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breaking the cycle of opioid addiction

Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction

Supplement Your Pain Management with Cannabis
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781623171865
In stock now: 0

Here’s an evidence-based guide to using cannabis to enhance pain relief safely, effectively, and economically while reducing the risks of opioid addiction.

Opioid addiction has exploded to epidemic proportions in North America. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death, with over 40,000 opioid overdose deaths a year in the US). In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids—more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills—and it’s increasing.

Uwe Blesching, author of the best-selling Cannabis Health Index, clearly and thoroughly lays out the overwhelming benefits of using cannabis—not only to reduce human dependence on opioids—but also to manage the craving and withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction, and especially to address the pain that leads to drug use and addiction in the first place. Citing statistics showing that states allowing legal access to cannabis have seen a 25% drop in opioid-related deaths, Blesching explains how precision applications of cannabis can alleviate the mental and emotional aspects of pain by modulating numerous neurotransmitters and their emotional counterparts. He presents a convincing case for the powerful benefits of cannabis in reducing the risks of addiction and overdose, for cutting monetary costs, and for restoring a sense of balance and control to those who struggle with pain.

“Bringing keen insights into cannabinoid integrative health, Uwe Blesching turns attention to opioid substitution and pain management, introduces a very helpful three-pronged scheme to divide up cannabis by chemotypes, and helps the reader to sort out why to opt for one cannabis chemotype over another. This is a helpful guide for patients and their advocates as well as clinicians.” —Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, MD

enchanted life

Enchanted Life

Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Anansi Press
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781487004071
In stock now: 5

Enchantment. By Sharon Blackie’s definition, a vivid sense of belongingness to a rich and many-layered world, a profound and whole-hearted participation in the adventure of life. It is an attitude of mind which can be cultivated: the enchanted life is possible for anyone. It is intuitive, embraces wonder, and fully engages the mythic imagination but it is also deeply embodied in ecology, grounded in place and community.

Taking as her starting point the inspiration and wisdom that can be derived from myth, fairytales, and folk culture, Irishwoman Sharon Blackie offers a set of practical and grounded tools for enchanting our lives and the places we live.

In this book I’ll share with you my own experiences, and the experiences of several men and women from around the world, as they demonstrate how we can bring enchantment into every aspect of our daily lives… The enchanted life presented here  flourishes on work that has heart and meaning; it respects the instinctive knowledge and playfulness of children. It understands the myths we live by; thrives on poetry, song and dance. It loves the folkloric, the handcrafted, the practice of traditional skills. It respects wild things, recognizes the wisdom of the crow, seeks out the medicine of plants. It rummages and roots on the wild edges, but comes home to an enchanted home and garden. It is engaged with the small, the local, the ethical; enchanted living is slow living.

 

Ultimately, to live an enchanted life is to pick up the pieces of our bruised and battered psyches, and to offer them the nourishment they long for. It is to be challenged, to be awakened, to be gripped and shaken to the core by the extraordinary which lies at the heart of the ordinary. Above all, to live an enchanted life is to fall in love with the world all over again. This is an active choice, a leap of faith which is necessary not just for our own sakes, but for the sake of the wide, wild Earth in whose being and becoming we are so profoundly and beautifully entangled.

“A master of her craft, Blackie weaves beautiful threads of folklore, psychology, history, philosophy, and much more into this remarkable work, reminding the reader of the magic inherent in all of our lives, whether we live in the suburbs, the city, or a remote wind-swept island. Enlightening as it is poetic, The Enchanted Life is a fable for our modern times. I will walk differently through our world after reading this book, paying attention to what is alive, which, if you look closely, Blackie shows us, is absolutely everything.”
Emily Urquhart, author, Beyond the Pale

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Hidden School

Return of the Peaceful Warrior
$22.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Star Way
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781501169687
In stock now: 5

The Hidden School reveals a book within a book, a quest within a quest, and a bridge between worlds. In this long-awaited conclusion to the Peaceful Warrior saga, Dan Millman takes readers on an epic spiritual quest across the world as he searches for the link between everyday life and transcendent possibility.

Continuing his journey from Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan moves from Honolulu to the Mojave Desert, and from a bustling Asian city to a secluded forest, until he uncovers the mystery of The Hidden School. While traversing continents, he uncovers lessons of life hidden in plain sight—insights pointing the way to an inspired life in the eternal present.

Along the way, you’ll encounter remarkable characters and brushes with mortality as you explore the nature of reality, the self, death, and finally, a secret as ancient as the roots of this world. Awaken to the hidden powers of paradox, humor, and change. Join Dan as he discovers the hidden powers of paradox, humor, and change.

“Dan’s new book is a must-read journey of transformation. Few other books so skillfully combine story and substance as this Peaceful Warrior adventure.” —Tony Robbins

Among Dan Millman’s other books are  The Four Purposes of Life and The Life You Were Born to Live.

only life i could save

Only Life I Could Save

A Memoir
$25.50 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781622039777
In stock now: 4

Katherine Ketcham devoted four decades to researching and writing about addiction—but none of that prepared her for what she would face in her relationship with her own son Ben. The Only Life I Could Save is a raw and moving memoir of heartbreak, healing, and profound transformation.

