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to sleep, perchance to dream sleep cd

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream Sleep CD

A guided exercise with music designed to lull you into a deep sleep
$11.95 CAD
Music CD
Publisher: Not Available
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9789000198733
In stock now: 5

A good night's sleep is key to a sense of well being. Without it we can lose our work/life Balance, feel tired and drained. Whereas a well-rested person is full of energy.  A recent survey found that more than 70% of people find it difficult to sleep a few nights a week. Musician, storyteller and QiGong guide Iqbal Ishani has a solution for you. This CD can help you sleep dependably and deeper.

In his 25 years of Qi Gong studies, Iqbal learned much from traditional Chinese doctors, monks and science about sleep and the value of inner nourishment. He brings together these eclectic teachings and subtly entrancing music to help you sleep. His 70-minute guided meditation, To Sleep, Perchance to Dream, is designed to lull you, almost like a hypnotist, into a deep sleep. There is eleven minutes of guidance + music at the beginning of the Sleep CD and 59 minutes of only music to lull you into a deeper state of deserved sleep. Iqbal's guiding voice, and then his sonorous guitar notes and easy rhythms will help you toward deep rest, from which you can awake feeling rested and refreshed.

Warning: this music is intended to put you to sleep.

For free access to Iqbal's "7 Tips to Relaxation using Qi Gong Techniques" (wonderful simple practice tips), click here:

http://iqbalance.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/7-Tips-to-IQ-Balance.pdf
 

 

these wilds beyond our fences

These Wilds Beyond Our Fences

Letters to My Daughter on Humanity's Search for Home
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781623171667
In stock now: 2

Tackling some of the world's most profound questions through the intimate lens of fatherhood, Bayo Akomolafe embarks on a journey of discovery as he maps the contours of the spaces between himself and his three-year-old daughter Alethea. Told as a series of letters to Alethea in a voice that is by turns poetic, vulnerable, and revelatory—but always engaging—this book describes the daily encounters between the author and his sprightly young daughter, and the failures and redemptions that arise in course of their life together. The book is about giving Alethea a bath, learning to brush her teeth, navigating her demands, concern about her fixation with hand-held devices, watching her refuse to cooperate with her dance instructor, and much more. It is also about the reflections and questions that run through and around their relationship. What does it mean to be a parent? What is our place in this world? Where is our home?

Akomolafe’s narrative is urgent and unguarded as he discovers that something as commonplace as becoming a father is a cosmic event of unprecedented proportions. Using this realization as a touchstone, he is led to consider the strangeness of his own soul, to contemplate the myths and rituals of modernity, to ask questions about food and justice, to ponder what it means to be human, to evaluate what we can do about climate change, and to wonder what our collective yearnings for a better world tell us about ourselves. These Wilds Beyond our Fences is a passionate attempt to make sense of our disconnection in a world where it is easy to feel untethered and lost. It is a father's search for meaning, for a place of belonging, and for reassurance that the world will embrace and support our children once we are gone.

ecstasy of being

Ecstasy of Being

Mythology and Dance
$27.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781608683666
In stock now: 3

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.

divine gardens

Divine Gardens

Mayumi Oda and the San Francisco Zen Center
$39.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781941529805
In stock now: 4

Known to many as “the Matisse of Japan,” Mayumi Oda combines traditional Japanese and Buddhist iconography with her own unique sense of color, line, and movement. In this beautiful collection, her groundbreaking artwork is paired with essays by San Francisco Zen Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center practitioners (including Richard Baker, Linda Ruth Cutts, Wendy Johnson, Edward Espe Brown, and Norman Fischer) who have owned, loved, and been changed by Oda's work over the years.

Mayumi Oda’s  artwork plays with traditional Japanese and Buddhist images, refiguring them as celebrations of the feminine and the natural world. Where most traditional Buddhist iconography features male figures, Oda introduces female "Goddesses" that seem to jump off the page, imbued with the vibrancy of Oda's color and line.

