Book Recommendation : Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

A Lifetime Favorite
“My parents have had “Hope for the Flowers” on their bookshelf for as long as I can remember, and I have always loved reading it (and having it read to me). I found my own copy a few years ago at a garage sale and treasure it. I read it to my son (now seven) a few times a year. We read a chapter each night before bed and both love the story and the pictures. Although I don’t think my son catches the greater meaning, I love knowing that as he grows he will come to love the book not only because of the pictures and the miracle of the catepillars’ transformation into a butterfly, but also because of the feeling of peace and hope it brings to the life of the reader”
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Simple but life changing.
“What a fantastically simple book with a life changing message! It really makes you think and I’m certainly not going to be one of those crawlers trying to get to the top of the tower trampling on everyone to get to the top only to find…(can’t say what as it it would ruin the impact of the story). If you have ever thought “why am I doing this day after day?” or feel there’s more to life you should read this book. Its very easy to read, illustrated throughout and very thought provoking- can’t recommend it more.”



Book Recommendation – What is Meditation? by Osho

What is Meditation? by [Osho Media International]WHAT IS MEDITATION?
The question is answered here in 38 ways — irreverent, provocative, insightful, profound. Those who have avoided meditation because it seems too serious and holy might enjoy discovering it can be “Fun.” The resolutely secular can entertain the notion that it’s “Scientific” and an “Experiment.” And the skeptical might even be persuaded that it’s “Cool.” Whatever category you fall into, here’s an opportunity to loosen the bindings of your preconceived notions of what meditation is, and begin to approach it with more playfulness and joy.

Book Recommendation – As One Is: To Free the Mind from All Conditioning by Jiddu Krishnamurti

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As One Is: To Free the Mind from All Conditioning by Jiddu Krishnamurti
In this series of 8 talks, given in Ojai, California in 1955, Krishnamurti confronts the confusion, habits, and assumptions of the human mind, and claims these lie at the root of all violence and suffering in the world. While these reflections were offered over 50 years ago, their meaning is as fresh and as relevant heard today.

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Book Recommendation – On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt

“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit,” Harry G. Frankfurt writes, in what must surely be the most eyebrow-raising opener in modern philosophical prose. “Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted.” This compact little book, as pungent as the phenomenon it explores, attempts to articulate a theory of this contemporary scourge–what it is, what it does, and why there’s so much of it. Continue reading

Book Recommendation – The Eye of the I from which Nothing is Hidden by David R Hawkins

1. The way out of conflict is not to try to eliminate the negative but instead to choose and adopt the positive. To view that one’s mission in life is to understand rather than to judge automatically resolves moral dilemmas. 
Meaning is defined by context which determines motive. It is the motive that establishes spiritual value.
2. Opinions are dangerous to their owners because they are emotionally charged triggers for the dissent, strife, argument, and positionality.
3. Attitude: The primary quality is one of attitude in that one looks at life not as a place to acquire gain, but as an opportunity for learning, which abounds even the smallest of life’s details. Continue reading

Book Recommendation – The Edgar Cayce Primer – Discovering the path to Self Transformation

“While Edgar Cayce may indeed be “the sleeping prophet,” Herbert Puryear is some type of angel himself in how he interprets Cayce’s work. This book is so far beyond anything I’ve read in the spiritual/New Age realm that it needs to take its place in the pantheon of all-time great non-fiction works.

As others have noted, Puryear’s tone is almost scientific, but don’t fear boredom or confusion by my using that word. Each sentence is so loaded with such profound truths and wisdoms that very often, I could only read a few paragraphs before having to put it down in order to reflect on what I’d just read. Puryear is a genius, pure and simple, and it’s his generosity of heart and spirit that gives the work a poignancy one finds in any great work of art. Believe me, it’s that good.

This will have a permanent home on my bookshelf, and I’m sure that as I read it again and again, I’ll discover buried truths I didn’t see (or wasn’t ready for) the first time around.”

