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practice of embodying emotions

Practice of Embodying Emotions

A Guide for Improving Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes
$28.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: March, 2022
ISBN: 9781623174774
In stock now: 0

From a senior trainer in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing program, here’s an introduction to a new science-based somatic psychotherapy that effectively relieves emotional difficulties, regulates behavior, and improves wellbeing.

Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP) is an easy-to-learn therapeutic modality developed by psychologist Dr. Raja Selvam, who believes optimal mental health relies on our ability to fully embody our emotions. Drawing on neuroscience, body-psychotherapy, somatic psychology, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, Selvam describes how our bodies can be used as vehicles for affective processing, thereby alleviating mental suffering while regulating behavior and enhancing memory, language, and critical thinking.

Clinicians will learn capacity-building skills to teach their clients, like how to tolerate all feelings (especially the uncomfortable ones) while navigating life's inevitable challenges. Selvam describes what he sees as four new categories of emotional embodiment work:

  • Situation, which links context to affect response.
  • Emotion, which fosters acceptance of emotions.
  • Expansion/Regulation, connecting brain and body to expand emotional tolerance.
  • Integration, where attention is used for bolstering bodily and energetic stability.

ISP has been tested internationally and shown to shorten the average treatment times for most patients. It can be used either as a primary or complementary approach for therapists of any orientation who may be looking for innovative ways to help their patients self-regulate and enjoy a wider range of emotional experiences.

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Playg Daze

a threshold journal
$20.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Names of Thunder
Publication Date: February, 2022
ISBN: 9780994833211
In stock now: 4

Salish Sea sage and wilderness guide Scott Lawrance offers some heart-wrestled gristle and sutra from the heart of the plague years. As his elderpoet bill bissett writes, "playg daze    is brillyant wunderful...  ther ar words n thots n qwestyuns n feelings in  playg daze   2 live by    diffrent approaches 2 wisdom heer   vizual poetree   lyrik   metaphysical  praktikul    politikul... we work on our thinking spiritual being keeping in mindfulness    th tree is our bodee    playg daze  amayzes startuls n lifts us  n relee helps a lot."

Secret Teaching for yu

 

following Martin Prechtel's suggestions that the only
      things that the gods are actually
interested in and amused by, from the human realm,
      are  1) things made (of beauty & love)
with the use of our miraculous hands; and 2) our music:

 

to open the channels to hear, to open my ears, I sing,
     starting maybe with simple vocables of
        "sound vibrations" in body,
extend into pentecostal type, random chants of praise,
   incorporate whatever rhythms, vowels, consonants,
        clicks, yodels,
whatever to arise, to carry our love and praise
          to the forgotten
& ignored persons, living and dead, that animate the
        wondrous
ongoing magnificence of life-in-place that is your locale.

 

then listen to what arises in response,
         surrendering all notions
     of meaning, all threads of hope, and most all,
  the vestiges of despair that enclose our colonized
                body/minds.

 

            Sing & in there will also be
     Words with meaning in yr language
              To plumb the berry
                  Depths of.

revolution of the soul

Revolution of the Soul

Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action
$25.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: February, 2022
ISBN: 9781683648758
In stock now: 0

Celebrated yoga teacher and activist Seane Corn shares pivotal accounts of her life with raw honesty—enriched with in-depth spiritual teachings—to help us heal, evolve, and change the world. “My first lessons in spirituality and yoga had nothing to do with a mat, but everything to do with waking up. They included angels, seeing God, and being in Heaven. But, believe me, not the way you might think.” So begins Revolution of the Soul. What comes next reads like a riveting memoir filled with uncensored moments of joy, pain, wonder, and humour.

Except, this book is so much more than that. Seane’s voice is raw, real, vulnerable, and her soul stories are powerful transmissions.

Seane's real purpose is to guide us into a deep, gut-level understanding of our highest Self through yoga philosophy and other tools for emotional healing—not just as abstract ideas but as embodied, fully felt wisdom. Why? To spark a "revolution of the soul" in each of us, so we can awaken to our purpose and become true agents of change.

When we heal the fractured parts of ourselves and learn to love who we are and the journey we’ve embarked upon, we will see that same tender humanity in all souls. This is the revolution of the soul.

Just a few of the riveting stops along the way include: The everyday "angels" Seane finds in the gritty corners of New York's 1980s East Village; her early struggles as a total yoga-class misfit; the profound shadow work and body-based practices that helped her to heal childhood trauma, OCD, unhealthy behaviors, and relationship wounding; hard-earned lessons from some of the most heartbreaking places on the planet; and many other stories—all engagingly written, and each illuminated by immersive teachings.

Everyone. Everything. We are in the Mystery together, learning, growing, changing, evolving, and every single moment supports our awakening. It doesn’t always look that way, but it’s all designed to shape and mature our soul. Each experience a teaching, every person a guru. All moments and people hold a mirror up to us and reflect back those places within ourselves that are separate from our own light. Reclaim that light, and the essence of God is known.

