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healing trauma with guided drawing

Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing

A Sensorimotor Art Therapy Approach to Bilateral Body Mapping
$39.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172763
In stock now: 0

Here’s a body-focused, trauma-informed art therapy that will appeal to art therapists, somatic experiencing practitioners, bodyworkers, artists, and mental health professionals.

While art therapy traditionally focuses on therapeutic image-making and the cognitive or symbolic interpretation of these creations, Cornelia Elbrecht instructs readers how to facilitate the body-focused approach of guided drawing. Clients draw with both hands and eyes closed as they focus on their felt sense. Physical pain, tension, and emotions are expressed without words through bilateral scribbles. Clients then, with an almost massage-like approach, find movements that soothe their pain, discharge inner tension and emotions, and repair boundary breaches. Archetypal shapes allow therapists to safely structure the experience in a nonverbal way.

Sensorimotor art therapy is a unique and self-empowering application of somatic experiencing—it is both body-focused and trauma-informed in approach—and assists clients who have experienced complex traumatic events to actively respond to overwhelming experiences until they feel less helpless and overwhelmed and are then able to repair their memories of the past. Elbrecht provides readers with the context of body-focused, trauma-informed art therapy and walks them through the thinking behind and process of guided drawing—including 100 images from client sessions that serve as helpful examples of the work.

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Dare to Lead

Bold Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
$37.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9780399592522
In stock now: 0

In her previous bestsellers, Brené Brown explored what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

Leadership is not about titles, status, and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference, and lead.

 

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it and work to align authority and accountability. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into the vulnerability that’s necessary to do good work.

 

But daring leadership in a culture that’s defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires building courage skills, which are uniquely human. The irony is that were choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the same time were scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage to start.

Brené Brown spent decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. In recent years, she found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and big companies, are asking the same questions: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building program.

Brene writes,

One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed, and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviors. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations, and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It’s why we’re here.

Among Brené Brown’s other books are Daring Greatly and Braving the Wilderness.

bringing your shadow out of the dark

Bringing Your Shadow Out of the Dark

Breaking Free from the Hidden Forces That Drive You
$20.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641513
In stock now: 3

Our shadow is the part of ourselves that holds the feelings, beliefs, and behavioral patterns that we are most ashamed of or that we cannot accept about ourselves. And the degree to which we’re unconscious of our shadow is the degree to which it influences and controls us.

Rooted in Robert Augustus Masters's decades of reflection and experience as a therapist and psycho-spiritual guide, this definitive offering helps us to understand and skillfully work with the rich yet neglected shadow dimensions of who we are. With depth and clarity, Masters illuminates the process of welcoming our shadow elements in a safe way—to catalyze a more complete and healthy experience of who we are.

This powerful book is in four sections:

Meeting Our Shadow: our conditioning, fear, sense of danger, anger, shame, grief, narcissism, addiction, sexuality, spirituality, fear of death, resistance, honesty, choice, evil, the shadow of shadow work

Working with Our Shadow: shadow work in practice, strengthening the foundation for shadow work, inner child work, dethroning our inner critic, self-sabotage uncovered, and dreams: private shadow theatre

 Pain and How to Work with It: becoming more intimate with our pain, turning toward, naming, and entering our pain; emerging from our pain

 Exploring Shared Shadow: generational trauma and collective PTSD in our shadow, collective shadow unveiled.

This exploration becomes a portal to an experiential knowingness and deepening that affects the very foundation of our being. As daunting as this might sound, and as much courage as it may require, the rewards it offers are immense.

What are some of the benefits of bringing our shadow out of the dark?

  • Far more freedom from our conditioning (our ingrained programming)…
  • A strongly enhanced capacity for intimacy and healthy relationship…
  • A fuller, more grounded and awakened sense of wholeness…
  • The ability to make much better use of difficult conditions…
  • More vitality…
  • A deepened capacity for skillful activism.

Among Masters’ other titles are Spiritual Bypassing and Emotional Intimacy, and the audio workshop Knowing Your Shadow: Becoming Intimate with All That You Are.

it's never too late

It's Never Too Late

Healing Pre-Birth and Birth at Any Age
By: Mia Kalef
$26.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: 34th Street Pr
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781775398509
In stock now: 0

Following her first book, The Secret Life of BabiesDr Mia Kalef now deepens her exploration of human sentience before conception and during birth.  

