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Pause, Breathe, Smile

Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough
By: Gary Gach
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641759
In stock now: 4

Pause… breathe… smile. Three small words, yet each contains a universe of wisdom. With Pause, Breathe, Smile, Gary Gach (lay-ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh) invites us to bring the practice of mindfulness into every moment of our lives.

Writing freshly and directly for students of all levels, Gach draws on 50-plus years of study and practice in this elegant and accessible presentation of three central aspects of mindful living. The Pause is about setting our intention before we think, speak, or act—the ethical dimension of mindfulness. When we Breathe we unite mind, body, and spirit, making every moment an opportunity for meditation. With a Smile, we open to a wisdom beyond words. This simple process will water your innate seeds of awakening, to help you pave your own path to total fulfillment and peace.

As with a cookbook, this book is not meant to be just read, it’s to be performed, tried out, played with. If you’re relatively new to mindfulness, here are various recipes for a nourishing, wholesome diet. If you’ve already danced with it a bit, this simple handbook offers a comprehensive view, as a top-level reference, with a few possible additions to  your repertoire. And old hands might enjoy seeing already familiar basics in possible new ways…
 

My inmost wish is for these words to water your own, innate seeds of awakening.

For all who may wish to explore mindfulness in their lives as a healing and transformative practice, remember three little words: Pause, Breathe, Smile.

As mindfulness continues to evolve in the West, I hope this simple, threefold approach to its complete scope might help deepen and extend its meaning and potential. It is my experience that anyone can engage it in their lives as a healing and transformative practice, as they wish.

Also by Gary Gach is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buddhism.

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Science of Enlightenment

How Meditation Works
$20.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: August, 2018
ISBN: 9781683642121
In stock now: 7

“Enlightenment”—is it a myth or is it real? In every spiritual tradition, inner explorers have discovered that the liberated state is in fact a natural experience, as real as the sensations you are having right now—and that through the investigation of your own thoughts, feelings, and perceptions you can awaken to clear insight and a happiness independent of conditions.

 In The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young brings to readers an uncommonly lucid guide to mindfulness meditation for the first time: how it works and how to use it to enhance your smarts, your kindness and connection with the world, and the richness of all your experiences.

This unique text, adapted from his talks, is probably most relevant to those who have at least some level of ongoing practice and meditative insight.

As thousands of his students and listeners will confirm, Shinzen is like no other teacher you’ve ever encountered. He merges scientific clarity, a rare grasp of source-language teachings East and West, and a gift for sparking insight through unexpected analogies, illustrations, humor, and firsthand accounts that reveal the inner journey to be as wondrous as any geographical expedition. Join him here to explore: 

Universal insights spanning Buddhism, Christian and Jewish mysticism, shamanism, the yogas of India, and many other paths

How to begin and navigate your own meditation practice

Concentration, clarity, and equanimity—the core catalysts of awakening

Impermanence—its many aspects and how to work with them

Experiencing the “wave” and “particle” natures of self

Purification and clarification—how we digest mental blockages and habits through inner work

Emerging neuroscience research, the future of enlightenment, and much more 

For meditators of all levels and beliefs—especially those who think they’ve heard it all—this many-faceted gem will be sure to surprise, provoke, illuminate, and inspire.

Shinzen the hard-nosed researcher and Shinzen the poetic dharma teacher get along just fine. After all, they’re both just waves. Particles may bang together. Waves automatically integrate.

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Aware

The Science and Practice of Presence--the Groundbreaking Meditation Practice
$37.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
Publication Date: August, 2018
ISBN: 9781101993040
In stock now: 4

Aware, from prolific author and psychiatrist Daniel Siegel, provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one's day-to-day life.

An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation's effectiveness, this book teaches readers how to harness the power of the principle “Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows.” Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can literally help you grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in your life.

Whether you have no experience with a reflective practice or are an experienced practitioner, Aware is a hands-on guide that will enable you to become more focused and present, as well as more energized and emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the everyday challenges life throws your way.

This brilliant summary of the new sciences of the mind is fascinating, sometimes jaw-dropping, and always wonderfully useful. As Ruby Wax, author of Sane New World says, “For me almost every line is an ‘aha’ moment. At long last, someone nails what it is to have a healthy mind, and if you don’t have one, how to get one.”

