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Qi - The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness
Journal of Asian Martial
The International Magazine of Tai Chi (USA)
Mental Nutritionist Dr Ann Villiers speaking with Chief Instructor Brett
Wagland on the Academy's DVD, Stress Relief in the Workplace with Tai Chi
Exercises - scroll down to # 22
Falls Prevention through Tai Chi
Less Fall, More Confidence
Tai Chi Improves Knee Strength and Force Control
Bleep do We Know!?”
Let the scientists (physicists, neurologists,
anesthesiologists, physicians and molecular biologists) take you on an
amazing journey of discovery!
Spiritual Cinema Circle brings you movies such as, comedies, dramas
and documentaries each month that will warm your heart, expand your mind and
stir your soul. Unfortunately, these movies are not screened in cinemas.
for the Soul
You’ll be able to listen to popular authors talking about
their works and teachings.
Included are authors
such as, Dr Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss, Cheryl Richardson, Dharma Singh
Khalsa (M.D.), Gordon Smith, Doreen Virtue (Ph.D.), Marianne Williamson
and many more.
Books & DVDs on Nutrition recommended by Dr. Andrew Morris
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Jewellery and Watches of Distinction, including
Yin Yang pieces
Suggested Reading & Links
DreamHealer : a
True Story of Miracle Healing
DreamHealer 2 : a Guide to Healing and Self-Empowerment
The first book tells of Adam’s discovery of his healing abilities at the age
of 16 and subsequent development. He cured rock legend, Ronnie Hawkins, of
inoperable pancreatic cancer.
In DreamHealer 2, Adam’s skills as a healer have increased. He is able to
give group treatment in workshops. Adam also shows you his visualisation
techniques, with the use of a hologram, to tap into your own healing
Find out more about
Adam's Amazing Talents
Winnie-The-Pooh on Success : in which you, Pooh and
Friends Learn about the Most Important Subject of All
Roger E. Allen and Stephen D. Allen
Do you want to be successful? Do you want to achieve your goals?
Everyone has different ideas about success and how to be successful.
The authors of this little book will give you the tools necessary to attain
your dreams. They will help you to know your own abilities and build
goals around them. This new approach will help make your path to the
top of your mountain easier and faster to follow. Endearing and
This is a story of courage,
insight and self-healing. Despite doing everything right with good mental
attitude, exercise and healthy diet, Brandon Bays was diagnosed with a
football-sized tumour in her stomach. After much soul searching, she
uncovered past emotional hurts which had contributed to her condition.
Without drugs or surgery, she cured herself in six and a half weeks. In
this book, she shares her transforming techniques with the readers.
More about Brandon Bays
– Herbert Benson, M.D.
Dr. Benson, a Harvard physician, has conducted scientific research for 30
years. Dr. Benson writes about the physical benefits derived from practising
relaxation techniques, such as meditation. They range from lowering blood
pressure to minimising heart
Timeless Healing : the Power and Biology of Belief
– Herbert Benson, M.D.
Dr. Benson explores the junction of objective science and the
mystifying power of the human spirit. He explains how affirming beliefs makes a critical
contribution to our physical health. Detailing the scientific evidence, Dr. Benson shows
how anyone, along with a caring physician or healer, can tap into a reservoir of
remembered wellness to affect and cure up to 90% of medical complaints.
Radical Gratitude and Other Lessons Learned in Siberia
Andrew Bienkowski and Mary Akers
At the age
of five, Andrew Bienkowski and his family were banished to Siberia under the
rule of Stalin. His grandfather chose to starve to death so that the rest
of the family could survive. In this part memoir and part self-help book,
Bienkowski shares the lessons he learnt growing up during this difficult
period. Intertwined with stories, the 14 powerful lessons which include
Radical Gratitude, Nurture Hope, A Sense of Humour, Empower Others, To Find
Peace and Love Heals, inspire us to live a life of meaning, dignity and
service to others. Be transformed by the healing power of radical
gratitude, that is, being grateful for small gestures and even for the
terrible things we experience in our lives.
Andrew Bienkowski talks about Radical Gratitude
The Body has a Mind of Its Own : how body maps in your brain help you do
(almost) everything better
– Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee
Just as road maps enable you to reach your destination, body maps enable you
to perform movements, from the simple task of picking up a cup to the more
complex task of playing sports. The self is not restricted to the confines
of your physical body. It extends into the space around you. For example,
when you use a knife and fork, you can feel the hard and soft density of the
food that you are cutting through these hard metals.
