Authentic Happiness – An excerpt from How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult by Ira Israel

How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult by Ira Israel

As children, we learned to get approval by creating facades to help us get our emotional and psychological needs met, but we also rebelled against authority as a way of individuating. As adults, these conflicting desires leave many of us feeling anxious or depressed because our authentic selves are buried deep beneath glitzy or rebellious exteriors or some combination thereof. In How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening, eclectic teacher and therapist Ira Israel offers a powerful, comprehensive, step-by-step path to recognizing the ways of being that we created as children and transcending them with compassion and acceptance. We hope you’ll… Read More

Seeing Through Eyes of Love – An Excerpt from Breathing Love by Jennie Lee

Breathing Love: Meditation in Action by Jennie Lee

“So, it really manifests this way: at first sight, we find love; at our first true seeing, the love that is already there touches us.” ~ Mark Nepo The more devoted we become to practicing love, the more vigilant we must be in monitoring the ways in which the small self tries to limit us. The ego loves to filter our experiences and interactions based on its selfish needs and desires. And because we all want personal love that will fill us where we still feel empty inside, we often assess how people look at us, whether they are sending signals of connection or disregard. We subconsciously seek love from… Read More

Love and Religion – An excerpt from The Forgotten Art of Love by Dr. Armin A. Zadeh

The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

Who better than a cardiologist to unpack the many dimensions of love, the emotion that has long been depicted as emanating from the heart? A comprehensive, multifaceted exploration into the nature of love is precisely what scientist Dr. Armin A. Zadeh, who is both a cardiologist and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, offers in his new book entitled The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters. We hope you’ll enjoy this short excerpt from the book. # # # Can we separate love from religion? This question has occupied theologians and philosophers for centuries. Ultimately, the answer depends on our thoughts about our origin. If… Read More

Love and Health – An excerpt from The Forgotten Art of Love by Dr. Armin A. Zadeh

The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

Who better than a cardiologist to unpack the many dimensions of love, the emotion that has long been depicted as emanating from the heart? A comprehensive, multifaceted exploration into the nature of love is precisely what Dr. Armin A. Zadeh, who is both a cardiologist and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, offers in his new book entitled The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters. We hope you’ll enjoy this short excerpt from the book. # # # Love not only helps us live more happily but also helps us live longer. Happy marriages are associated with better health, while tension in relationships increases stress… Read More

Love as an Art – An excerpt from The Forgotten Art of Love by Dr. Armin Zadeh

The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

Who better than a cardiologist to unpack the many dimensions of love, the emotion that has long been depicted as emanating from the heart? A comprehensive, multifaceted exploration into the nature of love is precisely what scientist Dr. Armin A. Zadeh, who is both a cardiologist and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, offers in his new book entitled The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters. We hope you’ll enjoy this short excerpt from the book. # # # Essentially everything we think and do can be done with love in mind. However, to be aware of this every minute of every day is enormously… Read More

Mastering the Art of Love – An Excerpt from The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

The Forgotten Art of Love by Armin A Zadeh

Who better than a cardiologist to unpack the many dimensions of love, the emotion that has long been depicted as emanating from the heart? A comprehensive, multifaceted exploration into the nature of love is precisely what scientist Dr. Armin A. Zadeh, who is both a cardiologist and a professor at Johns Hopkins University, offers in his new book entitled The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why It Matters. We hope you’ll enjoy this short excerpt from the book. # # # Can love be learned? In principle, yes, but there are several important requirements. Love necessitates a positive, embracing view of ourselves and of life. Fromm claimed… Read More

On Being Kind – An Excerpt from Big Love by Scott Stabile

On Being Kind – An Excerpt from Big Love by Scott Stabile

Author and Facebook sensation Scott Stabile’s parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose. Soon after that, Scott joined a cult that dominated his life for thirteen years. Through it all, he became evermore committed to living his life from love. In each chapter of his new book Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open, Scott shares a personal experience that pulled him from his center and the ways in which he brought himself back to peace, and to love. While some of his experiences are extraordinary, like extricating himself from a cult after 13 years, most of the… Read More

Contacting Your Higher Self by Shakti Gawain

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

If anyone can be called a self-help, self-actualization pioneer, it is Shakti Gawain. Years before “manifestation,” “the law attraction,” and “the secret” entered the lexicon, Shakti was sharing daily affirmations, meditations, and mental imagery practices that millions found could help them achieve goals, change habits, relax deeply, and significantly improve overall health and well-being.  We hope you’ll enjoy this excerpt from the new 40th anniversary edition of her international bestseller Creative Visualization.  # # # Your spiritual source is the supply of infinite love, wisdom, and energy in the universe. For you, source may mean God, Goddess, universal intelligence, the Great Spirit, the higher power, or your true essence. However… Read More

In the Moment: Coping with Strong, Sudden Emotions by Walter Ling, MD

Mastering the Addicted Brain by Walter Ling MD

Meditation and journaling are ideal for calm moments of reflection. However, what do you do in heated moments? Sometimes, strong emotions arise suddenly and we don’t know how to handle them. We can get swept up in our emotions and react and behave inappropriately. Or we may deny our emotions entirely; try to suppress an emotion we fear, such as anger; or mislabel our feelings. For example, we may say we are “a little upset” when in fact we are very angry or depressed. All these things can prevent us from understanding and dealing appropriately with our emotions. Moreover, our emotions often manifest themselves through physical symptoms and outward expressions.… Read More

Getting Off Drugs: Detoxification and the Dangers of Relapse by Walter Ling, MD

Mastering the Addicted Brain by Walter Ling MD

An excerpt from Mastering the Addicted Brain: Building a Sane and Meaningful Life to Stay Clean by Walter Ling, MD Getting off drugs — detoxification, or detox for short — is the first step in overcoming addiction. It is often said to be the first step in the journey of a thousand miles — the long journey of recovery, or living a sane and meaningful life without drugs. Detox is where everyone who tries to overcome addiction begins, and it is the most common addiction “treatment” offered in this country. The sad truth is that detoxification is also where most people who try to overcome addiction stop. They fail to… Read More