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Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki put it best when he said, “You are perfect just as you are, and you could use a little improvement.” We hope the titles below will help you grow into your most brilliant self.

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  1. Feeling Wisdom

    Feeling Wisdom

    Working with Emotions Using Buddhist Teachings and Western Psychology

    • by
    • Rob Preece
    The realm of emotion is one of those areas where Buddhism and Western psychology are often thought to be at odds: Are emotions to be valued, examined, worked with as signs leading us to deeper self-knowledge? Or are they something to be ignored and avoided as soon as we recognize them? Rob Preece feels that neither of those extremes is correct. He charts a path through the emotions as they… Read More

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  2. The Weight Escape

    The Weight Escape

    How to Stop Dieting and Start Living

    • by
    • Russ Harris,
    • Ann Bailey,
    • Joseph Ciarrochi
    Diet fads and fitness trends may offer the prospect of losing weight, but they rarely work out long-term. The Weight Escape offers something life-changingly different.Using the mindfulness-based method called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dr. Russ Harris, author of the best-selling Happiness Trap; psychological practitioner Ann Bailey; and scientist Joseph Ciarrochi show you how to make the lasting changes you want. Focusing on the mental barriers that can keep… Read More

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  3. The Power of Grace

    The Power of Grace

    Recognizing Unexpected Gifts on Our Path

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    • David Richo
    Perhaps you’ve had one of those moments when everything, quite unexpectedly, simply falls into place; or, when you’ve been puzzling over an impossible question and—pow!—the answer suddenly arises, seemingly out of nowhere. These and other such experiences are not caused by our efforts. They are moments of grace, the gift dimension of life. Grace is generally associated with religion, but, as Dave Richo shows, you don’t need to be religious… Read More

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  4. Your Body Knows the Answer

    Your Body Knows the Answer

    Using Your Felt Sense to Solve Problems, Effect Change, and Liberate Creativity

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    • David I. Rome
    A manual for Mindful Focusing, a new integration of Eastern and Western techniques for accessing your inherent wisdom.Ever come up against one of those moments when life requires a response—and you feel clueless? We all have. But there’s good news: you have all the wisdom you need to respond to any situation, even the “impossible” ones. It’s a matter of tuning in to your felt sense: that subtle physical… Read More

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  5. The Illustrated Happiness Trap

    The Illustrated Happiness Trap

    How to Stop Struggling and Start Living

    • by
    • Russ Harris,
    • Bev Aisbett
    There’s this idea going around that we’re always supposed to be happy—and it’s making us miserable. The good news is, if you can learn to let go of that impossible expectation, your life will be a whole lot happier. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a simple, self-administered therapy that uses mindfulness to enable you to do just that. This fun, illustrated guide to the method that’s made life… Read More

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  6. The Healing Power of the Breath

    The Healing Power of the Breath

    Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions

    • by
    • Richard Brown, MD,
    • Patricia Gerbarg, MD
    Here’s a drug-free, side-effect free solution to common stress and mood problems—developed by two physicians. Millions of Americans suffer from mood problems and stress-related issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma-induced emotions and behaviors; and most would prefer not to take medication for their conditions due to troublesome side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and disappointing success rates. Drs. Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg provide a drug-free alternative… Read More

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  7. The Five Keys to Mindful Communication

    The Five Keys to Mindful Communication

    Using Deep Listening and Mindful Speech to Strengthen Relationships, Heal Conflicts, and Accomplish Your Goals

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    • Susan Gillis Chapman
    Good communication is essential to any healthy relationship, whether it’s between spouses, family members, friends, or co-workers, and mindfulness—the practice of nonjudgmental awareness—can help us communicate more effectively and meaningfully with others in our personal and professional lives. Here, Susan Chapman, a psychotherapist and long-time Buddhist practitioner, explains how the practice of mindfulness awareness can change the way we speak and listen, enhance our relationships, and help us achieve our… Read More

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  8. Coming Home to Who You Are

    Coming Home to Who You Are

    Discovering Your Natural Capacity for Love, Integrity, and Compassion

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    • David Richo
    We already possess everything we need to have satisfying relationships and a happy, fulfilling life; all we need to do is learn how to bring forth our natural wisdom—which includes our innate kindness, understanding, and courage. Psychotherapist David Richo draws on four decades of his counseling experience to create this manual on how to nurture the best in ourselves and our relationships. He teaches how to access our natural abilities… Read More

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  9. The Confidence Gap

    The Confidence Gap

    A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

    • by
    • Russ Harris
    Too many of us miss out on opportunities in life because we lack self-confidence. Whether it's public speaking, taking on a leadership role, or asking someone for a date, there are situations in which we just don't feel equipped to handle the challenges we face. Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to low self-confidence, shyness, and insecurity: Rather than trying to "get over" our fears, he says, the… Read More

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  10. Daring to Trust

    Daring to Trust

    Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy

    • by
    • David Richo
    Most relationship problems are essentially trust issues, explains psychotherapist David Richo. Whether it’s fear of commitment, insecurity, jealousy, or a tendency to be controlling, the real obstacle is a fundamental lack of trust—both in ourselves and in our partner. Daring to Trust offers key insights and practical exercises for exploring and addressing our trust issues in relationships. Topics include: How we learn early in life… Read More

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