Category Archives: Mind Body Spirit

Do you feel trapped in an unhappy relationship? Bev Stone is on hand to help.

If you have to make a tough relationship decision, renowned therapist Beverley Stone is on hand to help you evaluate your relationship, overcome your fears and get the your love life back on track

Whether you are on the verge of leaving your partner, find yourself getting increasingly unhappy or simply questioning if you are in the right relationship, this book will help you make one of the most difficult decisions of your life – staying in or leaving a relationship that just doesn’t feel right.

Chartered psychologist Beverley Stone helps you work step by step through the decision. She explains the life-sapping harm caused by failing to be decisive and helps you work through your fears and anxieties in order to make the best choice for yourself.

In six key life-changing steps, she offers everyone the chance to bring about positive change:_

• Becoming authentic
• Accepting anxiety as a positive experience
• Deciding to make your life a meaningful one
• Taking responsibility
• Being aware that you have a choice
• Living by your own values and standards

Beverley also explains that deciding to stay in a relationship means taking a decision to make it work, and she provides practical strategies for turning a bad relationship into a good one.

Stay or Leave? is an essential guide for everyone feeling unhappy and unfulfilled but unable to move forward.

Stay or Leave? is published by Watkins Publishing on 5th January 2012, available as a paperback and ebook from all good retailers

The Five-Minute Philosopher: 80 Unquestionably Good Answers to 80 Unanswerable Big Questions


  • WISE AND DOWN-TO-EARTH ANSWERS TO 80 OF THE ETERNAL QUESTIONS WE ARE LIKELY TO PONDER AT MORE THOUGHTFUL MOMENTS ON LIFE’S JOURNEY
  • INCLUDES MORE THAN 150 QUOTATIONS FROM A WIDE RANGE OF SOURCES, BOTH SECULAR AND SPIRITUAL
  • WIDE-RANGING, CHALLENGING & STIMULATING QUESTIONS FOR THE MODERN DAY THINKER

 

Gerald Benedict, a philosopher trained in issues of knowledge and faith, offers us a wealth of ideas that prompt us to think more seriously and systematically about those universal questions – with the help of quotations from great thinkers and writers through the ages. As we read and engage with a stimulating text, our minds are opened to new ideas and our lives enriched.

 This book provides nimble, wise and perceptive responses to questions that have no absolute answers: instead, the author aims to stimulate thought and discussion that will lead to deeper understanding and further exploration. The same question will prompt different answers for different people.

 Dr Benedict’s masterly discussions, which are informal and not at all academic, draw on sacred texts, humanist writings and poetry from all over the world, all through the centuries, to illuminate the issues – leaving readers free to come to their own conclusions.

 Armed with this book you are equipped not only to reach your own informed conclusions about the big questions of life, but also to engage knowledgeably in the to-and-fro of debate with family and friends.

 

Gerald Benedict graduated in Divinity from the University of London, and has a postgraduate diploma from the School of Ecumenical Studies, University of Geneva, and a Ph.D. from the Open University. His main academic interest is comparative religious philosophy, and after teaching religious studies and philosophy in colleges and universities in Britain, he moved to France. He is the author of the Watkins Dictionary of Religious and Secular Faiths and a number of books about the Mayan civilisation, including The Mayan Prophecies: 2012 – the Message and the Vision and The Maya: 2012 – the end of the world or the dawn of enlightenment? He has won awards for a novel, several short stories, and a radio drama for the BBC World Service.

Hardback, £10.99, Available Now

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‘Masters of Wisdom’ – selections of inspiring and memorable writings and teachings from great spiritual thinkers

Watkins Masters of Wisdom - OSHO, Living Dangerously, Ordinary Enlightenment for Extraordinary Times

Watkins Masters of Wisdom - HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA, Infinite Compassion for an Imperfect World

The ‘Masters of Wisdom’ series offers beautifully presented writings and teachings from great spiritual thinkers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries -for all of us who seek profound truths and values to live by. `

OSHO is known as one of the most provocative teachers of our time. ‘The idea of rebellion is not new,’ he has said, ‘but the idea of rebellion combined with enlightenment is absolutely new – it is my contribution.’ This book shows the accuracy of this self-assessment. Comprising selections from his extemporaneous talks, it presents an overview of the key teachings of his revolutionary credo of ‘living dangerously’. Nearly two decades after his death, Osho’s iconoclastic message has a growing body of followers worldwide.

