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Body, Mind, & Spirit

ALMOST EVERYTHING

ALMOST EVERYTHING

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From Anne Lamott, the New York Times-bestselling author of Dusk, Night, Dawn and Help, Thanks, Wow, comes the book we need from her now: How to bring hope back into our lives

I am stockpiling antibiotics for the Apocalypse, even as I await the blossoming of paperwhites on the windowsill in the kitchen, Anne Lamott admits at the beginning of Almost Everything. Despair and uncertainty surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest--when we are, as she puts it, doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated--the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. All truth is paradox, Lamott writes, and this turns out to be a reason for hope. If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change. That is the time when we must pledge not to give up but to do what Wendell Berry wrote: 'Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.'

In this profound and funny book, Lamott calls for each of us to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life's essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight as it shines an encouraging light forward.

Candid and caring, insightful and sometimes hilarious, Almost Everything is the book we need and that only Anne Lamott can write.

ART OF STILLNESS

ART OF STILLNESS

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A follow up to Pico Iyer's essay "The Joy of Quiet," The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug.

Why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room might be the ultimate adventure? Because in our madly accelerating world, our lives are crowded, chaotic and noisy. There's never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still.

In The Art of Stillness--a TED Books release--Iyer investigate the lives of people who have made a life seeking stillness: from Matthieu Ricard, a Frenchman with a PhD in molecular biology who left a promising scientific career to become a Tibetan monk, to revered singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who traded the pleasures of the senses for several years of living the near-silent life of meditation as a Zen monk. Iyer also draws on his own experiences as a travel writer to explore why advances in technology are making us more likely to retreat. He reflects that this is perhaps the reason why many people--even those with no religious commitment--seem to be turning to yoga, or meditation, or seeking silent retreats. These aren't New Age fads so much as ways to rediscover the wisdom of an earlier age. Growing trends like observing an "Internet Sabbath"--turning off online connections from Friday night to Monday morning--highlight how increasingly desperate many of us are to unplug and bring stillness into our lives.

The Art of Stillness paints a picture of why so many--from Marcel Proust to Mahatma Gandhi to Emily Dickinson--have found richness in stillness. Ultimately, Iyer shows that, in this age of constant movement and connectedness, perhaps staying in one place is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before.

In 2013, Pico Iyer gave a blockbuster TED Talk. This lyrical and inspiring book expands on a new idea, offering a way forward for all those feeling affected by the frenetic pace of our modern world.

ASTROLOGY FOR THE SOUL

ASTROLOGY FOR THE SOUL

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For the first time ever, a famous spiritual astrologer shares the secrets, previously known only to professionals, that hold the key to your future.
Astrologer Jan Spiller shows you the key to discovering your hidden talents, your deepest desires, and the ways you can avoid negative influences that may distract you from achieving your true life purpose, as revealed in your chart by the position of the North Node of the Moon. With insight and depth impossible to gain from the commonly known sun-sign profiles, the enlightening self-portrait offered by the Nodes of the Moon can explain the life lessons you came here to learn and how to achieve the fulfillment and peace you desire. Jan Spiller shows you how to locate the all-important North Node of the Moon in your astrological chart and provides a detailed interpretation of its influence and exclusive exercises to help you learn about:
The SPECIAL TALENT that is waiting for you, a unique gift that could easily be turned into professional success
The SELF-DEFEATING TENDENCIES in your personality that can hold you back and sabotage relationships
The LOVE PARTNER who can be your soul mate--and the partner whose hold over you can lead to heartbreak
The TRAP or temptation from a past life that can lead to disaster if you are not forewarned
The HEALING AFFIRMATIONS designed to help you release your positive energy and strengthen the qualities that can bring you true happiness
Jan Spiller is nationally recognized as a leader in the astrology field. She is a faculty member of the American Federation of Astrologers and co-author of "Spiritual Astrology."

"Jan Spiller is a brilliant, accurate, remarkableastrologer....This is must reading for anyone on the spiritual path to fulfilling their soul's destiny."
--Harold Bloomfield, M.D., "New York Times" bestselling author of "How to Survive the Loss of a Love and How to Heal Depression"
"I am grateful to Ms. Spiller for presenting us with such a lucid, spiritually focused, accessible, and thought-provoking book. . . .[It] will illuminate minds, enrich relationships, enlighten souls, and change lives."
--Ronnie Grishman, Editor-in-Chief, "Dell Horoscope Magazine"
"A fine contribution to modern astrological literature. . .Jan Spiller takes the nodal axis and points it directly at our hearts, opening and expanding our creative possibilities in the process!"
--Alan Oken, author of "Alan Oken's Complete Astrology"
"Jan Spiller has made it possible for the general public to go beyond sun signs. . .and for the spiritual seeker to find growth and self-awareness in practical yet uplifting terms."
--Donna Cunningham, author of "Moon Signs" and "The Moon in Your Life"
"Illuminating...You'll find yourself in these pages: your personality, your relationships, your fears and hopes, what you really want and how you keep yourself from getting it!"
--Gloria Star, professional astrologer and editor of "Astrology for Women: Roles and Relationships"

