indirectly, the truth of Terry Tempest Williams’ observation. Articles address the psychological issues that arise when women attempt to express themselves, the obstacles faced, the obstacles overcome (or not), the creativity that may released. Included are both clinical articles, as well as personal and more academic papers. The contributors come from different places and different backgrounds. They include writers, poets, teachers, analysts, educators, and theorists, among them Vancouver teacher Marlene Schiwy’s “Deep Song; Envoicing the Motherline.” These women’s writing styles vary accordingly, yet their works share similar themes, from the deeply personal to the cultural and historical, from the literary to the mythological and spiritual.
SPRING 91: WOMEN’S VOICES A Journal of Archetype and Culture edited by Patricia Reis & Nancy Cater
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$32.00, paper. Spring Journal. 291 pages
This volume was inspired by When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice by American writer, naturalist, and environmental activist Terry Tempest Williams, who agreed to be interviewed in this issue. The interview, “1,000 Tongues,” with guest co-editor Patricia Reis opens this issue and sets the tone for the articles that follow. In When Women Were Birds, Terry Tempest Williams asks, “What needs to be counted on to have a voice? Courage. Anger. Love.
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A Guide to Creating A Personal Spirituality in a Secular World by Thomas Moore
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$19.00, paper. Gotham. 288 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 possi-
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bilities 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 de-
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veloped 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. Among Thomas Moore’s other books are Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul.
Meditation 10 PERCENT HAPPIER How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help that Actually Works—A True Story by Dan Harris $19.99, paper. HarperCollins. 236 pages
After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris the realized that source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hypercompetitive business, but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out. Eventually Harris stumbled upon an effective way to rein in that voice, something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation, a tool that research suggests can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain. 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives. For the past four years, I’ve been road testing meditation in the crucible of one of the most competitive environments imaginable, television news. I’m here to tell you, it’s totally doable. More than that, it can give you a real advantage—and, not for nothing, it might even make you nicer in the process…For the purposes of this book, I am going to put a magnifying lens directly on the knotty stuff.
“10% Happier is hands down the best book on meditation for the uninitiated, the skeptical, or the merely curious. Dan Harris has whipped up an insightful, engaging, and hilarious tour of the mind’s darker corners and what we can do to find a bit of peace. Part confessional, part investigative journalism, 10% Happier is 100% engrossing.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus
Western Teachers & Teachings THE CALM CENTER Reflections and Meditations for Spiritual Awakening by Steve Taylor, introduced by Eckhart Tolle $21.00, cloth. New World Library. 120 pp.
Calm Center is one of the first titles in the Eckhart Tolle Editions series—Tolle chose
Mindful Ways & Tools Hopper to Magritte, providing a lucid commentary on the inner workings of each painting—as he describes the dynamic on the canvas, he turns to the reader’s own reactions, exploring the connection between what we see and what we feel. Moving beyond the art on the page, André teaches us what it means to consider our surroundings, our daily interactions and obligations, and their effect on our inner well-being. The paintings are a visual and tangible first step to understanding mindfulness and the benefits of living in the moment.
LOOKING AT MINDFULNESS Twenty-Five Ways to Live in the Moment Through Art by Christophe André $32.95, cloth. Putnam. 288 pages, colour illustrations
Looking at Mindfulness is a uniquely beautiful book. With stunning simplicity and clarity, French psychiatrist and longtime meditator Christophe André offers twenty-five lessons in mindfulness and meditation, each accompanied by an extraordinary painting. From explaining what it means to live conscientiously to giving useful tips for everyday situations, each of his insights is an enduring source of quiet contemplation, enabling us to still our minds and become calmly aware of the resent moment. Whether exploring acceptance, freedom, happiness or love, Looking at Mindfulness shows us how to approach our lives as living works of art. So we have stopped, we have sat down and closed our eyes. Not to sleep, not to rest, but to understand. We need to understand what we feel and put some order into the chaos that is simply the world’s echo within ourselves. We must understand that there are two paths: the path of intelligence (acting, intervening, kneading reality with our will, lucidity and effort) and the path of experience (welcoming naked reality and allowing it to cover, inhabit and imbue us, in a movement of intensely attentive letting go).
Beautifully illustrated in colour throughout, André curates a collection of classic and esoteric works, from Rembrandt to
In practicing mindfulness, within ourselves and outside in the world, each of us can make immediate, meaningful and permanent changes in our wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.
From paying attention to our breath to accepting unhappiness as a part of life rather than a personal shortcoming, Looking at Mindfulness reminds us to stop rushing through the present and to embrace the things we deem ordinary as important and fulfilling. It challenges us to stop and use our senses the only five tools we really need and acknowledge the world around us and within us. Gently and thoughtfully, it reminds us to take notice, to digest, and to reflect. Beautifully written, wonderfully accessible for any novice or expert, Looking at Mindfulness delivers practical steps and a comprehensive understanding of the practice and meaning of mindfulness and meditation. An authentic and effortless voice, André brings clarity to what it means to live mindfully and how we can make a more conscious effort to do so in our daily lives. have organized the sequence of training into five general categories: Concentration Meditation—the focused mind; Mindfulness Meditation—presence of mind; Reflective Meditation—the inquiring mind; Creative Meditation— the transformative mind; and Heart-centered Meditation—the mind of loving-kindness.... If you approach this inquiry with a heartfelt sense of devotion, a sincere yearning to deepen your spiritual insight and to awaken within yourself a sense of universal compassion that empowers you to be of greater service to others, many of these methods will serve as a vehicle to transform and open your heart-mind to new dimensions of wisdom, wonder, love, and inner strength.
MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION AND MIND FITNESS by Joel & Michelle Levey $21.50, paper. Conari. 272 pages
In this definitive mental fitness manual (previously published as Luminous Mind) Joel and Michelle Levey teach the same techniques for meditation, focus, and anxiety relief they have taught to Navy Seals, the U.S. Army, and countless business leaders around the world. In what is truly an introduction to personal mastery, the Leveys have condensed their lifetime of learning into this book. Joel & Michelle Levey This gem of a book cuts through the exotic ideas around meditation to not only teach the essence of practice, but to teach it in a way that makes sense to anyone wishing to be more conscious and free. Certain mind-sets and habits, the Leveys say, are energy blockers that drain you, while other practices, principally meditation, release inner, life-enriching energy resources. Of their field-tested and tuned tools they write: Here you will find a wide variety of meditation practices inspired by many teachers and traditions. For simplicity, we
MINDFULNESS ON THE GO Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere by Jan Chozen Bays $10.95, paper. Shambhala. 228 pp, 3x4.5
Here’s a beautifully useful pocket-sized collection of mindfulness practices anyone can do anytime—from the author of Mindful Eating. Mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health and quality of life, and give you deep insight. Meditation practice is one way to do it, but not the only way. In fact, there are easy ways to fit it into your everyday life. Jan Chozen Bays provides here 25 practices that can be used on the go to cultivate mindfulness. The three-breath practice, the mindfulness of entering rooms, offering compliments, tasting your food one careful bite at a time—these deceptively simple practices can have a cumulative effect for the better. The book is an abridgment of Bays’s longer collection How to Train a Wild Elephant: this book because he found Taylor a kindred spirit in facilitating spiritual awakening and shifts in consciousness. UK-based Steve Taylor has caught the eye of international audiences because of his ability to make enlightenment if not easy, at least accessible. The simple, stirring, and poetic reflections here comfort, inspire,
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The Leveys teach half a dozen different mindfulness and meditation techniques, with nearly a dozen practices in each of them, making Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness a very comprehensive resource—and the book is just as accessible to the complete beginner as it is to the long-time meditator who may be stuck or out of practice. “If it were the only book you had to study and work with for the rest of your life, it would be all that you need.” —Joan Borysenko Also by Joel and Michelle Levey are The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation and Living in Balance.
And Other Adventures in Mindfulness.This book offers a wide variety of ways to bring mindfulness into your daily life. We call them “mindfulness exercises.” You could also think of them as mindfulness “seeds,” seeds to plant and grow mindfulness in the many nooks and corners of your life, seeds you can watch as they grow and bear fruit each day. Each exercise has several sections. First there is a description of the task and some ideas about how to remind yourself to do it throughout the day and week. Next is a section titled, “Discoveries,” which includes people’s observations, insights, or difficulties with the task, along with any relevant research findings. In the section called “Deeper Lessons” I explore the themes and larger life lessons connected with the exercise. Each exercise is like a window, giving us a glimpse of what an awakened life would be like. Lastly there are a few “Final Worlds,” which sum up the exercise or inspire you to continue letting it unfold.
and gently bring readers out of the harried, hectic day-to-day and back to the bedrock of peace, and even joy, of our true, essential, and authentic selves. He shows how this is possible when we direct our awareness out of chaos and into calm. In so doing we learn to access the present moment of any day. Taylor’s reflections look like poetry on the page, inviting open immersion and resonance. S PRING - SUMMER - FALL • 2 01 5
THE FALL Sometimes there’s a space between thoughts when a trail of association winds to an end and the mind stops for a moment scanning for a new story to spin — just a tiny gap, a millimeter wide, but your might find yourself falling
✦ between the thoughts as if between the rungs of a ladder afraid at first, waiting to crash against the ground, until you realize there is no ground. You can sense the endless empty space below but there’s no anxiety, no vertigo — you’re not falling but floating beyond the reach of gravity an astronaut of inner space. Relax and let yourself be cradled amazed by the immensity of your being beyond your brain and body stretching everywhere without reaching floating everywhere without moving being without identity.
Also by Steve Taylor: Waking from Sleep.
IN TOUCH How to Tune In to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself by John Prendergast $21.50, paper. Sounds True. 202 pages
Your body has a natural sense of truth. But in our modern world, this innate wisdom is usually obscured by our conditioned beliefs and deep-seated attitudes that lead us afield as we go about our lives and work. How can we move beyond knee-jerk reactions to our experience and learn to receive and respond to the clear knowing held within the body? With In Touch, John Prendergast helps us learn how to stop confusion and self-doubt in their tracks and navigate life’s challenges with confidence, grace, and authenticity. Through step-by-step instruction and practical exercises that anyone can master, readers will discover how to identify limiting beliefs based on where the body is holding tension; how to distinguish true inner knowing from egoic fears and desires; how to attune with a core relaxation, groundedness, inner alignment, spacious silence, and openheartedness—the five sensory markers of inner knowing; and how to begin living our lives in accordance with the truth of who and what we are. In this book I share insights, tell stories, and invite you to deeply inquire into your own direct experience. The experiments throughout the book are opportunities to feel for yourself what inner knowing and inner resonance are all about. Reading about inner knowing is good; experiencing your own inner knowing is ever better. Some of the experiments are overlapping. I invite you to try them out—multiple times. I have used these inquiries and guided meditations in my groups, classes, workshops, retreats, and individual client sessions. They are potent.
John Prendergast is a therapist, retired psychology professor, and founder-editor of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology.
CONTEMPORARY TEACHERS THE SURRENDER EXPERIMENT
Adyashanti, Mukti & Thomas Hubl
My Journey into Life’s Perfection by Michael Singer $19.95, paper. Crown. 252 pages
From the author of the underground bestseller The Untethered Soul comes this astonishing true-life story about what happens when you just let go. What we have here is the basis for an amazing experiment. At the heart of the experiment is a simple question: Am I better off making up an alternate reality in my mind and then fighting with reality to make it be my way, or am I better off letting go of what I want and serving the same forces of reality that managed to create the entire perfection of the universe around me?... For lack of a better name, I have called this “the surrender experiment,” and to the best of my ability, I have devoted the last forty years of my life to seeing where the flow of life’s events would naturally take me… This book shares that journey with you so that you can experience what happened when someone dared to let go and trust the flow of life.
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$84.00, 6 CDs. Sounds True. 7.5 hours
On The Power of We, Thomas Hübl presents a compelling vision of what fully engaged spiritual practice can be, with in-depth guidance into the fundamental competencies you’ll need to sustain awakening in the fast-placed “marketplace” of our modern world.
awareness for each relationship that shapes your life—and how to kindle your own evolution through practices such as transparent communication, attuning to subtle energy, illuminating shadow material, and much more. For awakening to flourish, it must become our first priority. It must infuse and inform our work and play, our love and conflict, and every relationship in our lives.
Highlights: ✦ Movement and stillness—the “core competencies” of spiritual practice for express-
ing ourselves completely in the world ✦ The relational field—how the real work of our awakening takes place in our dynam-
ic interactions with the people and experiences in our lives ✦ Why be on a spiritual path? The challenges, responsibilities, and joys entailed in a
committed practice ✦ Intimate partnership—practical guidance for meeting the opportunities and pitfalls
Mastering Life through Higher Power by John Maxwell Taylor $23.95, paper. North Atlantic. 304 pages
Actor John Maxwell Taylor uses his forty years’ experience in spiritual self transformation to show readers how to master life by learning to master oneself and to harness the energy of higher power to surmount the chaos of the modern world. He draws on his incredibly varied background—from European pop star, to student of Paramahansa Yogananda, Gurdjieff, Mantak Chia, to resident at the pioneering Findhorn Community, to playing Carl Jung on stage for many years—to invite readers to awaken from their collective trance and
Awakening in the Relational Field by Thomas Hubl
The relational field is more than the sum of our interactions with our friends, family, and intimate partners. As Thomas explains, we exist in relationship to every aspect of life—to our social environment, the past and the future, the wisdom of our chosen spiritual path, and our own potential. In this six-session course, you’ll develop a greater
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THE POWER OF WE
Our inner work plants the seeds of insight, yet lasting transformation emerges as we take our practice into the world of love, work, and culture—what I call the relational field.
A thriving spiritual community on over six hundred acres of pristine forest and meadows in Florida, a cutting-edge software package that transformed the medical practice management industry, a billion-dollar public company whose achievements are archived in the Smithsonian Institution, a book that became a New York Times bestseller and an Oprah favorite, and a massive raid by the FBI that would lead to unfounded accusations by the U.S. government— how could all of this spring from a man who had decided to live alone in the middle of the woods, let go of himself, and embrace a life of solitude? But this man had made a radical decision—one that would unwittingly lead him to both the pinnacle of success and the brink of disaster. Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life’s perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.
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of spiritual growth in our most important relationships ✦ Shadow work—how the unwanted aspects of our consciousness reveal themselves in
relationship, and how we can process and integrate them ✦ Meditation, contemplation, and prayer—which practices are most valuable in the
challenging context of modern life ✦ Contributing to a greater awakening—grounded and optimistic insights on the role
each of us play in global evolution. Here’s over seven hours of penetrating insights, accessible wisdom, and practical tools for expanding your spiritual practice into the relational field, with emerging teacher Thomas Hübl.
THE ONE OF US living from the heart of awakened relationship by Adyashanti & Mukti
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$77.00, 6 CDs. Sounds True. 7 hours.
To be spiritually awake is to deeply feel your connection with the whole of life. The One of Us is an exploration of this sacred connection as it expresses through two human partners. In their first full-length audio-learning program, Adyashanti and Mukti present six sessions to help each of us—whether preparing for or currently in a relationship—to realize and honor this connection, to protect it, and to begin to move, speak, and act in alignment with the love that lives all of us. What if a successful relationship was not about getting needs met but allowing each other the freedom to be who you are? What if the sole agenda of a partnership were to offer the greatest expression of love in that moment? Drawing from their own Adyashant & Mukti marriage and their years of teaching, Adyashanti and Mukti share what they consider to be the foundational attitudes and skills for a relationship “based in truth and supported by love.” Together they discuss the shift from our conditioned, “me-centered” paradigm to a radically new way of relating not only to each other but to the entirety of our experience. Highlights: ✦ How love gives us access to truths beyond egoic structures ✦ Who is “us” anyway? The paradox of autonomy and no separation ✦ Communicating from your core ✦ Sincerity, patience, and intention: three keys to freeing ourselves from conditioned thinking and behavior ✦ The void within as the doorway to awakening ✦ Realizing our power of choice ✦ The relationship between truth and well-being ✦ Redefining the purposes of relationship ✦ Getting out of the “grey zone” of unspoken truths ✦ The five foundations for awakened relationship ✦ The difference between merging and oneness ✦ The arts of listening, accepting, and nurturing ✦ Knowing when it’s time to end a relationship Plus a one-hour interview with Sounds True founder Tami Simon, discussing the longing for deep partnership, managing conflict, and more.
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to claim the transformative power that is their birthright. Taylor builds on his previous book, The Power of I Am, to offer a potent array of practical tools, stories, and life lessons that help us reconceptualize the events in our lives, the way people respond to us, and the impact we have on the world. While we work together for that better future, in our everyday lies we need to have at our disposal consciousness-based tools and strategies for addressing the sometimes colossal ignorance we face in an age of rudeness and unearned entitlement, courtesy of a raging global narcissism epidemic. For this we shall explore “Sociological Aikido,” a melding together of practical techniques to use in everyday encounters when dealing with people who may be egotistical, difficult, or projecting negative energy our way. In these pages you can learn how to be a real-world ObiWan Kenobi and defuse potentially disruptive situations solely through the power of pure thought and energy.
He demonstrates how, by understanding the powers active in creation, we can become instruments through which higher power continually flows to advance our evolution toward consciousness. In doing so, we not only transform ourselves, we become powerful agents for changing the world. Readers learn how to: ✦ Use higher power to redirect the world around one to one’s own advantage ✦ Stay sane in an insane world by understanding true spiritual psychology ✦ See the world as it is instead of spiritually daydreaming that “things are going to get better” ✦ Move beyond conspiracy theories and conspire instead to create a united world of consciousness ✦ Gain fresh insights into the work of Campbell, Jung, Yogananda, Gurdjieff, and others ✦ Apply the Findhorn principles of miraculous manifestation as practiced by the author since 1973. “Save yourself years of floundering in the spiritual maze and drink deeply from this modern day wisdom master and the classic he has gifted us with.” —Satyen Raja, founder of WarriorSage Trainings Also by Taylor is Eros Ascending: The LifeTransforming Power of Sacred Sexuality.
Transpersonal Psychology THE HEALING I TOOK BIRTH FOR Practicing the Art of Compassion by Ondrea Levine, as told to Stephen Levine $26.95, paper. Weiser. 256 pages
This warmly personal book is a gift from the veteran healing duo of Stephen and Ondrea Levine, whose work with the suffering, the healing and the dying has touched and helped so many. The Healing I Took Birth For is not only Ondrea’s love story (from birth!) but also the remarkable healing she’s found in the journey of life. The weavings
of her portrayals together with her personal drama and “the paying special attention” of her inner world are good medicine indeed. Her personal difficulties will deeply resonate with many readers.
