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grow your soil!

Grow Your Soil!

Harness the Power of the Soil Food Web to Create Your Best Garden Ever
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: February, 2020
ISBN: 9781635862072
In stock now: 0

 Growing awareness of the importance of soil health means that microbes are on the minds of even the most casual gardeners. After all, anyone who has ever attempted to plant a thriving patch of flowers or vegetables knows that what you grow is only as good as the soil you grow it in. It is possible to create and maintain rich, dark, crumbly soil that’s teeming with life, using very few inputs and a no-till, no-fertilizer approach.

Certified permaculture designer and lifelong gardener Diane Miessler presents the science of soil health in an engaging, entertaining voice geared for the backyard grower. She shares the techniques she has used—including cover crops, constant mulching, and a simple-but-supercharged recipe for compost tea—to transform her own landscape from a roadside dump for broken asphalt to a garden that stops traffic, starting from the ground up.

light seer's tarot

Light Seer's Tarot

A 78-Card Deck & Guidebook
$33.99 CAD
Tarot + Oracle Card Set
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: December, 2019
ISBN: 9781401958039
In stock now: 18

Successfully Kickstarted in 2018, this 78-card tarot deck featuring a friendly "boho sunshine" aesthetic is a healing tool and guide to explore both the dark and light sides of our nature.

By reimagining the traditional tarot archetypes and symbols in a bohemian, contemporary style, The Light Seer's Tarot expresses the light and dark sides of your nature and teaches the lessons that can be learned from both.

The expressive people and symbols depicted on each of the 78 cards tell stories, ask questions, and provide answers. This popular deck is an ideal companion to have beside you as you seek places in yourself and in your life that are most in need of illumination.

lost connections

Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression ! and the Unexpected Solutions
$24.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: December, 2019
ISBN: 9781632868312
In stock now: 4

From the author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, here’s a radical new exploration. Journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression as a child and started taking antidepressants as a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true—and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.

Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are largely caused by key problems with the way we’re living. Hari is a bracing and fluid writer; he researched widely and deeply. And Big Pharma will not like his conclusions.

Depression, I realized, is itself a form of grief—for all the connections we need, but don’t have…  You have to turn now to all the other wounded people around you, and find a way to connect with them, and build a home with these people, together…

We have been tribeless and disconnected for so long now. It’s time for us all to come home…

We need to stop trying to muffle or silence or pathologize that pain. Instead, we need to listen to it, and honor it. It is only when we listen to our pain that we can follow it back to its source—and only there, when we can see its true causes, can we begin to overcome it.

greater and lesser worlds of robert fludd

Greater and Lesser Worlds of Robert Fludd

Macrocosm, Microcosm, and Medicine
$49.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: December, 2019
ISBN: 9781620559499
In stock now: 4

One of the last Renaissance men, Robert Fludd (1574-1637) was one of the great minds of the early modern period. A physician by profession, he was also a Christian Hermetist, a Rosicrucian, an alchemist, astrologer, musician, and inventor. His drive to encompass the whole of human knowledge—from music to alchemy, from palmistry to fortification—resulted in a series of books remarkable for their hundreds of engravings, a body of work recognized as the first example of a fully-illustrated encyclopedia.

In this in-depth, highly illustrated reference, scholar and linguist Joscelyn Godwin explains Fludd’s theories on the correspondence between the macrocosm of elements, planets, stars, and subtle and divine beings and the microcosm of the human being and its creative activities. He shows how Fludd’s two worlds—the macrocosm and the microcosm—along with Paracelsus’s medical principles and the works of Hermes Trismegistus provided the foundation for his search for the cause and cure of all diseases.

The more than 200 illustrations in the book represent the whole corpus of Fludd’s iconography, each one accompanied by Godwin’s expert commentary and explanation. Sharing many passages translated for the first time from Fludd’s Latin, allowing him to speak for himself, Godwin explores Fludd’s thoughts on cosmic harmonies, divination, the kabbalah, astrology, geomancy, and the rapport between the multiple levels of existence. He also analyzes Fludd’s writings in defense of alchemy and the Rosicrucians.