“An illuminating new view of the nature of the mind and the practices of awareness that lead us to profound wellbeing. Siegel's Wheel of Awareness is an elegant and groundbreaking synthesis of these practices, an accessible tool for inner integration and healing, as well as for realizing the loving awareness that links us to all beings. This brilliant book is poised to transform countless lives.” Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

“Dan is a brilliant integrator and Aware is a visionary blend of neuroscience, physics, and cutting-edge psychology combined with creative approaches to mindfulness and compassion. The practice of the Wheel brings together many skillful and wise elements of meditation, all rolled into one.” Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart

 Among Daniel Siegel’s other books are Mindsight, Mind, and The Yes Brain.

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Relational Mindfulness

A Handbook for Deepening Our Connections with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Planet
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781614294139
In stock now: 4

A guidebook on how to embody compassionate awareness in all of our relationships—with self, one another, and our planet—in an age of global uncertainty.

We all struggle at times with how to bring meditation off the cushion and into the beautiful, dynamic, and messy realm of relationship. At a time when humanity seems to have forgotten our inherent interrelatedness, this book offers an inspiring set of principles and practices for deepening intimacy and remembering the interconnection that is our birthright. Eden Tull interweaves heartfelt personal stories, sharing her journey from seven years as a monastic in a silent Zen Monastery to living and teaching in the megatropolis of Los Angeles and beyond, with teachings and mindful inquiry to help the reader connect personally with the principles of Relational Mindfulness.

In a voice that is transparent, vulnerable, and brave, Tull shares possibilities for integrating mindfulness: in a gentle yet powerful tone, she covers topics ranging from balance and personal sustainability to sexuality to conscious consumerism.

Relational Mindfulness is based on the simple understanding that the most subtle form of love is attention. While a revolution usually means to evolve and change, this shift is actually a return to a simple and sacred understanding we seem to have forgotten—one we can only remember when we are present.

“A blueprint to take our mindfulness practice out into every corner of our life. Skillfully weaving practical exercises, personal stories, and illuminating observations, Deborah Eden Tull shows us how we can practice everywhere: personally, relationally, socially, and ecologically. This wise and compassionate book is a wakeup call for our times.” Diana Winston, author of Fully Present: The Science Art and Practice of Mindfulness

“Eden Tull meets us where we live: in constant interaction with self, other, world. What she offers is ripened now by her engagement with the challenges of a society in crisis. Our work together has generated my great respect for her integrity, deepening my appreciation for this marvel of a book.” –Joanna Macy, author, Coming Back to Life

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Mindfulness Cards

Simple Practices for Everyday Life
$23.95 CAD
Tarot + Oracle Card Set
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781452168364
In stock now: 2

This engaging deck offers easy reminders to bring awareness, calm, and joy to everyday life. Each card includes an inspiring phrase on the front and a bite-size mindfulness exercise on the back. Packaged in an eye-catching box with foil stamping, the cards are divided into four color-coded mindfulness categories: Rest & Balance, Insight & Awareness, Curiosity & Joy, and Kindness. Users can draw one card to form an intention for the day, or pull several for a more complex reading or to display around the home or office as inspiring mantras. Featuring more than 50 accessible and enlightening practices (plus 8 blank cards for personalization), these cards are an easy way to cultivate mindful moments—anytime and anywhere.

In the “curiosity and joy” dept. we find a card whose front says, “Where is my mind now?” On the back we find this:

The distractions of modern life pull our attention in a dozen directions, so becoming distracted and losing track of mindfulness is natural. If you find yourself overwhelmed b y distractions, asking the question, “Where is my mind now?” can be a very effective way to bring yourself back into present awareness. Try repeating this phrase to yourself when you find your attention bouncing around, and over time, you will start to learn a great deal about where you mind tends to wander when left to its own devices.

Glasgow-based Rohan Gunatillake’s Mindfulness Everywhere company offers the popular meditation app Buddhify.

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Mindful Day

Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening
$28.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781426218361
In stock now: 1

Designed for busy professionals looking to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives, this refreshingly practical guide draws on contemplative practice, modern neuroscience, and positive psychology to bring peace and focus to the home, in the workplace, in all areas of our life.

In this enriching book, noted mindfulness teacher and business leader Laurie Cameron—a veteran of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason, and 20-year mindfulness meditation practitioner— shows how to seamlessly weave mindfulness and compassion practices into your life.