The injured / the torn away / the attached, floats face up in the ever uninjured and uninjurable luminescence by which we see... The uninjured in myself, as it is for many mind-scramblers and dyslexics, is it seems, the natural world, the animals and plants, mountains and rivers, of my forest nature... This comfortable something in my nature holds me close to its heart. In nature it seems my nature is to be found.
Die Wise does not offer seven steps for coping with death. It does not suggest ways to make dying easier. It pours no honey to make the medicine go down. Instead, with lyrical prose, deep wisdom, and stories from his two decades of working with dying people and their families, Stephen Jenkinson places death at the center of the page and asks us to behold it in all its painful beauty. DieWise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Die Wise is for those who will fail to live forever. Dying well, Jenkinson writes, is a right and responsibility of everyone. It is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs. It is not a lifestyle option. It is a birthright and a debt. Dying well nails you to the wheel of the world. It binds you to your people, to your ancestry and to those who will come after you. Dying well loves life. How we die, and how we care for dying people, and how we carry the dead: Taken all together, this work makes our village life or breaks it.
The Healing I Took Birth For also has some great little treasures or techniques that can be quite helpful for practices that can bring one into loving awareness. Check out LevineTalks.com, where you can enjoy recent writings and the Levines’ “Couch Talks.”
MANUAL OF PSYCHOMAGIC The Practice of Shamanic Psychotherapy by Alejandro Jodorowsky $23.95, paper. Inner Traditions. 242 pp.
Traditional psychotherapy seeks to unburden the unconscious mind purely through talk and discussion. Psychomagic recognizes that it is difficult to reach the unconscious with rational thought. We should instead speak directly to the unconscious in its own language, that of dreams, poetry, and symbolic acts. By interacting on this deeper level, we can initiate quicker and more enduring change to resolve repressed childhood trauma, express buried emotions, and overcome deep-seated intimacy issues. Through the lens of psychomagic, illness can be seen as the physical dream of the unconscious, revealing unresolved issues, some passed from generation to generation. In this workbook of psychomagical spells, legendary filmmaker and creator of psychomagic Alejandro Jodorowsky provides several hundred successful psychomagic solutions for a wide range of psychological, sexual, emotional, and physical problems from stuttering, eczema, and fear of failure to repressed rage, hereditary illnesses, and domineering parents. This book of ‘recipes’ is the product of endless experimenting.
Each solution takes the same elements associated with a negative emotional charge and recasts them into a series of theatrical symbolic actions that enable one
$23.95, paper. North Atlantic. 396 pages
The book is poetically written (a co-creation with Stephen), expressing how she coped with her harsh upbringing and the many challenges of her brain disorder and serious illnesses. Ondrea is a role model for healing us all with the many twists and turns of her ever-present struggles. She has rebirthed herself into a loving, forgiving, content and insightful being. As Ondrea so beautifully puts it, “The gift in the wound sends mercy to others.”
Dying, Near-Death & Grieving A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul by Stephen Jenkinson
We are saying that most ordinary pain, physical and even mental, can be soothed a bit by moving toward the wound with a merciful awareness instead of tightening the gut and heading for the first emergency exit.
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✦ The Ordeal of a Managed Death ✦ Stealing Meaning from Dying ✦ The Tyrant Hope ✦ The Quality of Life ✦ Yes, But Not Like This
(euthanasia and suicide)
✦ The Work ✦ So Who Are the Dying to You? ✦ Dying Facing Home ✦ What Dying Asks of Us All ✦ Kids ✦ Ah, My Friend the Enemy
Dying wise whispers to those terrified and depressed by a terminal diagnosis—those with and without a religion—that there is such a thing as dying wisely and well, that it can be done.
In the end, Jenkinson’s message is not one of despair—he believes learning to love death is in fact one of the most direct ways to love life. “A true story-man, Jenkinson paints image after image on the cave wall of his parchment. Die Wise is a formidable body of work, road-tested in ways most of us hope never to know about.” —Martin Shaw, author of Snowy Tower: Parzival and the Wet, Black Branch of Language Stephen Jenkinson is founder of the Orphan Wisdom School in Canada and subject of the documentary film Griefwalker.
LESSONS FROM THE DYING by Rodney Smith $19.95, paper. Wisdom Pub. 201 pages Mindfulness teacher Rodney Smith spent eight years in a monastic community in the West and as a monk in Asia prior to dedicating himself to hospice work for 17 years. He is guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Center. Do the dying see the world in a way that could help the rest of us learn how to live? This book takes us into the lessons of the dying: through the words and circumstances of the terminally ill, we become immersed in their wisdom and in their mortality. The dying speak to us in direct and personal ways, pointing us toward a wise and sane way to live.
These instructive stories from the terminally ill are woven with meditative exercises “for the deepening of the mind as well as the broadening of the heart,” as Stephen Levine says, and presented in everyday language we can all understand. Smith extends the conversation about death to people of all ages and states of health. Twining ancient truths from our religious traditions around real stories of hospice patients, the book develops a clear course for investigating the purpose and direction of our lives. Each chapter discusses one of the many lessons that the dying communicate. At the end of each discussion, a set of reflections and exercises aim to transform the key ideas into insight and understanding. It is insight that will change your action and be of benefit to your life. Reading a chapter without putting it into practice may open you to the topic of death, but it will not effect long-term change; practicing these ideas changes the way you perceive the world and opens you beyond your fears. It is not easy to practice and reflect upon these themes. Be gentle with yourself as you approach each exercise.... Let your heart be your guide.
“Lessons from the Dying could also be called “lessons for the living” because of the courageous honesty revealed in so many of the stories told here. These accounts reflect back to us our own attitudes toward death and love, and they prompt us to examine the way we are living our lives right now… Our lives grow shorter, all accumulation ends in dispersion, all meetings in separation. Given these truths, at the time of death what would we most want to have accomplished in our lives? The time to ask this question is now, so that we can bring the wisdom of our values to bear on how we choose to live.” —Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness.
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✦ to pay the psychological debts hindering their lives. Explaining the shamanic techniques at the foundation of psychomagic, the author offers methods for aspiring practitioners to develop solutions for their own unique patients. Jodorowsky explains how the surreal acts of psychomagic are intended to break apart the dysfunctional persona with whom the patient identifies in order to connect with a deeper, more authentic self. As he says in the book, “Health only finds itself in the authentic. There is no beauty without authenticity.” Among Jodorowsky’s other books are Psychomagic and Metagenealogy.
WHERE THE BIRD SINGS BEST by Alejandro Jodorowsky $32.99, paper. Simon & Schuster. 386 pp. The magnum opus from Alejandro Holy The Jodorowsky—director of Mountain, star of Jodorowsky’s Dune, spiritual guru behind Psychomagic and The Way of Tarot, innovator behind classic comics The Incal and Metabarons, and legend of Latin American literature. There has never been an artist like the polymathic Chilean director, author, and mystic Alejandro Jodorowsky. For eight decades, he has blazed new trails across a dazzling variety of creative fields. While his psychedelic, visionary films have been celebrated by the likes of John Lennon, Marina Abramovic, and Kanye West, his novels—praised throughout Latin America in the same breath as those of Gabriel Garcia Marquez—have remained largely unknown in the English-speaking world. Until now. Where the Bird Sings Best tells the fantastic story of his family’s emigration from Ukraine to Chile amidst the political and cultural upheavals of the 19th and 20th centuries. Like One Hundred Years of Solitude, Jodorowsky’s book transforms family history into heroic legend: incestuous beekeepers hide their crime with a living cloak of bees, a czar fakes his own death to live as a hermit amongst the animals, a devout grandfather confides only in the ghost of a wise rabbi, a transgender ballerina with a voracious sexual appetite holds a would-be saint in thrall. Kaleidoscopic, exhilarating, and erotic, Where the Bird Sings Best expands the classic immigration story to mythic proportions. Making known the first word, the one that is the origin of all languages: ‘Thanks.’ So that toward him converge the phosphorescent screams of the enchanted frogs awaiting the kiss the will transform them into Buddha. So that he will be the illuminated fruit that will transform our obscure tree into a cathedral lighthouse.
“Jodorowsky is today’s true Renaissance man—a master of many mediums that all point directly towards a towering and imaginative vision replete with profound insights into the real by way of the surreal. The stories told in Where the Bird Sings Best contain deep moral lessons, giving his mythic immigration story the feel of a modern day Sefer Ha-Aggadah, the classic collection of Jewish folktales. This long awaited and brilliantly evocative translation is a
ENTHEOGENS & SHAMANISM must-read—frightening, hilarious, outrageous, touching, and (as is always with Jodorowsky’s work) filled with a deep core of mystic truth.” —John Zorn
Entheogens / Psychedelics MAGIC MUSHROOM EXPLORER Psilocybin and the Awakening Earth by Simon Powell $22.95, paper. Inner Traditions. 264 pp.
Psilocybin, the active ingredient found in psychedelic mushrooms, is an invaluable natural resource for spiritually revivifying the human psyche and reconnecting us to the biosphere and the vast intelliof gence Nature. Interweaving the most recent scientific studies in the United States and Britain, more than 25 years of sacred mushroom exploration, and behind-the-scenes details on the political wars against psychedelics, Simon Powell offers a guide to safely navigating and maximizing the healing and spiritual potential of psilocybin. Powell explores the eco-psychological effects of wild psychedelic mushrooms, including enhanced biophilia, expanded awareness, mystical visions, and ecoshamanic encounters. He reveals how the
beings and otherworldly teachers common in psilocybin experiences are actually emissaries from our higher consciousness that emerge when the floodgates of perception have been opened. He shares vivid descriptions from many of his own psilocybin journeys and shows how the mushroom offers a path of return to the ancient wisdom binding all life on Earth, a wisdom conveyed through tutorial visions and higher modes of perception. Illustrating psilocybin’s healthful properties, now acknowledged by mainstream science, Powell describes his activism in the fight to keep psilocybin mushroom use legal in the U.K. and shows that an irrational rejection of scientific evidence underlies the harsh war against psychedelic states of consciousness. Laying the groundwork for a new relationship with our biosphere, Powell shows how the Earth’s psychedelic medicines can reconnect us to the spirituality and wisdom of Nature and bring the human race back from the brink of ecological and existential disaster. “What Powell articulates clearly is that psilocybin constitutes a tool for the exploration of reality, a tool every bit as important to scientific inquiry as the telescope or the microscope. While these instruments open sensory windows on realms of cosmic vastness or microscopic dimensions, psilocybin is another kind of ‘lens,’ a lens that enables us to interface with and engage in dialog with the inherent intelligence that permeates all of nature.” —Dennis McKenna, author of Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss Also by Simon Powell is The Psilocybin Solution.
ZIG ZAG ZEN Buddhism and Psychedelics: New Revised Edition edited by Allan Badiner, with Alex Grey as art editor $34.50, paper. Synergetic Press. 340 pages, 7x9, 40 colour images
More than ever, people are in pursuit of greater fulfillment in their lives, seeking a deeper spiritual truth and strategies for liberation from suffering. Both Buddhism and psychedelics are inevitable subjects encountered on the journey to wisdom. Examined together, the reader may understand more deeply the essence of each. Edited by Tricycle contributing editor Allan Badiner and with art edited by renowned visionary artist Alex Grey, Zig Zag Zen features a foreword by Buddhist scholar Stephen Batchelor, a preface by religion historian Huston Smith, and numerous essays, interviews, and art that lie outside the scope of mainstream anthologies. It’s a labor of love. The only book of its kind that offers a conversation about Buddhist practice and the psychedelic spiritual experience, this New Edition contains expanded material with new art by additional artists, new essays, and interviews. Readers, be aware: the newly updated edition of the classic work Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics does not advocate psychedelics as a key component of spiritual practice.
This new edition of the classic work on Buddhism and psychedelics (first edition was 2002) includes a discussion and new essays on ayahuasca’s unique influence on Zen Buddhism, a recent interview with Rick Doblin, founder of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Ralph Metzner’s New Look at the “Psychedelic Tibetan Book of the Dead,” and a public dialogue on mixing dharma and psychedelics with James Fadiman and Zen monk, Kokyo Henkel. Zig Zag Zen, New Edition, is packed with enlightening entries offering eye-opening insights into alternate methods of inner exploration. Zig Zag Zen also contains an expanded display of stunning visionary artwork including new pieces from Alex Grey (who curated all the art for the book), Android Jones, Sukhi Barber, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, and Amanda Sage, as well as the original brilliant work of Robert Venosa, Mark Rothko, Robert Beer, Francesco Clemente, and others. “A treasure trove: inspiring, frightening, powerful, funny, eye-opening, and a source of great wisdom on a subject that our society finds endlessly confusing.” —Mark Epstein, author of The Trauma of Everyday Life
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VISIONARY AYAHUASCA A manual for Therapeutic and Spiritual Journeys by Jan Kounen $22.95, paper. Inner Traditions. 250 pp.
This what to expect guide for first-time ayahuasca users is paired with accounts from the author’s extensive shamanic experiences in the Amazon. It describes how to prepare for the first ceremony, what to do in the days afterward, and how to maintain a shamanic healing diet. Since 1999 Jan Kounen has regularly traveled to the Peruvian Amazon to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies. At first only a curious filmmaker, over multiple trips he transformed from explorer to apprentice to ayahuasquero and often found himself surrounded by other foreigners coming to the jungle for their first taste of ayahuasca medicine. Knowing how little guidance is available on how to prepare or what to expect, he naturally offered them advice. Part visionary ayahuasca memoir and part practical guide, this book contains the same step-by-step advice that Kounen provides first-time ayahuasca users in the jungle. He describes how to prepare for the first ceremony and what to do in the days afterward. He explores how to deal with the nausea and details the special preparatory diets an ayahuasca shaman will put you on, often lasting for months but necessary for life-transforming results and teachings from the plant spirits. He also explains how it is far easier to maintain these restrictions in the jungle than in the city. Detailing his own ayahuasca experiences over hundreds of sessions, including a trip in 2009 when he underwent 17 ceremonies in 25 days, Kounen describes how ayahuasca transformed him. He tells of his meetings with Shipibo healers, including Kestenbetsa, who opened the doors of this world for him, and Panshin Beka, the shaman to whom Kounen became an apprentice. He details the many other plants and foods that are part of the ayahuasca healer’s medicine cabinet, such as toé and tobacco, as well as their icaros, or healing songs. “This is the first book that anyone thinking about taking ayahuasca, or taking it again, must own.” —James Fadiman, author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide
Shamanism & Ritual THE GIFT OF SHAMANISM Visionary Power, Ayahuasca Dreams, and Journeys to Other Realms by Itzhak Beery $20.50, paper. Inner Traditions. 236 pp.
Each one of us has shamanic powers. Glimpses of them can arise at any age in the form of intuitive dreams, deja vu, spontaneous visions, and out-of-body experiences. Most people dismiss these experiences. However, by embracing these gifts, we can unlock our shamanic potential to change ourselves and the world around us. Revealing his transformation from skeptic to respected shamanic healer, Itzhak Beery explains how, after countless prescient dreams and visions throughout his
✦ life that he brushed off, a series of synchronistic events led to his first shamanism workshop with Michael Harner, renowned shamanism scholar and teacher. This, in turn, led to a trip to South America with John Perkins to work with indigenous shamanic healers. Beery shares his experiences with ayahuasca rituals in the Amazon, messages from power animals and plant spirits, dreams that foretold future events, and holographic sightings of past lives and spiritual entities, both evil and benign. He details his shamanic way of seeing to diagnose spiritual, emotional, and physical ailments via candle readings and remote viewing. Explaining how we are always surrounded by spirits, he recounts helping people communicate with loved ones who have passed on and shares powerful stories of soul retrieval during shamanic journeys to other worlds. Through his true stories of visions that manifested in reality, Beery reveals that we are all shamans. By igniting our natural intuition and developing trust for our inner powers, we can each connect to the oneness of nature where all knowledge is found. There are various ways shamans reach these realms—by chanting, drumming, dancing, consuming hallucinogenic brews, or eating mushrooms—but their goal is always the same: to tap in to and connect and align with the vast source of knowledge found in the natural world, where all knowledge exists. The shamans with whom I have met or worked insist that all humans have the inherent ability to tap in to this source.
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Sandra Ingerman The Everyday Empowerment of a Shamanic Life by Sandra Ingerman $21.50, paper. Sounds True. 228 pages
A shaman can serve as healer, storyteller, and keeper of wisdom—but most of all, teaches Sandra Ingerman, Shamans radiate a light that uplifts everybody. In our culture, we tend to focus on methods and forget that the greatest way we can offer healing to the world is to become a vessel of love.
With Walking in Light, this renowned teacher offers a seasoned guide for living in a shamanic way—empowered by purpose, focus, and a deep connection to the spiritual dimensions of our living nature. Readers are invited to participate in the modern evolution of this ancient form of spiritual attunement, featuring: ✦ Foundational practices—lucid instruction on the shamanic journey, ceremonies, and other techniques for accessing the hidden realms of spirit ✦ Compassionate spirits, allies, and ancestors—how to contact and build a relationship with your power animals and spiritual helpers ✦ Healing from a shamanic perspective—practices that can integrate with and enhance any healing modality ✦ Guidance for deepening your connection with the environment and the rhythms of the natural world ✦ Ways to cultivate a rich inner landscape that empowers your intentions and actions in every aspect of your life, and much more—the book is surprisingly rich in simple practices and tips for widely enriching your inner resonance, sensitivity, and access to vibrant guidance. It is important to keep your work fresh. Use different ways to prepare. Change up your practice in some way so that you do not fall into a habitual routine. This is true for all of your practices. But you can easily fall into a repetitive routine with a ceremony you practice every month. You want to continue to dive deep instead of working on the surface.
