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writing as a path to awakening

Writing as a Path to Awakening

A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781622039111
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The best writers say their work seems to come from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? “We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity,” writes Albert Flynn DeSilver. In Writing as a Path to Awakening, this renowned poet, writer, and teacher shows you how to use meditation to cultivate true depth in your own writing—so your words reveal layers of profound insight that inspire and move your readers.

Constructed as a year-long exploration with a new focus for each month and season, Writing as a Path to Awakening includes:

  • How to approach writing and reading with a greater level of presence and immersion
  • Engaging curiosity, playfulness, and spontaneity to keep your regular practice fresh
  • Meditating with poetry to deeply embody the power of language
  • How you can spark your imagination by connecting to the groundless source of creation
  • The meditative approach to storytelling—how not being trapped in your story liberates your capacity to create
  • Editing, rewriting, and the path of spiritual transformation… and much more.

Writing and meditation practice are a powerful pair, a dynamic duo. Together they nourish and push, trigger and define, inform and inspire, enable, and energize. To engage in both practices fully is to activate a more complete, creative, and spiritual self.

With a mixture of engaging storytelling and practical exercises, Writing as a Path to Awakening invites you on a yearlong journey of growth and discovery—to enhance your writing through the practice of meditation while using the creative process to accelerate your spiritual evolution.

Among the truckload of resonant and evocative quotes in this book, try this:

A brilliant writer is someone who is devoted to expressing their creativity through the written word. Devotion is the key. I like to say a writer is someone who writes, not someone who is published. Practice, repetition, and consistency are essential. This book is designed to help you master all three. And because writing is not a separate activity from living, it’s ultimately a book about Being with a capital B, about the integration of life and art.

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Abundance of Less

Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan
$25.95 CAD
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Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: August, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171322
In stock now: 1

Andy Couturier captures the texture of sustainable lives well lived in these ten profiles of ordinary—yet exceptional—men and women who left behind mainstream existences in urban Japan to live surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, friends, delicious food, and an abundance of time. Drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom and culture, these pioneers describe the profound personal transformations they underwent as they escaped the stress, consumerism, busyness, and dependence on technology of modern life. This intimate and evocative book tells of their fulfilling lives as artists, philosophers, and farmers who rely on themselves for happiness and sustenance. By inviting readers to enter into the essence of these individuals’ days, Couturier shows us how we too can bring more meaning and richness to our own lives.

“We are in an overheated world—physically and spiritually. It is extremely powerful to read of people who have managed to escape that world, not by traveling to outer space but by heading toward reality. This is subversive in the best possible way.” —Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

“Reading this magic book is like drinking from a fresh wellspring deep in the mountains: it slowly returns one to sanity. In an era when the allure of ten thousand digital screens eclipses the inner radiance of a stone lying among the reeds, how clarifying to encounter the eloquence and humility of these well-lived lives.”
—David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous
    “While many desperately search for new ‘economic models’ to deflect the coming global collapse, some people just take to the hills and start living beautiful lives. The Abundance of Less is an exquisite, soulful report on ten people in Japan who stopped worrying about changing the world with technology, innovation and economic enterprise, and chose nature, simplicity, time and cooperation as their survival tools. This book is filled with inspiring lessons for these very difficult times.” —Jerry Mander, author of In the Absence of the Sacred and Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

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One Life We're Given

Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart
By: Mark Nepo
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9781501116339
In stock now: 5

Beloved spiritual teacher, poet, and philosopher Mark Nepo returns to the inspiring short-chapter format of his bestseller, The Book of Awakening, to map an insightful and resilient path for inhabiting the soul by engaging in the world. Open this book anywhere and the stream is alive; a remarkable book.

Mark Nepo has been called a consummate storyteller and an eloquent spiritual teacher. Now, in The One Life We’re Given, Nepo’s personal stories, questions, and meditations take us on a deep and uplifting journey to know our own hearts and enliven our souls.

We will explore how hard work and authenticity reveal meaning and ready us for grace. By grace, I mean the unseeable force of life that carries us, the way the wind carries a bird and the sea carries a fish. And so, we will unfold how a single life soars and dives in partnership with the unseeable force of life that carries it.

 

My hope is that, through the threshold this book opens, you will deepen your conversation with life. That through your own path of obstacle and surprise, you will be opened to your gifts and become somewhat freed of all you carry. My hope is that you will begin to discover and experience the particular expression of your own nature.

In order to fully live the one life we’re given, Nepo writes, we each must affirm how precious this one life is and open ourselves to loving whatever life puts before us. Whether that is suffering, pain, fear or loss, or surprise, beauty, love or wonder, we work to stay in touch with our hearts in order to make sense of our experience.