HIS HOLINESS THE 14th DALAI LAMA, Tenzin Gyatso, is arguably the most important living spiritual leader in the world today. This book brings together a generous collection of eloquent, moving and uplifting extracts from his many writings and lectures covering the keynote Buddhist themes of kindness, love, compassion and altruism, as well as such topics as Tibet, world peace, the environment, science, women and education. The selection has been made to represent the many facets of this great man’s teachings as well as the warmth, humility, depth, gravity, wit and literary skills that have won him such universal love and admiration.

These books are both published in paperback format and are available to buy now.

RRP £8.99

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Need a trip to reflect, revive and rejuvenate? How about one of these ’100 Journeys For the Spirit’?

  • NEW PAPERBACK EDITION WITH FOREWORD FROM RENOWNED TRAVEL WRITER PICO IYER
  • OVER 100 STUNNING PHOTOGRAPHS OF SPIRITUAL AND ATMOSPHERIC PLACES ALL OVER THE WORLD
  • THE ONLY BOOK TO COMBINE SPIRITUALLY MINDED TRAVEL WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM STAR AUTHORS

 

 

Travel around the world to some of the most spiritual places on the planet with a collection of star authors including Michael Ondaatje, Alexander McCall Smith and Andrew Motion

Certain special places move us at a profound level – with a kind of inner beauty that puts us in direct touch with the spirit. It might be a temple, a church, a commemorative monument, a wayside shrine or a landscape feature that is saturated in the ambience of ancient sacred traditions. Such places are worth taking the trouble to visit. They add meaning to our lives, awakening a sense of awe, beauty or tranquillity.

From the prehistoric megaliths of Carnac in Brittany to the Buddhist temple-complex of Borobodur in Java, from the giant medicine wheel at Bighorn, Wyoming in the USA to the Confucian Temple of Heaven in Beijing, this book guides the reader on a journey around a hand-picked selection of 100 of the world’s most spiritually uplifting sites. Accompanying the superb photographs are evocative descriptions of each place, many of them from esteemed writers who share with us their personal responses in their inimitable style. For anyone who wishes to seek out some of these places for themselves, there is a helpful gazetteer at the back of the book giving key facts for visitors. By immersing ourselves in those special places where landscape, art and spirit meet in a radiant intersection, we enlarge our perspective on life. This book gives us the inspiration and knowledge to do so.

Pico Iyer is a respected travel writer, close confidant of the Dalai Lama, and author of several books.

Jan Morris is one of the world’s most celebrated and respected travel writers. She has written more than 30 books.

Mark Tully is a prolific journalist for the BBC and CNN based in India. He is the author of several bestselling books.

Alexander McCall Smith is a bestselling author of more than 60 books incuding the No 1. Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

Andrew Motion is a celebrated poet, novelist and biographer. He was Poet Laureate of the UK from 1999 to 2009.

Michael Ondaatje is the bestselling author of The English Patient, In the Skin of the Lion and Anil’s Ghost.

Joseph Marshall III is a Native American historian, writer, teacher and actor.

100 JOURNEYS FOR THE SPIRIT
Sacred • Inspiring • Mysterious • Enlightening

Chief Contributors: Michael Ondaatje, Joseph Marshall III,  Paul Theroux,  Andrew Motion,  Jan Morris, Mark Tully, Alexander McCall Smith

PUBLICATION DATE – SEPTEMBER 2011

For review copy requests and all media enquiries please contact Francesca Yarde-Buller on 020 7454 8528 or by email Francesca@dbp.co.uk

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How can you apply Buddhist principles to a Western lifestyle?


 

 

 AN INSIGHTFUL LOOK INTO MODERN BUDDHISM AND AN INSPIRATIONAL GUIDE TO APPLYING BUDDHIST PRINCIPLES TO A WESTERN LIFESTYLE

 

 SHOW HOWS THE BENEFICIAL WISDOM THAT BUDDHISM OFFERS FOR THE CHALLENGES OF MODERN LIFE

‘… acute, innovative, and refreshing… Asma’s well-written work translates the Buddha’s oldest ideas directly for modern readers. An eye-opener for experienced and innocent Buddhists alike.’  US Library Journal

Many books in recent years have made the case for Buddhism. What makes this one fresh and exciting is Stephen Asma’s iconoclasm, irreverence, and hard-headed approach to the subject. He is distressed that much of what passes for Buddhism is really little more than ‘New Age mush’. He asserts that it is time to ‘take the California out of Buddhism’. He presents a spiritual practice that does not require a belief in creeds or dogma – a practice that is psychologically sound, intellectually credible and aesthetically appealing. It is a practice that does not require a diet of brown rice, burning incense, and putting both your mind and your culture in deep storage.

