By Kayla Hancock
Kriya Yoga for Self-Discovery: Practices for Deep States of Meditation, by Keith Lowenstein (Inner Traditions, $19.99, Paperback)
Kriya yoga, a meditation technique that focuses on the spine and breathwork, can help lead to deep meditations and spiritual awakenings. Keith Lowenstein shares the basic techniques of the practice which include visualizations, pranayama, posture adjustments, mantras, and more. Lowenstein also explores the many teachings of his Kriya yoga teacher, Ganesh Baba.
Animal Spirit Wisdom: A Pocket Reference to 45 Power Animals, by PhillipKansa (Earthdancer Books, $9.99, Paperback)
Do you remember ever having a dream in which you felt the overwhelming love and presence of an animal? Dreams are just one of the ways in which our power animals can show up for us. Phillip Kansa examines forty-five essential spirit animals and the wisdom and special powers associated with them. Kansa also shares how to connect with our spirit guide animals and offers various exercises to help readers find support for all types of challenging situations.
The Full Spirit Workout: A Ten-Step System to Shed Your Self-Doubt, Strengthen Your Spiritual Core, and Create a Fun and Fulfilling Life, by Kate Eckman (New World Library, $16.95, Paperback)
Goals are a tricky thing. While they are important to have, setting goals for ourselves can re-open some deep emotional wounds and insecurities. Kate Eckman uses her multi-modal expertise as an athlete, executive leadership coach, and meditation teacher to give readers a program that will help them overcome even the most difficult roadblocks that are holding them back. Eckman created this workout to help readers feel excited about overcoming their obstacles and trauma. With daily mind-body-spirit practices, this program will give readers the benefit of addressing all aspects of the issue(s) at hand–the obvious ones, and those that linger beneath the surface.
I Am a Seed: Journaling My Way to Me, by Yves Doucet (Balboa Press, $37.95, Hardcover)
Many people hear the word journaling and think of a middle schooler writing down their thoughts and feelings into a notebook. Little do they know, the practice of journaling can actually have a profound positive impact on a person’s quality of life, even for adults! Yves Doucet provides sixty-six days’ worth of intentional musings and considerations to help readers start their journey into journaling. Doucet says an established journaling routine leads to a simpler and more content life.
Shine: Ignite Your Inner Game to Lead Consciously at Work and in the World, by Carley Hauck (Sounds True, $24.99, Hardcover)
For too long, our society has awarded behavior that leads to increased levels of stress and burnout. Carley Hauck puts together a brilliant plan to help those seeking leadership positions stay positively motivated, focused, and in a state of joy. Hauck explains in detail the six “inner game skills” for mindful and connected leaders to stay on task. These skills: self awareness, emotional intelligence, resilience, love, well-being, and authenticity, help to cultivate a working world in which the focus is supporting one another to create a compassionate, innovative society as opposed to a greedy, destructive one.
A Visionary Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Methods for Working with the Deep Dream, by Lee Adams (Destiny Books, $16.99, Paperback)
Is there a purpose for dreaming? We may never know. But Lee Adams claims that, if incorporated into waking life, lucid dreams can lead to greater self-awareness and transformation. Adams provides tried-and-true tactics to help readers learn from their vivid dreams. He also touches on the history of lucid dreaming and other methods that support dreamwork.
Kayla Hancock is grateful to be a part of this community. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and certified Deeksha giver who enjoys working alongside her angels and spirit guides to bring more love, joy and compassion into the world.