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Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield may be best known for his book “A Path With Heart: A Guide to the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life”. But you might not know that eight years after “A Path With Heart” he published a book called “After The Ecstasy, The Laundry: How The Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path” that merits a place on the bookshelf of any devoted spiritual seeker – or, indeed, of anyone who has had an opening experience and has discovered that life doesn’t just become blissful afterRead More
Sometimes we go through life like a person who is carrying a heavy burden all the time, to the point where he is no longer even aware that he is carrying it or that he could set it down. The burden of our egoic attachments, our fears and doubts and wanting and stuckness, is a heavy weight that we carry for years or even lifetimes before it occurs to us that we could drop the weight and live more lightly, celebrating the freedom to be our true selves. This lightnessRead More
Losing one’s child to death, in any form, must be an unimaginable grief. But to discover at the same time that your beloved child killed and inflicted terrible suffering on others must be exponentially beyond even this. You grieve not only the memory of your child, but your idea of who they were and how close you were to them. That is the agony that Sue Klebold faced beginning April 20, 1999 when her son Dylan was one of the two shooters at the Columbine High School. Having kept publicRead More
At 97, the woman recently recognized as the World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher is vital, limber, energetic and wise. She wins dance competitions against people half her age with a partner half their age. She leads yoga classes and retreats, still easily lifting herself up into inverted poses and happily traveling with groups of students to her native India. In her younger days, she enjoyed a career as a model and actress and participated in the French resistance during World War II. Tao Porchon-Lynch has lived fully and has no intentionRead More
After she was named the flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and faced an intense media scrum, Canadian cyclist and speed skater Clara Hughes was stressed. Then she opened her email, and found an invitation to a “brushing-off” ceremony. While other Olympic competitors went deep into their own sport bubbles, Clara travelled to a Squamish First Nations reserve and took in a ceremony of chanting, candles and more. An elder said to all present, “I cannot heal you of your pain. Only you can healRead More
  The Course in Miracles owes much of its current fame to bestselling novelist Marianne Williamson, who popularized it in her 1992 book “A Return to Love”. Since then, many people have embraced the wisdom of the Course as well as the “Cliffs Notes” version put forward in “A Return to Love”, including luminaries like Gabby Bernstein. While the Course in Miracles and accompanying materials, said to be transcribed from the teachings of Jesus Christ himself, runs to about 1100 pages of spiritually charged material that can’t be skim-read, WilliamsonRead More
Few people get the privilege of having their grandmother speak at their university commencement ceremony. But if you are the granddaughter of Pema Chödrön, you’re one of them. And now everyone can read the words delivered by this grandmother-turned-Buddhist-nun and teacher at Naropa University in 2014. The Sounds True book “Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better” presents the text of this speech as well as a special one-on-one follow-up interview between Chödrön and Sounds true founder Tami Simon about failure, regret and leaning in to the mystery of life. Pema ChödrönRead More
Eric Greitens, a former NAVY seal, champion boxer, a scholar, and humanitarian, writes an intelligent, inspiring and easy to read book about facing life challenges head on in “Resilience”. The book consists of letters to his friend who has returned from war and is struggling with PTSD. Greitens uses his life experiences, modern-research and wisdom of ancient Greek and modern-day philosophers to help his friend get through this time. Resilience is a “virtue that enables people to move through hardship and become better. No one escapes pain, fear, and suffering.Read More
Western medicine, existing outside of an Eastern context that includes a more holistic understanding of health through Ayurveda, has a unique position when it comes to understanding the value and power of meditation for human health. Because meditation was relatively unknown to the West before the 1960s, its power in a medical setting has needed to be proven, studied and documented in accordance with today’s scientific method. Now that meditation has been mainstream for a generation, there are ample test cases to study its effects. The Transcendental Meditation method, introducedRead More
If Eckhart Tolle recommends a book, it’s got to be good, right? Steve Taylor’s book The Calm Center is one of the first two publications under the new imprint Eckhart Tolle Editions, selected personally by Tolle for writings that “inspire and contribute to the transformation of human consciousness.” It features a foreword by Tolle himself that is a glowing endorsement of the words you are about to read. This should be a slam dunk, right? The Calm Center is billed as a collection of “poetic reflections” to support spiritual awakening.Read More