Contrary to what most people believe, the mind’s true foundations are
derived from the sensations related to the skin and body, such as touch,
temperature, pain, etc. All other senses, for example, visual, auditory,
are secondary. The sum total of body maps enables you to move around in the
world without constantly colliding with objects and gives you a solid sense
of self. This book explains how you can tap into the power of body maps to
enhance your sporting performance, musical skills, ability to cope with
stress and even empathy.
Also available as an audiobook (unabridged).
– Rhonda Britten
In this book, Rhonda shows you how to get off the "Wheel of Fear" and on to the
"Wheel of Freedom" where one can take risks, seize opportunities and nurture
self confidence. You will be shocked by Rhonda's own tragedy during her teenage years and
inspired by her journey of self development. Most of all, this book is about self
Tip of the Week
The Spiritual Tourist : a personal odyssey through the
outer reaches of belief – Mick Brown
This is an entertaining, informative and easy-to-read book. In Mick Brown,
you will find a blend of the healthy skepticism of a journalist and the
longing of a spiritual seeker. He went in search of the Messiah in London
suburbs, travelled the ashram
trail in India, met His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the foothills of the
Himalayas and knelt in front of Mother Meera in Germany. Mick fills you in
on the history of well-known gurus, such as, Sai Baba, Madame Blavatsky of
the Theosophical Society, Krishnamurti, etc. He also shares his inner
experiences of these encounters with the readers. There is also a good
bibliography at the end of the book.
: trigger a complete health turnaround in 10 days or less – Art
all have heard of the immune system, the digestive system, the circulatory
system, etc. However, how many of us know about the healing system? The
author, who is a medical doctor, explains the healing system in layman's
term and describes how stress hinders its functioning. He highlights the
importance of working with the healing system to improve our health and
Can't Lose Weight? You could
have Syndrome X
Dr. Sandra Cabot
want to lose weight or gain better health, you will find this book informative. If your diet is high in
carbohydrates, this book is a must read! The
important relationship between the healthy functioning of the liver and weight control is
explained in the book. Traditional Chinese
medicine always takes into account how liver functioning and digestion affect each other. There are also recipes for you to follow.
– T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, PhD
If you would like to know the effects of diet on health and longevity, this
is a must read! Dr. Colin Campbell was a researcher on a project in the
Philippines working with malnourished children, ensuring that the children
were getting as much protein as possible. This project later on became
an investigation into the cause of liver cancer (predominately an adult
disease) in those children. This experience furthered Dr. Campbell’s
interest in diet and disease which led to his involvement in the China
The China Study, heralded as the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever
conducted, was a research project supported by a 20-year partnership of
Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive
Medicine. It was a survey of diseases and lifestyle factors in rural China
From this study, more than 8,000 statistically significant links between
various dietary factors and disease were established. Dr. Campbell, a
respected nutrition and health researcher, details the connection between
nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and also its ability to
reduce or reverse the risk or effects of these deadly illnesses. In this book, as well
as detailing the connection between dietary factors and diseases commonly
found in developed countries, he also looks at the source of nutritional
confusion that consumers face.
Tai Chi Ch’uan Ta Wen : Questions and
Answers on T’ai Chi Ch’uan
Chen Wei Ming; translated by Benjamin Lo & Robert W.
In this book, Professor Chen Wei Ming writes about the instructions he learned in
class as a student of Yang Cheng Fu.
(80 minute documentary)
produced and directed by
James Colquhoun and
Laurentine ten Bosch
In order to help his father overcome chronic fatigue, depression and
anxiety, James Colquhoun produced the film, “Food Matters”. Leading
nutritionists, naturopaths, scientists, doctors and medical
journalists share their knowledge on the following topics: the use of food
as medicine, the role of vitamins, the value of organic food and natural
treatments to lower cholesterol. They also discuss natural therapies for
cancer, foods that relieve anxiety and depression and the most effective way
to detox and lose weight.
View Food Matters Online
Bones of the
Master : a journey into secret Mongolia (biography)
The odd yet endearing, warm relationship between the author and the previously unknown Zen
master, Tsung Tsai, will leave a lasting impression on the reader's mind. The incredible
journey began with Tsung Tsai walking three thousand miles to flee from China in 1959.
Almost forty years later, Tsung Tsai and his American friend, George Crane, went back to
his hometown with a mission in mind. Crane writes with sincerity, without political or
moral overtone. A beautifully written book that reaffirms the triumph of human spirit!
