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accessing the healing power of the vagus nerve

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve

Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism
$34.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781623170240
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Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve is a practical guide to understanding the cranial nerves as the key to our psychological and physical wellbeing. Drawing from the polyvagal theory of Steven Porges—one of the biggest new developments in human neurobiology—Rosenberg explains in easy-to-understand terms how the vagus nerve, in particular, has a strong role in determining our psychological and emotional state, especially when it comes to how we relate and react to other people.

By understanding the physiology of the autonomic nervous system and practicing simple exercises to restore proper vagal functioning, we can learn how to improve our emotional state within minutes. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, panic, and trauma will find much that is useful here, as well as those with physical ailments such as chronic pain and digestive problems. Additionally, because the vagus nerve is a key regulator of social interaction, therapy for proper vagal functioning has great potential for helping those with autism spectrum disorders.

Following a detailed explanation of the cranial nerves, the polyvagal theory, and how craniosacral therapy can assist with restoring proper neuroception, Rosenberg provides self-help exercises to test ventral vagal function and to improve the function of the cranial nerves. A separate chapter addresses how we might rethink common psychological problems via vagal theory, including anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as autism, ADHD, and more. Rosenberg also includes case studies throughout from his twenty years of experience as a craniosacral therapist.

When we change our emotional state from one of pain and confusion to one of wellbeing and feeling safe, we feel better, think more clearly, and have better interactions with others. The healing power of the vagus nerve removes negative feelings blocking our true potential; by restoring vagal functioning, we can naturally shift our behavior to get the most out of life.

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Holy Rascals

Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries
$22.50 CAD
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Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781622037469
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God is real. Everything we say about God is made up. Holy Rascals is a rousing call to anyone ready to go beyond isms and ideologies, and live in the world as a liberating force of justice, compassion, and joy. It’s also a brilliant, blunt tuning of your funny bone for the greater good.

“Holy rascals are spiritual culture jammers who use humor, play, creativity, and critical thinking to reveal the human origins of religions and how religions mask their true origins behind the conceit of divine origins,” writes Rabbi Rami.

Humor is the one thing Gods and clergy cannot fight. It is the one thing they fear the most. The surest way to slay a God is to laugh at the madness the God promotes. This is what holy rascals are called to do, and this book is a manifesto and guide to doing it.

In part one, he describes the making of a holy rascal and the great task of “freeing religion from the parochial and for the perennial.” Part two explores the art of hacking the holy, or pulling back the curtain on religion’s fear-based mechanisms of control.

 Substitute “religion” for “language” and you have the basic holy rascal understanding of religion.

We turn sounds into letters, letters into words, words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, paragraphs into books, books into excuses for bashing each other’s heads in. No wonder silence is golden.

Part three presents some of the provocative tools and one-of-a-kind practices of the holy rascal, with guidance for creating your very own “rascally” ways.

We are religious anarchists and spiritual subversives whose goal is to free religion from branding all together, and in this way set human meaning making free to imagine new ways of being holy that do not fall into the clutches of tribalism and its passion for demonizing the other.

Rabbi Rami’s wit and aphorisms offer astonishing, freeing perspective for today’s spiritual seeker. “What makes enlightened people seem special is that they are so very ordinary, while all the rest of us are desperately trying to be anything but…

“At once side-splittingly hilarious and heartbreakingly on target, this outrageous tour de force of a spiritual manifesto reminds us once again that great irony wielded with great compassion can be a powerful vehicle of truth.” —Cynthia Bourgeault, author of The Wisdom Way of Knowing

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Collected Letters of Alan Watts

$43.50 CAD
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Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781608684151
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The New York Times has called Alan Watts, “the foremost Western interpreter of eastern thought for the modern world.” What an unexpected gift, after all this time to have the correspondence of a one-of-a-kind, free-thinking spiritual seeker and finder like Watts, who to this day (he lived 1915-1973), influences philosophers and deep thinkers of all stripes.

Alan Watts began life in a bucolic British setting, was sent off to schooling that might nurture his gifts, and wound up bumping into Zen Buddhism in a way that would influence several generations. This collection of letters, discovered and lovingly curated by two of his daughters (Joan Watts and Anne Watts), reveals a wonderfully well-rounded Alan Watts. It includes the charming missives he wrote to his parents through many decades, the back-and-forth with the editors of his many writings, and delightfully rich correspondence with diverse friends and thinkers. Throughout the book, there is fascinating commentary by his daughters that highlights and adds to the letters, including this piece by Joan Watts:

For Alan, the use of psychedelics was a religious experience. He felt that the abuse or constant use of such drugs was to nullify the spiritual effect one could garner from the experience. It was like finding a shortcut to satori or samadhi, but on an entirely different wavelength. To Alan, drug-induced altered states could be compared to certain states experienced in some Buddhist (and other religious) practices.

