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Bearing the Unbearable

Joanne Cacciatore

2017    248 pages    (Simon and Schuster)

ISBN 13: 9781614292968    ISBN 10: 1614292965

If you love, you will grieve—and nothing is more mysteriously central to becoming fully human. When a loved one dies, the pain of loss can feel unbearable—especially in the case of a traumatizing death that leaves us shouting, “NO!” with every fiber of our body. The process of grieving can feel wild and nonlinear—and often lasts for much longer than other people, the nonbereaved, tell us it should. Organized into fifty-two short chapters, Bearing the Unbearable is a companion for life [...]

If you love, you will grieve—and nothing is more mysteriously central to becoming fully human. When a loved one dies, the pain of loss can feel unbearable—especially in the case of a traumatizing death that leaves us shouting, “NO!” with every fiber of our body. The process of grieving can feel wild and nonlinear—and often lasts for much longer than other people, the nonbereaved, tell us it should. Organized into fifty-two short chapters, Bearing the Unbearable is a companion for life’s most difficult times, revealing how grief can open our hearts to connection, compassion, and the very essence of our shared humanity. Dr. Joanne Cacciatore—bereavement educator, researcher, Zen priest, and leading counselor in the field—accompanies us along the heartbreaking path of love, loss, and grief. Through moving stories of her encounters with grief over decades of supporting individuals, families, and communities—as well as her own experience with loss—Cacciatore opens a space to process, integrate, and deeply honor our grief. Not just for the bereaved, Bearing the Unbearable will be required reading for grief counselors, therapists and social workers, clergy of all varieties, educators, academics, and medical professionals. Organized into fifty-two accessible and stand-alone chapters, this book is also perfect for being read aloud in support groups. [less]

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Best Way to Say Goodbye: A Legal Peaceful Choice At the End of Life, The

Stanley A. Terman

2007    489 pages    (Life Transitions Publications)

ISBN 13: 9781933418032    ISBN 10: 1933418036

What are our two greatest end-of-life fears? To endure unnecessary prolonged pain and suffering, and merely to exist in a state of total indignity and dependency such as in Alzheimer's dementia. Uninformed, some people add layers of tragedy to their destiny. Some choose to die prematurely; others, violently; a few risk imprisonment by mercy killing. Often their lament is, If only Physician-Assisted Suicide were legal. Yet there is an alternative that is already legal: Voluntary Refusal of [...]

What are our two greatest end-of-life fears? To endure unnecessary prolonged pain and suffering, and merely to exist in a state of total indignity and dependency such as in Alzheimer's dementia. Uninformed, some people add layers of tragedy to their destiny. Some choose to die prematurely; others, violently; a few risk imprisonment by mercy killing. Often their lament is, If only Physician-Assisted Suicide were legal. Yet there is an alternative that is already legal: Voluntary Refusal of Food & Fluid. While sometimes intentionally maligned as barbaric starvation, ceasing all Food & Fluid is a truly peaceful way to hasten dying by dehydration. While taking an average of 14 days, it allows for the exchange of healing goodbyes with loved ones who can forever be sure it was these patients' intent since they could have changed their mind. What makes the process peaceful? Knowing how to control thirst. (The author went on two fasts himself to learn what works.) In addition, good discussions with family members before beginning. Consistent with the principles of some religions, this method is available even for patients who are physically too sick to put a lethal dose of medication in their mouths and swallow. By creating strategically effective documents for a trusted agent or proxy to withhold Food & Fluid on the patient's behalf, this way to Permit Natural Dying can actually extend the quality of life of those with early dementia. They can enjoy living until they reach a point they have previously described in behavioral terms (perhaps with help from using one of the book's forms). Beyond serving as an authoritative source of information to strive for an ironclad strategy for dementia, the book endorses life's most ironic fact: When people know they can control when they die--they can, and often do--choose to live longer. Poignant memoirs illustrate its practical guidelines and useful forms; for example, why Proxy Directives are more effective than Living Wills, and how to make Living Wills work better if they are the only available choice. The book-within-a-book format of this book is as unique as its content is comprehensive. Over 300 citations, an index, a glossary, and further resources... yet its core reading is user-friendly for all. The subject matter is lightened by 22 cartoons and humorous stories; deepened by provocative discussions of the secular meaning of Sanctity of Life ; and broadened by considering the emotional, practical, clinical, legal, moral, ethical, religious, spiritual, and political aspects of a subject that will affect absolutely everyone. [less]

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Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, The

Bessel van der Kolk MD

2015    464 pages    (Penguin Books)

ISBN 13: 9780143127741    ISBN 10: 0143127748

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he [...]

