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BrainStyles BookBrainStyles: Change Your Life Without Changing Who You Are
by Marlane Miller

Description as seen on Amazon.com

Stop trying to change yourself and fully develop who you really are–that’s the message of this unique self-help book, which empowers readers to use their natural strengths to grow in limitless ways. Line drawings throughout.

 

 

 

 

The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger

by Leonard Scheff

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Road rage. Domestic violence. Professionally angry TV and radio commentators. We’re a society that is swimming in anger, always about to snap. Leonard Scheff, a trial attorney, once used anger to fuel his court persona, until he came to realize just how poisonous anger is. That and his intense study of Buddhism and meditation changed him. His transformation can be summarized in a simple parable: Imagine you are circling a crowded parking lot when, just as you spot a space, another driver races ahead and takes it. Easy to imagine the rage. But now imagine that instead of another driver, a cow has lumbered into that parking space and settled down. The anger dissolves into bemusement. What really changed? You—your perspective…

 

 

 

 Ta"Taming the tiger within"resource suggested by Life Cycles Counselingming the Tiger Within: Meditations on transforming difficult emotions

by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Taming the Tiger Within is a handbook of meditations, analogies, and reflections that offer pragmatic techniques for diffusing anger,
converting fear, and cultivating love in every arena of life-a wise and exquisite guide for bringing harmony and healing to one’s life and relationships.
Acclaimed scholar, peace activist, and Buddhist master revered by people of all faiths, Thich Nhat Hanh has inspired millions worldwide with his insight into the human heart and mind. Now he focuses his profound spiritual wisdom on the basic human emotions everyone struggles with on a daily basis.

 

 Authentic Living

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Finding and Following an Authentic Life

by Gregg Michael Levoy

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How do we know if we’re following our true callings? How do we sharpen our senses to cut through the distractions of everyday reality and hear the calls that are beckoning us?
This is the first book to examine the many kinds of calls we receive and the great variety of channels through which they come to us. A calling may be to do something (change careers, go back to school, have a child) or to be something (more creative, less judgmental, more loving). While honoring a calling’s essential mystery, this book also guides readers to ask and answer the fundamental questions that arise from any calling: How do we recognize it? How do we distinguish the true call from the siren song?

 

 

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First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy

 by Stephen R. Covey

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“I’m getting more done in less time, but where are the rich relationships, the inner peace, the balance, the confidence that I’m doing what matters most and doing it well?”

Does this nagging question haunt you, even when you feel you are being your most efficient? If so, First Things First can help you understand why so often our first things aren’t first. Rather than offering you another clock, First Things First provides you with a compass, because where you’re headed is more important than how fast you’re going.

 

 

 

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Finding Your Own North Star: Creating the Life You Were Meant to Live

by Martha Beck

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“Explorers depend on the North Star when there are no other landmarks in sight. The same relationship exists between you and your right life, the ultimate realization of your potential for happiness. I believe that a knowledge of that perfect life sits inside you just as the North Star sits in its unaltering spot.”

Martha Beck has helped hundreds of clients find their own North Star, fulfill their potential, and live more joyfully. Now, she shares her step-by-step program that will help you take the exhilarating and frightening journey to your own ideal life.

 

 

Children

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The Invisible String

by Patrice Karst

“That’s impossible”, said twins Jeremy & Liza after their Mom told them they’re all connected by this thing called an Invisible String. “What kind of string”? They asked with a puzzled look to which Mom replied, “An Invisible String made of love.” That’s where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds. The Invisible String reaches from heart to heart. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach, anyway? Does it ever go away? Read all about it!

 

 

 

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The Fall of Freddy the Leaf: A story for all ages

by Leo Buscaglia

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This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf names Freddie. How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter’s snow, is an inspiring allegory illustrating the delicate balance between life and death.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is a warm and thought-provoking story and both children and adults will be deeply touched by this inspiring book. This 20th anniversary edition of this beloved classic has helped thousands of people come to grips with life and death.

Grief

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Working It Through: An Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Workshop on Life, Death and Transition

by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.

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The companion guide to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s famous workshops on death and dying
This remarkable guide to coping with death and dying grew out of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s realization that she could help larger numbers of terminally ill people directly by meeting with them in groups. The first such meeting in 1970 led to hundreds more throughout the United States and the world and now toWorking It Through, a testament to “faith and the ability to survive and transcend the most difficult trials in life” as Kübler-Ross writes in her foreword. The photographer Mal Warshaw has documented the workshops, and his moving photographs bring this already powerful book to life.

 

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Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief

by Martha Whitmore Hickman

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For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, here are strength and thoughtful words to inspire and comfort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recovery Resource Links

  • SpiritWorks Foundation – Serving individuals affected by the disease of addiction by helping them live drug free.

     Williamsburg, VA 23188 USA
     Call (757) 903-0000

Domestic Violence Resources