Originally from Japan, Oda settled in Muir Beach, California in the 1970s and began practicing and painting at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, which Oda calls her “California Buddha Field.”  

Suitable for joyful study by art students or for display on a chai/coffee table, Divine Gardens captures the essence of Mayumi’s art and life as a Zen practitioner. The forty-five full-color works of art and twenty-four essays contained in the collection are a joyful celebration of her work and the community forged through the years at the San Francisco Zen Center.

wild empty spaces

Wild Empty Spaces

Poems for the Opening Heart
$17.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Creativ Press
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9780993859526
In stock now: 1

FALLING

I dreamt one night
that I was a leaf
lost in the wind,

yet I didn't realize
I was being carried
towards lands
needing me,

falling closer,
falling apart,
I died in their arms.

devotions

Devotions

The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
$40.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9780399563249
In stock now: 11

Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Identified as “far and away, this country's best selling poet” by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last fifty years.

Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver's work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the nature of things and of being alive.

beowulf

Beowulf

$34.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9780300228885
In stock now: 1

A widely celebrated translator’s vivid, accessible, and elegantly concise rendering of an ancient English masterpiece.

Beowulf tells the story of a Scandinavian hero who defeats three evil creatures—a huge, cannibalistic ogre named Grendel, Grendel's monstrous mother, and a dragon—and then dies, mortally wounded during his last encounter. If the definition of a superhero is someone who uses his special powers to fight evil, then Beowulf is our first English superhero story, and arguably our best. It is also a deeply pious poem, so bold in its reverence for a virtuous pagan past that it teeters on the edge of heresy. From beginning to end, we feel we are in the hands of a master storyteller.

Stephen Mitchell’s marvelously clear and vivid rendering re-creates the robust masculine music of the original. It both hews closely to the meaning of the Old English and captures its wild energy and vitality, not just as a deep work of literature but also as a rousing entertainment that can still stir our feelings and rivet our attention today, after more than a thousand years. This new translation—spare, sinuous, vigorous in its narration, and translucent in its poetry—makes a masterpiece accessible to everyone.

“A most readable, energetic, and colorful translation of this savage epic.  Mitchell’s sprightly, animated lines maintain the verbal torque and metrical vigor of the original, allowing both the gore of slaughter and the glory of heroic deeds to shine through more vividly than ever.  An amazing achievement.” —Billy Collins

Stephen Mitchell’s many books include Tao Te Ching, which has sold over a million copies, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, Gilgamesh, and The Odyssey.

felicity

Felicity

Poems
$22.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9780143128762
In stock now: 5

In this collection of new poems, Felicity, Mary Oliver turns her eye from the grace of the natural world to the even more mysterious landscape of the human heart. Here we can immerse ourselves in Oliver’s love poems.

In these poems, she meditates on love and nature, describing with joy the strangeness and wonder of human connection. She asks what it means to truly love another person, while reminding us of the transformative power of attention. Humorous, gentle, and always honest, Oliver examines love both sacred and profane.

Our most delicate chronicler of physical landscape, Oliver has described her work as loving the world.

STORAGE

When I moved from one house to another

there were many things I had no room

for. What does one do? I rented a storage

space. And filled it. Years passed.

Occasionally I went there and looked in,

but nothing happened, not a single

twinge of the heart.

As I grew older the things I cared

about grew fewer, but were more

important. So one day I undid the lock

and called the trash man. He took

everything.

I felt like the little donkey when

his burden is finally lifted. Things!

Burn them, burn them! Make a beautiful

fire! More room in your heart for love,

for the trees! For the birds who own

nothing—the reason they can fly.

As in Blue Horses, Dog Songs, and A Thousand Mornings, with Felicity Oliver praises love and life in all their savage beauty.