Whether you aim to understand your baby’s messages, are wishing to detect and heal your experiences from your time in the womb and at birth, are a health professional, or in a position of care for another,  this book offers a courageous and clear guide for decoding and healing some of society’s hardest to reach issues—depression, anxiety, violence, addiction, suicide—as well as other subtler and more pervasive adult challenges like low self-esteem, feelings of exclusion, and fears of intimacy. 

 It's Never Too Late also addressees common challenges parents and their babies encounter.  Rarely discussed issues like how to heal after challenging births, hospital interventions, and what to do when babies are inconsolable, experiencing movement or postural challenges, or having trouble making eye contact, are just some of the issues this book explores.

With a detailed and fascinating journey through conception, the early stages of embryonic growth, birth, and the myriad of ways human love and development get interrupted at these sensitive times, you will find gentle and effective ways to address the roots of personal and societal challenges. With an accessible and easy to implement approach, this book challenges our long-held assumptions that pre-birth and birth are forgotten, and offers a compassionate path back to experiencing the richness of our human lives.

What I had just discovered was that emotions were locked away in my body, and by feeling them my body had less pain! A spark was lit that day, one that made me curious about what was at the root of pain, both physical and emotional…

 

The healing work in this book is designed to reunite people of every age with their young, disenfranchised, and still hurting places, and move them forward in the present. Thus, this book is for anyone who wants to explore, discover, and work towards healing the challenges they faced between pre-conception and just after birth… Even though the suffering from challenging pre-birth and birth ex­periences can be debilitating, Nature has made it so that we all can heal.

“In Mia Kalef’s book you’ll find solid reasons to learn about the actual reality, validity of early learning and patterning for later life.” — Andrew Feldmár, psychotherapist

“At last, clinicians and parents have a book of authoritative knowledge that provides a solid foundation for working with the effects of prenatal imprinting. Mia Kalef brings together a clear understanding and set of skills for anyone working in this field and concerned about the lifelong mental and physical health of their smallest and biggest clients. Her case studies especially ground the material in the living reality of the treatment room and the heart. .” — Michael Shea, author of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Volumes 1-5

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Mysterious Realities

A Dream Traveler's Tales from the Imaginal Realm
$21.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781608685387
In stock now: 0

Dreams have been called the royal road to the unconscious, but to dream expert Robert Moss, they are something more: portals to theimaginal realm, a higher reality that exists at the intersection of time and eternity. Sifting through several decades of research, Moss retells some of the remarkable dream narratives that he has gathered from his own journals and those of his students. With the flair of a natural storyteller, Moss takes readers on an excursion into the furthest reaches of the imaginal realm, a place where the improbable is commonplace. Readers will encounter here ancient gods, uncanny animals, doppelgangers from parallel worlds, and spirits of the dead (both famous and obscure). Whether beautiful, terrifying, or whimsical, these stories remind us that dreams have much to teach us if we are willing to listen and watch.

The traveler’s tales in this book are just-so stories in the sense that they spring from direct experience in the imaginal realm, my own and that of other dream travelers who have shared their adventures with me. This territory is more familiar to you than you may currently realize. You are a traveler in your dreams, whether or not you remember them…

 

What is going on in your dreams doesn’t necessarily stop when you wake up or switch to a different screen. The action may play on, like episodes in a television series that continue to run after you turn off the set…

 

In Mysterious Realities, you’ll confirm that the doors to the imaginal realm open from wherever you are. You’ll see what it means to live on a mythic edge. At any moment, you may fall, like the author, into the lap of a goddess or the jaws of an archetype. Are you ready? A survival tip: don’t go to any world without your sense of humor.

Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of modern psychology and shamanism. Among his other books are Dreaming the Soul Back Home and Conscious Dreaming.

empath's survival guide

Empath's Survival Guide

Life Strategies for Sensitive People
$20.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781683642114
In stock now: 12

With The Empath’s Survival Guide, intuitive psychiatrist Judith Orloff offers a resource to help sensitive people develop healthy coping mechanisms in our high-stimulus world—while fully embracing the empath’s gifts of intuition, compassion, creativity, and spiritual connection.

Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain. But for empaths it goes much further. We actually feel others’ emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have.

This practical, empowering book was created to support empaths and anyone who wants to develop their sensitivities to become more caring people in an often-insensitive world. It also helps their loved ones better understand the needs and gifts of the sensitive people in their lives.