The Tao Of Yiquan : the Method of Awareness in
the Martial Arts
(Warriors of Stillness : Meditation Traditions in the Chinese Martial Arts,
The author of this book will introduce you to the founder of Yiquan, Master
Wang Xiang Zhai and four of the Yiquan practitoners who were the
author’s teachers. A discussion of Zhan Zhuang and many awareness exercises
Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite
– David DiSalvo
The author states that
this is not a self help book, rather it offers “science help.” Drawing on
the research of neuroscience and cognitive psychology, DiSalvo reveals why
you do what you do, the mental shortcuts that fail to serve us and how to
use this insight to live a more fulfilled life.
Evolve Your Brain : the Science of Changing Your Mind
– Joe Dispenza, D.C.
In “What the Bleep do We Know!?”, Joe Dispenza talks about how he
consciously creates his day mentally each morning. In this book, he
explains how each thought affects the wiring of the brain. If you keep
thinking the same negative thoughts, chemical reactions that keep you
addicted to the same patterns and feelings are created, even though these
thoughts bring unhappiness and discomfort. Joe describes the brain
functions which show that neural circuits can be rewired at any time. He
also shows you how to use the brain for your happiness and well being. What
and where you focus your attention is the key. Only you have the power to
change your mind!
Joe Dispenza's site
The Brain that Changes Itself : stories of personal
triumph from the frontiers of brain science – Norman Doidge, M.D.
Neuroplasticity now replaces the old notion that the adult brain is fixed
and unchanging. Psychiatrist and researcher Norman Doidge interviewed
experts in this field throughout the United States. Their findings support
the theory that the brain is a highly adaptable structure and that we are
not at the mercy of our genes. In this book, you will read about the
discoveries of these scientists and case stories of individuals who have
triumphed against overwhelming odds.
The Power of Habit : why we do what we do and how to
change – Charles Duhigg
Duhigg is a reporter for the New York Times. When he was working in
Baghdad, he witnessed that
the understanding of habit and by removing one element, the United States
military had successfully stopped riots in a plaza in Kufa, Iraq.
This sparked his interest in learning more about habits.
Learn to diagnose,
analyse your habits and change them.
Human beings are creatures of habits. Large companies study the science of
habit formation in order to influence what we buy. If you don’t know
your habits, you will find it difficult to change, ranging from
incorporating exercise into your life to losing weight or quitting smoking.
By identifying the patterns and learning how to change them, the author
himself has lost about 30 lbs, runs every morning and has become much more
Eisenberg, M.D., with Thomas Lee Wright
David Eisenberg was the first U.S. medical exchange student
to the People’s Republic of China. He has continued to investigate Chinese medicine
as a clinical research fellow at the Harvard Medical School and in collaboration with
Chinese medical authorities. This fascinating, easy-to-read book is for anyone who ever
wanted to know how - and if – acupuncture and herbal remedies actually work
effectively as medical treatments. Taking a forthright look at Qi [chi], the "vital
force" of Chinese medicine, an American doctor probes the mysteries of ancient
Chinese skills with both a healthy scepticism and an open-mindedness that make for
The Hidden Messages in Water
Dr. Emoto’s work on our interconnection with water became more widely known
with the release of the movie, “What the Bleep do We Know!?”. His
realisation of the fact – “No two snow crystals are exactly the same” –
inspired him to begin his research on water crystals. His high speed
photography of water crystals demonstrates that molecules of water are
affected by our thoughts, words and feelings. The book is full of
photographs of beautiful water crystals which have been affected by music
and words of love and gratitude. There are also photographs of water which
has been subject to negative words.
a Water Crystal
Other People : the Five Secrets to Human Behavior
Beverly D Flaxington
This book is the 2009 winner of the gold award by Readers Favorite for best
book on relationships. If you are often frustrated by the comments and
actions of others, this book is a must read! You will find tips and
insights on truly understanding conversations with others and on increasing
your communication effectiveness.
Authentic Yang Family Tai Chi
Grandmaster Fu Sheng Yuan
ISBN 0 646 23258 4. PO Box 657,
Victoria Park WA 6100, Australia
For the first time in English, Grandmaster Fu Sheng Yuan, fifth generation
authority of the Yang Style Tai Chi, offers his experience and insight on the training
methods of his family’s art. Following in his famous father, Fu Zhong Wen’s
footsteps, Grandmaster Fu Sheng Yuan started his training at the age of
nine. This book contains invaluable information on the training methods of
Yang Style Tai Chi. With over 500 photographs, the essence of the entire 85
form is captured on record. Each photo is accompanied by detailed
instructions, making this volume a
priceless addition to your library.
