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Pinna, who's been at Changing Hands since the Mill Avenue days, selects the chanting, world music and Native American CDs that have been keeping our customers relaxed and feeling worldly for years. As Community Events Manager, she works with local and not-so-local folks to create events from writing workshops to health discussions to book presentations. Talk with Pinna about spiritual books, including the Buddhist selection, and about poetry including haiku, her fave, or find her at chanting workshops where she teaches vocal meditation and chants from around the world.
My Dark Horses By Jodie Hollander Cover Image
ISBN: 9781786940049
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Published: Pavilion Poetry - April 11th, 2017

Jodie Hollander writes her poetic memoir in My Dark Horses.
Everyone else in the family was a classical musician, but not Jodie.
And, yes, as a kid, she set the living room on fire.
And her brother made delicious fried chicken using water - not oil.
Jodie's Steinway-playing father took the pet ferret to work tucked in between his shirt and his sweater.
And her mother's will was emailed in pdf.
Quite an interesting family! Each an individual with a mind of his/her own.
Jodie Hollander's book is highly understandable, and she is a mighty elegant poet.

Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor By Temple Grandin, PhD Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524738204
Published: Philomel Books - May 15th, 2018

Temple Grandin opens her world to kids and adults in her latest - Calling All Minds. She shares projects she did as a child and the mentality that led her to inventing - "You have to have a scavenger mentality." (p. 69)
So she would not get teased or bullied, Temple Grandin spent time creating projects and being with horses. She also realized that teasing stopped when she had a shared interest with other students.
Temple Grandin is one of the world's most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. Her life is truly an inspiration!

Cairn: New & Selected Poems By Peggy Shumaker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597096119
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Published: Red Hen Press - May 8th, 2018

Splendid and mindful languaging. What more can I say?

In Peggy Shumaker's Cairn: New & Selected Poems, she and Red Hen have picked the best of the best poems to present.

... air alive all over this earth, air
where you live, beloved become
earth, become water, become fire, become wind.
p. 136

What is a cairn? A hand-made pile (or stack) of stones. Altar or memorial.

Maybe a stack of poems - rounded and perfectly set in place.

Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife By Cheryl Richardson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062681669
Published: HarperOne - December 19th, 2017

The pace of Cheryl Richardson's writing, with no need to rush, moves into the priority of pleasure. She explores the art of extreme self care and her journal leads me to look at this in my own life - how I can achieve following the "dictates of the soul." Richardson respects and expresses the creative impulse and when not doing so, she investigates how she can achieve it. She also looks closely at her relationship with her husband and how to develop it - what changes she can make in her own practices to improve her marriage - and the relationship she has with herself on her spiritual journey. A deep and growing lesson in life ...

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How to Fight (Mindfulness Essentials #6) By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781941529867
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Published: Parallax Press - September 19th, 2017

This book on how to fight is certainly more about being mindful, understanding and skillful in communication, and listening deeply than in fighting as I thought I understood it.

Being aware of the anger building up in us, we stop and come back to our breathing. Seeing the real roots of our anger, insight is born and you will be free. This transformation of our anger and suffering makes happiness possible.

To see clearly, we must calm down, being careful not to create a habit of being angry. It is a very strong practice to look at living beings through the eyes of compassion.

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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver By Mary Oliver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

A poet friend asked me to let her know my favorite poem from this Mary Oliver collection. As I read on, I settled on The Old Poets of China"(p 178). Yes, it is my fav.

"Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe
that I do not want it. Now I understand
why the old poets of China went so far and high
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist."

At times in the reading, Mary Oliver's style reminded me of the work of James Wright and how I love his poems.
And then I came upon Mary Oliver's poems from Three Rivers Poetry Journal 1980 and "Three Poems for James Wright" 1982 (p 391). They were indeed friends from Ohio.

Devotions is a fine collection!

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Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy By Thomas Moore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250135810
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 10th, 2017

Aging well, according to Thomas Moore, becoming more of yourself - to be profoundly old and profoundly young.

Referring to Igor Stravinsky, Thomas Moore says "Be true to your soul's age, not the numbers or the sight of weakness or ill health. To the soul, these are meaningless." Aging well - a process of humanization, of becoming more spiritually and culturally complex - Jung's individuation, Keats' soul-making.

I would like to share with you the words Thomas Moore wrote in my copy of Ageless Soul: "Always go deeper than seems possible." I refer back to this lesson while living my daily life, being my age, actualizing more of my "seed material" (TM) as I continue the aging process.

~Pinna Joseph

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Essential Essays By Ryan Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938793011
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Published: Asymmetrical Press - July 27th, 2012

When you are finished with Marie Kondo's Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, next is Essential Essays by The Minimalists. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are The Minimalists. It interests them to live focused, intentional lives - not busy ones. They respect what C. S. Lewis eloquently said about happiness: "Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose." Suggestions abound - dumping everything in the closet that you don't love; letting go of your DVD collection "to live your life instead;" "keeping real friends, not fake friends from the past." What is Essential in your life?

