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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.

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Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression ! and the Unexpected Solutions
$24.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: December, 2019
ISBN: 9781632868312
In stock now: 0

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: 0

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: 0

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.

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: -7

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.

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: 7

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

super attractor oracle cards

Super Attractor Oracle Cards

Methods for Manifesting a Life beyond Your Wildest Dreams
$28.99 CAD
Tarot + Oracle Card Set
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: November, 2019
ISBN: 9781401957827
In stock now: 3

 Being a Super Attractor means that what you believe is what you receive. This 52-card deck will inspire you to live a life filled with joy, grace, ease, and strength, and start manifesting your dreams into reality.

Designed with beautiful watercolor illustrations by Micaela Ezra—who also created the artwork for Gabby's best-selling The Universe Has Your Back cards—each of the 52 cards offers an inspiring mantra to support and guide you. Anytime you want guidance, simply shuffle the deck, choose a card, and have faith in the guidance you receive.

These stunning cards will help you connect to the Universe, live in alignment with Spirit, get in the flow of wellbeing, and develop your own Super Attractor powers. Surrender to this awesome practice and watch the miracles unfold.

way of a pilgrim

Way of a Pilgrim

$14.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2019
ISBN: 9781611807011
In stock now: 2

This classic work of spiritual literature is the firsthand account of a pilgrim's journey as he endeavors to live out Saint Paul's instruction to “pray without ceasing.” The narrator, an unnamed nineteenth-century peasant, sets out on his pilgrimage with nothing but a Bible, rosary, and some dried bread. As he walks, he recites the Jesus prayer (“Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me”)—a prayer that is said to quiet anxiety and fill the heart with love for all creation. With this prayer constantly on his lips, the pilgrim undergoes a profound spiritual education. These pages offer practical advice for every spiritual practitioner, translated in a way that is relevant, fresh, and inspiring.

After about three weeks I began to experience a soreness in my heart, followed by the most delightful kind of warmth, joy and peace. This increasingly stirred me and kindled my desire to practice this prayer more diligently, so that I thought about nothing else and was filled with an immense joy. From then on, at times I would experience different sensations in my heart and in my mind. Sometimes my heart would bubble over with such sweet delight and was filled with such lightness, freedom, and consolation that I was totally transformed and enraptured.... Sometimes the sweet warmth in my heart would overflow and spread through my entire being, so that I tenderly experienced the presence of God all about me.

“One of the most influential spiritual books of the last hundred years. It is one of those rare books that can make a difference in a person’s life.” —Jacob Needleman, author of Lost Christianity

evolutionary empath

Evolutionary Empath

A Practical Guide for Heart-Centered Consciousness
$22.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: November, 2019
ISBN: 9781591433507
In stock now: 5

As an empath herself, Stephanie Red Feather has experienced firsthand the challenges of being extremely sensitive to subtle energies and the emotions of others. She knows that it can be overwhelming and cause you to lose yourself and doubt who you are. With this guide for anyone who’s ever felt out of place because of their sensitivity, Red Feather offers advice on how to manage life’s difficulties as an empath as well as insight into how these qualities are vitally important to the future of humanity.

Affirming that being an empath is a real thing and you are not alone in your experience of the world, Red Feather offers practical exercises to help you understand, control, and fully manifest your gifts. She explains how to clear your energy field, stop energy leaks, and reclaim your sense of self. She warns of the pitfalls of being an empath, such as employing your gifts in unhealthy ways, and stresses the importance of embracing both the Divine Masculine, to create boundaries and safety, as well as the Divine Feminine, to practice radical self-care and live authentically from your own center.

Red Feather explains not only that there are now more empaths than ever before, but that this surge in numbers is no coincidence. With the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, empaths represent the new human blueprint. They are the way-showers for the next step in human evolution, and they have a cosmic mission: to usher in a higher level of human consciousness, centered in the heart chakra.

Red Feather also explains the impending reactivation of dormant levels of consciousness and cosmic memory, which will upgrade our human operating systems to function at a higher frequency.

Includes access to online audio meditation tracks.

The author is a mesa carrier in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Peru, having studied with Don Oscar Miro-Quesada’s lineage for many years.

standing at the edge

Standing at the Edge

Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet
$24.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: November, 2019
ISBN: 9781250101358
In stock now: 3

 Over many decades, Zen teacher Joan Halifax has collaborated with neuroscientists, clinicians, and psychologists to understand how contemplative practice can be a vehicle for social healing. Exploring how we can transform our experience of suffering into the power of compassion for the benefit of others, Joan identifies five psychological territories she calls Edge States—altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagementthat epitomize strength of character. Yet each of these states can also be the cause of personal and social suffering. In this way, these five psychological experiences form edges, and it is only when we stand at these edges that we become open to the full range of our human experience and discover who we really are.

Recounting the experiences of caregivers, activists, humanitarians, politicians, parents, and teachers, incorporating the wisdom of Zen traditions and mindfulness practices, Standing at the Edge is a powerful guide on how to find the freedom we seek for others and ourselves.

When we learn to recognize the Edge States in our lives, we can stand on the threshold of change and see a landscape abundant with wisdom, tenderness, and basic human kindness. At the same time, we can see a desolate terrain of violence, failure, and futility. Having the strength to stand at the edge, we can draw lessons from places of utter devastation—the charnel grounds—of refugee camps, earthquake-destroyed areas, prisons, cancer wards, homeless encampments, and war zones, and at the same time be resourced by our basic goodness and the basic goodness of others. This is the very premise of coming to know intimately the Edge States: How we develop the strength to stand at the edge and have a wider view, a view that includes all sides of the equation of life. How we find life-giving balance between oppositional forces. How we find freedom at the edge. And how we discover that the alchemy of suffering and compassion brings forth the gold of our character, the gold of our hearts.

“A deep and detailed plunge into the positive as well as the difficult aspects of active engagement in the world of suffering. She weaves in illustrative examples,  and, most importantly, practices that can be taken up to help all of us, no matter where in this troubled world we work, to restore much-needed balance, kindness and sanity, both for ourselves and those we serve."Jan Chozen Bays, author of Mindfulness on the Go