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives. [less]

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Boundless Healing

Tulku Thondup, Daniel Goleman

2000    224 pages    (Shambhala Publications, Incorporated)

ISBN 13: 9781570625749    ISBN 10: 1570625743

These meditation techniques are based on ordinary capacities of imagination and memory and innate qualities of the mind such as the enjoyment of beauty. The author presents ways to apply the four healing powers and specific Buddhist meditations.

These meditation techniques are based on ordinary capacities of imagination and memory and innate qualities of the mind such as the enjoyment of beauty. The author presents ways to apply the four healing powers and specific Buddhist meditations. [less]

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Buddha Mom

Jacqueline Kramer

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Buddhist Practice on Western Grounds

Harvey Aronson

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Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery, A

Kevin Griffin

2010    240 pages    (Hay House)

ISBN 13: 9781401923211    ISBN 10: 1401923216

A Burning Desire is a gift for those who struggle with the Twelve Step program’s focus on the need to surrender to a Higher Power. Taking a radical departure from traditional views of God, Western or Eastern, author Kevin Griffin neither accepts Christian beliefs in a Supreme Being nor Buddhist non-theism, but rather forges a refreshing, sensible, and accessible Middle Way. Griffin shows how the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, can be understood as a Higher Power. Karma, mindfulness, [...]

A Burning Desire is a gift for those who struggle with the Twelve Step program’s focus on the need to surrender to a Higher Power. Taking a radical departure from traditional views of God, Western or Eastern, author Kevin Griffin neither accepts Christian beliefs in a Supreme Being nor Buddhist non-theism, but rather forges a refreshing, sensible, and accessible Middle Way. Griffin shows how the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, can be understood as a Higher Power. Karma, mindfulness, impermanence, and the Eightfold Path itself are revealed as powerful forces that can be accessed through meditation and inquiry. Drawing from his own experiences with substance abuse, rehabilitation, and recovery, Griffin looks at the various ways that meditation and spiritual practices helped deepen his experience of sobriety. His personal story of addiction is not only raw, honest and engrossing, but guides readers to an inquiry of their own spirituality. In doing so, he poses profound questions, including: ·         How can I understand God from a Buddhist perspective? ·         How can I “turn my will and my life over” as a Buddhist? ·         How can this idea of God “remove my shortcomings”? ·         How do I learn this God’s “will”? [less]

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Clear Mirror of Tibetan Medicinal Plants Volume 2

Doctor Dawa

2009    317 pages   

ISBN 13: 9788186419618    ISBN 10: 8186419616

This is perhaps the first comprehensive Tibetan medicinal plants painting in English language. It is the translation of the author's original work in Tibetan language. The book contains detail descriptions of the physical structures, colours, tastes, efficacies and habitats of different Tibetan medicinal herbs. Traditional Tibetan medical system, one of the Five Major Studies of Tibet, is an old culture with a long history. Even today, this medical system benefits a large number of human beings [...]

This is perhaps the first comprehensive Tibetan medicinal plants painting in English language. It is the translation of the author's original work in Tibetan language. The book contains detail descriptions of the physical structures, colours, tastes, efficacies and habitats of different Tibetan medicinal herbs. Traditional Tibetan medical system, one of the Five Major Studies of Tibet, is an old culture with a long history. Even today, this medical system benefits a large number of human beings. Most of the ingredients used in the Tibetan pharmacopaoeia are natural herbs. The knowledge of identifying and using these herbs is therefore very important in Tibetan medical system.The book titled 'A Clear Mirror of Tibetan Medical Paintings' Vol I by Dr. Dawa, is a product of four years of hard work and research which has been published in Tibetan language, containing 392 pages including very attractive and vivid colored paintings of 151 commonly used Tibetan Medicinal Plants along with a detailed and complete description including tastes, properties and their collecting methods. This book is of immense value to explore the rich cultural heritage of Tibetan medicine. Presently, the author is working on the second volume of this series. [less]

