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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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Pussy

A Reclamation
$20.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: April, 2018
ISBN: 9781401950262
In stock now: 9

Regena Thomashauer, creatrix of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, has spent 20 years helping women connect deeply with their own source of feminine power. It hasn’t escaped her notice that the word that most viscerally sums up that power is “arguably the most powerful pejorative word in the English language.” In this book, she steps forward “to return that word to its rightful place—as the highest of all possible compliments, as a sacred living prayer.”

Pussy is written to reacquaint women with their own power source—both figuratively, with insight into the divine feminine as a force in the world, and literally, with instructions for developing “cliteracy” and understanding what makes them tick sensually. Regena walks readers through “pussy rehab” to help them awaken a part of themselves they’ve been taught to ignore, repress, even despise, and she lays out the steps to living a turned-on life—which simply means authentic, radiant, and open to pleasure and joy. Readers learn turn-on strategies including dance breaks, brags, favorite frames, and gratitudes that all help readers speak their truth and ignite their spirit, and exercises such as Swamping give them a way to process intense emotion by moving it through their bodies.

Every key of a woman’s emotional, physical, and spiritual keyboard is invited to play. We rage madly together, weep to our ancient bones together, and raise the roof dancing in rapturous celebration of the privilege of life itself, together. Each woman feeling more herself because of the presence of the others…

 

This book is my offering. It contains everything I have learned, everything I have longed to share with a wider audience… It will walk you through the journey that each woman takes in the Mastery program, which mirrors the journey that each woman takes in her life.

By turns earthy and erudite, passionately argued and laugh-out-loud funny, Pussy delivers tools and practices a woman requires for her to tune in, turn on, and not drop out—but live more fully and lusciously than she ever thought she could.

“For years Regena has devoted herself to women, to awakening their sensuality and their life force. This book is… the call to reconnect with the most vital, holy force in the world, your pussy. It’s time now!” —Eve Ensler, author of In the Body of the World

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To Be a Man

A Guide to True Masculine Power
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: March, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641285
In stock now: 9

With To Be a Man, psychotherapist and spiritual teacher Robert Augustus Masters offers this new and deeply insightful guide to masculine power and fulfillment.

I've got it all—so why am I so dissatisfied with my life? Why am I never happy in my romantic relationships? How do I become more courageous and powerful without becoming that jerk everyone hates?

Masters has helped thousands of men address these issues. And for nearly all of them, he’s found that one solution is clear: we must face our early wounds and the shame that holds us back—and then “bring our head, heart, and guts into full-blooded alignment.”

To Be a Man clarifies what’s needed to enter a manhood as strongly empowered as it’s vulnerable, as emotionally literate as it’s unapologetically alive—a manhood at home with truly intimate relationship.

This is a true hero’s journey of healing and awakening, connecting the dots of past and present emotionally as well as intellectually, encountering all that we’ve been and are. Along the way, we cultivate an intimacy with everything that we are—high and low, dark and light, masculine and feminine, dying and undying—for the benefit of one and all. This is the primal odyssey pulsing in every man’s marrow, whether he embarks on it or not.

In this book, readers can explore:

  • How your past may be dominating your present
  • Shame in its healthy and unhealthy forms, and how to make wise use of it
  • How vulnerability can be a source of strength
  • Emotional literacy—an essential skill for relational well-being
  • Releasing sex from the obligation to make you feel better
  • How to disempower your inner critic
  • Bringing your shadow (whatever you’ve disowned in yourself) out of the dark
  • Embodying your natural heroism and persisting regardless of fear
  • What women need from men
  • Understanding and outgrowing pornography and other addictions
  • Entering the heartland of true masculine power.

If you’ve read your share of popular advice on relationships and being a man—but realize on a gut level that it’s going to take some serious inner work—here’s a great guide to doing it.

Among Masters’ other books are Emotional Intimacy and Spiritual Bypassing.

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Girl Positive

How Girls Are Shaping a New World
$22.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Publication Date: January, 2018
ISBN: 9780345808400
In stock now: 4

Girl Positive showcases the diverse, raw, and no-b.s voices of girls across North America. It draws on the wisdom of young women making positive change in their lives and communities, offer tools for families, friends and educators to assist this empowerment.

