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World-Ending Fire

The Essential Wendell Berry
$37.50 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Counterpoint
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781640090286
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The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress and in defense of local landscapes, essays that celebrate our cultural heritage, our history, and our home.

Wendell Berry’s formula for a good life and a good community is simple and pleasingly unoriginal. Slow down. Pay attention. Do good work. Love your neighbours. Love your place. Stay in your place. Settle for less, enjoy it more…

This selection is chosen from hundreds of essays written over five decades.

With grace and conviction, Wendell Berry shows that we simply cannot afford to succumb to the mass-produced madness that drives our global economy—the natural world will not survive it. Yet he also shares with us a vision of consolation and of hope. We may be locked in an uneven struggle, but we can and must begin to treat our land, our neighbors, and ourselves with respect and care. As Berry urges, we must abandon arrogance and stand in awe.

As Paul Kingsnorth writes in his intro:

Soil is the recurring image in these essays. Again and again, Berry worries away at the question of topsoil. This is both a writer’s metaphor and a farmer’s reality, and for Wendell Berry, metaphors always come second to reality. ‘No use talking about getting enlightened or saving your soul,’ he wrote to his friend, the poet Gray Snyder, in 1980, ‘if you can’t keep the topsoil from washing away.’…

 

Here, at the beginning of his 1988 essay ’The Work of Local Culture,’ he describes an old galvanized bucket hanging on a fence post near a hollow, in a wood on what was once his grandfather’s farm. In the bucket, slowly and over many decades, soil is being born:

 

The old bucket has hung there through many autumns, and the leaves have fallen around it and some have fallen into it. Rain and snow have fallen into it, and the fallen leaves have held the moisture and so have rotted. Nuts have fallen into it, or been carried into it by squirrels; mice and squirrels have eaten the meat of the nuts and left the shells; they and other animals have left their droppings; insects have flown into the bucket and died and decayed; birds have scratched in it and left their droppings and perhaps a feather or two. This slow work of growth and death, gravity and decay, which is the chief work of the world, has by now produced in the bottom the bucket several inches of black humus. I look into that bucket with fascination because I am a farmer of sorts and an artist of sorts, and I recognize there an artistry and a farming far superior to mine, or to that of any human.

 “Read [Berry] with pencil in hand, make notes, and hope that somehow our country and the world will soon come to see the truth that is told here.” —The New York Times

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When Spirit Leaps

Navigating the Process of Spiritual Awakening
$24.95 CAD
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Publisher: New Harbinger
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781684030767
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Whether it happens all at once or gradually over time, spiritual awakening is an experience that may be accompanied by great insight, ecstatic bliss, or a mystical infusion of light, love, and vision. But it can be an overwhelming experience, too, leaving “the illumined” searching for answers and understanding. Written by a transpersonal psychologist and non-dual teacher (in the lineage of Adyashanti), this book will help you understand the phenomenon of spiritual awakening.

At the heart of most spiritual traditions is the understanding that we are one with all of existence. This realization, also known as spiritual awakening or spiritual emergence, can occur spontaneously, after years of spiritual practice, or through many other portals. Yet many people are not prepared for the ramifications of such a life-altering event. When your perception of yourself and reality has been altered, you may find yourself with more questions than answers. Where can you turn?

Based on over thirty years of case studies, as well as the author’s own experiences, When Spirit Leaps explores the why and what of spiritual awakening, revealing how this phenomenon occurs across all traditions, and exploring the various ways it can happen. Including discussions on kundalini energy, meditation, yoga and qigong, breathwork, near-death experiences, and much more, this inspirational book offers companionship and practical solutions to common challenges along the spiritual path of awakening.

With this book as your guide, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the process and different portals of awakening, and find comfort and support in the real-life stories of those who have experienced this shift in consciousness and faced its challenges. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, this book will help you along the way.

Bonnie Greenwell is a wonderful guide for both the awakening of mind and of your body’s energies. Understanding energy work is an important bridge between the two worlds of infinite awareness and everyday reality, which has not been clearly described, and yet is so important for the unfolding awakening. You will find When Spirit Leaps a gift in navigating the awakening process of body, mind, and spirit.” Loch Kelly, author of Shift into Freedom

breaking the cycle of opioid addiction

Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction

Supplement Your Pain Management with Cannabis
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781623171865
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Here’s an evidence-based guide to using cannabis to enhance pain relief safely, effectively, and economically while reducing the risks of opioid addiction.

Opioid addiction has exploded to epidemic proportions in North America. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death, with over 40,000 opioid overdose deaths a year in the US). In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids—more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills—and it’s increasing.

Uwe Blesching, author of the best-selling Cannabis Health Index, clearly and thoroughly lays out the overwhelming benefits of using cannabis—not only to reduce human dependence on opioids—but also to manage the craving and withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction, and especially to address the pain that leads to drug use and addiction in the first place. Citing statistics showing that states allowing legal access to cannabis have seen a 25% drop in opioid-related deaths, Blesching explains how precision applications of cannabis can alleviate the mental and emotional aspects of pain by modulating numerous neurotransmitters and their emotional counterparts. He presents a convincing case for the powerful benefits of cannabis in reducing the risks of addiction and overdose, for cutting monetary costs, and for restoring a sense of balance and control to those who struggle with pain.

