Mind, body, spirit: thought and practice

Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul

Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul

Author: Annie Burdick Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/02/2022

This is a joyful and handy book which focuses on guidance for finding happiness and living in tune with your own personal piece of the great outdoors. Over the past few years we’ve found ourselves at home more than we might normally wish to be, and for those of us lucky enough to have them, we have grown to love our gardens even more. Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul cuts to the chase, zooming in on anything and everything in the garden that can bring you fulfilment, calm and well-being. Turning the traditional gardening book on its head this comes from the point of view of why gardens are good for us and includes sections on everything from mood-boosting and fitness to sensory experience and spiritual wellness. I particularly liked the pages dedicated to creativity and the ideas around music, art and writing in the garden - a far cry from facing up to the chores of weeding or mowing the lawn! This book has given me all sorts of inspiration for turning my garden into a stress-busting source of energy and has opened me up to the possibilities of its healing gifts. If you ever find yourself wanting to run away and escape the stresses of modern living, you may discover through this book that the answer is closer to home than you thought.

Awaken Your Power Within

Awaken Your Power Within

Author: Gerry Hussey Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/12/2021

With years of helping clients strip back learned behaviours and remove blockers to success, Hussey has a brilliant track record in building high performance teams and supporting individuals – and he brings this to the masses in Awaken Your Power. With meditations, exercises and prompts for journaling, this is a usable guide to keep you on track and you’ll find yourself scribbling away as you read to make sure you capture the wise words within and manifest the. This book documents Hussey’s journey from a shy boy with little self-confidence to the man he is today full of belief with a wealth of experience. He shares this journey so that we too can learn from his experiences and to empower us to grow and embark upon our own development journey. It will challenge you. You will resist some of it. Change is not always easy. But immerse yourself in these and be open to possibilities. You won’t regret it, we promise!  The LoveReading LitFest invited Greg Hussey to the festival to talk about Awaken Your Power Within.  The digitally native, all year round, online literature and books festival, with new content released every week is a free-for-all-users festival. What are you waiting for? Check out a preview of the event and sign up to become a member. 

You Only Live Thrice Perspective is a Superpower

You Only Live Thrice Perspective is a Superpower

Author: Karl Perry Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/12/2021

 ‘You Only Live Thrice Perspective is a Superpower’ by Karl Perry is the author’s account of undergoing procedures to attempt to correct atrial fibrillation, followed by surviving a cardiac arrest and the heart bypass that followed. Having a close relative experience a heart attack around a year ago, I could relate to and understand the experiences and thoughts that the author describes throughout the book as well as some of the procedures described. I can relate most to witnessing the change in perspective, the letting go of the little stressors (for the most part) and a shift in focus towards the bigger picture. There’s plenty of irreverence and humour at the different awkward situations experienced during his hospital stay alongside the difficulty and worry. I found Chapter 13 and the account of Perry’s cardiac arrest written by his wife to be particularly poignant and emotive. Although the author’s heart issues and recovery from them are the main focus of this book, the author also goes on to include the loss of his mother and the closing of his business as part of this memoir. The writing throughout is open, reflective and despite dealing with loss, pain and trauma has an uplifting tone. The author’s intention to grow from these negative life events and the milestones and achievements that the author has managed to achieve since his cardiac arrest are truly inspiring and demonstrates the power of changing his perspective. This really is an encouraging read. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

Indie Books We Love
The Enchanted Life

The Enchanted Life

Author: Sharon Blackie Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/06/2021

A thought-provoking book that almost shakes thoughts loose and sets them free in a bid to reclaim the enchantment within ourselves and the natural world around us. There are concerning studies that suggest: “the brains of people in this generation might be developing differently because of their almost constant interaction with technology”. This book explores history and myth, other peoples musings and findings, through to Sharon’s own thoughts in order to offer us the tools to find the enchantment again, to relish and really live with it. Dr Sharon Blackie is an award winning writer and we are confirmed fans here at LoveReading. Sharon is our June Author in the Picture, editorial expert Joanne said If Women Rose Rooted creates: “a richly interesting perspective on other ways of living” and I simply adored the 13 bitingly beautiful stories in Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women. She is also a psychologist and mythologist, she understands our need to connect to the world around us. From the first few paragraphs The Enchanted Life really resonated with me, it made me stop and listen, it captured and thoroughly provoked my thoughts before setting me on the trail: “to live an enchanted life is to fall in love with the world all over again”. I read, I agreed, I believed, The Enchanted Life is a meaningful and truly lovely book that I can thoroughly recommend.

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Blue Spaces

Blue Spaces

Author: Dr Catherine Kelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Why do so many of us feel drawn to water? Researchers around the globe are increasingly intrigued by our psychological response to blue space: oceans, rivers, lakes, canals and waterfalls. Research is showing that they are good for us, inducing a positive mood and reducing negative feelings. Many people naturally gravitate towards the nearest blue space for their regular walks. There is an innate soothing quality that water brings, whether it's crashing waves, the gentle lapping beat of the water's edge or the reflections we see... Water brings on a meditative, 'blue mind' state. Dr Catherine Kelly uses the study of Blue Mind, a term coined by Dr Wallace Nichols, which explores the study of water and why it makes us happy, to explore and understand the importance of blue space (water environments) and their therapeutic benefits. Looking at the most up-to-date research and evidence that supports its importance for our wellbeing, she suggests how we can all integrate blue mind practices into our lives, providing examples and exercises that anyone can use to enhance their mental health. *** You can hear Catherine Kelly explore our emotional connection to water and the therapeutic benefits of cold water swimming at A Day at the Riverside, 18th September.