Throughout, readers gain an unprecedented and richly personal take on Watts as philosopher, interpreter of Eastern philosophy, and Christian thinker. His thoughts on the big questions—Why are we here? What is the meaning of existence?—will resonate with longtime Watts fans as well as seekers new to his work.

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Fourth Trimester

A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality
$22.95 CAD
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Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804003
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A holistic, practical guide to help support women through post-partum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels.

Pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum offer women some of the most emotionally enriching and satisfying experiences of their life. But many women entering motherhood are shocked at their lack of preparation or awareness about what that actually means for their bodies, minds, spirits, and relationships. Kimberly Johnson, a doula, post-partum recovery expert, and yoga instructor has created a wise and supportive illustrated guide that offers women a roadmap to this very important transition that can last a few months—or even a few years. She draws from her vast professional experience, as well as her own personal experience, and also a number of disciplines including Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, yoga, herbal medicine, energetics, and traditional (folk) remedies, among others, to create a truly rich and holistic guide.

The book offers advice for pregnant women on how to prepare their body for birth; how to organize themselves and their households for the best possible transition to motherhood; simple practices to facilitate healing and restore energy; and how to strengthen relationships and aid the return to sex. Johnson also explores the complex and often conflicting emotions that arise post-partum, and explores the profound nature of childbirth and new motherhood. She helps women contextualize their experience and tap into the spiritual opportunities it can provide.

urban tantra, second edition

Urban Tantra, Second Edition

Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9780399579684
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If you think sexual and spiritual bliss can’t be found in today’s fast-paced world, you haven’t experienced Urban Tantra. With a juicy mix of erotic how-to and heart-centered spiritual wisdom, acclaimed sex educator Barbara Carrellas radically updates the ancient practice of Tantra for modern sexual explorers desiring to push past their edge in search of the great cosmic orgasm—and for ecstatic aliveness that “juices” our core and our loving connections.

Why is ecstasy important? Why might you want to prioritize the pursuit of ecstasy in your own life?

With more than 100 easy-to-follow techniques for expanded orgasmic states and solo and partner play (as well as more adventurous practices), this in-depth guide—with the author’s theatrical sense of humour—reveals the delicious worlds of ecstasy available to all, including The Erotic Awakening Massage, Breath and Energy Orgasms, Twenty-Minute Tantra, Evolutionary Selfloving, Sex and Healing, Tantric BDSM, and learning how to craft your own tantric rituals. For tantric virgins and curious sex positivists alike—no matter your gender, sexual preference, or erotic tastes, Urban Tantra will expand your notions about pleasure and open you up to new horizons of intimacy and sexual fulfillment.

You’ll learn why breath, meditation, movement, and laughter are the building blocks of expanded orgasm, and you’ll learn how to use them to build your own sensual stairway to paradise. You’ll also learn the secrets of exquisite touch and how the way you touch can transform your relationships. Last, you’ll learn how to do all of this in the time you have available in your busy schedule.

This 2017 updated edition includes a brand-new introduction, up-to-date references and resources, a new take on the possibilities and responsibilities of Tantra in today’s world, plus new and cutting-edge information to reach an expanded community—added information on multi-partner play, practices for asexuals and aromantics, expanded practices for trans and gender nonconforming people, and more.

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Mindfulness on the Go

Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere
$14.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804454
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Here’s a beautifully useful 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: 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.

This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series, which distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.

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Stealing Fire

How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
$18.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9780062429667
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 Its the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and its hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They’re harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition.

Author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution—from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning:

In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide.

Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces—psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology—we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history.

The ecstatics are coming out of the closet… Around the world, revelers, soldiers, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, technologists, and business leaders are leveraging these insights for a common goal: a glimpse above the clouds. First in isolation, then in increasing numbers, and now, if you know where to look, virtually everywhere you look. We are witnessing a groundswell, a growing movement to storm heaven and steal fire. It’s a revolution in human possibility.

