Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
Publisher: Riverhead Books
No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you're not breathing properly. There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren't found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.
Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday by Matthew Sockolov
Publisher: Althea Press
It's easy to disconnect when life moves fast. Practicing Mindfulness offers effective exercises and meditations to live every moment of your daily routine, in the moment. From finding your breath to feeling grounded, these practice-based exercises make integrating mindfulness into your routine easy. With over 75 essential meditations--that take between 5-20 minutes from start to finish--Practicing Mindfulness is an approachable way to apply mindfulness in your day-to-day life. Reduce stress, improve mental health, and stay present no matter what the day holds when you practice mindfulness, with: Mindfulness 101 that provides clear explanations of what mindfulness is, along with why and how it helps in your day-to-day life 75 mindfulness exercises that are organized by difficulty to help develop your practice Practical advice for overcoming obstacles to your mindfulness practice like how to deal with distracting noises or fight off sleepiness Today and every day, mindfulness takes practice. Practicing Mindfulness offers effective, modern meditations and exercises to start practicing everyday mindfulness, today.
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Publisher: Hachette Books
An updated tenth anniversary edition of the best-selling guide explains how anyone can use mindfulness--the Buddhist art of living each moment fully as it happens--to reduce anxiety, achieve inner peace, find fulfillment, and enrich one's life, accompanied by a series of anecdotes, instructions, and meditations. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You by Benjamin W. Decker
Publisher: Althea Press
Master 10 meditation techniques in 10 days with the step- by-step method in Practical Meditation for Beginners. The key to building a solid meditation practice is in the practice itself. From Zen and Vipassana to walking meditations and body scans, the simple practices outlined in Practical Meditation for Beginners make it easy to build an ongoing meditation routine that is best for you. Written by experienced meditation teacher Benjamin Decker, Practical Meditation for Beginners offers a clear 10-day program for learning 10 different meditation techniques--one for each day of the program. Newcomers and experienced meditators alike will enjoy the ease and variety presented in Practical Meditation for Beginners. In the pages of Practical Meditation for Beginners you'll find: Logical chapter organization that sets a daily structure for building your meditation skill set Step-by-step instructions to help you fully engage in each of the 10 techniques Thoughtful writing prompts for recording daily insights in your Meditation Notebook Accessible and effective, Practical Meditation for Beginners is a true how-to guide that will empower you to meditate with confidence right away.
Don't Feed the Monkey Mind (How to Stop the Cycle of the Anxiety, Fear, and Worry) by Jennifer Shannon
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
The very things we do to control anxiety can make anxiety worse. In this unique book, psychotherapist Jennifer Shannon offers a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based approach to help readers recognize the constant chatter of their anxious monkey mind, stop feeding anxious thoughts, and finally find the personal peace they crave."
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama
"From the beginning [this] book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake: [the authors'] own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu have been tested by great personal and national adversity, and here they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal"--Amazon.com.
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