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Dynamic Yoga: The Ultimate Workout that Chills Your Mind as it Charges Your Body

Godfrey Devereux

1999    256 pages    (Thorsons)

ISBN 13: 9780722536575    ISBN 10: 0722536577

Dynamic Yoga is an unbeatable form of exercise combining fitness training with stress release in a single dynamic workout. The flowing sequences are carried out in conjunction with dynamic breathing creating a deep heat in the body which enables you to build up strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration and alertness. You are then left in a state of vibrant relaxation.

Dynamic Yoga is an unbeatable form of exercise combining fitness training with stress release in a single dynamic workout. The flowing sequences are carried out in conjunction with dynamic breathing creating a deep heat in the body which enables you to build up strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration and alertness. You are then left in a state of vibrant relaxation. [less]

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Essence of T'ai Chi, The

Waysun Liao (Illustrator)

1995    174 pages    (Shambhala Publications, Incorporated)

ISBN 13: 9781570620393    ISBN 10: 1570620393

The deepest benefits of T'ai Chi cannot be realized without an understanding of its underlying principles. This book presents these principles through translations of three core classics of T'ai Chi that are often considered the "T'ai Chi Bible," accompanied by the author's insightful commentary. Master Liao demonstrates how to increase the body's inner energy (ch'i) and transform it into power, health, and well-being.

The deepest benefits of T'ai Chi cannot be realized without an understanding of its underlying principles. This book presents these principles through translations of three core classics of T'ai Chi that are often considered the "T'ai Chi Bible," accompanied by the author's insightful commentary. Master Liao demonstrates how to increase the body's inner energy (ch'i) and transform it into power, health, and well-being. [less]

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Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs (Peterson Field Guides), A

Christopher Hobbs, Steven Foster

2002    464 pages    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

ISBN 13: 9780395838068    ISBN 10: 0395838061

The most complete work on the medicinal plants of western North America, this guide offers the best information in the world on the nearly 500 species covered, much of it available for the first time. More than 530 color photographs illustrate the plants. An index to medical topics helps locate information on specific ailments. Symbols next to the plant descriptions provide quick visual warnings for poisonous and allergenic plants. Organized by flower color for fast identification, this guide is [...]

The most complete work on the medicinal plants of western North America, this guide offers the best information in the world on the nearly 500 species covered, much of it available for the first time. More than 530 color photographs illustrate the plants. An index to medical topics helps locate information on specific ailments. Symbols next to the plant descriptions provide quick visual warnings for poisonous and allergenic plants. Organized by flower color for fast identification, this guide is an essential aid to appreciating native plants and the wild areas they inhabit. [less]

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Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

Jon Kabat-Zinn

1990    512 pages    (Delta)

ISBN 13: 9780385303125    ISBN 10: 0385303122

Stress. It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us: sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this groundbreaking book shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit. By using the practices described within, you can learn to manage chronic pain resulting from illness [...]

Stress. It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us: sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this groundbreaking book shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit. By using the practices described within, you can learn to manage chronic pain resulting from illness and/or stress related disorders…discover the roles that anger and tension play in heart disease… reduce anxiety and feelings of panic…improve overall quality of life and relationships through mindfulness meditation and mindful yoga. More timely than ever before, Full Catastrophe Living is a book for the young and the old, the well, the ill, and anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in today’s world. [less]

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Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Anne Lamott

2012    112 pages    (Riverhead Hardcover)

ISBN 13: 9781594631290    ISBN 10: 1594631298

New York Times-bestselling author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life. Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals. It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a [...]

New York Times-bestselling author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life. Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals. It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas. Insightful and honest as only Anne Lamott can be, Help, Thanks, Wow is the everyday faith book that new Lamott readers will love and longtime Lamott fans will treasure. [less]

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Herb Book: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to More Than 500 Herbs, The

John B. Lust

700 pages    (Beneficial Books)

ISBN 13: 9780879040550    ISBN 10: 0879040556

The complete and authoritative guide to more than 500 herbs. The most complete reference catalog of nature's herbs ever published.

