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Come of Age

The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: June, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172091
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In his landmark provocative style, Stephen Jenkinson, author of Die Wise, makes the case that we must birth a new generation of elders, one poised and willing to be true stewards of the planet and its species.

Come of Age does not offer tips on how to be a better senior citizen or how to be kinder to our elders. Rather, with lyrical prose and incisive insight, Stephen Jenkinson explores the great paradox of elderhood in North America: how we are awash in the aged and yet somehow lacking in wisdom; how we relegate senior citizens to the corner of the house while simultaneously heralding them as sage elders simply by virtue of their age.

Our own unreconciled relationship with what it means to be an elder has yielded a culture nearly bereft of them. Meanwhile, the planet boils, and the younger generation boils with anger over being left an environment and sociopolitical landscape deeply scarred and broken.

Taking on the sacred cow of the family, Jenkinson argues that elderhood is a function rather than an identity—it is not a position earned simply by the number of years on the planet or the title “parent” or “grandparent.” As with his seminal book Die Wise, Jenkinson interweaves rich personal stories with iconoclastic observations that will leave readers radically rethinking their concept of what it takes to be an elder and the risks of doing otherwise. Part critique, part call to action, Come of Age is a love song inviting all of us to grow up, before it's too late.

Getting older is inevitable, becoming an elder is a skill

 

The sages seem to be departing. Elections enthrone Change, that’s all. The tribal lines deepen.  And there’s the weather, and the waters…

 

In a time like this, contemplation tethered to the troubled world is courageous. Contemplative sorrow: that’s the kind that is willing to learn the trouble of its time in a way that principled anxiety is not. Contemplation worthy of the troubled time: that is something to bequeath to the young among us. Unvanquished give-a-shit: that is something the old among us might be nourished to see.

 

Trade faith and hope for a stranger love of life, one that befriends the darkening sky by learning it. We might yet craft an eloquence that serves the terrible beauty we are about to bequeath to the young. Consequence, after all, is the true companion of grown ups.

nurturing resilience

Nurturing Resilience

Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma--An Integrative Somatic Approach
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172039
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Here’s an introduction and practical, integrated approach for therapists working with people (both adults and children) who have been impacted by developmental trauma and attachment difficulties.

Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell draw on fifty years of their combined clinical and teaching experience to provide this clear road map for understanding the complexities of early trauma and its related symptoms. Experts in the physiology of trauma, the authors present an introduction to their innovative somatic approach that has evolved to help thousands improve their lives. Synthesizing across disciplines—Attachment, Polyvagal, Neuroscience, Child Development Theory, Trauma, and Somatics—this book provides a new lens through which to understand safety and regulation. It includes the survey used in the groundbreaking ACE Study, which discovered a clear connection between early childhood trauma and chronic health problems. For therapists working with both adults and children and anyone dealing with symptoms that typically arise from early childhood trauma—anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, metabolic disorders, migraine, sleep problems, and more—this book offers fresh hope.

Kathy Kain has been practicing and teaching bodywork and trauma recovery for thirty-seven years. A senior trainer in Somatic Experiencing, she teaches therapists about the physiology of traumatic stress through her popular program "Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists" and is principal author of Ortho-Bionomy: A Practical Manual.

living an examined life

Living an Examined Life

Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey
$28.95 CAD
Spoken Word CD
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781683640943
In stock now: 3

How do you define “growing up”? Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarks—a steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? If you find yourself in a career, place, relationship, or crisis you never foresaw or that seems at odds with your beliefs about who you are, it means your soul is calling on you to re-examine your path.

Sooner or later, we are each called to face what we fear, respond to our summons to show up, and overcome the vast lethargic powers within us. This is what is asked of us, to show up as the person we really are, as best we can manage, under circumstances over which we may have no control. This showing up as best we can is growing up. That is all that life really asks of us: to show up as best we can.

