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heartbeat of trees

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
In stock now: -1

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

beyond order

Beyond Order

12 More Rules for Life
$39.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Random House of Canada
Publication Date: March, 2021
ISBN: 9780735278332
In stock now: 2

In 12 Rules for Life, acclaimed public thinker and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson offered an antidote to the chaos in our lives: eternal truths applied to modern anxieties. His insights have resonated powerfully around the world.

Now in his long-awaited sequel (the earlier book had a white cover, this one is black), Peterson goes further, showing that part of life's meaning comes from reaching out into the domain beyond what we know, and adapting to an ever-transforming world. While an excess of chaos threatens us with uncertainty, an excess of order leads to a lack of curiosity and creative vitality. Beyond Order therefore calls on us to balance the two fundamental principles of reality--order and chaos--and reveals the profound meaning that can be found on the path that divides them.

Among the 12 new principles are these:

  • Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that
  • Do not do what you hate
  • Do not carelessly denigrate social institutions or creative achievement
  • Abandon ideology
  • Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens
  • Try to make one room in your home as beautiful as possible
  • Plan and work diligently to maintain the romance in your relationship
  • Do not allow yourself to become resentful, deceitful, or arrogant
  • Be grateful in spite of your suffering

In times of instability and suffering, Peterson reminds us that there are sources of strength on which we can all draw: insights borrowed from psychology, philosophy, and humanity's greatest myths and stories. Drawing on the hard-won truths of ancient wisdom, as well as deeply personal lessons from his own life and clinical practice, Peterson offers twelve new principles to guide readers towards a more courageous, truthful, and meaningful life.

portals of presence (72 cards & booklet)

Portals Of Presence (72 Cards & Booklet)

Faces Drawn from the Subtle Realms
$37.50 CAD
Tarot + Oracle Card Set
Publisher: Center for Touch Drawing
Publication Date: March, 2021
ISBN: 9780996463430
In stock now: 0

Enter a deeper relationship with yourself and the world through the universal language of the human face. The images in this deck were selected from 20 years of work created in the presence of ancient trees, mountains, standing stones, temples, cathedrals, and human wisdom carriers from many lineages. Each face radiates a unique presence. Think of them as allies, nature spirits, beloveds, or visitors from subtle realms. Gaze deeply and explore your relationship with these beings

Rather than offer written meanings, the guidebook supports you to cultivate your own experience of the cards. It offers ways to select them, lay them out, and enliven them through creative processes. It also includes an audio download of a guided meditation with original music. Use it to hold sacred space while you work with the cards. Portals of Presence can be combined with SoulCards 1 & 2, each deck bringing a new dimension to the other.

Approach this deck with an open mind and heart.
It is not an oracle in the usual sense.
It is an invitation to develop relationship
with the great community of life.

 

May these faces, drawn from the heart of the world,
open portals to the subtle worlds,
reminding us of the wholeness
within which we reside.

 

Gaze at these beings
and allow your experience to unfold.

in love with the world

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
In stock now: -1

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

green witch oracle cards

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
In stock now: 0

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.

book of stones

Book of Stones

Who They Are and What They Teach - 4th Edition
$37.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication Date: January, 2021
ISBN: 9781644113851
In stock now: 6

The 4th edition of this modern classic offers an illuminating alphabetical journey through the mineral kingdom. This comprehensive reference guide takes you deep into the world of crystals and their uses for spiritual awakening and self-healing. Exploring 455 gemstones and their metaphysical energies, the encyclopedia includes vivid color photographs for each stone to aid identification and showcase its beauty, as well as listing each gem's physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits.

The book begins with two introductory chapters by authors Naisha Ahsian and Robert Simmons detailing how to work with crystals and stones and exploring the concept of crystal resonance. Each stone entry includes the mineral name and photo, its elemental and chakra correspondences, keywords that indicate its properties, and a description of the crystal structure, hardness, history, and known locations of each mineral, plus any relevant legend or lore from the past. Each author then offers personal insights on the subtle energy properties and spiritual applications of the stone. The entries conclude with the spiritual, emotional, and physical healing qualities of the stone and an affirmation for evoking its potential benefits. This edition also includes an index of the stones healing and energetic properties, making it easy to find the stone best suited to your needs.

