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Health Of Mind, Body

2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl

2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl

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Cross James Merrill, H. P. Lovecraft, and Carlos Castaneda -each imbued with a twenty-first-century aptitude for quantum theory and existential psychology-and you get the voice of Daniel Pinchbeck. And yet, nothing quite prepares us for the lucidity, rationale, and informed audacity of this seeker, skeptic, and cartographer of hidden realms.
Throughout the 1990s, Pinchbeck had been a member of New York's literary select. He wrote for publications such as "The New York Times Magazine," "Esquire," and "Harper's Bazaar." His first book, "Breaking Open the Head," was heralded as the most significant on psychedelic experimentation since the work of Terence McKenna.
But slowly something happened: Rather than writing from a journalistic remove, Pinchbeck-his literary powers at their peak-began to participate in the shamanic and metaphysical belief systems he was encountering. As his psyche and body opened to new experience, disparate threads and occurrences made sense like never before: Humanity, every sign pointed, is precariously balanced between greater self-potential and environmental disaster. The Mayan calendar's "end date" of 2012 seems to define our present age: It heralds the end of one way of existence and the return of another, in which the serpent god Quetzalcoatl reigns anew, bringing with him an unimaginably ancient-yet, to us, wholly new-way of living.
A result not just of study but also of participation, "2012" tells the tale of a single man in whose trials we ultimately recognize our own hopes and anxieties about modern life.

21 Breaths

21 Breaths

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Natural ways to look after yourself, using the wisdom of your body and the extraordinary power of breath.

Are you desperate for a good night's sleep? Do you require powerful pain relief or wish to supercharge your fitness and self care? Oliver James, a body-led psychotherapist and growing presence in the world of breath and breathwork, introduces readers to the power of breathwork through twenty-one simple but effective breathing techniques. Weaving psychotherapy and science with movement and breath, James provides a way to experience life's simplicity through breathing exercises. Sketches and easy-to-follow instructions will help you experience the remarkable potential that has always been right under your nose.

24/6

24/6

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Winner of the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award
People's New Book Worth Reading
Real Simple's Great Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down
Entrepreneur's 12 Productivity and Time-Management Books to Read

"I'm won over to a day with people, not screens....I tried Shlain's idea. I highly recommend it." --The New York Times
"Tiffany Shlain is a modern-day prophet, brilliant and incredibly funny in equal measure...24/6 is timeless and timely wisdom." -- Angela Duckworth, #1 New York Times bestselling author

This "wise, wonderful work" (Publishers Weekly starred review) demonstrates how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.

Do you wish you had more time to do what you love, think deeply, and focus on the people and things that matter most? By giving up screens one day a week for over a decade, Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and her family have gained more time, productivity, connection, and presence.

Shlain takes us on a thought-provoking and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for flourishing in our 24/7 world. Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offering the accessible lessons she has learned and providing a blueprint for how to do it yourself.

"Bolstered with fascinating and germane facts about neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and the history of the concept of a day of rest" (Publishers Weekly), 24/6 makes the case for incorporating this weekly reset into our 24/7 lives, issuing a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.

2500 Years of Wisdom

2500 Years of Wisdom

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The wisdom from the greatest minds on earth... all in one place. This book of carefully selected and arranged quotations, each elevating and expanding upon the last, represents the greatest philosophical thoughts mankind has produced in its attempt to come to a deeper understanding of the human condition. Combining classic expressions from giants, such as Plato and Confucius, with aphorisms of accepted masters, such as Montaigne and Goethe, this book also blends the genius of lesser known lights, such as Baltazar Gracien and Simone Weil. The result is a magnificent and harmonious symphony of humanity's deepest convictions, crossing the boundaries of culture and time.

30 Days to Happiness

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FINDING TRUE HAPPINESS, ONE DAY AT A TIME

Everybody wants to be happy, yet few people know how to get there. We think we will be happy if we get the right job, meet the right people, get the new car. But there will always be something else we want--genuine happiness comes from within. It's a state of mind, a way of looking at the world, a commitment to improving ourselves and authentically enjoying life.