As we learn when to try and when to let go, when to give our all and when to surrender and simply receive, we unfold the moments that reveal meaning and ready us for grace. This is how the heart breaks a path to our soul’s work, leading us to our authenticity, and to how we can be useful to others and the world.

By illuminating the art of finding and restoring what matters and by exploring the craft of awakening, The One Life We’re Given affirms our purpose as not just to stay alive but to stay in our aliveness.

Among Mark Nepo’s other lovely books are The Endless Practice and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen.

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Core Light Healing

My Personal Journey and Advanced Concepts for Creating the Life You Long to Live
$42.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9781401954192
In stock now: 8

Core Light Healing is the first book in twenty years from Barbara Brennan, founder of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. A sequel to her two classic works, Hands of Light and Light Emerging, it extends her beloved teaching to help readers learn to create the lives they long to live.

In Part 1, Barbara reviews the configuration of the Human Energy-Consciousness System (HECS); then she goes on to describe the creative process as it flows through the HECS.  When the creative pulse is unblocked, we are able to manifest our longing—but we all have blocks that stop the creative flow, places where we have stopped our energy due to wounding and traumas from childhood. Barbara guides us through the steps to release these blocks so creative energy is free to flow; the end result is not only the physical manifestation of our heart's longing but also more core essence, more core light.

You stand with one foot
in the physically based reality,

and the other in the

spiritually based reality.

What is between,


is the solid ground of your core.

         --Heyoan

Part 2 takes us to the astral world or the 4th level of the HECS to explore its relation to the creative process. Before we can understand the 4th level we must first perceive it! Barbara begins Part 2 with an explanation of how high sense perception works, so we can begin to perceive not only the 4th level but also other levels of the HECS. Then she explains in detail how the 4th level functions, discussing blocks that may have occurred through multiple lifetimes; the process of death and soul travel and how it affects the HECS; and how to heal the energetic cords that connect us to people with whom we are in relationship, either in our present lives or across generations.

Interwoven through the book are Barbara Brennan's personal stories of her childhood as well as her experiences as a beginning and then professional healer and founder of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Also included is channeled poetry from her guide, Heyoan, which further elucidates and integrates the concepts presented throughout. Finally, each chapter ends with questions to guide the reader's further work and exploration.

In this third book, Core Light Healing, I describe how to create the life you long to live by learning to understand, heal, release, and utilize your creative life energies that arise out of your core essence in the core of your being. To do so means to learn to recognize and become familiar with the deeper parts of your being. This includes your inner goodness as well as your inner darkness. To release your creative core energies, you need to learn to honor your soul’s longing, the deeper source of light, love, and life within you… Every living creature on the earth, and most likely everywhere else in the cosmos, has an inner core light, or core essence, that is unique to each. It, in fact, is you!

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Path of Centering Prayer

Deepening Your Experience of God
$21.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9781622038664
In stock now: 1

In the teachings of Jesus, there are prayers, and then there is prayer—the silent, loving communion with the divine, beyond words or ritual. With Father Thomas Keating’s book Open Mind, Open Heart, hundreds of thousands discovered the transformative power of Centering Prayer as a form of Christian meditation. Now, in The Path of Centering Prayer, Keating’s senior student and friend David Frenette reveals the profound depths of this practice, making it easier for meditators to deepen their connection with God.

Beginning and experienced practitioners alike will benefit from this fresh voice, at once eloquent and clear, as they explore the key insights and principles of Centering Prayer. Teachings include:

  • Guided instruction in the sacred word, sacred breath, and sacred glance practices
  • Gentleness and openness: the way of letting go and letting be
  • Experiencing a deeper sense of God in meditation and in everyday life
  • Many other contemplative practices and teachings founded upon the wisdom of Fathers Thomas Keating and Thomas Merton.

Practicing centering prayer awakens one to deeper meaning, as life itself becomes a spiritual journey. With centering prayer and Christian contemplation, instead of just a belief, God becomes a living reality.

Has your spiritual path grown routine or unfulfilling, or is it at a crossroads for new discovery? For all Christians who seek to move closer into “The Presence,” The Path of Centering Prayer offers guidance in this rewarding and time-honored meditation practice, to help break through obstacles and illuminate the way.

“This beautiful book... expands the map of the known Centering Prayer universe... gently reshapes fundamental building blocks of the Centering Prayer teaching... David’s work will breathe significant new life into your personal practice.” —Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, author of Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

David Frenette is a leader and senior teacher in the Centering Prayer movement, and a friend and advisor of Father Thomas Keating for 30 years.