Dr. Orloff offers some crucial practices:

  • Self-assessment exercises to help you identify your empath type
  • Tools for protecting yourself from sensory overload, exhaustion, addictions, and compassion fatigue while replenishing your vital energy
  • Simple and effective strategies to stop absorbing stress and physical symptoms from others and protect yourself from narcissists and other energy vampires
  • How to find the right work and create relationships that nourish you
  • How to navigate intimate relationships without feeling overwhelmed
  • Guidance for parenting and raising empathic children
  • Awakening the empath’s gift of intuition, and deepening your spiritual connection to all living beings.

For any sensitive person who’s been told to “suck it up” or “grow a thick skin,” here is an invaluable resource for staying fully open while building resilience, exploring your gifts of depth and compassion, and feeling welcome and valued by a world that desperately needs what you have to offer.

“Reading Judith’s book is like having a very savvy sister who teaches you the insider skills of how to deal with this perplexing and amazing talent of extreme sensitivity… This book is packed with practical hints for embracing sensitivity and turning it into a gift.” —Lorin Roche, author of The Radiance Sutras

Among Judith Orloff’s other books are Emotional Freedom and The Power of Surrender.

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Aging of Aquarius

Igniting Passion and Purpose as an Elder
$17.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9780865718944
In stock now: 5

This book can help you live your passion and purpose and change the world as an empowered elder.

Your career has wound down, the kids have moved, and your schedule is clear... for the next 30 years. In your youth, you cared about people and planet earth, and you had grand visions of changing the world. At some point, those passions and that sense of purpose got buried under diapers and the 9-5. Still, that old you remains alive. Now, with the rest of your life ahead, you can be the change and make this next stage of your life the most powerful yet. But where to start?

Helen Wilkes, an 80+ retired professor and activist from Vancouver, takes readers on an inspiring journey to find renewed purpose in retirement. Along the way she helps readers navigate the transition to a post-work identity by fanning the embers of lost passions and developing new interests.

As we age, we need lots of windows in the walls that shelter us. Sometimes, this means leaving our “comfort zones” and becoming adventurous. Increasingly, I see wisdom not as a place of certainty, but as a process of staying open and responsive… I have learned that there are many old assumptions that I need to pitch along with possessions that clutter my closets but add no joy to life.

Whether you are drawn to gardening clubs, to social justice issues, political campaigning, ethical investing, philosophical journeys, or creativity through the arts—whatever your vision and passion might be—The Aging of Aquarius offers inspiration, practical steps, and extra resources to help reignite your passion, your sense of purpose, and to effect real change in the world as an empowered elder.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. —Mark Twain

“In this inspiring work Helen Wilkes wastes no time raging against the dying of the light, showing instead that the light of mind and soul can shine ever more brightly even as our bodies grow old. The Aging of Aquarius is both an intimate personal account and a call to enlivenment and action for an entire generation.” —Gabor Maté, author of When the Body Says No

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Resilience

Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster
$25.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781608685363
In stock now: 0

Resilience is the learned capacity to cope with any level of adversity, from the small annoyances of daily life to the struggles and sorrows that break our hearts. Resilience is essential for surviving and thriving in a world full of troubles and tragedies, and it is completely trainable and recoverable— when we know how. In Resilience, Linda Graham offers clear guidance to help you develop somatic, emotional, relational, and reflective intelligence — the skills you need to confidently and effectively cope.

We’ll begin at the beginning and look at how we develop the capacity for resilience in the first place—or don’t—and then what tools and techniques we can reliably use to build or recover our resilience…  to cope with anything, anything at all…

 

Because resilience is truly recoverable, I have designed this toolkit specifically as a brain-training program to help you strengthen your capacities to bounce back. You will find 130 experiential exercises that will train you—and your brain—to steady or right yourself no matter what is happening around you, to respond skillfully to the most common and the most challenging external stressors, and help you work through any negative internal messages you may be believing about your ability to cope with those stressors…

 

They are organized by the five different kinds of intelligence that are foundational to resilience: somatic, emotional, relational within ourselves, relational with others, and reflective…You can apply these processes to any level of disruption to your resilience, from barely a wobble to serious sorrows and struggles to a potentially traumatizing “too much.” Practiced regularly, they will build your resilience, strength, and wisdom, enhancing your well-being for the long haul.

