For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.
“As if waking up from a nightmare, I thought, If I am going to be traumatized, I might as well be traumatized in Paris, right?” Devastated by the unexpected end of her decades-long marriage, renowned spiritual teacher and intuitive guide Sonia Choquette undertook an equally unexpected move and relocated to Paris, the scene of many happy memories from her life as a student and young mother. Arriving in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, she found a Paris as traumatized by this unforeseen event as she had been by her divorce. Together, over the following years, she and the city she loves began a journey of healing that involved deep soul-searching and acceptance of new, sometimes uncomfortable, reality. In this follow-up to Walking Home, Sonia shares her intimate thoughts and fears, as well as the unique challenges of setting up a new life in a foreign land. From moving into a freezing, malodorous apartment, to a more pleasant —yet haunted —flat across the Seine, to her current light-filled home, Sonia shares how these changes parallel her inner transformation. Along the way, Sonia regales readers with vivid stories of her unfortunate encounters with French hairdressers and beauticians, her adventures in French fashion, and her search for the perfect neighborhood café. Her companion throughout is the city of Paris —a character unto itself —which never ceases to fill her with wonder, surprise, and delight, and provides her with the spiritual strength to succeed in establishing her new life.
Internationally recognized coach and New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Richardson has toured the world empowering others to make lasting change. But when Richardson’s own life no longer worked as it once had, a persistent, inner voice offered unmistakable guidance: it was time to reevaluate her life to uncover what really mattered. Waking Up in Winter is the candid and revelatory account of how at midlife, Richardson found renewed contentment and purpose through a heroic, inward journey. The unfolding story, told through intimate journal entries, follows Richardson from the first, gentle nudges of change to a thoughtfully reimagined life – a soulful, spring awakening. With an experienced coach’s intuition and an artist’s eye, Richardson reexamines everything – her marriage, her work, her friendships, and her priorities – gracefully shedding parts of the self that no longer serve along the way. In the end, she not only discovers what really matters at midlife, she invites readers to join her in the inquiry process by providing thought-provoking questions designed to usher them through their own season of transformation. Offering up Richardson’s most powerful teaching tool yet – her own life – Waking Up in Winter takes readers on a brave, spiritual adventure that shows us all how to live a more authentic and meaningful life.
This is the story of a little girl who ran away from her past life and ended up in a faraway land, seeking and longing for love and happiness. She had been sexually abused by her evil stepfather from a young age. Born in a very poor environment, she lived every day as a survivor. She left her family and worked as a slave, just to flee from the abuse.
An insightful record charting the history of American anaesthesia.
Imagine trusting a doctor--with the best reputation in the state--to do surgery on your eyes. Now imagine the worst of outcomes. Blindness in an eye that you learn, in fact, never needed surgery. And the medical center where you were treated is ignoring the problem. Waking Up Blind is the story of how an eye surgeon became the cause of an array of medical problems for his patients. It is also the story of how one of the nation's premier medical centers tried to conceal the growing scandal. The faculty who exposed the problems were punished. Official committees and the university leaders minimized the misconduct. Slowly, lawsuits and publicity brought some to light in bits and pieces. With the use of court documents, transcripts of tape-recorded conversations, interviews, and personal observation, Dr. Tom Harbin presents this case from the very beginning, uncovering all levels of wrongdoing and secrecy. Waking Up Blind will shock the reader with its candid exploration of the dark side of medicine.
Nuts and Bolts Spirituality explores the two belief systems that we hold about life. Theory number one of the universe says that we are separate from each other, separate from God, and is fear-based. Theory number two of the universe says that we are one with all things, one with God and is love-based. We observe that most of the people in the world subscribe to the theory number one about the universe. To get real clarity on the beliefs that we hold about life and our relationship with the source of life, God, Nuts and Bolts Spirituality explores the two questions that must be addressed and answered. First, "Why was the universe created in the first place?" Secondly, "What is our purpose in that creation?" By examining these questions we can understand life from a larger, clearer perspective. From this understanding the reader can view their own life with more clarity and awareness. This larger, clearer perspective allows the "sleepwalkers" of the world to wake up, become aware, and truly create the life of their intentions and desires.