With Living an Examined Life, James Hollis offers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life. Here this acclaimed Jungian analyst and author guides you (he suggests reading one chapter at a time only and digesting it] through 21 areas for self-inquiry and growth, challenging you to:

  • Recover Personal Authority—how to stop living in response to the expectations placed on you
  • Choose Meaning Over Happiness—why seeking truth instead of entertaining distractions ultimately leads to greater fulfillment
  • Exorcise the Ghosts of the Past That Bind You—how the voices that haunt you can lead you to grow
  • Bestow Love on the Unlovable Parts of You—recovering the guiding force concealed in your Shadow
  • Construct a Mature Spirituality—the five essential elements of integrating meaning and mystery into your life
  • Seize Permission to Be Who You Really Are—the challenge of fully showing up for your life

With his trademark eloquence and insight, Dr. Hollis offers Living an Examined Life to inspire you toward a life of personal authority, integrity, and fulfillment.

It is my hope that this book will be a tool to recover your respect for that which abides deeply within. You will not be spared disappointment or suffering. But you can know the depth and dignity of an authentic journey, of being a real player in your time on this turning planet, and your life will become more interesting, taking you deeper than ever before.

“This book is an extraordinary gift to all of us grappling with the ‘second half of life’—free of all platitudes and false comforts, but full of sustenance, humour, and tools for navigating the journey.” —Oliver Burkeman, columnist for The Guardian

 

living an examined life

Living an Examined Life

Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey: a 21-Step Plan for Addressing the Unfinished Business of Your Life
$18.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9781683640479
In stock now: 11

How do you define “growing up”? Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarks—a steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? If you find yourself in a career, place, relationship, or crisis you never foresaw or that seems at odds with your beliefs about who you are, it means your soul is calling on you to re-examine your path.

Sooner or later, we are each called to face what we fear, respond to our summons to show up, and overcome the vast lethargic powers within us. This is what is asked of us, to show up as the person we really are, as best we can manage, under circumstances over which we may have no control. This showing up as best we can is growing up. That is all that life really asks of us: to show up as best we can.

With Living an Examined Life, James Hollis offers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life. Here this acclaimed Jungian analyst and author guides you (he suggests reading one chapter at a time only and digesting it] through 21 areas for self-inquiry and growth, challenging you to:

  • Recover Personal Authority—how to stop living in response to the expectations placed on you
  • Choose Meaning Over Happiness—why seeking truth instead of entertaining distractions ultimately leads to greater fulfillment
  • Exorcise the Ghosts of the Past That Bind You—how the voices that haunt you can lead you to grow
  • Bestow Love on the Unlovable Parts of You—recovering the guiding force concealed in your Shadow
  • Construct a Mature Spirituality—the five essential elements of integrating meaning and mystery into your life
  • Seize Permission to Be Who You Really Are—the challenge of fully showing up for your life

With his trademark eloquence and insight, Dr. Hollis offers Living an Examined Life to inspire you toward a life of personal authority, integrity, and fulfillment.

It is my hope that this book will be a tool to recover your respect for that which abides deeply within. You will not be spared disappointment or suffering. But you can know the depth and dignity of an authentic journey, of being a real player in your time on this turning planet, and your life will become more interesting, taking you deeper than ever before.

“This book is an extraordinary gift to all of us grappling with the ‘second half of life’—free of all platitudes and false comforts, but full of sustenance, humour, and tools for navigating the journey.” —Oliver Burkeman, columnist for The Guardian

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Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing
$36.50 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: WW Norton
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9780393709780
In stock now: 2

From elementary schools to psychotherapy offices, mindfulness meditation is an increasingly mainstream practice. At the same time, trauma remains a fact of life: the majority of us will experience a traumatic event in our lifetime, and up to 20% of us will develop posttraumatic stress. This means that anywhere mindfulness is being practiced, someone in the room is likely to be struggling with trauma.

At first glance, this appears to be a good thing: trauma creates stress, and mindfulness is a proven tool for reducing it. But the reality is not so simple.

Drawing on a decade of research and clinical experience, psychotherapist and educator David Treleaven shows that mindfulness meditation—practiced without an awareness of trauma—can exacerbate symptoms of traumatic stress. Instructed to pay close, sustained attention to their inner world, survivors can experience flashbacks, dissociation, and even re-traumatization.

This raises a crucial question for mindfulness teachers, trauma professionals, and trauma survivors everywhere: How can we minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness for survivors while leveraging its powerful benefits?

Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness offers answers to this question. Part I provides a review of the histories of mindfulness and trauma, including the way modern neuroscience is shaping our understanding of both. Through grounded scholarship and wide-ranging case examples, Treleaven illustrates the ways mindfulness can help—or hinder—trauma recovery.