No, I'd never been to this country

before. No, I didn't know where the roads

would lead me. No, I didn't intend to

turn back.

marrow

Marrow

Love, Loss, and What Matters Most
$19.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9780062367655
In stock now: 3

The author of Broken Open and The Seeker’s Guide returns with a visceral and profound memoir. Throughout her life, Elizabeth Lesser has sought what it means to be true to oneself and truly connected to the ones we love. But when her sister Maggie needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life, and Lesser learns that she is the perfect match, she faces a far more immediate and complex question about what it really means to love—honestly, generously, and authentically.

Hoping to give Maggie the best chance possible for a successful transplant, the sisters dig deep into the marrow of their relationship to clear a path to unconditional acceptance. They leave the bone marrow transplant up to the doctors, but take on what Lesser calls a “soul marrow transplant,” examining their family history, having difficult conversations, examining old assumptions, and offering forgiveness until all that is left is love for each other's true selves. Their process—before, during, and after the transplant—encourages them to take risks of authenticity in other aspects their lives.

But Maggie's body is ultimately too weak to fight the relentless illness. As she and Lesser prepare for the inevitable, they grow ever closer as their shared blood cells become a symbol of the bond they share. Told with suspense and humor, Marrow is joyous and heartbreaking, incandescent and profound. The story reveals how even our most difficult experiences can offer unexpected spiritual growth. Reflecting on the multifaceted nature of love—love of other, love of self, love of the world—Marrow is an unflinching and beautiful memoir about getting to the very center of oneself.

“A deeply brave, honest, emotional, visionary ride into the scary and liberating marrow of sisterhood. Elizabeth Lesser’s years of accumulated wisdom, scorching self-honesty and stunning insights are on fire here. This book is ultimately a spiritual transfusion, begging us to clean and rid ourselves of any past blood that stands in the path of love.” —Eve Ensler, author of In the Body of the World

Marrow shows how the interior of the bone corresponds to the interior of the person. I’ve never read a book that so perceptively shows the soul in process. This is a beautiful book that will move you but will also show you how to tap into the healing richness of the soul in any serious life challenge.” —Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

ocean fell into the drop

Ocean Fell into the Drop

A Memoir
$15.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781910924532
In stock now: 3

The Ocean Fell into the Drop is a different kind of show business memoir, one that traces Terence Stamp’s twin obsessions, acting and mysticism, and the relationship the two have to each other for him, through the trajectory of his life. On the way he discusses his directors, Fellini, Loach, Pasolini; actors, Olivier, Brando and Redgrave; and spiritual masters, Krishnamurti and Hazarat Inayat Khan, as well as his family, life in the East End, Sufism and style.

During my first visit to the cinema the empathy I felt from Gary Cooper was life-changing, and a secret dream was born in the darkened auditorium.

 

Later, my forays to the East revealed an original take on humanity which fell into two categories: those who remembered and those who didn’t. The former by teaching the latter could transmit this memory, and communicate this spark of creation directly into the being of the other.

Terence Stamp is an English actor who has appeared in more than 50 films. In his epilogue he writes:

When I was approached to scribble this tome, the initial thinking was a way of conveying to young folks driven to an artistic existence what I had learned from artists finer than myself
 

Engage in what life presents. It has its own reasons. Maybe it isn’t what you’ve hoped for. But hope is like honey. Don’t indulge in it.
 

Be present and notice when you’re not, this is the root into a heightened state of awareness. Allow it to flow over into your life—any time. It is the cog that only appears to turn; yet its radiant presence is the foundation of all the actions in what we call our body.

 

Aim high. Life will support you. It is resonating in your own heart. Have faith in it.

 

The sky is your being, your awareness. Silent, unmoving, yet all movement manifests from it: the luminous peace at your core. Pay attention to that—be at one with that. Now. Just now.

 

I think that’s what my Mum was pointing me toward.

 

My real home. Your real home. When the seeking ends the thrill begins. Only then the never-ending journey of the unknowable.

 

Stand by. On your marks. Action!