The complete and authoritative guide to more than 500 herbs. The most complete reference catalog of nature's herbs ever published. [less]

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In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

Peter A. Levine

2010    384 pages    (North Atlantic Books)

ISBN 13: 9781556439438    ISBN 10: 1556439431

**Unraveling Trauma in the Body, Brain and Mind—a Revolution in Treatment**In this culmination of his life’s work, Peter A. Levine draws on his broad experience as a clinician, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche. In an Unspoken Voice is based on the idea that trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder, but rather an injury [...]

**Unraveling Trauma in the Body, Brain and Mind—a Revolution in Treatment**In this culmination of his life’s work, Peter A. Levine draws on his broad experience as a clinician, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche. In an Unspoken Voice is based on the idea that trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder, but rather an injury caused by fright, helplessness and loss that can be healed by engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions. Enriched with a coherent theoretical framework and compelling case examples, the book elegantly blends the latest findings in biology, neuroscience and body-oriented psychotherapy to show that when we bring together animal instinct and reason, we can become more whole human beings. [less]

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Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps, The

Mr. Roger C.

2013    72 pages    (AA Agnostica)

ISBN 13: 9780991717408    ISBN 10: 0991717406

"A celebration of the varieties of recovery experience.” From the foreword by William L. White, author, Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America. “There are many versions of the 12-Step program of recovery. In fact, there are about as many versions as there are alcoholics in AA who use the program to get sober and to maintain their sobriety.” Thus begins The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps. Inside: * Twenty alternative versions of the [...]

"A celebration of the varieties of recovery experience.” From the foreword by William L. White, author, Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America. “There are many versions of the 12-Step program of recovery. In fact, there are about as many versions as there are alcoholics in AA who use the program to get sober and to maintain their sobriety.” Thus begins The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps. Inside: * Twenty alternative versions of the 12 Steps reflecting a wide range of philosophical, professional, religious, and cultural perspectives and traditions. * Four interpretations of each of the Steps by well-known authors Stephanie Covington (A Woman’s Way through the Twelve Steps), Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart (Mindfulness and the 12 Steps), Allen Berger (The Therapeutic Value of the 12 Steps) and Gabor Maté (In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts). * Templates so the reader can write her or his own personal alternative 12 Steps as well as record insights into - and interpretations of - each of the Steps. * An essay that accurately and insightfully traces the origins of the AA 12-Step recovery program. The Little Book is a celebration of the many ways people are today adapting and interpreting the original 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in order to achieve a “personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism.” “A beautiful testimony to AA’s living history.” Ernest Kurtz, author, Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous. [less]

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Medicine and Compassion

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Donald Fineberg (Foreword by), Harvey Fineberg (Foreword by), David R. Shlim (As told to)

2001    224 pages    (Wisdom Publications)

ISBN 13: 9780861714780    ISBN 10: 0861714784

Using the teachings of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, practical advice for caregivers is offered on practicing compassion for people who are angry about their medical conditions, people who are dying, and families of those who are critically ill.

Using the teachings of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, practical advice for caregivers is offered on practicing compassion for people who are angry about their medical conditions, people who are dying, and families of those who are critically ill. [less]

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Pain Cure: The Proven Medical Program that Helps End Your Chronic Pain, The

Dharma Singh Khalsa, Cameron Stauth

2000    432 pages    (Grand Central Publishing)

ISBN 13: 9780446675864    ISBN 10: 0446675865

DARE TO BE PAIN-FREE!Are you one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain? Whether your problem is arthritis or back pain, TMJ or PMS, migraine or fibromyalgia, there's a solution that has worked for thousands. This powerful, comprehensive, four-pronged approach embraces proven techniques from sources ancient and modern, East and West. The lifework of a nationally renowned pioneer in integrative medicine, THE PAIN CURE attacks pain with: -- NUTRITION. Other therapies tell you [...]

