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how to change your mind

How to Change Your Mind

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
$24.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May, 2019
ISBN: 9780735224155
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When author Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began his adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.

An elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. The true subject of Pollan's “mental travelogue” is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

“After 50 years underground, psychedelics are back. We are incredibly fortunate to have Michael Pollan be our travel guide for their renaissance. With humility, humor, and deep humanity, he takes us through the history, the characters, and the science of these “mind manifesting” compounds.  What he has done previously for gardeners and omnivores, Pollan does brilliantly here for all of us who wonder what it means to be fully human, or even what it means to be.” —Thomas Insel, MD, former director of National Institute of Mental Health

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Wisdom Rising

Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Atria/Enliven Books
Publication Date: April, 2019
ISBN: 9781501115042
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In Wisdom Rising, one of the first American Buddhist nuns shares from a deep well of personal experience plus decades of practice as one of the core teachers of the mandala of the five dakinis.

Dakinis are a type of Buddhist female spirit comprised of five families, each with a set of unique qualities, as well as an encumbered pattern or emotional block that gets in the way of its brilliance:

  • Buddha dakini (ignorance / the all-encompassing wisdom)
  • Vajra dakini (anger / the mirror-like wisdom)
  • Ratna dakini (pride / the wisdom of equanimity)
  • Padma dakini (craving / the wisdom of discernment)
  • Karma dakini (envy / the all-accomplishing wisdom)

Through the mandala of the five dakinis, we can learn how to embrace the fierce feminine energy of the dakinis,  transforming them into wisdom through meditation, sound, visualization, and other practices. Both practical and inspiring, Wisdom Rising offers a powerful gateway of awakening for men and women alike into the deep feminine.

“Our most essential work is awakening the sacred feminineTsultrim shows us a pathway that transforms emotions into illuminating wisdom, and empowers us to bring healing to our world. These teachings are medicine for our times.” Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

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Rumi: Tales of the Spirit

A Journey to Healing the Heart
$22.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Mandala Publishing
Publication Date: March, 2019
ISBN: 9781683834908
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Rumi: Tales of the Spirit is a sweet, comforting, and, at times, fiery guide to nourishing the spirit. In a hopeful but pragmatic tone, timeless storyteller Rumi and award-winning author Kamla K. Kapur guide us through the trials of life and teach us to embrace suffering, to pray even when it feels hopeless, and ultimately, to surrender to the cosmic will. In twelve powerful tales of wisdom, we learn to trust in ourselves and in the universe, experience joy in “the whole caatastophe,” and find the strength to persevere through life’s struggles.

Kapur has been studying Rumi for 20 years. Through her detailed analysis of his life and work and her sage understanding of the human condition, Kapur brings new life to these centuries-old stories while staying true to their roots in Rumi’s time and place. These retellings convey Rumi’s deep insight into humanity and bring to light the vast and subtle meanings of his stories, which are often lost in translation. 

 Personal, poignant, and woven with fierce passion for life and the divine, Rumi: Tales of the Spirit will leave you with heart-wrenching gratitude for life’s trials and gifts.

The story is itself a device to clothe, express, and delineate the inexpressible Invisible… “How long,” Rumi cries to the reader and himself, “will you play at loving the shape of the jug? Leave the shape of the jug, go, go seek the water.”

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Power of Attachment

How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships
$20.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: March, 2019
ISBN: 9781622038251
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From our earliest years, we develop an attachment style that follows us through life, replaying in our daily emotional landscape, our relationships, and how we feel about ourselves. And in the wake of a traumatic event—such as a car accident, severe illness, loss of a loved one, or experience of abuse—that attachment style can deeply influence what happens next.

In The Power of Attachment, Diane Poole Heller, a pioneer in attachment theory and trauma resolution, shows how overwhelming experiences can disrupt our most important connections with parts of ourselves within, with the physical world around us, and with others. The good news is that we can restore and reconnect at all levels, regardless of our past.

Here, you’ll learn key insights and practices to help you: Restore the broken connections caused by trauma / Get embodied and grounded in your body / Integrate the parts of yourself that feel wounded and fragmented / Emerge from grief, fear, and powerlessness to regain strength, joy, and resiliency / Reclaim access to your inner resources and spiritual nature.