Walking in Light is a comprehensive resource filled with practical techniques, indigenous wisdom, and invaluable guidance for both new and experienced shamanic practitioners. Most importantly, Sandra Ingerman illuminates the meaning behind the practices—revealing our universe as a place where spirit is the ultimate reality, where our intentions shape our world, and where unseen allies support us on every step of our journey. Among Sandra Ingerman’s other titles are Awakening to the Spirit World (book with drumming CD) and Soul Journeys: Music for Shamanic Practice (CD). Sandra Ingerman
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Free Yourself from Unhealthy Family Patterns by Steven Farmer
Taiko Drum Journeys by Sandra Ingerman, featuring Taiko Sol
$23.95, paper. Hierophant. 230 pages
The sacred sound of Japan’s taiko drum provides a newly appreciated resource for shamanic practice. The taiko drum has echoed for centruies across the mountains and forests of Japan, sending its rousing call deep into the unseen world and providing generations of listeners with a powerful link to spirit. With Shamanic Visioning Music: Taiko Drum Journeys, respected teacher Sandra Ingerman brings you an album of taiko music specifically created for the practice of shamanic journeying. Featuring dynamic drumming arrangements of Nagado and Odaiko drums and Sandra’s invaluable guidance for using this music to enter altered states of consciousness, here is a welcome addition to the library of any taiko fan or student of shamanism. Clear liner notes give a great context and practical introduction to listening in / journeying. Tracks include: ✦ Introduction ✦ Preparation and Welcoming in the Spirits ✦ Spirit Boat: Nagado and Odaiko Drums ✦ Heartbeat: Odaiko Drum and Tibetan Bowl ✦ Rattlesnake: Nagado Drums, Odaiko, and Rattle Sandra Ingerman is a therapist and shamanic practitioner who teaches around the world. Taiko Sol is a collaborativ Taiko drumming project based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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$20.50, CD. Sounds True. 69 minutes.
lar memory of intereconnectedness with all beings ✦ How to heal hereditary traits and characteristics that have compromised physical, emotional, and mental health. Among the many themes explored in Healing Ancestral Karma are three types of ancestors, blocks to perceiving and receiving, communication with ancestors, ancestor sitting and ancestor walking, energy DNA and ancestors, creating a family altar
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THE FIVE LEVELS OF ATTACHMENT Toltec Wisdom for the Modern World by Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. $18.95, paper. Hierophant. 176 pages
WALKING IN LIGHT
HEALING ANCESTRAL KARMA
It seems we have inherited the karma of our family members. Could this explain why family members often go through the same trials and tribulations generation after generation? And if so, is there anything you can do to heal ourselves, our ancestors, and break the negative cycles? Shamanic teacher Steven Farmer claims that each of us inherited karma. If you come from a long line of saints and humanitarians, your life is probably pretty sweet. However, if you are like most folks, your forebears are probably a mixed bag of the good, the bad, and the ugly. As a result, you are living with a whole range of karmic tendencies and consequences. This is a book that shows readers how to free themselves from the negative cycles of the past, and how to tap into the ancient wisdom of their ancestors. No matter what your current spiritual philosophy or practice, you can tap into your ancestral spirit guide for guidance, teaching, and healing. Farmer explains: ✦ How to activate and awaken ancient cellu-
and a family tree, family secrets, guidelines for healing ancestral karma, intergenerational healing, and “stepping back into the ancestors.” Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands. —Linda Hogan
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This book picks up where The Four Agreements left off. Building on the principles found in his father’s bestselling book, Ruiz Jr. explores the ways in which we attach ourselves inappropriately to beliefs and the world. Ruiz Jr. explores the five levels of attachment that cause suffering in our lives: ✦ Authentic Self: “I am a living being regardless of my knowledge, which exists only because I exist.” ✦ Preference: “I use knowledge as the tool by which I engage my preferences in life.” ✦ Identity: “I identify myself with my knowledge, although I use it to see and understand the world.” ✦ Internalization: “My identity, in the form of my knowledge, gives me the rules and guidelines by which I live my life.” ✦ Fanaticism: “My knowledge controls my every action.” When we believe in something so strongly that we lose the awareness of our authentic Self within the stories and comments of our internal narrators, we are allowing our preconceptions to make our decisions for us. Therefore, it is important to be aware of where we are on the scale of attachment with any particular belief. With awareness, we can regain the power to make our own decisions.
Accessible and practical, Ruiz Jr.’s exploration invites us to look at our own lives and see how an unhealthy level of attachment can keep us trapped in a psychological and spiritual fog. He then invites us to reclaim our true freedom by cultivating awareness
THE SHAMANIC PATH TO QUANTUM CONSCIOUSNESS The Eight Circuits of Creative Power by Laurent Huguelit $19.50, paper. Bear & Company. 152 pages, b/w illustrations
Uniting shamanism and the law of attraction with advanced concepts of modern psychology, quantum physics, and the Akashic field theory of Ervin Laszlo, Laurent Huguelit offers a practical map of human consciousness and the development of the soul as well as a vision for the cybernetic future of shamanism. I am convinced that the development of a modern spirituality that is supple, fluid, effective, and pragmatic will not work without a complete respect for the body and for nature, which created it with its unfettered love, wisdom, and intelligence. It is all there in us—all that remains to be done is for us to open ourselves to ourselves.
First outlined by Timothy Leary and later expanded by Robert Anton Wilson and Antero Alli, the eight-circuit model of consciousness explains how the soul is multidimensional and functions on eight distinct interconnected planes that form the eight circuits of conscious awareness. Each circuit is connected to certain behaviors and personality traits—the second circuit, for ex-
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ample, is connected to emotional consciousness, such as intuition, feelings of courage, or, in its unbalanced state, aggression and domination, and the eighth circuit, the creative circuit of quantum consciousness, is related to limitless perception, understanding, and action that extends far beyond the limits of planet Earth. Shamanic teacher Laurent Huguelit explains how these eight levels of awareness are interconnected through feedback loops, forming a cybernetic mapping of the soul. He explores the underactive, overactive, and balanced states of each circuit, offering many psychological profiles as examples. He reveals how activating a circuit that has been neglected can help bring another into balance. Connecting this model of conscious evolution to shamanism—the oldest consciousness science known to man—the author explains how to balance and upgrade your own circuits through shamanic techniques. He reveals how to reconnect with source energy by deprogramming trauma from your childhood that can affect your circuits. With access to this unlimited energy you can activate your innate creative power to manifest your desires and shape reality., detaching, and discovering our true selves.
THE SMELL OF RAIN ON DUST Grief and Praise by Martin Prechtel $19.95, paper. North Atlantic. 170 pages, 7 line drawings
Inspiring hope, solace, and courage in living through our losses, author Martn Prechtel, trained in the Tzutujil Maya shamanic tradition, gives an engaging, surprisingly humorous series of 20 short teachings on the relationship between grief and praise in our culture—how the inability that many of us have to grieve and weep properly for the dead is deeply linked with the inability to give praise for living. In modern society, grief is something that we usually experience in private, alone and without the support of a community. Yet, as Prechtel says, Grief expressed out loud for someone we have lost, or a country or home we have lost, is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love honors what it misses.
Prechtel explains that the unexpressed grief prevalent in our society today is the reason for many of the social, cultural, and individual maladies that we are currently experiencing. When you have two centuries of people who have not properly grieved the things that they have lost, the grief shows up as ghosts that inhabit their grandchildren.
These “ghosts,” he says, can manifest as disease in the form of tumors, which the Maya refer to as “solidified tears,” or in the form of behavioral issues and depression. He goes on to show how this collective, unexpressed energy is the long-held grief of our ancestors manifesting itself, and the work that can be done to liberate this energy so we can heal from the trauma of loss, war, and suffering. Prechtel discusses many types of grief; the unavoidable griefs of living; personal grief vs. inherited grief; praise as a way of griev-
ing; addiction to loss; unmetabolized grief; and “old cultures and new ones who can make the world jump back to life with real praise and grief capacity.” At base, this “little book,” as the author calls it, can be seen as a companion of encouragement, a little extra light for those deep and noble parts in all of us. Among Martin Prechtel’s other beautiful books are Long Life, Honey in the Heart and The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic.
Native American Medicine Ways A CREE HEALER AND HIS MEDICINE BUNDLE Revelations of Indigenous Wisdom— Healing Plants, Practices, and Stories by David Earl Young $28.95, paper. North Atlantic. 329 pages, 109 colour images
With the rise of urban living and the digital age, many North American healers are recognizing that traditional medicinal knowledge must be recorded before being lost with its elders. A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle is a historic document, including nearly 200 color photos and maps, in that it is the first in which a native healer has agreed to open his medicine bundle to share in writing his repertoire of herbal medicines and where they are found. Providing information on and photos of medicinal plants and where to harvest them, anthropologist David E. Young and botanist Robert D. Rogers chronicle the life, beliefs, and healing practices of Medicine Man Russell Willier in his native Alberta, Canada. Despite being criticized for sharing his knowledge, Willier later found support in other healers as they began to realize the danger that much of their traditional practices could die out with them. With Young and Rogers, Willier offers his practices here for future generations. At once a study and a guide, A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle touches on how indigenous healing practices can be used to complement mainstream medicine, improve the treatment of chronic diseases, and lower the cost of healthcare. The authors discuss how mining, agriculture, and forestry are threatening the continued existence of valuable wild medicinal plants and the role of alternative healers in a modern health care system. Sure to be of interest to ethnobotanists, medicine hunters, naturopaths, complementary and alternative health practitioners, ethnologists, anthropologists, and academics, this book will also find an audience with those interested in indigenous cultures and traditions.
Wicca & Magick BRIGID History, Mystery and Magick of the Celtic Goddess by Courtney Weber $25.50, paper. Weiser. 256 pages
This book is a wide-ranging exposition on all things Brigid, the most popular figure in
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THE FLAME IN THE CAULDRON A Book of Old-Style Witchery by Orion Foxwood $22.95, paper. Weiser. 144 pages
Few words entice and incite like the word witchery. Thousands of self-identified witches, pagans, and magical practitioners embrace the word, but seldom go beyond the practice of the well-accepted and learned forms of “traditional” witchcraft to explore the path of old-witchery. Orion invites Foxwood readers to walk on the path of oldstyle witchery, a nature-based practice that is as old as the swamps and as wild as the woods. For the first time, Foxwood reveals some of his own deeply personal rituals and spells directly from his own grimoire of witchery; he highlights the differences (and similarities) between Wicca, “traditional” witchcraft, and old style witchery. By weaving his own path to witchery throughout the book, he gives readers examples of how to identify the way toward this path. This book is a rarely found blend of true and deep esoteric teachings along with sound practical applications. It’s not a fun skip through flowery meadows like many books on witchcraft are today. Instead, Foxwood takes the reader deep into the realms known to our ancestors, the places of Light and Shadow. This is the reality of the world and of Nature. Naturally it must be so with the ways of witchcraft as well. —Raven Grimassi, from the foreword
There is a revolution among the Pagan and Witchcraft communities, a movement away from prescribed ritual and neopagan practices and a reaching back toward what Foxwood says is in the heart of any true witch: a thundering call deep within their very blood to become a healer, a reckoner, a protector of magical arts, and a guardian of the wild woods. S PRING - SUMMER - FALL • 2 01 5
“This man has given his whole life to this path and has now offered his teachings and experience to those who come after him. Many will buy it for the wrong reason. A few will buy it and know that what they hold in their hands is pure, genuine magical teaching.” —Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki, director of studies, Servants of the Light
THE WIZARD AND THE WITCH Seven Decades of Counterculture, Magick & Paganism by John Sulak, with Oberon Zell & Morning Glory Zell $28.95, paper. Llewellyn. 456 pages, 16 pages of colour photos
This is the stranger-than-fiction story of two soul mates who rejected the status quo and embraced higher ideals… and had a whole lot of fun while they were at it. Reclaiming Pagan as a spiritual identity—and living in an open marriage for over four decades—Oberon and Morning Glory Zell truly embody the freedom to think, to love, and to live. Telling the stories of their singular lives in this unique oral history, Oberon and Morning Glory—together with a colorful tribe of friends, lovers, musicians, homesteaders, researchers, and ritualists—reveal how they established the Church of All Worlds, revitalized Goddess worship, discovered the Gaea Thesis, raised real Unicorns, connected a worldwide community through Green Egg magazine, searched for mermaids in the South Pacific, and founded the influential Grey School of Wizardry. Join Morning Glory and Oberon as they share the highs and lows of their extraordinary lives, and explore the role they played in shaping the community of Witches and Pagans that thrives in the world today. It’s a story bursting with sex, drugs, Pagan spirituality, and magick, straight from the mouths of some of the most outrageous people of the times. It’s loaded with stories of their encounters with underground celebrities such as Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Heinlein, Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, Ray Buckland, Gwydion Pendderwen, Isaac Bonewits, Merline Stone, and Patricia Monaghan.
THE MAGICKAL UNION OF EAST AND WEST The Spiritual Path to New Aeon Tantra by Gregory Peters $22.95, paper. Llewellyn. 240 pages, b/w illustrations
Can Eastern and Western magickal systems be merged? The magickal order, the Ordo Sunyata Vajra, successfully did so by eliminating the cultural trappings and unnecessary mystery surrounding Hindu and Buddhist Tantric magick and filtering it through the Western Thelemic tradition. This book reveals their secrets, providing exercises for integrating mind and body with the universal energy of the cosmos. It culminates
✦ with instructions for their ultimate magickal ritual, the Diamond Sapphire Gem of Radiant Light. Unlike traditional methods where years of study and practice are required before learning such advanced material, these practices are immediately accessible to students of all levels. Also used is a more universal Thelema that transcends the Crowley-centric view, resulting in a New Aeon of magickal possibility and potential for all spiritual seekers.
Christian & Jewish Spirituality THE HEALING WISDOM OF MARY MAGDALENE Esoteric Secrets of the Gourth Gospel by Jack Angelo $19.50, paper. Bear & Company. 242 pp.
The discovery and translation of the Gnostic Gospels have revealed Mary Magdalene to be a gifted visionary teacher and the best qualified disciple to lead the Jesus movement following his death. Yet, according to most scholars, only a few fragments of her actual teachings have survived. Sharing more than 20 years of research, inspired by a profound experience at the cave in southern France where Mary Magdalene is reputed to have spent her final years, Jack Angelo reveals that the Fourth Gospel of the New Testament, traditionally attributed to John, is actually a direct transcription of Mary Magdalene’s oral teachings. He explains how the Fourth Gospel was recast by more conservative members of the Jesus movement, such as Peter and Andrew, to hide Mary’s authorship and suppress her role as head disciple. Delving deeply into the many layers of meaning within the Gospel of Signs—the first 11 chapters of the Fourth Gospel which describe seven of Jesus miracles—he shows how Mary’s teachings outline seven key steps for personal transformation and profound healing. For example, the sixth sign describes the shamanic healing of a blind man when Jesus spits on clay and smears the paste over the man’s eyes. Angelo explains how the deeper meaning of this sign is about perceiving with the eyes of the heart. Beyond the beauty and simplicity of Mary’s wisdom for personal transformation and healing, Angelo also shows how Mary’s heart-centered teachings embody the resurgence of feminine energy that is vitally needed to restore balance to the psyche and health of humanity as well as to Earth. “Here at last, flowing from Jesus’s seven miracles, are Magdalene’s wisdom teachings to guide the pilgrim soul on the Way of the Heart.” —Margaret Starbird, author of Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile
CENTERING PRAYER MEDITATIONS Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God by David Frenette
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$27.50, 3 CDs. Sounds True. 3.5 hours
David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer re-energized the Centering
CHRISTIANS, JEWS & SUFIS Two Lighthouses: Desmond Tutu & Reb Zalman THE BOOK OF FORGIVING The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu & Mpho Tutu $19.99, paper. HarperCollins. 240 pages
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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.
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 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: ✦ Admitting the wrong and acknowledging the harm ✦ Telling one’s story and witnessing the anguish ✦ Asking for forgiveness and granting forgiveness ✦ 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 is both a touchstone and a tool in healing our world.
THE DECEMBER PROJECT An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life’s Greatest Mystery by Sara Davidson
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$18.50, paper. HarperCollins. 198 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 with pain and memory loss, and found tools to cultivate simplicity, fearlessness, and joy—at any age. Davidson includes 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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✦ Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings. This companion audio program—created to be equally rewarding as a standalone guide—gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners, and then guides us experientially through core prayers and meditations including: ✦ Giving God Consent to Act in You ✦ Opening and Recognizing ✦ Simplicity and Awakening ✦ Gentleness and Effortlessness ✦ Letting Go and Letting Be ✦ Resting and Being ✦ Embracing and Being Embraced ✦ Integrating and Emerging
For Christians and meditators of all traditions drawn to silent communion with the Divine, Centering Prayer Meditations will enrich the experience of anyone interested in this revered contemplative path.
UNIVERSAL ASPECTS OF KABBALAH AND JUDAISM by Leo Schaya $21.95, paper. World Wisdom. 197 pages
Leo Schaya (1916-1986) was a brilliant author and editor whose only book to appear in English was the much-acThe claimed Universal Meaning of the Kabbalah, which is often cited in books on Jewish mysticism. This new book, Universal Aspects of the Kabbalah and Judaism, is a collection of writings by Schaya, including some previously unpublished material, that highlight the particular way in which Judaism expresses universal truths and concepts. Schaya explains in great depth and beauty how the God of Israel manifests His goodness, power, and mercy in multiple levels of creative emanations, which are the main focus of the Kabbalah. Even more, however, Schaya looks through Judaism’s particular forms and demonstrates that at its core Judaism reveals the same mysterious universal source from which all of the great religious traditions of the world draw their spiritual sustenance and energy.
Sufism, Islam & Rumi MASTERS OF WISDOM OF CENTRAL ASIA Sufi Teachings of the Naqshbandi Lineage by Hasan Lutfi Shushud $20.50, paper. Inner Traditions. 192 pp.
Almost one thousand years ago a new and powerful nexus of spiritual transmission emerged in Central Asia and lasted for five centuries, reaching its culmination in the
✦ work of the Khwajagan or Masters of Wisdom. Like the much earlier Rishi Pantha of India, these masters of the Naqshbandi lineage of Turkish Sufism were not renunciates but advocated maintaining an active connection with the world, including raising a family or running a business. They exerted a remarkable influence on the destiny of Central Asia, yet their chief significance lies in their almost unparalleled depth of spiritual perfection. Based on primary Persian and Turkish sources, the same texts used by the Sufi authority Idries Shah in his many books, Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia explores the entire lineage of teachers in the Naqshbandi order of Turkish Sufism. Author Hasan Shushud provides brief biographies of each teacher, such as Yusuf Hamdani, the first recognized Khwajagan; Ahmad al-Yasavi, the father of Turkish Sufism; and Baha al-Din Naqshband, from whom the Naqshbandi order of Sufis took its name. He examines their spiritual journeys, their writings and teachings, and their most famous sayings, incorporating occasional parables to illustrate their wisdom. Shushud reveals how this spiritual path focuses on expanding awareness of the heart and how heart awareness is a prerequisite for divine contemplation and God-consciousness, for the heart is the manuscript within the body on which the infinite mysteries of the Godhead are recorded. An essential guide for understanding Itlak Yolu, the Sufi path of Absolute Liberation, and fana, Annihilation in God, this book is an indispensable work for anyone interested in Sufism or the spiritual history of Central Asia. Hasan Lutfi Shushud (1902-1988) was perhaps best known for his role as final guide to Gurdjieff’s disciple J. G. Bennett.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF ECSTASY Rumi and the Sufi Tradition bedited by Leonard Lewisohn $28.95, paper. World Wisdom. 318 pages
Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-73), founder of the Mevlevi Sufi order of “Whirling Dervishes,” is the bestselling poet in America today. The wide-ranging appeal of his work is such that UNESCO declared 2007 to be “International Rumi Year.” However, his writings represent much more than love poetry. Rumi was one of the preeminent thinkers of Sufism, the esoteric form of Islam. In this groundbreaking collection of 13 essays on Rumi, many of the world’s leading authorities in the fields of Islamic Studies and Persian Literature discuss the major religious themes in his poetry and teachings. In addition to discussing the ideas of love, ecstasy, and music in Rumi’s Sufi poetry, the essays offer new historical and theological perspectives on his work. The immortality of the soul, freewill, the nature of punishment and reward, and the relationship of Islam to Christianity are all covered, in order to bring Rumi’s poetry properly into the context of the Sufi tradition to which he belonged.
