Monday, April 5, 2010

SEW Book Club Selections

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S.E.W. Book Club Selections
Spirituality, Empowerment, Wellness

Here are all of the book club selections we have read since the start of our club. Many of these books are still in stock at River Read Books! (and all can be ordered)

We meet 1pm on Sundays at River Read Books,
5 Court St. in Downtown Binghamton.

We begin with 10 min of guided meditation (great for beginners).

Please come if you are interested, even if you haven't read the book!
Contact: 607-321-7846

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Feb-2009 Yoga

GREEN YOGA is a crucially important book, which addresses the vital interrelationship between self-transformation and the preservation of our natural environment.
Georg and Brenda Feuerstein
Mar-2009 the Stream

A great (short, concise) intro to Buddhism, by the founder of Dharma
Noah Levine
Apr-2009 Your Life

Classic book on self-healing. Drop the anger and resentment.
Change the story, and change your life!
Louise Hay
May-2009 Communication: A Language of Life

Classic book on the creator of the NVC system: Learn OFNR, Empathy, Compassionate Connection
Marshall Rosenberg
Jun-2009 Field

Learn about the latest paradigm-busting scientific discoveries about the nature of healing and consciousness as a field.w/footnotes to peer reviewed papers!

Lynn McTaggart
Jul-2009 (1) Message Down Under

A woman is abducted and taken on a spiritual journey in the Australian Outback. (fiction, based on a true story)

Marlo Morgan
Jul-2009 (2)
Way through Depression

Would you like to learn a technique that can help cure chronic depression more effective than any drug? Includes audio CD

Mark Williams,
John Teasdale,
Zindel Segal,
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Aug-2009 in Plain English

A practical how-to manual for learning meditation by a master of the Buddhist Thai Forrest tradition

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Sep-2009 Stroke of Insight

A brain scientist has a stroke affecting her left-brain. She is barely able to function in the world, but has supreme bliss. What implications are there about the rational mind?

Jill Bolte Taylor
Oct-2009 with the Mystic

A women seeks out an Indian Guru, and learns some of the mysteries of the ancient system of Yoga.

Cheryl Simone
Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev
Nov-2009 Your Desires

Our first book club selection on the Abraham/Hicks material.

Esther & Jerry Hicks
Dec-2009 Advice on Dying (and Living a Better Life)

A book on the Buddhist view of death and dying. One of our most popular selections!
HH Dalai Lama
Jan-2010 New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

The Eckhart Tolle books were so popular, we expanded from monthly to weekly. Some of the best modern spiritual material out there!

Eckhart Tolle
Feb-2010 of Now

Continuing with the Eckhart Tolle material. Quiet the mind, and learn to experience the power of the present moment, which is pure consciousness.

Eckhart Tolle
Mar-2010 Voice of Knowledge

Another very popular selection! Learn about the Voice of Knowledge in our mind, which don Miguel calls "the Liar". A paradigm-busting book from a master of the ancient Toltec tradition from the region we now call Mexico.

don Miguel Ruiz
Way of the Peaceful Warrior

A young man's dreams are shattered by a terrible accident... until he meets and unlikely spiritual teacher... (fictionalized account of a true story)

Dan Millman

May-2010 of the Children of Light:
Incan & Mayan Prophecies for a New World

The meaning of 2012 from the perspectives of Mezzo America.
Judith Bluestone Polich
June-2010 the Ecstasy, the Laundry

Meditations for happy living, by one of the great Western teachers of Buddhist wisdom.

Jack Kornfield
July-2010 Knowledge (Atma Bodha)

Ignorace is the root of all desire. Desire leads to action. Action has consequences. Since action arises from ignorance, no action can lead one to happiness. Since the root problem is ignorance, only knowledge can help. Q: But what knowledge? A: the knowledge of the self.

This is a classic text of Vedanta, by the great Indian teacher from the 8th century B.C., Sri Sri Adi Shankaracharya. This short teaching in 66 shlokas is based on the ancient wisdom of the Bagavad Gita and the Upanishads, special ordered from India.Available only at River Read Books!

This material is most well suited for older people, 45 years old and older, or younger people who are monastics. Not recommended for householders (non-monastics 20-45).

Shri Adi Shankara
Time off for summer fun!
Sept-2010 Essential Marcus Aureius

Essential aphorisms from the Roman Emperorer and master of the Greek Stoic philosophy.

The highest Stoic virtue, "apatheia" is also found in many world religions, by many names: equanimity, dispassion, upeksha, hashlamah, non-attachment, allowing, patience, acceptance, observing w/o reacting.
ed. and translated by Jacob Needleman, and John Piazza
The EFT Manual

This is the print version of the Official Manual for Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT. It is one of the most successful psychology self-help manuals ever published EFT is a remarkable new technique which uses the body's natural stress-reduction points. When organized into the EFT "basic recipe," self-stimulation of these points by toucing or tapping has been demonstrated to rapidly reduce anxiety, depression, phobias and other conditions.
Gary Craig
Nov-2010 No book... open discussion

Dec-2010 Zen and the Art of Happiness

Cutting-edge science and spirituality tell us that what we believe, think, and feel actually determine the makeup of our body at the cellular level.

In Zen and the Art of Happiness, you will learn how to think and feel so that what you think and feel creates happiness and vibrancy in your life rather than gloominess or depression. You' ll learn how to adapt to life s inevitable changes, how to deal with stress in a healthy way, and how to nurture a mindful happiness in your daily life.
Chris Prentiss
Jan-2011 Tao Te Ching
"The Great Book of the Way of Virtue", it cannot be seen - it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard - it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held - it is intangible.
These three are indefinable;
Therefore they are joined in one.

This month we discuss the 2,600 year old Chinese text which forms the basis of the Taoist religion or philosophy.

Lao Tsu
Think and Grow Rich month we discuss the classic book by Napoleon Hill. I have heard some people say this book was one of the inspirations of the movie The Secret. But of course, the movie itself states this information has been around for a long time.

More than just another "get rich quick" books, this book is deeply rooted in metaphysics.
Napoleon Hill

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