An essential reference for scholars of Renaissance thinkers, traditional cosmology, metaphysics, and the Western esoteric tradition, this book offers intimate access to Fludd’s worlds and gives one a feel for an epoch in which magic, science, philosophy, spirituality, and imagination could still cohabit and harmonize within a single mind.

wake up to what matters

Wake Up to What Matters

A Guide to Tibetan Buddhism for the Next Generation
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: December, 2019
ISBN: 9781611806601
In stock now: 5

This unique and fresh presentation of Tibetan Buddhism provides all the tools a millennial needs to navigate the Buddhist path in a modern world. The twenty-five-year-old lama, Avikrita Vajra Sakya, was born and raised in America and now lives in a monastery in India, training in and teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy to hundreds of monks and nuns. He has thousands of students all over the world, with over 100,000 people following him on Facebook. His style of writing is frank and open, hitting straight to the heart of young people's concerns for why they should bother with a spiritual path in the age of cell phones and shopping malls.

There is no other book like this available that makes such a direct argument for being a twenty-first century Buddhist, whether you are living in Seattle or in a Himalayan hermitage. Fundamentally, we all have the same hang-ups and all equally have the potential to become buddhas ourselves by cultivating loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom. And this book teaches readers to do just that.

If we remember to check in every day with what’s happening on Planet You with full, open awareness, even if it’s just a few minutes between our everyday activities, we’ll really notice positive changes. Otherwise, we’re just left with the story lines playing out on our inner movie screens… Awakening calm and insigh means we can remember where the off switch is.

flame

Flame

Poems and Selections From Notebooks
$22.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication Date: November, 2019
ISBN: 9780771024443
In stock now: 10

The Flame is Leonard Cohen’s eloquent farewell, a final collection of lyrics and poems that maps his singular creative journey. In addition to new poems about war, desire, regrets, lamb chops, and hummingbirds, and lyrics from his last three albums, including the final “You Want It Darker,” The Flame includes carefully selected excerpts—both writing and drawings— from Cohen’s voluminous notebooks, which he kept faithfully, in poetic form, all his life. Listeners will hear about the subjects that have always preoccupied Cohen: the dimensions of love, the secret code of existence, and the hope for transcendence in a broken world.

In the words of Cohen’s longtime manager and friend, Robert Kory, The Flame “reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire” to the end. By turns devastatingly sad and winningly strange, these are the works of a poet and lyricist who has plumbed the depths of our darkest questions and come up wanting, yearning for more.

So I’ve come here to revisit
What happens to the heart
I was selling holy trinkets
I was dressing kind of sharp
Had a pussy in the kitchen
And a panther in the yard
In the prison of the gifted
I was friendly with the guard…
 

It ain’t pretty, it ain’t subtle
What happens to the heart…
I was always working steady
But I never called it art…
 

Sure it failed my little fire
But it’s bright the dying spark
Go tell the young messiah
What happens to the heart

      (June 24, 2016)

“This volume contains my father’s final efforts as a poet,” writes Cohen’s son, Adam Cohen, in his foreword. “It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end… Each page of paper that he blackened was lasting evidence of a burning soul.”

I have witnessed many great events, some of which were sorrowful: the birth of children, the death of friends, the ends of time & the intermediate wildernesses. A chill goes down my spine and up, when I reflect how graciously I have been placed in the mazes of creation. My beloved is with me, the wife of my youth, and in the midst of suffering when it is our lot, if I remember to incline my self toward the source of light, I know that I have never strayed too far from my bridal days. As it was promised, I have inherited the gates of my enemy, and I fear with him, rejoice with him, at the irresistible tides of majesty that sweep across the world.

“With Cohen, one feels he knew who he was and where he was going from the beginning, and only digs deeper, deeper, deeper.” —Pico Iyer

towards zero waste

Towards Zero Waste

How to Live a Plastic and Junk Free, Healthier Life
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Permanent Publications
Publication Date: November, 2019
ISBN: 9781856233286
In stock now: 0

Is recycling really the answer to household waste? How do we eliminate microplastics from our wastewater? How do we avoid consumer goods that are designed to break? How do we stop the oceans being trashed? Towards Zero Waste offers practical tools for change in your own kitchen, on your weekly shop and around your home, as well as in the wider world. Fidhlim Harty explores how and why we need to go zero waste, firstly looking at where waste currently goes, and revealing the hidden world of food and product miles and embodied energy. He shares how to reduce waste room by room, at events, parties, during our travels, and at work.

Having minimized waste for over two decades, Feidhlim and his family share their clever ideas to eliminate junk, buy wisely, free yourself from useless packaging, reduce not only your eco footprint but your household bills, compost all biodegradables, and reuse, repair and reroute. They share five simple steps to zero waste and inspire us to be active and push for change.