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Tarot & New Oracles HOLISTIC TAROT An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth by Benebell Wen $35.00, paper. North Atlantic. 872 pages, 259 b/w illustrations
Designed for beginning as well as experienced tarot readers, Holistic Tarot offers a fresh and easy-to-follow approach to the use of the tarot deck for tapping into subconscious knowledge and creativity. The tarot deck has been used as a divination tool for more than two centuries; while the tarot is still most commonly thought of as “fortune telling,” the true power of the tarot lies in its ability to channel a clear path for our deep intuition to shine through. Consulting the tarot can help clear creativity blockages, clarify ambitions, work through complex decisions, and make sense of emotions and relationships. Whether used for simple decision-making or an understanding of your life’s purpose, learning tarot can be an indispensible tool for being more mindful of the factors that can assist or weaken your efforts toward success. In Holistic Tarot, author Benebell Wen provides a complete guide to using the tarot to foster personal development. Wen gives a comprehensive overview of the history of the tarot and a wide array of theories on its use (including its relationship to Jungian archetypal psychology and traditional Chinese divination practices) before digging deeply into one of the oldest and best-known tarot systems, the Rider-WaiteSmith. Beginners will find a complete guide to working with the tarot, including choosing and caring for a deck, how best to learn and remember the attributes of the major and minor arcana, the interpretation of cards and spreads, the role of meditation in a tarot practice, and how to use the tarot for improving relationships, professional development, and personal resilience. More advanced practitioners will appreciate nuanced theoretical discussions of the tarot as well as practical advice about reading others’ tarot cards and setting up a practice. Containing hundreds of illustrations and detailed information on each card as well as numerous spreads, Holistic Tarot is a complete compendium of tarot study that every practitioner should have in his or her library. “Brings together so much tarot knowledge and wisdom, all in one place. It’s full of practical techniques, yet still honors the spirit of tarot. Every case study is a gem of interpretation. A huge accomplishment… likely to become the essential guidebook for serious students of the tarot.” —Joan Bunning, author of Learning the Tarot
THE COMPLETE ARTHURIAN TAROT Includes Classic Deck with Revised and Updated Coursebook by Caitlin & John Matthews $30.95, cards. Connections. 78 colour cards, 240-page illustrated guidebook, boxed
This 25th anniversary collector’s edition features the classic Arthurian Tarot deck together with a completely revised and updated workbook. Journey into Arthur’s kingdom through the twenty-two Greater Powers of the Arthurian realm, along with the fifty-six Lesser Powers depicting the landscapes of Logres, the ancient Arthurian kingdom that lies outside of time. Through an explanation of the Hallows and four related Quests, the companion book serves as a complete meditation course leading you around the year, with the characters of the Arthurian world as your guides and teachers, along with detailed card meanings, divination methods and a wide selection of consultation spreads. By following the season quest for the Hallows—the ancient treasures of the Goddess of the Land—you discover the spiritual empowerments of your soul’s purpose. Meditate on the suits of Sword, Spear, Grail and Stone to assimilate the teachings of the cards and establish your own access to the realms within the timeless kingdom of King Arthur and his court. Caitlin and John Matthews have authored many fine books as well as divinatory systems, such as The Wildwood Tarot.
THE SHAMAN’S ORACLE Oracle Cards for Ancient Wisdom and Guidance by John Matthews, illustrated by Wil Kingan $16.95, cards. Watkins. 52 colour cards + guidebook, boxed
This innovative oracle connects us directly to the wisdom of our prehistoric ancestors. Modern-day shaman John Matthews and shamanic artist Wil Kinghan have created a special deck of 52 cards inspired by cave art, and their unique system can help us find answers to life’s most vital questions. The cards represent five archetypes—Spirits, Ancestors, Hunters, Dancers, and Shamans—each linked to a different aspect of human experience. The evocative images touch on ancestral memories and subconscious forces that influence us at the deepest level of being. All the art on the cards is based on actual cave art, photographically enhanced (but not altered) to make the clearest possible images. Images have been drawn from around the world to give the deck universal relevance. This is an alternative to the Tarot that’s more direct and more primordial in its symbolic resonance. John Matthews is a renowned Celtic scholar and shaman who has written many books, and Wil Kingan is an equally renowned shamanic artist and teacher.
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✦ Scholar Christopher Shackle has said of this book, “Rumi must be one of the few figures in world history of whom it can truly be said that the more we know about them the greater they are seen to be. Good books about this greatest of Sufi masters are accordingly always to be warmly welcomed, and this collection of papers by leading Rumi scholars, which has been ably edited by Leonard Lewisohn, is one of the very best. Building on the finest modern scholarship, the eleven contributors develop a variety of fascinating approaches to Rumi as a historical figure, as a spiritual teacher, and as a vastly prolific and supremely creative poet.” Contributors to the volume, in addition to the editor, Dr. Lewisohn, are: Husayn Ilahi-Ghomshei, Roderick Grierson, Kabir Helminski, Franklin Lewis, Shahram Pazouki, Iraj Anvar, Peter Chelkowski, Alan Williams, James W. Morris, Carl W. Ernst, and Simon Weightman. There’s also a helpful and extensive “Introduction” by editor Leonard Lewisohn.
Astrology, Tarot & Divination ASTROLOGY DECODED A Step-by-Step Guide to Learning Astrology by Sue Merlyn Farebrother $21.95, paper. Rider. 308 pages, charts
Have you ever wondered what astrology is about, or whether there is more to astrology than the popular sun-sign columns in the media? Are you fascinated by the idea of being able to interpret your own or other people’s personal horoscopes? If so, this is the book for you. Accessible, entertaining and informative, Astrology Decoded explains, step by step, how astrology works, when to use it and ways to take it further. In this fascinating guide brimming with illustrations and examples, expert astrologer Sue Merlyn Farebrother offers a practical and comprehensive course that will take you through the colourful ingredients that make up a birth chart, from the 12 zodiac signs, the four elements, the planets, the houses and aspects to subtle astrological combinations and the ways in which these express themselves through a person’s character. Whether you are a beginner or have some knowledge of this fascinating subject, Astrology Decoded will deepen your understanding, and show you how to use astrology to enhance your life and the lives of others. If you use the internet to source a copy of your birth chart, you will be offered a choice of many different websites. Some of these will also offer you an interpretation—for free or at a cost—of your chart. You may wish to take up this offer, and perhaps compare their findings with what you learn in the course of following the steps of astrological interpretation explained in this book. This is not required, however: it is your choice. My suggestion is that you acquire a copy of your birth chart only—and preferably print it out. This is so that you will be able to follow all the stages by looking at your own chart as well as at the case study chart. The easiest way to do this is to visit my website: www.suemerlyn.com and follow the links. You will be able to input your birth details, and the chart will
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Sue Merlyn Farebrother teaches at the London School of Astrology, and has been a consultant astrologer in private practice for over 20 years.
Metaphysics & Philosophy ESOTERIC EGYPT The Sacred Science of the Land of Khem by J.S. Gordon $29.95, paper. Bear & Company. 448 pages, 8x10, 134 b/w illustrations
In Esoteric Egypt, J. S. Gordon reveals how the sacred science and wisdom tradition of ancient Egypt— the Land of Khem—stems from an advanced prehistoric worldwide civilization. Examining the metaphysical structure of our universe as seen by the ancient Egyptians, and Greeks, Celts, he shows that each tradition is merely a variation on the central concepts of the precession of the equinoxes and the obliquity of the ecliptic pole. He explores the connections between the cyclical movements of Orion and Sirius and the story of Osiris and Isis, the importance of the Pleiades and the circumpolar stars, and the ancient tradition of man as a divine being born from the substance of the stars. He investigates the people who colonized greater Egypt 100,000 years ago, the progenitors of ancient Egyptian civilization descended from the 4th- and 5th-Root Race Atlanteans. Gordon explores the magical and esoteric meanings behind Egyptian sacred ritual and temple art, drawing parallels to the Mystery School process of initiation. Explaining the fundamental unity of the Egyptian pantheon and the structure of the after-death state, he shows that the Egyptians clearly believed in reincarnation and a spiritual evolutionary process. Revealing the ancient sacred science of the Land of Khem, teachings passed down from the earliest times, he examines the psychospiritual nature of the human being and the function of our spiritual identity and our souls. Also by J.S. Gordon: The Path of Initiation.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE? A Psychic’s Explortion of Death, Heaven, and the Soul’s Journey After Death by Echo Bodine $18.50, paper. New World Library. 138 pp
Bestsellers like Proof of Heaven and 90 Minutes in Heaven show a hunger for insight. Who doesn’t want to know what happens when we die? But can we know? Are there those who’ve been there and back? Echo Bodine is beloved for her down-toearth wisdom on the decidedly out of this world. Here she shares her lifetime of learning and personal experience about all the above questions. This book covers a wide range of information about death, beginning with a simple chapter about what the soul is and then a chapter about the stages that the physical body goes through in the dying
process. Most of the book explains death and dying from the soul’s perspective, and I include lots of stories about people I know who have died and my own experiences communicating with the dead.
your true identity and soul’s destiny. Explore the essential consciousness concepts of the Records, excavate the obstructing beliefs on your path, and learn how to realign to your soul’s highest purposes. Meditations, or Akashic Reflections, guide you every step of the way.
She offers practical tools for being with the dying (including what not to do), grieving (through the poignant experience of her own mother passing as she was writing this book), and cultivating clear and inspiring communication with the deceased. Learning what happens when we die turns out to be inspiring, reassuring, and profoundly life-changing. Our astrological charts include what are called exit points. These are important times when our soul can choose to be done with this lifetime. I would guess that many of you reading this have experienced the signs of being at an exit point:
Also by Linda Howe are How to Read the Akashic Records and Healing through the Akashic Records (both in books and on CDs).
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You feel like you’re dying. You have death dreams. You feel an inner nudge to get your affairs in order. You sleep more than usual. You feel a desire to get rid of material belongings. During exit points, the soul is taking an inventory of what it has accomplished so far and is trying to decide, with the help of the Elders on the other side, if it should continue on until the next exit point or if it wants to be done now. This is kind of like graduating from high school and choosing whether or not to go on to college. Do we want to be done with our learning or go on for more and continue our life?
Reflections on Magicians, Philosophers, and Occultists by Gary Lachman $24.50, paper. Quest. 216 pages
DISCOVER YOUR SOUL’S PATH THROUGH THE AKASHIC RECORDS Taking Your Life from Ordinary to ExtraOrdinary by Linda Howe $14.99, paper. Hay House. 202 pages
Do you have an inner knowing that there is more to life? Would you like to identify your soul’s true path? Are you compelled by a desire to contribute more meaningfully in the world? In this remarkable book, Linda Howe reveals how to effectively make the shift from ordinary to ExtraOrdinary living-suffused with purpose, aliveness, and light—through the Akashic Records. The Akashic Records can be understood as the “Cosmic Chronicles of You”: an energetic archive, or dimension of consciousness, that tells the story of your soul’s journey through space and time as a human being. By learning to access this dimension, you will gain insight into your earthly experience and discover how to transform your life into one that radiates light and magnetizes good. In these pages, enter the inspirational, fascinating realm of the Akasha with Linda as she shares her very accessible and student-tested processes designed to facilitate your awakening to BRANCHES OF LIGHT
To begin, I suggest reading this book in its entirety before diving into the Akashic Reflections practices. Reading through will give you a sense of the entire process and what is available to you as you make this journey… We all contain the five-pointed Star organizing our interior reality, and once we make this journey together, it will become a part of you forever and will continue to support your ongoing growth and empowerment. Join me now as we venture into the richest part of our being—our interior realms. Let’s begin the process of learning how to work in the Akashic Records. Onward!
Explorers of occult mysteries and the edges of consciousness change the way we view not only the nature of reality, but also our deepest sense of self. Insightful author Gary Lachman presents punchy, enlightening, and intriguing biographies of some of the most influential esoteric luminaries in recent history. Among his 16 subjects are Swedish mystical scientist Emanuel Swedenborg; H. P. Blavatsky, Russian cofounder of the Theosophical Society; Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who inspired the Waldorf School of education; Swiss visionary C. G. Jung, founder of depth psychology; notorious English ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley; Russian esotericist P. D. Ouspensky, explicator of Gurdjieff’s early works; and British psychic artist Dion Fortune, who was influential in the modern revival of magical arts. Also featured are Manly Palmer Hall, Julius Evola, Jean Gebser, Owen Barfield, James Webb, Eliphas Levi, August Strindberg, and Colin Wilson. Lachman (a founding member of the rock group Blondie) makes ideas thrilling. Traipsing through his rogue’s gallery of magicians, visionaries, and spiritual revolutionaries is like discovering a forgotten branch of the family. “Gary Lachman spoils his readers—no other writer of esoteric subjects displays such fluidity, vibrancy, and gentle but assertive purpose. His book is a feast of insight and highlights why Gary has become the voice for our generation that Colin Wilson was before him.” —Mitch Horowitz, author of One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life Among Gary Lachman’s other fascinating books are Caretakers of the Cosmos, Jung the Mystic, and A Secret History of Consciousness
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Business, Work & Money CHANGE THE STORY, CHANGE THE FUTURE A Living Economy for a Living Earth by David Korten $24.95, paper. Berrett-Koehler. 169 pages
We humans live by stories, says David Korten, and the stories that now govern our society set us on a path to certain self-destruction. In this profound new book, Korten shares the results of his search for a story that reflects the fullness of human knowledge and understanding and provides a guide to action adequate to the needs of our time. Korten calls our current story Sacred Money and Markets. Money, it tells us, is the measure of all worth and the source of all happiness. Earth is simply a source of raw materials. Inequality and environmental destruction are unfortunate but unavoidable. Although many recognize that this story promotes bad ethics, bad science, and bad economics, it will remain our guiding story until replaced by one that aligns with our deepest understanding of the universe and our relationship to it. To guide our path to a viable human future, Korten offers a Sacred Life and Living Earth story grounded in a cosmology that affirms we are living beings born of a living Earth itself born of a living universe. Our health and well-being depend on an economy that works in partnership with the processes by which Earth’s community of life maintains the conditions of its own existence—and ours. Offering a hopeful vision, Korten lays out the transformative impact adopting this story will have on every aspect of human life and society. In a brief five-thousand-year fit of adolescent rebellion, we turned away from our Earth Mother to strike out on our own. As adolescents are sometimes wont to do, we put at grave risk our family and ourselves. We now face a defining test of our readiness to embrace the lessons of these troubled years. Do we have the intelligence and good sense to return to our family, honor our Sacred Mother, and accept our adult responsibilities as Earth’s most gifted and powerful species?... We are far from a full understanding of our complex, vast, and wondrous universe. Yet our current understanding is sufficient to recognize that Earth is a living being and the only source of nurture we humans as a species are ever likely to have. We must accept and embrace the implications of this reality—and do so in a historical instant.
Among David Korten’s other books are The Great Turning and Agenda for a New Economy.
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continues, in his 95th year, to be the great scientific visionary of our age. This book introduces two new Lovelockian ideas. The first is that three hundred years ago, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he was unknowingly beginning what Lovelock calls “accelerated evolution”, a process which is bringing about change on our planet roughly a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. The second is that as part of this process, humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating Earth system whose discovery Lovelock first announced nearly 50 years ago. In addition, Lovelock gives his reflections on how scientific advances are made, and his own remarkable life as a lone scientist. The contribution of human beings to our planet is, Lovelock contends, similar to that of the early photosynthesisers around 3.4 billion years ago, which made the Earth’s atmosphere what it was until very recently. By our domination and our invention, we are now changing the atmosphere again. There is little that can be done about this, but instead of feeling guilty about it we should recognize what is happening, prepare for change, and ensure that we survive as a species so we can contribute to—perhaps even guide—the next evolution of Gaia. The road will be rough, but if we are smart enough life will continue on Earth in some form far into the future. James Lovelock is the originator of the Gaia Hypothesis (now Gaia Theory). Among his books are The Revenge of Gaia (2006), and The Vanishing Face of Gaia (2009).
Thriving: Arianna Huffington THRIVE The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington $17.99, paper. Harmony. 342 pages
In Thrive, Arianna Huffington makes a strong and beautiful case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world. As more of us are coming to realize, our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success—money and power—has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and, ironically, our careers. In being connected to the world 24/7, we’re losing our connection to what really matters. Our current definition of success is, as Thrive shows, literally killing us. We need a new way forward, and this book, “at once intimate and formidable, is a clarion call, a meditation, and a practical response to the question of how to live.”—Susan Cain, author of Quiet Arianna likens our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. They may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we’re going to topple over. We need a third leg—a third metric for defining success—to truly thrive. That third metric, she writes in Thrive, includes our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. As Arianna points out, our eulogies don’t commemorate our long hours in the office. They are not about our resumés—they are about cherished memories, shared adventures, small kindnesses and acts of generosity, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh. Fully giving our attention to anything—or anyone—is precisely what is becoming more and more rare in our hyperconnected world… There are almost no worldly signals reminding us to stay connected to the essence of who we are, to take care of ourselves along the way, to reach out to others, to pause to wonder, and to connect to that place from which everything is possible.
In remarkably vulnerable and moving prose, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters—of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her “aha moment.” Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives. “Filled with cutting edge scientific research, captivating stories, and straightforward everyday practices, this book is a call-to-action that informs, invigorates, and inspires all at once.” —Daniel Siegel, author of Mindsight and Brainstorm.
LEAP FIRST Creating Work that Matters by Seth Godin $23.95, 2 CDs. Sounds True. 2 hours.
New on CD
You’re probably good at your job, maybe even great. But secretly, do you yearn to fly higher? To challenge the rules and surprise us with something remarkable? To instigate delight, connection, and real change? To better choose over safer? Business and cultural visionary Seth Godin has transformed the terrain of marketing and commerce more than once. But many of his readers remain stuck in their own work lives. So what’s keeping us back? The problem isn’t a lack of knowledge or skill. The problem is fear.