“Bringing keen insights into cannabinoid integrative health, Uwe Blesching turns attention to opioid substitution and pain management, introduces a very helpful three-pronged scheme to divide up cannabis by chemotypes, and helps the reader to sort out why to opt for one cannabis chemotype over another. This is a helpful guide for patients and their advocates as well as clinicians.” —Sunil Kumar Aggarwal, MD

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Nurturing Resilience

Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma--An Integrative Somatic Approach
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172039
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Here’s an introduction and practical, integrated approach for therapists working with people (both adults and children) who have been impacted by developmental trauma and attachment difficulties.

Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell draw on fifty years of their combined clinical and teaching experience to provide this clear road map for understanding the complexities of early trauma and its related symptoms. Experts in the physiology of trauma, the authors present an introduction to their innovative somatic approach that has evolved to help thousands improve their lives. Synthesizing across disciplines—Attachment, Polyvagal, Neuroscience, Child Development Theory, Trauma, and Somatics—this book provides a new lens through which to understand safety and regulation. It includes the survey used in the groundbreaking ACE Study, which discovered a clear connection between early childhood trauma and chronic health problems. For therapists working with both adults and children and anyone dealing with symptoms that typically arise from early childhood trauma—anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, metabolic disorders, migraine, sleep problems, and more—this book offers fresh hope.

Kathy Kain has been practicing and teaching bodywork and trauma recovery for thirty-seven years. A senior trainer in Somatic Experiencing, she teaches therapists about the physiology of traumatic stress through her popular program "Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists" and is principal author of Ortho-Bionomy: A Practical Manual.

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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
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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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Religion of Tomorrow

A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions - More Inclusive, More Comprehensive, More Complete
$39.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781611805727
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As the world's religions increasingly lose followers, Integral philosopher Ken Wilber asks how humanity can evolve future religions that have discarded their dying forms, while retaining the changeless truths upon which they were founded. Exoteric religions have lost influence primarily because their myths are simply untenable to many people today.

The only hope lies in the “inner teachings” of the great traditions, the goal of which is an Awakening to the Ultimate Reality that is every being's True Nature. But for these traditions to attract and inspire modern men and women, they must incorporate the extraordinary number of scientific truths learned about human nature in just the past 100 years—about the mind and brain, emotions, and the growth of consciousness—that the ancients were simply unaware of and thus unable to include in their meditative systems.

Using Buddhism as an example, Wilber demonstrates how his comprehensive Integral Approach—which is already being applied to several world religions—can avert a “cultural disaster of unparalleled proportions”—the utter neglect of the glorious upper reaches of human potential by the materialistic postmodern worldview.

This is humanity’s one and only discovery of something that, once experienced, individuals almost unanimously claim to be an ultimate Reality, an Absolute Truth, the most real and most certain experience that they have ever had. This is the precious jewel that we must not let perish… This is the Truth that we must not let die.

In his final “Conclusion: The Evolution of Nonduality,” he writes:

Take your seat as ever-present I AMness (opening onto Suchness), this present utterly obvious feeling of being you, and ride it into the future, bringing your own specific, unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and talents with you, therein to work on transmuting this earth into a radiant heaven of outrageous love and foolishly offered-everywhere kindness. Rest in both the timeless Being of your ever-present Self and the raging urgency of evolution’s unfolding Eros as it races through the world of Becoming, recognizing that your Being and Becoming, your Emptiness and Form, your Eternal Thusness and your temporal Eros, is Spirit’s own way of continuing to realize more and more of its own true Self and real Condition in and through the only vehicle it could ever use to do so: You.

Wilber’s most sweeping work since Sex, Ecology, Spirituality is an impassioned call for wholeness, inclusiveness, and unity in the religions of tomorrow.

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Training in Tenderness

Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Openness of Heart That Can Change the World
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781611805581
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Here’s a little guide to cultivating tsewa: the loving warmth of heart from which the awakened mind arises—from the popular Buddhist teacher and author of The Intelligent Heart.

The Tibetan term tsewa is difficult to define, but it can be translated, according to Dzigar Kongtrul, as “an open heart, a tender heart, or a warm energy that we express and receive in relation to others, especially those closest to us.” This is his compact guide to developing this wonderful quality in yourself—it’s a quality that leads not only to a transformation in our attitude toward ourselves and those around us, but that we can actually use to heal the world.

According to Buddhist teaching, tsewa is, along with the perception of nonduality, one of the two elements of the heart-mind of enlightenment known as bodhicitta. Learning tsewa can be challenging, Rinpoche teaches, but if we want to be truly happy, there’s no alternative, for tsewa is the purest and deepest form of happiness. The other kinds of happiness that we seek are more superficial. They don't mean much if we lack the joy of an open heart. The good news is that we all have the capacity for it, and it's a habit that can be cultivated.

“Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche is one of the most highly qualified people I know… I am hopeful that Rinpoche’s new book will help many of us get to know and make the best of our own warmth of heart. May Training in Tenderness help to heal the anxiety and polarization of our world!” —Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart

“Let this gem of a book be your faithful guide and companion in opening your heart to others. It unlocks the door to that most precious human quality of all: unconditional tenderness for all beings.”
—Matthieu Ricard, author of Altruism and Happiness

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Enlightenment Town

Finding Spiritual Awakening in a Most Improbable Place
$20.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781608685745
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Why has a tiny old mining town straight out of Gunsmoke or Deadwood—Crestone, Colorado— become home to twenty-five spiritual centers representing nearly all the brand-name faiths of the world? And what does this improbable fact mean? What is going on in this town?

“It’s a deliberate act to come here. It’s not like you land here on your way to somewhere else… Crestone’s one renewable resource is disillusioned visionaries.” —Kizzen Laki, mayor of Crestone

With the keen eye of a storyteller, the insights of a scholar, and the heart of a seeker, Jeffrey Paine spins a truly unique adventure. He explores Crestone’s wintry, oxygen-thin mountain geography (it’s halfway between Santa Fe and Denver, elevation 8,000 feet at the western foot of the Sangre de Cristo Range); introduces a cast of lovably eccentric characters; and illuminates, through the multiple side-by-side religions, what underlies all faiths.

Where to even begin with the motley collection of codgers, Carmelites, monks turned contractors, hitchhiking Hindus, and a rascally Rinpoche who inhabit this “Shambhala of the Rockies.”

Paine deftly weaves together his daily interactions—witty, poignant, perplexing, thought-provoking, and heart-opening—to offer some compelling insights into the nature of contemporary spirituality. In a world marked by fanaticism and fundamentalism, Paine finds in Crestone a remarkable dedication to coexistence, an intolerance for intolerance. Crestone’s amazing spiritual diversity highlights fundamental commonalities in a way that will strike and even inspire believers, agnostics, and searchers of every stripe.

This is a book written to be useful to (and entertain) the open-minded of any faith. As well as to the one in five North Americans who say they are spiritual but not religious, who want examples and companionship for going further. For here abstract ideals descend to earth, where they are shown embodied in quirky individuals and amid the raucousness of the common day…

 

This book cannot pretend to mitigate today’s dark turns of events, but its dramatis personae hint at, or more than hint at, how to respond and to live well when circumstances turn adverse. The consolation that, beyond the dictatorship of greed and environmental pillage and alarms of war, there is something else, something better, is a kind of good news, perhaps now more than ever.

Jeffrey Paine is also coauthor of Huston Smith’s memoir Tales of Wonder.

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How to Change Your Mind

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
$37.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781594204227
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A brilliant and brave investigation by Michael Pollan, author of five New York Times best sellers, into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs—and the story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences, too.

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began his adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.

Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.

A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's “mental travelogue” is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

“After 50 years underground, psychedelics are back. We are incredibly fortunate to have Michael Pollan be our travel guide for their renaissance. With humility, humor, and deep humanity, he takes us through the history, the characters, and the science of these “mind manifesting” compounds. Along the way, he navigates the mysteries of consciousness, spirituality, and the mind. What he has done previously for gardeners and omnivores, Pollan does brilliantly here for all of us who wonder what it means to be fully human, or even what it means to be.
—Thomas Insel, MD, former director of National Institute of Mental Health

“At the center of Pollan’s story is the greatest conundrum of all–– why should substances that have been so beneficial to so many people, be the focus of crazy criminal penalties? Why, indeed.”
—Errol Morris

“Michael Pollan assembles a great deal of information here on the history, science, and effects of psychedelics. I found his frank recounting of his recent experiences with LSD, psilocybin, and toad venom most revealing. They appear to have softened his materialistic views and opened him to the possibilities of higher consciousness. He did, indeed, change his mind.”
—Andrew Weil, author of The Natural Mind

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Then Come Back

The Lost Neruda Poems
$24.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication Date: May, 2018
ISBN: 9781556595325
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Pablo Neruda’s lost poems—recently discovered in his archive to the delight of readers and scholars—comprise this remarkable and essential volume. Originally composed on napkins, playbills, receipts, and notebooks, Neruda’s lost poems are full of eros and heartache, complex wordplay and deep wonder.

Presented with the Spanish text, full-color reproductions of handwritten poems, and dynamic English translations, Then Come Back simultaneously completes and advances the oeuvre of the world’s most beloved poet.

Crossing the sky I near

the red ray of your hair.

Of earth and wheat I am and as I close-in

your fire kindles itself

inside me and the rocks

and flour ignite.

That's why my heart

expands and rises

into bread for your mouth to devour,

and my blood is wine poured for you.

You and I are the land with its fruit.

Bread, fire, blood and wine

make up the earthly love that sears us.

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

 “The earliest poem in the collection dates to 1956, and several are love poems, a form Neruda was famous for.” —The New York Times