Part II distills these insights into. five key principles for trauma-sensitive mindfulness Covering the role of attention, arousal, relationship, dissociation, and social context within trauma-informed practice, Treleaven offers 36 specific modifications designed to support survivors’ safety and stability. The result is a groundbreaking and practical approach that empowers those looking to practice mindfulness in a safe, transformative way.

“In his groundbreaking exploration of meditation and trauma, David Treleaven looks at this issue through multiple lenses, drawing on current research about the physiology and psycho-neurology of unprocessed trauma, and shining a light on the potential impact of a well articulated, popular, and highly regarded form of mindfulness meditation called Vipassana, or Insight meditation. This is essential and fascinating reading for meditation teachers, mental health practitioners, and all those who have suffered from trauma and want to engage on a meditative path in a wise and healing way.” — Tara Brach, author, Radical Acceptance

craving mind

Craving Mind

From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love ! Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9780300234367
In stock now: 3

A leading neuroscientist and pioneer in the study of mindfulness explains why addictions are so tenacious and how we can learn to conquer them.

We are all vulnerable to addiction. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, or any other behaviors, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us?

This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important questions about addiction. Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years, reveals how we can tap into the very processes that encourage addictive behaviours in order to step out of them. He describes the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, then explains how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits. Weaving together patient stories, his own experience with mindfulness practice, and current scientific findings from his own lab and others, Dr. Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress, and ultimately living a fuller life. Fascinating! This is science at its best.

We can learn to ride the waves of wanting by surfing them. First, by RECOGNIZING that the wanting or craving is coming, and then RELAXING into it. Since you have no control over it coming, ACKNOWLEDGE or ACCEPT this wave as it is; don’t ignore it, distract yourself, or try to do something about it. This is your experience. Find a way that works for you, such as a word or phrase, or a simple nod of the head (I consent, here we go, this is it, etc.). To catch the wave of wanting, you have to study it carefully, INVESTIGATING it as it builds. Do this by asking, “What does my body feel like right now?” Don’t go looking. See what arises most prominently. Let it come to you. Finally, NOTE the experience as you follow it. Keep it simple by using short phrases or single words. For example: thinking, restlessness in stomach, rising sensation, burning, etc. Follow it until it completely subsides. If you get distracted, return to the investigation by repeating the question, what does my body feel like right now? See if you can ride it until it is completely gone. Ride it to shore.

Judson Brewer is a thought leader in the field of habit change, having combined nearly 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at UMass Medical School.  His 2016 TED talk has been viewed over 5 million times!

lost connections

Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
$35.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9781632868305
In stock now: 7

From the author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, here’s a radical new exploration of… What really causes depression and anxiety—and how can we really solve them? Journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking antidepressants when he was 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 not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Hari's journey took him from a mind-blowing series of experiments in Baltimore, to an Amish community in Indiana, to an uprising in Berlin. Once he had uncovered the real causes, they led him to scientists who are discovering very different solutions--ones that work.

I started to see depression and anxiety as like cover versions of the same song by different bands. Depression is a cover version by a downbeat emo band, and anxiety is a cover version by a screaming heavy metal group, but the underlying sheet music is the same. They’re not identical, but they are twinned.

Hari is a bracing and fluid writer; he researched widely and deeply. And Big Pharma will not like his conclusions.

Depression and anxiety might, in one way, be the sanest reaction you have. It’s a signal, saying—you shouldn’t have to live this way, and if you aren’t helped to find a better path, you will be missing out on so much that is best about being human…

 

Depression, I realized, is itself a form of grief—for all the connections we need, but don’t have…

 

Many of us are homeless in the West today…

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.

 

Just as Chasing the Scream transformed the global debate about addiction, Lost Connections will lead us to a very different understanding of depression and anxiety--and show how, together, we can end this epidemic.

12 rules for life

12 Rules for Life

An Antidote to Chaos
$34.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Random House Canada
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9780345816023
In stock now: 3

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines some hard-won truths of ancient tradition with stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

So why not call this a book of “guidelines,” a far more relaxed, user-friendly and less rigid sounding term than “rules”?

Because these really are rules. And the foremost rule is that you must take responsibility for your own life. Period. —from the foreword by Norman Doidge, author of The Brain’s Way of Healing

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound “rules for life.” 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.