With Leap First, Seth Godin is here to help. This immersive audio program invites us to learn with him personally, unrehearsed and in the moment, as he shines a light for us, not with answers but with questions on the road to: ✦ Overcoming our instinctual resistance to risk and change ✦ Discovering our creative genius in the face of the empty page or whiteboard ✦ Finding the courage to share that work— with vulnerability, generosity, and results. Recorded in an intimate gathering of aspiring entrepreneurs, writers, and leaders,
AFTERBURN Society Beyond Fossil Fuels by Richard Heinberg $18.95, paper. New Society. 204 pages
Leap First teaches us 49 essential principles, practices, and life lessons that have helped Seth the most in his own work and life. More than an audiobook or keynote speech, each track here presents a carefully chosen catalyst intended to trigger our own passion and insight with each listening. It always feels too soon to leap. But you have to. Because that’s the moment between you and remarkable. I hope this helps you return to that edge. And then, to leap.
Ecology, Community & Politics A ROUGH RIDE TO THE FUTURE by James Lovelock $19.99, paper. Penguin. 208 pages
In A Rough Ride to the Future, James Lovelock presents a radical vision of humanity’s future as the thinking brain of our Earth-system. James Lovelock, who has been hailed as “the man who conceived the first wholly new way of looking at life on earth since Charles Darwin” (Independent) and “the most profound scientific thinker of our time” (Literary Review)
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Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; but just how big a transformation will this be? While many policymakers assume that renewable energy sources will provide an easy “plug-and-play” solution, author Richard Heinberg suggests instead that we are in for a wild ride; a “civilization reboot” on a scale similar to the agricultural and industrial revolutions. Afterburn consists of 15 essays exploring various aspects of the 21st century migration away from fossil fuels including: ✦ Short-term political and economic factors that impede broad-scale, organized efforts to adapt ✦ The origin of longer-term trends (such as consumerism), that have created a way of life that seems “normal” to most Americans, but is actually unprecedented, highly fragile, and unsustainable ✦ Potential opportunities and sources of conflict that are likely to emerge. From the inevitability and desirability of more locally organized economies, to the urgent need to preserve our recent cultural achievements and the futility of pursuing economic growth above all, Afterburn offers cuttingedge perspectives and insights that challenge conventional thinking about our present, our future, and the choices in our hands. Thus whether due to fossil fuel depletion,
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environmental collapse, societal collapse, or government policy, the Great Burning will come to an end during the next few decades. If the 20th century was all about increasing our burn rate year after blazing year, the dominant trend of the 21st century will be a gradual flameout. How shall we manage the last days of the Great Burning? And what will come next? These are quite literally the most important questions our species has ever faced.
“With rare insight, clarity, and compassion, Richard Heinberg helps us face the music… In this bold collection of essays, he helps us see the landscape being bequeathed us by the Great Burning—an understanding that is necessary to the Great Turning—and will save us considerable time and confusion. With ever more gratitude I bow to those who shake us awake.” —Joanna Macy, author of Coming Back to Life
LAND A New Paradigm for a Thriving World by Martin Adams $15.95, paper. North Atlantic. 186 pages
What if we lived in a world where everyone had enough? A world where everyone mattered and where people lived in harmony with nature? What if the solution to our economic, social, and ecological problems was right underneath our feet? Land has been sought after throughout human history. Even today, people struggle to get onto the property ladder and view real estate as an important way to build wealth. Yet, as the reader will discover through this book, the act of owning land—and our urge to profit from it—causes economic booms and busts, social and cultural decline, and environmental devastation. Land: A New Paradigm for a Thriving World introduces a radically new economic model that ensures a more fair and abundant reality for everyone. It is a book for those who dream of a better world, for themselves and future generations. Adams challenges the reader to think of new ways to understand our relationship to the limited resources of our earth, and proposes a shift away from land ownership to land stewardship. Marshaling carefully conceived economic analysis on monopoly, profit, wealth concentration, and taxation, the author advances an idea he calls land use contributions—entailing meaningful policy change that enables the value of land to be shared by communities, both urban and rural. Broadly speaking, there are only two ways human beings can make an income: They can either make an income by contributing to society, or they can extract an income from society. When people make money from land and other gifts of nature, they extract resources from society and consequently leave less resources behind for people who add value to society. However, when people rent land from their local communities, they pay a market value for the benefits they receive from their own communities.
Land goes into great detail about how our present tendency to profit from land causes wealth inequality, poverty, economic depressions, social decline and environmental destruction. The writing in
✦ Land, however, is surprisingly accessible. Aimed at readers interested in safeguarding the environment and living in a more beautiful and sustainable world, the book explores the hidden causes of social issues with logical reasoning and contagious passion. The second part explores an economic solution so radical yet so easily understandable that the reader cannot help but be transformed.
THE BETTER WORLD SHOPPING GUIDE #5 Every Dollar Makes a Difference by Ellis Jones $11.95, paper. New Society. 208 pp, 4x6
While we generally try to make our vote count every four years, few of us realize that our most immediate power to shape the world is being squandered on a daily basis. Every dollar we spend has the potential to create social and environmental change. In fact, it already has. The world that exists today is in large part a result of how our purchasing decisions have already shaped it. The Better World Shopping Guide rates hundreds of products and services from A to F so you can quickly tell the “good guys” from the “bad guys” and ensure your money is not supporting corporations who make their decisions based solely on the bottom line. Drawing on decades of meticulous research, this completely revised and updated fifth edition will help you find out which companies actually “walk the talk” when it comes to: ✦ Environmental sustainability ✦ Human rights ✦ Community involvement ✦ Animal protection ✦ Social justice. Small enough to fit in a back pocket or handbag, and organized in a user-friendly format, The Better World Shopping Guide will help you reward the companies who are doing good, penalize those involved in destructive activities, and change the world as you shop! The data is distilled and organized into common product categories including coffee, energy bars, computers, gasoline, clothing, banks, cars, water and more. Also included is a summary of the essential information about particular product categories, profiles of the best and worst companies, practical buying tips and the most useful online resources available. Whether your concern is for eco-sustainability, human rights, animal protection, community involvement or social justice, this book speaks to you! See also The Better World Handbook by the same author.
CHASING THE SCREAM The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari $32.00, cloth. Bloomsbury. 388 pages
It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann
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Simple Living & Great Writing THE BIG SWIM Coming Ashore in a World Adrift by Carrie Saxifrage $16.95, paper. New Society. 180 pages
A compelling and unusual memoir, The Big Swim puts forward the idea that personal growth arises from facing both inner tensions and threats to the biosphere. In a collection of stories that is frequently touching, surprisingly funny and always thought-provoking, author Carrie Saxifrage seeks out the places where science meets self-discovery, inviting us to join her as she: ✦ Learns the art of appreciation from an ancient jawbone ✦ Hikes solo through the wilderness to find balance in a field of blueberries ✦ Swims for four hours through cold, open water, seeking a fleeting state of grace.
Each of the stories in The Big Swim encourages possibilities for greater personal satisfaction with lower environmental impacts. While exploring significant topics, such as sustainable forestry, naturecentered philosophy or First Nations culture, the author discovers that the greatest adventure is learning to align how she lives with what she loves. By turning her own despair into action she paves the way for us all to discover the many tools we have at hand to meet the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced. “In a flash of inspiration, Carrie Saxifrage has invented the climate change memoir…here is your handbook to living deeply in perilous times.” —J.B. MacKinnon, author, The Once and Future World “It’s Eat, Pray, Love for the climate era. I couldn’t put it down.” —Tzeporah Berman, author of This Crazy Time and offers readers his lifetime of lived wisdom, Suzuki inspires us all to live with courage, conviction, and passion.
LETTERS TO MY GRANDCHILDREN by David Suzuki $27.95, cloth. Greystone. 176 pages In his most important book since The Sacred Balance and his most personal ever, revered activist, scientist and elder David Suzuki draws on the experiences and wisdom he has gained over his long life and offers advice, stories, and inspiration to his six grandchildren. In these inspiring letters to his grandchildren, David Suzuki speaks personally and passionately about their future. He also explains why sports, fishing, feminism, and failure are important; why it is dangerous to deny our biological nature; and why First Nations must lead a revolution. He even has something to say about fashion. His letters are also chockfull of stories about his own childhood and anecdotes about his children and grandchildren when they were small, providing an intimate look at Suzuki’s life as a father and grandfather. Most of all, as he ponders life’s deepest questions
Over very long periods of time, as people moved to different parts of Earth, they began to recognize that nature was the source of their lives and livelihood and that earth should be treated with respect and care. This knowledge became the basis of indigenous understanding and cultures, which are the result of hardearned lessons gained over thousands of years. That is why it is so important to fight to keep those cultures alive. Once they are gone, they will never be reproduced. This is not to say that indigenous people are always in balance with nature. But they have a different perspective on our relationship with our surroundings. Thinking of the biosphere as Mother Earth and understanding that we are literally created by her body of air, water, earth, and sunlight is radically different from thinking of the world as a resource; when that happens, Mother Earth becomes a mother lode.
The authors discuss the ways that our stories about happiness and well-being define the goals of individuals and society and offer insights readers can use in their own lives to enhance their long-term well-being. Here are creative ways to cultivate a happiness that is sustainable in every sense: one that is nurturing, enduring, just, and life affirming for individuals, society, and the earth.
SUSTAINABLE HAPPINESS Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference edited by Sarah Van Gelder a nd the Staff of Yes! Magazine $21.50, paper. Berrett-Koehler. 148 pages
Were bombarded by messages telling us that more, bigger, and better things are the keys to happiness. So we pile up the stuff, pile on the hours, and end up exhausted and depressed on a planet full of trash. Yes! Magazine has been exploring the meaning of real happiness for 18 years, and in this utterly delightful book, they bring together what thoughtful researchers and thoughtful people have uncovered about achieving happiness that lasts. In this much-needed volume, they marshal fascinating research, in-depth essays, and compelling personal stories. Each chapter takes a different approach and tackles a different aspect of happiness, but all lead to the same conclusion: it isn’t money or things that make us happy, it’s the depth of our relationships, the quality of our communities, the contribution we make through the work we do, and the renewal we receive from a thriving natural world.
Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousandmile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.
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As a whole, we stand to gain a lot. A more equitable world fosters trust, increasing our capacity to work together to solve the big problems of our time. It means a world with less crime, less disease, less corruption, and less waste. And it’s a world in which we make the best possible use of the natural resources we extract from the Earth by making sure that—to loosely paraphrase Gandhi—our natural wealth goes to meet needs, not greed. Ways of life that focus more on happiness and less on economic growth leave time for family, community, and the development of the many dimensions of our lives that we know bring real happiness. —Sarah Van Gelder, from the introduction
In Chasing the Scream, Hari reveals his discoveries entirely through the stories of people across the world whose lives have been transformed by this war. They range from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn searching for her mother, to a teenage hit-man in Mexico searching for a way out. It begins with Hari’s discovery that at the birth of the drug war, Billie Holiday was stalked and killed by the man who launched this crusade—and it ends with the story of a brave doctor who has led his country (Portugal) to decriminalize every drug, from cannabis to crack, with remarkable results—which the world is watching. Chasing the Scream lays bare what we really have been chasing in our century of drug war—in our hunger for drugs, and in our attempt to destroy them. This book will challenge and change how you think about
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one of the most controversial—and consequential—questions of our time. If we think like this, the question we need to answer with our drug policy shifts. It is no longer: How do we stop addiction through threats and force, and scare people away from drugs in the first place? It becomes: How do we start to rebuild a society where we don’t feel so alone and afraid, and where we can form healthier bonds? How do we build a society where we look for happiness in one another rather than in consumption?
“Hari talks to cops, dealers, convicts, addicts, scientists, and politicians from New York to Juarez to Amsterdam, assembling stories from all corners of what he calls a ‘global battlefield.’ Their combined testimony forms a convincing brief that drug prohibition may have spawned as much
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crime, violence, and heartache as drug use ever did.” —Boston Globe “Chasing the Scream is beautifully wrought: lively, humorous, and poignant. And it’s a compelling case for why the drug war must end, yesterday.” —Norman Stamper, former chief, Seattle Police
Eco-Philosophy, Deep Ecology GROUND-TRUTHING Reimagining the Indigenous Rainforests of B.C.’s Northcoast by Derrick Stacey Denholm $24.95, paper. Caitlin Press. 276 pages
Ground-Truthing explores a diverse terrain of communities that are as deeply wild as they are highly civilized. Carefully negotiating the conflicting value systems of industrial forestry, the culture of resource towns, the diversity of First Nations history tradition, and the stagnancy of government policy and the “Real Work” of the rainforest, Denholm gathers the perspectives of more than 150 academics, poets, scientists, journalists, loggers, activists, local citizens and mushroom hunters. He brings together the breadth of the local opinion, personal emotion and technical work that serves to influence the ongoing industrialization of the wild and human world—which are one and the same. Local in focus, international in scope and interdisciplinary by necessity, Ground-Truthing provides a dynamic alternate voice to the mainstream cycle of North Coast writing— which generally serves to memorialize the Euro-Canadian, colonial-settler narrative. Denholm argues that First Nations’ experience and wisdom, taken with the long-standing lessons provided by the wild itself, can provide us all with the models, principles and philosophies needed to live our lives—and not just in the rainforests of the North Coast of British Columbia, but anywhere.
Griffiths takes readers on an adventure both charted and un-chartable. She divides her meditations on these travels into sections named after the ancient elemental properties of the universe—Earth, Air, Fire, Ice, and Water—because her subject matter is not merely the places traveled to but the depths of mind and the cultural narratives revealed by place. It is a universal story told of farflung groups of humans, with vastly different ways of life, connected through the varied wilderness that sustains them. By describing the ways in which human societies and the human mind have developed in response to the wilder elements of our homelands, Savage Grace reveals itself as a benediction for the emotional, intellectual, and physical nourishment that people continue to draw from the natural world. Wildness erupts with the raw carnival of comedy, laughing its socks off, grace notes galore, honouring the erotic. For wildness is flagrantly sexual—the longest passion of all species, the longing of the daffodil for the spring sun, the thirsting of all roots for water, the sensual relationship between humanity and nature, humming with it, earthy to the core. To me, humanity is not a stain on wilderness, as some seem to think. Rather the human spirit is one of the most striking realizations of wildness. It is as eccentrically beautiful as an ice crystal, as liquidly life-generous as water, as inspired as air. Kernelled up within us all, an intimate wildness, sweet as a nut. To the rebel soul in everyone, then, the right to wear feathers, drink stars and ask for the moon… We are—every one of us—a force of nature, though sometimes it is necessary to relearn consciously what we have never forgotten; the truant art, the nomad heart.
Jay Griffiths is a tour guide for anyone who has ever wished to commune with the side of our human psyche that remains in touch with the wild. Equally at home among the “sea gypsy” Bajo people who live off the coast of Thailand and forage their food from the ocean floor, drinking the psychedelic ayahuasca plant brew with Amazonian shamans, or joining an Inuit whale hunt at the northern tip of Canada,
$18.95, paper. Inner Traditions. 310 pages, b/w illustrations
David Fideler, editor of The Pythagorean Sourcebook and also the journal Alexandria has written a beautiful book exploring humanity’s creative role within the living pattern of nature. The primordial response to the vitality and mystery of creation is the beginning of all science, art,
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An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert $18.50, paper. Picador. 320 pages, b/w illustrations
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 contracted. 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.”
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RESTORING THE SOUL OF THE WORLD Our Living Bond with Nature’s Intelligence by David Fideler
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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.
“An utter wonder of a book, vulnerable, ferocious and elegiac, a polyphonic fugue written in a style that for once matches the intensity of its topic. Luminously awake, politically astute, without a doubt Savage Grace is the expression of a uniquely capacious intelligence, the song of a heart pulsing with compassion for divergent places and creatures as they weather the insanity of contemporary civilization. Her keen attunement to the music of language—and to the rootedness of words in the more-thanhuman soundscape—enlivens this work with a magic that provokes the involvement of all one’s senses. It’s a deliciously erotic read.” —David Abram, author of Becoming Animal
$25.95, paper. Counterpoint. 392 pages
Elizabeth Kolbert & Joanna Macy
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 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.
SAVAGE GRACE A Journey in Wildness by Jay Griffiths
The Updated Guide to The Work That Reconnects by Joanna Macy & Molly Brown $21.95, paper. New Society. 340 pages
Beset by climate change, fracking, tar sands extraction, GMOs, and mass extinctions of species, to say nothing of nuclear weapons proliferation and Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster in history, many of us are grieving or in despair. Joanna Macy and Molly Brown address the anguish experienced by those who would confront the harsh realities of our time. In this fully updated 2014 edition of Coming Back to Life (first published as Despair and Personal Empowerment in the Nuclear Age in 1983), they show how grief, anger and fear are healthy responses to threats to life, and when honored can free us from paralysis or panic, through the revolutionary practices of the Work that Reconnects. This guidebook maps ways into our innate vitality and determination to take part in the self-healing of our world. It presents a form of group work that has grown steadily since the 1970s, helping hundreds of thousands of men and women around the globe find solidarity and Joanna Macy courage to act, despite rapidly worsening social and ecological conditions… It is most effectively done in groups, for its methods are interactive and their power synergistic.
Coming Back to Life introduces the Work’s theoretical foundations, illuminating the angst of our era with extraordinary insight as well as easy-to-use methods for group work that profoundly affect peoples’ outlook and ability to act in the world. Group work, despair work, “seeing with new eyes,” the Council of All Beings process, “deep time,” meditations for coming back to life—these are among the many processes, perspectives, and tools Macy and Brown offer in this heartfelt, beautifully articulated book—a sacred text for our time. “As the world spirals ever deeper into disconnect, as we witness the natural world plundered, it becomes ever more difficult to muster the psycho-spiritual resources necessary to face the reality unflinching and compassionate, to swim against the current of egoism and denial and to represent life, speak for life, come back to life. The Testimony and practices contained in this volume offer us priceless and practical resources for transforming despair into creative action and answer the questions: “how are we to live at such a time? How are we to represent the 4 billion years of living ancestry on whose shoulders we stand and whose future lies in our trembling hands?” —John Seed Among Joanna Macy’s other books are World as Lover, World as Self and Active Hope. philosophy, and religion. As Socrates said, “Wonder is the beginning of all philosophy.” This living response to the world is still something within our grasp.