Thrive Through Yoga

Thrive Through Yoga

Author: Nicola Jane Hobbs Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/12/2017

Whether you long to live with less stress, reduce anxiety, find the confidence to follow your dreams or simply find more happiness and meaning in your everyday life, Thrive Through Yoga will take you on a journey towards health, strength and freedom. Thrive Through Yoga unites ancient wisdom with modern psychology to create a revolutionary route to freedom from the anxieties and worries of 21st-century living.

eBooks of the Month
Mindful Running

Mindful Running

Author: Mackenzie L. Havey Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/2017

Brings together scientific research, expert analysis and elite athlete contributions to reveal how relating to your mind, body and surroundgins in a new way can help you run longer and faster, as well as offer a boost to your overall mental, emotional and physical health.

eBooks of the Month
Mindfulness for Women Declutter Your Mind, Simplify Your Life, Find Time to 'Be'

Mindfulness for Women Declutter Your Mind, Simplify Your Life, Find Time to 'Be'

Author: Claire Irvin, Vidyamala Burch Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2016

No matter who we are, or what stage of life we are at, we all long for similar things; to be happy, connected with others, in touch with a sense of calm and peace, vital, alive and joyful. And we long to be able to ride out the tough patches that hit all of us from time to time with some degree of grace and dignity. The good news is that we can fulfil these longings at any time, in any place. They are only a moment away, a breath away. We can learn how to be comfortable with our body, know and understand our mind, and love our heart. It isn't difficult, long-winded or time-consuming. In doing so you'll feel happier in your own skin, less stressed, more confident, more capable and more at ease with yourself and life. This is what Mindfulness for Women is about. It is a practical guide to coming home to yourself in each present moment. To finding the ledge behind the waterfall. To resting in the depths of the ocean rather than being tossed about by surface waves. Mindfulness is a potent antidote to anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability. It leads to a greater sense of contentment and can also reduce addictive and self-destructive behavioural patterns. This book will enable you to experience the benefits for yourself. It's not designed as a lengthy course but is solutions-based. It's fast - evidence shows that a little bit of mindfulness goes a long way. It's also bespoke - you can read all of it cover to cover, or simply dip in and out, depending on what you want to focus on. You can listen to whichever meditation track suits you at any given time and you can run tracks together if you want to meditate for longer periods. It's designed to suit your life and priorities now and well into the future.

eBooks of the Month
Happiness A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

Happiness A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

Author: Matthieu Ricard Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2015

Although we are materially better off than ever before, surveys show that we are depressed and listless. In his revolutionary book, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard shows that happiness is not just an emotion, but a skill that can be developed. Free of jargon, Happiness contains simple exercises that will train the mind to recognize and pursue happiness by concentrating on the fundamental things in life, and in doing so change the way we view the world.

You Do Know Learning to Act on Intuition Instantly

You Do Know Learning to Act on Intuition Instantly

Author: Becky Walsh Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2013

Becky Walsh explains how interactions without ego-judgement affect us positively in friendship, business, relationships, family and community. This shift will change our world dramatically from both a personal and global perspective, as we realise that intuition is the key to the shift in consciousness that humanity needs to fix the problems we currently face.

eBooks of the Month
May Cause Miracles A 6-Week Kick-Start to Unlimited Happiness

May Cause Miracles A 6-Week Kick-Start to Unlimited Happiness

Author: Gabrielle Bernstein Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2013

Gabrielle Bernstein shows that by making small changes to your life, adopting a miraculous mindset, the impossible becomes possible. Her plan offers help in releasing fear and allowing gratitude, forgiveness and love to flow. It may be body image, relationships, finances or negativity causing you problems, following May Cause Miracles encourages miraculous change.   Like for Like Reading You Can Heal Your Life, Louise L Hay Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, Susan Jeffers

eBooks of the Month
Lagom

Lagom

Author: Linnea Dunne Format: Ebook Release Date: 29/09/2017

Warum sind die Schweden so glucklich? Der Lifestyle-Ratgeber Lagom (schwedisch fur: "e;nicht zu viel, nicht zu wenig, also gerade richtig"e;) bringt schwedisches Lebensgluck nach Hause. Denn glucklich sein hat nicht immer nur etwas mit der aktuellen Situation zu tun, es ist viel mehr die Lebenseinstellung und das Talent die richtige Balance zu finden. Die Autorin zeigt, was alles zum Lagom-Feeling gehort: neben der Ausgeglichenheit im Alltag, gesunder Ernahrung und dem passenden Interior, sind Umweltschutz und der richtige Umgang mit seinen Mitmenschen ebenso wichtige Faktoren. Dies alles ergibt den Lagom-Lifestyle.