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Mindful Eating

A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food (Revised Edition)
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804652
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Practiced for centuries in the Zen tradition, mindful eating is an approach that involves bringing one’s full attention to the process of eating—becoming fully present to the tastes, smells, thoughts, and feelings that arise during a meal.

Whether you are overweight, suffer from an eating disorder, or just want to get more out of life, this book offers a simple tool that can make a remarkable difference. Jan Bays, a physician and Zen teacher, offers a wonderfully clear presentation of what mindfulness is and how it can help us create a healthier relationship with food. In Mindful Eating she shows us how to rediscover the simple act of eating, thereby gaining control of our eating problems from the inside out. Along the way she reviews relevant research, offers medical info, and presents many practical exercises drawn from her workshops.

Apply mindfulness to your relationship with food and you may be surprised to find that eating becomes a source of joy-—instead an angst-ridden activity haunted by nutritionally based guilt, calorie-counting, and even more serious problems like eating disorders. For nearly a decade, Jan Bays’s guide to eating mindfully has been transforming people's relationship with food—and based on her continued work with those people as well as new data emerging on the topic, she has created this significantly revised and refined version of the original, which contains even more essential information on mindful eating, as well as inspiring new examples from her workshop participants. She shows how to:

  • Tune into your body's own wisdom about what, when, and how much to eat
  • Eat less while feeling fully satisfied
  • Identify your habits and patterns with food
  • Develop a more compassionate attitude toward your struggles with eating
  • Discover what you're really hungry for.

The 75-minute audio program of exercises from the book has also been revised and is available as an audio download.

In the Zen tradition we practice bringing skillful attention, curiosity and inquiry to all our activities, including the activities of tasting and eating. The Zen teachings encourage us to explore our present moment fully, asking ourselves questions like:

Am I hungry?

Where do I feel hungry? What part of me is hungry?

What am I tasting just now?

Also by Jan Bays are Mindfulness on the Go and Mindfulness on the Go Cards.

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Restore and Rebalance

Yoga for Deep Relaxation
$28.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804997
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 Restorative yoga, says Judith Hanson Lasater, is active relaxation. It makes use of props to create positions of ease and comfort that facilitate relaxation and health. In this companion volume to her seminal book Relax and Renew, Judith Lasater, a well-known and respected yoga teacher, offers a fresh set of restorative practices—with accompanying photos—to help balance and reset the body when you feel weak, fatigued, or stressed from your daily activities. They are especially beneficial for the times before, during, and after major life events, or when you are recovering from illness or injury. Lasater points out that restorative yoga is a wonderfully adaptive practice that can be tailored to people of all ages, all levels of yoga experience, and in all states of health. Yoga practitioners and teachers will appreciate this new collection of practices and sequences that build on concepts from the first volume.

Judith Lasater was one of the five founders of Yoga Journal. She has taught yoga since 1971.

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Things That Join the Sea and the Sky

Field Notes on Living
By: Mark Nepo
$25.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781622038992
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With Things That Join the Sea and the Sky, Mark Nepo brings us a rich and resonant resource of short prose reflections to turn to when were struggling to keep our heads above water—and to help us surface and breathe into all of our sorrows and joys.

Suddenly, I fell into one of those moments where life shows itself as always just beginning. We weren’t just watching. We weren’t just listening. We were part of the song of life starting all over again. It made me want to write a book about joy…

 

Joy is the name for all the things that join the sea and the sky… I now experience joy in the oceanic trenches of feeling… This depth has taught me that joy is not the stillness waiting at the end of difficult feelings, but the sea of being that holds all feelings, from which the thousand moods we undergo surface like waves to engage us in the world.

Readers can explore 145 offerings from the acclaimed poet and teacher’s ongoing journal of many years, gathered into 17 themes, intended to be entered individually or as an unfolding sequence. Here, Mark’s own personal accounts of his sinking and being lifted serve as the seeds for each selection, each unfolding insight relevant to our own lives.

This book contains raw moment of sinking and being lifted, intimate accounts of being thrown into feeling and depth and how I’ve been stretched into wondering about my life and the lives of others in this ongoing push and pull in a Universe that holds us, then tosses us about, only to hold us again. Under every passage, I hope you feel the common song we’re each born to sing in our unique and very human way.

For those inspired, this collection also includes a guide to the practice of daily writing, with 100 compelling journaling questions to get us started.

Among Mark Nepo’s other fine books are The One Life We’re Given and The Book of Awakening and The Exquisite Risk.