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book of pagan prayer

Book of Pagan Prayer

$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781578636495
In stock now: 0

Based on more than a quarter century of research and practice, A Book of Pagan Prayer teaches us to pray in the ways of our ancestors, yet for very modern times and concerns.

A Book of Pagan Prayer provides the pagan community a comprehensive and thoughtful selection of prayers—and shows readers how they too can create their own. After an introduction on why to pray, author Ceisiwr Serith explores how to pray through words, posture, dance, and music. He explains how to prepare for and compose prayers, how to address and honor the deities, and how to conclude a prayer. Serith also answers important questions, such as: Why should pagans pray? Should prayers be spontaneous? What are offerings about? Is all this just trying to buy the gods off?

Gathered from many traditions - including Celtic, Germanic, Egyptian, Greek, and Zoroastrian - this guide includes nearly 500 sample prayers organized by purpose: for the family and household; times of the day, month, and year; life passages; thanksgiving, grace, and petition; as well as litanies and mantras. Whether offering a blessing, celebrating new life, safeguarding travel, or honoring the seasons, readers will discover timeless pagan prayers for worship, spiritual connection, and personal relationship with the gods.

Prayers have been labeled with the deities to which they are addressed and arranged in logical order within each chapter.

  I bring greetings to the gods of this place

from my people, from my family, from me,

and not only greetings but gifts of friendship.

I give them to you to establish between us the sacred bond.

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Five Invitations

Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully
$23.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781250076748
In stock now: 0

Zen Hospice pioneer Frank Ostaseski's stirring book, The Five Invitations, is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present awareness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. He dedicates the book to his mentor, Stephen Levine, and begins the book with this:

Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most. 

In his thirty-plus years as a companion to the dying, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. He has distilled the lessons gleaned into The Five Invitations.

The Five Invitations

  • Don't wait
  • Welcome everything, push away nothing
  • Bring your whole self to the experience
  • Find a place of rest in the middle of things
  • Cultivate a don’t know mind

will, if lived, show us how death can be the guide we need to wake up fully to our lives.

I think of these as five bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened. They have little value as theories. To be understood, they have to be lived into and realized through action.

They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis.

Rachel Naomi Remen writes in her foreword:

The great depth of experience he brings to this book can only be accumulated by those who are fearless, who have found their way to stillness and presence, who possess an ability to connect to the heart and soul of others, and who are blessed with the gift of story for sharing the road traveled. The Five Invitations is filled with stories so profound that they function as a compass, a way to travel an unknown road to a desired destination. Many of the true stories in this book can be read as parables, wisdom stories that enable us all to live more purposefully and wisely in many diverse circumstances…


This book is not someone’s ideas or beliefs about what the experience of dying is and means. It is a sharing of deep experience by a superbly aware observer. It invites you to grow your eyes

 

I am reminded that death, like love, is intimate, and that intimacy is the condition of the deepest learning.

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Your Spine, Your Yoga

Developing stability and mobility for your spine
$38.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Wild Strawberry Productions
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9780968766552
In stock now: 0

Your Spine, Your Yoga is arguably the first book that looks at the spine from both the Western anatomical/biomechanical point of view and the modern yoga perspective. It is filled with detail, discussion, illustrations, and practical advice for spines of all types. This emphasis on variety is welcome and necessary: no two spines are exactly alike, and no two people have the same biology and biography. What your spine is able to do may be vastly different from what other yoga students or teachers spines can do.

Just as all tissues and areas of the body need a healthy amount of stress to regain and maintain optimal health, so too our spine needs the appropriate levels of stress to remain functional throughout our lives. How we choose to exercise the spine makes a difference, though. Knowing the way the spine is built, specifically, how your spine is built, will allow you to tailor your exercises wisely to match your goals.

Your Spine, Your Yoga focuses on the axial body—the core, from the sacral complex, which includes the pelvis, sacrum, and sacroiliac joint, through the lumbar and thoracic segments of the spine, to the cervical complex, which includes the neck and head. The structural components of each segment are examined: from the bones, to the joints, ligaments, fascia, tendons, muscles, and even the neurological and blood systems. The range and implications of human variations are presented, as well as the ways these variations may affect individual yoga practices.

Whether the reader is a novice to yoga, anatomy, or both, or a seasoned practitioner with an in-depth knowledge in these fields, this book will be valuable. For the novice, there are easily understood illustrations and photographs, as well as sidebars highlighting the most important topics. For the anatomy geek, other sidebars focus on the complexity of the topic, with hundreds of references provided for further investigation. For the yoga teacher, sidebars suggest how to bring this knowledge into the classroom. Your Spine, Your Yoga can be used as a resource when specific questions arise, as a textbook to be studied in detail, or as a fascinating coffee-table book to be browsed at leisure for topics of current interest.

