The Book of Dharma charts Simon Haas's journey to India and his "excavation" of the Dharma Code, a powerful system for making enlightened choices and directing our life more consciously. In this ground-breaking book, Haas discloses these ancient, transformative teachings for contemporary Western readers, for the first time openly revealing a knowledge that has been passed down in secrecy in a sacred tradition for millennia.
"A 'must-have' for teachers and students alike who wish to develop their understanding of yoga and deepen their practice. Expertly written by the experienced Haas, who lived in temple monasteries in India for ten years and apprenticed for sixteen years with an elderly Bhakti master practitioner, the book shows how we can consciously direct our life by improving the quality of our choices, and clearly explains the four design principles of the Dharma Code - truth, purity, non-violence and discipline. Highly recommended."
"This book is a labour of love and reads swiftly and elegantly. ... The idea of simply addressing four of the yamas and niyamas: ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), saucha (purity) and tapas (discipline) as a guide to life, is in itself ingenious and alluring. Haas's own life bears testimony to the power of this theory. Read it if you are in any way interested in going into yoga philosophy; it is the perfect inroad. For yoga teachers, you will find this application of the yamas most revealing."
--CHARLOTTA MARTINUS, founder of TeenYoga; Director at Universal Yoga Ltd
Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul is about the soul's journey from fear, lamentation and confusion to sacred love. Based on the timeless teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, this contemporary guide to yoga's ancient wisdom shows us how to overcome life's greatest challenges, how to follow our life purpose, how to engage our heart in our yoga practice, and how to write our life story with love and compassion.
"From a little girl at Heathrow airport and a dog on the Yorkshire Moors, to holy men in crematoriums and Indian monkeys, we hear inspiring stories sure to open our hearts and minds in learning to appreciate the potential power in darkness to rewrite our own life stories from ones of fear and confusion into those of love and compassion."
- Catherine L. Schweig, chief editor of Goddess: When She Rules (Golden Dragonfly Press, 2017) and author of over fifty articles on yoga and the Bhagavad Gita
Going sober will make you happier, healthier, wealthier, slimmer and sexier. Despite all of these upsides, it's easier said than done. This inspirational, aspirational and highly relatable narrative champions the benefits of sobriety; combining the author's personal experience, factual reportage, contributions from experts and self-help advice.
“Buying this book won't magically make you stop drinking, you'll need to want to do that. For me it gave me that final, tiny extra push I needed. A lot of what the author wrote rang true and it made me look at myself and my drinking in a slightly different way. Well written with a few funny stories (I'd have liked a couple more) this book is a very good read and will be another small step in getting the habit under control. I've drank a bottle of red (or 8 pints of lager) every single night for over 35 years. I'm now on day 45 of not drinking and I much prefer this state of mind. Thank you for writing this book Catherine, you helped make my life immeasurably better. I already know I will never go back to 'living' like that.” - Anonymous 5 star review on Amazon
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No matter what your bad habit is, you have the power to change it. Drawing on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality, this book will show you that you are not your habits. Rather, your habits and addictions are the result of simple brain wiring that is easily reversed. By learning to stop bad habits at the source, you will take charge of your habits and addictions for good.
Anything done repeatedly has the potential to form neural circuitry in the brain. In this light, habits and addictions are impersonal brain wiring problems that result from taking your habitual thinking as truth, and acting on that thinking in the form of doing your habit-over and over. This book offers a number of small changes you can make in your everyday life that will help you stop your bad habit in its tracks.
If you want to understand the science behind your habit, make the decision to end it, and commit to real, lasting change, this book will help you to finally take charge of your life-once and for all.
"I love this groundbreaking book! It frees people from the misguided idea that breaking self-destructive habits takes willpower, 'bootstrap pulling, ' tools, techniques, or thought reconditioning! It helps people see the innocence of their self-defeating habits so they can let go of guilt and blame. It helps people realize that they have all the mental health they need already inside of them. It shows people how to use the power of thought in their best interest. When people grasp these new insights, their habits naturally melt away."
--Thomas M. Kelley, PhD, associate professor at Wayne State University, and licensed psychologist
Mindfulness in Positive Psychology brings together the latest thinking in these two important disciplines. Positive psychology, the science of wellbeing and strengths, is the fastest growing branch of psychology, offering an optimal home for the research and application of mindfulness. As we contemplate mindfulness in the context of positive psychology, meaningful insights are being revealed in relation to our mental and physical health.
The book features chapters from leading figures from mindfulness and positive psychology, offering an exciting combination of topics. Mindfulness is explored in relation to flow, meaning, parenthood, performance, sports, obesity, depression, pregnancy, spirituality, happiness, mortality, and many other ground-breaking topics. This is an invitation to rethink about mindfulness in ways that truly expands our understanding of wellbeing.
Mindfulness in Positive Psychology will appeal to a readership of students and practitioners, as well as those interested in mindfulness, positive psychology, or other relevant areas such as education, healthcare, clinical psychology, counselling psychology, occupational psychology, and coaching. The book explores cutting edge theories, research, and practical exercises, which will be relevant to all people interested in this area, and particularly those who wish to enhance their wellbeing via mindfulness.