Carola Speads, Ways to Better Breathing
(Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press). Speads studied and taught for many
years with famed movement teacher Elsa Gindler. Her book provides simple but
powerful methods for awakening our authentic breath.
Michael Grant White, The
Breath of Life & Vitality, audio CD. Mike
White of Breathing.com and Russell J. Martino,
nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of Rip
Roaring Health, discuss several key factors that you
should know about breathing to live a long, happy, and
If you or a loved one has cystic
fibrosis, be sure to read Breathing
for a Living, by Laura Rothenberg, an inspiring
posthumously published account of Laura's decision to
undergo a lung transplant and of her determination
neither to indulge in false hope nor to let her health
rule her life. Publisher's Weekly calls it "an
unforgettably real testament of the strength of the
human spirit, and of our common human wish to know and
say and be the truth."
Michael Grant White,
Secrets of Optimal Natural
Breathing. Mike White, also known as "The Breathing Coach,"
updates this helpful, important manual several times a year, and offers
numerous other important breath-related products as well.
Ilse Middendorf, The
Perceptible Breath: A Breathing Science(Paderborn, Germany: Junfermann-Verlag). Middendorf, who is based in
Germany, is a pioneer in the exploration of breath and one of the world's
leading breathing therapists. This book is a "must have" for
anyone serious about breathwork. If you have trouble finding the book
through your local library (it is not available at Amazon.com or in
bookstores), contact the Middendorf
Breath Institute in San Francisco, California.
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Be Free Where You Are, by Thich Nhat Hanh. This marvelous little
book--the transcription of a talk given by a renown Buddhist monk at the
Maryland Correctional Institute--is must reading for anyone interested in
Within, by John Pentland, Exchanges Within: Questions from Everyday Life
Selected from Gurdjieff Group Meetings with John Pentland in California
1955-1984. Until his death in 1984, Lord Pentland was one of the outstanding
leaders of the Gurdjieff Work in America. This book gives a remarkable
insight into his extraordinary ability to translate Gurdjieff's ideas and
methods into the language necessary to help each student experience herself
or himself as a living question in the face of the unknown.
: Essays and Reflections on the Man and His Teachings,
edited by Jacob Needleman & George Baker. This is an important book for
anyone interested in in the multi-dimensional ideas and practices of the
great spiritual pathfinder, G. I. Gurdjieff. The book includes essays by
Jeanne de Salzmann, John Pentland, Peter Brook, Rene Daumal, Jerzy Grotowski,
Arnaud Desjardins, David Hykes, and many others.
: Collected Writings of William Segal 1985-1997: offers important ideas and observations
about the possibility of real transformation, the possibility of
"fulfilling one's role as a true human being." William Segal, a
philosopher and painter, worked with P. D. Ouspensky, G. I. Gurdjieff,
and Daisetz Suzuki.
Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle: This
is an amazing and beautiful book. Using simple, unpretentious language,
Tolle helps us return with full presence to the only place and time where
awakening is possible: right here, right now. The Power of Now is destined
to be one of the great spiritual classics.
American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders, by Jacob
Needleman. This wise, much-needed book by one of America's distinguished
philosophers should be required reading for every American. It goes deeply
not only into the great ideals that lie at the heart of the original
American vision, but also into its crimes throughout its history. "The
crimes of America are as much a part of its meaning as its ideals,"
Needleman writes, "and to embrace one without the other will lead us
nowhere." Needleman shows how it is only through awakening to the
real meaning of such ideals as liberty, individuality, self-determination,
and conscience that we can "become genuine men and women of the
Heart without Measure: Work with Madame de Salzmann,
by Ravi Ravindra. When Gurdjieff died he left his work in the capable hands
of Madame de Salzmann, who had been with him for many years. This book gives
extraordinary glimpses into Madame de Salzmann and her approach to
Loving What Is: Four questions that can change your life,
by Byron Katie with Stephen Mitchell. This is a wonderful book for anyone who
wishes to get to the root of their suffering and begin to live in harmony with what
is. As Katie makes clear, it is not our problems that cause suffering, but
rather the way we think about them. We can never win an argument with reality.
Our constant judgments of ourselves and others--along with the stories we tell
ourselves to justify these judgments--keep us imprisoned in pain and suffering.
Through inquiring into our many thoughts and judgments using the questioning process that Katie
describes so beautifully in this book, we discover that it is the truth
that will set us free.
Voice at the Borders of Silence, the autobiography
of William Segal, with Marielle Bancou-Segal. An
extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary man, this
wonderful book provides an intimate, illuminating, and
ever-expanding view of William Segal's life-time search
for "what's it all about"--especially in
relation to art, Zen Buddhism, and the Gurdjieff Work.
It includes 24 full-color reproductions of Segal's
paintings, as well as numerous black and white photos of
himself and those teachers and others who were so
important in his quest for self-knowledge and
Emptiness Dancing; compiled from selected Dharma Talks of Adyashanti,
who claims to have awakened to his "true nature" after many years of Zen
practice, this extraordinary book explores the nature of real freedom and
shows how it is accessible to all of us. Emptiness Dancing is
destined to become a classic in Advaita/Zen literature.
The World of Silence, by Max Picard. In this amazing book, first
published in 1948, renowned Swiss philosopher Max Picard expresses the
nature and meaning of silence in poetic and lyrical language that is a
reminder of our own great Source. Even a few words from this book can
transform your life: "When the substance of silence is present in a man, all
his qualities are centered in it; they are all connected primarily with the
silence and only secondarily with each other. Therefore it is not so easy
for the defect of one quality to infect all the others, since it is kept in
its place by the silence. But if there is no silence, a man can be totally
infected by a single defect so that he ceases to be a man ..."
Why Can't We Be Good?, by Jacob Needleman. This amazing book is a "must
read" for anyone interested in the truth about what is necessary to fulfill
our promise as conscious human beings capable of acting justly and lovingly
toward both ourselves and our neighbors. Written by one of the great
spiritual and social philosophers of our times, Why Can't We Be Good?
will not only help you think, feel, and sense in new, insightful ways about
what it means to be truly human, but will also give you a direct and
transformative glimpse into the real meaning of Conscience and its
relationship with real love.
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the Energy Gates of Your Body, by B. K. Frantzis, who
studied in mainland China with one of this century's greatest Taoist
masters. This book, at once practical and informative, is an indispensable
resource for anyone interested in working with the energy structure of the
body through the age-old form of Taoist chi kung. Visit
Frantzis' site for important books on Taoist meditation.
On the Way: A Guide to Western Taoism, by Solala Towler. Written in a
simple and non-scholarly fashion, this book gives the reader a helpful,
wide-ranging look at Taoist philosophy and practice, and includes a safe,
powerful "organ balancing meditation." The foreword is by
Chungliang Al Huang.