Mind, Body, & Spirit from our 2018 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2018 Summer Newsletter.

Following a kaleidoscopic thread of psychedelics, shamanism, psychotherapy, Santa Cruz hippies, cultural revolution, and German New Age-ers, Pollan crafts the narrative on psychedelics in the contemporary moment. Extensively researched, and at points laugh-out-loud funny, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence is already in line for nonfiction book of the year. Quarter tab of acid not included with purchase. - Gabe

Meet Michael Pollan at our off-site book talk & signing event on June 5th. Check here for ticket availability.

Joan Halifax is a scholar, anthropologist, activist, and Buddhist teacher. She has works with neuroscientists, psychologists, politicians, caregivers, teachers, and activists and has named five psychological territories she calls Edge States—altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagement—that epitomize strength of character and can also be the root of suffering. Halifax notes that if we can teeter on the edge of each state and observe our behaviors and impulses from there, we can travel the range of the human experience and do so with openness and courage. - S.M.C.

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Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet Cover Image
By Joan Halifax, Rebecca Solnit (Foreword by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250101341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - May 1st, 2018

This is not a “how to” introduction to Zen Buddhism; however, if you’re curious and want to hear about someone’s life experiences as they seek balance and enlightenment, Bow First, Ask Questions Later is well worth reading. I found it to be a fascinating rumination on life, faith, and the practice of caring for oneself. Greenwood’s writing is fun and engrossing, and she impressed me with her ability to look humorously on even the most bizarre situations she finds herself in. - Jax

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Bow First, Ask Questions Later: Ordination, Love, and Monastic Zen in Japan Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781614293972
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wisdom Publications - May 8th, 2018

When Zen practitioner and author Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) was diagnosed with a dangerous blood cancer, she was suddenly thrown into the world of hospitals, medical lingo, and life-threatening urgency. Months into her own treatment, her partner was also handed a cancer diagnosis. With her Buddhist practice and steadfast spiritual gaze, Goldberg speaks to the importance of recognizing that it is the dance between the dark and the light, the hard and the easy, that makes life full and worthy of living. - S.M.C.

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Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611805673
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Shambhala - June 5th, 2018

 

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