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Heartbeat of Trees

Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature
$32.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: July, 2021
ISBN: 9781771646895
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New from the bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees (and its follow-ups The Inner Life of Animals and The Secret Wisdom of Naturea remarkable treatise on the bond between humans and nature.

In an era of cell phone addiction and ever-expanding cities, many of us fear we’ve lost our connection to nature—but Peter Wohlleben is convinced that age-old ties linking humans to the forest remain alive and intact. Whether we observe it or not, our blood pressure stabilizes near trees, the color green calms us, and the forest sharpens our senses. Drawing on new scientific discoveries, The Heartbeat of Trees reveals the profound interactions humans can have with nature, exploring the language of the forest, the consciousness of plants, and the eroding boundary between flora and fauna. Wohlleben shares how to see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste your journey into the woods. Above all, he reveals a wondrous cosmos where humans are a part of nature, and where conservation is not just about saving trees—it’s about saving ourselves, too.

“Human beings are desperate to not feel alone in the universe. We are not. We are surrounded by an ongoing conversation that we can sense, if, as Peter Wohlleben so movingly prescribes, we listen to the heartbeat of all life.”
— Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling

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In Love With The World

A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying
$24.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: March, 2021
ISBN: 9780525512547
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At thirty-six years old, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters and the respected abbot of three monasteries. Then one night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery in India with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat, following the ancient practice of holy mendicants. His goal was to throw off his titles and roles, in order to explore the deepest aspects of his being. Yet he immediately discovered that his training had not prepared him to deal with his dirty fellow travelers, or the screeching of the train. He had trouble shedding his monk's robes and paid for a cheap hostel rather than sleep on the station floor. Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning—and his journey took a startling turn. His lifelong meditation practice had prepared him to face death, and he now had the opportunity to test the strength of his training.

In this powerful and unusually candid account of the inner workings of a Buddhist master, Mingyur Rinpoche shares with us the invaluable lessons he learned from his near-death experience(s). Sharing with the reader meditation practices along the way, he shows us how we can transform our fear of dying into joyful living. Though his story has the feel of a spiritual classic, it is an urgent and timely message for today's challenging world.

“With this book, we enter into the interior life of a remarkable young Buddhist teacher. After setting off by himself on a wandering retreat, he immediately encounters fear, aversion, sickness, and near death. Yet the same emotional and physical difficulties that would throw the average person for a loop become opportunities for Mingyur Rinpoche to work with his mind, and to deepen his commitment to transforming adversity into awakening. His willingness to describe this process in such intimate detail has been an immense help to my own path, and makes this one of the most inspiring books I have ever read.”Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart

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Green Witch Oracle Cards

Discover Real Secrets of Botanical Magick
$31.95 CAD
Tarot + Oracle Card Set
Publisher: Rockpool Publishing
Publication Date: February, 2021
ISBN: 9781925924718
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Learn and explore the hidden powers of the Green Witch and her sacred herbs, plants, and flowers through folklore, healing properties, garden magick, and hidden messages.

Heighten your intuition through 44 cards of botanical magick in the Green Witch Oracle and discover sacred messages of support and guidance to enhance your power, and cast your own special rituals and spells.

 These forty-four cards allow you to draw upon both the magickal and medicinal aspects of the garden. Ethnobotanical and plant folklore historical facts are sprinkled throughout the guidebook enclosed, along with gardening advice and spells. Oracle meanings are completely aligned with the doctrine of signatures to enable this deck to be used as a complementary medicine modality tool.

Cheralyn Darcey is a naturalist, botanical alchemist, botanical history author, eco-artist, organic gardener, sustainable florist, and the author of several books and oracle decks.

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Artist's Journey

On Making Art and Being an Artist
$17.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: CANONGATE BOOKS
Publication Date: December, 2020
ISBN: 9781786891174
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The creative life is not easy. From the outside it can seem romantic and exciting, but in fact it is a unique journey filled with doubts and dreams and complex challenges that most people never imagine. From the obvious issues of making a living and dealing with rejection, to more rarified questions like how to know when a work is finished and the delicate balance between inspiration and craft, the creative artist–whether writer, painter, actor, or dancer–lives in a world of profound questions and subtle choices.

The Artist’s Journey takes you into this world with an emotional honesty that few books offer. At once practical and spiritual, it is a rare exploration of the inner landscape of the artistic experience and an essential guidebook to the artist’s journey, for creative artists in all fields, whether young or old, accomplished or just beginning.

Nerburn offers insight, solace and courage to help young artists on the winding road to artistic fulfilment. Tender and joyous, it is a celebration of art’s power to transform the darkest of human experience and give voice to the grandest of human hopes.

Feelings come to us—honest feelings, human feelings, feelings that do not fit inside our square-cornered life. We want to cry out—from joy, from terror, from grief, from some emotion that wells up and overwhelms us—and we are, for a moment, in a place that has no shape and no edges; a place that expands toward the infinite and breaks all bonds of human understanding.

This is when we turn to art, because art can give shape to that moment.

 

Art gave me a way to grieve my mother. Art can allow you to sing the birth of your child, or dance the joy of a fresh and overwhelming love.