This book is not about Ben and his addiction journey, nor is it about the ‘demon’ that I lived with in my mind for all those years. This book is about the Big Know-It-All Who Realizes She Doesn’t Know a Damn Thing. Except this one daunting truth—the only life I can save is my own.

In these pages, Katherine Ketcham brings you hard-earned wisdom about the impact of addiction on families, the relationship between spirituality and recovery, and what she deems the most important lessons of faith, hope, acceptance, and forgiveness. For parents and siblings, educators and counselors—all of us who have been witness to the disease of addiction—here is a hope-giving book that places special emphasis on the healing side of the story: living in recovery with the support of a loving community.

“Drugs were a means to an end for me. I was extremely unhappy in my own skin. I was coping with the death of my best friend. I was dealing with my spiritual deficiencies and my grief, my guilt and my shame, trying to heal myself. It was only when I came to the realization that I was using drugs as a means to fill up this hole inside, to find some meaning in life, that I was able to figure things out. Philosophy, bigger, ideals, the truth, and the good—that’s what allowed me to get and stay sober.”

“A must-read for anyone who wants to know what to do (and not to do) to help a loved one recover from addiction.” —William Cope Moyers, author of Broken

may cause happiness

May Cause Happiness

A Gratitude Journal
$18.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781683640578
In stock now: 1

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

Through his books, the viral website gratefulness.org, and his appearances, David Steindl-Rast has shared the blessings of the thankful heart with millions. With this uncommon journal, he invites us to find greater depth and joy amid our daily challenges and burdens.

These visually inspiring pages invite us to spark our own thankfulness when feeling weary or numb, transform our dismissible moments into fresh delights, dance with both the light and dark we encounter, and merge with the stream of the natural world. It is an invitation to experience the joys of gratitude each day through contemplative writing, drawing, and reflection—there is plenty of room, among Brother David’s gems, to write or draw as you wish, making this journal deeply your own.

Most people’s glorious gates of perception creak on rusty hinges. How much of the splendor of life is wasted on us because we plod along half-blind, half-deaf, with all our senses throttled and numbed by habituation. How much joy is lost on us! How many surprises we miss! It is as though Easter eggs had been hidden under every bush, and we were too lazy to look for them. But it need not be so. We can deliberately pay attention each day to one smell, one sound that we never appreciated before, to one color or shape, one texture, one taste to which we never before paid attention.

“The mystic is not a special kind of human being,” writes Brother David, rather, “every human being is a special kind of mystic.” No matter how ordinary we might feel, May Cause Happiness is sure to do just that, as it opens portals to the extraordinary within and all around us to be revisited again and again.

Brother David’s TED Talk “Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful” has been viewed by over 1.5 million and inspired the creation of this book.

your holiness

Your Holiness

Discover the Light Within
$28.50 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9780062694942
In stock now: 6

With an introduction by Marianne Williamson and a foreword by Arielle Ford, this is a recently discovered unpublished work by the beloved teacher Debbie Ford in which she reflects on the astonishing holiness that resides in each of us.

On the fifth anniversary of her death and written during her long battle with cancer, Your Holiness is a thoughtful and poignant exploration of the godliness that resides in all of us. Infused with her trademark frank honesty and keen insight, it is a blueprint for recognizing and accepting our “light within.”  Debbie combines motivational prayers with deeply personal stories about her own spiritual journey—how she struggled and eventually found her internal faith—and translates her experience into a practical path.

Inspiration is magical, ever-present, and unlimited—you only have to tap into it. You don’t have to become inspired. You are inspired. Beyond all limitations of human life, inspiration is the emanating force of the universe. It lives vibrantly in the present moment, when you are connected to God and know yourself and God as one, when you step outside your intellect, your mind, your emotions, and your ego. Inside your ego structure, you can be excited, motivated, and even driven, but that is not inspiration. Inspiration comes from the invisible world, bringing spirit into matter. You just have to reach up and pull it down.

Engaging and accessible, clear and unwavering, philosophical yet practical, Your Holiness is a gift to the soul that both guides and nourishes. At a time when so much in our world feels uncertain and suffering is widespread and persistent, Debbie’s voice grounds us in the here and now while delivering a timeless and empowering message of relentless love and strength.

this messy magnificent life

This Messy Magnificent Life

A Field Guide
$32.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781501182464
In stock now: 5

Here be inspiring, personal, and often spiritual reflections from Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food and God.

From the beginning, Geneen Roth was told she was too sensitive, too emotional, too curious, too demanding, too intense, and too big. Yet gaining and losing weight for decades did not improve her self-worth or reduce other people’s criticisms. When her struggle with food ended—and didn’t change anything except the size of her thighs—she kept trying to fix other broken parts of herself with therapy, intensive meditation retreats, and rigorous spiritual practices.