Timeless teachings, compelling science and straightforward exercises designed for busy schedules—from waking up to joy, the morning commute, to back-to-back meetings and evening dinners—show how mindfulness practice can help you navigate life’s complexity with mastery, clarity and ease. Cameron's practical wisdom and concrete how-to steps will help you make the most of the present moment, creating a roadmap for inner peace—and a life of deeper purpose and joy.

Mindfulness is life-changing. It is a superpower tht allows you to deliberately direct the beam of your attention instead of being tossed around by racing thoughts and turbulent emotions… and to shift how you relate to your experience, so that you have less stress and more joy…
 

This book is your opportunity to see how mindfulness can fit into your life, and to adapt the practice in a way that suits you… Go at your own pace. It’s like learning how to ski in difficult terrain. You start learning the basics; you practice on the easy hills, increasing your skills, becoming stronger, until you find yourself navigating difficult terrain with grace and ease…
We are each living examples of what we care about. And like a pebble that hits a pond, we also leave ripples in our wake by our words, tone, and behaviors. As you give everyday mindfulness a try, think about what you want that impact to be.

“A wise, delightful, and life-changing book, combining inspiration with delicious, practical ways to make well-being come alive in your day.” —Jack Kornfield, Buddhist teacher and author of There’s No Time Like the Present

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Quieting the Monkey Mind

How to Meditate with Music
$23.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Soundings Of The Planet
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9780999137901
In stock now: 6

Drawing from over four decades of creating music for meditation and yoga [Banyen has offered many of the Evensons’ albums}, Quieting the Monkey Mind is filled with practical tips, exercises, photos, and illustrations to support readers on an empowering journey of finding inner peace in our often chaotic world.

Rich with gorgeous colour illustrations, Quieting The Monkey Mind shares some basic principles of meditation along with a wide array of sound tools and practices that can be used to take one into deeper states of inner peace and meditative bliss.

To the often asked question “What is the benefit of meditation and music?”, co-author Dudley Evenson shares,

What we endeavored to accomplish with Quieting the Monkey Mind, is to help make meditation understandable, accessible and simple to do. At its core, meditation is an inner training of our mental processes to attain a calm state of centered balance, awareness and spiritual expansiveness. It is a powerful and beneficial tool that can assist you in all aspects of your life. Silence and music are not only calming but deeply healing.

Quieting the Monkey Mind provides some helpful answers to these questions and many more:

  • What is the difference between prayer and meditation?
  • How can we let go of our thoughts?
  • How do we choose music that enhances meditation?
  • What is the benefit of a regular meditation practice?
  • What is our goal in contemplation?
  • How do we use breath to focus the mind?

This creative guide for using music as a tool for enhancing meditation offers sage advice for integrating meditative practices of sounding, chanting, mantra, affirmations, kirtan, working with singing bowls, and many other creative methods to expand the self-tuning options you can bring to lifeQuieting the Monkey Mind offers its readers a brilliant medicine bundle of inspirations for how to participate in this age-old search for deep, meaningful, sonic resonance in our lives, relationships, and world…

 

It offers a wealth of practical guidance for developing and sustaining a personal meditation practice with music. For those more experienced in contemplative practice or modern psychonauts who are seeking new ways to refine, deepen, and expand their consciousness, musical practices are offered to help one listen more deeply to the subtle interweaving harmonies of compl3ex waveforms of the music of life. For beginners or for experienced meditators, this book is a jewel with the power and potential to heal the world. —Joel & Michelle Levey, from the foreword

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Strength in Stillness

The Power of Transcendental Meditation
By: Bob Roth
$29.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: February, 2018
ISBN: 9781501161216
In stock now: 3

Every day, we face a growing epidemic of stress, one that is damaging our physical and emotional health at younger and younger ages. Billionaire CEOs, moms managing households, college students, people of every race, age, and income all make the same confession: I am so stressed. It is literally killing us. While there is no one single cure, there is a simple practice that dramatically changes how we respond to stress and life's challenges: the Transcendental Meditation technique. With scientifically proven benefits—improved focus, sleep, resilience, creativity, and memory to name a few—this five-thousand-year-old technique has a clear and direct impact on our very modern problems.