Also by Seane Corn is the three part DVD series, The Yoga of Awakening.

grow organic salad leaves and greens

Grow Organic Salad Leaves and Greens

Indoors or outdoors, all year round
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Green Books
Publication Date: February, 2022
ISBN: 9780857845542
In stock now: 3

Known as the guru of no-dig, Charles Dowding has updated his definitive book on salad-growing in this beautifully illustrated paperback edition: how to have tasty salad leaves all year round in a garden, balcony or windowsill; how to grow micro leaves and how to serve them in delicious recipes, all using organic or permaculture principles. Great for food lovers keen to eat tasty food with a low carbon footprint.

This compendium of practical methods for growing a wide variety of salads throughout the year, will inspire you to grow your own, whether on a windowsill, in your garden or on the community garden allotment.

Here is all the information you need for productive, healthy and tasty salads. Learn the subtleties of salad seasons and virtues of different leaves throughout the year. And when your table is groaning with the abundance of your harvests, there are delicious and imaginative recipes, exploiting the fantastic flavours, colour and vitality of home grown salad leaves.

Salad leaves are one of the quickest and easiest vegetables you can grow. More than that, plants that are well looked after will provide long successions of harvests, without having to repeatedly sow or plant again. How to continually crop the same plants and give them a surprisingly long life is a main theme of this book. Another key theme in the book is growing in small spaces and containers, which can be impressively productive. You may also find yourself appreciating the growing beauty of your range of salad plants, as much as their abundant contributions to the table. The leaves you pick will also be full of seasonal characteristics, reflecting how different salads give of their best at particular times of year.

Among Charles Dowding's several other books are: How to Grow Winter Vegetables and How to Create a New Vegetable Garden.

four pivots

Four Pivots

Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves
$23.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: January, 2022
ISBN: 9781623175429
In stock now: 5

For readers of Emergent Strategy and Dare to Lead, an activist's roadmap to long-term social justice impact through four simple shifts.

We need a fundamental shift in our values--a pivot in how we think, act, work, and connect. Despite what weve been told, the most critical mainspring of social change isnt coalition building or problem analysis. Its healing: deep, whole, and systemic, inside and out.

Here, Shawn Ginwright, PhD, breaks down the common myths of social movements--a set of deeply ingrained beliefs that actually hold us back from healing and achieving sustainable systemic change. He shows us why these frames dont work, proposing instead four revolutionary pivots for better activism and collective leadership:

Awareness: from lens to mirror
Connection: from transactional to transformative relationships
Vision: from problem-fixing to possibility-creating
Presence: from hustle to flow

Supplemented with reflections, prompts, cutting-edge research, and the authors own insights and lived experience as an African American social scientist, professor, and movement builder, The Four Pivots helps us uncover our blind spots. It shows us how to discover new lenses and boldly assert our need for connection, transformation, trust, wholeness, and healing. It gives us permission to create a better future--to acknowledge that a broken system has been predefining our dreams and limiting what we allow ourselves to imagine, but that it doesnt have to be that way at all. Are you ready to pivot?

dharma in difficult times

Dharma in Difficult Times

Finding Your Calling in Times of Loss, Change, Struggle, and Doubt
$35.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: January, 2022
ISBN: 9781401957261
In stock now: 5

Stephen Cope's previous deeply-felt books have included The Great Work of Your Life and Deep Human Connection (on soul friends). Scholar Emeritus at the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Cope hits another home run with this new book.

How do we make sense of our lives when our world seems to be falling apart? In this beautifully written book, scholar and teacher Stephen Cope shows that crises don't have to derail us from our purpose—they can actually help us to find our purpose and step forward as our best selves. The Dharma in Difficult Times continues the message of Cope's best-loved book, The Great Work of Your Life, which gave readers a road map for the journey to their true calling.

As in Great Work, Cope takes the ancient yogic text the Bhagavad Gita—the epic narrative of the warrior Arjuna's odyssey of self-discovery—as a model for the reader's journey. Then he builds on that foundation using the stories and teachings of famous figures, as well as stories of ordinary people and his own rich personal experience. Along the way, we find striking examples for finding meaning and purpose in our lives:

  • Gandhi shows how to tap our spiritual resources and listen for our inner voice
  • Rachmaninoff and Charles Darwin showcase working skillfully with obstacles and doubts
  • Marian Anderson and Sojourner Truth shed light on dharma's mystic power and how we learn to trust in it
  • And more

In the spirit of Pema Chodron's When Things Fall Apart, Cope's new book is required—and rewarding—reading for anyone "brailling their way" through crisis.

