Nisha Zenoff, The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live After a Child Dies?

 Nisha Zenoff

Nisha Zenoff offers support, guidance and wisdom from others who have experienced the unspeakable loss of the death of a child, as well as her personal story after the death of her beloved 17-year-old son, Victor, and her insight as a grief counselor and psychotherapist.

Charting the long path from the worst possible nightmare, shock, trauma, and overwhelming pain, to a life that once again miraculously contains joy, love, and laughter, Nisha addresses the importance of self-compassion and self-care. She reaches bereaved family members no matter where they are in their grief process, providing an in-depth perspective on how the death of a child affects siblings, other family members and friends, and offering a unique long-term perspective on grief.

While there is sadness at the core, she emphasizes love, truth and the often unspoken “signs and signals” from loved ones. Ultimately we can find the choice to embrace the world again, and live a purposeful and meaningful life in the aftermath of such heartbreak.

Madisyn Taylor, Unmedicated: the 4 Pillars of Natural Wellness

 Madisyn Taylor

Struggling with chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety? Want to get unmedicated?

Madisyn Taylor is today a world-renowned expert in personal development and alternative healing methodologies and co-founder of one of the internet’s most popular inspirational websites—DailyOM. But before she guided millions of people on the path toward wellness she struggled under the physically, emotionally, and financially draining diagnoses of chronic fatigue syndrome, clinical depression, and anxiety.

After years of medications, therapies, and more medications, Taylor came to a stunning realization—her well-being was up to her. With nothing left to lose, she started her first tentative steps on what would become a program that would help her throw off the shackles of overreliance on medication and gain mental serenity after a lifetime of anxiety disorders and depression.

She’ll share a holistic path to wellness meant to supplement expert medical advice. It presents four basic pillars that build on one another to create a healing foundation of action steps:

  •         ONE: Clear Your Mind. How to retrain your brain and open new neurological pathways by learning meditation and reconnecting with nature.
  •         TWO: Nurture Your Spirit. Learning to work through fear and self-sabotage and embracing forgiveness to release the pain and help connect to a greater source.
  •         THREE: Strengthen Your Body. Understanding how a healthy body supports a healthy mind.
  •        FOUR: Find Your Tribe. Discovering the people who will give you a solid foundation of love and support and allow you to be yourself.

You too can become unmedicated!

Dr. Doris Cohen, Dreaming on Both Sides of the Brain: Discover the Secret Language of the Night

 Doris Cohen

What are dreams? Have you ever woken up screaming...or blissfully cradled in love?  Dreams are not just white noise or something that happens to you while you sleep; they are the secret language of your unconscious. So often when we awake we find that our dreams have either evaporated like mist or seem to be just on the edge of our memory. Many people cannot recall them at all.

Clinical psychologist and therapist Dr. Doris Cohen has developed a 7-step process to let you tap into the rich repository of your subconscious. She'll let us know how to

  • Unlock the secrets of your personal dream language
  • Explore and interpret their meaning
  • Harness the power of the brain to uncover a life of greater richness and meaning

Drawing on years of clinical experience and her familiarity with Freud, myth, and sacred writings, Dr. Doris presents a program that results in a life of abundance, texture, and self-awareness.

Learn more about Doris Cohen: drdoriscohen.net

Karlene Stange, The Spiritual Nature of Animals: A Country Vet Explores the Wisdom, Compassion, and Souls of Animals

 Karlene Strange

Do animals have souls? Do we bond spiritually with them? How do you know your pet loves you?

Colorado country veterinarian Karlene Stange gives us the kernels of truth about the spirit, or anima, of animals from the perspective of each major religion and distills these into a very practical philosophy: "We must be grateful for the service and friendship animals provide, and celebrate their lives, honor loving memories, and have no regrets."

Vets in rural practice face especially difficult illnesses, physical conditions, and emotional trials, not like dog-and-cat vets who see their “patients” in sterile urban offices. Dr. Karlene Stange embraced these difficulties because her work led her to spiritual awareness and even bliss, despite the inevitable losses and horrors. She found that her experience was described in Jungian psychology: animals led her to her anima, her true inner self and what in Latin means “soul,” “breath,” and “life itself.”

Case examples from her practice illustrate Stange’s journey to understand the spiritual nature of the animal-human bond. This led her to Buddhist, Christian, Sufi, Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, and pagan teachings. Her evolved understanding offers us a unique interpretation of our love for animals, a compelling tour of spiritual traditions, and, ultimately, a healing and joyful engagement with the creatures with whom we share our planet.

 

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Learn more about Karlene Strange: animasanimals.com

HeatherAsh Amara, Awaken Your Inner Fire

 HeatherAsh Amara

Buy this! Take care of me! Sign this! We need you! Watch this! HeatherAsh Amara shows you how to awaken and consciously tend your inner energy in a crazy busy world that is constantly trying to hook your attention.

