Category: Arts

Fighting Buddha {Book Review}

  By Brent R.Oliver   There’s a lot of drippy, misplaced love in Western Buddhism, but not much toughness. I’m delighted to say that Jeff Eisenberg’s first book, Fighting Buddha, is the much-needed dose of tough love I’d hoped it would be. Mr. Eisenberg has been practicing martial arts for over 45 years and is focused on finding what works in real-life situations. Over nearly five decades of training, he realized that far too many martial arts emphasize tradition and philosophy over applicable fighting skills, making them pretty damn artistic, but not at all martial. He’s taken issue with...

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You’ve Got Something to Say, So Write it Now

  By J.G. Lewis   It is intimidating, at first. It’s there—resting on the countertop, all shiny and new—the cover in pristine condition with those elegant floral images, tribal designs, photograph of Paris, or embossed with that fabulous life-altering quote. All those pages are waiting; all crisp, new and clean. You’ve wanted to journal many times. You’ve even started three, or five, or a dozen times before. You were enthusiastic at first, yet after a while, or in a week or two, you forgot or couldn’t find the time. Your mind went to other places and the journal eventually...

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The Guru Drinks Bourbon {Book Review}

  By Ty H. Phillips   “Any guide that can be switched off and rewound while you browse a pornographic magazine or gamble is not going to work.” Right in the introduction, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse nails it. To me, this was the essence of the book—derailment. I have noticed that there are predominantly two types of people, those who are desperate for the guru, accepting almost anyone who uses the title and giving themselves wholeheartedly to even the most vile of people and those who refuse all gurus and insist on relying on their “inner guru” in an attempt...

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Bearing the Unbearable {Book Review}

  By John Author   “This book will not offer you a spiritual bypass; it won’t make it so that you don’t have to face the pain of grief—nor should it… What this book will do, I hope, is to provide a safe space to feel, to be with your understandably broken heart.” That’s Dr. Joanne Cacciatore’s take on her book, Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief. This book is an essential read for anyone who’s been touched by the icy talons of grief. Since everyone will eventually experience grief, this is really a must-read for...

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Yoga 365: Daily Wisdom for Life, On And Off The Mat {Book Review}

  By Melody Lima    As soon as this sweet, petite book arrived at my home I flipped through several pages and tossed it in my bag with a smile. Immediately, Yoga 365: Daily Wisdom for Life, On And Off The Mat become a tool for my practice, as a student and as a yoga teacher both on & off the mat. Its daily structure of inspiration reminded me of Judith Hanson Lasaster’s A Year of Living Your Yoga—a mainstay on many yogi bookshelves. In Yoga 365, Susanna Harwood Rubin shares a yogic rhythm of daily practice with inspirational bits and pieces that...

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