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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
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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.

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Spiritual Rebel

A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose
$22.75 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Monkfish Book Publishing
Publication Date: June, 2019
ISBN: 9781948626040
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A little snarky, a little sweet, Sarah Bowen proposes a G*d-optional approach to spirituality that is alive, flexible, and positively addictive.

Bringing together insights from a wide range of traditions—from Taoism to Jediism to Yoga to Science—Spiritual Rebel is a personal approach to finding a deeper perspective and higher life purpose. Offering three weeks of unconventional practices—including forest bathing, yawning, hiking, cat-gazing, mindfulness, and sacred crashing to name just a few—this book helps not only seekers, but also agnostics, atheists, and the spiritual-but-not-religious, curate meaningful spiritual moments throughout the day, dipping in without having to commit, never having to fear they might be doing it wrong.

Rather than relying on adherence to a specific belief system, Spiritual Rebel encourages readers to clarify the beliefs that are personally meaningful, redefine outdated concepts, mix-and-match practices, experience connection, and ask curious questions. What if the Force seems more real to you than Jesus? What if your higher power appears in fluorescent orange with a loud thumping beat? Can Siri help us find something G*d-ish?

Approaching spirituality from an edgy, vivid, and interfaith/interspiritual perspective, Sarah Bowen explores the world’s philosophical, scientific, and religious traditions, mining them for juicy tidbits and practices. Drawing from wide, weird, and deep, Sarah Bowen is a bookworm who can’t stop reading, an unrelenting researcher, and an inspiring spiritual tour guide. As a result, Spiritual Rebel contains a diverse collection of practices and resources to inspire the Force within you, by whatever name you call it.

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Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes

40th Anniversary Edition
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: June, 2019
ISBN: 9781623173739
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Skillfully updated for a new generation of seekers of ancient Chinese wisdom, this fortieth anniversary edition showcases Theodora Lau's poetic elegance together with her daughter Laura Lau's fresh, contemporary perspective on Chinese horoscopes.

Do you know which of the twelve animal signs you are? How does the "animal that hides in your heart" influence your outlook on life and your relationships with others? What happens in your chart when your Eastern moon sign meets your Western sun sign? For forty years, The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes has remained the classic book on the topic, artfully combining the Eastern lunar calendar with Western solar-based astrology. You'll discover how the five elements, four seasons, and the ascendant sign based on the hour of your birth can all affect your personality. Look to the future and see how you are likely to fare in the upcoming years.

Read about the 144 marriage combinations to better understand the relationships between the twelve lunar signs. Featuring all-new lunar forecasts, this revised edition will delight seasoned astrologers and interested novices alike, just as the classic work as done for decades.

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Love on Every Breath

Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain into Joy
$23.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: June, 2019
ISBN: 9781608685769
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Many today feel called to action. Others are stymied, grief-stricken, confused about how to proceed. An ancient Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Tonglen addresses this condition. One breathes in the suffering of others and breathes out compassion. But it is a fairly advanced practice. Breathing in the suffering of others and the world can be overwhelming. Lama Palden Drolma, a Western woman trained by Buddhist masters and also schooled in contemporary psychotherapy, here introduces readers to a variation of Tonglen that is no less powerful but more user-friendly. What she calls Love on Every Breath is a direct descendent of Tonglen, dating back centuries.

Many of us take in the suffering of others, and it simply sits in us, unprocessed, weighing us down. Love on Every Breath provides a way to transform this pain into love and joy…

 

This meditation can be done “on-the-spot” in daily life as well as on the cushion, and I provide instructions for both. In it, love reveals the innate beauty of our hearts. Healing our own wounding and suffering with love gives us the capacity to be present with and truly love others.

Lama Drolma walks readers step-by-step through the meditation, from beginning issues of sitting with awareness and breath to taking in and extending love. Challenging situations of sadness, anger, and overwhelm are addressed with On-the-Spot strategies. Love on Every Breath elegantly and practically addresses a contemporary culture rife with anger, fear, and a sense of exclusion. The practices heal both the practitioner and the society in which they live. This is a key core skill for our times.

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Just Enough

Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan's Buddhist Temples
$25.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: June, 2019
ISBN: 9781608685820
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Ordained as a Buddhist nun in Japan, Greenwood was attracted to Zen’s all-encompassing approach to life and how to live it, the way it did not shy away from the big questions about life’s meaning, and the profoundly simple way it suggests one view the moment, reality, the now.

At the monastery, she also discovered a particular affinity for working in the kitchen, especially the practice of using whatever was at hand to create delicious, satisfying meals. The result of her years working in monastery kitchens, this book is based on the philosophy of oryoki, or just enough. From perfect rice, potatoes, and broths; to hearty stews, colorful stir-fry dishes, hot and cold noodles, and delicate sorbets, Greenwood shows food to be a direct, daily way to understand Zen practice—and live life directly and beautifully. With eloquent prose, she takes readers into monasteries and markets, messy kitchens and four a.m. meditation rooms and offers food for thought that nourishes and delights body, mind, and spirit. Original black-and-white drawings enhance the evocative narrative and illustrate the recipes.

This book is about balance, about discovering what is just enough—in cooking and in life. It is about the process, poetry, and meaning of food.

It’s a refreshing transmission—and includes a glossary listing of common Japanese ingredients, useful equipment, and popular Japanese cooking techniques.