We’ll explore the idea of how to use whatever work you are doing—whether it is something you love or something to pay the rent—as a way to build more courage, strength, power, and peace within you. It’s not a rewiring of what you do, but rather of how you do it…

Using the principles and tools that have helped thousands of HeatherAsh’s readers and students, you’ll learn how to:

  • Uncover the hidden beliefs and habits that are getting in your way
  • Break your cycles of distraction, procrastination, and depletion
  • Unclutter your internal and external space to allow calm and clarity
  • Awaken, nourish and direct your inner fires—physical, emotional, and spiritual
  • And bring the power of the sacred into each challenging moment of your day

The payoff? To experience greater joy and resilience that embraces creative flow with solid emotional ground, energetic drive with quiet rejuvenation—while fulfilling both your real-world daily demands and your deeper purpose here.

"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~ Howard Thurman

Learn more about HeatherAsh Amara: heatherashamara.com

Michael Gelb, The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now

 Michael Gelb

Michael Gelb

As the current workforce has become more diverse and less hierarchical, connection, and its good friend, collaboration, are more important than ever. More of us can step into the role of leaders who guide others to discover a sense of meaning, purpose, and connection in the workplace. Leaders need to be flexible and adaptable in their relationship-building and communication skills.  

Michael Gelb’s motto is "Connect before solving." He’s discovered that the most powerful catalyst for inspiring creative breakthroughs, and for translating those breakthroughs into sustainable innovations, is to guide people to connect with one another first, before trying to solve a problem.

Gelb shares his seven methods of developing this essential rapport in our professional and personal lives. He reminds us that developing rapport with others is not just a business tool to enhance productivity but a valuable end in itself. He guides us to cultivate the skills we all need to deepen our relationships, broaden our humanity, and transform our lives. 

Learn more about Michael Gelb: MichaelGelb.com

John Travis, MD, Why Dads Leave

 John Travis

John Travis

When John W. Travis, MD, lauded as one of the founding fathers of the wellness movement, became a parent, he was shocked to discover how unprepared he was for the emotional challenges of parenthood.

With his wife and colleague, Meryn Callander, he shares the story of their confident plunge into parenthood and the unraveling of that confidence, as they discovered themselves floundering, exhausted, and struggling to deal with the challenges confronting them. He found out firsthand why dads leave.

Cultural and generational forces are creating an unacknowledged epidemic of disappearing dads—fathers leaving their families, physically or emotionally, soon after the birth of a child.

Nearly twenty years in the making, John’s work provides insights and practical ways of preventing and healing the insidious and devastating impact of this dynamic. He has created the website ConnectedAndThriving.org which is full of resources, understanding, and hope for men—and the women who love them.

Learn more about John Travis MD: ConnectedAndThriving.org

Danielle Dulsky: Woman Most Wild: Three Keys to Liberating the Witch Within

 Danielle Dulsky

Danielle Dulsky

What threatens us about the words WILD, or WITCH? What feels good? How can we pause and conjure the power of the archetypal feminine? Is your Wild Woman calling you...or out of control? Danielle Dulsky is a long-time activist for wild woman spirituality and the divine feminine's return. She shares simple, accessible, powerful ways to find your own, unique spiritual path of empowerment, honoring your cycles and re-connecting with nature. Woman Most Wild debunks old assumptions about witches being “bad” or “evil” and reveals the true nature of witchcraft: an ancient spiritual path of reverence for the natural rhythms and cycles of life. She helps us all reclaim the power we were born with and asks us to come home to our inner witch. Instead of being shamed for our “wildness” she validates it as our birthright, which includes a deep connection to nature. In her own words “The wild is your human way of relating to the life-force that is beyond human but wholly natural.” Regardless of gender, we can all tune in to the wild woman spirituality drumming underneath our feet, and Danielle is the perfect guide on the journey.

Learn more about Danielle Dulsky at DanielleDulsky.com and LivingMandalaYoga.com

Steven Gaines, Straight, gay, bi-sexual, who decides what we are?

 Steven Gaines

Steven Gaines

Growing up gay in Brooklyn in the 60s, Steven found that nobody knew what to do with him. Despairing, bullied by the guys at the corner candy store, he went to the back of his grandfather's bra and girdle store, punched the glass pane out of a window and sawed his wrists and forearms on the shards of glass, narrowly avoiding death. His grandfather got him a private room in one of the most exclusive psychiatric hospitals in the world. A young psychiatrist there promised to cure him of his homosexuality, and he found out conversion therapy didn’t work; a Broadway producer who was in the hospital opened a new world for him. He’s now comfortable with himself and a journalist, novelist and biographer who has chronicled some of the 20th century’s most notable artists such as the Beatles and fashion designer Halston. He’s been through the worst and come out on top – a truly inspiring story proving that it does get better. 