Here is the central question of this book: What do we do in this momentarily opened present, in this momentarily opened field of possibility?... Your dharma is the one place where you can truly pour out all the love that you have in your heart. It is the one place where you can most effectively apply all your energy and your particular genius. It is the one place where you can be as wild and as crazy and as peculiar as you actually are... So while we live, let us indeed act well. Let us bring everything we've got to our work here in the world, today... Find your own idiosyncratic dharma. And do it full-out, now. No matter how small the beginning may seem to be, what is once well done is done forever!

“Inspiring, beautifully written, uplifting, tough, and tender. A powerful book to raise your spirits and help you navigate these uncertain times with a clearer vision and a loving heart.” —Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

seeking wisdom

Seeking Wisdom

A Spiritual Path to Creative Connection (A Six-Week Artist's Way Program)
$24.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: St. Martin's
Publication Date: January, 2022
ISBN: 9781250809377
In stock now: 0

Author Julia Cameron changed the way the world thinks about creativity when she first published The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity thirty years ago. Over five million copies later, Cameron now turns her attention to creative prayer, which she believes is a key facet of the creative life. In Seeking Wisdom, a 6 Week Artists Way Program, readers, too, will learn to pray.

Tracing her own creative journey, Cameron reveals that prayer led her forward at a time of personal crisis. Unexpectedly, prayer became an indispensable support to her artistic life. The tools she created to save herself in her darkest hour became the tools she would share with the world through The Artist's Way. Seeking Wisdom details the origin of these tools, and by Cameron's example, the central role that prayer plays in sustaining a life as an artist.

In this volume, Cameron shares a mindful collection of prayer practices that open our creative souls. This path takes us beyond traditional religious rituals, welcoming readers regardless of their beliefs and backgrounds. As you journey through each week of the program you'll explore prayers of petition, gratitude, creativity, and more. Along the way, the three beloved tools of The Artists Way—Morning Pages, Artist Dates, and Walks—are refreshed and reintroduced, to provide a proven, grounded framework for growth and development.

Additionally, Cameron introduces a fourth tool, Writing Out Guidance. She believes this powerful practice will greatly aid aspiring artists.

"In Seeking Wisdom, the prolific Julia Cameron continues her work as a masterful guide, offering a path of creative recovery by asking us to personalize our sense of God through our own intimate practice of prayer. Both grounded and innovative, this book casts writing as praying on the page to everything larger than us. Bring your whole self to the journey of this book and you will touch the eternal link between creativity and spirituality. This book will help you come alive. It will help you play your instrument and sing your song." —Mark Nepo, author of The Book of Soul and Drinking from the River of Light

"A master of her craft of giving to others what her inner guides have taught her, I promise you will come away from reading her new book, as I did, with renewed creative zest and energy, as well as insight into your own spiritual possibilities as a creative person." —Judy Collins, Singer, Songwriter, Author

zen of therapy

Zen of Therapy

Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life
$36.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication Date: January, 2022
ISBN: 9780593296615
In stock now: 2

Here's a remarkable exploration of the therapeutic relationship. Dr. Mark Epstein reflects on one year's worth of therapy sessions with his patients to observe how his training in Western psychotherapy and his equally long investigation into Buddhism, in tandem, led to greater awareness—for his patients, and for himself.

For years, Mark Epstein kept his Buddhist practice separate from his work as a psychiatrist. Content to use his training in mindfulness as a private resource, he trusted that the Buddhist influence could, and should, remain invisible. But as he became more forthcoming with his patients about his personal spiritual leanings, he was surprised to learn how many were eager to learn more. The divisions between the psychological, emotional, and the spiritual, he soon realized, were not as distinct as one might think.

In The Zen of Therapy, Dr. Epstein reflects on a year's worth of selected sessions with his patients and observes how, in the incidental details of a given hour, his Buddhist background influences the way he works. Meditation and psychotherapy each encourage a willingness to face life's difficulties with courage that can be hard to otherwise muster, and in this cross-section of life in his office, he emphasizes how therapy, an element of Western medicine, can in fact be considered a two-person meditation. Mindfulness, too, much like a good therapist, can hold our awareness for us—and allow us to come to our senses and find inner peace.

My intention here is twofold: to show that meditation does not have to be a solitary intrapsychic endeavor but can also work interpersonally, and to demonstrate that emotional life, rather than being a distraction, can serve as a critical doorway to spiritual understanding... One way or another, a person's real-life issues must be brought into awareness to serve as grist for the spiritual mill, and a therapist, as spiritual friend, can help make this happen... In the context of psychotherapy, how can friendship, companionship, and camaraderie actually emerge?


Throughout this deeply personal inquiry, one which weaves together the wisdom of two worlds, Dr. Epstein illuminates the therapy relationship as spiritual friendship, and reveals how a therapist can help patients cultivate the sense that there is something magical, something wonderful, and something to trust running through our lives, no matter how fraught they have been or might become. For when we realize how readily we have misinterpreted our selves, when we stop clinging to our falsely conceived constructs, when we touch the ground of being, we come home.

