The Book of Hope
By Eileen Campbell
"We need vision and conviction that the future can be better. With motivation we can act with bravery and daring. Determinations help drive through our vision but is balanced by patience and letting things unfold without trying to force them. Instead of being afraid of the future, we can cultivate the habit of love (the very opposite of fear). . . . With hope the world becomes transformed."We live in chaotic times. Nearly every country in the Western world is confronted with a variety of daunting problems ranging from the rise of neo-Fascist parties, economic stagnation, falling currencies, and a widespread sense of disenfranchisement. There is a sense that we no longer control our lives that circumstances have careened out of control leaving us adrift in a sea of change. Hope seems to be in short supply, and fear at times threatens to overwhelm us as we try to stay afloat in our sea of troubles.This is a book of daily meditations designed to help restore a sense of hopefulness and purpose. It is a book for women who feel overwhelmed and underappreciated. It is the perfect antidote to despair: a book that teaches women to practice hope - to take concrete steps in the face of pain and despair and to make their lives happier.Throughout the book Campbell includes stories of those who have triumphed over adversity and have been sustained by hope, such as Anne Frank, Grace Lee Boggs, Ann Davison, Marie Curie, Artemisia Gentileschi, Hildegard of Bingen, and Xiaolu Guo. She also includes the experiences of those who have been abused or kidnapped--Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, and Natascha Kampusch, for example--and the stories of refugees who have made new lives for themselves, escaping from Uganda, Iran, and Syria.
The Book of Confidence
By Sue Patton Thoele
A self-discovery guide that teaches women to banish guilt and find emotional sustenance is difficult times. In short it is a book that focusses on self-esteem, self-acceptance, and facing the world proudly and with courage. Each of the ten sections have ten to fifteen meditations. Those ten points of focus are: weaving a safety net; befriending fear; becoming the parent we deserve; embracing no-fault living; finding freedom through honest feeling; accepting what is; changing what can be changed; inviting abundance; growing through loss; trusting the feminine within. This is an inspirational pick-me-up for women, meant to read over and over again throughout the course of a year.
The Book of Courage
By Sue Patton Thoele
Psychotherapist Sue Patton Thoele is on a mission to help each and every woman uncover her own authentic self and tap into her own wellspring of wisdom and inner-strength. Thoele offers practical tools and gentle guidance to aid in setting boundaries, changing self-defeating behaviours, and increasing passion for themselves and others.In more than a hundred short entries, Thoele offers meditations, affirmations, and true stories, including deeply personal, often humorous, revelatory stories of her own rocky path of personal growth. The reflections are presented in twelve chapters that can be tapped into randomly or used as a monthly meditation guide. Among the "A Woman Has the Courage to..." chapters are: Create Peace of Mind; Tame and Transform Her Dragons; Make Her Own Choices; Develop Healthy Relationships; Take Risks and Change; and Recognise Rainbows.
The Book of Spirit
By Sue Patton Thoele
A book that imparts a sense of safety and serenity in a world that seems increasingly scary and dangerous. Each of the ten sections have ten to fifteen meditations. Those ten points of focus are: re-greening arid places; embodying heart energy; nourishing our souls; intertwining soul-strands; honouring sacred rights and responsibilities; creating spiritual touchstones; awakening to wisdom; enrolling in saint's school; ascending to gratitude; embracing angels and other emissaries. This is an inspirational pick-me-up for women, meant to be read over and over again throughout the course of a year.