History of Yang Style Tai Chi
Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan
– Fu Zhongwen;
translated by Louis Swaim
Fu Zhong Wen, father of Grandmaster Fu Sheng Yuan, was one of
the most well known and respected tuti (disciples) of Yang Cheng Fu. This book consists of
drawings and detailed instructions of the Yang Style Tai Chi form. It also contains new
translations of some of the Tai Chi classics. There are succinct descriptions of Fixed
Step, Moving Step Push Hands and Da Lu. This book is recommended for advanced Tai Chi
Interview with Louis
Gabriel Method : the revolutionary diet-free way to lose weight
Jon Gabriel explains that once the fat switch is turned off, the body
naturally wants to be slim and weight will fall off easily. As long as the
fat switch is turned on, one is fighting an uphill battle no matter which
diet program is being followed. There is a free visualization CD which can
be downloaded to help the mind and body work together to lose weight easily.
See Jon’s before and after photos
Finding Serenity in the Age of Anxiety
– Robert Gerzon
For the millions who think that feeling "stressed
out" is an unavoidable fact of life, here is a groundbreaking approach for finding
true serenity in this age of anxiety. We find serenity when anxiety works for us instead
of against us. In a brilliant analysis, Gerzon unravels three distinct strands from
anxiety’s tangled knot and then shows us how to respond to each effectively: toxic
anxiety, natural anxiety and sacred anxiety.
Conscious and Creative
Living - Robert Gerzon
Emotional Intelligence : Why It
Can Matter More Than IQ
– Daniel Goleman
Drawing on groundbreaking brain and behavioural research,
Goleman shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ
do surprisingly well. These factors add up to a different way of being smart – one he
terms "emotional intelligence". Emotional intelligence includes self awareness
and impulse control, persistence, zeal and self motivation, empathy and social deftness.
These are the qualities that mark people who excel in real life: whose intimate
relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. These are also the hallmarks of
character and self discipline, of altruism and compassion – basic capacities needed
if our society is to thrive.
Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations
Medicine : How to Use your Mind for Better Health
edited by Daniel Goleman and Joel Gurin
written by leading international authorities
This book discusses the connection between stress and disease, examines such
mind/body approaches as biofeedback, hypnosis, meditation and psychotherapy, and explores
the mind’s role in pain, heart disease, cancer, the immune system, diabetes, skin
problems, arthritis, asthma, gastrointestinal disease and infertility.
with Daniel Goleman
The Tao of Pooh
A book that explains the principles of
Taoism through Winnie-the-Pooh, and explains Winnie-the-Pooh through the principles of
“While Eeyore frets … and Piglet
hesitates … and Owl pontificates … Pooh just is.”
The Te of Piglet
"The Te of Piglet" is the sequel to "The Tao of Pooh". Benjamin Hoff
introduces more traditional Taoist stories through dialogues between himself and some of
the charming characters from the Pooh books, such as Pooh, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga, Baby Roo
and of course, Piglet himself. A delightful read for those who enjoyed "The Tao of
Roots of Wisdom
– Hong Yingming
edited and illustrated by Tsai Chih Chung; translated by Koh Kok Kiang
Tsai Chih Chung is a pioneer in the art of visualising Chinese literature and
philosophy by way of comics. Comics are not only fun and entertaining, they can also be a
form of satire. They make classical literature and philosophy available to us in a
The "Roots of Wisdom" advocates a life of
simplicity, goodness, quiet joy and harmony with one’s fellow beings and the world at
large. Hence, it has a great relevance to our modern and rapidly changing society.
The Healing Promise of Qi : Creating Extraordinary Wellness through Qigong
and Tai Chi
Roger Jahnke, O.M.D.
Roger Jahnke has been practising traditional Chinese medicine for more than
a quarter of a century. This book gives an overview of the theory and
practice of Qigong and Tai Chi. The author also draws a parallel between
the ancient Chinese concept of qi (life force) and the universe with the
scientific world of quantum physics. Techniques with illustrations are
included to enable the reader to put theory into practice. The author
states that you can rely on these 3 promises from Qigong: (1) Qi is free and
everywhere and is accessible to everyone through simple methods of
practice. (2) Health benefits are assured with regular practice. (3) The
cultivation of qi is easy if you allow it to be.