In seven chapters, Asma builds the case for a spiritual discipline that is authentic and inclusive. This is Buddhism for everyone, especially for people who are uncomfortable with religion but yearn for a spiritual compass.

The author writes: ‘I try to apply the Buddha’s teachings to our current Western life-style, including the challenges of work-life, love-life, consumerism, and the search for meaning.’

Stephen T. Asma, Ph.D., is professor of philosophy and interdisciplinary humanities at Columbia College, Chicago, where he holds the title of Distinguished Scholar. In 2003 he was Visiting Professor at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he taught Buddhist Philosophy; he studied Theravada Buddhism throughout Southeast Asia, including Shanghai. He is the author of several books, including Buddha for Beginners, and he is regularly invited to give dharma talks at Buddhist temples. (www.stephenasma.com)

WHY I AM A BUDDHIST – NO-NONSENSE BUDDHISM FOR MODERN LIVING by Stephen T. Asma

Published June 2011

Paperback

RRP £8.99

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Trace the mysterious origins of the Crystal Skulls with Patricia Mercier’s fascinating true adventure story

TRACES THE LEGENDS OF THE MYSTERIOUS CRYSTAL SKULLS AND EXPLAINS HOW SKULLS FROM ASIA AND THE AMERICAS ARE CONNECTED

NARRATIVE NON-FICTION WITH  A STRONG CURRENT OF ADVENTURE

• FASCINATING PREDICTIONS CONCERNING WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THE FOURTH AGE OF THE MAYAN CALENDAR ENDS IN DECEMBER 2012

A fascinating, many-layered true adventure story that spans the globe and follows the author’s quest to discover the meaning of various crystal skulls – which resonate with the Mayan prophecies and carry profound implications for the future of humankind

Mystifying carved skulls made of crystal have been appearing around the world in recent decades. Some are ancient, from Tibet and Central America, but there are modern ones too. Today’s Mayans of Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala, who prophesy a new era starting in 2012, include the skulls in their ceremonies.

This is the story of the author’s quest to discover the secrets of the skulls, starting in a cave in Spain and progressing to Central America and China. It is a saga of sacred ceremonies, armed holdups, inner journeys, plane flights… and even weirdly cosmological stacks of tortillas.

Patricia Mercier explains the T’zolk’in Maya Calendar and the traditions of the Maya people, and connects the skulls with our current global situation. She shows how the skulls can be used for healing and gaining insight, and how they transfer information to each other, operating as a network. We are also introduced to a new super-consciousness that the crystal skulls suggest is a key to the future – a rebirth of humanity when, with the help of the skulls, Homo sapiens could evolve into Homo spiritus.

Patricia Mercier is a writer, visionary artist, crystal healer and shamanic healer, living in Spain. She has travelled widely in Central America. In 1995, she encountered her first crystal skull during a ceremony at Uxmal, Mexico, and since then she has been initiated by Mayan priests and elders to become a teacher of the Mayan mysteries. This complements her training as a crystal healer and yoga teacher. At the invitation of the Mayan elder Hunbatz Men of the Itza Maya Tradition, she co-founded a Maya Mysteries School with her husband. The school is active in both Spain and the UK, and three of her previous five books, The Maya Shamans – Travellers in Time, The Maya End Times and The Chakra Bible, are used as teaching tools.

CRYSTAL SKULLS & THE ENIGMA OF TIME: A Spiritual Adventure into the Mayan World of Prophecy and Discovery will be published in August 2011 - RRP £10.99 – Paperback

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Discover the healing power of chakras for mind, body and spirit with Swami Saradananda’s ‘Essential Guide to Chakras’

DISCOVER IF EACH CHAKRA IS BALANCED, OVERACTIVE OR UNDERACTIVE

INCLUDES STEP-BY-STEP YOGA EXERCISES AND BREATHING TECHNIQUES

MEDITATIONS AND VISUALIZATIONS THROUGHOUT WILL HELP YOU GAIN DEEPER UNDERSTANDING AND AWARENESS

 

Create well-being in your mind, body and spirit with Swami Saradananda’s secrets of chakra balancing featuring mantras, yoga postures and meditation exercises

Chakras are the body’s subtle energy centres vital for our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. This comprehensive book provides a detailed guide to the characteristics of each chakra and how you can work with them to heal and balance every aspect of your life. Beginning with an outline of the key energy concepts including prana, the nadis and kundalini energy, the book goes on to explain the basic techniques for working with chakras, including: meditating on yantras, the geometric representation of chakra energies; mantras; exercises; and journaling. Saradananda then explores in depth each chakra in turn, describing its key characteristics and related physical disorders, providing helpful yoga poses and breathing techniques and giving clear information on how to recognise the signs that your chakra is overactive, underactive or balanced. You will also discover how the chakras relate to each other and find advice on protecting yourself while working energetically.