DARE TO BE PAIN-FREE!Are you one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain? Whether your problem is arthritis or back pain, TMJ or PMS, migraine or fibromyalgia, there's a solution that has worked for thousands. This powerful, comprehensive, four-pronged approach embraces proven techniques from sources ancient and modern, East and West. The lifework of a nationally renowned pioneer in integrative medicine, THE PAIN CURE attacks pain with: -- NUTRITION. Other therapies tell you what nutrients cause pain. THE PAIN CURE tells which ones stop pain.-- PHYSICAL THERAPIES. From exercise to acupuncture, massage to magnetherapy, THE PAIN CURE helps you rebuild your body to stop pain.-- MEDICATION. From herbs to aspirin, homeopathy to hormones, THE PAIN CURE describes the best combinations for eliminating pain.-- MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL PAIN CONTROL. By focusing your own inner resources, THE PAIN CURE gives you stunning control over your pain -- and a new awareness of your true self. [less]

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PDR for Herbal Medicines (Physician's Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines)

Medical Economics

1998    800 pages    (Thomson Healthcare)

ISBN 13: 9781563632921    ISBN 10: 1563632926

Botanical remedies, used successfully for centuries in the Orient and routinely used as natural alternatives for prescription drugs in Europe, are currently gaining wide popularity in the United States.Now the publishers of the most accurate reference for FDA-approved drug information brings you the complete, authoritative reference on the administration, use, and effectiveness of herbal remedies.The PDR "RM" for Herbal Medicines is the most comprehensive prescribing reference of its kind. It is [...]

Botanical remedies, used successfully for centuries in the Orient and routinely used as natural alternatives for prescription drugs in Europe, are currently gaining wide popularity in the United States.Now the publishers of the most accurate reference for FDA-approved drug information brings you the complete, authoritative reference on the administration, use, and effectiveness of herbal remedies.The PDR "RM" for Herbal Medicines is the most comprehensive prescribing reference of its kind. It is based upon the work conducted by the German Federal Health Authority's Commission E, the government organization widely recognized as completing the most authoritative evaluation of herbs in the world. Packed with information from experts in the field, the new PDR "RM" for Herbal Medicines details the prescribing information for over 600 botanicals. Plus, more than 500 herbs are accompanied by fullcolor photographs for instant identification.Conveniently organized in an A-Z format, each comprehensive entry is fully indexed by scientific and common English names, indications, therapeutic categories, and potential side effects. You'll also find...-- A thorough description of the plant and derived compounds-- Summarized pharmacological effects of each plant-- Documented indications and a concise summary of other uses-- Applicable precautions, warnings, and contraindications-- Adverse reactions and overdose data-- Modes of administration and typical dosage-- An exhaustive bibliography [less]

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Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life, The

Piero Ferrucci

2007    304 pages    (Tarcher)

ISBN 13: 9781585425884    ISBN 10: 1585425885

"A book after my own heart!"—His Holiness The Dalai Lama The Power of Kindness is a stirring examination of a simple but profound concept. Piero Ferrucci, one of the world's most respected transpersonal psychologists, explores the many surprising facets of kindness and argues that it is this trait that will not only lead to our own individual happiness and the happiness of those around us, but will guide us in a world that has become cold, anxious, difficult, and [...]

"A book after my own heart!"—His Holiness The Dalai Lama The Power of Kindness is a stirring examination of a simple but profound concept. Piero Ferrucci, one of the world's most respected transpersonal psychologists, explores the many surprising facets of kindness and argues that it is this trait that will not only lead to our own individual happiness and the happiness of those around us, but will guide us in a world that has become cold, anxious, difficult, and frightening. Piero Ferrucci warns against the dangers of "global cooling." As the pace of living grows faster and the impact of new technologies more insistent, communications become hurried and impersonal. The drive for profit overrides the heart. Warmth and genuine presence fade. In eighteen interlocking chapters, Dr. Ferrucci reveals that the kindest people are the most likely to thrive, to enable others to thrive, and to slowly but steadily turn our world away from violence, self-centeredness, and narcissism- and toward love. Writing with a rare combination of sensitivity and intellectual depth, Dr. Ferrucci shows that, ultimately, kindness is not a luxury in our world but rather a necessity for us all.   [less]

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Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

Tara Brach

2004    352 pages    (Bantam)

ISBN 13: 9780553380996    ISBN 10: 0553380990

For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much--just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully. --from Radical AcceptanceRadical Acceptance“ [...]

