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Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are. The practice of yoga is the practice of meditation - or inner listening - in the poses and meditations, as well as all day long. It's a matter of listening inwardly for guidance all the time, and then daring enough and trusting enough to do as you are prompted to do.
The unique offerings from the author of the international bestseller The Artist's Way features hundreds of prayers, declarations, and affirmations for a more peaceful and harmonious life. Intended for daily use as a guiding and comforting reminder of the divine presence in all of our lives.
Gandhi once met with a British clergyman known for supporting imperialism and opposing Indian independence. Trying to mask their differences, the cleric said, "We're both me n of God, Mr. Gandhi." Gandhi replied, "You are a politician disguised as a man of God. I am a man of God disguised as a politician."
That "disguise" was extraordinarily effective; Gandhi led a nonviolent revolution against one of the world's most powerful empires and lived to see the British leave India and his homeland become an independent nation. But, as he himself said, what made his practical achievements possible was his unwavering faith, his belief in God, and his personal relationship with God.
Gandhi's Way to God brings together Mahatma's most impassioned yet thoughtful statements about that relationship. Raised in the Hindu faith, Gandhi practiced a kind of universal religion, containing prayers and hymns from all the world's major religions. Gandhi insisted that although humankind may have many names for God, many ways of drawing close to the Divine, ultimately we all pray to one and the same God.
This is a book you will cherish for a lifetime, for within its pages are the secrets to making all your dreams come true. In The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra distills the essence of his teachings into seven simple, yet powerful principles that can easily be applied to create success in all areas of your life.
"This book, of course, uses words which in the act of reading become thoughts in your mind. But those are not ordinary thoughts - repetitive, noisy, self-serving, clamoring for attention...The thoughts within this book don't say, 'Look at me,' but 'Look beyond me.' Because the thoughts came out of stillness, they have power - the power to take you back into the same stillness from which they arose. That stillness is also inner peace, and that stillness and peace is the essence of your Being. It is the stillness that will save and transform the world" - From the Introduction by Eckhart Tolle
As more and more people in the West pursue yoga in its various forms, whether at traditional centers in the high-powered atmosphere of sports clubs, or on their own, they begin to realize that far from being just another exercise routine, yoga is a discipline of the body and the mind.
The 365 meditations included in this book offer a way to integrate the mindfulness that yoga teaches into everyday life. Whether used in the morning to set the tone for the day, during yoga exercise itself, or at the end of the day during evening reflection. Meditation from the Mat will support and enhance anyone's yoga journey.
The Yamas and Niyamas, yoga's ten ethical guidelines, are foundational to living skillfully. In this book, each Yama and Niyama has been given its own chapter in which the philosophy of the guideline is woven with practical examples and stories. At the end of the chapter a list of questions is provided for group or self study.
The Yamas and Niyamas are like a detailed map, telling you where yo uare and how to look for the next landmark. This book is the guide you need for your journey. The Yamas and Niyamas free you to take ownership of your life and direct it towards the fulfillment you seek. Gaining the skills to choose attitude, thought, and action, may be the grandest adventures you can take.
"For more than a thousand years Tibetans have been custodians of the full range of the Buddha's teachings...if Tibetan culture were to be lost, the world's culture would be that much the poorer." - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
A complete manual of Breathing Philosophy of physical, mental, psychic and spiritual development.
The lyrical, haunting images of To the Light open a gateway to a world that is slowly vanishing, a place as vast as your imagination. Gently, Sharon Collins' rich, evocative landscapes, still life and portraits of Buddhist Asia lead the reader into a realm of contemplation and simplicity. This carefully selected portfolio transports you to a place and time, and leaves you with the sounds, smells and quality of light, as real as if you had walked in the photographer's footsteps. A short passage of sacred text accompanies each photograph and , in each pairing, image and word illuminate the other, transforming the intangible into the tangible.