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For millennia the world was seen as a creative, interconnected web of life, constantly growing, developing, and restoring itself. But with the arrival of the Scientific
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Revolution in the 16th and 17th centuries, the world was viewed as a lifeless, clocklike mechanism, bound by the laws of classical physics. Intelligence was a trait ascribed solely to human beings, and thus humanity was viewed as superior to and separate from nature. Today new scientific discoveries are reviving the ancient philosophy of a living, interconnected cosmos, and humanity is learning from and collaborating with nature’s intelligence in new, life-enhancing ways, from ecological design to biomimicry. Drawing on important new scientific discoveries, Fideler explores the self-organizing intelligence at the heart of nature and humanity’s place in the cosmic pattern. He examines the ancient vision of the living cosmos from its roots in the world soul of the Greeks and the alchemical tradition, to its eclipse during the Scientific Revolution, to its return today. He explains how, even at the molecular level, natural systems engage in self-organization, self-preservation, and creative problem-solving, mirroring the ancient idea of a creative intelligence that exists deep within the heart of nature. Living organisms don’t resemble machines at all; like human beings, they are embodiments of life’s evolutionary intelligence, which is an outgrowth of the greater natural intelligence of the world in which we are all rooted.
Revealing new connections between science, religion, and culture, Fideler explores how to reengage our creative partnership with nature and new ways to collaborate with nature’s intelligence.
SACRED SEED by the Global Peace Iniative for Women $23.99, paper. Golden Sufi. 120 pages, 7x7, colour photos
Inspired by physicist and environmental leader Dr. Vandana Shiva, this collection of essays published by the Golden Sufi Center and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee draws on the wisdom of ancient and modern traditions to remind readers of the profound sacredness of the seed— how in its purity, it is the source and renewal of all of life. For centuries the planting of the seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul. Yet, modern culture has begun to lose an appreciation of the primal meaning of the seed. Tenderly created from original writings of mystics, shamans, monastics, and priests, and featuring vibrant photos, this book bears witness that the Earth is alive, and establishes that only by working together with the earth—with its wonder and mystery—can we help in its healing and regeneration and once again bring meaning back into the world. The seed is among the most sacred gifts of nature, and yet in modern times we have come to take this gift very much for granted. Nature has provided a tremendous variety of crops to give us all the nutrients we need for a healthy life. As humankind developed the technology to manipulate the seed, so too did this diversity begin to diminish, to our own
detriment. Over the last decades we have lost most of our seed and crop diversity, and this loss directly impacts human health… Hopefully the human community will pause, reflect and learn to treasure again the sacred gift of the natural seed, which when used wisely can provide for all the needs of the growing human family. — Dena Merriam, Global Peace Initiative of Women
Natural Building / The Water-Wise Home THE ART OF NATURAL BUILDING Design, Construction, Resources edited by Catherine Wanek, Michael Smith & Joseph Kennedy $39.95, paper. New Society. 288 pages, 8x9, 200 b/w photos plus 160page colour section
The book includes contributions from His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, H. H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, Llewellyn VaughanLee, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Swami Veda Bharati, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Chief Tamale Bwoya, Blu Greenberg, and others. “There is no more beautiful gift from nature than the seed—and its protection is vital to our survival… the brilliant spiritual leaders who contributed their voices to this book are all elevating our dialogue about seeds, and the profound role they hold for the future of all humankind.” —Alice Waters, culinary visionary
Shelter & Eco-Design REAL GOODS SOLAR LIVING SOURCEBOOK Your Complete Guide to Living beyond the Grid with Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living by John Schaeffer $39.95, paper. New Society. 464 pages, 8x11, b/w photos & illustrations
What book would you want if you were stranded on a desert island? Widely regarded as the ‘bible’ of off-grid living, The Solar Living Sourcebook might be your best choice. With over 600,000 copies in print worldwide, it is the most comprehensive resource available for anyone interested in lessening their environmental footprint and increasing their energy independence. The Solar Living Sourcebook - 14th Edition is the ultimate guide to renewable energy, sustainable living, natural and green building, off-grid living and alternative transportation, written by experts with decades of experience and a passion for sharing their knowledge. This fully revised and updated edition includes brand new sections on permaculture and urban homesteading, and completely rewritten chapters on solar technology, sustainable transportation and re-localization. It also boasts greatly expanded material on: ✦ Natural Building ✦ Permaculture and biodynamics ✦ Electric and biofuel-powered vehicles ✦ Passive solar ✦ Solar water heating ✦ Grid-tie photovoltaic systems —plus maps, wiring diagrams, formulae, charts, electrical code, solar sizing worksheets and much more. Whether you’re a layperson or a professional, novice or longtime aficionado, the Sourcebook puts the latest research and information at your fingertips—everything you need to know to make sustainable living a reality. “A masterwork on re-inhabitation, an owner’s manual for regenerating our earth, skies and water. Succinctly and clearly,
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The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable and environmentally responsible. While there are many books available on specific methods such as strawbale construction, cob or timber framing, few other resources introduce the reader to the entire scope of this burgeoning field. Fully revised and updated, The Art of Natural Building is the complete and userfriendly introduction to natural building for everyone from do-it-yourselfers to architects and designers. This collection of articles from over 50 leaders in the field is now stunningly illustrated with over 200 full-color photos of natural buildings from around the world. Learn about: ✦ The case for building with natural materials, from the perspectives of sustainability, lifestyle and health ✦ What you need to know to plan and design your own beautiful and efficient natural home ✦ Explanations of thirty versatile materials and techniques, with resources on where to go for further information on each ✦ How these techniques are being used to address housing crises around the world. The book first discusses the context of natural building in terms of economics, social justice and sustainability. Design and planning issues are reviewed in depth, followed by a comprehensive treatment of natural building materials and techniques. Inspirational case studies from around the world profile pioneer builders and their projects—including a low-cost adobe vault, an earthbag-papercrete house, and a straw bale retail store—concluding with a detailed resource section that covers complementary systems such as solar appliances, composting toilets, and alternative power systems. Clearly written, logically organized and beautifully illustrated The Art of Natural Building is the encyclopedia of natural building, written and edited by a veritable Who’s Who of the natural building community—a trustworthy symposium of natural building’s most admired and experienced practitioners offerings years of collective experience and wisdom.
THE WATER-WISE HOME How to Converse, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape by Laura Allen $33.95, paper. Storey Publishing. 240 pages, 8x11, b/w illustrations
The average North American family uses about 400 gallons of water a day. In The Water-Wise Home, Laura Allen concisely explains the current state of the water crisis (“water is destiny”) and teaches homeowners how to create a fully waterwise landscape. The book is filled with solutions and detailed illustrated instructions for projects, including a laundry-to-landscape system, a roofwater catchment, composting toilets, and a branches drain system. Are you looking for ways to save water —or money? This accessible guide by Laura Allen, founder of Greywater Action, explains how to use water smartly and efficiently, increasing supply, saving money, reducing wear on your septic system, and filling your home and garden needs. She describes proven conservation techniques, explains how to create a water-wise landscape, and provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for setting up a waterless composting toilet as well as systems to reuse greywater, harvest rainwater, and more. These simple, low-cost systems can cut your home’s water consumption in half, or better. Because the book is intended for ordinary DIYers, I don’t focus on complex systems requiring specialized tools and training, but have included profiles or people living with advanced systems, as well as resources for learning more about them.
Sourcebook delineates the pathways, tools, and knowledge we need to achieve the title of denizens, human beings who live in accordance with the laws of physics, botany, and biology, people who truly want to master the art of living as contrasted to a life of taking. The best manual you could possibly want.” —Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest “This book goes far and deep in laying the foundation for sustainable living, Globally we all live in the same neighborhood. By demonstrating what works, what is affordable, and what is sustainable, we can show, by example, and lead the way to a greener and brighter future for all of humankind. This book is an essential step in leading the way.” —Paul Stamets, author of Mycelium Running
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Gardening & Farming THE TAO OF VEGETABLE GARDENING Cultivating Tomoroes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity by Carol Deppe $32.50, paper. Chelsea Green. 264 pages, 7x9, colour photos
The Tao of Vegetable Gardening explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. In her latest book, groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener, Breed Your Own
Community Gardens / Seed Libraries
New Permaculture Books
START A COMMUNITY FOOD GARDEN
The Essential Handbook by LaManda Joy
For Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth by Jeffi Bloom & Dave Boehnlein
$31.95, paper. Timber Press. 202 pages, 8x10, b/w illustrations
$39.95, paper. Timber Press. 336 pages, 8x0, colour photos & illustrations
Community gardening enhances the fabric of towns and cities through social interactions and accessibility to fresh food, and has an enormously positive effect on the lives of everyone it touches. And with more than 18,000 (and growing) gardens spread through the United States and Canada, they are quickly becoming a primary source for fresh food in urban, suburban, and rural areas. LaManda Joy, the founder of Chicago’s Peterson Garden Project and a board member of the American Community Gardening Association, has worked in the community gardening trenches for years and brings her knowledge to the wider world in Start a Community Food Garden. This hardworking guide covers every step of the process: fundraising, community organizing, site sourcing, garden design and planning, finding and managing volunteers, and managing the garden through all four seasons. A section dedicated to the basics of growing 21 sure-fire vegetables was designed to be used by community garden leaders as an educational tool for teaching new members how to successfully garden.
Permaculture is an ecological movement popular among farmers, homesteaders, and a growing number of home gardeners. It is a systematic and holistic approach to living that includes everything from beekeeping and raising chickens, to foraging and fermentation, and leads to a life rich in healthy food, comfortable and safe housing, and renewable energy and resources. Practical Permaculture for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth provides home gardeners with the skills they need to start their first permaculture garden or to further their current involvement in the practice. Jessi Bloom, an ecological landscape designer, and permaculture expert Dave Boehnlein (of the legendary Bullock brothers) explain the guiding principles and ethics of permaculture, show the entire design process from land assessment to the completed master plan, and offer detailed information on the plants, water, waste, energy, shelter, food, animals, and structures that make up the garden.
The first step toward creating a community garden is to discover and articulate the reason for starting it—to create your mission statement. This will help everyone involved understand what it will take for the garden to survive for the long haul… The mission will become the story of your garden, its origin myth, and formally articulating it with a mission statement in those seminal first meetings will help tremendously through the challenges and issues that will be encountered as the garden comes to life.
The third section of the book covers the systems that should be included in any permaculture design: systems for managing soil fertility, water, waste, energy, shelter, food production, and animals and wildlife. The fourth section describes fifty rock-star plants for permaculture landscapes. The fifth section focuses on invisible structures, the economic and social underpinnings of any permaculture design. At the back of the book are lists of resources and suggestions for further reading that we highly recommend you take advantage of, since this book is just a starting point.
Illustrations and lots of colour photographs provide instruction, inspiration, and glimpses into working permaculture gardens throughout the world. This comprehensive and accessible guide is a substantial reference for anyone interested in learning more about permaculture. “Jessi and Dave are two deeply experienced permaculture designers who have encapsulated years of practice in this very hands-on guide to permaculture design. This valuable book will save the beginning permaculturist time, trouble, and effort, and enrich the understanding and abilities of advanced practitioners as well.” —Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
SEED LIBRARIES And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People by Cindy Conner $19.95, paper. New Society. 174 pages, b/w & colour photos
Historically, seed companies were generally small, often family-run businesses. Because they were regionally-based, they could focus on varieties well-suited to the local environment. A Pacific Northwest company, for example, would specialize in different cultivars than a company based in the Southeast. However the absorption of these small, independent seed businesses into large multinationals, combined with the advancement of biotechnology resulting in hybrids and GMO seeds, has led to a serious loss of genetic diversity. The public is now at the mercy of the corporations who control the seeds. In the past few years, gardeners have realized the inherent danger in this situation. A growing movement is striving to preserve and expand our stock of heritage and heirloom varieties through seed saving and sharing opportunities. Seed Libraries is a practical guide to saving seeds through community programs, including: ✦ Step-by-step instructions for setting up a seed library ✦ A wealth of ideas to help attract patrons and keep the momentum going ✦ Examples of existing libraries and other types of seed saving partnerships. Whoever controls the seeds controls the food supply. By empowering communities to preserve and protect the genetic diversity of their harvest Seed Libraries is the first step towards reclaiming our self-reliance while enhancing food security and ensuring that the future of food is healthy, vibrant, tasty, and nutritious.
EDIBLE LANDSCAPING WITH A PERMACULTURE TWIST How to Have Your Yard and Eat It Too by Michael Judd $32.50, paper. Chelsea Green. 144 pages, 8x9, colour photos
It is as if the world is awakening to the importance of seeds. With that awakening comes the need to learn everything there is to know about seeds, particularly how to save them properly. However, saving them is only part of the adventure. Distributing them to people who will grow them out and save them again is the other part.
Vegetable Varieties) focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables—tomatoes, green beans, peas, and leafy greens—and through them illustrates the key principles and practices that gardeners need to know to successfully plant and grow just about any food crop. Deppe’s work has long been inspired and informed by the philosophy and wisdom of Tao Te Ching, the 2,500-year-old work attributed to Chinese sage Lao Tzu and the most translated book in the world after the
Bible. The Tao of Vegetable Gardening is organized into chapters that echo fundaBalance, mental Taoist concepts: Flexibility, Honoring the Essential Nature (your own and that of your plants), Effortless Effort, Non-Doing, and even Non-Knowing. Yet the book also offers a wealth of specific and valuable garden advice on topics as diverse as: ✦ The Eat-All Greens Garden, a labor- and space-efficient way to provide all the greens a family can eat, freeze, and dry— all on a tiny piece of land suitable for small-scale and urban gardeners. ✦ The growing problem of late blight and the future of heirloom tomatoes-and what gardeners can do to avoid problems, and even create new resistant varieties. ✦ Establishing a Do-It-Yourself Seed Bank, including information on preparing seeds
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Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist is a how-to manual for the budding gardener and experienced green thumb alike, full of creative and easy-tofollow designs that guide you to having your yard and eating it, too. With the help of more than 200 beautiful colour photos and drawings, permaculture designer and avid grower Michael Judd takes the reader on a step-by-step process to transform a sea of grass into a flourishing edible landscape that pleases the eye as well as the taste buds. With personality and humor, he translates the complexities of permaculture design into simple self-build projects, providing full details on the evolving design process, material identification, and costs. Chapters cover: ✦ Herb Spirals ✦ Food Forests ✦ Raised-Bed Gardens ✦ Earthen Ovens ✦ Uncommon Fruits ✦ Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation, and more. The books colorful pages are filled with practical designs that Judd has created and built over years of workshops, homesteading, and running an edible landscaping business. Though geared toward suburban gardeners starting from scratch, the book’s designs can be easily grafted to the micro-habits of the urban landscape, scaled up to the acreage of homesteads, or adapted to already flourishing landscapes. Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist is a tool to spark and inform the imagination of anyone with a desire to turn their landscape into a luscious and productive edible Eden. for long-term storage and how to “dehybridize” hybrids. ✦ Twenty-four good places to not plant a tree, and thirty-seven good reasons for not planting various vegetables. Designed for gardeners of all levels, from beginners to experienced growers, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening provides a unique frame of reference: a window to the world of nature, in the garden and in ourselves.
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THE LUNAR & BIODYNAMIC GARDENING Planting Your Biodynamic Garden by the Phases of the Moon by Matt Jackson $27.95, cloth. Cico Books. 158 pages, 7x9, colour photos
Biodynamic gardening means taking a holistic approach to the garden and being aware of the interrelatedness of the soil, plants, atmosphere, and vegetables. The principles of biodynamics also bring a spir-
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itual aspect to the meditative art of gardening, emphasizing the influence of invisible energies, such as the lunar cycles, on the garden. Biodynamic practices are used increasingly often in agriculture and many people are interested in adopting this holistic, natural approach in their own gardens but are unsure how to get started. In Lunar and Biodynamic Gardening, Matthew Jackson gives an easy-to-follow guide to getting started with biodynamics. You will discover how to take advantage of the natural rhythms of the moon, by planning your gardening activities to coincide with the most favorable conditions in the sky. For example, during a waxing moon, the earth is exhaling, and it is best to sow non-root plants. During a waning moon, the earth is inhaling, and biodynamic gardeners should water and fertilize their crops. Matthew also guides you through making biodynamic preparations to keep your soil alive, understanding your garden or allotment as part of a bigger web of life and demonstrates the importance of working with nature rather than trying to dominate it. With step-by-step illustrations for 25 projects, explanatory diagrams, and stunning color photographs, its easy to see how biodynamic techniques can work for any gardener. I’ve applied biodynamic principles to my own garden. This book charts my experiences and results. It is full of practical examples and helpful tips for the beginner, while also being a useful resource for experienced traditional gardeners.
THE POSTAGE STAMP VEGETABLE GARDEN Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in Tiny Spaces and Containers by Karen Newcomb $21.99, paper. Ten Speed Press. 216 pages, 2-colour illustrations
This classic gardening bestseller (over 500,000 copies sold) uses ecologically friendly, intensive biodynamic methods to produce large amounts of vegetables in very tiny spaces. Revised for an all new generation of gardeners, the 40th anniversary edition includes brand new information on the variety of heirloom vegetables available today and how to grow them the postage stamp way. To accommodate today’s lifestyles, a garden needs to fit easily into a very small plot, take as little time as possible to maintain, require a minimum amount of water, and still produce prolifically. That’s exactly what a postage stamp garden does.
Postage stamp gardens are as little as 4 by 4 feet, and, after the initial soil preparation, they require very little extra work to produce a tremendous amount of vegetables— for instance, a 5-by-5-foot bed will produce a
minimum of 200 pounds of vegetables. When first published 40 years ago, the postage stamp techniques, including closely planted beds rather than rows, vines and trailing plants grown vertically to free up space, and intercropping, were groundbreaking. Based on the pioneering methods of Alan Chadwick in the 1960s, which came to be known as French Intensive biodynamic Gardening, this “postage stamp” approach produced four times as many vegetables as a conventional garden using standard rows. It also used half the water and look less time to maintain. And the vegetables were wonderfully plump, tasty, and nutritious. Now, in an ever busier world, the postage stamp intensive gardening method continues to be invaluable for gardeners who wish to weed, water, and work a whole lot less yet produce so much more.