This book explores an entirely new way of understanding psychological and mental distress based on Dr Razzaque.s work as a consultant psychiatrist together with the insights he has gained as a regular practitioner of meditation. His extraordinary conclusion: mental illness can also be a form of spiritual awakening. This book provides evidence for this from a range of sources including direct clinical case material from his work in acute mental health services to the latest findings from neuroscience and the insights of meditative traditions. The book describes new forms of treatment for mental illness inspired by Eastern approaches and centering around practices such as mindfulness. These therapies offer both patients and their families the inspiring idea that the approach to their psychological difficulties should go beyond just treating episodes of mental illness but also, where possible, help the individual to complete the process of spiritual growth they have begun. This book argues that our society as a whole could benefit from developing an awareness of the spiritual power of this process of transformation.
An inspirational memoir of near-death experience, rebirth, divine mercy, and faith from first-time author Crystal Leigh McVea. On December 10, 2009, McVea, a thirty-two-year-old mother of four, went to the hospital for a routine procedure. While undergoing treatment, her face suddenly turned a dark shade of blue, then black. Her mother screamed for help, and a nurse tried to revive her…to no avail. Today, Crystal does not remember what happened in that hospital room during the nine minutes she was unconscious and unable to breathe on her own. She has no memory of the panic and the rushing nurses and the loud cries of “Code Blue.” She only remembers drifting off…and waking up in heaven. This unexpected meeting of a self-described sinner and skeptic with her God changed everything. Raised Christian, she had left her faith behind after childhood abuse and the subsequent struggles and suffering of her troubled teens and early adulthood. She longed to believe but felt abandoned, broken, and undeserving. A moving autobiographical testament to the power of divine love and forgiveness, Waking Up in Heaven shares the message of hope, healing, and compassion McVea brought back from her brush with God. This brave, honest account of years lost to shame and guilt will inspire those who’ve stumbled along their own spiritual journey, with the uplifting reminder that no one is beyond the reach of grace and redemption, and that, in the words of the author, “God is real. Heaven is real. And God’s love for us is the realest thing of all.”
The author takes readers on a rich journey through the history of Cuba in search of the roots and influences of the island's unique music, interviewing musicians, religious leaders, and ordinary Cubans to find answers to his most interesting questions. Original.
Landmarks of London's music culture visited in this book include the Royal Albert Hall, the Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott's, the 100 Club, and the Marquee, all of which are captured in superb black-and-white photos.
The purpose of Paula's book is to help us stop feeling guilty about the past, angry over the present, or obsessed with the future, and instead to realize the grace and goodness that is already ours.
Although the practice of Sensory Awareness, the rediscovery of experiencing, is nonverbal, its essence can be distilled from the tape-recorded words of its seminal teacher, Charlotte Selver, in response to her students' actions and questions during her classes. This book is a lovingly selected and skillfully edited compilation of excerpts of more than two decades of Charlotte Selver's profound teachings, colorful sayings, and rich insights, arranged topically. They represent the heart of her teaching. Using only her own words, the text of each experiment feels like Charlotte Selver herself speaking not only to her class but to the reader. The reader is invited to try out some of the suggested experiments.
I am writing this book to clear up a few misunderstandings and wrong beliefs about the dual sexuality beings' community (which you call the gay community). And that is, it is not their personal choice to be different, it is just who they are. Secondly, dual sexuality beings are born with an unknown but coming disorder which is called the dual sexuality genetic disorder. Third and most importantly, this book is also a wakeup call to all people, both heterosexual and dual sexuality people, to open their minds to new and different ideas; to get out of the old negative ways of thinking that you have been taught through your life, so that you can free your spirit, My main subject in this book is talking about the dual sexuality beings community. The most important message to be found is that we need to love and respect each other as human beings and learn to respect each other because God created us different, not to despise each other but to love each other.
