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New Arrivals - Philosophy, psychology, and religion
In this tour of the history of arguments for and against the existence of God, Nathan Schneider embarks on a remarkable intellectual, historical, and theological journey through the centuries of believers and unbelievers?from ancient Greeks, to medieval Arabs, to today?s most eminent philosophers and the New Atheists.
Encounter the defining commitments of the Religious Society of Friends and how those ideals can be incorporated in personal and public life to bring renewal and eliminate the clutter that is keeping us from deeper spirituality.
"... tells you why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated? Your brain was wired this way when it evolved, primed to learn quickly from bad experiences, but not so much from the good ones. It's an ancient survival mechanism that turned the brain into Velcro for the negative, but Teflon for the positive. Life isn't easy, and having a brain wired to take in the bad and ignore the good makes us worried, irritated and stressed, instead of confident, secure and happy. Every day is filled with opportunities to build these strengths inside, but the brain is designed to ignore and waste them. This makes you come down harder on yourself than you do other people, feel inadequate even though you get a hundred things done, and lonely even when support is all around. Dr. Rick Hanson, an acclaimed neuropsychologist and internationally bestselling author, shows us what we can do to override the brain's default programming. Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures that stick to happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson's four steps build a brain strong enough to withstand its ancient negativity bias, allowing contentment and a powerful sense of well-being to become the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into oases of calm and happiness. We can hardwire in happiness"-- From publisher description.
In his work as a practicing psychoanalyst, the author has spent the last twenty-five years uncovering the hidden feelings behind the most baffling human behavior. This book distils more than 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight without the jargon. At its core, this book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening, and understanding. Its stories unveil a delicate self-portrait of the analyst at work and show how lessons learned in the consulting room can reveal as much to the analyst as to the patient.
"Gary R. Renard and his Ascended Master teachers, Arten and Pursah, guide you through a way of dissolving the illusions of time and space and returning to Reality, which is Perfect Love. This is not love in the way the world commonly thinks of it. It's an all-encompassing kind of love that is perfect spirit: innocent, unflawed, immortal, invulnerable, and forever fearless. Real love, which is Divine in nature, must be experienced, for it is beyond words. Yet words and practice are needed to help lead you to that experience. The knowledge of what it's like to be one with your Source is the awesome mystical experience that's been described by Masters throughout the ages. It's the greatest sense of awareness anyone can have while still appearing to be in this world. This book will teach you exactly how to get to that experience, which upon the end of your physical existence will become your permanent reality..."From the publisher.
With the compassion of a pastor, the heart of a storyteller, and the joy of one who has seen what God can do, Max Lucado explores the story of Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20. What Satan intends for evil, God redeems for good.
Provides practical steps and encouragement for creating a life without limitations, daring readers to stretch their faith, break free from the restraints that exist in their own minds, and live the extraordinary life God designed them to live.
A noted research psychiatrist uses stories from his own life and career to explore how adversity can provide opportunities for growth and to demonstrate how to engage with personal failures to pursue an authentic and meaningful life.
Dr. Earley and counselor Bonnie Weiss present a self-therapy approach for uncovering the psychological roots of our self-sabotaging inner voices and restoring our sense of self-worth.
On the basis of more than 25 years' clinical experience and psychological research, Linda Blair reveals how one's birth order position, the spacing between siblings, and the sex of siblings impact one's childhood, adult life, and relationships. Packed with new research and written in a lively, personal style, this unique book will not only help readers understand themselves and their family, but will shed light on the dynamics of their other relationships, explain why they may repeat patterns within relationships, and suggest helpful strategies for dealing with other people. Chapters cover birth order and what being the eldest, middle, or youngest child reveals about the reader; the effect of large or small age gaps between siblings; family size; the sex of siblings; parental attitudes to each child; the effects of being an only child or being a twin; the impact of stepsiblings; and much more.
"Happiness is far more than a positive feeling that comes and goes, happiness is wired into the physiology of our brains. It is a skill we can all develop through cultivating mindfulness and concentration. In Ten Breaths to Happiness Schneider presents a series of simple practices and guided meditations that allow you to literally rewire your neural pathways to experience deeper and more lasting fulfillment and peace. Studies in neuroscience show that it takes about thirty seconds to build a new neural-pathway. Schneider takes these findings and combines them with mindfulness practices based on the teachings of Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. For example, he encourages us to take ten conscious breaths whenever we encounter something beautiful or have a meaningful experience. Consistently exercising this simple practice creates an opportunity for the brain to move from its default reaction of protection to one of appreciation and spaciousness. "-- Provided by publisher.
Examines the role of silence in the history of the Christian faith, including the silent prayers of the faithful, the role of silence in monasteries, and the more negative forms of silence, particularly in dealing with the Catholic Church's internal sex scandals.
Presents an investigation in the claims that yoga and meditation practices can enhance clairvoyance, telepathy, psychokinesis, levitation, and precognition.
Demonstrates how to connect with spirit guides to achieve one's personal potential in health, finances, and relationships, outlining steps for promoting wisdom and psychic insight to further intuition and overcome psychological roadblocks.
In The Dark Side of the Enlightenment John V. Fleming shows how the impulses of the European Enlightenment generally associated with great strides in the liberation of human thought from superstition and traditional religion were challenged by tenacious religious ideas or channeled into the darker pursuits of the esoteric and the occult. His topics include the stubborn survival of the miraculous, the Enlightenment roles of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry, and the widespread pursuit of magic and alchemy.
The author, founder and CEO of Living with Certainty, LLC, presents her multi-faceted approach to creating a life of deep-soul joy. Includes information on dwelling with awareness and sensing universal interconnectivity; discovering your individual soul-view; resonating high-frequency energy vibrations to align with your spiritual power frequency; eliminating static-inducing elements in thoughts, beliefs, relationships, and actions; listening to an internal instruction system; and following the universal guidance inherent in signs, signals, symbols, and synchronicities.
A British documentary filmmaker recounts her personal quest to understand bravery in the modern age, an effort that prompted her to interview people who have undergone extraordinary moments of courage.
The wilderness teaches us lessons about ourselves and the world around us. These lessons can save our lives when we are up on a mountain, but they can also improve our daily lives by giving us the skills and insights to understand our situation and the opportunities and risks around us. Bear Grylls shares the lessons he has learned.
Presents a biography of Jesus that draws on biblical and historical sources to place his achievements and influence against the turbulent backdrop of his time.