Each time you meditate, even if you mind is filled with a million thoughts, you do settle down toward levels of the mind that are deeper, quieter, more satisfying. And when you do that, the equanimity you experience during meditation naturally comes out to be lived more and more in every moment of your life. And that is a very good description of the zone.

Once a skeptic, Bob Roth trained under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the twentieth century's foremost scientist of consciousness and meditation, and has since become one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in the world. Roth saw the profound and practical capabilities of the technique, and as cofounder and CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, he has helped bring TM to more than 500,000 at-risk youth, veterans with PTSD, and women survivors of domestic violence. He also teaches TM to top leaders in government, business, medicine, and the arts.

In Strength in Stillness, Roth breaks down the science behind meditation in a new, accessible way. He highlights the three distinct types of meditation—focused attention, open monitoring, and self-transcending—and showcases the evidence that the third, Transcendental Meditation, is the most effective and efficient way to reduce stress, access inner power, and build resilience. Free of gimmicks, mystical verbiage, and over-inflated research studies, Strength in Stillness is a simple and straightforward guide to calming mind, body, and spirit.

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Mindfulness on the Go

Simple Meditation Practices You Can Do Anywhere
$14.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804454
In stock now: 5

Here’s a beautifully useful collection of mindfulness practices anyone can do anytime—from the author of Mindful Eating.

Mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health and quality of life, and give you deep insight. Meditation practice is one way to do it, but not the only way. In fact, there are easy ways to fit it into your everyday life. Jan Chozen Bays provides here 25 practices that can be used on the go to cultivate mindfulness. The three-breath practice, the mindfulness of entering rooms, offering compliments, tasting your food one careful bite at a time—these deceptively simple practices can have a cumulative effect for the better. The book is an abridgment of Bays’s longer collection How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness.

This book offers a wide variety of ways to bring mindfulness into your daily life. We call them “mindfulness exercises.” You could also think of them as mindfulness “seeds,” seeds to plant and grow mindfulness in the many nooks and corners of your life, seeds you can watch as they grow and bear fruit each day.

 

Each exercise has several sections. First there is a description of the task and some ideas about how to remind yourself to do it throughout the day and week. Next is a section titled, “Discoveries,” which includes people’s observations, insights, or difficulties with the task, along with any relevant research findings. In the section called “Deeper Lessons” I explore the themes and larger life lessons connected with the exercise. Each exercise is like a window, giving us a glimpse of what an awakened life would be like.  Lastly there are a few “Final Worlds,” which sum up the exercise or inspire you to continue letting it unfold.

This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series, which distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.

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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

A 10% Happier How-to Book
$19.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9780399588945
In stock now: 2

From the author of the bestselling memoir 10% Happier, this book will get you to meditate. Minus the pan flutes.  “If you’re like many people, you’re intrigued by the promise of meditation but don’t know how to begin—or you’ve benefited from meditation in the past but need help to get started again. If so, Dan Harris has written the book for you.” —Gretchen Rubin, author of The Four Tendencies

ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word “namaste” without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to become one of meditation’s most vocal public proponents.

Here’s what he’s fixated on now: Science suggests that meditation can lower blood pressure, mitigate depression and anxiety, and literally rewire key parts of the brain, among numerous other benefits. And yet there are millions of people who want to meditate but aren’t actually practicing. What’s holding them back?

In Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, Harris and his friend Jeff Warren, a masterful teacher and “Meditation MacGyver,” embark on a cross-country quest to tackle the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that stop people from meditating. They rent a rock-star tour bus (whose previous occupants were Parliament Funkadelic) and travel across eighteen states, talking to scores of would-be meditators—including parents, military cadets, police officers, and even a few celebrities. They create a taxonomy of the most common issues (“I suck at this,” “I don’t have the time,” etc.) and offer up science-based life hacks to help people overcome them.

The book is filled with game-changing and deeply practical meditation instructions. You’ll also get access to the 10% Happier app, where you can listen for free to guided audio versions of all the meditations in the book. Amid it all unspools the strange and hilarious story of what happens when a congenitally sarcastic, type-A journalist and a groovy Canadian mystic embark on an epic road trip into America’s neurotic underbelly, as well as their own.

My advice is to experiment with both guided and unguided meditations and see what works. For what it’s worth, I switch back and forth in my personal practice.

Go to 10percenthappier.com/access to download the app.