The Daisy Sutra: Conversations with my Dog is a touching story of the soul bond of a human being and her dog through death and beyond. Author (and former skepticl) Helen Weaver's discovery of animal communication adds a spiritual dimension to this engaging memoir. Coming at a time when the animal - human connection is being widely reconsidered by science. The Daisy Sutra adds a compelling new voice to a centuries-old debate. Illustrated with twenty-five drawings by Alan McKnight, the book includes an interview with an animal communicator, a special message to skeptics, and a list of recommended resources.
Why do people place so many obstacles in the way of spirituality? Told with great humor and self-deprecation, Wakefield--and cartoonist delVecchio--have created a book that both the spiritual, and the not-so-spiritual, will enjoy.
What do you do when your boyfriend dumps you and you’re nursing a broken heart? For Trisha Bernard, the answer’s clear: escape to India, armed with a copy of the Kama Sutra. That way you’ll be ready should love (or lust) strike. But, as Bernard explains in her uproarious account of that madcap adventure, not everything goes quite as planned. At the last minute, she’s joined by her long-lost friend Sally--an eccentric shopaholic who travels with a jam-packed monster suitcase. Then, there’s India itself, where the two women end up almost marooned in the Thar Desert, practically camel-napped in Rajasthan, and attacked by an amorous monkey in Delhi. And that’s just the beginning.... With her ardor for architecture and history, and her Kama Sutra to inspire passion, Trisha Bernard leads us on a wacky, witty, and wonderful romp through one of the world’s most fascinating cultures.
The Awakener is Helen Weaver's long awaited memoir of her adventures with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lenny Bruce, and other wild characters from the New York City of the fifties and sixties. The sheltered but rebellious daughter of bookish Midwestern parents, Weaver survived a repressive upbringing in the wealthy suburbs of Scarsdale and an early divorce to land in Greenwich Village just in time for the birth of rock 'n' roll—and the counterculture movement known as the Beat Generation. Shortly after her arrival Kerouac, Ginsberg, and company—old friends of her roommate—arrive on their doorstep after a non-stop drive from Mexico. Weaver and Kerouac fall in love on sight, and Kerouac moves in. "…[Weaver] paints a romantic picture of Greenwich Village in the 1950s and '60s, when she worked in publishing and hung out with Allen Ginsberg and the poet Richard Howard and was wild and loose, getting high and falling into bed almost immediately with her crushes, including Lenny Bruce…Her descriptions of the Village are evocative, recalling a time when she wore 'long skirts, Capezio ballet shoes and black stockings,' and used to 'sit in the Bagatelle and have sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist of lemon.' Early on, she quotes Pasternak: 'You in others: this is your soul.' Kerouac's soul lives on through many people—Joyce Johnson, for one—but few have been as adept as Weaver at capturing both him and the New York bohemia of the time. He was lucky to have met her."—Tara McKelvey, The New York Times Book Review “There is a tendency for memoirs written by women about The Great Man to be self-abnegating exercises in a kind of inverted narcissism—the author seeking to prove her worth as muse, as consort, as chosen one. Not so with Helen Weaver’s beautiful, plainspoken elegy for her time spent with Jack Kerouac, who suddenly appeared at her door in the West Village one white, frosty morning with Allen Ginsberg, who knew Weaver’s roommate, in tow."—New York Post "Helen Weaver’s book was a revelation to me!…This is the most graphic, honest, shameless, and moving documentary of what the newly liberated women in cities got up to—how they lived, loved, and created. Who knew? It is time they did! And here’s how."—Carolyn Cassady "Weaver recreates the excitement of a time when things were radically changing and shows us what it was like living with an eccentric genius at the turning point of his life. Eventually she asks Jack to leave but they remain friends, and over the years her respect for his writing grows even as Kerouac's reputation undergoes a gradual transition from enfant terrible to American icon. She comes to realize that by writing On the Road he woke America up—along with her—from the long dream of the fifties. And the Buddhist philosophy that once struck her as Jack's excuse for doing whatever he liked because 'nothing is real, it's all a dream' eventually becomes her own." "Helen Weaver's memoir is a riveting account of her love affair and friendship with Jack Kerouac. She is both clear-eyed and passionate about him, and writes with truly amazing grace."—Ann Charters Helen Weaver has translated over fifty books from the French of which one, Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings (Farrar, Straus and Giroux ) was a Finalist for the National Book Award in translation in 1976. She is co-author and general editor of the Larousse Enyclopedia of Astrology and author of The Daisy Sutra, a book on animal communication. She lives in Kingston, New York.
