Hard to be a Saint in the City by Various

Hard to be a Saint in the City by Various

Description An exploration of Beat spirituality–seen through excerpts from the writings of the seminal writers of Beat Generation themselves. It’s been said that Jack Kerouac made it cool to be a thinking person seeking a spiritual experience. And there is no doubt that the writers he knew and inspired—iconic figures like Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Gary Snyder, and Michael McClure—were thinkers seeking exactly that. In this re-claiming of their vision, Robert Inchausti explores the Beat canon to reveal that the movement was at heart a spiritual one. It goes deeper than the Buddhism with which many of the key figures became identified. It’s about their shared perception of an… Read More

Unsubscribe by Josh Korda

Unsubscribe by Josh Korda

Description A three-step guide to recovery from addiction to consumerism, self-deception, and life as you thought it had to be. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Josh Korda left his high-powered advertising job—and a life of drug and alcohol addiction—to find a more satisfying way to live. In Unsubscribe, he shares his three-step guide to recovery from addiction to consumerism, self-deception, and life as you thought it had to be. (1) Reprioritize your goals, away from a materialist vocation toward a fulfilling avocation (2) Understand yourself and your emotional needs (3) Connect authentically with others, leading to secure relationships and true community. Revolutionary, compassionate, and filled with wonderfully practical exercises, Josh… Read More

The Order-Disorder Paradox by Nathan Schwartz-Salant

The Order-Disorder Paradox by Nathan Schwartz-SalantThe Order-Disorder Paradox by Nathan Schwartz-Salant

Why do the good die young? Why are rich people the least generous and why do only rotten people decide to become politicians? These may be generalised observations on modern life but they do have ring of truth about them. They also reflect a condition that exists throughout every area of life which is termed as paradox. In his book The Order-Disorder Paradox Nathan Schwartz-Salant explores one of the most compelling examples of paradox that we face in modern society. Why is it that whilst we create increasingly complex systems of order in our social structures it only seems to result in breeding disorder! A Lifetime of Analysis Five decades of research and… Read More

Lost Masters by Linda Johnsen

Lost Masters by Linda Johnsen

The roots of critical thinking and scientific analysts is, quite rightly, attributed to the work and ideas of the Ancient Greek philosophers. Without them we would not have developed many of our sciences nor advanced forms of mathematics and trigonometry that we use in every facet of our daily lives. However this emphasis upon ration and reason – and the way it is used to portray the Greeks in a singular light, that has led studies of the Greek philosophers to become so dry and academic. Most Greek studies now only has the effect of dulling the senses and imagination of those who might want to study their thoughts and… Read More

The Five Roles of a Master Herder by Linda Kohanov

The Five Roles of a Master Herder by Linda Kohanov

It is often stated that it is the dog that is man’s best friend. Whilst this might be the case on a personal level equine expert Linda Kohanov argues in her latest book The Five Roles of the Master Herder that it has been the influence of nomadic cultures, along with their close working relationship to the horse, that has been most influential in determining the direction in which humanity has developed. In her book Kohanov suggests that the principle characteristics of the horse now exemplifies both the best as well as the worst facets our modern corporate society and the way that it functions. Given the economic disasters of… Read More

The Power of the Herd by Linda Kohanov

The Power of the Herd by Linda Kohanov

Freelance journalist Linda Kohanov initially bought her first horse as a way of disengaging with the corporate stresses that she was subjected to through her work as a classical music presenter on a local US radio station. Linda soon found that her horse, a thoroughbred, ex-racehorse, was a greater challenge than she at first expected. Despite this, and as she started to learn more about the animals’ unique characteristics, she began to gain the horses’ respect whilst adjusting to dislikes and needs. Linda describes in her book The Power of the Herd: A Nonpredatory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership, and Innovation how, as tbe relationship between the two of tbem… Read More

Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse by Carolyn Baker

Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse by Carolyn Baker

When the American folk-singer, Bob Dylan, way back in 1964, declared that ‘the times they are a-changing’ he clearly understood that a new era of rapid expansion was emerging—one that today is impacting upon every level of the human experience. Someone who has studied this rapid, and someone say also degenerative, transformative process is writer and psychotherapist Carolyn Baker. She firmly believes that we are failing to adapt to the changes that are taking place and that as a result society is plunging headlng into an abyss—one that potentially will result in our own demise. In her book ‘Love in the Age of Ecological Collapse’ she shares her unique perspective—not… Read More

Season of the Witch by Peter Bebergal

Season of the Witch by Peter Bebergal

In 1971, whilst in the studio to record their third LP, ‘Altogether Now’, the British rock band Argent worked on perfecting their version of a song by the songwriter Russ Ballad. Although not officially released as a single until 1973, at which point it became a worldwide hit, ‘God Gave Rock and Roll to You’ remains today an anthemic piece of classic rock writing and the song was not only a massive hit for Argent but also for the pantomime act Kiss a decade later. Anyone who has listened to rock or blues music, or followed its evolution over the past fifty years, cannot have helped but to notice that… Read More

Collapsing Consciously by Carolyn Baker

Collapsing Consciously by Carolyn Baker

Ever since the year 2000AD, the whole of the Western system of governance has appeared to enter into free-fall. Many of the weaker and more vulnerable members of our society have experienced these changes more than others. However, none are more keenly aware of the dramatic shifts that are taking place than those who are active within the psycho-spiritual community. Carolyn Baker PhD (a former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history), is someone who is at the frontline of these changes. In Collapsing Consciously, she presents her perspectives on the way that society is seemingly folding in on itself. Viewing our so-called civilized world as an out-moded and unsustainable… Read More