“Linda Graham combines her wealth of knowledge of ancient practices and neuroscience with years of clinical work to create a masterful guide to building flexibility and stability — qualities essential to resilience. Resilience offers a rich array of practices for navigating both the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of being human.” Deb Dana, author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy

We need skills for coming back from hard times, and that’s what this book is all about. So many of us today struggle to find emotional balance and to heal the web of our human connections in the face of increasing anxiety and disorder. This book, with its astonishingly wide range of resources, could not have come at a better time.” Ann Weiser Cornell,   author of The Power of Focusing

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Circle of Nine

An Archetypal Journey to Awaken the Divine Feminine Within
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Weiser Books
Publication Date: August, 2018
ISBN: 9781578636327
In stock now: 1

As women cultivate an understanding of their lives, a mythological model can provide a tool for self-discovery and realizing individual potential. The Circle of Nine presents nine archetypes that represent different, but equally important aspects of the feminine psyche. They portray both the life of the individual and the story of woman as a whole—a circle of ever-changing patterns that is a source of wisdom and inspiration.

Three mothers, three queens, and three ladies form the circle. The Great Mother nurtures her children with a love that embraces the cycle of life, the Queen of the Night transforms the raw energy of instinct into skill and vision, and the Lady of the Hearth brings warmth and creativity into the home. By recognizing these and the other six archetypes of the circle, women can hold up a mirror to their souls to gain new perspectives and unlock their potential.

Queen of the Earth / The Weaving Mother / Lady of the Dance / Queen of the Night / The Just Mother / Lady of the Hearth / Queen of Beauty / The Great Mother / Lady of Light…
 

To make our discussion more concrete, the final chapter of the book describes specific ways you can work with the archetypes, either as an individual woman or in a group. It also takes up the theme of inter-generational work, with suggestions for activities to engage in with daughters or granddaughters.

Drawing from history, her work with women's groups, and contemporary insights, Cherry Gilchrist’s analysis, interpretations, and poetic/practical advice help to unravel the mystery of the divine feminine.

My final recommendation is to encourage and maintain a sense of play and pleasure in what you do… Joy and sorrow may mingle in your work, but if the archetype touches something true in your own nature, you will gain rich experience from both emotions…
 

You can find further stories about and additional material on the archetypes and working with the Circle of Nine at www.circleofnine.org.

“Change happens when women gather together. The Circle of Nine is a beautiful book that assists women coming together to consider the feminine from a spiritual perspective. It provides poetic portraits of nine archetypes… It's a wonderful source for women's interests and needs.”—Carol Pearson, author of Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within

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Quotable Jung

Collected and Edited by Judith Harris
By: C G Jung
$26.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: July, 2018
ISBN: 9780691181196
In stock now: 3

In seeking to establish an interdisciplinary science of analytical psychology, C. G. Jung (1875–1961) studied psychiatry, religion, mysticism, literature, physics, biology, education, and criminology. He introduced the concepts of extraversion and introversion, and terms such as complex, archetype, individuation, and the collective unconscious. He stressed the primacy of finding meaning in our lives.

The Quotable Jung is the single most comprehensive collection of Jung quotations ever assembled. It is the essential introduction for anyone new to Jung and the Jungian tradition. It will also inspire those familiar with Jung to view him in an entirely new way. The Quotable Jung presents hundreds of the most representative selections from the vast array of Jung’s books, essays, correspondence, lectures, seminars, and interviews, as well as the celebrated Red Book, in which Jung describes his own fearsome confrontation with the unconscious. Organized thematically, this collection covers such topics as the psyche, the symbolic life, dreams, the analytic process, good and evil, creativity, alchemical transformation, death and rebirth, the problem of the opposites, and more. The quotations are arranged so that the reader can follow the thread of Jung’s thought on these topics while gaining an invaluable perspective on his writings as a whole.

Succinct and accessible, The Quotable Jung also features a preface by Judith Harris and a detailed chronology of Jung’s life and work.

“An ideal resource for anyone seeking to find Jung’s most fertile ideas succinctly and powerfully stated.” John Beebe, author of Integrity in Depth

Judith Harris is President of the Philemon Foundation and a Jungian analyst in private practice in Toronto. Also by her is Jung and Yoga: The Psyche-Body Connection.