Taking a cutting-edge view of the cultural, social and political issues facing girls today, Girl Positive looks closely at topics from social media, sexual violence, hyper-sexuality and cyberspace identities to girls transforming the world as leaders and agents of change, Girl Positive offers stories of struggle and victory, and brings to light where today’s girls are finding new paths to empowerment.

The authors travelled all over to talk with school girls, college students and young women in their early careers. Interspersed with their narratives is advice and input from experts in media, health, race and gender politics, sexuality, education and leadership. Each chapter also includes a Survival Kit, which offers tips and discussion questions for girls and the adults in their lives.

Through Fraser and Hagel’s journey readers will learn how to better equip themselves to support girls (and boys) as parents, friends, educators, mentors and activists. Girl Positive celebrates all girls, illuminates emerging culture and fresh politics, and shows us the future in the making.

This book is about the real, sometimes awkward, essential conversation that can be a life-altering opportunity if we as parents, youth, mentors, teachers and citizens take an honest look at ourselves  The objectification of the female body, the normalization of pornography, and rape language and culture is destroying the self-esteem of our girls and is an insult to the spirit of our boys. This inequality takes a toll on the health of women’s and men’s psyches as well… The human soul has no gender; girls and boys, women and men must come together to build a more just and peaceful society. This is a call to action. Words matter. Actions speak louder. Let’s get moving.” —Sophie Grégoire Trudeau 

Timely. Generous. Accessible. Provocative. I hope every teacher, health-care professional, social worker, policy maker and parent will read.” —Michael Kaufman, co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign (the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women)

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Fourth Trimester

A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9781611804003
In stock now: 17

A holistic, practical guide to help support women through post-partum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels.

Pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum offer women some of the most emotionally enriching and satisfying experiences of their life. But many women entering motherhood are shocked at their lack of preparation or awareness about what that actually means for their bodies, minds, spirits, and relationships. Kimberly Johnson, a doula, post-partum recovery expert, and yoga instructor has created a wise and supportive illustrated guide that offers women a roadmap to this very important transition that can last a few months—or even a few years. She draws from her vast professional experience, as well as her own personal experience, and also a number of disciplines including Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, yoga, herbal medicine, energetics, and traditional (folk) remedies, among others, to create a truly rich and holistic guide.

The book offers advice for pregnant women on how to prepare their body for birth; how to organize themselves and their households for the best possible transition to motherhood; simple practices to facilitate healing and restore energy; and how to strengthen relationships and aid the return to sex. Johnson also explores the complex and often conflicting emotions that arise post-partum, and explores the profound nature of childbirth and new motherhood. She helps women contextualize their experience and tap into the spiritual opportunities it can provide.

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Urban Tantra, Second Edition

Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: December, 2017
ISBN: 9780399579684
In stock now: 5

Urban Tantra’s juicy mix of erotic how-to and heart-centered spiritual wisdom from acclaimed sex educator Barbara Carrellas radically updates the ancient practice of Tantra for modern sexual explorers desiring to push past their edge in search of the great cosmic orgasm—and for ecstatic aliveness that “juices” our core and our loving connections.

Why is ecstasy important? Why might you want to prioritize the pursuit of ecstasy in your own life?

With more than 100 easy-to-follow techniques for expanded orgasmic states and solo and partner play (as well as more adventurous practices), this in-depth guide—with the author’s theatrical sense of humour—reveals the delicious worlds of ecstasy available to all, including The Erotic Awakening Massage, Breath and Energy Orgasms, Twenty-Minute Tantra, Evolutionary Selfloving, Sex and Healing, Tantric BDSM, and learning how to craft your own tantric rituals. For tantric virgins and curious sex positivists alike—no matter your gender, sexual preference, or erotic tastes, Urban Tantra will expand your notions about pleasure and open you up to new horizons of intimacy and sexual fulfillment.

