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"Accessible and enjoyable. The Craving Mind brilliantly combines the latest science with universal real-life experiences-from falling in love to spending too much time with our phones."-Arianna Huffington A leading neuroscientist and pioneer in the study of mindfulness explains why addictions are so tenacious and how we can learn to conquer them We are all vulnerable to addiction. Whether it's a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, or any other behaviors, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us? This book provides groundbreaking answers to the most important questions about addiction. Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has studied the science of addictions for twenty years, reveals how we can tap into the very processes that encourage addictive behaviors in order to step out of them. He describes the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, then explains how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits. Weaving together patient stories, his own experience with mindfulness practice, and current scientific findings from his own lab and others, Dr. Brewer offers a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress, and ultimately living a fuller life.
A practice to consciously explore wakefulness, dreaming, deep sleep, and the very structure of your emotional, mental, and energy bodies * Details the simple postures of Yoga Nidra, breathing exercises and guided meditations, and tips for maintaining awareness in the liminal state that precedes sleep * Includes four complete sessions as well as pointers for creating your own sessions Known as the "yoga of conscious sleep," Yoga Nidra is an ancient Indian practice that allows you to consciously explore the states of wakefulness, dream, and deep sleep as well as your own psyche by combining deep relaxation with attentive awareness. Through Yoga Nidra you can directly observe and understand specific physiological, emotional, and mental processes within yourself as well as experience moments of great inner tranquility, joy, and well-being. Providing a step-by-step guide to Yoga Nidra, Pierre Bonnasse details the simple postures of Yoga Nidra and includes preparatory techniques that work with breath and guided meditations to help you become an attuned observer of your inner world. Offering tips for withdrawing the senses and maintaining awareness in the liminal state that precedes sleep, the author explores how all practices in this discipline begin with a phase of relaxation and observation of breathing, followed by immersion into a very subtle awareness of the physical, energy, and mental bodies. The higher states of more advanced sessions focus on the energy body and its components: the chakras, nadis, and pranavayu, the vital breath and autonomic functions of the body. Including four complete sessions as well as pointers for creating your own, Bonnasse shows how Yoga Nidra offers stabilizing, and therapeutic effects for the body, emotions, and thoughts. Connecting Indian and Western philosophical ideas, the author shows how sleep can be an opportunity to practice a form of yoga that changes not only our nights but every minute of our days.
It has been said that poetry can be a marker of where a poet has been, or a way for a poet to point to places where we, the reader, can go. Both types of poems appear in The School of Soft-Attention. Not corralled to any one poetic style, the heart-mind-river that forms this flowing collection has been shaped by the author's diverse cross-cultural experiences, spiritual tutelage with a New Mexican wisewoman and wilderness guide, and fueled by such practices as meditation in the Zen tradition, mountain pilgrimages, fasting in the deserts of New Mexico, and intensive dreamwork. At every point along the way, the poems in The School of Soft-Attention invite the reader to turn to a new way of seeing, a new way of paying attention to the life within and around us.
The only book that gives you a mindful guide to yoga to help future-proof your body. Avoid putting stress on your joints and heart with this slower yoga style. In today's fast-paced world it's easy to lose the balance in our lives and the connection with our bodies. Yin Yoga offers a remedy to the stress and hustle of everyday life. As yin balances yang in Taoist philosophies, so the slower yin-style yoga offers an alternative to the faster, more active forms of yoga such as ashtanga. Yin yoga concentrates on holding and breathing through floor-based poses, allowing you the time and space to clear your mind and stretch your body. The 54 meditative poses and 20 targeted sequences will help you attain a sense of mindfulness and physical well-being, making it the perfect complement to a busy, active yang lifestyle and bringing you back into balance.
Alleviate anxiety and soothe all stress with The Little Book of Calm Colouring. The international and Sunday Times bestseller from David Sinden and Victoria Kay is the perfectly-formed sought-after antidote to a busy life. Beautifully hand-illustrated and thoughtfully designed to be the perfect size for portability, you can now take colouring art therapy with you wherever you go. With beautiful anti-stress designs on quality paper, this gorgeous colouring book will help your creativity flourish. Take a short relaxing breather from your day to colour the calming images and feel inspired by the poignant quotations that accompany each elegant artwork.
This remarkable book offers a clue to life's greatest mystery - you yourself. It proposes self-conquest as a means to self-knowledge, propels us to believe in ourselves and work out our own salvation. In succinct lines of pure wisdom, the author shares some rare revelations and illuminating meditations.
