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The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life

September 2nd, 2014
Surrendering to a simpler life can be frightening or stressful — even inconceivable.  Consider an average day. Multitasking and over-performing are more a requisite than an ideal, as is maintaining competitive advantages just so you can pay your rent. Competition is everywhere we look, in fact, making it seem almost reckless, at least counter-intuitive, to stop ...

Rethink How You Think: How to Create Lasting Change Today

BOOK REVIEW.
For a science-informed book on self-improvement, Rethink How You Think can be both illuminating and confounding. The primary reason is its splicing of science and religion: two camps perennially at odds. However, this is not the kind of book that has been somewhat in vogue the past few years, a pop-science look at religiosity versus ...

Being You, Changing the World

BOOK REVIEW.
So you’re having a bad time of it. Well, perhaps you should “demand of the Universe: Either my life completely changes or I am out of here.” If you are truly serious, then plan for your ousting. “I even set a date, 6 months in the future. I gave the Universe a deadline,” writes Dain Heer. ...

Book Review: Lifting the Veil

BOOK REVIEW.
When I began reading Lifting the Veil, it seemed clear that the main theme was dissociative identity disorder — previously and popularly known as multiple personality disorder. The book appears to be a first-hand account of one therapist’s experience in treating a complicated patient. It is an interesting disorder to treat and to write about as ...

The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment & the Developing Social Brain

BOOK REVIEW.
I had barely started this book and was already recommending it to friends and colleagues. Early in the second edition of The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, psychology professor and private practitioner Louis Cozolino challenges traditional Western philosophy of the lone and separate individual. As Cozolino writes, “Individual neurons or single human brains do not exist in ...

Awakening Clinical Intuition: An Experiential Workbook for Psychotherapists

BOOK REVIEW.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. More than anything else, ...

Book Review: By All Means

BOOK REVIEW.
A few pages into this “Zen cautionary tale,” the dramatic stakes are set high and our attention is arrested when its main character, Edward, barely manages to extricate a piggy hand-puppet from the jaws of a neighborhood feline -- just as the interloping cat tries to slink out Edward’s side door. We soon learn that Edward ...

Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution

BOOK REVIEW.
Ever been stuck in a conflict, unable to let go and unable to forgive others? Ever felt like conflict permeated everything? In Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution, Diane Musho Hamilton, a Zen teacher and priest, helps us get through these problems. Hamilton explains the benefits of conflict — even when we see ...

The Riddle in the Mirror: A Journey in Search of Healing

BOOK REVIEW.
Author Jayni Bloch was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the era of apartheid, and that painful period is the context for her story of psychological and spiritual growth. Having grown up myself in the segregated American South, I found Bloch’s story particularly interesting. Not only were there racial divisions in South Africa between black and ...

The Trauma of Everyday Life

BOOK REVIEW.
How many times have you heard someone say, That was the straw that broke the camel’s back? We can try to rally to face big obstacles, but sometimes the day-to-day “little things” add up until, finally, one of those small things overcomes us. Then, it turns out, they were not such “little things” after all. In ...

Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective

BOOK REVIEW.
My introduction to the blending of Western psychology and Buddhism was Psychotherapy East and West, by Alan Watts, many decades ago. My own work as a therapist has included an underlying Eastern philosophy. Yet somehow I did not come across Mark Epstein’s book until now. I have found his Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist ...

Isis Code: Revelations from Brain Research & System Science on the Search for Human Perfection & Happiness

BOOK REVIEW.
“Our only hope for survival is through the awakening and strengthening of our general feminine polarity, of Isis. Yes, Beauty can save the world.” That is the conclusion of Ariane Page, a self-described hygienist-naturopath and former assistant director for the CBC in Montreal. The narrative journey toward her book’s conclusion is more than 600 page long ...

Divine Intuition: Your Inner Guide to Purpose, Peace & Prosperity

BOOK REVIEW.
Have you ever had a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you make a big, and what turns out to be awful, decision? Or gotten chills talking to someone who later turned out to be stealing money from you? It could be that these are messages from your intuition attempting to warn ...

Fourteen Inches to Peace: Seven Simple Steps to Move from Your Head to Your Heart

BOOK REVIEW.
Most, if not all, adults have found themselves in gridlock traffic. As they watch the minutes tick by, the frustration starts brewing. One driver and then another voices their anger by blaring their car horn. It is difficult to resist the urge to join in; the slight release found in honking the horn is satisfying. ...

Lessons for Living Beyond the Ego: Sustaining Your Journey to Love, Joy & Peace

BOOK REVIEW.
We all want to be happy, but for many of us, attaining the peace and joy that we desire seems like a never-ending struggle. In David Mutchler’s most recent book, Lessons for Living Beyond the Ego: Sustaining Your Journey to Love, Joy, and Peace, he argues that ego is what stands between us and the ...

It’s Your Decision: Parenting the Way God Intended

BOOK REVIEW.
Resources for parents practically overwhelm the retail market. There are books, CDs, DVDs, magazines. Stores like Babies “R” Us and specialty boutiques are easy to find. With It’s Your Decision: Parenting the Way God Intended, Ed Grizzle has attempted to add a book to the stack of reliable parenting resources. In it he describes his own ...

Coincidence Is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous

BOOK REVIEW.
Little did Gloria Loring know when she found a business card that was placed anonymously on her dressing room chair that it would help her for the rest of her life. In her new book, Coincidence is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous, this singer, actress, and author relates an autobiographical story of how things in her ...

Non-Judgment Day is Coming: Are You Ready?

BOOK REVIEW.
With the spread of technology and social media, people are becoming aware of travesties and tragedies almost immediately after they take place. And so, there are plenty of theories as to what we can do to “fix” the problems that seem to plague our society and the world at large. The ideas range from gun control ...

How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy & Sorrow

BOOK REVIEW.
“I see you.” These three little words have remarkable power to change how you think, feel, and live. Author Toni Bernhard visited Paris back in 2001 one and came down with a viral illness that has left her chronically ill and at times confined in her home on bed rest. She had been a law professor ...

Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life & Teachings

BOOK REVIEW.
For those familiar with the work of famed thinker Carl Jung, author Gary Lachman has written a challenging but worthwhile biography. In Jung the Mystic: The Exoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life and Teachings, Lachman explores the perception of Jung as a mystic, rather than as a man of science and disciplined reason, paying special attention ...

Ways of Living an Authentic Life

Ways of Living an Authentic LifeThe privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. ~ Carl Jung What does it mean to live authentically? The phrase is kicked around a lot. Live an authentic life. Be authentic. But how do we find that place ...

Book Review: Beyond the Ego

BOOK REVIEW.
Sometimes a self-help book tries to be too many things. Beyond the Ego: Where Love, Joy, and Peace of Mind Await You, may be one of them. Written by David Mutchler, an author described as having earned an overwhelming number of degrees in education, philosophy, psychology, and social work, with advanced studies in religion, it is essentially ...

The Secrets of As a Man Thinketh

BOOK REVIEW.
James Allen, a retired English businessman living at the turn of the 20th century, devoted his post-business life to writing and contemplation. In 1902, he published a text called As a Man Thinketh. A long essay, hailed by some as a "classic" of the self-help genre, Allen's work is still in print. A hundred and ten ...