Astrology. the Library of Esoterica

Astrology. the Library of Esoterica

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From the beginning of human history, individuals across cultures and belief systems have looked to the sky for meaning. The movement of celestial bodies and their relation to our human lives has been the central tenant of astrology for thousands of years. The practice has both inspired reverence and worship, and deepened our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

While modern-day horoscopes may be the most familiar form of astrological knowledge, their lineage reaches back to ancient Mesopotamia. As author Andrea Richards recounts in Astrology, the second volume in TASCHEN's Library of Esoterica series, astronomy and astrology were once sister sciences: the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid at Giza was built to align with constellations, Persian scholars oversaw some of the first observatories, and even Galileo cast horoscopes for the Medicis. But with the Enlightenment and the birth of exact science, the practice moved to places where mystery was still permitted, inspiring literature, art, and psychology, and influenced artists and thinkers such as Goethe, Byron, and Blake. Later movements like the Theosophists and the New Agers, would thrust the practice into the mainstream.

Edited by Jessica Hundley, this vibrant visual history of Western astrology is the first ever compendium of its kind, exploring the symbolic meaning behind more than 400 images, from Egyptian temples and illuminated manuscripts to contemporary art from across the globe. Works by artists from Alphonese Mucha and Hilma af Klint to Arpita Singh and Manzel Bowman are sequenced to mirror the spin of the planets and the wheel of the zodiac. With a foreword by legendary astrologer Susan Miller and wisdom from new interviews with astrologers like Robert Hand, Jessica Lanyadoo, and Mecca Woods, Astrology celebrates the stars and their mysterious influence on our everyday lives.

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The Library of Esoterica explores how centuries of artists have given form to mysticism, translating the arcane and the obscure into enduring, visionary works of art. Each subject is showcased through both modern and archival imagery culled from private collectors, libraries, and museums around the globe. The result forms an inclusive visual history, a study of our primal pull to dream and nightmare, and the creative ways we strive to connect to the divine.

AYURVEDA BEGINNERS GD

AYURVEDA BEGINNERS GD

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"Susan's approach to Ayurveda is simplicity itself. In Ayurveda Beginners Guide she has described the complex network of Ayurvedic information in a very practical, straightforward way so that every person can understand the healing modality of Ayurveda."-Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, Ayurvedic Physician Founder of the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, advisor for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and author of numerous books including Ayurveda: Science of Self-Healing and The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies

Ayurveda is a profound science with wisdom spanning so wide that it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. As an Ayurvedic consultant, Susan Weis-Bohlen helps those who are new to Ayurveda address this exact issue. In Ayurveda Beginners Guide Susan explains of the holistic principles behind Ayurveda, and offers gentle guidance for incorporating its restorative practices in your everyday life.

Designed with the newcomer in mind, Ayurveda Beginner's Guide presents:

  • A concise overview of Ayurveda that covers its historical roots, concepts, and various healing methods
  • A 3-week Ayurveda plan for beginners to introduce Ayurvedic concepts into one's lifestyle gently and practically
  • A wide range of Ayurveda techniques such as recipes, yoga, aromatherapy, meditation, seasonal cleanses, and more
  • A simple dosha quiz and in-depth descriptions of each dosha
  • Ayurveda Beginner's Guide will show you how to unlock the transformative powers of Ayurveda and move forward in your journey towards a healthier state of mind, body, and spirit.

    BE HERE NOW

    BE HERE NOW

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    Beloved guru Ram Dass tells the story of his spiritual awakening and gives you the tools to take control of your life in this "counterculture bible" (The New York Times) featuring powerful guidance on yoga, meditation, and finding your true self.

    When Be Here Now was first published in 1971, it filled a deep spiritual emptiness, launched the ongoing mindfulness revolution, and established Ram Dass as perhaps the preeminent seeker of the twentieth century.

    Just ten years earlier, he was known as Professor Richard Alpert. He held appointments in four departments at Harvard University. He published books, drove a Mercedes and regularly vacationed in the Caribbean. By most societal standards, he had achieved great success. . . . And yet he couldn't escape the feeling that something was missing.

    Psilocybin and LSD changed that. During a period of experimentation, Alpert peeled away each layer of his identity, disassociating from himself as a professor, a social cosmopolite, and lastly, as a physical being. Fear turned into exaltation upon the realization that at his truest, he was just his inner-self: a luminous being that he could trust indefinitely and love infinitely.

    And thus, a spiritual journey commenced. Alpert headed to India where his guru renamed him Baba Ram Dass--"servant of God." He was introduced to mindful breathing exercises, hatha yoga, and Eastern philosophy. If he found himself reminiscing or planning, he was reminded to "Be Here Now." He started upon the path of enlightenment, and has been journeying along it ever since.

    Be Here Now is a vehicle for sharing the true message, and a guide to self-determination.