We are “wired” to heal. Even if our childhood is less than ideal, our secure attachment system is biologically programmed in us, and our job is to simply find out what’s interfering with it, and learn what we can do to make those secure tendencies more dominant. With expertise from research, clinical work, and training programs, this friendly book invites you to begin that journey back to wholeness.

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Grow a New Body

How Spirit and Power Plant Nutrients Can Transform Your Health
$22.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: March, 2019
ISBN: 9781401956561
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This new revision of One Spirit Medicine is an accessible guide to an ancient shamanic practice for healing and transformation—including cutting-edge science, recipes, and a 7-day Grow a New Body meal plan.

Using these principles and practices, you can feel better in a few days, begin to clear your mind and heal your brain in a week, and in six weeks be on your way to growing a new body—one that heals rapidly, retains youthful vitality, and keeps you connected to Spirit and the earth.

Drawing on more than 25 years of experience as a medical anthropologist—as well as his own journey back from the edge of death—shamanic teacher Alberto Villoldo shows how to detoxify brain and gut with superfoods; use; and techniques for working with our luminous energy fields to heal your body follow the ancient path of the medicine wheel to shed disempowering stories from the past and pave the way for rebirth.

Clearly, DMT plays an important role in attaining the states of consciousness associated with One Spirit Medicine. I believe that nature designed the brain to allow serotonin to be turned into DMT by the pineal gland, granting us access to higher consciousness and direct perception of our interconnectedness with all creation. This is another compelling reason to attend carefully to the health of the gut-brain, where our serotonin is manufactured.

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Green Buddhism

Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: March, 2019
ISBN: 9781611806748
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At a time of growing environmental crisis, a pioneer of Green Buddhist thought offers challenging and illuminating perspectives. With species rapidly disappearing and global temperatures rising, there is more urgency than ever to act on the ecological crises we face. Hundreds of millions of people around the world—including unprecedented numbers of Westerners—now practice Buddhism. Can Buddhists be a critical voice in the green conversation? Leading Buddhist environmentalist Stephanie Kaza has spent her career exploring the intersection of religion and ecology. With so much at stake, she offers guidance on how people and communities can draw on Buddhist concepts and practices to live more sustainable lives on our one and only home.

It seems to me that the environmental work of this century will ask much more of us than we can now imagine. I believe it will be helpful to place that work in the context of a steady spiritual practice, knowing the work will go on beyond our own lifetimes.

"Such a blessing to have the essays of pioneering spiritual ecologist Stephanie Kaza in one volume! Her vibrant writing joins scientific savvy, a compassionate heart, and an abiding concern for the planet. Her green Buddhism calls all of us to wakeful activism and greater intimacy with all things.” —Judith Simmer-Brown, author of Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism

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Body Thrive

Uplevel Your Body and Your Life with 10 Habits from Ayurveda and Yoga
$20.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: March, 2019
ISBN: 9781683642626
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 The habits you choose over time create your day-to-day thrive. What habits have you been choosing? Are they helping you—or holding you back? Evolving your habits doesn’t have to be a struggle. In Body Thrive, wellness expert Cate Stillman guides you into 10 critical daily routines based on Ayurveda that will rejuvenate you by aligning your daily schedule with natural biorhythms. Rather than presenting a rigid checklist of scheduled tasks, Cate encourages easy and steady progress through small actions.

Including access to dozens of downloadable worksheets to help you chart your progress through the habits, Body Thrive provides step-by-step instruction for developing aligned action in your daily routine. Here you will learn:

  •  The immediate advantages of lighter, earlier dinners
  • Why you should listen to your body clock and go to bed before 10 PM
  • How to set up a vibrant, energized day with an intentional morning routine
  • Coordinating your workout with the intelligence of the breath
  • The satisfaction and abundance of eating a locally sourced, plant-based diet
  • Techniques for invigorating self-massage & quiet contemplation
  • Methods for heeding and maintaining the wisdom of your senses
  • How to choose ease and spaciousness instead of stress and constriction

“You only get one body,” writes Cate. “What habits are you going to mold it with?”