Uncovering the Wisdom of the Heartmind : "Shaking Down Seed" and Other
Stories of Ordinary Goodness
– Lin Jensen
These simple tales speak straight to the heart – an intuitive
knowing which transcends intellectual understanding. Some of these events
are so simple that one would easily have not taken notice, if not for
Jensen’s skilful and beautiful writing. In these stories, readers will
uncover qualities and wisdom in simple everyday acts that make us human.
Loving What Is : Four Questions that Can Change Your Life
(book and CD set)
was a business woman and a mother of three before she began feeling the
blues. She suffered depression for almost a decade, until she experienced a
life-changing realisation one morning lying on the floor in a halfway house
in 1986. From this “waking up to reality” experience, the Work (which is a
method of self inquiry) was born. By asking four simple questions to shake
up the false beliefs, you stop tormenting yourself continuously with bad
thinking. Once these beliefs are seen for what they are, you don’t have to
try to let go of them, rather “the thoughts let go of you”, as Katie herself
said. Suffering becomes optional. You rediscover the freedom and joy
Who is Byron
The End of
Overeating : taking control of our insatiable appetite
– David A Kessler
Dr David Kessler, former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, was
known for taking on the tobacco industry. In this book, he exposes the
tactics of modern food manufacturers. Their products are not innocent
wholesome food. Instead, they are perfectly engineered portions of fat,
salt and sugar which hijack the brains of millions. These food products turn
consumers into addicts, encouraging us to keep eating all the time. Now you
know why you cannot stop eating that packet of chips even though you might
intend to only have a few! The author also shows us important tools to
enable us to reclaim control over our cravings.
Winter : Defeating Cancer
- A Westerner’s Chinese Journey
Sir William Keys
"Flowers in Winter" is the re-creation of four weeks of herbal
treatment, of diet, of meditation and of "qi" – those life forces so vital
to any healing process. It is an account of one man’s successful battle with
a life-threatening illness; a story that uncovers some of the mysteries of
an ancient culture and its customs; and above all, it is a story of
determination, of poignancy, of humour and of love.
T’ai Chi Ch’uan for
Health and Self-Defense
– Master T.T. Liang
This book is for people who would like to find out just what Tai Chi is and
why it has become so popular. It explains the philosophy behind the system
of movements and the variations that are possible, once one has learnt the
The Biology of Belief
The New Biology : where Mind and Matter Meet
-- previously released under the title, "The Biology of Belief"
Biology has finally caught up with quantum
physics! Dr. Bruce Lipton states that it usually takes ten years or more
for scientific findings to infiltrate the consciousness of everyday
culture. Most people, including the media, have been operating on outdated
scientific assumptions, such as, the Darwinian view of the survival of the
fittest, the control that genes have over an individual, etc. The findings
of Dr. Lipton’s study on cells astonished even himself. We are not victims
of genetic hereditary. One’s perception of the environment (belief)
“controls” behaviour. It also “controls” genes and rewrites the genes to
adapt when necessary. Consciousness is more powerful than nature and
nurture. Human beings are creators of their realities – mind and matter
Dr. Bruce Lipton's site
Dr. Bruce Lipton's DVDs are available in Australia
Techniques of Taiji, Xingyi and Bagua :
translated and edited by by Zhang Yun and Susan Darley
This book is
basically a legacy of the teachings of Wang Pei Sheng (1919-2004), a very
skilled internal arts master from Beijing. Lu gives a description of the
history, principles and features of Tai Chi, Xing Yi, Ba Gua and Tong Bei.
These are the big four in Chinese internal martial arts (nei jia quan). Lu
also offers analysis on the methods and stages of the development of these
When Listening Comes Alive : A Guide to Effective
Learning and Communication – Paul Madaule
Paul Madaule was born in France and suffered from a learning disability,
dyslexia, as a child. School was a nightmare. Finally, Dr Alfred Tomatis,
an ear, nose and throat specialist, discovered that Paul had a listening
problem. Dr Tomatis took Paul through his sound stimulation listening
program. This enabled Paul to finish school and he graduated in Psychology
from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. It is amazing that it was that same
young dyslexic Frenchman who wrote this book in English!
very interesting book, Paul Madaule explains that the ear is more than a
microphone. Hearing is not the same as listening. Listening involves the
brain processing the sound and making sense of the sounds received from the
ear. According to Dr Tomatis, autism is the purest form of non-listening.
