Sunday, October 30, 2011
Invoke the Power of the Sea and Transform Your Life
Purifying, mesmerizing, and transformative—the sea has long been celebrated for its beauty and mysterious power. By connecting to the ocean's energies, you can deepen your experience of the natural world and enrich your life.
Whether you live near or far from the coast, Sea Magic takes you on a unique voyage of spiritual rejuvenation. Explore various types of shells and sea creatures, both real and mythical. Call upon sea deities and saints to amplify your spiritual practice, and try a wide array of relaxation exercises and meditative techniques:
• Set up a sea-themed altar to empower your intentions
• Center your energy with a cosmic ocean-moon meditation and a conch-hand mudra
• Release emotions with an ancient practice known as ocean breath to attune to the tides
• Use shells for divination and positive visualization
• Select a sea fetch (totem animal) to take you on a shamanic journey
Dive into your inner world of emotions, imagination, and creativity—and let the sea's timeless wisdom guide you on your life path.
Kundalini Yoga is the Yoga of Awareness. This tradition of yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, will help you to attain your full potential by raising your level of consciousness. Through regular practice under the guidance of a certified instructor, you will enjoy glandular health, radiant beauty, and intense joy in experiencing your own spirituality.
"Sandra's book gets you on the road to inner and outer beauty. It sets the path for radiance in your life."
Change the way you dream...and take control of your destiny
Robert Moss helps countless people live more enriched lives by working with the energy and insight of their dreams and becoming conscious dream journeyers. One of the greatest dreamers of all time was Harriet Tubman, who personally escorted three hundred slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. On the eve of the American Civil War, Tubman was guided by specific dreams to safe houses, river crossings, and friendly helpers she had never encountered previously.
As Moss explains, our own dreams run like an Underground Railroad through our lives, offering us paths to creativity, healing, and mutual understanding. He shows us how to dream true the way Harriet Tubman dreamed true: how to dream the future, how to go back inside our dreams to clarify their messages and use the information to make wiser choices, and how to bring through life-helping guidance for others.
Dreaming True explores many levels of dreaming and how we can "dream with the body" in order to stay well. Moss offers simple and practical techniques for working with a dream journal to catch -- and act on -- messages about the distant future and tap into our creative source. He shows us how to dream our way toward a better job, a better relationship, and creative fulfillment.
An attractive manner is assured if we will avoid the following: Sarcasm, impertinence, ridicule, hot temper, profanity, roughness, brutality, vulgarity, a loud voice, and grouchiness. -from Chapter III, "The Development of Your Magnetic Power" The New Thought movement of the turn of the twentieth century combined Christian spirituality with the paranormal in order to give practical expression to the forces of the universe. Or so its proponents believed. One of the most influential thinkers of this early "New Age" philosophy promises here, in this 1914 book, to share "in a condensed, non-mystical style all I have been able to learn of this wonderful power" of personal magnetism. Mysteries revealed include: . the secrets of being naturally magnetic . the development of your magnetic power . how to use your personality to win the affection of the opposite sex . how to cultivate success . how to protect yourself against injurious thought attraction . how to make yourself a great power in the world . a formula for creating happiness Today's hunger for self-help, personal empowerment, and pop spirituality has its origins in a craving for self-improvement that's a century old, as this captivating little book demonstrates.
World renowned life coach and yoga instructor Jenny Gallagher has developed a revolutionary new approach to getting motivated and achieving dreams. In Yen Path: Taking Steps Towards What You Want in Life, Jenny approaches her life changing concepts as she would approach a yoga class. By combining the best past, present, and future motivational concepts, Jenny will help you learn to:
- Create a deeper understanding of what you want
- Manage stress
- Have a life/work balance
- Relax and find joy
Yen Path uses yoga in a holistic approach that encourages positive thought and action. Jenny explains yoga concepts as they relate to the benefits of stillness, balance, observation, non-judgment, intention, perception, metaphysical laws, energetic patterns, biological characteristics, nutrition, exercise, wisdom, and gratitude. Her approach is logical, geared toward the professional, and leaves no stone unturned.