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Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better: Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown By Pema Chödrön, Seth Godin (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Pema Chödrön, Seth Godin (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781622035311
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Published: Sounds True - September 1st, 2015

As the subtitle tells us, Pema Chodron's newest book is "wise advice for leaning into the unknown." For example, being aware of what you are saying to yourself, being aware of the breath going in and out, and staying with the feeling - in this case, when you feel that you have failed or made a mistake. Then rephrasing self critical talk so it is more gentle and positive. Pema Chodron is an American-born Buddhist nun whose life experiences have led her to the place of being able to share "wise advice" in a simple and straightforward manner. Tami Simon from Sounds True interviewed Ani Pema for this book and the accompanying CD, which includes a second interview. There is inspiration in these words.

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Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead By Tosha Silver Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476793481
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Published: Atria Books - July 12th, 2016

Tosha Silver has taught many ways to align with the inner Divine for the past 30 years. Whether you call it trusting your intuition, invoking Divine order, calling in a miracle, becoming dependent on the help of the cosmos or learning to move with the divine flow, it is about awakening to one's true nature and expressing, "the music of our soul." Story after story in Outrageous Openness will lead you to a deeper understanding of trusting your own process and allowing your connection to Divine order to move you forward and help you to breathe easy.

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The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse By Red Pine (Translator), Stonehouse Cover Image
By Red Pine (Translator), Stonehouse
ISBN: 9781556594557
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 27th, 2014

Red Pine (Bill Porter) is a master of the backstory. Copper Canyon's edition of The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse proves this. The poem has a certain simplicity in Red Pine's translation from the Chinese original. See poem #128 (page 135) which brings forth the clarity and humor of Stonehouse and Red Pine. And the commentary reveals precise details taking the reader to a greater depth of understanding. See Commentary #84 (page 90). Imagine the poems being sung as was Chinese tradition.

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The Power of Surrender: Let Go and Energize Your Relationships, Success, and Well-Being By Judith Orloff, M.D. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307338211
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Published: Harmony - September 22nd, 2015

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.

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Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered (Austin Kleon) By Austin Kleon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761178972
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - March 6th, 2014

Austin Kleon has designed a system of 10 transformative ways to share your creativity and become known. In Show Your Work!, he is teaching about being open, generous, brave and productive. Austin Kleon writes of the etiquette of sharing and the dangers of oversharing. And he has also chosen inspiring quotes from others, some known and some less known, to illustrate his points. For example, "Whatever excites you, go do it. Whatever drains you, stop doing it." - from Derek Sivers. Treat yourself to some stimulation to spur on your creative process. Read Show Your Work!

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Humans of New York By Brandon Stanton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250038821
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 15th, 2013

I love New York—the museums, the shows, old friends, people on the streets. I have wondered so many times what is going on in the lives of the faces I see. Brandon Stanton has captured, in a moment and a sentence or two, thought-provoking and deeply insightful views into the lives of the people he has photographed. The book is brilliant and beautiful in my eyes.

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Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace By Sharon Salzberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761168997
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - December 31st, 2013

It's about focus, clarity, creativity, and connection, and how mindfulness can help us live healthier, more productive and peaceful lives with less stress and more calm awareness. It's about living in the present moment by doing short meditations leading to emotional balance. It's about taking ten mindful breaths or going outside in the sun during the work day to come back to present awareness. It's about the path to real happiness in the workplace. Sharon Salzberg teaches how one deep meditative breath can settle the mind and shares many other practices to overcome workplace suffering. Sound good? Give it a try!

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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

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.

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Here and Now: Poems By Stephen Dunn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393343557
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 4th, 2013

Stephen Dunn's language is exquisitely revealing of the mind and its workings. In Here and Now, he speaks with an honest tongue of a life of observation, contemplation and relationship--and of the life well-lived. It provoked me to read his words aloud--to experience their beauty and to more fully partake of his view of the world. Dunn has written and published 16 collections of poetry. Different Hours received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In Here and Now, try Little Good Song (p. 71) or Bad (p. 87) for a taste of his imaginative fascination with life.

The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language By Natalie Goldberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451641257
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Published: Atria Books - February 11th, 2014

Sit ... Walk ... Write ... with mindful awareness ... learning how to be silent, how to pay attention to your surroundings and record your observations, and how to come back to talking (and pausing from talking) with consciousness so as not to overwhelm self or others. Natalie Goldberg has taught seminars and conducted retreats for 35 years, and The True Secret of Writing takes the reader into the mind of this writer, this teacher, this compassionate and understanding human being. And into his/her own mind! Natalie Goldberg has incorporated writing practice into silent meditation retreats. She helps students transform obsessions, which diminish life, into passions, which enlarge life. So much to practice! So much to learn! So much to experience! Sit. Walk. Write.