After several years in Europe, author Cecilia Kochanowski returns to the United States with her husband and two daughters. Sadly resigning themselves to the fact that they cannot afford to return to a Manhattan home-and while wasted on jet lag-Kochanowski manages to buy a faded yellow cottage in a sleepy village nestled in the Hudson Valley. When moving day actually comes, Kochanowski wishes it away, even though she spent months anticipating the momentous occasion. All aspects of the move back to the States are a shock: the commute to work is long, the local varmints voracious, and the cottage nearly blows up from a gas leak only five days after the family moves in. Though a product of the American suburbs, Kochanowski quickly realizes that she no longer remembers how to live in the country of her birth-even less so than her Polish husband. Will their newly purchased but aging house ever feel like home? As they negotiate their prejudice against their new home, the family confronts the village zoning board, a cowboy plumber, and a coven of petty bureaucrats on their chaotic odyssey of home renovation, uninformed gardening, and sporadic child rearing in the witty memoir Plumbersutra.
You already know dogs are healers and loving companions, but did you know they also serve as matchmakers, lifesavers, prisoner rehabilitation specialists, parent trainers, hospital welcoming committees, advice columnists, and afterlife ambassadors? The true stories in Angel Dogs celebrate the deep and ancient connection between people and dogs and will inspire you to live up to the divine example of our canine companions.
When a beloved pet dies, the grief that often follows can be overwhelming. Why We Love Them So: Surviving the Loss of an Animal Friend offers profound guidance on how to understand deep sorrow and eventually use its power to transform our lives. Father Paul Keenan faced his own grief journey when Teddy, his twenty-five-year-old cat, passed away. Knowing the love he felt for Teddy was irreplaceable, Father Paul turned within and listened to his soul, sharing the valuable lessons he learned as a result. Along with providing a series of short reflections on various aspects of grieving, Father Paul moves those mourning the loss of an animal companion through the seven stages of grief that comprise such profound emotions as: Feeling alone after death Dealing with Why me? Learning to receive and offer compassion Realizing an overall purpose Sorting through past life experiences Returning to daily life Committing to a new level of aliveness and reality Father Paul's gentle advice and guidance will inspire, uplift, and connect readers with their capacity to live purposeful, meaningful lives after the loss of their much-adored animal companions. All proceeds from this book go to The Perseus Foundation, a 501(c)(3) founded in 1999 which funds cancer research to benefit our canine and feline friends.
Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives
Author: Jane Miller
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
“Finally, someone has written about the best kept mental health secret: how dogs save psyches, hearts, minds, and sometimes, quite literally, lives . . .”—Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, author of Invisible Heroes As the more than 65 million dog-owners in America will attest, there’s something about the presence of a dog that inspires confidence, nurtures emotional well-being, and brings out the best in ourselves. But for some people, the presence of a dog can do even more. Written by the leading expert in an emerging new field of therapy, Healing Companions is the first book to detail how dogs are increasingly benefiting those who suffer from a range of emotional ills, from eating disorders and anxiety, to agoraphobia, depression, and post-traumatic stress. Healing Companions will teach you: What criteria to consider when choosing the right dog for you. What kind of training service dogs require. What to expect and how to respond when you take a service dog out in public. How a dog can complement other forms of therapy. How to navigate the procedural regulations that apply to a service dog. How to recognize the dog’s needs and provide it with proper care. And much more. “Animals are more complete than people. They are wonderful teachers, therapists and role models for us all. Read Healing Companions and learn about their ability to guide and heal us all.”—Bernie Siegel, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love, Animals, and Miracles “This book should be required reading for everybody who is considering getting a psychiatric service dog or is working on training them.”—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human
Understanding Your Pet's Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Needs. Also learn about Reincarnation, Soul Mates and Energy Imprinting
Author: Dr. Monica Diedrich
Publisher: Two Paws Up Press
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