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Pathways to a Centered Body

Gentle Yoga Therapy for Core Stability, Healing Back Pain, and Moving with Ease
$46.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Leila Stuart
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9780473385583
In stock now: 0

Yoga teachers Donna Farhi and Leila Stuart have joined forces to produce a definitive guide to centering the body. With more than five decades of combined experience in working with people of all ages, and from diverse movement disciplines, Farhi and Stuart share their gentle, yet incredibly effective, approach to balancing body structure for optimal pain-free movement. This book demystifies the catch phrase “core fitness” and teaches you how to center your pelvis and find optimal spinal alignment as the foundation for true core strength and stability.

Using easy-to-understand anatomical terms combined with beautiful illustrations, the authors unravel the complexities of the deepest core muscles, the psoas, to reveal its function as an extraordinary unifying structure for the entire body. When these deep core muscles become unbalanced, the position of the pelvis and spine is thrown off-center. Poor posture, back pain, and discomfort in lying down, sitting, standing, and walking can result.

In a step-by-step protocol, you’ll learn how to release, lengthen, balance, and engage your core muscles to move again with ease. And you’ll learn how to safely improve your flexibility in Yoga practices without compromising pelvic and spinal stability. As deeply held tension is resolved, this work will help you to feel more grounded, mentally focused, emotionally calm, and better able to stay connected to yourself and to others.

Pathways to a Centered Body is an invaluable practical guide for Yoga and Pilates students and teachers, personal trainers, dancers, and athletes, as well as physical therapists, chiropractors, and somatic practitioners, indeed, anyone who wants to live in their body with greater ease, grace, and stability. With more than 108 color photographs, concise instructions, and rich experiential anatomy inquiries, this manual will be a requisite text for movement training programs worldwide.

"This is embodied anatomy at its very best–a veritable treasure trove of tried and tested practices. Prepare to enter with one body and leave with another." – Lisa Petersen, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Somatic Movement Educator

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Lifelong Yoga

Maximizing Your Balance, Flexibility, and Core Strength in Your 50s, 60s, and Beyond
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171438
In stock now: 4

Yoga offers vital tools for healthy aging: strength, flexibility, balance, and peace of mind. In this one-of-a-kind book, Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato describe the poses and routines that can help keep people of any age fit and injury free. In addition to demonstrating simple ways to maintain and even increase our ability to be active into our 50s, 60s, and beyond, the authors—both yoga teachers and athletes with decades of experience—offer poses and routines aimed toward specific goals, such as improving balance, maintaining strength and flexibility, and recovering properly between workouts.

Each fully illustrated sequence is introduced with a brief overview of its benefits, along with modifications and options suited to individual requirements. Rountree and DeSiato also offer sequences that help support specific activities such as running, swimming, or golf, as well as yard work, travel, and caring for grandchildren. An easy-to-follow guide, Lifelong Yoga offers key practices for maintaining and improving physical and mental well-being throughout a lifetime.

Despite what you may have heard, you can build muscle tissue at any age. While your muscular growth will slow down as you age, strength training and weight bearing, as in yoga, produce results. And having good quantity and quality of muscle tissue as you get older will have a bearing on energy levels, overall health, and vitality.

 

A dedicated yoga practice builds those muscles, and it also builds discipline and perseverance—components important for both body and mind. Every time you practice, you reinforce a healthy habit of movement, breathing, and time to yourself free of electronic gadgets and other distractions. This discipline of practice creates a very specific type of mental strength.

 

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Sacred Soil

Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: July, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171186
In stock now: 3

This book details the remarkable potential of terra preta, the recently rediscovered sacred soil of the pre-Columbian peoples of the Amazon rainforest, to reverse some of the most the catastrophic damage that has been visited on our environment. The authors lay out a fascinating description of how utilizing the biochar embedded in this highly fertile, living soil offers a way to free ourselves from dependency on petrochemicals, restore the health of our soils, and remove carbon from our overheating atmosphere by fixing it back where it belongs--in the earth. They predict that biochar could significantly contribute to the restoration of the planet to pre-industrial levels of atmospheric carbon by 2050. The book also shows that the rediscovery of terra preta is an opportunity to move beyond the West’s tradition of plunder and genocide of the native civilizations of the Americas by offering an invitation to embrace the deeper mystery of the indigenous methods of inquiry and to participate in an animate cosmos that gave rise to such a powerful technology as terra preta in the first place.