“The twenty-first century can be the age of rewilding, but it must begin with the human animal. Marc Bekoff has given us the essential handbook for restoring the wild within.” —J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World
STEP INTO NATURE Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life by Patrice Vecchione $18.99, paper. Beyond Words. 256 pages
From the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life comes this guide that will replenish your connection to the earth and
✦ inspire you to develop and strengthen your imagination. The natural world has inspired artists, seekers, and thinkers—humans of all flavours—for millennia, but in recent times, as the pace of life has sped up, we find ourselves in-
Conscious Evolutionary Activism CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential by Barbara Marx Hubbard
Nature as Teacher & Healer REWILDING OUR HEARTS
$20.00, paper. New World Library. 266 pp
Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence by Marc Bekoff
In this era of government gridlock, economic and ecological devastation, and seemingly intractable global violence, our future is ever more ripe for—and in need of—fresh, creative reimagining. With her clear-eyed, inspiring, and sweeping vision of a possible global renaissance in the new millennium, Barbara Marx Hubbard shows us that our current crises are not the precursors of an apocalypse but the natural birth pains of an awakened, universal humanity. This is our finest hour. Conscious Evolution highlights the tremendous potential of newfound scientific knowledge, technological advances, and compassionate spirituality and illustrates the opportunities that each of us has to fully participate in this exciting stage of human history. As we do, we will bring forth all that is within us and not only save ourselves, but evolve our world. She describes a holistic social architecture to enhance and connect social innovations that are now evolving our world toward social synergy, interconnectivity, and spirit-based compassion for all. The book also identifies the breakdowns in modern society, and gives us the systemic breakthroughs, demonstrating that we are in the midst of a positive quantum change—a metamorphosis of humanity consistent with the recurring patterns of 13.8 billion years of evolutionary transformation.
$18.50, paper. New World Library. 198 pp
In wildlife conservation work, rewilding—to make wild once again—refers to the creation of corridors between preserved lands that allow declining animal populations to reMarc bound. Bekoff, one of our most engaging animal experts and activists, here applies the concept to human attitudes. He argues that unless we rewild ourselves, becoming profoundly reconnected to nature and fundamentally shifting our consciousness, our conservation efforts will have but limited impact. Bekoff shows that when we make the effort to not just see, but to empathetically become “the seen,” our perspective on animals and their habitats changes in profound ways. As we shift to acting from the inside out, our efforts move beyond simply reacting to current crises and become powerfully proactive. If we continue to ignore, fragment, and fracture nature, we will continue to do the same to ourselves. In our denial, we may not even realize we’re self-destructing, but we need nature just as we need oxygen.
Ultimately, Rewilding Our Hearts invites readers to become re-enchanted with our world, and by dissolving false boundaries, to truly connect with both nature and ourselves. “He lays out a practical way for people to reconnect with natural landscapes and animals through understanding and compassion. Far too many of us have become alienated from nature—‘unwilded,’ as Bekoff puts it. It is desperately necessary for us to rewild ourselves, to nurture a sense of wonder and a sensitivity to the perspectives and needs of those around us. To this end, Bekoff calls for a rewilding of the education system that would teach young people the importance of connecting with the natural world and stress the need for empathy and compassion for animals and for one another. I believe this is the path toward social justice and peace for all.” —Jane Goodall, United Nations Messenger for Peace
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Conscious evolution means evolution by choice not chance. For billions of years nature has been evolving through five mass extinctions, but no species was aware of it. Now, we are aware that we are facing the sixth mass extinction, and that humanity has some role to play in this crisis. We are affecting our own evolution by everything we do; the food we eat, the cars we drive; the number of babies we have; the energy we use, etc. We have entered the first age of conscious evolution. This book is a vital manual and guide for our entire generation facing species-wide evolution or devolution together for the very first time. It offers us a new way through together.
THE CONSCIOUS ACTIVIST Where Activism Meets Mysticism by James O’Dea $15.95, paper. Watkins. 244 pages
The Conscious Activist is packed with compelling narrative and deep reflection on the demands of both mystical realization, effective activism and the integration of the two. Each chapter gives the reader both compelling story to experience key aspects of actual mystical and activist training as well as sections which convey the central developmental concepts of each. There is a rising tension in the book as the author engages in the contrasting requirements of inner development and outer change work in the world. The contrast between war, human rights abuse and rigorous activist frontline experience with intensive training by Sufi, Christian and other spiritual masters is held until powerful and authentic integration of both worlds is possible. Torchbearers for justice, for healing and for unconditional love, it is time to pass through the flames together: the garden of the future we have longed for now draws near.
The integration the author experiences and describes aligns with new paradigms in science, mind-body-health, the global peace movement, individual and collective healing, visionary activism and the lineages of mystical transmission. The reader experiences the articulation of an evolutionary worldview that dramatically demonstrates how the integration of spirituality and action can lead humanity though its current challenges. The Conscious Activist describes the many rigorous initiations needed before the power of the activist can become one with the power of the mystic. The very great idea of a unifying field of engaged spirituality and transformative action, emerging as an earthly reality of universal peace and justice, is not sold at the front door of this book. It is a vision that cannot be accessed without participation. The Conscious Activist will reveal the sacred conjunction of mystic and activist as you enter into its stories, as you meet its many wisdom-keepers and reflect on the threading of ideas whose time has come to ignite the integration of ecstatic spirituality and inspired action.
James O’Dea is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training, with hundreds of international participants.
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doors a lot of the time. Yet nature’s capacity to lead us to important truths, to invigorate and restore our imagination and equilibrium, is infinite. Step into Nature makes nature personal again by stimulating awareness and increasing our understanding of the environment. But being in nature doesn’t mean flying off to remote, faraway places. Nature is as close as opening your front door and opening your heart to the sky above, the miniature gardens that push their way up between the sidewalk cracks in our cities, and the small stream just down the road. Patrice Vecchione demonstrates how nature can support and enhance your creative output, invigorate your curiosity, and restore your sense of connection to and love of the earth. Included throughout the book is The Cabinet of Curiosities, exercises and suggestions for practical and unexpected ways to stimulate your imagination, deepen your relationship with nature, and experience the harmony between creativity and the natural world. “In words carried as lightly in hand as a new-found robin’s egg, Patrice Vecchione invites readers into a warm and ranging conversation—one that’s held with the natural world and its many plants and creatures, with her own thoughts and life, with an array of the world’s great writers, scientists, and artists, and, finally, within their own hearts and minds. Step Into Nature illumines the intimate connection between inner an outer, contemplative and wild, and shows the reasons these connections matter: not only for our survival but because they exhilarate our nights and days on this gorgeous, multiple, fragile and everchanging planet.” —Jane Hirshfield, author of The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World
Baker’s writing is engaging, inspiring, and often beautiful in its depth and candor. She introduces a variety of spiritual practices that facilitate our developing a relationship with the deeper Self. Among the themes in this book: ✦ Living, Loving, and Preparing With A Reluctant Partner ✦ Children And Collapse ✦ Friends, Neighbors, and The Community ✦ Our Relationship With Resources ✦ Loving The Body As The World Falls Apart ✦ Our Relationship With Food: Mindful Eating As A Spiritual Practice ✦ Ensconsed In Eros, Bathed In Beauty ✦ Near-Term Extinction And Waking Up To Death ✦ Grief And Love In A Culture Of Congestive Heart Failure ✦ Our Relationship With Future Generations.
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$34.95, cloth. Viking - Penguin. 408 pages
Cultivating the Relationships We Need to Thrive by Carolyn Baker $19.95, paper. North Atlantic. 228 pages
Given the daunting, dire predicament in which we find ourselves on this planet, what is described by social critic James Howard Kunstler as a “Long Emergency” may in fact become a “Last Emergency” for humanity. Whether we encounter a “long” or a “last” emergency, Carolyn Baker’s Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse seeks to offer inspiration and guidance for inhabiting our remaining days with passion, vitality, empathy, intimate contact with our emotions, kindness in our relationships with all species, gratitude, open-hearted receptivity, exquisite creations of beauty, and utilizing every occasion, even our demise, as an opportunity to invoke and “inflict” joy in our world. Baker writes of the specific need to understand our key relationships in a society in collapse, and how to navigate through differing levels of acceptance of collapse, trauma, and grief. Key relationships include those with our partners, children, friends, neighbors, as well as relationships with our work, our bodies, our natural resources, food and eating, animals, future generations, Eros, and indeed, the powers of the universe.
I do not wish to imply that one can prepare oneself 100 percent emotionally and spiritually for the Last Emergency. Unanticipated conflict, loss, grief, and heartbreak will happen. However, emotional and spiritual preparation can temper the blows of the end of life as we have known it and redefine them with meaning and purpose. The suffering the Last Emergency will entail may indeed catapult us into spiritual awakening even as it drags us kicking and screaming into serial dark nights of the soul.
Also by Carolyn Baker is Collapsing Consciously.
Brain/Mind, New Science THE BRAIN’S WAY OF HEALING Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge In The Brain That Changes Itself, Torontobased psychiatrist and researcher Norman Doidge engagingly described the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience—what we call neuroplasticity. His revolutionary new book, The Brain’s Way of Healing shows, for the first time, how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works. It describes natural, non-invasive avenues into the brain provided by the forms of energy around us—light, sound, vibration, movement—which pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the brain’s own healing capacities without producing unpleasant side effects. Doidge explores cases where patients alleviated years of chronic pain or recovered from debilitating strokes or accidents; children on the autistic spectrum or with learning disorders normalizing; symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons disease, and cerebral palsy radically improved, and other near-miracle recoveries. And we learn how to vastly reduce the risk of dementia with simple approaches anyone can use. The body abounds with neurons, the gut alone having 100 million… In terms of BRANCHES OF LIGHT
FOCUS The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman $19.99, paper. HarperCollins. 320 pages
New in Paperback
In Focus, Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today’s scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention. Attention works much like a muscle—use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows. We’ll see how smart practice can further develop and refine the muscle of our attention, even rehab focus-starved brains.
Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to thrive in a complex world. Goleman boils down attention research into a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. Drawing on rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business, he shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and explains how those who rely on Smart Practices—mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connecDaniel Goleman tions, and mental “prosthetics” that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain greatness—excel while others do not. Inner focus attunes us to our intuitions, guiding values, and better decisions. Other focus smoothes our connections to the people in our lives. And outer focus lets us navigate the larger world. A leader tuned out of his internal world will be rudderless; one blind to the world of others will be clueless; those indifferent to the large systems within which they operate will be blindsided… Attention, from the Latin attendere, to reach toward, connects us with the world, shaping and defining our experience. Attention, cognitive neuroscientists Michael Posner and Mary Rothbart write, provides the mechanisms “that underlie our awareness of the world and the voluntary regulation of our thoughts and feelings.” Ann Treisman, a dean of this research area, notes that how we deploy out attention determines what we see. Or as Yoda says, “Your focus is your reality.”
the way it functions, the brain is always linked to the body and, through the senses, to the world outside. Neuroplasticians have learned to use these avenues from the body to the brain to facilitate healing. Thus, while a person who has had a stroke may not be able to use his foot because the brain is damaged, moving the foot can, at times, awaken dormant circuits in the injured brain. The body and mind become partners in the healing of the brain, and because these approaches are so noninvasive, side effects are exceedingly rare… What follow are stories of people who have transformed their brains, recovered lost parts of themselves, or discovered capacities within that they never knew they had. But the true marvel is less the techniques than the way that, through millions of years, the brain has evolved, with sophisticated neuroplastic abilities and a mind that can direct its own unique restorative process of growth.
For centuries it was believed that the brain’s complexity prevented recovery from damage or disease. The Brain’s Way of Healing shows that this very sophistication is the source of a unique kind of healing. As he did so lucidly in The Brain That Changes Itself, Doidge uses astonishing, moving human stories to present cutting-edge science with practical real-world applications, and principles that everyone can apply to improve their brain’s performance and health.
THE MINDBODY CODE How to Change the Beliefs that Limit Your Health, Longevity, and Success by Mario Martinez $30.00, cloth. Sounds True. 284 pages
Why is it so difficult to change our beliefs and behaviors even when we know they no longer serve us? How can certain individuals
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reverse incurable disease while others suffer the effects of childhood wounds despite years of therapy? These are the questions readers will explore in this much-anticipated new book from Uruguayan clinical neuropsychologist and biocognitive science founder Dr. Mario Martinez. In The MindBody Code, Dr. Martinez challenges us to embrace a radically new paradigm for health and well-being. Readers will not only learn the basics of this fascinating cutting-edge science, but they will also learn to communicate with the body in its own biosymbolic language for results that until this point may have been elusive at best. Martinez reveals the way our cultural beliefs impact our immune system, the pathway to healing the archetypal wounds of shame, abandonment, and betrayal, and much more. The concepts and exercises you will learn in this book are based on how the brain assimilates new ways of thinking and interpreting, rather than on what may feel comfortable or easy to understand. This is because the mindbody code is not based on reason. Instead, the code interprets the symbols we create based on the subtle cultural beliefs we have been taught… This book is about how to access the mindbody code so that you can change any beliefs you hold that do not serve you well.
Highlights include: ✦ Stories and examples from scientific
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Parenting with Fresh Presence tomatically that they have trouble seeing their children fully in each moment. As a result, it is difficult for them to respond adequately or give the children the greatest possible gift of a parent—one’s nonjudgmental, conscious, fully accepting presence. Everyday Blessings provides a powerful new way of looking at and facing the challenges of parenthood, illuminating how a lack of awareness fosters patterns that damage both parent and child, and how mindfulness brings healing and transformation to this essential relationship.
EVERYDAY BLESSINGS The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn $19.00, paper. Hyperion. 395 pages
This classic, first published in 1998, has now been updated with new material—including an all new introduction and expanded practices in the Epilogue. Everyday Blessings (which Daniel Goleman calls “at last, an emotionally intelligent guide for parents!”) remains one of the few books on parenting that embraces the emotional, intuitive, and deeply personal experience of being a parent . The bestselling author of Wherever You Go, There You Are (more than a million copies in print) and Full Catastrophe Living joins forces with his wife, Myla, in this beautifully revised edition of the classic book about mindfulness in parenting children of all ages. Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn (parents and now grandparents too) show how parents can enrich their own lives and the lives of their children, bringing out the inner potential and beauty that reside in parents and children alike, through intentional, mindful parenting. Parents today are often caught up in moving so quickly and au-
When I am able to empathize and feel compassion for a child’s pain, when I am more accepting of the contrary, irritating, exasperating behaviors that my children can manifest, try on, experiment with—the healing power of unconditional love heals me as it nourishes them. As they grow, I also grow.
With lots of stories and life-tested practical wisdom, the Kabat-Zinns’ couple-medicine shines forth through this book, warming and lighting our family as artist’s studio and place of spiritual practice. It’s both an invaluable how-to-parent guide and a beautiful and wise how-to-live primer. Try to imagine the world from your child’s point of view… Imagine how you appear and sound from your child’s point of view… Practice seeing your children as perfect just the way they are … Learn to live with tension without losing your own balance… Apologize to your child when you have betrayed a trust even a little.
support. In addition, children who feel liked, seen, and cherished—just as they are—are naturally more motivated to do what their parents ask; it s human nature to cooperate with those we feel solidly connected to.
PARENTING WITH PRESENCE Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids by Susan Stiffelman, with a foreword by Eckhart Tolle
While Stiffelman is a lifelong innovator—she taught herself Hindi at sixteen, began meditating decades before it was commonplace, and has traveled around the world with her son—her techniques are decidedly down to earth and her tone the one of someone who understands the walk she talks.
$19.50, paper. New World. 256 pages
Can one live peacefully and in the moment in the midst of homework meltdowns, sibling squabbles, and digital media battles? Marriage and family therapist Susan Stiffelman does more than say “yes,” she shows how, helping parents identify the triggers that take them out of rational and into bribes or threats and recognize when their own marriage, health, or job issues are hurting their relationship with their kids. She then shows how to nurture—or perhaps initiate —the kind of connection that leads kids to want to talk to parents.
When it comes to parenting, it seems that although we may not have knowingly signed up for the “course” our children offer, we nonetheless find ourselves forced to profoundly grow, and grow up. In this respect, I believe our children can become our greatest teachers. While we may not deliberately choose to have a baby so that we can heal wounds from our childhood or become a better version of ourselves, in fact, those opportunities—and thousands more—are birthed right along with our children.
When our relationship with our children is permeated with our whole-hearted engagement and presence, they are more inclined to turn to us, rather than to their friends, for guidance and
psychology, social work, child and human development, neurobiology, and contemplative practices, my years of training and experience in clinical social work, and my ongoing experience with mindfulness and motherhood… If any of my ideas are pulling you away from the here and now, let them go. Do what you can to come back to the present moment, because that’s the one and only place where the practice of parenting can really happen.
PARENTING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters by Carla Naumburg $22.95, paper. Parallax. 190 pages
This generation of parents is overwhelmed with parenting advice. Carla Naumburg sets out to remind them that they have everything they need to raise healthy, happy children. Mindful parenting is about paying attention to what is going on with your children and yourself, without judging, freaking out, or thinking everyone should be doing something differently. In Parenting in the Present Moment, Naumburg shares what truly matters in parenting— connecting with children in ways that are meaningful to them and you, staying grounded amid the craziness of parenting, and staying present for whatever life throws your way. Just show up. That is the most important thing. Mindful parenting is about showing up, as often as we can, for ourselves and our children (in that order) with as much kindness as we can muster. Keep coming back to that North Star, and you’ll be heading in the right direction every time… The ideas in here are based on research from the fields of
studies that demonstrate how belief systems set us up for illness and selfsabotaging behavior ✦ Useful methods for discerning where we hold conflict and imbalance in our bodies and how we can heal it ✦ A practical training manual for developing a “worthiness-consciousness’ that transforms our health and our relationships.
With reassuring, compassionate storytelling, she weaves the most current theories—about healthy relationships, compassionate self-care, and mindfulness— throughout vignettes of her own chaotic childhood and parental struggles. She shows how mindfulness creates a solid foundation for any style of parenting, regardless of your cultural background, socioeconomic status, or family structure. She also introduces the STAY model for tough times: Stop whatever it is you’re doing; Take a breath; Attune to your thoughts and those of your child; and Yield. Parenting is an ongoing journey that constantly challenges every parent. Parenting in the Present Moment will help each family find its own way.