 

If we are fortunate enough to have to tools to create art that gives form to that moment, it is a treasure beyond compare. If we are able to shape that moment in a way that communicates to others, we are twice blessed.

“Helpful, deceptively simple, straight-shooting, celebratory” —Margaret Atwood

Among Ken Nerburn’s other books are Neither Wolf Nor Dog and Letters to My Son.

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Every Breath, New Chances

How to Age with Honor and Dignity--A Guide for Men
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: November, 2020
ISBN: 9781623174071
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Tools and anecdotes to reframe aging from the bestselling author of Work as a Spiritual Practice and Aging as a Spiritual Practice.

Aging is not just a process, but a journey: a decades-long adventure of new opportunities and surprises. And while loss, tragedy, and decline are inevitably part and parcel of getting older, so too are joys, gifts, and new discoveries. For men in particular, the decline in virility and power that accompanies age is a tough pill to swallow: when these fall away, what remains? And without them, what does it mean to be a man?

As life unfolds, a man's identity is renewed, reviewed, and negotiated: the markers that make him himself at 20 won't be the same at 35, 50, or 70. This book shows readers how to turn toward these changes, to come into their own as older men by reframing the losses of age as strengths and opportunities for growth.

Drawing from interviews and personal anecdotes, each chapter includes a contemplative practice called Deep Mind Reflection to help readers navigate aging and topics like divorce and single living; illness, death, and emotions; relating to partners; health, denial, and substance abuse; retirement and encore careers; and reframing a masculine identity once predicated on strength and virility. For every challenge or difficulty men face as they age, there are positive outcomes and fresh possibilities. This book encompasses the totality: fears and aspirations, new careers and next steps, and spiritual preparation for the final decades of life.

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Sanity Within Chaos

Connecting with Our Natural State of Calmness and Ease
$45.50 CAD
Spoken Word CD
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2020
ISBN: 9781683646792
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In a talk recorded at Naropa University in 2019, one of the most respected living Tibetan Buddhist masters reveals the inner causes of modern overwhelm, sharing solutions to help us in the midst of our most challenging times.

When we’re struggling with uncertainty and confusion—in ourselves or in the world—what can we do to find calmness and clarity? Here, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche shows us the way. The first step, he teaches, is to look closely at the tumult within us. And though it might sound paradoxical, the best place to start, he teaches, is not with our emotions, but with our thoughts:

All our emotions—fear, anger, sadness—are simply beautiful energies. But when we distort them with thinking, they become afflictions. Like the flapping of a butterflys wings in chaos theory, even a small, fleeting thought can lead to big effects in the weather of our minds. But this also means that just a little awareness and compassion can create big changes.

Through essential Buddhist insights, modern-day examples, and meditation teachings, listeners will explore how our thoughts and emotions generate suffering, the cognitive patterns that get us stuck in turmoil, resting in the gaps or vanishing points between thoughts, and how to return the mind to its natural state of stillness.

When we change the inner chaos of our minds,  Dzogchen Ponlop teaches, we also change the chaos of the world. Through his unique merging of perennial insights, personal experiences with our 24-7 online lives, and wisdom-infused humor, this revered guide maps out a path to authentic peace.

Books by Dzogchen Ponlop include Rebel Buddha  and Emotional Rescue.

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Tiny Victory Gardens

Growing Good Food Without a Yard
$28.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Stone Pier Press
Publication Date: November, 2020
ISBN: 9781734901108
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From the author of Growing Good Food, an illustrated guide to how to grow food in pots, containers, and community plots

Victory gardening is back in the headlines as more people resolve to grow food for the good of our country, and for themselves too. The trend toward self-reliance is likely to continue as we enter what’s projected to be a long recession. People are looking for help on how to grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in their own backyards, community gardens, and in tight urban spaces, too.

 Tiny Victory Gardens shares information on how to participate in the victory gardening movement, even if you don’t have a yard. The book, which is grounded in Acadias regenerative farming expertise, includes step-by-step guidance to finding the right containers, prepping your soil, starting your seedlings, growing plants indoors, and harvesting in a way that keeps indoor crops growing year-round.

Acadia describes how it’s possible to grow food in a way that’s good for the planet even in pots. She explains how to compost in indoor spaces (worms included). She also profiles 15 to 20 starter plants that are easy to grow indoors. Finally, the book includes recipes for canning, preserving, and drying the food you grow.

Acadia has also published Growing Perennial Foods. Mini Victory Gardens is another addition to Chelsea Green’s Citizen Gardening series, which also includes Lawns Into Meadows, by Owen Wormser.

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Listening to Ecstasy

The Transformative Power of MDMA
$23.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: November, 2020
ISBN: 9781644111161
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In a world that keeps us separate from each other, MDMA is the chemical of connection. Aptly known in popular culture as Ecstasy (and as Adam in the early days), MDMA helps us rediscover our own true loving nature, often obscured by the traumas of life. Well on its way to becoming a prescription medication due to groundbreaking research on its use to treat PTSD, Ecstasy can offer benefits for all adult life stages, from 20-somethings to seniors.