This is an essential book for everyone wanting to achieve total well-being through understanding and working with these vital energy centres.

 Swami Saradananda is former editor of Yoga Life and director of Sivananda Yoga Centers in New York, London and Delhi. Now based in London, she teaches meditation and yoga in centres around the world and leads yearly pilgrimages to India. She is the author of Chakra Meditation and The Power of Breath, both published by DBP.

 THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CHAKRAS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN AUGUST 2011 – RRP £10.99 – Paperback

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Introduce your children to meditation – More Nightlights: Stories For You To Read Your Child To Encourage Calm, Confidence and Creativity – Available now!

  • FOLLOW-UP TO HUGELY SUCCESSFUL NIGHTLIGHTS
  • REVISED INTRODUCTION BY CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST EXPERT DAVID FONTANA SUGGESTS WAYS TO READ INTERACTIVELY WITH YOUR CHILD
  • BRINGS MEDITATION TO A WHOLE NEW GENERATION – YOUR CHILDREN

Meditation and visualisation, if approached in an inventive and appealing manner, bring enormous benefits to children. It can calm their anxieties, build their self-esteem, unlock their imagination, and teach them quietness and thoughtfulness.

This book, designed for parents to use with any child between the ages of 4 and 8, is a collection of 20 narrative-based meditations. Reading the stories aloud, we draw the child into adventures which fire their imagination. In this way we help the child focus their minds, release their worries, believe in themselves and trust in the world around them. All the stories sensitively tackle difficult challenges facing small children, such as how to cope with disappointment, how to make good decisions, how to deal with anxieties and how to banish boredom.

Each of the adventures is both enjoyable, as a fantasy, and effective, as they promote a positive message and end with special affirmations to help the parents draw out the story’s deeper meaning for the child’s enlightenment.

Praise for Nightlights:

‘An absolutely perfect book for beguiling little hooligans’ Families Magazine

‘Once you have tried these you and your little ones will be hooked’ Wave Magazine

‘Wonderful adventures which fire their imaginations and at the same time release their sense of calm and confidence’ Cygnus Review

MORE NIGHTLIGHTS

Stories for You to Read to Your Child – To Encourage Calm, Confidence and Creativity

Anne Civardi, Joyce Dunbar, Kate Petty and Karen Wallace, with an introduction by David Fontana

Publication Date: 27th June, Paperback, £12.99

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Discover and celebrate the transforming powers of angels with this brilliant collection of real-life encounters…

Gifts from Angels by Chrissie Astell features the author’s own stories of mysterious and delightful encounters with angels, alongside fascinating and moving experiences she has collected from her readers, her course participants and the many satisfied seekers who have attended her angel workshops. Organised by themes such as love, guidance and peace, this book includes stories of children protected, serious accidents avoided and peaceful transitions from unhappiness to personal fulfilment.

Each chapter features practical visualisations and meditations to help in working more effectively with angel energies, and there is also guidance on such topics as guardian angels, archangels and the life beyond this one

Chrissie Astell runs her own highly successful angel workshops and courses in Spiritual Development. She has a BA Honours degree in Comparative Religion including Angelology and Mysticism and was recently awarded Postgraduate Certificates in Spiritual Development and Facilitation (University of Surrey) and Teaching in Lifelong Learning (Birkbeck). She is the author of Advice from Angels (Godsfield 2004), Discovering Angels (DBP 2004) and The Angel Insight Pack (DBP 2008).

 

  • FOREWORD BY CORONATION STAR WILLIAM ROACHE
  • COMPILATION OF REAL-LIFE STORIES FROM PEOPLE CHRISSIE ASTELL HAS MET  DURING HER YEARS AS AN ANGELWORKSHOP LEADER
  • WONDERFULLY UPLIFTING AND INSPIRING – THIS BOOK CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Gifts from Angels: An uplifting collection of real-life angel stories will be published in September 2011. RRP £6.99

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