A practical, step-by-step guide to meditation, suitable for beginners as well as those wishing to refresh their knowledge and inspire their practice. Matteo Pistono began studying Buddhism and yoga in Nepal in the early 1990s, and later lived and worked in Tibet for a decade. In this book, Matteo shares the essence of the many teachings and practices he learned during his 20 years of study under eminent teachers in Nepal, India, Tibet and Thailand, and his guidance is especially relevant as an antidote to today's stresses and challenges. Matteo shares how to: - develop a daily meditation practice - connect the body and mind with body-scanning meditation - integrate mindfulness awareness into everyday life - meditate while walking, drinking tea, eating and in daily life - come to know your heart and mind in the innermost way This book was previously published as Meditation (Hay House Basics series).
If you learn to let go, your life will take off. When you let go, you live intuitively. Everything flows, because you are no longer attached to things being a certain way, to being a certain person or always being right. What a relief. The irony is that when you feel stuck in any area of your life - career, relationships, purpose, health or money - letting go can seem very hard. You cling on for dear life just at the moment you need to take the leap. In The Power of Letting Go, John Purkiss explains why we should let go and how we can do it, using proven techniques to make things happen. The stages of letting go: -Be Present and Enjoy Each Moment -Let Go of the Thoughts that Keep You Stuck -Let Go of the Pain that Runs Your Life -Surrender and Tune into Something Far More Intelligent than Your Brain
A must-have for anyone who practises yoga or is interested in the teachings of the East. B.K.S. Iyengar, whose teachings on yoga are followed throughout the world, reflects upon his lifetime's experience on the yoga path. The structure of the book follows the different aspects of that path (from Freedom Awaits, through The Physical Body, The Energy Body, The Mental Body, The Intellectual Body, The Divine Body to Living in Freedom) and provides a learning framework for yoga as well as an invaluable discourse on life. 'Iyengar knows what the body needs, and he's introduced to the West the Easterner's best path to health and well-being' - TIME Magazine 'Revelations from a lifetime of studying yoga' - The Washington Post 'Light on Life is rich in yoga philosophy and methodology. But unlike his previous writings, this new book is full of autobiographical anecdotes' - The New York Times 'Mr Iyengar reveals in Light on Life the 'heart of yoga' that he personally discovered through more than 70 years of disciplined, daily practice ... [including] the precise ways that yoga can transform our lives and help us live in harmony with the world around us' - Yoga Journal 'The Michelangelo of yoga' - BBC TV
Experiencing grief and loss is one of life's greatest challenges. Mindfulness & Grief is your self-care toolkit, designed to give you the coping skills you need for the short term, and help you cultivate a life of wellness and meaning, even in the wake of loss. Combining inspirational stories of hope and healing with contemporary grief research, evidence-based meditation techniques and the knowledge that each of us grieves in our own way, Mindfulness & Grief has helped thousands of people worldwide navigate the disorienting path of loss. Based on the 8-week program developed by thanatologist and meditation teacher Heather Stang, there are over 35 meditation, yoga, journalling and expressive arts exercises. They are designed to help you ease your physical symptoms of grief, calm your mind and regulate difficult emotions. You will discover how to increase compassion towards yourself and others, make meaning from your loss and honour your loved one, and develop your new self-narrative for moving forward. The program is accessible to anyone - regardless of physical ability - and does not require any previous meditation or yoga experience.
Transpersonal means beyond the personality. It refers to the innate creative and spiritual resources we all have. When you need help or are called upon to help someone else, these resources can make a crucial difference. This book offers you the principles and step-by-step techniques of transpersonal practice, backed up by many case stories and the latest scientific research. Our hope is that every helping professional learns how to do transpersonal work.
A calming spin on a classic fairy tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Verde Once upon a time there lived a wolf who lost his huff and his puff. It was a BIG, BAD problem! One morning, the wolf came upon a peaceful little yogi doing sun salutations. The wolf wanted to huff and puff and blooow her hut down into a big pile of straw. But instead the yogi suggested, "Let's meditate on that!" Soon the wolf met a second yogi, and then a third. He may have lost his huff and puff-but with the help of three new yogi friends, can the wolf find his breath?
Mindful Journaling and Self-Care Strategies for a Better YouPart coloring book, part guided journal Start Here, Start Now...Start Anywhere! is specially made to help you accomplish your ambitions, meet your goals, and enjoy moments of mindfulness. Personal growth starts here. With not enough time in the day, it's hard to find room for self-reflection and short-term goals. From best-selling author and illustrator Ronnie Walter comes an eye-catching, guided, fill-in journal that will produce some clarity on your goals. When everyday life turns into a meaningful life. Filled with fun lists and journal ideas, Start Here, Start Now...Start Anywhere! is an easy-to-use guide with all the benefits of journal writing. It's undated, so you don't need an excuse to start next week. It also includes lined pages to help capture thoughts or save daily reflections. And with lots of illustrations and coloring pages, its therapeutic potential helps reduce anxiety and make room for mindfulness. Inside, find journal prompts like: People come to me to help them... What could you talk for hours about? People tell me I'm... What are some dreams you've had in the past? (even when you were very young) If you enjoyed Ronnie's latest journal, Gratitude with Attitude, or books like Start Where You Are, Practice You, or I Am Here Now, then you'll love Start Here, Start Now...Start Anywhere!