MEDITATIONS FOR BREAKING THE HABIT OF BEING YOURSELF by Joe Dispenza $18.99, 2 CDs. Hay House. 2+ hours
New on CD
This mental-rehearsal CD set, the fourweek guided-meditation companion program to Dr. Joe Dispenza’s very popular book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, is designed to move you from the analytical
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Beta brain-wave state to the state of Alpha, and develop your ability to sustain coherent brain-wave patterns. By placing your awareness on different parts of your body “in
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space” and on “the space around your body,” as instructed by Dr. Joe, you are altering your brain so that you enter into the operating system of your subconscious mind—where unwanted habits and programs exist. The objective is to learn to stay present and make meditation a skill. It is from this new place that you will begin to make the changes in your life that you desire! Dr. Joe Dispenza, a chiropractor by trade, has received postgraduate training and continuing education in neurology, neuroscience, brain function and chemistry, cellular biology, memory formation, and aging and longevity. He was one of the researchers and teachers featured in the film What the BLEEP Do We Know!? For more info: www.drjoedispenza.com
Family & Parenting THE MINDFUL TEEN Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time by Dzung X. Vo $22.50, paper. New Harbinger. 224 pages
In this powerful book, a Vancouver pediatrician specializing in teen and adolescent medicine offers a breakthrough mindfulness program to help you deal with stress in healthy ways, improve communication, and reduce conflicts with family and friends. Being a teen is stressful! Whether it’s school, friends, or dating, the teen years are full of difficult changes—both mentally and physically. If you’re like many teens, you may have difficulty dealing with stress in effective ways. You aren’t alone, and there are things you can do to stay calm, no matter how stressful life becomes. All you need to do is stop, breathe, and be mindful and aware in the present moment. The Mindful Teen offers a unique program based in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to help you deal with stress. The simple, practical, and easy-to-remember tips in this book can be used every day to help you handle any difficult situation more effectively—whether it’s taking a test at school, having a disagreement with your parents, or a problem you are having with friends. If you’re ready to uncover your own inner strength and resilience through mindful awareness and take charge of your life, this book will show you how.
Relationships & Sex DEEPER DATING How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy by Ken Page $16.95, paper. Shambhala. 254 pages
This is a program that not only leads to healthy relationships but that also steers us toward our own potential greatness—from well-known blogger and dating expert Ken Page. In Deeper Dating, Ken Page presents a new path to love. Out of his decades of work as a psychotherapist—and out of his own personal struggle to find love—Page teaches
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✦ that the greatest magnet for real love lies in our “Core Gifts”—the places of our deepest sensitivity, longing, and pasDeeper sion. Dating guides us to discover our own Core Gifts and then teaches us to extricate these gifts from the wounds that keep them buried, empowering us to express them with courage, generosity, and discrimination in our dating life. When we do this, something miraculous happens: we begin to attract people who love us for who we really are, we become more self-assured and emotionally available, and we lose our taste for relationships that chip away at our self-esteem. Without losing a pound, changing our hairstyle, or buying a single new accessory, we find healthy love moving closer. Deeper Dating integrates the best of human intimacy theory with timeless spiritual truths and translates them into a practical, step-by-step process. This Source is the place that you love from. Here is a simple exercise to help you move closer to it: Ask yourself, “Do I find a kind of gravitational pull toward intimacy inside myself?” Now imagine following that gravitational pull deep down to its source inside you,…toward the living spring of your own goodness. That spring is something you can tap into… The closer we come to it, the more we meet it skin to skin, the more quality time we spend with it, the more our life will be transformed, simplified, and inspired. The greater our intimacy with this source, the more the frozen parts of our heart will begin to thaw. And then love, and its twin, the longing for love, will begin to
emerge in our life. In my opinion, that is the true spiritual path.
“Among the best manuals for succeeding in finding and keeping love we have seen. Ken Page shows you, with many illustrations and exercises, how to prepare for the ultimate relationship with someone who is just right for you.” —Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt, authors of Keeping the Love You Find.
THE PROMISE OF LOVE, SEX AND INTIMACY How a Simple Breathing Practice Will Enrich Your Life Forever by Mark Whitwell $22.50, paper. Simon & Schuster. 288 pp.
The Promise of Love, Sex, and Intimacy is a simple yet profound solution to the cause of all human discontent: the lack of intimacy, especially sexual intimacy. Even amidst the plethora of techniques now available for so-called enlightenment—from meditation and visualization to intensive prayer retreats or obsessive exercise regimens—the need for intimacy is often left unsatisfied. Requiring just seven minutes a day, the practice taught in this book—called “Your Seven-Minute Wonder”—answers that need by opening the body and psyche to gratifying levels of personal and sexual intimacy. Renowned teacher Mark Whitwell, who has spent a lifetime studying the secrets of life with great masters in many traditions, has seen through to the heart of their understanding, and created a simple way for readers to acquire it for themselves. “Your Seven-Minute Wonder” is a physical practice—a combination of healthful breathing sustained by synchronistic body
A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman & Nan Silver $19.00, paper. Bantam. 304 pages
John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage by using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over many years. Here is the newly revised culmination of his life’s work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Packed with practical questionnaires, new exercises, and the latest research out of the esteemed Gottman Institute, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is a guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential. Author of the much-lauded Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, Gottman shows how there’s much more to a solid, “emotionally intelligent” marriage than sharing every feeling and thought—though he points out that most couples therapists ineffectively (and expensively) harp on these concepts. He has found through studying hundreds of couples in his “Seattle Love Lab” that it only takes five minutes for him to predict—with 91% accuracy-—which couples will eventually divorce. He shares the four notso-obvious signs of a troubled relationship that he looks for, using sometimes amusing passages from his sessions with married couples. (One standout is Rory, the pediatrician who didn’t know the name of the family dog because he spent so much time at work.) Gottman debunks many myths about divorce (primary among them that affairs are at the root of most splits). He also reveals surprising facts about couples who stay together. They do engage in screaming matches. And they certainly don’t resolve every problem. Through a series of in-depth quizzes, checklists, and exercises, similar to the ones he uses in his workshops, Gottman provides the framework for coping with differences and strengthening your marriage. His profiles of troubled couples rescued from the brink of divorce (including that of Rory, the out-of-touch doctor) and those of still-happy couples who reinvigorate their relationships are equally enlightening. “An eminently practical guide to an emotionally intelligent-—and long-lasting— marriage.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
Intimacy is not a casual matter or a casual affair. The very word implies a connection beneath the surface of things; its original meaning was “most inward or deep seated.” It is an opportunity to participate in the life of another. By doing so, you participate positively with the powerful, regenerative function of nature. And even if, at the moment, you are not in a relationship with another person, you are in a relationship nevertheless. That relationship is with yourself. With your body. With your breath. By cultivating that primary intimacy with yourself, you will cultivate intimacy with others.
Men & Women TO BE A MAN A Guide to True Masculine Power by Robert Augustus Masters $30.00, cloth. Sounds True. 290 pages
With To Be a Man, acclaimed psychotherapist and spiritual teacher Robert Augustus Masters offers this new and deeply insightful guide to masculine power and fulfillment. I’ve got it all—so why am I so dissatisfied with my life? Why am I never happy in my romantic relationships? How do I become more courageous and powerful without becoming that jerk everyone hates?
Masters has helped thousands of men address these issues. And for nearly all of them, he’s found that one solution is clear: we must face our early wounds and the shame that holds us back—and then “bring our head, heart, and guts into full-blooded alignment.” To Be a Man clarifies what’s needed to enter a manhood as strongly empowered as it’s vulnerable, as emotionally literate as it’s unapologetically alive—a manhood at home with truly intimate relationship.
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movement. Its purpose is to be uplifting and totally functional: a dynamic interflow of “inspiration” or inhalation (receptivity), with the “expression” or exhalation (strength). This in-and-out breathing cycle, which Mark carefully delineates, activates the deep male-female polarity within each of us, regardless of gender.
This is a true hero’s journey of healing and awakening, connecting the dots of past and present emotionally as well as intellectually, encountering all that we’ve been and are. Along the way, we cultivate an intimacy with everything that we are— high and low, dark and light, masculine and feminine, dying and undying—for the benefit of one and all. This is the primal odyssey pulsing in every man’s marrow, whether he embarks on it or not.
In this book, readers will explore: ✦ How your past may be dominating your pre-
sent ✦ Shame in its healthy and unhealthy forms,
and how to make wise use of it ✦ How vulnerability can be a source of
strength ✦ Emotional literacy—an essential skill for
relational well-being ✦ Releasing sex from the obligation to make
you feel better ✦ How to disempower your inner critic ✦ Bringing your shadow (whatever you’ve dis-
owned in yourself) out of the dark ✦ Embodying your natural heroism and per-
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✦ sisting regardless of fear ✦ What women need from men ✦ Understanding and outgrowing pornog-
raphy and other addictions ✦ Entering the heartland of true masculine
power. If you’ve read your share of popular advice on relationships and being a man—but realize on a gut level that it’s going to take some serious inner work—here’s a great guide to doing it. Among Masters’ other books are Emotional Intimacy and Spiritual Bypassing.
RED HOT AND HOLY A Heretic’s Love Story by Sera Beak $20.50, paper. Sounds True. 288 pages
As one person dares to New in speak her truth, it gives us Paperback all permission. Through Sera’s riveting personal narrative and illuminating “wakeup” suggestions, Red Hot and Holy offers us a startlingly intimate and provocative view of what it means to fall madly in love with the divine as a modern woman, inspiring us all to live our own spiritual love affair, out loud and on purpose. With her unique combination of audacious wit, critical insight, radical transparency and tender vulnerability—mixed with red wine, rock songs, tattoos, and sex, as well as academic research, psychological theory, and mythology—Sera candidly chronicles the highs and lows of her mystical journey in a refreshingly contemporary style. Her book is divided into “B.M.” and “A.M.,” meaning before and after she met Marion Woodman, the elder Jungian analyst. From the innocence of her childhood crush on God; through a whirlwind of torrid liaisons and bitter break-ups with Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, and the New Age; and finally into committed monogamy with a Red Hot and Holy Goddess—Sera reveals the perils and ecstasies of what it takes to discover one’s true Self. My Love Story is an epic, really—most definitely a saga, for sure a spiritual soap opera. It’s dramatic and emotional, personal yet archetypal, mundane yet multidimensional, ancient yet modern, familiar yet foreign, hilarious and even cheesy at times... It’s filled with eccentric characters, such as Mary Magdalene, the Hindu goddess Kali, the Persian poet Rumi, the Zen mystic Ikkyu, the Buddhist teacher Saraha, some of the Hebrew bible bad girls (Eve, Lilith, and the Whore of Babylon), the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung, Gnostics, tantrikas, dakinis, witches—all mixed together with past lives, sex, heretical lineages, and quite a bit of fire, tears, and Red rose petals.
Sera Beak’s spunky writing and renegade wisdom sparked her debut book The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark. Now, with Red Hot and Holy, she brings readers a more personal book—a raucous, uncomfortable, hilarious, and utterly honest portrait of the heart-wrenching process of mystical realization and human embodiment.
INDEX OF AUTHORS & THEIR TITLES
Adams, Martin Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Adyashanti The One of Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Allen, Laura The Water-Wise Home. . . . . . . . . . . 37
AndrÈ, Christophe Looking at Mindfulness . . . . . . . . . . 25
Angelo, Jack The Healing Wisdom of Mary Magdalene. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Badiner, Allan Zig Zag Zen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Baker, Carolyn Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse . . . . . . . . . 39
Batchelor, Stephen The Faith to Doubt . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Bays, Jan Chozen Mindfulness on the Go . . . . . . . . . . 25
Beak, Sera Red Hot and Holy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Beam, Mary Todd The Creative Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Beery, Itzhak The Gift of Shamanism . . . . . . . . . . 28
Bekoff, Marc Rewilding Our Hearts . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Bernstein, Gabrielle Miracles Now . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Bevell, Brett New Reiki Software for Divine Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Bijou, Jude Attitude Reconstruction . . . . . . . . . 23
Bloom, Jeffi Practical Permaculture. . . . . . . . . . . 38
Bodine, Echo What Happens When We Die? . . . . 33
Bourne, Edmu The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook. . 23
Brahm, Ajahn Don’t Worry Be Grumpy . . . . . . . . . 12
Brown, BrenÈ Daring Greatly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Burch, Vidyamala You Are Not Your Pain . . . . . . . . . . 16
Burkett, Tim Nothing Holy about It . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Burnett, Graham The Vegan Book of Permaculture . 19
Campbell, Thomas The Campbell Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Carroll, Cain Mudras of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Carroll, Cain Mudras of Yoga Cards . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Chodron, Pema Practicing Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Church, Dawson The Genie in Your Genes . . . . . . . . 17
Conner, Cindy Seed Libraries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Dalai Lama, The Buddhism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Dalai Lama, The From Here to Enlightenment . . . . . 14
Daniel, Peter & Beryn Rawlicious Superfoods . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Davidson, Sara The December Project. . . . . . . . . . . 31
De Pape, Baptist The Power of the Heart. . . . . . . . . . 21
Denholm, Derrick Stacey Ground-Truthing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Deppe, Carol The Tao of Vegetable Gardening . . 37
Dispenza, Joe Meditations for Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself . . . . . . . . . . 40
Doidge, Norman The Brain’s Way of Healing . . . . . . 40
Love Haiku . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Dyer, Wayne I Can See Clearly Now . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Esmonde-White, Miranda Aging Backwards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Evenson, Dean. Harmonic Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Farebrother, Sue Merlyn Astrology Decoded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Shamanic Visioning Music. . . . . . . . 29 Walking in Light. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Healing Ancestral Karma. . . . . . . . . 29
The Bhagavad Gita. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
The Lunar & Biodynamic Gardening. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Restoring the Soul of the World . . . 36
Manual of Psychomagic . . . . . . . . . . 27 Where the Bird Sings Best. . . . . . . . 28 The Sacred Tradition of Yoga . . . . . 10
Fondin, Michelle The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 The Flame in the Cauldron. . . . . . . 30
The Better World Shopping Guide #5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Centering Prayer Meditations . . . . . 31
Gawain, Shakti The Relationship Handbook. . . . . . 21
Start a Community Food Garden . . 38
Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Global Peace Iniative for Women Sacred Seed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Godin, Seth Leap First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Kabat-Zinn, Myla and Jon Kater, Peter The Heart of Silence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Kater, Peter The Meditation Music of Peter Kater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Katzen, Mollie The Moosewood Cookbook. . . . . . . 20
Goleman, Daniel Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Kempton, Sally Doorways to the Infinite . . . . . . . . . 10
Goodchild, Chloe The Naked Voice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Gordon, David & Steve Drum Cargo: Rhythms of Water . . . . 6
Kent, Tami Lynn
Esoteric Egypt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Wild Creative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work . . . . . . . . . . 42
Khong, Sister Chan
Savage Grace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Grossman, Gail Restorative Yoga for Life . . . . . . . . . 11
Sacred Plant Initiations . . . . . . . . . . 18
The Sixth Extinction . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
How to Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Kounen, Jan Krishna Das
No Mud, No Lotus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Silence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Kunsang, Erik Pema Lachman, Gary
A Little Book of Love. . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Revolutionaries of the Soul . . . . . . . 33
Chasing the Scream . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Open Spaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
10 Percent Happier . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Harris, Sam Waking Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Tao Te Ching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Mindfulness, Meditation and Mind Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Levine, Ondrea The Healing I Took Birth For. . . . . 27
Hartsuiker, Dolf Sadhus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Levoy, Gregg Vital Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Heinberg, Richard Afterburn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Lewisohn, Leonard The Philosophy of Ecstasy . . . . . . . . 32
Heriot, Drew The Power of the Heart DVD . . . . . 21
Holden, Anthony & Ben Poems That Make Grown Men Cry. . 8
Lokos, Allan Through the Flames. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Longchen Rabjam The Practice of Dzogchen . . . . . . . . 14
Howe, Linda Discover Your Soul’s Path through the Akashic Records . . . . . 33
Hubbard, Barbara Marx Conscious Evolution . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Lovelock, James A Rough Ride to the Future . . . . . . 34
Loy, David A New Buddhist Path . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Hubl, Thomas The Power of We . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Coming Back to Life . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Huffington, Arianna Thrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Hunger, Hope & Healing . . . . . . . . 19
Huguelit, Laurent The Shamanic Path to Quantum Consciousness . . . . . . . . . 29
Reclaiming Art in the Age of Artifice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
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Muktananda, Swami Awakening to the Infinite . . . . . . . . 10
Naad Flow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Naumburg, Carla Parenting in the Present Moment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Neff, Kristin Self-Compassion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Newcomb, Karen The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Nyima Rinpoche, Chokyi. O’Brien, Julie O’Dea, James Owen, Liz Page, Ken Peters, Gregory The Magickal Union of East and West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Powell, Simon Prechtel, Martin The Smell of Rain on Dust . . . . . . . 30
Preece, Rob Prendergast, John Reeves, Judy Wild Women, Wild Voices . . . . . . . . . 9
Levey, Joel & Michelle
In Touch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Feeling Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Whole Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Magic Mushroom Explorer . . . . . . . 28
Jewels of Enlightenment . . . . . . . . . 14
Hanh, Thich Nhat
Effortless Healing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Deeper Dating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Change the Story, Change the Future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Laughing at the Moon . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Hanh, Thich Nhat
Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back . . . . 11
Visionary Ayahuasca . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Tuning the Human Biofield . . . . . . 17
The Conscious Activist . . . . . . . . . . . 39
McKusick, Eileen Day
Fresh & Fermented . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Beginning Anew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
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Medicine and Compassion . . . . . . . 16
Know Where You’re Going . . . . . . . 12
A Religion of One’s Own. . . . . . . . . 24
Everyday Blessings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
The Shaman’s Oracle . . . . . . . . . . . 32
The Heart of Bravery . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
The Complete Arthurian Tarot . . . 32
Matthews, Caitlin & John Matthews, John
Die Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Jois, Dr. Shankaranarayana
Masters, Robert Augustus To Be A Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Mason-John, Valerie Eight Step Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Pilates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
The Mindbody Code . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Reis, Patricia Spring 91: Women’s Voices . . . . . . . 24
Renard, Gary Love Has Forgotten No One . . . . . . 22
Riain, Noirin Ni Hearth Sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Ricard, Matthieu Altruism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Rinzler, Lodro Sit Like a Buddha. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Robbins, Tom Tibetan Peach Pie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Robin, Vicki Blessing the Hands that Feed Us . . 19
Roland, Catharina Awake in the Dream DVD . . . . . . . . . 7
Rosen, Steven Dreams, Death, Rebirth . . . . . . . . . . 24
Ruiz, Jr., Don Miguel The Five Levels of Attachment . . . . 29
Saxifrage, Carrie The Big Swim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Schaeffer, John Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
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Schaya, Leo Universal Aspects of Kabbalah and Judaism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Shastro Lovers Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
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Simmons, Robert The Book of Stones, Revised Edition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
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Singh, Kathleen Dowling The Grace in Aging . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Slingerland, Edward Trying Not To Try . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
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Smith, Rodney Lessons from the Dying . . . . . . . . . . 27
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Stiffelman, Susan Parenting with Presence . . . . . . . . . 41
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Walsch, Neale Donald iGOD DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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Wayne, Peter The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
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Wen, Benebell Holistic Tarot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
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Whyte, David Solace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
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Banyen Books & Sound's bi-yearly catalogue featuring news, reviews, and events from Banyen. Issue 46, the spring-summer-fall 2015 edition.
Published on Apr 30, 2015
Banyen Books & Sound's bi-yearly catalogue featuring news, reviews, and events from Banyen. Issue 46, the spring-summer-fall 2015 edition.