Saturday , September 19 2020

In Print – September 2019

By Kayla Hancock

Meditation (A Start Here Guide),
by Patrick J. Harbula, DD, (St. Martin’s Publishing, $14.99, Paperback)

Meditation is known for its various effects, such as increased relaxation, better health, and a stronger connection with the Self. Patrick Harbula provides a comprehensive history of both Eastern and Western meditation while making it seem less intimidating to readers. He shares simple ways for beginners to start their practice along with exercises for more seasoned meditators to deepen their experience. Harbula also gives readers helpful habits to increase the positive effects of meditation in their lives.

Reason and Beyond:
Knowledge, Belief, And Spiritual Transformation
by Darrell Morley Price (O-books, $21.95, Paperback)

In this book, Darrell Price asks readers to question what they already know about the universe so they can ultimately create a life with infinite possibilities. Using a mix of prose and poetry, he shares views on many broad, touching topics such as spirituality, modern civilization, love, fear and the mind. The uplifting tone and provocative questions inspire readers to find their life purpose and live more in the moment.

When Kids Rule the School:
The Power and Promise of Democratic Education
by Jim Rietmulder (New Society Publishers, $19.99, Paperback)

Democratic schooling—where students experience a self-governed society—may sound foreign to most of us, but Jim Reitmulder believes it is an approach to education that we should feel hopeful about. He explains everything from democratic schooling philosophy and morality to model bylaws and the-day-to-day life of this type of system. Reitmulder feels strongly that the power of self-motivation will prove itself more effective in children’s education than coercive models that dominate most of the modern world’s schooling.

The Great Within:
The Transformative Power and Psychology of the Spiritual Path
by Han F. de Wit, Ph.D. (Shambhala, $24.95, Paperback)

Using Buddhism as a template and drawing ideas from multiple religions, Han de Wit demonstrates how contemplative exercises can help us find our inner wisdom. He explores psychological concepts from older traditions so that we can better understand the mind of a spiritual practitioner and find more compassion.

Love on Every Breath: Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain into Joy,
by Lama Palden Drolma (New World Library, $16.95, Paperback)

For hundreds of years, peoples of the Himalayas have addressed issues such as grief, anxiety and anger with an eight-step meditation process known as Tonglen. Lama Palden Drolma takes readers step by step through this heart-opening practice and helps them better deal with emotional turbulence by sharing easy versions for beginners.

The Rock Balancer’s Guide: Discover the Mindful Art of Balance,

by Travis Ruskus (Watkins Publishing, $21.95, Paperback)

Rock balancing has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years—and it offers much more than a pretty social media post. Travis Ruskus shares with readers how the practice of rock balancing can be meditative and even help them let go of limiting beliefs and find happiness. Ruskus also offers inspiring tips and quotes that support the healing energy connected with rock balancing.

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.

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