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Sitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book

75 Mindfulness Games for Kids
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: April, 2019
ISBN: 9781611805888
In stock now: 4

Here, from the popular author/teacher who wrote Sitting Still Like a Frog is a new book with 75 fun mindfulness games and activities to teach children ages 5-8 to calm themselves down, focus, be attentive to people around them, and to feel more peaceful.

Mindfulness is one of the most effective practices to teach kids to calm themselves in stressful moments, increase focus and attention, ease anxiety, and promote a sense of empathy toward others. Eline Snel's Sitting Still Like a Frog has helped thousands of children around the world to become more relaxed and attentive, more aware of their bodies and emotions, and more open toward others.

This book is packed with entertaining and useful activities that children ages 5-8 can do alone or with a parent, including:
Fun yoga exercises —Hands-on activities and projects —Meditation stories —Cut-out posters and cards —Colorful stickers
—Mindful games.

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Little Book of Being

Practices and Guidance for Uncovering Your Natural Awareness
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: March, 2019
ISBN: 9781683642176
In stock now: 14

Do you recall, as a child, being enthralled by a drifting cloud, the babbling of a stream, the wandering of a ladybug? If so, then you've already had a taste of natural awareness. Known and revered in many contemplative traditions, natural awareness transcends even these wondrous childhood moments. It has been described as “a way of knowing and a state of being wherein our focus is on the awareness itself rather than on the things we are aware of. It is generally relaxed, effortless, and spacious.” 

Created for those new to meditation and long-time meditators alike, The Little Book of Being shows us how to discover this free-flowing and expansive side of mindfulness—with no formal sitting practice required. This concise and friendly guide takes us through 73 “mini-chapters” (little glimpses) that explain natural awareness and help us experience it via simple and enjoyable explorations to bring welcome moments of peace, connection, and spaciousness to our often distracted and stressful lives.

Natural awareness can feel like your mind is completely aware and undistracted without you doing anything in particular to make yourself aware… You feel a sense of contentment not connected to external conditions… Your mind feels at rest.

“Breaking new ground, this wise and elegant book is a wonderful guide to the important next stage of mindfulness practice: natural awareness.” —Loch Kelly, author of Shift into Freedom

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Daily Flame

365 Love Letters from Your Inner Pilot Light
$29.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: February, 2019
ISBN: 9781683642701
In stock now: 5

If your deepest, cosmic self had a message for you, what would it be? In The Daily Flame, acclaimed physician Lissa Rankin presents 365 love letters from your Inner Pilot Light. As Lissa explains:

This book is intended to support the kind of intimacy, comfort, nourishment, and grace that happens when you make contact with the Source of all love that fuels your very existence. Regardless of your spiritual orientation, consider this book a prayer of sorts, one that invites you to gently, quietly reunite with the purest, most loving core of your being, the part that will help you navigate the in-between space in your spiritual life.

Each new message from your Inner Pilot Light will bring you inspiration and encouragement for the day ahead. The letters cover a wide range of themes, from abundance and health, to following your dreams, to finding your tribe, and persevering through challenges. Some readings offer practices and reflection questions, while others offer deep wisdom and spiritual insights. You might get a motivating kick in the patooty one day, and an unbridled love letter the next!

“What if, amidst the confusion and despondence of our daily lives, our true Self could reveal itself? In this inspiring work, that inner Pilot Light does speak to us and guide us, manifesting its inexhaustible strength, loving patience, and deep wisdom.” —Gabor Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

A 10% Happier How-to Book
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: December, 2018
ISBN: 9780399588969
In stock now: 3

From the author of 10% Happier, this book will get you to meditate. After cynical ABC News anchor Dan Harris had a panic attack on live television, he went on a 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 bus tour to tackle the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that stop people from meditating. They cross eighteen states, talking to scores of would-be meditators.

The book is filled with deeply practical meditation instructions. And on the 10% Happier app, you can listen 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 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.

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Altered Traits

Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Avery
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9780399184390
In stock now: 2

 In the last twenty years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. Unveiling cutting-edge research, Goleman and Davidson show us the truth about what meditation can really do for us, as well as exactly how to get the most out of it.

An altered trait—a new characteristic that arises from a meditation practice—endures apart from meditation itself. Altered traits shape how we behave in our daily lives, not just during or immediately after we meditate.

Beyond the pleasant states mental exercises can produce, the real payoffs are the lasting personality traits that can result. But short daily doses will not get us to the highest level of lasting positive change—even if we continue for years—without specific additions. More than sheer hours, we need smart practice, including crucial ingredients such as targeted feedback from a master teacher and a more spacious, less attached view of the self, all of which are missing in widespread versions of mind training.

We aim to shift the conversation with a radical reinterpretation of what the actual benefits of meditation are—and are not—and what the true aim of practice has always been.

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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: 1

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: 2

“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: 3

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: 2

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