Between 1993 and 2000, a series of groundbreaking experiments revealed dramatic evidence of a web of energy that connects everything in our lives and our world—the Divine Matrix. From the healing of our bodies, to the success of our careers, relationships, and the peace between nations, this new evidence demonstrates that we each hold the power to speak directly to the force that links all of creation. What would it mean to discover that the power to create joy, to heal suffering, and bring peace to nations lives inside of you? How differently would you live if you knew how to use this power each day of your life? Join Gregg Braden on this extraordinary journey bridging science, spirituality and miracles through the language of The Divine Matrix.
There is a place where all things begin, the place of pure energy that simply "is." In this quantum incubator for reality, everything is possible. In 1944, Max Planck, the father of quantum theory, shocked the world by saying that this "matrix" is where the birth of stars, the DNA of life, and everything between originates. Recent discoveries reveal dramatic evidence that Plancks matrixThe Divine Matrixis real. It is this missing link in our understanding that provides: the container for the universe, the bridge between our imagination and our reality, and the mirror in our world for what we create in our beliefs To tap in to the force of this matrix, we must understand how it works and speak the language that it recognizes. For more than 20 years, Gregg Braden, a former senior aerospace computer systems designer, has searched for the understanding to do just that. From the remote monasteries of Egypt, Peru, and Tibet, to the forgotten texts that were hidden by the early Christian church, the secret of the Divine Matrix was left in the coded language of our most cherished traditions. It is verified in todays science. In this paradigm-shattering book, Braden shares what hes found. Through 20 keys of conscious creation, were shown how to translate the miracles of our imagination into what is real in our lives. With easy-to understand science and real-life stories, Braden shows us that were limited only by our beliefs, and what we once believed is about to change!
Singing the Body of God: The Hymns of Vedantadesika in Their South Indian Tradition by Steven Paul Hopkins
This is the first full-length study of the devotional poetry and poetics of the fourteenth-century poet-philosopher Vedantadesika, one of the most outstanding and influential figures in the Hindu tradition of Sri-Vaishnavism (the cult of Lord Vishnu). Despite their intrinsic beauty and theological importance, the poetry and philosophy of Vedantadesika have received very little scholarly attention. But for the millions who belong to the Vaishnava tradition, those poems are not just classical literature; they are committed to memory, recited, sung, and enacted in ritual both in India and throughout the Hindu diaspora. Steven Hopkins here offers a comparative study of the Sanskrit, Prakit, and Tamil poems composed by Vedantadesika in praise of important Vaishnava shrines and their icons--poems that are considered to be the apogee of South Indian devotional literature.
"An excellent and important addition to the scholarship on South Indian religious literature. Hopkins is eminently succesful in raising broad issues that are of interest to students of poetry, religion, and history at the same time that he renders a particular South Indian intellectual and his world interesting and fully accessibleto the nonspecialist. Hopkins has captured the beauty and emotional power of De'sika's poetry in three languages, making Singing the Body of God yet another link in the chain of "texts of enjoyment." --History of Religions
Understand authentic Hinduism directly from one of the most revered Hindu spiritual leaders of the twentieth century. This book consists of selections from the more than 2,000 discourses of Kanchi Sankaracharya (1894-1994). This book has the distinction of introducing both the sage and his spiritual legacy to the Western world in the form of an irreplaceable introduction to Hinduism.
This book [the unedited discourses] is a universal scripture. It contains eternal truths which apply to all countries, in all climes and to all people irrespective of differences in race, religions, language, customs, and traditions. It enunciates the fundamental unity of life and the principles that should inform human behavior. -- R. Venkataraman, former President of India
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Phaladeepika holds a most distinguished position amongst the great ancient astrological classics. It deals in a most comprehensive and authoritative manner with almost all the astrological aspects of human life. There can be said to be nothing that this great work has omitted from its purview.
Some of the important subjects dealt with in a lucid manner in the book are description and characteristic features of various signs, planets and bhavas (houses). The various kinds of strengths of planets and their awasthas with their effects, sources of livelihood, yogas or Planetary combinations leading to offence and overty, effects of planets in different houses , effects of different Ascendants, Female horoscopy, matters relating to matrimony and progeny, determinators of longevity, judgement of houses, various kinds of Dasas and their effects, Ashtakavarga etc.