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Essential Path

Making the Daring Decision to Be Who You Truly Are
$22.50 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: June, 2019
ISBN: 9781250218834
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Our modern era is plagued by increasing alienation. We humans find ourselves divided from each other as never before across political, economic, social, and spiritual lines. As humanity is being torn apart—separating many of us from our friends and loved ones, from our hopes and dreams, from the natural world, and from so much that gives meaning and value to our lives—people are blaming everyone and everything around them for the collective problems that we have created ourselves. We are turning against each other, rather than to each other, just when we need each other the most.

Bestselling author of Conversations with God Neale Donald Walsch offers a radical solution to the growing problem of humanity’s alienation. He invites us to question our basic assumptions about ourselves, about each other, about life and how it works, and about God, and to rethink the very definition of humanity. The Essential Path challenges every human to make a Daring Decision—to look at who we are and how we can choose to be, in a planet-altering new way.

With insight and spiritual perceptivity, Walsch peers into the heart of a broken, divided society, prompting us to ask the critical questions that have the power to transform our world.

Deep inside you know Who You Truly Are. We all do. It's not a question of discovering it, it's a question of claiming it. Being it. And that's actually easier done than said. We're all just one decision away from The Essential Path. It's a path that could change a world that deeply yearns for a new direction.

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How to Change Your Mind

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
$24.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May, 2019
ISBN: 9780735224155
In stock now: 9

When author Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began his adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.

An elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. The true subject of Pollan's “mental travelogue” is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

“After 50 years underground, psychedelics are back. We are incredibly fortunate to have Michael Pollan be our travel guide for their renaissance. With humility, humor, and deep humanity, he takes us through the history, the characters, and the science of these “mind manifesting” compounds.  What he has done previously for gardeners and omnivores, Pollan does brilliantly here for all of us who wonder what it means to be fully human, or even what it means to be.” —Thomas Insel, MD, former director of National Institute of Mental Health

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Medical Medium Celery Juice

The Most Powerful Medicine of Our Time Healing Millions Worldwide
$25.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Not Available
Publication Date: May, 2019
ISBN: 9781401957650
In stock now: 12

In Medical Medium Celery Juice, Anthony William, the originator of the global celery juice movement, introduces you to celery juice's incredible ability to create sweeping improvements on every level of our health:

  • Healing the gut and relieving digestive disorders
  • Balancing blood sugar, blood pressure, weight, and adrenal function
  • Neutralizing and flushing toxins from the liver and brain
  • Restoring health in people who suffer from a vast range of chronic and mystery illnesses and symptoms, among them fatigue, brain fog, acne, eczema, addiction, ADHD, thyroid disorders, diabetes, SIBO, eating disorders, autoimmune disorders, Lyme disease, and eye problems.

After showing how celery juice does its anti-inflammatory, alkalizing, life-changing work, he gives you the powerful, definitive guidelines to do your own celery juice cleanse. You'll get instructions on how to make the juice, how much to drink, when to drink it, and what to expect as your body begins to detox, plus answers to FAQs such as "Is it safe to drink celery juice while pregnant or breastfeeding?", "Is blending better than juicing?", and "Can I take my medications with it?" Here is everything you need to know to receive the full gift of what Anthony calls "one of the greatest healing tonics of all time."

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Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses

A Practical Workbook for Integrating Themes, Ideas, and Inspiration into Your Class
$23.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: May, 2019
ISBN: 9781623173227
In stock now: 3

Experienced yoga instructors Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato give yoga teachers tools to find a genuine voice and tap into innate wisdom; they offer ready-made, detailed themes to use in classes or home practice; and provide guidance and useful, flexible templates for building a toolkit of authentic themes for future use.

The workbook begins with a section on voice, authenticity, emulation, phrasing, practice, repetition, and finding inspiration. While offering guidance for new or experienced teachers so that they feel confident speaking from a place of authority and offering their students memorable themes, the authors explore what it means to be authentic and how teachers can approach authenticity without feeling overly exposed or turning their yoga classes into a therapy session.

The second section of the book contains 54 complete themes in template form, so instructors can easily use them in a class. These themes are broken down in chapters such as: yoga philosophy, seasonal themes, meditations, quotes, and spiritual ideas and stories from other traditions that translate well to yoga. Each theme is explored in a way that allows teachers to add their own voice, take, and spin. The final section of the book includes gentle advice and prompts with 54 blank templates, so instructors can create their own themes. With a unique angle and a practical feel, this workbook will appeal to yoga teachers, teacher trainers, and at-home practitioners who are moving to the next level.

Also by these authors: Lifelong Yoga.

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World-Ending Fire

The Essential Wendell Berry
$25.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Counterpoint
Publication Date: May, 2019
ISBN: 9781640091979
In stock now: 0

In a time when our relationship to the natural world is ruled by the violence and greed of unbridled consumerism, Wendell Berry speaks out in these prescient essays, drawn from his fifty-year campaign on behalf of our lands and communities. The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress and in defense of local landscapes, essays that celebrate our cultural heritage, our history, and our home.

With grace and conviction, essayist-novelist-poet and farmer Wendell Berry shows that we simply cannot afford to succumb to the mass-produced madness that drives our global economy—the natural world will not allow it.

“No use talking about getting enlightened or saving your soul,” Berry wrote to his friend, the poet Gary Snyder, in 1980, “if you can’t keep the topsoil from washing away.”

Yet he also shares with us a vision of consolation and of hope. We may be locked in an uneven struggle, but we can and must begin to treat our land, our neighbors, and ourselves with respect and care. As Berry urges, we must abandon arrogance and stand in awe.

Wendell Berry’s formula for a good life and a good community is simple and pleasingly unoriginal. Slow down. Pay attention. Do good work. Love your neighbours. Love your place. Stay in your place. Settle for less, enjoy it more. —P.K.