For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much--just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully. --from Radical AcceptanceRadical Acceptance“Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering,” says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork--all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. Brach’s twenty years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.Writing with great warmth and clarity, Tara Brach brings her teachings alive through personal stories and case histories, fresh interpretations of Buddhist tales, and guided meditations. Step by step, she leads us to trust our innate goodness, showing how we can develop the balance of clear-sightedness and compassion that is the essence of Radical Acceptance. Radical Acceptance does not mean self-indulgence or passivity. Instead it empowers genuine change: healing fear and shame and helping to build loving, authentic relationships. When we stop being at war with ourselves, we are free to live fully every precious moment of our lives.From the Hardcover edition. [less]

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Shambhala Guide to Yoga

Georg Feuerstein

1996    180 pages    (Shambhala)

ISBN 13: 9781570621420    ISBN 10: 157062142X

This overview of the essentials of Yoga—understood not merely as a system of exercises but as a full-fledged spiritual tradition—is meant to both broaden and deepen the understanding of beginning students. It covers all the basic elements of this ancient discipline and philosophy of India and includes newly translated excerpts from the scriptures. Special attention is given to branches of Yoga, such as Tantra, that are of great interest to Western students but frequently [...]

This overview of the essentials of Yoga—understood not merely as a system of exercises but as a full-fledged spiritual tradition—is meant to both broaden and deepen the understanding of beginning students. It covers all the basic elements of this ancient discipline and philosophy of India and includes newly translated excerpts from the scriptures. Special attention is given to branches of Yoga, such as Tantra, that are of great interest to Western students but frequently misunderstood. The topics covered include:    •  The principal branches of Yoga    •  Moral principles    •  Meditation and concentration    •  Control of the breath    •  The physical exercises of Hatha Yoga    •  Diet   •  Mantras: sacred sounds of power    •  The powerful psychospiritual energy known as Kundalini    •  The transmutation of sexual energy    •  The teacher-student relationship    •  Suggestions for further reading and other resources [less]

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Sivananda Companion to Yoga: A Complete Guide to the Physical Postures, Breathing Exercises, Diet, Relaxation, and Meditation Techniques of Yoga, The

Sivanda Yoga Center, Vishnu Devananda

2000    192 pages    (Touchstone)

ISBN 13: 9780684870007    ISBN 10: 0684870002

THE ESSENTIAL COMPANION FOR BEGINNING AND EXPERIENCED YOGIS ALIKE A highly regarded organization for yoga studies and practices, the Sivananda Yoga Center created the first edition of The Sivananda Companion to Yoga in 1983. Since its publication, it has sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide and has become a standard text for both yoga students and teachers. Now with fresh, colorful pages throughout, The Sivananda Companion to Yoga remains the classic guide to yoga. With easy-to-follow [...]

THE ESSENTIAL COMPANION FOR BEGINNING AND EXPERIENCED YOGIS ALIKE A highly regarded organization for yoga studies and practices, the Sivananda Yoga Center created the first edition of The Sivananda Companion to Yoga in 1983. Since its publication, it has sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide and has become a standard text for both yoga students and teachers. Now with fresh, colorful pages throughout, The Sivananda Companion to Yoga remains the classic guide to yoga. With easy-to-follow instructions, inspirational teaching, and detailed illustrations, this authoritative guide covers every aspect of the yoga lifestyle, including relaxation, exercise, dietary guidelines, breathing, and meditation. Whether you're using it in conjunction with a class or on your own, The Sivananda Companion to Yoga can help you * Develop a fit and beautiful body * Boost your energy and vitality at any stage of life * Reduce stress and experience greater peace of mind * Eat nutritiously and responsibly * Increase your powers of concentration and discipline Yoga is a journey toward physical and spiritual wellness. With this beautiful, bestselling guide in hand, you will experience the health, energy, and vibrancy that yoga can bring into your life. [less]

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SMART Recovery 3rd Edition Handbook

2013    94 pages    (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Self Help Network, Inc.)

ISBN 13: 9780615852676    ISBN 10: 061585267X

The SMART (Self Management Addiction Recovery Program) Handbook is written in simple, straight forward language with Tools, exercises, techniques and strategies to help those with drinking and substance-abuse addictive behaviors - including smoking - and behavioral issues, such as compulsive gambling or sexual activity, self-harm, and eating disorders. The Handbook will cover the heart of SMART's 4-Point Program. 1: Building and Maintaining Motivation 2: Coping with Urges 3: Managing Thoughts, [...]

The SMART (Self Management Addiction Recovery Program) Handbook is written in simple, straight forward language with Tools, exercises, techniques and strategies to help those with drinking and substance-abuse addictive behaviors - including smoking - and behavioral issues, such as compulsive gambling or sexual activity, self-harm, and eating disorders.

The Handbook will cover the heart of SMART's 4-Point Program.


1: Building and Maintaining Motivation

2: Coping with Urges

3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors

4: Living a Balanced Life


SMARTS approach:

Teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance.
Provides meetings that are educational, supportive and include open discussions.
Encourages individuals to recover from addiction and alcohol abuse and live satisfying lives.
Teaches techniques for self-directed change.
Supports the scientifically informed use of psychological treatments and legally prescribed psychiatric and addiction medication.
Works on substance abuse, alcohol abuse, addiction and drug abuse as complex maladaptive behaviors with possible physiological factors.
Evolves as scientific knowledge in addiction recovery evolves.
Alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other 12-step programs.



The SMART Recovery Handbook can also be used in conjunction with the SMART community. SMART sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily on-line meetings. In addition, our online message board and 24/7 chat room are excellent forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support. Find the SMART community at: www.smartrecovery.org.



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Stages of Healing

Lozang Jampal

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Synthesis in Healing

Judy Jacka

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Tibetan Art of Healing

Ian Baker, Romio Shrestha

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Tibetan Art of Healing, The

lan A. Baker

1997    192 pages    (Chronicle Books)

ISBN 13: 9780811818711    ISBN 10: 0811818713

Like an illuminated manuscript, this extraordinarily beautiful book is both an exquisite artwork in itself and an object of profound meditation. It is based on a revered collection, long considered lost, of four-hundred-year-old Tibetan thangkas on the art of healing -- astonishing paintings from which we have much to learn in our search for physical and spiritual well-being today. Rendered by Tibet's foremost traditional artist, Romio Shrestha, using the age-old technique of painting with rich [...]

Like an illuminated manuscript, this extraordinarily beautiful book is both an exquisite artwork in itself and an object of profound meditation. It is based on a revered collection, long considered lost, of four-hundred-year-old Tibetan thangkas on the art of healing -- astonishing paintings from which we have much to learn in our search for physical and spiritual well-being today. Rendered by Tibet's foremost traditional artist, Romio Shrestha, using the age-old technique of painting with rich minerals such as gold, lapis, and garnet, these are works of breathtaking complexity and brilliance. Down to the finest hair on a tiny figure's beard, they reward the minutest contemplation. More than this, this important book is a practical healing guide. Tibetan scholar Ian Baker guides us through the paintings, unfolding their invaluable insights to the remedy and prevention of a myriad of illnesses -- including such "contemporary" ailments as stress, allergies, and heart disease -- and to the link between mind and body in the search for human wholeness. The Tibetan Art of Healing is an unprecedented journey into healing and transformation, a volume as timely and revolutionary as it is sumptuous and exuberant. [less]

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Touch of Healing: Energizing the Body, Mind, and Spirit With Jin Shin Jyutsu, The

Alice Burmeister

1997    208 pages    (Bantam)

ISBN 13: 9780553377842    ISBN 10: 0553377841

The Touch of Healing offers readers the means to greater health, vitality, and self-understanding through the practice of an ancient oriental healing art and practical holistic philosophy called Jin Shin Jystsu. Gentle touching similar to acupressure is used to release tension that accumulates and is at the root of dysfunction, disease, and imbalance. The authors explain the natural life force that runs through the body and demonstrate with case studies, detailed analysis, and more than 30 [...]