Besides messages, sound carries vital energy to the brain and nourishes the
nervous system. The ears affect how well we function, such as, balance,
body movements, coordination, our energy level and sense of well being, our
moods and behaviour, the expressiveness of our voice, the ease of speaking,
etc. The ears serve as a link between our inner world and the outside
world, receiving messages from the body and the environment. There are also
10 practical exercises, earobics, in the book to help you to improve your
The book is
available at Sound Learning Systems, 51 Learmonth Drive, Kambah ACT 2902.
Phone (02) 6231 9111.
Find out more about
the Intergrated Listening Programs offered by Harry Armytage
Follow Your Heart : finding purpose in your life and work
Universal truths and insights are treated with humour in this book. It is
easy to read but the ten concepts offer plenty of food for thought.
The book is about doing what you love, dealing with bills and broken legs,
discovering your own power, finding peace of mind, dealing with disasters
and not blaming your mother.
You are Not so
The theme of this book is that you are unaware of how unaware you are.
In each short chapter, the author describes clearly a universal
misconception we hold. Research findings in psychology suggest that we
have little idea about why we act or think the way we do. However, we
continue to create narratives to explain our own feelings, thoughts and
behaviours. Learn about the stories we tell to delude ourselves.
Additions to the
book are updated on the author's blog
The discovery by
a group of frontier scientists – the Zero Point Field – is told in
this book. This energy field connects everything in the universe, an ocean
of subatomic vibrations in the space between things. The human mind and
body, a packet of pulsating energy, is
constantly interacting with this vast energy sea, which made many mysteries,
such as spiritual healing, extra-sensory perception, the collective
The Intention Experiment
This book builds on the discovery of the energy field that connects
everything in the universe as detailed in the author’s first book, “The
Field”. It shows you how to incorporate the information made available in
“The Field” into your life. Lynne McTaggart teamed up with leading
scientists from University of Arizona and other renowned institutes to test
the effects of focused group intention on scientifically observable targets,
such as animal, plant and human. Practical exercises are included in the
book so that you individually or as a group can harness the power of
intention for desired results. Readers are reminded of the difference in
focus between intention and attention.
in the Largest
The Joy of Living
Unlocking the Secret & Science of Happiness
Working with the neuroscientists at the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging
and Behaviour, Mingyur Rinpoche demonstrates that systematic training in
meditation can enhance activity in the areas of the brain associated with
happiness and compassion. The aged old wisdom of cultivating mindfulness in
our lives is now supported by cutting-edge scientific research on
neuroscience and physics. This book is easy to read, warm and clear in
helping us to change the way we see ourselves and the world. Mingyur
Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, also provides the reader
with various meditation practices.
More on the Joy of Living
Tao Te Ching
A new English version with foreword and notes, by Stephen Mitchell
In “Tao Te Ching”, Lao Tzu directs us to our true nature and what it
means to live in harmony with the Tao. Written about 2,500 years ago, it is
one of the most translated books in the world. There are over 100
translations in English alone. Rather than being a literal translation,
this version by Stephen Mitchell captures the spirit and wisdom of this
collection of aphorisms. A beautiful read!
Stephen Mitchell’s books
from the Inside Out
you wish you have more time for your practice, do the things that you enjoy,
reduce the clutter in your house and office and locate the items you want
easily? Julie teaches you to work with your personality to achieve the
outcomes that you desire. Psychological obstacles, which cause people to
stay disorganised, are also looked into. Common pitfalls to avoid and the
secrets of a professional organiser are highlighted throughout the
chapters. This book revolutionized the way individuals and companies think
about “getting organised”. You will experience a sense of liberation and
power once you understand how simple the organising process can be!
with Julie Morgenstern
The Divine Code of Life
Murakami, Ph. D.
Dr. Murakami is one of the top geneticists in the world. After a lifetime
of research, he came to the conclusion that how we think can activate good
dormant genes and switch off those that are negative. The genes are more
fluid than scientists had previously believed. No cloned human beings will
be identical when growing up in different environments. This is because
each environment will have its own influence on the mind. To enrich one’s
life and positively affect one’s genes, he suggests that we cultivate noble
intentions, live with gratitude and think positively.
– Judith Orloff, M.D.