Waking up early was the most life-changing habit I ever did. In just a few weeks I was waking up 2 hours early every day and feeling more productive and happier than ever. This book will show you how I did it. But first, Does this sound like you? Are you dissatisfied with your life? Are you overwhelmed with obligations to everyone else but you? Do you want more time to yourself? Are you confused about your purpose? Are you worried about the future? Do you feel unhappy at work? Are you seeking peace and quiet? Are you feeling depressed and powerless in your life? Do you feel like life is passing you by? That's how I felt. Trust me, I've tried and failed many times! I was addicted to the snooze button and lost momentum when I slept in on the weekends. I couldn't keep the habit and went on Amazon looking for morning routine books. Sound familiar? I was able to string together days, weeks, and months of waking up early every day. I started feeling more alive, more enthusiastic, and more in control of my life. After a few months I felt like I had woken up to a deeper part of my self. My true self. I call this my awakening. There are lots of books out there about waking up early and habit change. What you get with Wake Up is a personal story of how someone just like you put all the advice into practice and saw massive change in his life. It's real, it's honest, it's inspirational. I WOULD LOVE TO WAKE UP EARLY BUT I CAN'T BECAUSE... Let me stop you there, friend. I know what you're going to say. You don't have time, right? You are already get too little sleep and there is NO WAY you could possibly wake up early. Maybe you have kids or family obligations that make it difficult to carve out time for yourself. All I can say is I hear you loud and clear. But this isn't the only excuse I've heard. Do any of these EXCUSES sound familiar? Not enough time I'm not a morning person Lack of self-discipline I keep hitting snooze I'm too tired in the morning My family makes it difficult I can't keep the habit consistent Fortunately, I help you with all these excuses and more in Wake Up. After reading the book, you will have no excuses left! Now's the time to take action my friend! READ WAKE UP AND YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO: BECOME AN EARLY RISER Develop the habit of waking up early every day. Build a perfect morning routine. Imagine what you could do with an extra hour each morning! FIND YOUR PURPOSE We each have a purpose for being on this planet. Learn how to follow your joy and curiosity, then find the courage to show it to the world. BECOME A HABIT MASTER Most of our actions are habitual. Change your habits, change your life! Create the perfect morning routine to do amazing habits every day, consistently! OVERCOME PROCRASTINATION Procrastination is a symptom of a deeper problem. Sometimes we just can't keep a good habit going or we just can't get started. Learn why. GAIN CLARITY AND INNER PEACE Create a sacred morning ritual that embraces quiet solitude and deep thinking. Start your day in touch with your inner self and genuine desires. OVERCOME DEPRESSION Depression is a symptom of a stifled soul that cannot express it's true gifts. Put the power of your life back into your hands and create the life you desire. What would your life be like if you could wake up early every day? Read "Wake Up" and find out. Your true self awaits.
Written for couples who want to take their relationship to the next level, this guide to spiritual partnership written by two Zen teachers shows readers how to live with an expanding definition of their partnership, finding joy, love, and spontaneity in everyday life. Original.
In this groundbreaking book, renowned hypnotherapist Cynthia Morgan brings together hypnosis and A Course in Miracles for the first time. Using these life-changing tools, she explains how our minds have become hypnotized by false beliefs and provides step-by-step guidance on how to realize your true potential. You're Already Hypnotized is a unique blend of information and a powerful self-healing system. It includes a workbook of instructions for over 40 self-hypnosis sessions, a year's worth of daily reprogramming affirmations, and other tools that the author has used to help thousands of clients awaken. Combining true-life anecdotes and inspiring examples, and packed full of information, this book offers practical tips and all you need to heal every area of your life: relationships, money, health, career, addictions, sex, and more. With this book as your guide, you will learn to wake up to a more fulfilled life.
This first English translation of a great Zen master's work introduces the liberating force of Zen practice in everyday experience. Demonstrating how the words of Ch'an Master Foyen apply to contemporary life, Instant Zen introduces the teachings of the 11th-century master in clear, practical language.
Life is rising up to meet us at every moment. The question is: Are we there to meet it or not? Diane Rizzetto presents a simple but supremely effective practice for meeting every moment of our lives with mindfulness, using the Zen precepts as tools to develop a keen awareness of the motivations behind every aspect of our behavior—to "wake up to what we do"—from moment to moment. As we train in mindfulness of our actions, every situation of our lives becomes our teacher, offering priceless insight into what it really means to be happy. It's a simple practice with transformative potential, enabling us to break through our habitual reactions and to see clearly how our own happiness and well-being are intimately, inevitably connected to the happiness and well-being of everyone around us.