The Touch of Healing offers readers the means to greater health, vitality, and self-understanding through the practice of an ancient oriental healing art and practical holistic philosophy called Jin Shin Jystsu. Gentle touching similar to acupressure is used to release tension that accumulates and is at the root of dysfunction, disease, and imbalance. The authors explain the natural life force that runs through the body and demonstrate with case studies, detailed analysis, and more than 30 illustrations, how to integrate this system into one's life. The key healing points and body flows, known as "Safety Energy Locks," are presented with step-by-step instructions on how to utilize them for healing and greater self-awareness. Many self-help practices are also offered that address a wide array of common ailments, including headaches, digestive disorders, fatigue, depression, and arthritis along with prescriptive exercises for relief of emotional ailments such as loss of confidence, anxiety, and depression. [less]

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Way of Herbs: Fully Updated with the Latest Developments in Herbal Science, The

Michael Tierra

1998    416 pages    (Pocket Books)

ISBN 13: 9780671023270    ISBN 10: 0671023276

THE WAY OF HERBS is an essential manual for gaining and maintaining health through a holistic approach, a natural path to well being. It contains complete, easy-to-use information on simple herbal remedies and gives detailed descriptions of more than 140 Western herbs and 31 important Chinese herbs. With interest in natural health remedies and alternatives to Western medicine on the rise, Michael Tierra provides a classic work on herbs and natural healing.

THE WAY OF HERBS is an essential manual for gaining and maintaining health through a holistic approach, a natural path to well being. It contains complete, easy-to-use information on simple herbal remedies and gives detailed descriptions of more than 140 Western herbs and 31 important Chinese herbs. With interest in natural health remedies and alternatives to Western medicine on the rise, Michael Tierra provides a classic work on herbs and natural healing. [less]

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Women on the Buddhist Path

Martine Batchelor

2002    240 pages    (HarperCollins Publishers Limited)

ISBN 13: 9780007133192    ISBN 10: 0007133197

Stories and experiences from female Buddhists from all walks of life. A Woman's Guide to Buddhism collects the stories and experiences of Western and Asian women following a variety of Buddhist paths. The women come from all walks of life, ranging from a hermit to a disc jockey and include artists, social workers, psychotherapists, nuns and professors. What they have in common is a meditation practice that has transformed their lives. This book is an inspiration not only to Buddhists but to all [...]

Stories and experiences from female Buddhists from all walks of life. A Woman's Guide to Buddhism collects the stories and experiences of Western and Asian women following a variety of Buddhist paths. The women come from all walks of life, ranging from a hermit to a disc jockey and include artists, social workers, psychotherapists, nuns and professors. What they have in common is a meditation practice that has transformed their lives. This book is an inspiration not only to Buddhists but to all women who are seeking to integrate spirituality into their daily lives. [less]

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Yoga: Discipline of Freedom: The Yoga Sutra Attributed to Patanjali

Patanjali

1998    128 pages    (Bantam)

ISBN 13: 9780553374285    ISBN 10: 0553374281

Dating from about the third century A.D., the Yoga Sutra distills the essence of the physical and spiritual discipline of yoga into fewer than two hundred brief aphorisms. It is the core text for any study of meditative practice, revered for centuries for its brilliant analysis of mental states and of the process by which inner liberation is achieved. Yet its difficulties are legendary, and until now, no translation has made it fully accessible. This new translation, hailed by Yoga Journal for [...]

Dating from about the third century A.D., the Yoga Sutra distills the essence of the physical and spiritual discipline of yoga into fewer than two hundred brief aphorisms. It is the core text for any study of meditative practice, revered for centuries for its brilliant analysis of mental states and of the process by which inner liberation is achieved. Yet its difficulties are legendary, and until now, no translation has made it fully accessible. This new translation, hailed by Yoga Journal for its "unsurpassed readability," is by one of the leading Sanskrit scholars of our time, whose Bhagavad Gita has become a recognized classic. It includes an introduction to the philosophy and psychology underlying the Yoga Sutra, the full text with explanatory commentary, and a glossary of key terms in Sanskrit and English. [less]

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Yoga: Mastering the Secrets of Matter and the Universe

Alain Daniélou

1991    208 pages    (Inner Traditions)

ISBN 13: 9780892813018    ISBN 10: 0892813016

Based on original Sanskrit sources, this book gives an authentic account of the methods of yoga in its different forms, including the challenging "left-hand" paths, as well as practices best suited to Western students.

Based on original Sanskrit sources, this book gives an authentic account of the methods of yoga in its different forms, including the challenging "left-hand" paths, as well as practices best suited to Western students. [less]

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