Dr Judith Orloff is a practising psychiatrist and an assistant clinical
professor of psychiatry at UCLA. According to Dr Orloff, intuition plays a
powerful role in self diagnosis, pain control, immune response, recovery
from illness and healing from anxiety and depression. In this practical
and unusual book, Dr Orloff shows us five powerful tools with step-by-step
guidance to enable us to get in touch with our intuitive intelligence to
heal our bodies and minds
A Conversation with
Dr Judith Orloff, author of "Intuitive Healing"
Teach Us to Sit Still : a sceptic's search for health and healing
The title with its subtitle says it all. Literary writer, Tim Parks,
confronted with crippling, chronic pain and given up by the medical
profession, was desperate to find healing. He decided to look into the
body-mind relationship, his relationship with himself and a better way of
living. Reluctantly, he explored alternative healing methods. Much to the
author's surprise, he discovered that his condition was caused by physical
and mental tension. He found relief in an unlikely prescription of
breathing exercises that eventually led him to take up meditation. The
author’s honest account of looking into his life is beautifully written. As
you read this book, you will cry, but it will also make you laugh!
Note: This book is often found in the Biography
section in bookstores, rather than among Meditation books.
Read detailed reviews.
Paul Pearsall, Ph.D.
Is the heart merely a mechanical device that pumps over a hundred gallons of
blood per hour? Or does the heart also love, feel, think, remember,
communicate, regulate immunity, store information that continually pulses
through the body and have its own independent nervous system? What does qi
(internal energy) have to do with this? Scientists still cannot fathom what
triggers the beating of the heart. All they know is that the beating is
self initiated from within the heart. In the unborn fetus, the heart starts
beating before the brain has even been formed. The author, a
psychoneuroimmunologist, will take you through his own journey of
re-connecting with his heart through his cancer ordeal. One cannot help but
be touched by reading this book.
Dr. Paul Pearsall's site
Paul Pearsall, Ph.D.
The author presents his study of more than two thousand well wishers from
around the world. In this book, you will find the recipe for making wise
wishes. The five domains of the wish star – serenity, delight, purpose,
meaning and compassion – are explained in details. The author also expounds
on the pitfalls of unwise wishing which results in turmoil, disillusionment,
stagnation, despair and loneliness. A fascinating and engaging book!
Road to Heaven : Encounters with Chinese Hermits
To find out whether hermits still exist in the China of
today, Bill Porter undertook an incredible and, at times, arduous journey amongst the
Chungnan Mountains. Here, he discovered that this ancient form of religious asceticism
does indeed continue to exist, and was able to listen to the life histories and wisdom of
its practitioners. The result is a fascinating blend of eastern philosophy, Chinese
current affairs and superb photographs, as well as personal observations of these isolated
people who can "talk to heaven".
Zen and the Art of Happiness
is simple, direct and profound. What would life be like if you have the
attitude that whatever you encounter will bring the best outcome that could
occur for you? No other event could give you a greater degree of benefit.
Chris’s own life demonstrates the amazing transformative effects of this
attitude of non-resistance and joyousness. He rose from being a liar and a
thief to a real estate developer, an author and founder of an alcohol and
drug rehab centre which has the highest success rate in the world.
Chris’s interpretations of “I Ching” (under the pseudonym, Wu Wei) are well
known and allow a deeper understanding and more useful application of this
Addiction Cure Centre
– Stephan Rechtschaffen
Have you ever felt so rushed that you can’t even stop to
think – and that you never seem to have time to do anything properly? This is because
most of us are constantly speeding forward mentally to the future or thinking back over
the last few minutes or hours, without really concentrating on living in the present
moment. We all have the capacity to consider time itself – to step into a new
awareness of time freedom. But to do this we must experience time with all the facets of
our being: with our perceptions, our feelings, all our senses and our heart. "Time
Shifting" shows us how this can be done – and why it is so beneficial.
Don’t Get Ulcers : the Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases,
and Coping, 3rd edition
25 years, Dr. Robert Sapolsky divided his time between field work with
baboons and neurological research in laboratory. Not unlike humans,
stressed baboons who live in large, complex social groups also suffer from
high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure.
In this book, Dr. Sapolsky, a professor of biology and
neurology at Stanford University, explains how prolonged stress gives rise
to or intensifies many physical and mental afflictions, for example, heart
disease, colitis, depression, cancer, autoimmune diseases, etc. Dr.
Sapolsky illustrates the point that the classic fight-or-flight stress
response – the secretion of glucocorticoids, adrenaline, etc. – is important
for animals in the wild as they flee from predators. However, in the case
of humans who worry about jobs, finance, relationships, etc., the stress
response is triggered and maintained over long periods of time, without
necessarily any resolution. High quantities of glucocorticoids or prolonged
saturation of this steroid hormone suppress the immune system, the body’s
own mechanism to fight diseases.
Practical advice on stress management is given at the end of
Martin Seligman, Ph.D.
