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thus spoke the plant

Thus Spoke the Plant

A Remarkable Journey of Groundbreaking Scientific Discoveries and Personal Encounters with Plants
$23.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172435
In stock now: 3

In this "phyto-biography"—a collection of stories written in partnership with a plant—research scientist Monica Gagliano reveals the dynamic role plants play in genuine first-hand accounts from her research into plant communication and cognition. By transcending the view of plants as the objects of scientific materialism, Gagliano encourages us to rethink plants as people—beings with subjectivity, consciousness, and volition, and hence having the capacity for their own perspectives and voices.

The book draws on up-close-and-personal encounters with the plants themselves, as well as plant shamans, indigenous elders, and mystics from around the world and integrates these experiences with an incredible research journey and the groundbreaking scientific discoveries that emerged from it. Gagliano has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers on how plants have a Pavlov-like response to stimuli and can learn, remember, and communicate to neighboring plants. She has pioneered the brand-new research field of plant bioacoustics, for the first time experimentally demonstrating that plants emit their own 'voices' and, moreover, detect and respond to the sounds of their environments. By demonstrating experimentally that learning is not the exclusive province of animals, Gagliano has re-ignited the discourse on plant subjectivity and ethical and legal standing. This is the story of how she made those discoveries and how the plants helped her along the way.

integral vision

Integral Vision

A Very Short Introduction
$14.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781611806427
In stock now: 3

This pop-culture presentation of the Integral Approach from visionary genius Ken Wilber is an easy introduction to his work.

Suppose we took everything that all the various world cultures have to tell us about human potential—about psychological, spiritual, and social growth—and identified the basic patterns that connect these pieces of knowledge. What if we attempted to create an all-inclusive map that touches the most important factors from all of the world’s great traditions? Ken Wilber's Integral Vision provides such a map. Using all the known systems and models of human growth—from the ancient sages to the latest breakthroughs in cognitive science—it distills their major components into five simple elements, and, moreover, ones that readers can verify in their own experience right now.

In any field of interest, such as business, law, science, psychology, health, art, or everyday living and learning—the Integral approach ensures that we are utilizing the full range of resources for the situation, leading to a greater likelihood of success and fulfillment. With easily understood explanations, exercises, and familiar examples, The Integral Vision shows how we can accelerate growth and development to higher, wider, deeper ways of being, embodied in self, shared in community, and connected to the planet, which can literally help with everything from spiritual enlightenment to business success to personal relationships.

Ken Wilber, author of many books including A Brief History of Everything, is founder of the Integral Institute, a think-tank for studying issues of science and society.

See www.integralinstitute.org.

This Shambhala Pocket Library edition is a more minimalistic approach to the highly graphic 2007 edition.

future is open

Future Is Open

Good Karma, Bad Karma, and Beyond Karma
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781590309537
In stock now: 1

Renowned meditation master Chogyam Trungpa here challenges popular misconceptions of the Buddhist doctrines of karma and rebirth, in the process showing how to step beyond karma on the path to awakening.

Karma has become a popular term in the West, often connected with somewhat naive or deterministic ideas of rebirth and reincarnation. It is also often equated with views of morality and guilt. In The Future Is Open, Chogyam Trungpa unpacks this intriguing but misunderstood topic. He viewed an understanding of karma as good news, showing us that liberation is possible and that the future is never predetermined. His unique approach to presenting the Buddhist teachings lends itself to an insightful and profound view of karma, its cause and effects, and how to cut the root of karma itself.

Topics include: the origin of karma; samsara and the world of ego and how they are shaped by karma; traditional teachings on karma; the difference between karma and fate; individual, group, and national karma; good karma, bad karma, beyond karma; karma and reincarnation; buddha activity and how it relates to ordinary practitioners; and meditation practice as the vehicle to step outside of the normal cycle of karma.

Chogyam Trungpa (1940-1987) authored numerous books, among them Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior.

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: 5

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.

change me prayers

Change Me Prayers

The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender
$22.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781501111754
In stock now: 4

From the author of the bestseller Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead, here’s a thoughtful collection of prayers and stories to help you actively invite the Divine into your life.

Change me Divine Beloved into one who can give and receive freely and be a clear vessel for your Light.

In this sequel to the delightfully profound Outrageous Openness, Tosha Silver, with her characteristic wit and charm, shows how to—and invites you to—transform yourself from the inside out. Covering a variety of topics—from work to finances to self-worth—Change Me Prayers reveals how to truly surrender to a Divine plan in the most joyous and uplifting way.

At its heart, Change Me Prayers is a spiritual guide which offers prayers to the Divine that can change someone into a person open to receive bountiful blessings in everyday life. Anyone can use these powerful prayers to leave the old limited self behind. 

May the Divine be invited into every part of life!