The Lost Art of Being is a little book about doing less and being more. Capturing the wisdom of ancient sages on how to be happy and roll with the Universe, it applies these sacred secrets to our busy modern lives. Offering direct teachings illustrated by remarkable personal insights from the author's own experiences, it encourages the reader to discover the immense power of slowing down, letting heart rule head, and remembering how just to be. It is based on the premise that as human beings, it is only when we look after both aspects of ourselves - human and being - that we can fully relax into our lives. It teaches us how to over-ride the mind to get in touch with our being and receive greater guidance from the universe. The author Jacqui Macdonald explains: "Most of us are ruled by a voice in our head that tells us we need to strive for bigger, better and more. When we believe this story, we lose sight of the fact that we already have a magical connection to the Universe that will provide everything we need for happiness and success. We become all human, no being. This is the source of all stress." The book encourages us to release the need for incessant doing- choosing instead to pause long enough to realise that our thoughts are not real. This allows us to tune into Universal guidance and let our lives unfold far beyond the barriers of convention. The Lost Art of Being combines a short mythical story, inspirational teachings, a selection of Q&A's and a practical lifestyle guide. It is funny, full of wisdom and easy to read - a powerful antidote to 21st century stress, recalling ancient secrets about how to ease into the flow of life, relinquishing the need for all effort.
Whole Beauty: Meditation & Mindfulness includes everything you need to create mindful moments, from guided meditation to self-massage and other Ayurvedic practices. Slow down and create mindful moments using this self-care handbook that includes everything from guided meditations to Ayurvedic practices like tongue scraping and self-massage.
Learn how to cope with anxiety and become a calmer, happier and more grounded person with this simple and accessible guide. 'Remarkable, pioneering, could change your life' Daily Mail This is a book for anyone experiencing anxiety, guiding you through simple ways to ease panic, dread and fear in the uncertainty of modern life. The Anxiety Solution is a simple and inspiring guide to reducing anxiety from former sufferer and qualified clinical hypnotherapist, and host of The Calmer You podcast, Chloe Brotheridge. Chloe will help you understand why we feel anxious and will equip you with techniques to help manage the symptoms and start living a happier, more confident life. Based on the latest scientific research and her unique programme which has already helped hundreds of clients, The Anxiety Solution will show you how to regain control of your life. 'I know what it's like to be stuck in a cycle of anxiety. I used to feel as though fear and worry were a permanent part of who I was . . . but I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to be this way. The truth is, your natural state is one of calmness and confidence - and I'm going to teach you how to get there.' If you want to spend less time worrying, this book is the solution for you. You'll be surprised how quickly you can be back in control and able to enjoy your life once again.
Grounded (adjective): used to describe a person who has a good understanding of what is really important in life.
This book is your entry into a world that spins slowly and draws its inspiration from the earth, the ocean, the sun and the sky. Each turn of the page through projects organized into chapters for the four seasons will lead to discover a new way to practice slow living and weave nature into your everyday life. Build a garden bed and plant seeds. Watch your vegetable garden grow, and pluck a tomato or two to make a salad. Go on a walk in the woods, build a campfire and then read the moon. Rediscover a childlike joy of nature through over 20 projects to cook, make or do outside. Grounded is the ideal way to put down your devices and spend time in natural surrounds with your friends, your family and, of course, yourself.
The Joy of Loving-Kindness Mindful Thoughts for Fathers is a series of beautifully illustrated reflections on different aspects of fatherhood, from the joy of holding your child for the first time and teaching them about the world, all the way through to the inevitability of illness and establishing bedtimes and boundaries. Pick this book up at any stage of fatherhood and dip into the calm of mindful awareness for deeper presence and understanding. Comprised of 25 mindful reflections, each a thoughtful guide, Ady Griffiths (Vidyadasa) offers meditative reflections into the everyday details and bigger picture of fathering in today's hectic world. In this carefully crafted little book, he encourages every father to find and embrace a mindful daily awareness for deeper presence, acceptance and understanding. Covering topics such as the father's changing identity, loving yourself as well as your loved ones and being 'good enough', this book aims to address the internal worries and struggles of fathers during one of the most challenging and rewarding phases of life. Whether you pick this little book up in a time of crisis, or in a moment of rare stillness, allow yourself to be guided through some of the ups and downs in a father's life, and let your mind pause to enjoy and cherish every stage of your child's life.
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