30 DAYS TO HAPPINESS is an honest assessment of the 30 key life inventory items that have the biggest influence on your happiness. By examining ourselves and finding room for improvement, we learn to treat each new day as an opportunity to live our best possible life, finding new solutions to challenges as we take another step down the path to true happiness.

Make the most of your life by committing to becoming truly happy.

30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers

30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their Teachers

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Master 30 key yoga poses and build your own practice with guidance from one of yoga's foundational teachers

Judith Hanson Lasater draws on her wealth of yoga practice and teaching experience, as well as her training as a physical therapist, to present this comprehensive resource for beginning students and their teachers.

Several pages are devoted to each of the yoga poses or asana, including photos and charts, introductory steps and variations, benefits, which props to use, and more. Teachers will find guidance on adjustments for beginners learning new poses as well as how to help students more fully realize the pose. Lasater also helps practitioners with notes on how to go inward and what to explore when holding each pose.

You'll also learn how to put poses together in sequences, and Lasater provides several to get you started. You'll find quick sequences for busy days, for areas of tightness such as the lower back or the hamstrings, and even routines to remedy fatigue, or foster relaxation, or just for strength and balance. Sequences are presented with photographic charts for easy visual reference, as well as a "Mantra for Daily Practice. A glossary of anatomical terms and resources for further study are also included.

30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

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More than one thousand extraordinary Americans share their stories and the wisdom they have gained on living, loving, and finding happiness.

After a chance encounter with an extraordinary ninety-year-old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer began to wonder what older people know about life that the rest of us don't.

His quest led him to interview more than one thousand Americans over the age of sixty-five to seek their counsel on all the big issues- children, marriage, money, career, aging. Their moving stories and uncompromisingly honest answers often surprised him. And he found that he consistently heard advice that pointed to these thirty lessons for living. Here he weaves their personal recollections of difficulties overcome and lives well lived into a timeless book filled with the hard-won advice these older Americans wish someone had given them when they were young.

Like "This I Believe," StoryCorps's "Listening Is an Act of Love," and "Tuesdays with Morrie," "30 Lessons for Living" is a book to keep and to give. Offering clear advice toward a more fulfilling life, it is as useful as it is inspiring.

30 Lessons for Loving

30 Lessons for Loving

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From the author of the beloved 30 Lessons for Living

Readers of Karl Pillemer's first book cherished the sage advice and great stories shared by extraordinary older Americans. Now, Pillemer returns with lessons on the most talked-about parts of that book: love, relationships, and marriage. Drawing on interviews with seven hundred long-married elders, 30 Lessons for Loving delivers timeless wisdom from a wide range of voices on everything from choosing "the one" to dealing with in-laws, money, children, and, yes, sex.

Whether readers are searching for the right partner or working to keep the spark alive, 30 Lessons for Loving illuminates the path to lifelong, fulfilling relationships.

30-Day Sobriety Solution

30-Day Sobriety Solution

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Jack Canfield, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) franchise and coauthor of The Success Principles, and Dave Andrews, a recovery expert, join forces to present a "sensitively written yet no-nonsense guide" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) to help you cut back or quit drinking entirely--in the privacy of your own home.

The 30-Day Sobriety Solution grew out of Jack Canfield's decades-long work in self-esteem and success training. Its principles were carefully developed into a program by Dave Andrews and tested by thousands whose inspiring stories of recovery are shared throughout the book. Organized into five phases that span 30-day periods, this book guides you through each day with practical exercises that, over time, allow you to more easily make positive choices again and again.

Integrating neuroscience, cognitive therapy, proven tools, and teachings, The 30-Day Sobriety Solution's daily program will help you achieve your goals--whether that's getting sober or just cutting back--and create positive, permanent change in your life.

36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss

36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss

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After 35 years, still the indispensable guide for countless families and professionals caring for someone with dementia.

Through five editions, The 36-Hour Day has been an essential resource for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease. Whether a person has Alzheimer disease or another form of dementia, he or she will face a host of problems. The 36-Hour Day will help family members and caregivers address these challenges and simultaneously cope with their own emotions and needs.