Yet it was only when Geneen stopped trying to change or fix herself that she was at last able to feel at home in her mind, body, and life. Now, she shares the wisdom of giving up “the Me Project,” and finding the freedom, peace and power that await us just beyond it.

With humor and “Me too” compassion, This Messy Magnificent Life explores the personal beliefs, hidden traumas, and social pressures that shape not just women’s feelings about their bodies, but also their confidence, choices, and relationships. This provocative, enchanting, and sometimes laugh-out-loud look at the imperfect path women take to step into their own power, presence, and ownership is based on the author’s personal journey and her decades of work with thousands of women.

At some point (it looks like this is it), therapy meets spirituality and fixing ourselves meets the realization that there is nothing more to fix. There are always going to be challenges in this dimension of body-personality: plane flights will be missed, people will reject me, and whatever thrilled me last year will disappoint me this year. Just when I think I’ve got it all together, an earthquake occurs. Someone dies. I get ill. When I take myself to be the sum of what happened to me as a child or is happening at this very moment, I can never get it right for very long. When I take myself to be the unending always-forgiving space in which the drama is unfolding, I am already always fine.

 

Finally we have to fall on the sword of knowing what we know and stop pretending that we don’t know it. Until that moment—and I seem to be a slow learner because it took decades of therapy and spiritual practice to get me here—we act like children who are stuck on the wrong planet, in the wrong bodies, with the wrong families, and we spend our time searching for more, better, loving parents and ever more creative/addictive ways out. And when we forget, we can gently remind ourselves that even that from which we want to be saved most of all—death itself—is just closing our eyes.

Roth embraces everyone’s unique and often unsung potential and shows us how to be open, curious, and kind with ourselves; how to say no to people and ideas that hold us back; how to let go of grudges and anxieties; how to pick ourselves up after setbacks; how to say a resounding yes to the world; how to move from fixing ourselves to finding ourselves; how to find joy in the ordinary; and how to experience the extraordinary right here and now in our bodies.

With a foreword by Anne Lamott, This Messy Magnificent Life is a compelling and often quirky look at what it means to be an imperfect but unapologetic woman living a (mostly) magnificent life.

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!

heart thoughts cards

Heart Thoughts Cards

A Deck of 64 Affirmations
$23.50 CAD
Tarot & Oracle Card Set
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9781401954536
In stock now: 3

This beautifully designed deck of 64 powerful affirmations and spiritual meditations from Louse Hay (bless her soul, may she rest in peace) will help you meet your day-to-day experiences with love and peace. The 4" x 4" cards are a convenient size for placing around your home, car, workplace, or anywhere you will see them often. Spread the joy by offering some to friends and family. Meditate on a different card each morning and bring its positive energy into your day. Know that no matter what is going on in your life, no matter how difficult things may be, at the very center of your being you are safe and you are whole. You always will be.

Each card is double sided. For example, on one side is

I LOVE and ACCEPT myself

And on the other side is

Look in the mirror and say, “I LOVE AND ACCEPT MYSELF EXACTLY AS I AM.”

When I accept all of myself,

I AM WHOLE AND HEALED.

Louise Hay wrote the great bestseller You Can Heal Your Life and many other books as well.

judgment detox

Judgment Detox

Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better Life
$34.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: North Star Way
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9781501168963
In stock now: 6

From bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein comes a clear, proactive, step-by-step process to release the beliefs (aka judgments) that hold you back from living a better life.

This six-step practice offers many promises. Petty resentments will disappear, compassion will replace attack, the energy of resistance will transform into freedom and you’ll feel more peace and happiness than you’ve ever known. I can testify to these results because I’ve lived them. I’ve never felt more freedom and joy than I have when writing and practicing these steps.

My commitment to healing my own relationship to judgment has changed my life in profound ways. My awareness of my judgment has helped me become a more mindful and conscious person. My willingness to heal these perceptions has set me free. I have been able to let go of resentments and jealousies, I can face pain with curiosity and love, and I forgive others and myself much more easily. Best of all, I have a healthy relationship to judgment so that I can witness when it shows up and I can use these steps to quickly return to love.

The Judgment Detox is an interactive six-step process that calls on spiritual principles from the text A Course in Miracles, Kundalini yoga, the Emotional Freedom Technique (aka Tapping), meditation, prayer and metaphysical teachings. I’ve demystified these principles to make them easy to commit to and apply in your daily life. Each lesson builds upon the next to support true healing. When you commit to following the process and become willing to let go, judgment, pain and suffering will begin to dissolve.

And the miracles will keep coming. Once you begin to feel better you start to release your resistance to love. The more you practice these steps, the more love enters into your consciousness and into your energetic vibration. When you’re in harmony with love, you receive more of what you want. Your energy attracts its likeness. So when you shift your energy from defensive judgment to free-flowing love your life gets awesome. You’ll attract exactly what you need, your relationships will heal, your health will improve and you’ll feel safer and more secure. One loving thought at a time creates a miracle. Follow these steps to clear all blocks, spread more love and live a miraculous life.