The current challenge to our species is not growth and expansion, or even sustainability in the face of continuing resource depletion, but the discovery of new and rejuvenating ways of living on the planet within the era of the Anthropocene, when human actions increasingly determine whether or not we will survive and flourish…

 

Sacred Soil offers a profound prescription for addressing our current environmental crisis from the ground up. The “dark and loamy soil” that human beings, now lost to time and imagination, once engendered in the heart of Amazonia is presented as a viable foundation for an ecologically based global civilization that unites indigenous wisdom with the intellectual and technological resources of the modern world…Through restoring the soil that is the essential foundation for all life, we engage in a larger restoration of humankind’s relationship with nature

 


The highly qualified and experienced authors of Sacred Soil show us a way forward toward restoring our garden planet, shifting the Earth’s carbon balance from the oceans and the sky to the soil and living vegetation, where it can nourish our hearts, blood, and bones and ensure our collective thriving. It is up to us all to act on this knowledge. —from the foreword by Ian Baker, author of Heart of the World

Sacred Soil, in recognizing the need for biocultural regeneration, takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the phenomenon of bio-char soils, utilizing mythopoeic, historical, anthropological, and scientific perspectives to embrace the deep past, the vexed present, and the prospectus for our future. Coming at this crucial juncture in human history, the potential resting in biochar is also an open doorway into the indigenous ways of knowing that enabled the pre-Columbian Amazonian high civilizations to support a population of millions while leaving their lands more fertile than when they arose.

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Tears to Triumph

The Hidden Link Between Anxiety, Depression, and Spirituality
$19.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9780062205452
In stock now: 3

The beloved teacher and author of A Return to Love and other books, Marianne Williamson argues that our desire to avoid pain is actually detrimental to our lives, disconnecting us from our deepest emotions and preventing true healing and spiritual transcendence. In Tears to Triumph, she argues that we—as a culture and as individuals— have learned to avoid facing pain, and so we avoid our growth. Here she helps us rediscover religious principles for dealing with and transcending our suffering.

A life of spiritual triumph is not one in which we never fall into a deep, dark valley; it is one I which, if and when we do fall, we’ve learned how to get ourselves out of it. We need emotional muscles in order to rise up emotionally, just as we need physical muscles in order to rise up physically. And developing those muscles takes work. It is the work of enlightenment, the inner world of the soul.

Instead of allowing ourselves to embrace and learn from our hurt, we’ve come to numb it, medicate it, dismiss it, or otherwise divert our attention so that we never have to face it. In not acknowledging our suffering, we actually prolong it and ultimately limit our personal growth and opportunity for enlightenment.

As Marianne makes clear, true healing and transcendence can only come when we finally face our pain and wrestle with what it has to teach us. Written with warm compassion and wisdom, Tears to Triumph offers us a supported, powerful way forward: into and through the pain, to a deeper awareness of our feelings, our lives, and our true selves. “The darkness has no power before the light within your heart. Be patient. Give it time, if it needs time.”

On an internal level, the great religions of the world have always led to miracles. On an external level, they have as often led to violence and destruction. That must change, and will change, as more people come to recognize the mystical truths, the inner gold, that lie within them all. The greatest opportunity for humanity’s survival in the twenty-first century lies not in widening our external horizons, but in deepening our internal ones. That applies to us personally, and it applies to us collectively.

Among Marianne Williamson’s other books are A Year of Miracles and The Law of Divine Compensation.

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Who Do We Choose To Be?

Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity
$32.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication Date: June, 2017
ISBN: 9781523083633
In stock now: 3

This book seeks to restore leadership as a noble profession, offering a path for leaders to engage well and sanely with the destructive dynamics of this time. Deepening the insights in her classic Leadership and the New Science, Wheatley uses two lenses to understand where we are and how we got here: the new science of living systems and the pattern of collapse in complex civilizations. Each of them is powerful on its own; together they offer tremendous explanatory power. Wheatley begins each section with “What Science Teaches”—explaining a specific dynamic common to all living systems. The six dynamics explored in separate sections are time, identity, information, self-organization, perception, and interconnectedness. Each section has several short essays.

In “Facing Reality,” the two lenses of science and the pattern of collapse are used to describe the causes of many of our most troubling and disturbing personal and social behaviors, especially those of importance to leaders. Subsequent essays are organized under “Claiming Leadership” and “Restoring Sanity.” In these, Wheatley answers the question, In our current reality, what is sane leadership? She uses a combination of commentary, actual practices, quotes, and stories to bring into focus the qualities and actions that support good leadership and create "islands of sanity."

The stories she tells of leaders with whom she's worked are exceptionally diverse: from nuns to military commanders. But these leaders are deeply unified in how they work with people and partner with life. In the concluding chapters, she brings in her current work, calling on us to develop the qualities of compassion, insight, and presence as “warriors for the human spirit,” creating workplaces and communities where people can still be generous, creative, and kind.