Learn more about Steven Gaines: stevengaines.com

Dr. Susan Bartell, How clutter affects our relationships and our health

 Dr. Susan Bartell

Dr. Susan Bartell

Clutter: we've all got some somewhere. And it affects us. Ever gone head-to-head with your significant other over what to pack and what to trash? According to a new national study by SpareFoot, 90% of Americans in a relationship admit if they knew there wouldn’t be consequences, they’d get rid of some of their significant other’s possessions.

And why are you keeping this thing: your aunt gave it to you, it was the first thing you bought for yourself, you might need it sometime? Is there some object you’re hiding from your partner? How many things can you have in a room before you start to feel uncomfortable? How much time do you spend looking for misplaced objects in your home?

Dr. Susan Bartell gives you a perspective on where you stand with other American adults, and ways to help you make your home comfortably reflect your truest self.

Learn more about Dr. Susan Bartell: drsusanbartell.com

Jenniffer Weigel, Psychics, Healers, & Mediums: A Journalist, a Road Trip, and Voices from the Other Side

 Jenniffer Weigel

Jenniffer Weigel

Since the dawn of time, people have been fascinated by those who claim to have extraordinary psychic abilities. It is safe to say that many of those psychics are either extraordinary frauds or extraordinarily deluded. But could some of them be legitimate, with real gifts that can be used to help and heal? For 20 years, Emmy Award-winning journalist Jenniffer Weigel has been interviewing and investigating mediums, psychics, and healers. She gives us the fruits of her in-depth interviews with folks like Thomas John, Judith Orloff, Concetta Bertoldi, Caroline Myss, Echo Bodine, Rebecca Rosen, Paul Selig, and Michael Bodine. Also, Jenniffer got readings for both herself and and an individual previously unknown to the medium, psychic, or healer. She puts these psychically gifted people to the test―and the results are startling and profound. Listen in if you’re fascinated with communication with the dead, the idea of an afterlife, and the possibility of nontraditional healing.

Learn more about Jenniffer Weigel: jenweigel.com

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom

 Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Traumatic experiences are a part of any life—from the emotional shock of someone’s careless words in childhood to intense physical injuries to life-threatening emergencies to assaults. Unresolved trauma becomes lodged in our body, blocking the ability of its communication system to share its wisdom. So we flounder when making decisions, remain in less-than-ideal or unsafe situations, and/or end up living a life that truly isn’t ours—while our body is madly signaling us with the solutions we seek.

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana has spent thirty years studying the gifts of the body and teaching thousands how to reclaim them, giving us ways to reconnect with our body’s inner guidance system of sensation, imagery, and inner knowing. “Your body is designed to guide you, keep you safe, and bring you full vitality and pleasure. It is the vehicle through which you create and manifest your thoughts and dreams into reality,” writes Suzanne. She shares how to reclaim lost parts of ourselves, tap into our body’s wisdom, and better navigate our lives.

Learn more about Suzanne Scurlock-Durana: healingfromthecore.com

Sandra Marinella, The Story You Need to Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss

 Sandra Marinella

Sandra Marinella

Most of us have a story inside waiting to be told. Sandra Marinella can help. She’s done years of pioneering work with veterans and cancer patients, as well as teaching writing and researching its profound healing properties.

Riveting true stories illustrate her methods for understanding, telling, and editing personal stories in ways that foster resilience and renewal. She also shares her own experience of using journaling and expressive writing to navigate challenges including breast cancer and postpartum depression.

Marinella explores how our myths, our metaphors, and our meaning are born of the stories we choose to tell. Each of the techniques, prompts, and exercises she shares helps us “to unravel the knot inside” and move forward toward greater well being.

Learn more about Sandra Marinella: www.storyyoutell.com

Stephanie Carnes, Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts

 Stephanie Carnes

Stephanie Carnes

Sex addicts don't always show their deepest sexual desires to their loved ones. How can you tell whether your partner is simply behaving badly or truly suffers from a disease called sex addiction? When you discover that the person you loved and trusted most in the world is hiding from you, the result can be devastating.

Sex addiction therapist Dr. Stephanie Carnes helps you face that heartbreak and betrayal. She gives you a comprehensive guide to examining the relationship, including difficult questions like “Should I Stay or Should I Go?, How Do I Set Boundaries and Keep Myself Safe?, What Does It Mean if My Partner Has Shown an Interest in Minors? and "What should I tell the kids?".

She weaves real-life stories with practical therapeutic advice and specific tasks that gently educate, empower, and guide the partner of the sex addict through a process of recovery. Both you and your partner can discover hope and healing. 