Virtually everyone I meet at least knows someone who is 'into' crystals. Seeing the gentle and persistent 3way this consciousness has spread through the world gives me a great deal of hope... There are seventy-six stones in this edition taht were not in the prior one... This whole book is an invitation. It is a call to continue, or begin, your spiritual journey with the stones. They are present and available, each singing with its own voice, and through them all the voice of the Earth vibrates softly in our hearts. When we listen, when we answer, the dance begins.   —Robert Simmons

"The Book of Stones takes the reader on a fascinating journey. The writing is clear, thoughtful, and easily understood, and the inclusion of scientific data, history, and folklore helps make the book a valuable resource for all those interested in the mineral kingdom." —Thom Hartman, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

being ram dass

Being Ram Dass

By: Ram Dass
$38.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: January, 2021
ISBN: 9781683646280
In stock now: 16

Set against a backdrop of nine decades of sweeping cultural change, Being Ram Dass shares this modern day luminary's journey from chubby Jewish rich kid to accomplished psychologist to renegade Harvard psychedelics researcher to beloved spiritual icon.

Perhaps no other teacher has sparked the fires of as many spiritual seekers in the West as Ram Dass. If you've ever embraced the phrase "be here now," practiced meditation or yoga, tried psychedelics, or supported anyone in a hospice, prison, or homeless center—then the story of Ram Dass is also part of your story.

From his birth in 1931 to his luminous later years, Ram Dass saw his life as just one incarnation of many. This memoir (written over the last decade of his life with the able heart-pen of Rameshwar Dass) puts us in the passenger seat with the one time Harvard psychologist and lifelong risk-taker Richard Alpert, who loved to take friends on wild rides on his Harley and test nearly every boundary—inner or outer—that came his way.

Here, Ram Dass shares his life's odyssey in intimate detail: how he struggled with issues of self-identity and sexuality in his youth, pioneered psychedelic research, and opened the doorways to Eastern spiritual practices. In 1967 he trekked to India and met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. He returned as a yogi and psychologist whose perspective changed millions. His iconic book, Be Here Now, has been a resonant touchstone and spiritual bestseller since 1971—and still reaches thousands of new readers every year!

As a teacher, I always use my life experiences as a lesson plan—often as an example of what not to do... It's important for me to share as truthfully as I can... I hope putting these experiences together in the context of this incarnation will be helpful to you, as it is to me. After all, we are fellow souls. We are on the same journey home to the heart. This is a story of awakening from feeling separate and alienated toward living in oneness and love. May this look back at my incarnation encourage you in yours.

—Ram Dass, Maui, December 2019

Populated by a cast of luminaries ranging from Timothy Leary to Elisabeth Kbler-Ross, Allen Ginsberg to Sharon Salzberg, Aldous Huxley to Alan Watts—this intimate memoir chronicles Ram Dass's experience of the cultural and spiritual transformations that resonate with us to this day, a journey from the mind to the heart, from the ego to the soul.

Before, after, and along these waypoints, readers will encounter many other adventures and revelations—each ringing with the potential to awaken the universal, loving divine that links this beloved teacher to all of us.

ayurvedic reset diet

Ayurvedic Reset Diet

Radiant Health through Fasting, Mono-Diet, and Smart Food Combining
$21.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication Date: January, 2021
ISBN: 9781644111307
In stock now: 3

In this easy-to-follow guide to Ayurvedic dietary resets, Vatsala Sperling, Ph.D., details how to rest and gently cleanse your digestive system, lose extra pounds, and reboot your body and mind with the Ayurvedic techniques of fasting, mono-diets, and food combining. She begins by sharing a simplified introduction to the healing science of Ayurveda from India and explains the spiritual, mindful relationship to food at its heart. Offering step-by-step instructions for a full 6- or 8-week Ayurvedic isolation diet, as well as a simplified 1-week program, she details, day by day, what to eat and drink and provides recipes and meal prepping tips and techniques.

The author explains how to prepare for fasting and the benefits of giving your digestive system a break from food, even if only for one day. She prepares you for mono-dieting--when you eat one type of food such as fruits or vegetables for a set period--and reveals the rejuvenating effects that come from isolating your daily diet to one food type. The author then explores the Ayurvedic techniques of food combining in detail, explaining exactly what to eat when to maximize nutrient absorption.

Based on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, this guide provides everything you need to know to heal your digestive system, prevent chronic ailments, find your healthy weight, and rebuild your sacred relationship with food.

lost pillars of enoch

Lost Pillars of Enoch

When Science and Religion Were One
$31.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: January, 2021
ISBN: 9781644110430
In stock now: 4

Esoteric tradition has long maintained that at the dawn of human civilization there existed a unified science-religion, a spiritual grasp of the universe and our place in it. The biblical Enoch--also known as Hermes Trismegistus, Thoth, or Idris--was seen as the guardian of this sacred knowledge, which was inscribed on pillars known as Enoch's or Seth's pillars.

Examining the idea of the lost pillars of pure knowledge, the sacred science behind Hermetic philosophy, Tobias Churton investigates the controversial Jewish and Egyptian origins of Josephus's famous story that Seth's descendants inscribed knowledge on two pillars to save it from global catastrophe. He traces the fragments of this sacred knowledge as it descended through the ages into initiated circles, influencing civilization through Hermetic, Gnostic, Kabbalistic, Masonic, Hindu, and Islamic mystical knowledge. He follows the path of the pillars fragments through Egyptian alchemy and the Gnostic Sethites, the Kabbalah, and medieval mystic Ramon Llull.

He explores the arrival of the Hermetic manuscripts in Renaissance Florence, the philosophy of Copernicus, Pico della Mirandola, Giordano Bruno, and the origins of Freemasonry, including the revival of Enoch in Masonrys Scottish Rite. He reveals the centrality of primal knowledge to Isaac Newton, William Stukeley, John Dee, and William Blake, resurfacing as the tradition of Martinism, Theosophy, and Thelema. Churton also unravels what Josephus meant when he asserted one Sethite pillar still stood in the Seiriadic land: land of Sirius worshippers.

Showing how the lost pillars stand as a twenty-first century symbol for reattaining our heritage, Churton ultimately reveals how the esoteric strands of all religions unite in a gnosis that could offer a basis for reuniting religion and science.

three simple lines

Three Simple Lines

A Writer's Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku
$33.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: January, 2021
ISBN: 9781608686971
In stock now: 3

One of the worlds foremost writing teachers invites readers on a joyful journey into the reading and origins of haiku.

A haiku is three simple lines. But it is also, as Allen Ginsberg put it, three lines that "make the mind leap." A good one, he said, lets the mind experience "a small sensation of space which is nothing less than God." As many spiritual practices seek to do, the haiku's spare yet acute noticing of the immediate and often ordinary grounds the reader in the pure awareness of now.

A cold rain starting

and no hat—

so?

      —Basho


Natalie Goldberg is a delightfully companionable tour guide into this world. She highlights the history of the form, dating back to the seventeenth century; shows why masters such as Basho and Issa are so revered; discovers Chiyo-ni, an important woman haiku master; and provides insight into writing and reading haiku. A fellow seeker who travels to Japan to explore the birthplace of haiku, Goldberg revels in everything she encounters, including food and family, painting and fashion, frogs and ponds. She also experiences and allows readers to share in the spontaneous and profound moments of enlightenment and awakening that haiku promises.

Filled with the best haiku translations Three Simple Lines is also springkled with stories of Goldberg's travels and dedication to Zen teachers she has encountered, always with a nod to her original Zen master, Katagiri Roshi.

With white plum blossoms

these nights to the faint light of dawn

are turning.

     —Buson's final death poem

Haiku is a secret love of many. This nimbler book is a soothing balm and a surprise for people you'd never think had the inclination. Reading and writing haiku in this hard time is both a solace and redemption from our pain and suffering.

Having taught writing for over 40 years, Natalie Goldberg's books include Writing Down the Bones and The True Secret of Writing, among others.