To the Light is an elegant - and often intimate - exploration of Tibet, Ladakh, Nepal, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam by an expert photographer with an eye for images that reveal Buddhism as a complete, organic way of life. A book which resonates far beyond the first reading, To the Light will be treasured by anyone moved by things spiritual, by actual and armchair travelers and by aficionados of fine photography.
Ashtanga Yoga, as described in this manual, is derived from the teachings of K. Pattabhi Jois. He is the director and founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. He learned this method from his teacher, Krishnamacharya, and has shared it with thousands of students around the world. Today, celebrities, athletes and professionals from all walks of life are enjoying its benefits.
Ashtanga Yoga, with it's powerful linking of postures and full rhythmic breathing, is a yoga system like no other. Deep internal heat purifies the body on a cellular level with enhanced levels of concentration relax the mind and internal energy locks strengthens the nervous system.
Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who lived to be over 100 years old, was one of the greatest yogis of the modern era. Elements of Krishnamacharya's teachings have become well known around the world through the work of B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Indra Devi, who all studied with Krishnamacharya in their early years, Krishnamacharya's son T.K.V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father all his life and now teaches the full spectrum of Krishnamacharya's yoga, Desikachar has based his method of Krishnamacharya's fundamental teaching, which maintains that practices must be continually adapted to the individual's changing needs to achieve the maximum therapeutic value.
In the Heart of Yoga Desikachar offers a distillation of his father's system as well as his own practical approach, which he describes as "a program for the spine at every level - physically, mental, and spiritual." This is the first yoga text to outline a step-by-step sequence for developing a complete practice according to the age-old principles of yoga. Desikachar discusses all the elements of yoga - poses and counter poses, conscious breathing, meditation, and philosophy - and shows how the yoga student may develop a practice tailored to his or her current state of healthier, age, occupation, and lifestyle, Krishnamacharya placed the highest value on Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, which is included here in its entirely, with a translation and commentary by Desikachar. Added to this second edition of The Heart of Yoga is the Yoganjalisarum - thirty-two poems composed by Krishnamacharya that capture the essence of his teachings and further make The Heart of Yoga a milestone in the transmission of yoga from the ancient masters to the modern world.
A structural engineer by training, T.K.V. Desikachar lived and studied with his father until Krishnamacharya's death in 1989. He has devoted his life to yoga instruction for people of all backgrounds and all levels of ability, and currently teaches at the school founded in his father's memory in Madras, as well as in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
Do you feel the need to de-stress, improve self-awareness, and feel more at peace? Would you like to gain muscular tone and suppleness, to feel rejuvenated and energized? In bringing into harmony mind, body, and spirit, regular practice of yoga can help you achieve all this and so much more. Start a new, healthier way of life today with yoga!
This comprehensive and instructional guide covers:
- Introduction to the history and philosophy of yoga
- Physical exercises to strengthen and relax the body
- Breathing to focus the mind
- Relaxation techniques to quiet the body and mind
- Mantras and chanting to calm the emotions
- Meditation to center the spirit
- Therapeutic yoga for health and healing
"Kathy Freston has the unique ability to make transforming your life seem like an attainable goal. With her guidance in this book, you'll be motivated to follow her path and delighted by where it takes you. From the small changes to the biggest concepts, Kathy takes you on an extraordinary ride toward a healthier, happier life."
- Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love and The Age of Miracles
"Kathy elegantly describes how health is a multi-dimensional experience of body, mind and spirit and should be thought of as an ever-evolving process. As you try to make the small shifts and incremental changes she suggests, you will start to feel more conscious, more plugged in, more alive, and find yourself getting better and better at life."
- Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.
"Quantum Wellness is transformative on every level of health: physical, emotional, and spiritual. If you want to feel more energetic, be more creative, and connect more deeply with others, this book is for you. It is smart, engaging, and filled with sound advice that works." - Dearn Ornish, M.D., Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine University of California, San Francisco; and author of The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease
The Celestine Prophecy contains secrets that are currently changing our world. Drawing on the ancient wisdom found in a Peruvian manuscript, it tells you how to make connections between the events happening in your own life fight now...and lets you see what is going to happen to you in the years to come!
