SAINTS, AND SAGES
reviewed by Mirra Lee
The authors of this wonderful book are a local couple who have periodically contributed to The New Times, who are well known Seattle-area naturopaths and homeopaths, and who have previously written other books, including Ritalin-Free Kids. In this book, they include the enlightenment experiences of a number of individuals (both male and female) who, in the authors words, were not fully awakened at birth but went through a describable process of transformation.
HOW TO PRACTICE
reviewed by Michael Armenia
How to Practice, the latest publication from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D., who served as his interpreter for many years. In reading this book, I was impressed with a sense of the Dalai Lama's commitment to engendering compassion and eliminating suffering. If you look at the book on a deeper level, the structure in the ritual and practice of Tibetan Buddhism unfolds. The book can benefit both people on the path of Tibetan Buddhism as well as people of other religious faiths. As the Dalai Lama says, all beings want to end suffering.
COURSE IN TAROT
reviewed by Liz Bardon
I read A Magical Course in Tarot in hopes of actually learning to read tarot cards. I have several decks and have read many books, memorized lots of definitions, and followed all the rules, but I could never understand how the cards relate to each other in a spread. Michele Morgan delivered exactly what I was looking for in a funny, engaging, and supportive style.
reviewed by Liz Bardon
Dont you just love serendipity? I was reading A Magical Course in Tarot, in which author Michele Morgan recommends keeping a journal to record ones progress in learning to use intuition. Voilà! My review package from The New Times included Shakti Gawains Voice of Intuition journal and inspiration cards.
The Voice of Intuition journal is very suitable for tarot. It is relatively square, making it easy to draw pictures of card spreads. The shape also encourages freeform journaling such as drawing, painting, or poetry. To me, a rectangular shape would resemble a sheet of paper, probably inclining me to feel limited to prose.
reviewed by Carmen Viola, yoga instructor
In todays fast-paced world, creating a semblance of balance can be a challenge. Technological advances allow us to be highly productive with the advent of online functions such as banking transactions; communicating with friends and colleagues; and purchasing groceries, books, clothing virtually anything without expending energy running errands. This "virtual life" has severed the connection we have to the natural rhythms of life.
Pope John Paul II is quoted as saying, "Pray any way you like, so long as you do pray." How true! It doesn't have to be prose. It doesn't have to be written at all. It doesn't have to take hours. It does make a difference.
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