The Book of Joy
By Eileen Campbell
Listen to your heart, live with gratitude, and find your bliss.Women have a great many challenges to deal with in their lives. Among the most ubiquitous of those challenges is self-care. Too often they are focused on caring for others and not themselves. Low self-esteem, anxiety and depression are all too common when their lives are less fulfilling than they might be. Yet deep within, women have a tremendous resource - a capacity for real joy that is not dependent on anything external. It is always available, regardless of circumstances. And, when women tap into that deep wellspring of joy, nothing is impossible.This is a book that encourages and inspires women to care more deeply for themselves and to face life's challenges with courage and joy. It is a practical resource for accessing inner wisdom, enhancing self-esteem, overcoming sorrow and deepening relationships.Each of the 150 meditations in this volume begins with an inspirational quote, followed by a thoughtful meditation, and concluded with an affirmation. These meditations provide the opportunity to contemplate a wide range of topics, including:· Developing awareness· Letting go· Believing in your dreams· Living in the now· Finding your true purpose· Practicing kindness· Being optimistic· Trusting the universe· Appreciating life's blessingsHere is a resource that will enable women to experience a little bit of daily serenity and embrace a life of lightness and hope
Body Reading, Orion Plain and Simple
By Sasha Fenton
A practical guide on how to read body features.We all know that hands can reveal character and destiny, but what about other parts of the body? With this basic guide, learn how your body features can reveal health, relationship and behaviour attributes and how to spot these in others.Divination expert, Sasha Fenton, covers the most important aspects of body reading in 15 short, accessible chapters. Topics covered include faces, heads, hands, eyes, teeth, nails, feet, colours, moles and itches. Generously illustrated with line drawings and graphs, this primer is a splendid introduction and guide to body secrets.Fun facts found here:· Hair reflects one's health and one's state of mind.· Moles suggest stomach trouble, relationship problems or possibly an ill partner.· A high bony nose suggests failure in business.· Downwardly sloping eyebrows suggest a lack of energy and a tendency to whine.Based on interviews, exhaustive research and years of close observation, this practical guide is filled with fascinating facts and insight that will be greeted eagerly by all who are interested in a variety of divination systems.
By Geoffrey Cousins
Set in the boardrooms, yachts and waterfront mansions of Australia's most decadent city, The Butcherbird is a boisterous thriller about corruption and excess in the corporate world.Jack Beaumont, architect turned property developer, is as surprised as the next person when he is approached by insurance tycoon Mac Biddulph to become the new CEO of HOA, the largest home-insurer in Australia. Seduced at first by the lure of power, Jack soon finds that beneath the glamorous facade of the Sydney business elite lies a convoluted network of corruption. Out of his depth and pursued by piranhas in a fish tank full of money, Jack must unravel the elusive threads or become ensnared himself.Geoffrey Cousins has called upon his own insider experience at the highest levels of Australian business to conjure a darkly comic suspense-filled tale of intrigue peopled by a tantalizingly familiar cast of A-list sharks.
Buddhism For Mothers With Lingering Questions
Now the mother of a toddler and a primary school-aged child, Sarah Napthali is continuing onto the next stage of the parenting journey. Writing from personal experience, and weaving in stories from other mothers throughout her narrative, Sarah shows us how spiritual and mindful parenting can help all mothers - be they Buddhist or non-Buddhist - to be more open, attentive and content.'If we choose', Sarah says, 'parenting can be a spiritual path, a means to cultivating wisdom and open-heartedness. On such a path, a mother uses whatever life presents to her as 'grist for the mill', to help her grow into someone who better understands herself, her children and what is required in each new situation, in each new moment.'And Sarah, like so many other mothers, has a lot of 'grist' in her life. Juggling working from home, managing a family and worrying about whether she'll ever have a future career, she is now the mother of seven year old Alex and the unrelentingly naughty four year old Zac. While she's no longer changing nappies or carrying babies, she is contending with the next lot of parenting challenges that every mother will be able to relate to.In her simple, clear and engaging way, Sarah takes us on a journey through the challenges (and joys!) of raising children, using Buddhism teachings and principles to help her answer the eternal questions of mothers everywhere: Who am I? Who are my children? Where am I going? And how can I do my best by my children and myself?Sometimes, we painfully miss our old world. At times, we all struggle as we let go of the freedoms, our youth and all those evenings, weekends and holidays to ourselves. As mothers we might look in our mirrors, look at our messy living rooms or at the clock that reads three in the morning, and ask 'Where am I?'A Buddhist would provide you with a short, simple answer: Here, now.'