“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life By Judith Orloff Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307338204
Published: Harmony - April 1st, 2014

Judith Orloff has given us an oracle to help us let go and come into our own power. Open the book and it will communicate with you. With a question, a thought or a calm mind, let it speak. Dr. Orloff instructs to honor your gut feelings, pay attention to your insights, surrender to the beauty of the natural world and listen to your body. And as a medical doctor, Judith Orloff's tenth surrender focuses on how to deal with illness and pain--being protective and loving to the injury. She teaches us to care for ourselves. --PINNA

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Jews and Words (Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization) By Amos Oz, Fania Oz-Salzberger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300205848
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Published: Yale University Press - February 25th, 2014

As a lover of the written word and a student of Religion, I could not resist the title of this book. I have often ruminated upon the main question in Jews and Words, namely, why are words so important to Jews? More than anything, Jews are a storied people. From the opening lines of the Torah, "In the beginning", storytelling has been at the core of Judaism. Jews and Words is an excellent exploration of this topic. It is interesting enough that those who have extensively explored these themes will still be engaged, and accessible enough that even if they've never picked up the Bible they will still find meaning in it (and learn something new as well!). This fascinating read must make it onto the shelf of anyone interested in Jewish history, language, or culture. --JESSIE

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Unscrolled: 54 Writers and Artists Wrestle with the Torah By Roger Bennett (Editor) Cover Image
By Roger Bennett (Editor)
ISBN: 9780761169192
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 24th, 2013

I love books. I love good books. And The Good Book (AKA The Bible) is no exception. One of the best things about The Bible is the multitude of ways that it has influenced and changed the world's discourse. From Dante to Dostoyvsky, Hawthorne to Harris, it's hard to find a book that The Bible has not in some way touched. Which is why Unscrolled is so amazing. It divides the Torah (the Five Books of Moses/Pentateuch) into weekly sections traditionally read by Jews around the world—called parshiot—and provides a summary of the text, written by Jonathan Safran Foer, as well as a piece of interpretation by a famous Jewish author or artist. The effect is amazing; from traditional short stories to comics to screen plays, the many ways that a single story can be interpreted will blow your mind. You do not need to be a Biblical scholar to enjoy Unscrolled. If you have any interest in The Bible, literary interpretation or even if you just enjoy short stories, you will find this book to be more than good. --Jessie

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A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics By Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel, Thomas Peisel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761177395
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 10th, 2013

Dream Navigator - Oneira - "dreams" Nautis - "sailor" An oneironaut is someone who has learned to travel consciously in the dream world. A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming teaches the reader to reconnect with dreams–to have lucid dreams (to know you are dreaming while you are dreaming!), and what to do once you are awake in the dream world. It is filled with tips and stories of experiences in this realm, and scientific proof that lucid dreaming can really occur–it is not fantasy. Clever illustrations by Mahendra Singh fill out this creative guide. --Pinna

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Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm By Thich Nhat Hanh Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062004734
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Published: HarperOne - March 4th, 2014

In Fear: Essential Wisdom For Getting Through the Storm, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, teaches how living in the present with mindfulness can help us to be aware of and overcome our fears. "If we're afraid all the time, we miss out on the wonderful fact that we're alive and can be happy right now." Thich Nhat Hanh speaks of the importance of listening deeply, breathing consciously, speaking lovingly, cultivating insight and relaxing deeply to transform fear and stress. He describes how fear carries us away from our inner peace and from our own bodies into imaginary worlds. With great clarity, he shares practices, exercises and mantras to approach awareness in the present moment. Enjoy the teachings! - Pinna 

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Free Your Voice: Awaken to Life Through Singing By Silvia Nakkach, Valerie Carpenter, Mitchell Gaynor, M.D. (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604078008
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Published: Sounds True - August 1st, 2012

Silvia Nakkach offers us Yoga of the Voice, a path of personal devotion that brings us therapeutic and spiritual experiences involving the voice. She has studied classical Indian singing for over 30 years and incorporates it skillfully into her teaching of chanting from a variety of indigenous cultures. It is done in a call-and-response manner so memorization is not an issue and repetition is the method of learning to use our own voices as instruments of healing. Free Your Voice gives readers an opportunity to practice the exercises Silvia has gathered. It is accompanied by a free audio download from SoundsTrue.com which adds to a full experience of learning from this dynamic teacher, scholar, music therapist and Yoga of the Voice founder Silvia Nakkach. - Pinna

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The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life By Dinty W. Moore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781614290070
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Published: Wisdom Publications - April 10th, 2012

The words come forth and then they don't. And this repeats again and again. --PJ The Mindful Writer is a look at means to explore and be open to creativity. Dinty Moore leads us from writer to writer, exploring their philosophies and examining their minds' journeys. Take a full breath between quotes and reflections to take full advantage of these well chosen treasures of wisdom. - Pinna

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Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program By Sharon Salzberg Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761159254
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - December 29th, 2010

It's about how the mind works. And sometimes it's so funny that I find myself laughing out loud while reading this book on meditation! It's so humorous to recognize the reality of how we judge ourselves and how critical we can be of something as simple as how we breathe while meditating. Meditation, as taught in Real Happiness, can help us to cultivate positive emotions, retain emotional stability, reduce stress, improve attention and focus, and improve our capacity to process rapidly arriving incoming information. Take one step at a time and give it a try. - Pinna

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The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together By Twyla Tharp, Jesse Kornbluth (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416576518
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 16th, 2013

Twyla Tharp was born a Quaker, living in a community of Friends where families help each other. In her life as a dance choreographer, she continued to work closely with individuals and groups to create dances, working together professionally with dancers, assistants, audiences, and other choreographers. The story of her collaboration with Jerome Robbins stands out as particularly inspiring as their friendship survived the collaboration! In her book, she also tells stories of her work with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel and Bob Dylan. Her main motivator has always remained her sense of quality. Twyla Tharp is truly an original thinker who believes that "In any collaboration, there is not one way. Go with whatever works." - Pinna

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Breathe into Being: Awakening to Who You Really Are By Dennis Lewis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780835608725
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Published: Quest Books - May 19th, 2009

Dennis Lewis’ work with breath, as described in Breathe Into Being: Awakening to Who You Really Are, is a process of returning to the breath of life itself—the “hereness” and the “nowness” of being. It is the process of relaxing the constrictions of your breath and your life by paying attention to and changing your breathing with simple exercises that focus the mind and the body. Exhaling fully and effortlessly is as important as the process of inhaling. It is an “awakening to who you really are!” More info: dennislewis.org. - Pinna