Peterson can take the most difficult ideas and make them entertaining. This may be why his YouTube videos have had 35 million views.

“Grow up and man up is the message from this rock-star psychologist who grew up in northern Alberta in the 1960s. Formerly a Harvard professor, now at the University of Toronto, Peterson retains that whiff of cowboy philosophy and twirls ideas around like a magician.” —Melanie Reid, The Times

“You don’t have to agree with [Peterson’s politics] to like this book for, once you discard the self-help label, it becomes fascinating. Peterson is brilliant on many subjects… So what we have here is a baggy, aggressive, in-your-face, get-real book that, ultimately, is an attempt to lead us back to what Peterson sees as the true, the beautiful and the good—i.e. God. In the highest possible sense of the term, I suppose it is a self-help book… Either way, it’s a rocky read, but nobody ever said God was easy.” —Bryan Appleyard, The Times

gypsy fugue

Gypsy Fugue

An Archetypal Memoir
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Caitlin Press
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9781987915594
In stock now: 17

Who is to say that the outer stories of our lives are more important than the images that haunt our imagination? What if memoir could capture the vital pulse of our inner lives and track the mysterious affinities and longings we so often feel? From earliest childhood Marlene Schiwy was enthralled by colourful gypsies that filled her imagination and fantasy. As a young woman she created skirts with laces, embroideries, and beadwork that expressed the darkly shimmering mystery of those gypsies and wondered why they kept appearing in her dreams.

The gypsy’s life has appeared in the pages of my journal, my own “book of secrets,” for decades… In Gypsy Fugue, I have hoped to bring all of my own voices together… Perhaps we are weeping, the Gypsy woman and I, because we know that the book of secrets contains the story of her inner life, her deep song…

 

And the book of secrets contains a knowledge lost to modern culture. Ancient knowledge of blood and instinct, of something only darkly divined but so essential in our cerebral, disembodied times. Locked inside the wooden box, it reminds me of Psyche’s quest to bring back the treasure box containing the beauty of the knowledge of life and death from the underworld…

 

Even now I am humming the melody of the dream. The gypsy landscape stretches out before me, calls me toward an ever-receding horizon.

Gypsy Fugue invites readers on a journey they will never forget. The author travels to Rajasthan, the original home of the Roma. In France, she joins thousands of Gypsies in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer during the annual Roma gathering to honour their patron Saint Sara. She embarks on her own Camino pilgrimage in Spain, birthplace of flamenco and deep song, then faces her mother's shocking, wrongful death just days after her return.

The music of Bach, the psychology of Jung, folktales, poetry, and alchemy keep her company as she meanders through a gypsy territory rich in colour, music, and dance. Running through the book is the scarlet thread of Marlene's gypsy dreams. This book celebrates fantasy, yearning, and the strange unbidden passions that lie inside our souls. As we explore this gypsy landscape, what opens before us is a whole new way of imagining our lives.

dark gold

Dark Gold

The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Iuniverse
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781532037658
In stock now: 4

Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis endeavors to educate, challenge, and most importantly inspire the reader to engage with the shadow as a necessary first step in both individual and collective healing. It emphasizes and elaborates on the abundant emotional and spiritual treasures that invariably issue from shadow exploration and transformation. Dark Gold challenges us to become courageous enough to be accountable and compassionate enough to love ourselves and the earth community fiercely, even when we feel it will make no difference.

We may choose to perceive our predicament as one that represents the most profound alchemical transformation in the history of our species. This will only be possible, however, if we cease repeating, “That’s not who we are,” and instead fall on our knees in heartbreak and remorse, crying out from the depths, “Who are we?!”

“C. G. Jung wrote, ‘The future of mankind very much depends upon the recognition of the shadow.’ In her new book Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis, Carolyn Baker masterfully sheds light on the darkness of both the personal and collective aspects of the human shadow that, I imagine, would truly give Jung hope for the future of humanity. To my mind, there is no more important work that any of us could do at the present moment in our history.” —Paul Levy, author of Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil

“Carolyn Baker’s book  shines a light on the many ways the Shadow manifests in our culture.  From war and racism, consumerism and New Age spirituality, Carolyn sees through our collective postures of superiority and invites us to do the hard work of redemption. At this critical time in our history, we urgently need her insights and guidance on how we may indeed, uncover the Dark Gold that awaits us.” —Francis Weller, author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief