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The Healing Power of the Breath Picture yourself in one or more of these scenarios: You find yourself unable to cope with stress; your anxiety level is climbing unabated; you cannot seem to get a good night’s sleep; or you are depressed. You make an appointment with your doctor who then ...

Becoming Whole: Jung's Equation for Realizing God Many people have moments in their lives when they experience “wholeness” and are filled with a complete sense of peace and joy. Everything seems “right.” Many of these people claim that these moments are proof of a higher power, such as God or Allah.  C. G. ...

Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind: Revolutionary Methods to Release all Barriers to Health, Healing and Happiness In his latest book, Dr. Grayson articulately explains holistic healing, where a person can control reality through their thoughts and feelings to promote wellness and heal illness. This approach is supported by ancient wisdom as well as modern discoveries in physics, biology, and medicine. This worldview underlies ...

Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief and Small Boats Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning: reflections on love, grief, and small boats mirrors the structure of grief itself: nonlinear; highlighting times of confusion, searching, yearning, aching, and love; full of small revelations that prove useful; and forming a space we dip into and out of, as ...

[A]Musings of a Spiritual Atheist Musings of a Spiritual Atheist by Andrew J. Ackerman is a book about the author’s journey from addiction to recovery.  Ackerman, the self-described hard-line “spiritual atheist,” uses the book to offer his experience with 12-step recovery programs. As an atheist, Ackerman’s point of view is unique ...

The Chemistry of Joy Workbook: Overcoming Depression Using the Best of Brain Science, Nutrition, and the Psychology of Mindfulness The Chemistry of Joy Workbook is a unique and helpful 10-week program for people suffering from depression. This workbook gives readers a comprehensive, linear plan to follow, rather than a jumbled series of tips or suggestions like some other depression self-help workbooks. It centers its ...

Sacred Therapies: The Kundalini Yoga Meditation Handbook for Mental Health These are the kinds of books I find fascinating: novel approaches to old subjects. In Sacred Therapies: The Kundalini Yoga Meditation Handbook for Mental Health, David Shannahoff-Khalsa uses his yogic discipline to reexamine and provide alternative treatments for some of our more prominent psychiatric disorders. Shannahoff-Khalsa’s ...

Rewire Your Brain for Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness The thesis of Dr. Marsha Lucas’s new book is simple: By changing your brain, you can change your relationship. In fact, the title says it all: Rewire Your Brain for Love. The basic idea at play is one that is gaining more mainstream notice nowadays: ...

The Art of Confession: Renewing Yourself Through the Practice of Honesty We live in an age of frequent and easy confession. People seem eager to share private information and experiences that would have been kept as closely guarded secrets in years past, perhaps guarded by shame and humiliation. From talk shows and reality programming on television, to ...

The Drawing Mind: Silence Your Inner Critic and Release Your Inner Creative Spirit Part sketchbook, part tutorial, part self-help and part art project, Deborah Putnoi’s The Drawing Mind is a book like you’ve never seen before. The subtitle gets to the heart of it: Silence Your Inner Critic and Release Your Inner Creative Spirit. Countless books have been ...

The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life “The psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl said, ‘In between stimulus and response there is a space, in that space lies our power to choose our response, in our response lies our growth and our freedom.’” (p. xi) Dr. Elisha Goldstein, author of The Now Effect: ...

Seeking Enlightenment: The Spiritual Journey of a Psychotherapist Seeking Enlightenment by Catherine Morrison is a short memoir of one therapist’s journey in conceptualizing Eastern and Western spirituality. Morrison tries to come to terms with how these two diverse spiritual traditions cross paths in regard to the concept of enlightenment. A clinician with roots ...

George Mason: Life of Death Author’s note: This review of George Mason’s autobiography, Life of Death, is not a review of Mason’s life, but rather of his book. It is difficult to critique the book without appearing critical toward the subject or his life. The book is the lone subject ...

A Princess and Her Garden: A Fable of Awakening and Arrival You thought of Aesop when you read the subtitle, didn’t you?  The story in this book is not your typical Aesop’s fable.  Not by a long shot.  In fact, Aesop’s got nothing on the author of A Princess and Her Garden in the telling of ...

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World Jon Kabat-Zinn writes the foreword and does a lovely job of setting the stage for Mark Williams and Danny Penman’s Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World.  In the foreword, as in the rest of the book, everything is stated in ...

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