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Little Book of Being

Practices and Guidance for Uncovering Your Natural Awareness
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: March, 2019
ISBN: 9781683642176
In stock now: 3

Do you recall, as a child, being enthralled by a drifting cloud, the babbling of a stream, the wandering of a ladybug? If so, then you've already had a taste of natural awareness. Known and revered in many contemplative traditions, natural awareness transcends even these wondrous childhood moments. It has been described as “a way of knowing and a state of being wherein our focus is on the awareness itself rather than on the things we are aware of. It is generally relaxed, effortless, and spacious.” 

Created for those new to meditation and long-time meditators alike, The Little Book of Being shows us how to discover this free-flowing and expansive side of mindfulness—with no formal sitting practice required. This concise and friendly guide takes us through 73 “mini-chapters” (little glimpses) that explain natural awareness and help us experience it via simple and enjoyable explorations to bring welcome moments of peace, connection, and spaciousness to our often distracted and stressful lives.

Natural awareness can feel like your mind is completely aware and undistracted without you doing anything in particular to make yourself aware… You feel a sense of contentment not connected to external conditions… Your mind feels at rest.

“Breaking new ground, this wise and elegant book is a wonderful guide to the important next stage of mindfulness practice: natural awareness.” —Loch Kelly, author of Shift into Freedom

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Becoming Supernatural

How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon
$25.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: March, 2019
ISBN: 9781401953119
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The author of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and Evolve Your Brain draws on research conducted at his advanced workshops to explore how common people are doing the uncommon to transform themselves and their lives.

 Readers of Becoming Supernatural  will learn that we are, quite literally, supernatural by nature if given the proper knowledge and instruction, and when we learn how to apply that information through various meditations, we can experience a greater expression of our creative abilities; that we have the capacity to tune in to frequencies beyond our material world and receive more coherent streams of consciousness and energy; that we can change our brain chemistry to initiate profoundly transcendental experiences; and how, if we do this enough times, we can develop the skill of creating a more efficient, balanced, healthy body, a more unlimited mind, and greater access to the realms of spiritual truth.

Topics include:

  • Demystifying the body’s 7 energy centers and how you can balance them
  • How to free yourself from the past by reconditioning your body to a new mind
  • How you can create reality in the generous present moment by changing your energy

 Using tools and disciplines ranging from cutting-edge physics to practical exercises such as a walking meditation, Dr. Joe offers a program for stepping into the quantum field of infinite possibilities.

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Deep Human Connection

Why We Need It More than Anything Else
$23.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: March, 2019
ISBN: 9781401946531
In stock now: 0

As Scholar-in-Residence for over 25 years at the Kripalu Center, Stephen Cope has spent decades investigating—and writing about—the integration of body, mind, and spirit and the rich complexity of our relationships with others, and with ourselves. A central truth that arises from his work is this: human beings are universally wired for one thing—vital connection with one another.

Deep Human Connection [in hardcover the book was titled Soul Friends] blends science, scholarship, and storytelling, drawing on his own life as well as the histories of famous figures—from Eleanor Roosevelt to Charles Darwin to Queen Victoria—whose formative relationships shed light on the nature of friendship itself.

It is the central premise of this book that there are six forms of human connection that we must have in order to grow, to thrive, to develop, and to live fully. Much of our spiritual, psychological, and even physical growth takes place in the context of, and as a result of, these special relationships. And I believe that through recognizing and understanding the nature of these connections, we can more skillfully shape who we become.
 

The six mechanisms of transformation, then, as I have described them, are: Containment, Twinship, Adversity, Mirroring, Mystic resonance, and Conscious partnership.

Integrating his practice, meditation, study, and life experience, Cope takes a fresh eye to the idea of connectivity and the human spirit. He’s unsparingly honest and irresistibly readable.

Most of us will have many friends throughout our lifetimes—friends of all shapes, sizes, and callings. Many of these are wonderful, meaningful friendships. Some are difficult. But some magic few of these are connections that have gone right to our soul. These five or seven or ten friendships have been powerful keys to determining who we have become and who we will become.

“For centuries, writers interested in the soul have reflected on friendship as the foundation of all love. Stephen Cope’s contribution is penetrating, subtle, and beautiful… A very special book.” —Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul