The Qigong Bible
The Definitive Guide to Energy Cultivation Exercise
This comprehensive introduction to Qigong, the ancient system of movement, meditation and breathing exercises designed to improve health, martial prowess and spiritual development, includes an illustrated guide to the basic stances and tips on incorporating the martial art into everyday life.
The Secret Language of Birthdays
Personology Profiles for Each Day of the Year
Based on psychology, history, numerology, tarot and astrology, this illustrated guide to personality offers a double-page spread for each day of the year, describing the characteristics, quirks and personality traits associated with each birth date. It includes detailed information about the twelve signs of the zodiac and how they are influenced by the elements, the planets and the seasons. Off-mint.
Warriors of Love
Rumi's Odes to Shams of Tabriz
The great Persian poet Rumi (1207–73) was inspired by his eccentric spiritual guide Shams to compose these lyrical odes as metaphors for his love of God. Cowan’s translation presents 49 poems, with an introduction on the men’s deep friendship and their contribution to Islamic spirituality.
Freud: The Key Ideas
From Psychoanalysis and Sex to Dreams, the Unconscious and More
The influence of Freud’s revolutionary ideas extends to art, literature and the language of everyday life. With clear and concise explanations of Freud’s technical terminology, this guide to his theories begins with a short biography, then explains how he developed each of the central concepts of psychoanalysis.
A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy
By the spring of 1645, civil war had exacted a terrible toll on England. Disease, hunger, anxiety and lawlessness were rife, and belief in the supernatural was commonplace. In Essex, two gentlemen began interrogating women suspected of witchcraft. This study charts the grisly careers of ‘Witchfinder General’ Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne, and reveals how religious bigotry and the superstitious fears of ordinary people unleashed the most brutal witch-hunt in English history.
Taoist Astral Healing
Chi Kung Healing Practices Using Star and Planet Energies
Taoist astrology teaches that harnessing the energies of the stars can break cycles of attraction and addiction, promote longevity, and enable us to heal ourselves and others. This step-by-step guide explains its origins and principles and offers practical meditation techniques that are intended to allow the inner and outer universes to become more connected, expanding self-awareness, balancing the emotions and promoting spiritual growth.
The Complete Yoga Tutor
A Structured Course to Achieve Professional Expertise
This manual of Hatha Yoga, written by the founder of Dharma Yoga London, is aimed at serious practitioners and aspiring teachers. Step-by-step instructions for 65 asanas (postures) are given, accompanied by notes on the benefits of each and photographs of yoga practitioners executing the pose. Breathing, anatomy and the science and history of yoga are also covered in this comprehensive handbook.
Beat Stress with Meditation
Meditation can help to relieve stress and anxiety by developing a calmer and more balanced approach to everyday situations. This practical step-by-step guide describes how to master progressive exercises and integrate meditation techniques into daily life, emphasising the importance of a holistic approach to health for the body and the mind.
Mindfulness in Eight Weeks
The Revolutionary Eight-Week Plan to Clear Your Mind and Calm Your Life
With downloadable audio materials, this illustrated manual uses mental and physical exercises with clear step-by-step instructions to help readers to become aware of their habits, learn how to breathe, understand their feelings and reactions, and live mindfully.
Jung: The Key Ideas
An Introduction to Carl Jung's Pioneering Work on Analytical Psychology, Dreams and the Collective Unconscious
This accessible and methodical introduction to Karl Jung’s analytical psychology offers concise explanations of his key concepts, from archetypes and the collective unconscious to dream analysis and the eight psychological types. Illustrated with humorous cartoons, the book also explores his main influences, including his relationship with Freud and his deep interest in Eastern religion, as well as examining the numerous approaches he devised to help understand the human psyche.
Galileo & The Art of Ageing Mindfully
Wisdom From the Night Skies
As we grow older, time seems to pass alarmingly quickly. But retired priest Adam Ford has learned from a lifetime’s fascination with the night sky that contemplating unimaginably ancient stars gives an opportunity to develop a more positive perspective on ageing. In these meditations inspired by the life of Galileo he reflects on our place in the universe and shares his wisdom with younger generations.
Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain
Hero Myths in the Mabinogion
The synopses and commentaries in this ‘explorative study’ help the reader to unlock the cultural significance and spiritual meanings of the ‘Four Branches’ and ‘Taliesin’, the most ancient myths in the Welsh Mabinogion. Matthews’ interpretations focus on the initiatory pattern of Britain’s inner guardians and the figures of the archetypal liberator Mabon and his mother, Modron the Great Goddess. Revised and updated edition of Mabon and the Mysteries of Britain.
The Body of Myth
Mythology, Shamanic Trance and the Sacred Geography of the Body
With a focus on Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian mythology, this innovative investigation into the biological basis of myths and dreams enlarges on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. The author concludes that myths have their origins in esoteric descriptions of what occurs within the human body during shamanic trance, a natural state which was once at the core of religious experience but was then distilled into such spiritual practices as the Indian tradition of yoga.
Imagination, Magic and Myth
The unique art inspired by Tibet's cultural amalgam of Shamanism and Buddhism is meant to be of specific use and spiritual benefit to everyone. Rawson discusses a wealth of photographs which depict not only the artistic productions of the past but also the activities of the present-day monks who continue ancient traditions, with their mandalas, mantras and meditation offering 'powerful, untarnished and coherent alternatives to Western egotistical lifestyles'.
Health and Wellbeing
This is an easy-to-use guide to yoga, from getting started to developing your practice. An introduction describing the many benefits of yoga is followed by step-by-step explanations of all the main poses, organized by type and difficulty. Once these are mastered, there are sequences of poses to follow for beginners and the more experienced, helpful lists of poses targeted at specific purposes, and chapters on breath control and meditation.
How to Reach Enlightenment
This inspirational guide contains practical advice to help you unlock your spirituality. Its chapters offer strategies for learning how to live a conscious life enriched by enlightenment; find quiet and balance; serve others with compassion; and step into your authenticity. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Sane New World
Taming the Mind
With characteristic wit, honesty and clarity, Ruby Wax draws on her personal experiences of depression as well as her studies in psychotherapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to introduce practices that can ‘change your mind and how you think’. Explaining why the way we think about our experiences is so important for our mental health, Wax shows how to regulate mind and moods, creating healthier, happier and more flexible ways of thinking.