Learn more about Stephanie Carnes: iitap.com/blog/portfolio_page/dr-stefanie-carnes

Scott Stabile, Big Love

 Scott Stabile

Scott Stabile

If anyone had a right to curl up in a ball and give up, it was Scott Stabile. His parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose. He joined a cult and wrenched himself out of it after thirteen years. But all the while, Stabile was learning to do things like forgive the man who murdered his parents, have compassion for his brother, and believe in the power of love to create positive change above all else.

Scott shares the experiences that pulled him from his center and the ways in which he brought himself back in ways that are universally applicable, uplifting, and even laugh-out-loud funny. “In each instance, it was big love that carried me back to my center. Love encouraged me to show up for my life authentically. Love challenged me to move forward, despite my fears. Every single time, love walked me home.”

Whether trying (as we all must) to silence shame, show up for friends, or overcome dreaded what-ifs, the hard-won insights that Scott shares are sure to help us do so with a renewed sense of love. 

Learn more about Scott Stabile: scottstabile.com

Kamaria Powell, What the F#@k is Enlightenment?

 Kamaria Powell

Kamaria Powell

If you’ve never felt like one religion was right for you, you’re not alone. 20% of Americans do not identify with any religion, and one-third of adults under the age of 30 classify themselves as spiritual but not religious. And then there's the question of enlightenment.

Sitting between the saint and the sinner at church, Kamaria Powell began asking life’s most thought-provoking questions and to her surprise, receiving answers. Kamaria challenges readers to take their spiritual identity into their own hands. By candidly illustrating her own life experiences, flaws and all, she demonstrates how a chaotic, mundane life can be transformed into a more purposeful and dynamic one through the process of self-discovery and finding your own unique spirituality.

Do you have to meditate? No. Do you have to pray? No. Rather than following a prescribed set of rules, Kamaria encourages you to embrace your own spiritual identity no matter how unorthodox it may seem. It is by transforming ourselves that we in turn transform our world. 

Learn more about Kamaria Powell: kamariapowell.wixsite.com/website

Theresa McKeown, The ABC's of Being Me

 Thersea McKeown

Thersea McKeown

You’re a kid, you’re special, and you matter! Theresa McKeown shares a lively, enriching book designed for the enthusiastic child - and the child at heart.

Twenty-six works of art, one for each letter of the alphabet, illustrate a character trait, and each one gets its own bubbly and cheerful poem. Kids get to write what each one means to them, creating a permanent reflection of how they viewed themselves and their world right then.

Part journal, part scrapbook and part photo album - each completed book will be a personal time capsule to be opened, remembered and cherished over the course of a lifetime as we look back on the roads we've taken. It’s a gateway to meaningful conversation about core values between parents and children in any grade of elementary school. What was it...is it...like to be me? And it’s fun! 

Learn more about Theresa McKeown: www.theabcsofeverything.com

Robert O. Williams, Love Is the Power: Moving Humanity from Fear to Love

 Robert O. Williams

Robert O. Williams

What happens when we live all emotions, thoughts, and body feelings as love as opposed to just searching for love? We are free to give to others without need or fear. That is the power of love and pure heart consciousness.

Robert O. Williams leads us into the intimate journey of his life through the vivid memories of his unique childhood, an inspiring account of his talent and perseverance as a saxophone player, his introduction to Transcendental Meditation (TM), his magical time performing and recording with The Beach Boys, and the extraordinary journey through multiple near-death experiences and visits with other dimensions which culminated in three decades of research and invention of Quantum Code Technology™ and the Heart+ App.

Williams said, “The fact that we were able to develop a proven technology to strengthen our physical hearts as well as serve in the awakening of our spiritual hearts is, for me, an indication that we truly can raise consciousness through technology.” Love Is the Power is not about the search for love, romantic or otherwise; rather, it is about being love. 

Learn more about Robert O. Williams: www.healtheworldproject.com

Arlene Drake, Carefrontation: Breaking Free From Childhood Trauma

 Arlene Drake

Arlene Drake

When confronted with an abused child, our first impulse is to drop everything and provide comfort, get him or her out of danger, and find out what the hell is going on at home. It’s obvious that the child is helpless, in trouble, and needs protection. Parents or not, we instinctively know what to do: We take care of the child. But what if the child is you?

Pioneer and 30- year veteran in the field of trauma and sexual abuse Dr. Arlene Drake lays out a powerful way to repair the damage of childhood abuse and its lasting effects, by teaching you what your parents couldn’t: an invaluable set of skills and practices that will give you the resources to live as a healthy, happy adult. She’s successfully helped over 1000 adults in their journey to recover from trauma, sexual abuse and endless therapy.

With the clear path her book provides, you can finally acknowledge that the suffering and the pain can stop. The destructive patterns can end. You can graduate into a life beyond “abuse victim,” take the power back from your abusers and finally be at peace.

Learn more about Arlene Drake: arlenedrake.com