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!

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 which adds to a full experience of learning from this dynamic teacher, scholar, music therapist and Yoga of the Voice founder Silvia Nakkach.

The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure By Larry Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061719653
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 3rd, 2012

Varied examples of exquisite life-changing stories comprise the entirety of The Moment, edited by Larry Smith. The conversation with dad after finding out she was pregnant (Ashley Allen); Oprah listening to his reasons why she should take a stand on the presidential election (Ray Richmond); a young child realizing she wasn't the center of the world (Elizabeth Gilbert), and a high school junior being told he had the ability/talent to become a writer (Dave Eggers) - many of life's wonders expressed in short and ever-so-meaningful stories.

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The Mindful Writer By Dinty W. Moore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781614293521
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Published: Wisdom Publications - June 21st, 2016

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.

The Conference of the Birds By Peter Sis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143124245
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2013

For starters, I love the way the pages of The Conference of the Birds feel. And I love the page following the beginning of "Part III - In which the birds fill all the corners of the world." And the birds fill all the corners of the blue page - they are searching for the true king, Simorgh. I love the Tibetan symbols blended into Peter Sís's drawings - they speak of his father's journeys. I love the Hoopoe Bird's comments - "Everyone has ups and downs, little bird. Fly ... clean your heart." This book is an artistic masterpiece. Peter Sis loves to draw pictures of flying - freedom and birds. He took a story by Farid Ud-Din Attar and adapted and illustrated it. Thank you for your most beautiful creation, Mr. Sís.

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Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life By Geneen Roth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452297760
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Published: Plume - April 3rd, 2012

When Geneen Roth and her husband, Matt, lost their life savings in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi schemes, she started to realize that her relationship with money unconsciously resembled, in many ways, her relationship with food. She concluded that how we form our beliefs about what we need or desire are very similar whether those beliefs are about food or money. Feelings of deficiency prompt the desire for more food or money, but this trance of deficiency doesn’t disappear with when more is obtained. She found that sufficiency is knowing that there is enough and that we ourselves are enough. Enjoying what we already have without feeling shame or guilt guides us to sufficiency. Lost and Found takes us on a journey to understand that investing in our inner lives can change how we live on this earth. —Pinna

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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A Good Fall (Vintage International) By Ha Jin Cover Image
By Ha Jin
ISBN: 9780307473943
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Published: Vintage - October 19th, 2010

It’s not easy to come from China to the United States and integrate into the culture comfortably. In A Good Fall, Ha Jin, a National Book Award winner, gives us a fresh view of the lives and minds of his characters, many new to the US. Personalities interact. Whether they are grandparents and their children’s offspring, couples learning about each others’ pasts or a student helping his most respected professor, Ha Jin reveals their minds most astutely.  He is a fine storyteller. It’s not all pleasant or predictable, but certainly very enlightening and beautifully written.

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Change Your Brain, Change Your Body: Use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted By Daniel G. Amen, M.D. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307463586
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Published: Harmony - December 28th, 2010

Clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist and brain imaging expert Daniel G. Amen, who is featured on PBS Channel 8, has recently written Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. His rational program considers the emotional nature of weight-loss, with treatment that leads to emotional balance and increased focus, and points to physical exercise as "a natural wonder drug for the brain." Amen offers ways to improve our own brain activity and suggestions for working with our health-givers. He combines brain-scan research with down-to-earth suggestions for dietary regimens and simple hints to gaining self control. He offers a well-rounded approach—one step at a time! —Pinna

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

1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment By Barbara Ann Kipfer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780811871082
Published: Chronicle Books - September 9th, 2009

Emily Dickinson once said "Forever is composed of nows." Barbara Ann Kipfer has put together a sourcebook of simple instructives, 1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment, to teach us to practice mindfulness. Observing small details, practicing complete focus and living the being (rather than constant doing) are all ways to cultivate awareness. This handbook is perfect as a gift for a friend or yourself, a gift that will help make discovery and rediscovery everyday events—moment-to-moment meditative practices. —Pinna

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: —Pinna

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Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life By Judith Orloff Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307338198
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Published: Harmony - December 28th, 2010

Dr. Judith Orloff is an energy psychiatrist who asks you to see yourself clearly and move on to experience positive emotions: to move through fear and suffering to courage; to connection, compassion, and to love. She sets you up for a healthy sleep and dream life, and helps you understand your emotional type and how to discern fear from intuition. Dr. Orloff combines medicine, intuition, and spirituality to encourage health for the mind, body, and spirit. It’s a journey worth making a priority. —Pinna