Also by Bernie Clark are Your Body, Your Yoga and Yinsights.

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Essential Composting Toilets

A Guide to Options, Design, Installation, and Use
$39.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9780865718722
In stock now: 0

From wastestream to mainstream, a practical guide to composting toilet systems. Composting toilets are a key feature for local resilience, money saving, water conservation, resource recovery, septic system replacement, and an improved bathroom experience in rural and urban buildings.

Essential Composting Toilets is a streamlined manual that takes a practical, how-to approach to composting toilet system selection, design, installation, and operation, while meeting universal health and safety objectives. Drawing from existing regulations and research, this book dispels myths and provides tools to assess various systems. It includes:

  • Easily-understood drawings, plans, and photos
  • Coverage of all main composting toilet systems
  • Selection criteria including site considerations, urine separation pros/cons, renovations/new builds, ventilation, servicing, and composting details
  • Design and installation details.

Offering a professional approach accessible to DIYers, homeowners, designers, building consultants, water conservation advocates, and regulators, Essential Composting Toilets provides key information for redesigning toilet systems anywhere in the world.

Drawing from existing regulations and research, this book will dispel myths, satisfy regulators, and provide tools to assess various systems in terms of meeting the health and safety objectives driving regulations

Ann and Gord Baird are the co-creators, designers, and builders of the award winning Eco-Sense home in Victoria, BC, Canada, They implemented greywater systems, rainwater harvesting, and compost toilets into North America's first legal two story seismically engineered load-bearing cob home. Eco-sense.ca.

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Walking in Wonder

Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World
$34.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Convergent
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9780525575283
In stock now: 0

A beautiful companion to To Bless the Space Between Us, this is a welcome collection of insights from one of the most charismatic and inspirational spiritual writers of the last twenty years.

When author John O’Donohue passed away suddenly in January 2008, he left behind a remarkable body of work on the subjects of spirituality and Celtic mysticism. Walking in Wonder is a poignant and inspirational collection of conversations and presentations from O’Donohue’s work with Irish broadcaster John Quinn. These timeless conversations, collated and introduced by Quinn, span a number of years and explore themes such as wonder, landscape, the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, the gifts of aging, our fascinating relationship with memory, and why we need not fear death. Presented in O'Donohue's inimitable lyrical style, and filled with rich insights that will help to feed the “unprecedented spiritual hunger” that he observed in modern society, Walking in Wonder is a celebration of the beauty and mystery of everyday things.

From the mountains of Connemara to friendly pub conversations, John O’Donohue could make the most numinous questions personalHis words still breathe with vibrant life. A foreword is written by Krista Tippett and narration (on the unabridged audio edition) is by John’s brother Pat O’Donohue.

Highlights include:   

  • Why the insights of mystics like Meister Eckhart are more relevant than ever in a world prioritizing image over substance
  • Contemplation of nature, its landscapes, and our intertwined relationship with both
  • A reading of one of the special dawn Easter masses given by John at Corcomroe Abbey
  • Poems and blessings in celebration of the ache of absence, imagination, and the turning of the seasons
  • Life’s hidden narratives—whether in the history of mountains or your inner world.

Among John O’Donohue’s other books are Anam Cara and Beauty: The Invisible Embrace. Also available is a beautiful DVD of John called Celtic Pilgrimage with John O’Donohue.

book of freedom

Book of Freedom

The Mastery Trilogy Book 3: A Channeled Text
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9780399175725
In stock now: 0

The channeled literature of Paul Selig—who receives clairaudient dictation from unseen intellects called the Guides—has quickly become the most important and celebrated expression of channeling since A Course In Miracles rose to prominence in the 1970s.

Selig’s previous trilogy of channeled wisdom—I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation, and The Book of Knowing and Worth—won a large following around the world for its depth, intimacy, and psychological insight. The first two books of his new Mastery Trilogy, The Book of Mastery and The Book of Truth, likewise attained popularity and praise. Now, Selig continues the “Teachings of Mastery” with the widely anticipated third volume in the series: The Book of Freedom, which shows readers how to find full expression as the Divine Self through surrender and acquiescence to the true nature of their being.

You will hear these words, if you like. You will dismiss them if you don’t like them. But what we are offering you on a level of frequency through attunement and sound and vibration is the resurrection of the self as the True Self, and the embodiment of this is where we wish you to know yourselves through. What is the embodiment of this? The awareness of the Divine in all manifestation.

 

“Does this mean you walk on water?” he asks. “Does this mean we become saints?” Of course not. You are looking for outcomes again. You are looking for product. What you get is yourself as you are in your true nature.