Seriously, I can’t believe someone is out there who can write this well. Do yourself a favor and buy it.

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Book Recommendation – The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Two great spiritual masters share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity. 

The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet.

From the beginning the book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake: their own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu have been tested by great personal and national adversity, and here they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal. Now that they are both in their eighties, they especially want to spread the core message that to have joy yourself, you must bring joy to others.

Most of all, during that landmark week in Dharamsala, they demonstrated by their own exuberance, compassion, and humor how joy can be transformed from a fleeting emotion into an enduring way of life.

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Book Recommendation; Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by [Huffington, Arianna]
Thrive is a captivating look at what it takes to live a more meaningful, satisfying life.  Brimming with passion, supported by science, and crowned with practical insights, Arianna’s exceptional book will transform our workplaces, schools, and families.” -Adam Grant, Wharton professor and author of Give and Take

“Arianna Huffington has written a passionate and much needed prescription for reshaping life from the inside out. Turn off your cell phone, your email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and every other tool of the stressed-out, distracted world to spend some time thinking about grace, joy and wonder. You’ll be glad you did.” –Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer prize winning columnist and bestselling author of I Know Just What You Mean

Thrive is a book that makes me smile just thinking about it. It is a book
of wit, wisdom, and practical advice for changing our lives by changing
our values. After all, why should we be content just to live when we can
thrive?” -Anne-Marie Slaughter, professor, Princeton University, author of What Works for Women at Work

“This is a generous, urgent, vital book, a chance to redefine how we keep score before it’s too late. Arianna has given us a gift, and delivered it with style. Read it!” -Seth Godin, bestselling author of The Icarus Deception
“You can feel Arianna’s passion for her subject on every page of this book.   Arianna has reflected on and struggled with  how best to define success ever since I met her more than 30 years ago.  In Thrive she’s created a new paradigm for redefining how to systematically build a life of  purpose and balance and accomplishment— the whole life we’re all ultimately after.” -Tony Schwartz, CEO, The Energy Project, author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working

“Beautiful, bold and brilliant…. I must confess I did not just read this book, I entered into long conversations with it. Rarely comes a title that makes you stop whatever you are doing and look at yourself in a new light, look within. Arianna Huffington is a compassionate rebel; she not only changes the world but also understands it. Her latest book Thrive profoundly transforms our understanding of success and wakes us up from the broken dreams we chase.” -Elif Shafak, bestselling author of Honor and The Forty Rules of Love

“Warning:  The content of this book is highly contagious. Even slight exposure may set you on a path to far clearer seeing, a radical resetting of your priorities, deep contentment, and, of course, thriving. Chances are, it will also melt your heart.”  -Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor, UMass Medical School, author of Full Catastrophe Living

“One of the most important books of this century.  Weaving a tapestry of home-spun wisdom, science and compelling life stories, this is a profoundly uplifting and practical book that has something for everyone.  A must read for anyone wishing to live life more fully.” -Richard J. Davidson, founder and chair, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Not only is Thrive rich in worldly  wisdom and brimming with motivation, it gives us the practical tools to help us reconnect to what is deepest and best inside of us.  With evidence and inspiration, Arianna gently shows us how to face the craziness of life today with awareness, grace and a sense of humor. I have a feeling I’ll be referencing this book for a long time.” -Congressman Tim Ryan, Ohio, author of A Mindful Nation


Book Recommendation – Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by Dr. David R Hawkins

Letting Go: The Pathway To Surrender Letting Go describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to Enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author’s clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all of its many forms. The inner mechanism of surrender was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.
Dr. Hawkins’s previous books focused on advanced states of awareness and Enlightenment. Over the years, thousands of students had asked for a practical technique by which to remove the inner blocks to happiness, love, joy, success, health, and, ultimately, Enlightenment. This book provides a mechanism for letting go of those blocks. Continue reading