Featuring useful takeaway messages and informed by recent research into the causes of and the search for therapies to prevent or cure dementia, this edition includes new information on

- devices to make life simpler and safer for people who have dementia
- strategies for delaying behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms
- changes in Medicare and other health care insurance laws
- palliative care, hospice care, durable power of attorney, and guardianship
- dementia due to traumatic brain injury
- choosing a residential care facility
- support groups for caregivers, friends, and family members

The central idea underlying the book--that much can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and of those caring for them--remains the same. The 36-Hour Day is the definitive dementia care guide.

365 Daily Meditations for on and Off the Mat

365 Daily Meditations for on and Off the Mat

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This book pleasantly bridges the gap between the obvious and the esoteric. I like that the meditations require a little bit of thought, but you don't wonder, 'What's he talking about?' like so many meditation books. Simply meditating on the meditations is enough. -- 42Yogis

Presenting a year's worth of daily meditations inspired by the challenges and graces of a hot yoga practice, this guide highlights the connections between life as experienced both on and off the mat. Each inspirational meditation draws from the principles of the hot yoga system, offering jewels of wisdom and perspective that can be easily applied to everyday life.
In his tender and often hilarious style, Scott Ginsberg understands that the hot room is where we confront our weaknesses as well as celebrate our strengths. The wisdom we learn in those exchanges, from our own bodies, our instructors, and our classmates, is never finished evolving and deepening. The more we practice, the more we learn a new mindset of openness and acceptance, one that we strive to incorporate into our daily lives outside of the studio.

365 Days of Gratitude

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365 Days of Wonder Mr Browne's Book of Precepts

365 Days of Wonder Mr Browne's Book of Precepts

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Over 13 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder-- now, the wonder returns with a companion book of life lessons and inspiration from Auggie's favorite teacher--perfect for back to school! Based on the book that inspired the Choose Kind movement and a major motion picture, readers will fall in love all over again with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face.

And don't miss R.J. Palacio's highly anticipated new novel, Pony, available now!

In Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. This companion book features conversations between Mr. Browne and Auggie, Julian, Summer, Jack Will, and others, giving readers a special peek at their lives after Wonder ends. Mr. Browne's essays and correspondence are rounded out by a precept for each day of the year--drawn from popular songs to children's books to inscriptions on Egyptian tombstones to fortune cookies. His selections celebrate the goodness of human beings, the strength of people's hearts, and the power of people's wills.

There's something for everyone here, with words of wisdom from such noteworthy people as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., Confucius, Goethe, Sappho--and over 100 readers of Wonder who sent R. J. Palacio their own precepts.

365 Science of Mind: A Year of Daily Wisdom

365 Science of Mind: A Year of Daily Wisdom

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This newly repackaged edition of one of Tarcher's bestselling Holmes backlist titles contains wisdom designed to help each reader experience the Science of Mind philosophy day by day.
365 Thank Yous

365 Thank Yous

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One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer; he was 40 pounds overweight; his girlfriend had just broken up with him; and overall, his dearest life dreams--including hopes of upholding idealistic legal principles and of becoming a judge--seemed to have slipped beyond his reach.

Then, during a desperate walk in the hills on New Year's Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn't have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.

Inspired by a beautiful, simple note his ex-girlfriend had sent to thank him for his Christmas gift, John imagined that he might find a way to feel grateful by writing thank-you notes. To keep himself going, he set himself a goal--come what may--of writing 365 thank-you notes in the coming year.

One by one, day after day, he began to handwrite thank yous--for gifts or kindnesses he'd received from loved ones and coworkers, from past business associates and current foes, from college friends and doctors and store clerks and handymen and neighbors, and anyone, really, absolutely anyone, who'd done him a good turn, however large or small. Immediately after he'd sent his very first notes, significant and surprising benefits began to come John's way--from financial gain to true friendship, from weight loss to inner peace. While John wrote his notes, the economy collapsed, the bank across the street from his office failed, but thank-you note by thank-you note, John's whole life turned around.