Martin Seligman will help you to find a more positive approach to life's challenges and
uncertainties. We can learn how to overcome our sense of helplessness in the face of
defeat and misfortune. Test your own optimism by answering the questions in the quiz.
Waking from Sleep : why awakening experiences occur and how to make them
– Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor describes the different intensities of awakening experiences
and the methods that have been used throughout history to induce awakening.
The author came to the conclusion that our normal consciousness is actually
a form of “sleep”, caused by the ego being overly developed. A strong ego
creates a sense of duality and separation. The ego consumes so
much of our
mental energy that little is available to truly perceive the world around
us. A “desensitizing mechanism” in our mind turns the is-ness of our
surroundings to familiarity. As the author reaches the end of his book, he
suggests practices and lifestyle guidelines which help us to move towards
Heart, Open Mind
: a Guide to Inner Transformation
– Tsoknyi Rincpoche with Eric Swanson
You will find Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s style of illuminating Buddhist wisdom a
breath of fresh air. He shares his fears and emotions with the reader. His
frankness and down-to-earth attitude will help us to see the relevance of
this age-old teaching in our daily lives. Rinpoche teaches us ways to open our heart and mind. By doing
so, we not only accept and have compassion for other people, we become more
gentle with ourselves. This allows deep healing of mental and
emotional wounds and return us to our true nature.
The Attention Revolution : unlocking the power of
the focused mind
B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D.
The author, Alan Wallace, who is well versed in physics and religious
studies, has nearly thirty years’ experience in attention-enhancing
meditation. He begins by pointing out the ill effects of our inability to
focus. With the current technological age of information overload, we are
continually multi-tasking and our attention is being pulled in all different
directions – mobile phone, text messaging, email etc. etc. Even credits on
television are not safe from advertising other programs at the same time.
To help us increase our ability to focus, Wallace describes the ten stages
of attentional development. Applying the basic techniques for just a few
minutes a day will enhance the quality of our lives.
more about Alan Wallace and his writings
The Shamatha Project : a study of the effects of intensive
meditation practice on attention, emotional regulation and their neural
Tao : the
Alan Watts (1915-1973)
Watts is one of the early philosophers to bring to the West an understanding
of the Eastern way of seeing nature and the importance of this kind of
thinking in the modern world. In this last work of his, Watts writes about
that which cannot be explained, the Tao (the course of nature), wu wei (not
forcing things) and te (the power which comes from this).
8 Weeks to Optimum Health
Andrew Weil, M.D.
An eight-week program for improving your health and taking
full advantage of your body’s natural healing power. Each week, Dr. Weil recommends
nutritional foods, supplements, exercise and activities for mental wellness. There are
also customised plans for those over age seventy, considering pregnancy, who travel
frequently, who are overweight, who are at risk of cardiovascular disease, who are at risk
of cancer, etc.
Dr. Weil a Question!
Tai-Chi Touchstones : Yang Family
translated by Douglas Wile
Three generations of Yang family masters lifted the art of Tai Chi Chuan from a
closed courtyard in Honan Province to the status of a national treasure and presented it
to the world. Yang Lu Chan in the nineteenth century, followed by his sons and their sons,
have given Tai Chi Chuan the theoretical and practical standard which still defines and
shapes the art for a majority of practitioners today. This book draws together the written
and photographic record of their teachings, a legacy spanning more that fifty years of
published material. The contents include oral instructions, mnemonic verses and training
songs, commentaries to the Tai Chi classics, essays, autobiography and family legends,
much of which has not been previously translated.
The Sir Jason
Sir Jason Winters and Benjamin Roth Smythe
Read about Sir Jason Winters’s remarkable recovery from cancer of the
throat, tonsils and tongue. In 1977, his physician informed him that he had
only 3 months to live. At that time, he was 47 years of age. His search in
3 different countries for the herbs which finally became the ingredients of
his healing tea is documented in the book.
Yin Shih Tzu
translated by Shi Fu Hwang and Cheney Crow, Ph.D.
Yin Shih Tzu suffered ill health in his teens. He took up Taoist meditation
to develop his innate energies in order to heal himself. When he wrote the
“Tranquil Sitting” in 1954, he was eighty-two years of age. In this book,
you will read about the physical and metal phenomena that he encountered
during his meditation. There are also practical exercises which aim to
induce these above experiences. Yin Shih Tzu has also mastered both
Buddhist and Tibetan meditation practices. His training in physiology made
his explanation easy to understand. This book is both inspirational and