“In a marketplace filled with lackluster spirituality books, this book sparkles with truth. Through touching personal stories, potent insights and holy humor, Tosha Silver reminds us that the only way to truly live is hand in hand, heart to heart, and hip bump to hip bump with the Divine.” —Sera Beak, author of Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic’s Love Story

five invitations

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.

essential composting toilets

Essential Composting Toilets

A Guide to Options, Design, Installation, and Use
$39.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9780865718722
In stock now: 1

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.

high magick

High Magick

A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row
$28.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641346
In stock now: 2

At age 18, Damien Echols was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. “I spent my years in prison training to be a true magician,” he writes. “I used magick—the practice of reshaping reality through our intention and will—to stave off incredible pain, despair, and isolation. But the most amazing feat of all that practice and study was to manifest my freedom.” With High Magick, this bestselling author shares his first teaching book on the powerful spiritual techniques that helped him survive and transcend his ordeal on death row.

What is High Magick? Most people either think of magic as stage illusions or an occult practice involving dark rituals. “Magick is an incredibly deep, meaningful, spiritual tradition that equals the Eastern practices of Buddhism and Taoism in beauty,” says Echols. “It’s an ancient discipline that lets you literally change reality by working with the divine energies of creation.” Join this extraordinary teacher as he shares key meditations, insights, and step-by-step instruction to awaken the power of magick in your own life.

In my opinion, if you’re constantly exerting influence on reality, it’s a good idea to learn how to do it well… We can all shape reality and create better environments for ourselves. We can actually do something about it. Call this something whatever you’d like. I prefer to call it magick…
 

Magick is a specific spiritual tradition—an amalgamation of Gnostic Christianity, esoteric Judaism, Taoist energy practices, and often forms of divination such as the Tarot or the I Ching…


This book is about high magick because it’s mostly about spiritual growth, energetic practices, ceremonies, rituals, and invocations


This particular book is my offering to help get you started down the path with some basic practices. Some will appeal to you, others will not. However, I encourage you to try each of them for a short time, in order to find the techniques that most strongly resonate with you. I also encourage you to seek out other authors, practices, techniques, and approaches, because no single magician or text is the ultimate authority.

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: 4

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.

flame

Flame

$32.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9780771024412
In stock now: 1

Just weeks before his death in late 2016, Leonard Cohen told The New Yorker that he was ready for the end to come. He just wanted enough time to put his last book in order. Fortunately, that time was granted. The Flame is Cohen’s eloquent farewell, a valedictory collection of lyrics and poems that maps his singular creative journey.

In addition to new poems about war, desire, regrets, lamb chops, and hummingbirds, and lyrics from his last three albums, including the final “You Want It Darker,” The Flame includes carefully selected excerpts—both writing and drawings— from Cohen’s voluminous notebooks, which he kept faithfully, in poetic form, all his life. Listeners will hear about the subjects that have always preoccupied Cohen: the dimensions of love, the secret code of existence, and the hope for transcendence in a broken world.

In the words of Cohen’s longtime manager and friend, Robert Kory, The Flame “reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire” to the end.

An enormously powerful final chapter, The Flame showcases the full range of Leonard Cohen’s lyricism, from the exquisitely transcendent to the darkly funny. By turns devastatingly sad and winningly strange, these are the works of a poet and lyricist who has plumbed the depths of our darkest questions and come up wanting, yearning for more.

So I’ve come here to revisit

What happens to the heart

I was selling holy trinkets

I was dressing kind of sharp

Had a pussy in the kitchen

And a panther in the yard

In the prison of the gifted

I was friendly with the guard…

 

It ain’t pretty, it ain’t subtle

What happens to the heart

Now the angel’s got a fiddle

And the devil’s got a harp

Every soul is like a minnow

Every mind is like a shark

I’ve opened every window

But the house, the house is dark

Just say Uncle, then it’s simple

What happens to the heart

I was always working steady

But I never called it art…

 

Sure it failed my little fire

But it’s bright the dying spark

Go tell the young messiah

What happens to the heart

      (June 24, 2016)

This volume contains my father’s final efforts as a poet,” writes Cohen’s son, Adam Cohen, in his foreword. “It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end… Each page of paper that he blackened was lasting evidence of a burning soul.”

I have witnessed many great events, some of which were sorrowful: the birth of children, the death of friends, the ends of time & the intermediate wildernesses. A chill goes down my spine and up, when I reflect how graciously I have been placed in the mazes of creation. My beloved is with me, the wife of my youth, and in the midst of suffering when it is our lot, if I remember to incline my self toward the source of light, I know that I have never strayed too far from my bridal days. As it was promised, I have inherited the gates of my enemy, and I fear with him, rejoice with him, at the irresistible tides of majesty that sweep across the world.

“With Cohen, one feels he knew who he was and where he was going from the beginning, and only digs deeper, deeper, deeper.” —Pico Iyer