365 Thank Yous is a rare memoir: its touching, immediately accessible message--and benefits--come to readers from the plainspoken storytelling of an ordinary man. Kralik sets a believable, doable example of how to live a miraculously good life. To read 365 Thank Yous is to be changed.

365 Ways to Beat Stress

365 Ways to Beat Stress

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No other book offers so many easy-to-use and diverse stress-relief techniques in a uniquely attractive gift package.

With a different technique or tip for each day of the year, no other book offers such a wide range of ways to release stress and anxiety, all set in an attractive illustrated design that will make dipping in for inspiration a joy. All the practices are effective yet also easy to follow, even if you have never tried them before, and range from energy techniques such as simple shiatsu, to quick stress fixes such as visualizing a blue bubble, to methods of life simplification such as avoiding a news overload and rationing your evenings out, to inspiring visualizations such as imagining yourself as the sky or as a lotus floating on water. This is one of the first two publications in a new 365 series from Watkins, showcasing easy, accessible and effective approaches to dealing with our demanding modern lives. Readers are free to work through the book in any order they like, either using the chapter headings to deal with aspects that they feel need particular attention (for example, home, work, relationships, mind and spirit, or stress and emotions), flicking through at random or selecting ideas in chronological order. There is no need to subscribe to any particular belief, lifestyle or long-term practice; this is simply a collection of brilliantly effective ideas that together have the potential to transform lives.

37 Seconds

37 Seconds

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Like Proof of Heaven and To Heaven and Back, a medical drama with heavenly implications in which a woman receives premonitions of her death that come true, and her discovery of the heavenly help available to all of us.

When she was pregnant with her second child, Stephanie Arnold had a sudden and overwhelming premonition that she would die during the delivery. Though she tried to tell the medical team and her family what was going to happen, neither the doctors nor her loved ones gave her warnings credence. Finding no physical indications that anything was wrong, they attributed her foreboding to hormones and anxiety.

One member of the medical team did take her concerns seriously enough, and made the fateful decision to order extra units of blood "just in case." Then, during the delivery, Stephanie suffered a rare Amniotic Fluid Embolism. She went into cardiac arrest and flat-lined for 37 seconds. She died. Using the supplementary blood, the medical team revived her, and she remained unconscious for more than six days.

After months of recovery, Stephanie began to remember details of her experience, details she knew because she had witnessed the entire dramatic event, including her death, from outside her body--beside other spirits that were with her. In this remarkable true story, Stephanie recounts her harrowing journey and shares her surprising spiritual discoveries: we are not alone and have more loving help than we can imagine surrounding us.

4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan

4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan

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Michelle shares her compelling story of healing with wisdom and compassion as she gently guides you through this exceptional book. Read her book carefully and put into practice her simple, straightforward, commonsense principles, and you will be glad you did for the rest of your long and healthy life.
--Harvey Diamond, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Fit for Life

""Michelle's detox plan is an elegant, gentle, yet life-saving methodology, well conceived through personal experience and thoroughly grounded in research. I heartily recommend it.""
--Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, Editor in Chief of American Fitness

""At last, a well-researched, simple, and manageable purification plan for our bodies and our souls.""
--Linda Kavelin Popov, founder of the Virtues Project and author of A Pace of Grace and The Family Virtues Guide

Imagine waking up without an ache or pain, going through your day with energy, and ending it by enjoying a refreshing night's sleep. Then imagine waking up to do it all over again. Think it's impossible? Think again. The key is eliminating toxins in your body and your life. The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan shows you how to get rid of toxins using a simple and effective step-by-step approach. Toxins can leave you feeling sluggish, achy, heavy, and out of shape. They can also lead to disease in the form of cancer, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, and many other serious illnesses. This book explains how herbs, foods, juices, aromatherapy, exercise, breathing techniques, and other natural therapies can help you to feel better than ever. You will learn how to eliminate toxins from your respiratory system, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, urinary tract, and more. Based on a decade and a half of research and experience, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan helps your body rebuild. If you want to feel great, this plan will show you how.