A book that has been passed from hand to hand, from friend to friend, since it first appeared in small bookshops across America, The Celestine Prophecy is a work that has come to light at a time when the world deeply needs to read its words. The story it tells is a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life...and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.
Gain the many physical benefits and greater body awareness that result from hatha yoga - the most popular form of yoga today. Hatha Yoga Illustrated presents nearly 650 full-color photos to visually demonstrate 77 standard poses from hatha yoga that apply to all major hatha styles including Iyengar, Astanga, Anusara, and Bikram.
Individual poses are presented from start to finish, showing you how to achieve proper alignment and breathing to ensure challenging yet safe execution. The result is a superior physical and mental experience with each pose. Variations of many of the poses are offered to ensure a choice that meets your personal preference, ability, and fitness level.
Eleven sample yoga routines show how to assemble the poses into workouts based on difficulty, intensity, and duration. Colorful and comprehensive, Hatha Yoga Illustrated is organized for your ultimate convenience and use. Use it to guide your muscles and focus your mind as you increase strength, stamina, and flexibility, and reduce stress and blood pressure.
Power Yoga is a unique combination of dynamic breathing and strong, flowing movement, which creates a high-heat, high-energy workout. Unlike any other yoga program, Power Yoga is a choreographed sequence of postures that flow into one another, building strength, unwinding tight joints and loosening muscles. Beautiful photographs and clear instructions guide you through this effective and popular routine.
Based on the classical and original yoga system called astanga, Power Yoga is a complete mind and body workout that develops concentration and reduces stress. With its focus on mindful breathing and body heart, Power Yoga goes beyond the relaxation benefits of traditional yoga to offer a route to health and fitness that athletes of all levels will embrace.
From covering the front lines of the Gulf War to investigating Colombian drug lords to living with freedom fighters in the mountains of Afghanistan, war correspondent Brad Willis was accustomed to risk. But when mortal danger came, it was from an unexpected direction.
At the pinnacle of his career, a broken back and failed surgery left Willis permanently disabled and condemned to life in a body brace. Then came a diagnosis of terminal, stage IV throat cancer.
At his 50th birthday party, friends gathered around Willis, who was crippled, almost mute, depressed, strung out on narcotic medications, and dying. Halfway through the celebration Willis realized that party's true purpose - his friends were there to say goodbye.
Everyone knew Willis was on his way out...everyone except his 2-year-old son, who urged, "Get up, Daddy!"
His son's words ringing in his ears, Willis chose to abandon Western medicine and embrace the most esoteric practices of Yoga to heal his body, mind and soul - ridding himself of cancer an fully restoring his back. As a symbol of his journey, he took the spiritual name Bhava Ram, which stands for "Living from the Heart."
Warrior Pose is an adventure chronicling some of the most momentous events of our time through a journalist's eyes, an unforgetable story about the power of love between father and son, and a transnational journey of self-healing, inner peace, and wholeness.
There is a fundamental opportunity for happiness right within our reach, yet we usually miss it - ironically, while we are caught up in attempts to escape pain and suffering. Drawn from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chodron's radical and compassionate advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives goes against the grain of our usual habits and expectations. There is only one approach to suffering that is of lasting benefit, Pema teaches, and that approach involves moving toward painful situations with friendliness and curiosity, relaxing into the essential groundless of our entire situation. In the midst of chaos, we can discover the truth and love that are indestructible. Included in the book are:
- ways to use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage
- ways to communicate that lead to openness and true intimacy with others
- practices for reversing our negative habitual patterns
- methods for working with chaotic situations
- ways to cultivate compassionate, energetic social action
Kahil Gibran 1883-1931 poet, philosopher, and artist, was born in Lebanon, a land that has produced many prophets. The millions of Arabic-speaking peoples familiar with his writings in that language consider him the genius of his age. But he was a man whose fame and influence spread far beyond the Near East. His poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited in the great capitals of the world and compared by Auguste Rodin to the work of William Blake. In the United States, which he made his home during the last twenty years of his life, he began to write in English. The Prophet and his other books of poetry, illustrated with his mystical drawings, are known and loved by innumerable Americans who find in them an expression of the deepest impulses of man's heart and mind.