Kundalini Yoga is a practical, inspirational guide suitable for all abilities, from the complete beginner to the experienced yoga practitioner. Represented by the image of the coiled snake, kundalini is the cosmic energy which lies dormant within everyone. Kundalini yoga aims to release this flow of energy, using ancient yogic systems of exercise, breathing and meditation. Following a general introduction to Kundalini yoga, Part 1 gives illustrated step-by-step instructions on breathing, exercises, meditations and other techniques, guiding you through the main elements of a typical Kundalini class. Part 2 offers a numerology exercise which will enable you to calculate your personal yogic number profile; this in turn will point you to a series of short meditations which will help you deal with life's challenges and fulfill your creative potential. Part 3 focuses on the chakras with a questionnaire to help you evaluate which of your chakras need rebalancing and identify the appropriate practices for each. There is also a glossary, tips on personal preparation for yoga, a bibliography, and lists of resources and contacts.
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What most folks really want is good health. With it, you can do anything. Without it, everything is an obstacle. And in these days, the cheaper the better, the more trustworthy the better, and the more do-it-yourself the better. This book contains a wide array of yoga postures for us Westerners, with clear drawings, simple instructions, and a wonderful introduction about yoga as a tool for self-healing.
Among the many books on the Keeping Healthy shelves are some outstanding ones with an unusual slant. Yoga for Health and Healing, compiled by Alice Clagett from the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., offers easy-to-follow outline sketches of streamlined and efficient yoga positions for healing over 100 specific physical problems. Standard states such as headache, colds, and flu and back problems are covered as well as less ordinary challenges like improving hearing, restoring natural hair color, establishing menstrual regularity when going off the pill, and rebuilding from drug damage and dependence.
This is more and better than just a book about how to remember and understand dreams, although it is that kind of book and as good as any such recently published. Moss covers all the expected terrain, from how to train the mind to recall its nightly narratives, through how to unravel meaning from them, to how to start and sustain a dream group. But his book excels because he extends its purview to include shamanic dreaming, dreams of dead loved ones, healing dreams, angels, and spirit guides. Moss explores these more esoteric matters with great skill. Taking his cue from ancient and tribal traditions that see in dreams more than a set of symbols connected to individual psychology, Moss offers evidence that in dreams we connect with the transpersonal. Thus, an angel in a dream could be the dreamer's better self--or a real angel, come to help the dreamer through life's challenges. Moss' unusual approach to a perpetually intriguing subject is likely to appeal to a wide spectrum of readers.
Edited by the founder of the Journal on Aging and Health, this encyclopedia contains more than 200 A–Z entries on a broad range of topics related to health and aging. As outlined in the "Reader's Guide," entries cover "Aging and the Brain," "Diseases and Medical Conditions," " Drug-Related Issues," "Mental Health and Psychology," "Nutritional Issues," and "Systems of Care," to name a few. A number of entries cover health and aging in specific countries or regions, among them Canada, Europe, and Mexico. In the introduction, the editor points out that the encyclopedia is aimed at researchers, students, and practitioners and is unique in its focus on health. In comparison with more thorough and academic texts, such as the Encyclopedia of Aging (Springer, 2006), one will find that Encyclopedia of Health and Aging is written in nontechnical terms and contains more international and cultural entries. Entries vary in length from two paragraphs to a few pages. At the conclusion of each entry is a short listing of "Further Readings and References" that, though briefer than those found in more academic texts, contains up-to-date research findings. The appendix provides a listing of 45 annotated online resources on health and aging, most of which are well-known Web sites and not as exhaustive as the National Institute on Aging database. This encyclopedia is suitable for public libraries that are just starting a collection in the area of aging or organizations that want a concise text written in layman's terms. It is not a necessary purchase for academic libraries that already have core texts, such as the Encyclopedia of Aging.
Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition by David R. Kinsley
Goddess worship has long been a significant aspect of Hinduism. In this book David Kinsley, author of The Sword and the Flute--Kali & Krsna: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology, sorts out the rich yet often chaotic history of Hindu goddess worship.
"A compendious survey of major Hindu goddesses . . . The kind of book that one can readily recommend to students for clear, reliable information and reasonable commentary on the goddesses it examines." -- Glenn Yocum, Religious Studies Review
"Kinsley has done a remarkable job in assembling an entire pantheon of Hindu goddesses in one delightful volume . . . . Mandatory reading for all scholars and students interested in South Asian religion, comparative mythology, or models of the feminine in sacred literature." -- Vasudha Narayan, Journal of Asian Studies.