There is a hunger now within society to address the root causes of plastic waste, right back to the point of oil and gas extraction. People want no part in adding to plastics in the oceans or spreading microplastics into our water, soils and food. Towards Zero Waste offers clear guidance for anyone wanting to actively be part of the solutions and not the problems.

ashtanga yoga

Ashtanga Yoga

$54.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Ammonite Press
Publication Date: November, 2019
ISBN: 9781781453674
In stock now: 3
Photographer Richard Pilnick has created an unprecedented study of the asanas in the first four series by working with four of the leading teachers from the global community, all of whom studied under the guidance of the father of Ashtanga yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji). Both a detailed reference of the practice, and an elegant gift for its practitioners, this book curates over 150 inspirational images, all photographed using a large format camera and black-and-white film. They present the asanas in a detail that captures the mindful nature of the practice. The photographs are given the space to speak for themselves, each accompanied merely by its name in English and Sanskrit.
 

The book proceeds from the Sun Salutation and Fundamental Postures, through the Primary and Intermediate series, to two Advanced series and a Finishing sequence. The backgrounds used for the portraits progress from dark to light, reflecting the progression of the inner self from darkness to light through the journey of the Ashtanga yoga movement meditation. Each chapter is introduced by an accompanying poem and a portrait of the internationally respected teacher demonstrating the postures and the fluid movements and breaths that connect them.

illuminated hafiz

Illuminated Hafiz

Love Poems for the Journey to Light
By: Hafiz
$38.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2019
ISBN: 9781683643425
In stock now: 11

Rarely do we encounter poetry that ignites and intoxicates the soul. Few poets have even done so as brilliantly as Hafiz of Shirax. The Illuminated Hafiz is a celebration of how even now, seven centuries after his death, this Persian mystic remains one of the most beloved poets in the world.

The Illuminated Hafiz presents selections from the master’s alluring works as they’ve never been seen before—merging translations from  Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Omid Safi, and other mystics and scholars with evocative art by Michael and Saliha Green. Magical.

Following in the tradition of The Illuminated Rumi, this inspiring collection also contains short commentaries on Hafiz and the significance of his work, as well as a glossary explaining his imagery and subtle use of language.

A contemporary take on classical illuminated manuscripts, The Illuminated Hafiz reveals why Hafiz’s verse endures as timeless spiritual guidance in the Middle East, and why his sublime words of light continue to grow in popularity in the West and throughout the world.

There is this matter
of the light in my eyes.

If you want to know the Friend,
don’t expect elegant arguments!

Demand a blessing
from one who gives you joy.
                              —Hafiz (tr. Barks)

Come, raise a cup! Join with Hafiz and his incomparable love poems in a holy revel on the journey into light.

“In these fractious times when the beauty of Islam has been obscured by a haze of misunderstanding, this collection lifts a lineage of loving-kindness, passionate devotion and perfected wisdom back into the light. The poems of Hafiz, exquisitely translated here and illuminated with the transformative power of Persian calligraphy and luscious imagery, are rooted in an ancient and yet perennial spiritual garden, offering a luminous remedy to the aching heart of humanity. Highly recommended.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy

kintsugi

Kintsugi

The Japanese Art of Embracing the Imperfect and Loving Your Flaws
$23.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2019
ISBN: 9781683643685
In stock now: 4

Cultivate inner strength and rebuild your life with the ancient principles of kintsugi.

When we lose a person we love, a job, or our health, it can feel like a precious piece of ourselves falling to the ground and shattering. But in the Japanese art of kintsugi, that's where the creation of beauty begins—in the delicate re-joining and mending of shards with loving attention. Psychologist Toms Navarro encourages us to approach our lives in the same way.

Everyone faces suffering, but how we engage with our troubles and heal our emotional wounds can make all the difference. Rather than conceal our repairs, what if we embraced them—and looked to them as proofs of our strength?

Don’t avoid living out of fear of suffering adversity. Adversity is nothing more than a challenge, so do some training to overcome it. Prepare yourself for when it appears because, don’t forget, the most important thing is to live. Leap, run, let your hair down. Live intensely!

With Kintsugi, Spanish psychologist Tomas Navarro presents a sensitive and contemplative approach to the suffering that he's seen in his long practice and in his own life. His reflections help us to engage with our tragedies and challenges—transmuting them into sources of strength. Through gentle stories, practices, and insights, readers gain deeper perspective and courage in the face of life's inevitable crises, heartbreaks, and losses.

Kintsugi (“golden joinery”) is the ancient Japanese art of repairing what has been broken… In this book I provide the details of a method for repairing your life after it has been broken, to heal your emotional wounds… Read it a little at a time… In this book, I am not going to teach you to be happy, but to be strong, to live with adversity and handle the challenges and problems of daily life and their consequences.