From The Art of Happiness
I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think the very motion of our life is towards happiness.
If you maintain a feeling of compassion, loving kindness, then something automatically opens your inner door. Through that, you can communicate more easily with other people. And that feeling of warmth creates a kind of openness. You'll find that all human beings are just like you, so you'll be able to relate to them more easily. That gives you a spirit of friendship. Then there's less need to hide things, and as a result, feelings of fear, self-doubt, and insecurity are automatically dispelled.
In our daily lives problems are bound to arise. The biggest problems in our lives are the ones that we inevitably have to face, like old age, illness, and death. Trying to avoid our problems or simply not thinking about them may provide temporary relief, but I think that there is a better approach. If you directly confront your suffering, you will be in a better position to appreciate the depth and nature of the problem. If you are in a battle, as long as you remain ignorant of the status and combat capability of our enemy, you will be totally unprepared and paralyzed by fear. However, if you know the fighting capability of your opponents, what sort of weapons they have and so on, then you're in a much better position when you engage in war. In the same way, if you confront your problems rather than avoid them, you will be in a better position to deal with them.
An uplifting masterwork of comfort and compassion exploring the ultimate questions of existence and transcendence.
Nothing has riveted humanity's interest more, nor has anything been more frightening or awe-inspiring, than the finality of death. in Home with God, the last installment of his bestselling Conversations with God series, Neale Donald Walsch asks the questions that everyone has longed to ask and receives the answers readers have all been waiting for. Through his profound and personal dialogue with God, Walsch explores the process by which all human beings must end their days here on Earth and begin their new life in God's Kingdom - to which all eventually return, regardless of their earthly deeds. An astonishing and spiritual work, Home with God offers hope, comfort, and surprising revelations for all humankind.
"Outstanding...A breathtaking explanation from God about the death experience, and what to expect when we go to the other side." - Barbara Rose, Ph.D.
After decades as a therapist, lecturer, and bestselling author, Mary Pipher finally tells her story of her own life, and illuminates, as only she can, the importance of the journey, not just the destination.
Like most lives, Mary Pipher's is filled with glory and tragedy, chaos and clarity, love and abandonment. She spent her childhood in small Midwestern towns, the nurturing daughter of a doctor mother and a restless, jack-of-all trades father. Later, as a wife, mother and therapist, she was able to do what she most enjoyed: learn about the world and help others. But after the surprising success of Reviving Ophelia, she found herself overwhelmed by the demands on her time and attention. In 2002, Pipher experienced a meltdown. She realized that success and fame were harming her, and she began the long journey to a quieter, more meditative life that would carry her toward self-acceptance and joy.
In Seeking Peace, Pipher tells her own remarkable story , and in the process reveals fundamental truths about our individual search for happiness and love. Candid, surprising, and moving. Seeking Peace offers us a map for our own journey toward a more fulfilling, more joyously lived life.
"Thinking is the source of problems" Dyer writes. "Your heart holds the answer to solving them." Profound yet pragmatic, There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem is a book about self-awareness and tapping the healing energy within us all.
Vipassana-bhavana, "the development of insight," embodies the essence of the teaching of the Buddha. As taught by S. N. Goenka, this path to self-awareness is extraordinary in its simplicity, its lack of dogma and, above all, its results. The vipassana technique can be successfully applied by anyone.
