By Staff Reports, Published June 1, 2019
Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering, by Adyashanti (Sounds True) — Adyashanti asks us to let go of our struggles with life and open to the full promise of spiritual awakening: the end of delusion and the discovery of our essential being. In his 15 years as a spiritual teacher, Adyashanti has found that the simpler the teaching, the greater its power to change our lives. In Falling into Grace, he shares what he considers fundamental insights that will “… spark a revolution in the way we perceive life.” Available in CD or book format, here is a progressive inquiry exploring: The human dilemma–the concept of a separate self and the choice to stop believing the thoughts that perpetuate suffering; and “Taking the backward step” into the pure potential of the present moment. In the same way that we fall into the arms of a loved one or drop our heads on the pillow at night, we can surrender into the beauty and truth of who and what we really are. Falling into Grace is an investigation into the core of why we suffer. It’s also Adyashanti’s invitation “…to be taken by a moment of grace and fall into a sense of life when it is not separate from you, when life is actually an expression of something indefinable, mysterious, and immense.”
Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money, by Ken Honda (Gallery Books) — Ken Honda–Japan’s #1 bestselling personal development guru–knows that getting rich quick is no way to achieve happiness. Too often, money is a source of fear, stress, and anger, often breaking apart relationships and even ruining lives. We like to think money is just a number or a piece of paper, but it is so much more than that. Money has the ability to smile, it changes when it is given with a certain feeling, and the energy with which it imbues us impacts not only ourselves, but others as well. Although Ken Honda is often called a “money guru,” his real job over the past decade has been to help others discover the tools they already possess to heal their own lives and relationships with money. Now, in practical and accessible language, the “Zen millionaire” explains how to achieve peace of mind when it comes to money. Learn how to treat money as a welcome guest, allowing it to come and go with respect and without resentment; understand and improve your money EQ; unpack the myth of scarcity; and embrace the process of giving money, not just receiving it. This book isn’t to fix you, because as Ken Honda says, you’re already okay!
Healing Body Meditations: 30 Mandalas to Enhance Your Health and Well-being, by Mike Annesley (Findhorn Press) — Pairing the healing and transformative power of symbolic art and focused meditations, Healing Body Meditations is a set of 30 beautiful color mandalas with accompanying healing meditations, all based on the chakras and the natural miracle of the human body. Meditating on these unique designs–which each focus on a particular chakra and an organ, body part, or system such as the heart, eyes, lungs, or skin–draws upon the endless power of the spirit as a force for physical healing, allowing us to tap into our inner springs of vitality and help restore our being to wholeness and balance. The 30 mandala meditations have been specially created to enhance the meditator’s relationship with his or her own body, ease common symptoms of imbalance and stress, and address specific health concerns, including headaches and migraines, joint stiffness, fatigue, anxiety symptoms, and chronic aches and pains. Organized around the 7-chakra system, the book introduces each chakra in depth along with signs of an over- or underactive chakra and a mandala meditation to strengthen the chakra. This is followed by specific meditations on individual physical, emotional, mind, or soul aspects the chakra regulates as well as meditations for pain relief and energy boost, supporting the skin and senses, and tuning connections within the brain to help with mind and memory. The book also illustrates how clearing the chakras with visualization and meditation can boost energy, enhance the immune system, and bring a change of perspective to everyday life. With rich symbolism and beautiful artwork, these healing body meditations provide an engaging and effective tool to balance, heal, and stimulate body, mind, and soul.
See article: New Books | Summer 2019