You’ll learn why breath, meditation, movement, and laughter are the building blocks of expanded orgasm, and you’ll learn how to use them to build your own sensual stairway to paradise. You’ll also learn the secrets of exquisite touch and how the way you touch can transform your relationships. Last, you’ll learn how to do all of this in the time you have available in your busy schedule.

This 2017 updated edition includes a new introduction, up-to-date refs and resources, a new take on the possibilities and responsibilities of Tantra in today’s world, plus new and cutting-edge information to reach an expanded community—added information on multi-partner play, practices for asexuals and aromantics, expanded practices for trans and gender nonconforming people, and more. Toward a culture of consent!

Any conscious breath can be a transformative breath. Breathing consciously simply means being mindful, aware, and attentive to your breath. Remember, we can only focus on one thought at a time. If we keep our mind full with our breathing, we don’t have the space to think things like “I’ll never come,” “I wonder if they really love me,” or “Did I mail that bill?” Now, I’m not suggesting that you only think about your breath when you have sex. But if you focus on your breath as you might in meditation—that is, using breath as the technique that allows you to actually arrive at the place of meditation—you’ll find you’re well on your way to conscious sex.

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Daring to Rest

Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation
$19.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781622039098
In stock now: 4

What if you could reboot your health, tap into your creative self, reclaim your wild nature, lead from your heart—and still feel well rested?

As modern women, we’re taught that we can do it all, have it all, and be it all. While this freedom is beautiful, it’s also exhausting. Being a “worn-out woman” is now so common that we think feeling tired all the time is normal. According to Karen Brody, feeling this exhausted is not normal—and it’s holding us back. In Daring to Rest, Brody comes to the rescue with a 40-day program to help you reclaim rest and access your most powerful, authentic self through yoga nidra, a meditative practice that guides you into one of the deepest states of relaxation imaginable.

Now, it’s time to lie down and begin the journey to waking up.

Though it comes from the yogic tradition, yoga nidra doesn’t look like a typical yoga class—the entire practice is done lying down. As you listen to a guided meditation, you’re gently taken into complete inner stillness, effortlessly releasing into a healing state that works on both cellular and subtle body levels.

With Daring to Rest, Brody presents a comprehensive yoga nidra program that unfolds in three phases: rest for physical exhaustion, release for mental and emotional exhaustion, and rise for tuning in to the “life purpose exhaustion” that can come when we’re not in our full power. Each phase includes a downloadable yoga nidra guided meditation and supportive practices.

The yoga nidra meditations will teach you how to step into a deeply restful, timeless state that relaxes your body and helps you feel physically rested. But physical exhaustion is just the first layer of exhaustion. If it were the only layer, ten just getting more sleep or sleeping better would resolve it. I will teach you how to use yoga nidra meditation to clear the burnout you’re experiencing at the deeper, subtler levels of your being, so that you can feel rested and whole again on not just the body level, but the levels of the mind, emotions, and psyche as well.

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Good Sex

Getting Off without Checking Out
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781623172343
In stock now: 5

Jessica Graham demonstrates that a deep spiritual life and an extraordinary sex life are not mutually exclusive in this keenly personal and unflinchingly frank guide to finding mindfulness in sex without losing the fun and adventure. Graham shares her own gradual transformation from checked out and sexually traumatized to present and joyfully recovered in all aspects of her life as she offers simple mindfulness tools and techniques to improve your sex life and romantic relationships.

Her story of sexual healing, awakening, and exploration weaves together with a meditation manual and down-to-earth suggestions for how to bring mindfulness into the bedroom. Not only a tool kit for creating a rich and deeply satisfying sex life, this fun, explicit, and transformative book conveys the deeper message of how combining meditation with sex can bring about profound spiritual awakenings.

Good Sex begins with basic meditation instructions from a variety of techniques, followed by mindfulness exercises delving into communication difficulties, and the fear, attachment, and shame that can come up around sex. The book's matter-of-fact and inclusive perspective borrows from Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, but is accessible to the secular community and those with no spiritual or meditation background at all.

