In her new book, Close to the Ground, the S&H columnist and Zen practitioner explores Buddhism’s seven factors of enlightenment: mindfulness, investigation, effort, ease, joy, concentration, and equanimity.
Which of the seven factors do you think is the most misunderstood?
Joy. I don’t know what it is about joy that is so confusing. My experience is that most people equate pleasure with joy. Although there may be joy within some pleasures, it is so much more. Quieter. Lighter. Braver.
Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol
By Sara Gottfried
For the woman who never experiences fatigue, sugar cravings, or PMS, bless you.
For the woman whose default mode is exhausted, bloated, and in need of chocolate, it doesn’t have to be that way, says a new book by Dr. Sara Gottfried.
A Meditation on Life and Death
By Erica Brown
SIMON & SCHUSTER
With sensitivity, humor, and unflinching honesty, writer and educator Erica Brown explores how fear and denial of death can diminish quality of life for the dying and those they leave behind. In Happier Endings, Brown poses a probing question: If we know death is certain, then why do so many of us live as though dying is for other people?
I met Anne Lamott in her cozy Marin County, California, home, where we talked about her latest book, Help, Thanks, Wow, over the objections of her two exuberant dogs.
In person, as in her writing, she is an astute observer of her inner life, wielding both humor and lightness with Jedi-like precision. Her best-selling nonfiction books have chronicled many of her life passages—from single motherhood in Operating Instructions to writer and daughter in Bird by Bird to defining her faith in Traveling Mercies.
I was sitting with a yoga teacher friend the other day, and he was having one of those freak-out moments we all have from time to time. You know the one: “I’m not good enough, I don’t work hard enough, I’m too negative, I’m failing at life,” etc., etc. If you’re a yogi, it’s even worse: “I don’t meditate enough, I can’t hold my crow pose that long, I still have negative thoughts, I am CAUGHT IN THE ILLUSION OF REALITY” and on and on.
The S&H staff shares their favorite books that made a difference in their lives.
When wellness expert and spiritual teacher Jonathan Ellerby woke up one day to realize that the “American Dream” he’d worked so hard to fulfill was not what he expected, he packed up his wife and child, sold most of his belongings, and left his job, his home, and
For the days when you need inspiration and affirmation.
Books, Music & Film Reviews by Kristine MorrisBOOKS
- Spirit Junkie
A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles
by Gabrielle Bernstein / Harmony Books
Author Mel Robbins has brought to this book her 15 years of experience in helping people make more of their lives; it finally puts a stop to all our excuses about why we can’t have the life we really want.