“This wise and sympathetic book’s lingering effect is as a reminder that a deeper and more companionable way of life lurks behind our self-serious stories." —Oliver Burkeman, New York Times Book Review

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Hello, Goodbye

75 Rituals for Times of Loss, Celebration, and Change
$38.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Tiller Press
Publication Date: January, 2022
ISBN: 9781982170936
In stock now: 3

Here, from Day Schildkret, the author of the wonderful Morning Altars (which inspires us to create altars with natural elements), is a contemporary book of rituals for times of loss, celebration, and change. Embrace the power of ritual with simple practices that slow us down to honor and mark the real moments in our lives—from the loss of a parent to the birth of a child, from grieving a pet to celebrating coming out of the closet.

Life has many transitions: A baby is born. A child leaves for college. A marriage. A divorce. A death. We all experience moments of profound change, but what do we do to mark those moments? How do we become mindful of these events and imbue them with purpose and meaning? Could our lives be better, richer, and more resilient if we had more practical resources and rituals to honour, sanctify, and make sense of these transitions?

Day Schildkret, artist and author behind the international Morning Altars movement, believes that what we need is ritual. Rituals are the rhythms and traditions that give us a sense of stability in the face of uncertainty by reminding us that there's always something we can do, say or make that conjures awe, contentment, and gratitude. They give us a way to acknowledge through our actions that, as life changes, we too must change.

Turning grief into beauty is how ritual renews the world again... Ritual is always our most trusted guide during times of change. When everything is unsettled, ungrounded, and unpredictable, ritual can refocus us back to what matters. When things seem so fast and wild, ritual can slow us down and remind us what we are missing. And when fear and doubt pervade our waking moments, ritual can help us let go of what we're grasping onto and reconnect us to courage and resilience. When people die, jobs are lost, babies are born, relationships end or begin, the world panics—ritual is there for us as a pathfinder through change. The more we can learn how to be in relationship with change itself as it happens—which is the very function of ritual—the more we can gracefully change too...

 

Pivoting to the sacred is a ritual's wayu to turn us toward and not away from the Great Mystery, the Great Uncertainty of our lives, which is always changing. It is a way to make these moment of hello and goodbye holy and beautiful.


Offering ways to make many kinds of moments special and sacred, Hello, Goodbye teaches you to not fear uncertainty, but instead participate fully and creatively in life's inevitable changes, including:

  • Birth of a child
  • Moving and new homes
  • Divorce
  • Empty nesting
  • Retirement
  • Death anniversary
  • Health crises - and many more

Containing over 75 hands-on ritual instructions, informed by hundreds of interviews, and filled with beautiful illustrations, inspirational story-telling, potent questions, and experienced wisdom, Hello, Goodbye is a lifelong go-to guide.

 

drug use for grown-ups

Drug Use For Grown-Ups

Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear
By: c Hart
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: January, 2022
ISBN: 9781101981665
In stock now: 3

Here's a powerful argument that the greatest damage from drugs flows from their being illegal, and a hopeful reckoning with the possibility of their use as part of a responsible and happy life.

Dr. Carl L. Hart, Ziff Professor at Columbia University and former chair of the Department of Psychology, is one of the world's preeminent experts on the effects of so-called recreational drugs on the human mind and body. Dr. Hart is open about the fact that he uses drugs himself, in a happy balance with the rest of his full and productive life as a researcher and professor, husband, father, and friend. In Drug Use for Grown-Ups, he draws on decades of research and his own personal experience to argue definitively that the criminalization and demonization of drug use--not drugs themselves--have been a tremendous scourge on our society, not least in reinforcing America's enduring structural racism.

Dr. Hart came of age in one of Miami's most troubled neighborhoods at a time when many ills were being laid at the door of crack cocaine. His initial work as a researcher was aimed at proving that drug use caused bad outcomes. But one problem kept cropping up: the evidence from his research did not support his hypothesis. From inside the massively well-funded research arm of the American war on drugs, he saw how the facts did not support the ideology. The truth was dismissed and distorted in order to keep fear and outrage stoked, the funds rolling in, and Black and brown bodies behind bars.

Drug Use for Grown-Ups will be controversial, to be sure: the propaganda war, Dr. Hart argues, has been tremendously effective. Imagine if the only subject of any discussion about driving automobiles was fatal car crashes. Drug Use for Grown-Ups offers a radically different vision: when used responsibly, drugs can enrich and enhance our lives. We have a long way to go, but the vital conversation this book will generate is an extraordinarily important step.

“You must read this book. It's an eye-opening, mind-expanding masterpiece from one of the most important scientists in the world. You won't be the same after.” Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream