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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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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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Urban Tantra’s juicy mix of erotic how-to and heart-centered spiritual wisdom from 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 new introduction, up-to-date refs 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. Toward a culture of consent!

Any conscious breath can be a transformative breath. Breathing consciously simply means being mindful, aware, and attentive to your breath. Remember, we can only focus on one thought at a time. If we keep our mind full with our breathing, we don’t have the space to think things like “I’ll never come,” “I wonder if they really love me,” or “Did I mail that bill?” Now, I’m not suggesting that you only think about your breath when you have sex. But if you focus on your breath as you might in meditation—that is, using breath as the technique that allows you to actually arrive at the place of meditation—you’ll find you’re well on your way to conscious sex.

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Holy Rascals

Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries
$22.50 CAD
Paperback Book
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
Hardcover Book
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
Paperback Book
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.

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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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Ecstasy of Being

Mythology and Dance
$27.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781608683666
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Many know Joseph Campbell as the charming, erudite, best-professor-you-ever-had figure chatting with Bill Moyers in theThe Power of Myth series. But Campbell's posthumously published Collected Works (500,000 copies sold) reveal a perhaps unsuspected range of interests and knowledge.The Ecstasy of Being is a prime example. Modern dance was the profession of Campbell's wife, Jean Erdman (she was a principle dancer in Martha Graham’s dance company), and the project the pair collaborated on when Campbell retired from teaching and the couple formed their Theater of the Open Eye. In these writings Campbell explores the rise of modern art and dance in the 20th century; delves into the work and philosophy of Isadora Duncan; and, as ever, probes the idea of art as the funnel through which spirit is poured into life.

The mask, the costume, and the living of the role through to the end: by this device man detached himself from his personal pains and joys—just as a dancer does in a dance. Human life was literally sublimated, and man’s body became, as it were, the vehicle of a god; that is to say, a symbol of the play of eternity in time. No matter what we today may think of this as a mode of life for rational beings, it is from the ages when live was lived that way that we inherit the very idea of art.

Included are seven articles and lectures on dance as well as the book Campbell was working on when he died—“Mythology and Form,” a provocative exploration of the relationship of myth to aesthetic form and human physiology, published here for the first time.

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Cannabis Pharmacy

The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana -- Revised and Updated
$29.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9780316464185
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The most comprehensive book available (so far) on treating illness and disease with medical marijuana, The Cannabis Pharmacy (this revised edition is updated with about 15% new material, including the latest information on varietals, delivery and dosing, and treatable conditions) appears at a time when medicinal cannabis dispensaries are all over Vancouver and cannabis will be legal and regulated in Canada in 2018.

As medicinal cannabis grows in popularity and legality, there is a demand for clear, easy-to-follow information for the layperson based on the latest sound medical and evidence-based research.

The medical and research communities are only just beginning to discover and investigate what their patients have known for decades… Intended as a guide for patients and their physicians, the book explains what has been recently learned and what has been rediscovered about the uses of the cannabis plant as a medicine… I would also say that cannabis is one of the best examples of a safe and effective botanical remedy that is underutilized and still largely misunderstood by many conventional practitioners. —from the foreword by Andrew Weil, MD

Written by an expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy identifies which cannabis strains are most effective for treating different conditions, describes how to prepare the appropriate strain for use and how best to administer the preparation, and specifies the recommended dosage for different strains and conditions. Also included is a guide to treating the symptoms of some 60 specific ailments and illnesses, including headache, irritable bowel syndrome, the side effects of certain cancer treatments, and many more.

It would be great if patients and physicians felt as comfortable discussing the potential use of cannabis as they do discussing an herbal medicine such as Echinacea… The prejudice and hysteria surrounding this subject may be fading, but the truth about cannabis as a medicine is more interesting and complex than anyone could have imagined.

Whether the reader is an existing medical cannabis patient who wants to learn more about his or her treatment or a self-medicator with no access to professional help, Cannabis Pharmacy provides clear and useful information.

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Inner Life of Animals

Love, Grief, and Compassion—Surprising Observations of a Hidden World
$29.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781771643016
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“Like The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben’s The Inner Life of Animals will rock your world. Surprising, humbling, and filled with delight, this book shows us that animals think, feel and know in much the same way as we do—and that their lives are, to them, as precious as ours are to us.” —Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus

Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben's personal experiences in forests and fields.

Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up.

In this, his latest book, Peter Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, feelings, and intelligence of animals around us. Animals are different from us in ways that amaze us—and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought.

I hope this will help you see the animal world round you and the species described in this book, not as mindless automatons driven by an inflexible genetic code, but as stalwart souls and lovable rascals. And that is just what they are, as you will discover for yourself when you take a walk in my neighborhood with my goats, horses, and rabbits, or in the parks and woods where you live.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

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Leopard Warrior

A Journey into the African Teachings of Ancestry, Instinct, and Dreams
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781622039036
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In 1990, during the beginning of the end of apartheid, a young white medic in the South African army named John Lockley had a powerful dream. This dream, which he describes as a calling, began his extraordinary odyssey beyond the barriers of race, culture, and belief into the world of the shaman.

Leopard Warrior shares the remarkable story of how John Lockley navigated the deep racial and cultural divide to follow his calling, to become one of the first modern white men in recent history to become a fully initiated sangoma—traditional priest and healer—in the Xhosa lineage of South Africa, the tribe of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

In this teaching memoir, John introduces readers to the way of the leopard, a shamanic path for awakening our intuition and connection to the spirit of the world. As he explores Xhosa wisdom on dreams, ceremony, spirit guides, and ancestors, this remarkable teacher takes us on a joyous and life-affirming journey to the center of our power and purpose in this world, to our intrinsic humanity (ubuntu).

Ubunto emphasizes the sanctity of ancestral honoring—a unique practice in Africa that is a gift to mankind… Leopard Warrior is an account of the wealth of ancestral wisdom entrusted to John by his saintly teacher over more than a decade. It reads like a piece of literature, carefully unveiling the hidden mysteries of Africa. This timely piece is a gift to the world that adds African wisdom to the great concert of indigenous wisdom the West so sorely need. —Malidoma Somé, from the foreword

Along the way, John endures incredible illness and suffering, meet and studies with experienced spiritual teachers from a variety of lineages, and breaks cultural boundaries to awaken into the world of the shaman.

John Lockley spent 10 years in apprenticeship with MaMngwevu, a medicine woman from the Xhosa tribe. She named him Cingolweendaba, meaning the messenger or connector between people and cultures.

A key theme throughout this book is reconnecting with your ancestors and the forces of nature. As you do this in a mindful way, you naturally open your senses and increase your ability to dream and make sense of your life purpose.