Based on the lectures and writings of S.N. Goenka - and prepared under his direct guidance - The Art of Living shows how this technique can be used to solve problems, develop unused potential, and lead a peaceful, productive life. It includes stories by S.N. Goenka, as well as answers to students' questions, that convey a vivid sense of his teaching.
S.N. Goenka's Vipassana courses have attracted thousands of people of every background. Unique among teachers of meditation, Goenka is a retired industrialist and former leader of the Indian Community in Burma. Although a layman, his teaching has won the approval of senior Buddhist monks in Burma, India, and Sri Lanka, a number of whom have taken courses under his guidance. Despite his magnetism, he has no wish to be a "guru" - instead his teaches self-responsibility. This is the first systematic study of his teachings to appear in English.
With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of life lived "in the now." In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilled existence.
Mackenzie Allen Philip's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mach receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.
Against his better judgement he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.
In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant THE SHACK wrestles with the timeless question" Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain? The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him.
Gretchen had a good marriage, two healthy daughters, and work she loved - but one day, stuck on a city bus, she realized that time was flashing by and she wasn't thinking enough about the things that really mattered. "I should have a happiness project," she decided. She spent the next year test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.
Each month, she pursued a different set of resolutions: go to sleep earlier, quit nagging, forget about results, or take time to be silly. Bit by bit, she began to appreciate and amplify the happiness that already existed in her life. Written with humor and insight. Gretchen's story will inspire you to start your own happiness project.
"The purpose of studying Buddhism is not to study Buddhism but to study ourselves. It is impossible to study ourselves without some teaching...We need some teaching, but just by studying the teaching alone, it is impossible to know what 'I' in myself am. Through the teaching we may understand our human nature. But the teaching is not we ourselves; it is some explanation of ourselves. So if you are attached to the teaching, or to the teacher, you should leave the teacher, and you should be independent. You need a teacher so that you can become independent. If you are not attached to him, the teacher will show you the way to yourself." - From Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
In this little treasure, Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, offers timeless insight into the nature of real love. With simplicity, warmth, and directness, he explores the four key aspects of love as described in the Buddhist tradition: loving kindness, compassion, joy and freedom - explaining how to experience them in our day-to-day lives. He also emphasizes that in order to love in a real way, we must first learn how to be fully present in our ives, and he offers simple techniques from the Buddhist tradition that anyone can use to establish the conditions of love.
Best selling author and lecturer Wayne W. Dryer has written a thought-provoking book for those of us who have chosen to consciously be on our life path. The ten "secrets" for success and inner peace presented here apply whether you're just embarking on your path, are nearing the end of it, or are on the path in any way. Dr. Dyer urges you to read these ten secrets with an open heart. By doing so, you'll learn to feel the peace of the Divine that truly defines success.
An inspiring, true story about how a simple, old-fashioned act - writing thank-you notes - led a hopeless, angry, middle-aged man out of despair and into a wonderful life.
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with tis descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients. Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward. At the heart of this theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. Man's search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America' it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.
In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert has everything a modern American Woman was supposed to want - husband, country home, successful career - but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
In the Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz reveals he source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
This inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance, and joy. A wonderfully crafted fable, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantel, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he discovers powerful, wise, and practical lessons that teach us to: Develop joyful thoughts, follow our life's mission and calling, cultivate self-discipline and act courageously, value time as our most important commodity, nourish our relationship, and live fully, one day at a time.
Twenty years ago, I made a decision to wake up and alter the direction of my life. This set in motion a series of events that proved to me there are no coincidences. Every event we experience and every person we meet has been put in our path for a reason. When we awaken to this fundamental truth, we begin to understand that a benevolent force of energy is available to guide and direct our lives. I call this energy the unmistakable touch of grace.
This book tells the story ho how grace has transformed my life as well as the lives of others. While some stories may seen unbelievable, all of them are true. As you follow the journey, you'll start to see the influences of grace in your lie, too. And, once you've finished, the way you view your life (and the people in it) will be changed forever.
Many blessings, Cheryl Richardson
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