This book is about listening to pets . . . . . . and talking to pets . . . . . . about how to help pets heal . . . . . . and about how they help us to heal. It’s about my Life Assignment . . . . . . and possibly about yours. It’s about the Universal Truths of Spirit, Life, and Love. Whether a person believes in God, a Supreme Being, or the Big Bang, there is always a philosophical expression we live by. Regardless of your philosophy, religious faith, or creed, each of you should bring to this book your own favorite words to express these Universal Truths that help convey your idea of God. As I wrote these chapters, I used expressions for God, Spirit, Life, and Love with which I’m most familiar, those that touch my heart. My hope is that the expressions I’ve used will touch your heart, also, or that you’ll be able to freely adjust them in your own mind to those that are your chosen favorites. Regardless of the specific terms I may have used in order to keep the presentation simple, my desire is that each of you will find your own sense of spirituality in this book. It matters little to our animal friends what our religious or philosophical preferences are. Their only purpose in life is to give us Unconditional Love and teach us how to Love Unconditionally. Love is their religion, their philosophy. And through the deep Love you and your pet share, I know you’ll be able to joyfully speak to each other’s hearts! On a very practical note, for ease of expression, there are a few places in this book where I may have opted not to follow one of the regular rules of grammar. I may have mixed a singular noun with plural pronouns, or vice versa, knowing full well that I’m taking the liberty of not matching singular with singular or plural with plural. I do so with apologies to editors, teachers, and anyone who loves exactness of expression. Also for ease of both writing and reading in a number of examples, I’ve occasionally referred to a pet only as “he” or only as “she.” However, in your own mind as you read, please feel free to use the pronoun that best represents your own beloved pet. ~ Dr. Monica Anaheim, CA
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Naked Lunch, Beatdom's fifth issue includes a William Burroughs tribute section. We also have interviews with the Academy Award winning directors of "Howl," and Helen Weaver, author of The Awakener. There's also a look at the raging Kerouac estate battle and the role of the internet in forging a new Beat Generation.We're proud to bring back Beatdom regular Edaurdo Jones, as well as some magnificent new short fiction and poetry by some of the best writers in the world.
Pomazanje je glavni ključ potreban za pristup uspješnoj i ispunjenoj službi. Mnogi su ljudi nastojali obavljati Božje djelo iz iskrenih motiva, a nisu daleko dospjeli jer nisu shvatili da se to dešava „ne silom niti snagom, već duhom mojim (pomazanjem)“ [Zaharija 4,6]. Ova iznimna knjiga „Uhvati pomazanje“ biskupa Daga Heward-Millsa naučit će vas što znači uhvatiti pomazanje i kako to praktično možete učiniti! Neka se u vama probudi želja za Božjim pomazanjem dok čitate stranice ove knjige!
God, History, and Poiesis in W. B. Yeats, David Jones, and T. S. Eliot
Author: W. David Soud
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Recent critical studies of late modernism have explored the changing sense of both history and artistic possibility that emerged in the years surrounding World War II. However, relatively little attention has been devoted to the impact of poets' theological deliberations on their visions of history and their poetic strategies. Divine Cartographies: God, History, and Poiesis in W. B. Yeats, David Jones, and T. S. Eliot triangulates key texts as attempts to map theologically driven visions of the relation between history and eternity. W. David Soud considers several poems of Yeats's final and most fruitful engagement with Indic traditions, Jones's The Anathemata, and Eliot's Four Quartets. For these three poets, working at the height of their powers, that project was inseparable from reflection on the relation between the individual self and God; it was also bound up with questions of theodicy, subjectivity, and the task of the poet in the midst of historical trauma. Drawing on the fields of Indology, theology, and history of religions as well as literary criticism, Soud explores in depth and detail how, in these texts, theology is poetics.
A tale of two cities... Two girls... And a life-altering swap. Daisy's just landed the perfect job: spending a year in Paris writing about fashion. Swapping homes with French student Isabelle seems like the perfect arrangement. Sensible Isabelle, however, finds London bewildering. But all her assumptions about crazy English guys are overturned when she meets hunky gardener Tom. Meanwhile, fun-loving Daisy discovers that Paris is the City of Love, and more than one Monsieur Right...
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Transcendental Meditation, Mallory & Me
Author: Jon Michael Miller
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Jon Michael Miller was a superstar in the TM Movement at the height of its popularity in the seventies. It attracted celebrities such as the Beatles, Clint Eastwood, Jim Hensen, and the Beach Boys. Miller's memoir traces his spiritual development as it evolved in a complicated love affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman. It explores his childhood, his youth, and his intellectual progress. He was a devotee of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and of his teachings as he searched for answers to the difficult questions of love and betrayal in his life. The answers he found have sustained him. This is his story.