"Paul’s messages arrive from a consortium of unseen ‘Guides’ whose voices are deeply ethical, penetratingly insightful regarding the foibles of human nature, and unsparingly blunt about the possibilities and pitfalls facing us in the present era.  As an intellect, Paul, too, possesses these qualities and serves as a fine instrument—a kind of Stradivarius of the soul—through which the Guides can play their notes."—Mitch Horowitz, author of One Simple Idea

hearth

Hearth

A Global Conversation on Identity, Community, and Place
$38.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781571313799
In stock now: 2

This multicultural anthology is about the enduring importance and shifting associations of the hearth in our world.

A hearth is many things: a place for solitude; a source of identity; something we make and share with others; a history of ourselves and our homes. It is the fixed center we return to. It is just as intrinsically portable. It is, in short, the perfect metaphor for what we seek in these complex and contradictory times—set in flux by climate change, mass immigration, the refugee crisis, and the dislocating effects of technology.

The contributions, written expressly for this anthology, explore ideas about what, if anything, takes the place of hearth in the lives of refugees and immigrants, and how ideas of hearth have evolved for a young generation in a globalized world. With passion and care, these authors celebrate natural and spiritual hearths, or mourn hearths that are being destroyed—never to be replaced—in our increasingly endangered, highly populated, but still natural world.

Featuring original contributions from some of our most cherished voices—including Terry Tempest Williams, Bill McKibben, Pico Iyer, Natasha Trethewey, and Chigozie Obioma—Hearth suggests that empathy and storytelling hold the power to unite us when we have wandered alone for too long. This is an essential anthology that challenges us to redefine home and hearth: as a place to welcome strangers, to be generous, to care for the world beyond one’s own experience.

All around the world, individuals, families, friends, and neighbors gather around a campfire or a computer, a kitchen table or an auditorium stage to share ideas, and warmth, and often food. This book, we hope, may become one such gathering place where questions are asked that have no answers, but where the talk goes on and on, connecting us in peace and trust. Keeping the fire alive.

dare to lead

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: 2

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.

sister of darkness

Sister of Darkness

The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist
$21.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9780062656155
In stock now: 5

We may not be able to see them, but they’re always there. Smoke and shadows, ghoulish features or lifelike forms, there are the demons, or what Rachel calls “entities,” that float around us, or even attach themselves to our bodies, feeding off our fears, traumas, and our negative energy. As the world’s only nondenominational exorcist, Rachel has found herself at the crux of the spiritual crossroads of thousands of clients all of whom she’s been able to save by ridding them of their spiritual baggage, and getting at the root causes of their low frequency at the same time.

Stavis realized her gift as young child, but for years she pushed it away, wishing for it to disappear. After years of denying her gift for communicating with the spirit world, she turned what she once regarded as a curse into a blessing to help those in need. Stavis has cleansed thousands of tormented people, from small children to musicians, politicians, and everyone in between, quietly performing her work pro bono and in obscurity.

In this book, I’ll welcome you not just into my strange world, but into the entire realm of entities, Spirit, frequency, and how they directly affect you. I’ll describe the many levels of entities—and what you might have attached to you right now—and show you what you can do to avoid attracting others…
 

During my exorcisms, I call in Spirit Guides, Master Teachers, angels, my ancestors, even gods and goddesses, all of whom come from and are part of Spirit…

 

You can change your energy—which I also call frequency—to help make a better world. That, in turn, will keep entities from attaching to you—now and for the rest of your life.

A unique look at demonology removed from religious dogma, Sister of Darkness is the true story of Rachel’s journey to becoming an exorcist. Chronicling some of her most extreme and interesting cleansings, the hows and the whys of what she does, and stories of danger and of triumph, Stavis creates a world that is at times frightening, eye-opening, and utterly enthralling.

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Deva

$22.95 CAD
Music CD
Publisher: White Swan Music
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 717147018521
In stock now: 3

Deva Premal’s composition, the Seven Chakra Gayatri Mantra, debuts on DEVA, nearly 20 years since her original, ground-breaking version of the ancient Gayatri Mantra began appearing on playlists and en-chanting people worldwide.

Alternately soothing, uplifting, and inviting, Deva’s voice ushers us into deeper states of meditation, serving as a musical, tonal portal to inner peace (whether you “understand” the “meaning” of the mantras or not. The album is book-ended by versions of the Seven Chakra Gayatri Mantra, creating an experience of a mystical journey well-travelled and coming full circle.

The rich mix of alluring chants includes soaring bansuri lines by Nepalese maestro Manose, embedded inside a musical landscape created by producer Joby Baker‘s sensual groove based instrumentation – including the prayerful Prabhujee, written by Pundit Ravi Shankar and featuring his daughter, Anoushka Shankar, on sitar.

Deva means “divine” in Sanskrit, and this beautiful collection of mantras reflects the many dimensions of Deva Premal’s soul and musical expression, from the beginning of her spiritual journey through today.