    BK OF CEREMONY

    BK OF CEREMONY

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    We perform ceremonies to mark important events and celebrate holidays--yet our modern approach to ceremony only scratches the surface of its true potential. With The Book of Ceremony, shamanic teacher Sandra Ingerman presents a rich and practical resource for creating ceremonies filled with joy, purpose, and magic. We are hungry to connect with more than what we experience with our ordinary senses in the material world, writes Sandra. By performing ceremonies, you will find yourself stepping into a beautiful and creative power you might never have imagined.

    Weaving shamanic teachings together with stories, examples, and guiding insights, The Book of Ceremony explores:

    - The elements of a powerful ceremony--including setting strong intentions, choosing your space, preparing ceremonial items, and dealing gracefully with the unexpected
    - Stepping into the sacred--key practices for leaving behind your everyday concerns and creating a space where magic can happen
    - Guidance for working alone, in community, and across distances with virtual ceremonies
    - Invoking spiritual allies--the power of working with the elements, the natural world, ancestor spirits, and the creative energy of the divine
    - Sacred transitions--including ceremonies for weddings, births, rites of passage to adulthood, funerals, honorable closure, and new beginnings
    - Ceremonies for energetic balance--healing and blessing, resolving sacred contracts, getting rid of limiting beliefs, creating Prayer Trees, and more
    - Life as a ceremony--how to infuse your entire life with ceremonial practice, from planting a garden to revitalizing your home or office to helping heal our planet

    The Book of Ceremony is more than a how-to guide--it will inspire you to create original ceremonies tailored to your own needs and the needs of your community. When you invoke the sacred power of ceremony, you tap into one of the oldest and most effective tools for transforming both yourself and the world. As Sandra writes, If you perform one powerful and successful ceremony for yourself, the principle of oneness ensures that all of life heals and evolves.

    CHAKRA HEALING

    CHAKRA HEALING

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    The complete guide to balancing your chakras and healing your mind, body, and spirit

    Within all living beings are seven powerful centers of energy called chakras. Every chakra holds the potential for immense healing and restoration, and Chakra Healing can show you how to harness that power with a wide range of simple, beginner-friendly exercises that anyone can do.

    This book will put you on the path to healing pain, allergies, indigestion, headaches, fatigue, and even emotional turbulence like loneliness. With practical instruction and guidance, you'll learn how to identify what's ailing you and which chakra is causing it.

    Chakra Healing features:

  • A variety of techniques―Connect with your chakras using everything from meditation to crystals, essential oils, yoga, focused breathing, and even diet.
  • Helpful illustrations―Detailed photos and drawings make the tools and exercises even easier to understand.
  • Beginner-friendly approach―Find accessible, bite-size advice that requires no previous knowledge.
  • Discover the power of balancing your chakras to help you heal and feel your best.

    COMING BACK TO LIFE REV/E

    COMING BACK TO LIFE REV/E

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    Personal empowerment in the face of planetary despair

    Authors Joanna Macy and Molly Brown address the anguish experienced by those who would confront the harsh realities of our time. In this fully updated edition of Coming Back to Life , they show how grief, anger, and fear are healthy responses to threats to life, and when honored can free us from paralysis or panic, through the revolutionary practice of the Work that Reconnects. New chapters address working within the corporate world, and engaging communities of color as well as youth in the Work.

    The Work that Reconnects has spread around the world, inspiring hundreds of thousands to work toward a life-sustaining human culture. Coming Back to Life introduces the Work's theoretical foundations, illuminating the angst of our era with extraordinary insight. Pointing the way forward out of apathy, it offers personal counsel as well as easy-to-use methods for group work that profoundly affect peoples' outlook and ability to act in the world.

    Joanna Macy is a scholar, eco-philosopher, teacher, activist, and author of twelve previous books including Coming Back to Life .

    Molly Young Brow n is a teacher, trainer, counselor, and author of four previous books on psychology and Earth-based spirituality.

    Complete Guide to Astrology: Understanding Yourself, Your Signs, and Your Birth Chart

    Complete Guide to Astrology: Understanding Yourself, Your Signs, and Your Birth Chart

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    An essential guide to astrology for both beginner and advanced practitioners

    Astrology has been used for thousands of years to help predict events, understand the meaning of life, and communicate more effectively with other people. Whether you're new to the field or have long been looking to astrology for answers, The Complete Guide to Astrology will help you unlock the wisdom of the stars.

    Start with the basic elements of astrology like the signs, modalities, and houses. Then, learn how to structure, interpret, and take a closer look at your birth chart. From there, detailed charts give you further insight into how to live up to your highest potential at work and in relationships.

    This astrology book includes:

  • Intro to astrology―Learn the foundations of astrology, including its historical origins and its context in modern society.
  • More than sun signs―Explore more complex astrological associations, including nodes, moon signs, the influences of planets, and more.
  • Inclusive approach―Discover a non-binary approach to astrological concepts that helps make the wisdom of the cosmos accessible to everyone.
  • Better understand how your stars align with The Complete Guide to Astrology.