In this memoir and guide to safe use, Charles Wininger, a licensed psychoanalyst and mental health counselor, details the countless ways that Ecstasy has helped him become a better therapist and husband. He recounts his coming of age in the 1960s counterculture, his 50 years of responsible experimentation with mind-altering substances, and his immersion in the new psychedelic renaissance. He explains how he and his wife found Ecstasy to be the key to renewing and enriching their lives as they entered their senior years. It also strengthened the bonds of their marriage.

Countering the fearful propaganda that surrounds this drug, Wininger describes what the experience actually feels like and explores the value of Ecstasy and similar substances for helping psychologically healthy individuals live a more optimal life. He provides protocols for the responsible, recreational, and celebrational use of MDMA, including how to perfect the experience, maximize the benefits and minimize the risks, and how it may not be for everyone. He reveals how MDMA has revitalized his marriage, both erotically and emotionally, and describes how pleasure, fun, and joy can be profound bonding and transformative experiences.

Revealing MDMA's versatility when it comes to bringing lasting renewal, pleasure, and inspiration to one’s life, Wininger shows that recognizing the transformative power of happiness-inducing experiences can be the first step on the path to healing.

Excellent DIY resources are accessible at Charley’s website: charleywininger.com.

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Healing Space

Befriending Ourselves in Difficult Times
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2020
ISBN: 9781683643739
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With A Healing Space, depth psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher Matt Licata extends an invitation to explore the endless richness of your life—without minimizing or turning away from hardship, nor by seeking the shelter of comfort or certainty. “I do not have any answers for you,” he writes. “Rather, I see my role as helping to illuminate the immensity and even magic of the questions themselves.”

In my experience, true healing is not a state where we become liberated from feeling, but freer and flexible to experience it more fully. When we experience our suffering consciously, it reveals sacredness and beauty we might not expect. Healing will always surprise us.

On this journey, you’ll learn to use new tools and perspectives to find your own sources of guidance, including:

  • Slowness—in a speed-obsessed world, rediscover the revolutionary power of slowing down, listening, and letting the fullness of each moment unfold
  • Uncertainty—why we often protect ourselves from the unknown at any cost, and how we can gradually learn to open to the gifts of uncertainty
  • Alchemy—explore the wisdom of transmutation as an inner process of things falling apart and then coming back together in ways that are more integrated and whole
  • Depth Psychology—integrating modern advances in psychotherapy and neuroscience with the timeless power of a soul-based psychology
  • Embodied Spirituality—discover the healing potential of an approach to spirituality that honors the body, emotions, relationships, and the shadow
  • Love—allow yourself to awaken to the revolutionary call to love and participate in the full-spectrum of life, dissolving the “trance of postponement” with the power of an open heart.

A Healing Space is not a book to be absorbed and processed in one sitting—instead, you will find yourself returning again and again, whenever your soul calls you to examine, transform, and renew yourself.

At times we need to crumble to the ground at the magnificence of it all, awestruck at the bounty that has been laid out before us. To fall apart. To fail. To get back up. To be humbled again. To start over. To be a beginner in the ways of love. To make this journey with our fellow travelers, and the sun, moon, and stars.

Also by Matt: The Path is Everywhere.

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Freedom for All of Us

A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on Finding Inner Peace
$25.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2020
ISBN: 9781683644828
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Three luminary teachers unfold a compelling series of dialogues on inner freedom—what it is and how to cultivate it in ourselves and others.

We are, nearly all of us, the playthings of our whims, our conditioning, our impulses, our inner conflicts, our wandering thoughts, and our afflictive emotions. This servitude of ours is at the root of much that torments us. How do we free ourselves from the prison of these mental mechanisms, in the face of which we often feel helpless, even resigned? —Matthieu Ricard

With their previous book In Search of Wisdom, these three gifted friends—a monk, a philosopher, and a psychiatrist—shed light on our universal quest for meaning, purpose, and understanding. Now, in this new in-depth offering, they invite us to tend to the garden of our true nature: freedom.

Turn by turn, each shares his own unique perspective on the various obstacles to inner freedom, the ecology of freedom, the ways to cultivate it, and the harvest that comes out of it. What emerges is a panoramic vision and road map for us to overcome the barriers that hinder our liberation.

It is our hope that this book will clarify the means for freeing ourselves from the causes of suffering.

Filled with unexpected insights and specific strategies, Freedom for All of Us presents an inspiring guide for breaking free of the unconscious walls that confine us.

“It’s rare to find a gathering of such wisdom in a single volume. And it is a delight to be in the company of these three teachers, as if you were sitting with them and listening in. Far-reaching, penetrating, and profound, this is a gem of a book.” —Rick Hanson, author of Neurodharma

“Down to earth, with doses of wit and self-deprecating humor, Freedom for All of Us captivates from the outset. This book is for all wish to discover anew joy, happiness, and who they are meant to be.” — Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Change

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, author of many books, who has served as an interpreter for the Dalai Lama.  Christophe André is a psychiatrist specializing in the psychology of emotions. His book is Looking at Mindfulness. Alexandre Jollien is a philosopher/writer who spent 17 years in a home for the physically disabled.