Graham discusses everything from open-eyed orgasms to threesomes to how to deal with a partner with a low sex drive. From a sex-positive and nontraditional stance she explores nonmonogamy, the benefits of pornography, sexual trauma, consent, and much more. Anyone feeling stuck or stunted in their sex life, unable to communicate their needs or desires, will find strategies for approaching difficult subjects and connecting more intimately with partners. They will discover ways to trust their own personal wisdom, to know themselves better, have better sex, and embrace the spiritual dimension in their sexuality.

 

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Renegade Beauty

Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance--Beauty Secrets, Solutions, and Preparations
$33.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781583949696
In stock now: 2

Nadine Artemis invites us to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness, to abandon established regimes and synthetic products, and reaveal our "renegade" beauty—a practice of doing less and allowing the elements and the life force of Nature to revive the body, skin, and soul so that the natural radiance of our own beauty can shine through.

This lovely, engaging book explains how our ancestors lived deeply rooted in and reliant on nature, though now we have lost our connection with the elements that once sustained us. She examines why and when we withdrew from the natural world around us, and the devastating health, emotional, and cultural problems that resulted. Along the way, she reviews historical definitions of beauty from ancient Egypt to Plato, the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, and the Golden Mean.

Beauty is everyone’s birthright as a blessing of nature. It is the effervescent insignia of the divinity in our souls. Beauty endures with time. It cannot be pursued, purchased, or put on. Tending to Beauty is simple; step into it and liberate it from vogue inclinations, marketing madness, and artificial facades.

Anyone stuck in perpetual loops of new products, facials, and dermatologist appointments will find answers as Artemis introduces the energizing elements of sun, fresh air, water, the earth, and plants. She invites readers to ditch their regimes and simplify their routines as she leads us on a joyful journey of cellular rejuvenation. Tackling common beauty complaints, she offers practical botanical, microbial, and dietary suggestions to rejuvenate the cells, reenergize health, and allow beauty to bloom. She draws on current nutrition research to advise us about which foods are health sustaining and which should be avoided. As we shift toward chemical free and environmentally safe self-care products, this book is a comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to simplify their self-care routine, discover their own radiant beauty, and take their health into their own hands.

Renegade Beauty poetically explores the ways we can harmonize with nature’s healing gifts and natural rhythms. A beautiful and unique book that offers far more than the beauty routine you might expect!” —Anthony William, author of Medical Medium

Also author of Holistic Dental Care, Nadine Artemis is the creator of Living Libations, a line of botanical health and beauty creations—the purest on the planet.

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Why Won't You Apologize?

Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts
$22.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781501129612
In stock now: 2

The renowned psychologist and author of The Dance of Anger sheds new light on the two most important words in the English language—I’m sorry—and offers a unique perspective on the challenge of healing broken connections and restoring trust.

Harriet Lerner has been studying apologies—and why some people won’t give them—for more than two decades. Now she offers compelling stories and solid theory that bring home how much the simple apology matters and what is required for healing when the hurt we’ve inflicted (or received) is far from simple. Readers will learn how to craft a deeply meaningful “I’m sorry” and avoid apologies that only deepen the original injury.

Why Won’t You Apologize? also addresses the compelling needs of the injured party—the one who has been hurt by someone who won’t apologize, tell the truth, or feel remorse. Lerner explains what drives both the non-apologizer and the over-apologizer, as well as why the people who do the worst things are the least able to own up. She helps the injured person resist pressure to forgive too easily and challenges the popular notion that forgiveness is the only path to peace of mind. With her trademark humor and wit, Lerner offers a joyful and sanity-saving guide to setting things right.

Lead with your heart and not your attack dog. It’s difficult and it’s worth it. The courage to apologize, and the wisdom and clarity to do so wisely and well, is at the heart of effective leadership, coupledom, parenting, friendship, personal integrity, and what we call love. It’s hard to imagine what matters more than that.

“If you want to know why Harriet Lerner is one of my great heroes, Why Won’t You Apologize? is the answer. This book is a game changer.”Brené Brown, author  of Rising Strong

“Harriet Lerner is one hell of a wise woman. She draws you in with deft and engaging prose, and then changes your life with her rigorous intelligence and her deeply human advice. I promise that you will never see ‘the apology’ in quite the same way.” —Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity