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Caravan Of No Despair

Author : Mirabai Starr
ISBN : 9781622034550
Genre : Religion
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On the day her first book came out—a new translation of Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross—Mirabai Starr’s daughter, Jenny, was killed in a car accident. “My spiritual life began the day my daughter died,” writes Mirabai. Even with decades of spiritual practice and a deep immersion in the greatest mystical texts, she found herself utterly unprepared for “my most powerful catalyst for transformation, my fiercest and most compassionate teacher.” With Caravan of No Despair, Mirabai shares an irreverent, uplifting, and intimate memoir of her extraordinary life journey. Through the many twists and turns of her life—including a tangled relationship with a charlatan-guru, her unexpected connection with the great Christian mystics, and the loss of her daughter—Mirabai finds the courage to remain open and defenseless before the mystery of the divine. “Tragedy and trauma are not guarantees for a transformational spiritual experience,” writes Mirabai Starr, “but they are opportunities. They are invitations to sit in the fire and allow it to transfigure us.”
Category: Religion

Caravan Of No Despair

Author : Mirabai Starr
ISBN : 1622034139
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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On the day her first book came out-a new translation of Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross-Mirabai Starr's daughter, Jenny, was killed in a car accident. "My spiritual life began the day my daughter died," writes Mirabai. Even with decades of spiritual practice and a deep immersion in the greatest mystical texts, she found herself utterly unprepared for "my most powerful catalyst for transformation, my fiercest and most compassionate teacher." With Caravan of No Despair, Mirabai shares an irreverent, uplifting, and intimate memoir of her extraordinary life journey. Through the many twists and turns of her life-including a tangled relationship with a charlatan-guru, her unexpected connection with the great Christian mystics, and the loss of her daughter-Mirabai finds the courage to remain open and defenseless before the mystery of the divine. "Tragedy and trauma are not guarantees for a transformational spiritual experience," writes Mirabai Starr, "but they are opportunities. They are invitations to sit in the fire and allow it to transfigure us."
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Wild Mercy

Author : Mirabai Starr
ISBN : 9781683643357
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Wild Mercy is essential reading for anyone ready to awaken the feminine mystic within and birth her loving, creative, and untamed power into the world. “Mystical brilliance at its best.” —Caroline Myss “No one can take us into the fiery and tender depths of the sacred feminine with more skill, humor, clarity, and vibrant naked honesty than Mirabai Starr.” —Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope and The Return of the Mother We live in a world that has suffered the abuses of an unbalanced masculine rule for thousands of years—but the feminine is rising. “Seeds of feminine wisdom that have been quietly germinating underground are now breaking through the surface,” writes Mirabai Starr. “Women everywhere are rising to the collective call to step up and repair our broken Earth. And we are activating a paradigm shift such as the world has never seen.” With Wild Mercy, Mirabai shares the subversive wisdom and fierce compassion of the feminine mystic across cultural boundaries and throughout history. From saints and sages, to goddesses and archetypal energies, to contemporary teachers and seekers—you’ll meet women who blazed a path that will illuminate your own. Each chapter explores a different facet of feminine mysticism through a tapestry of teachings, reflections, and stories, along with a practice for integrating the chapter’s themes into your own life. As you journey through these pages, you’ll explore: Taking refuge in contemplative practice with St. Teresa of Avila and the Shekinah Longing, embodiment, and union as the heart of feminine spiritual practice with the Hindu poet Mirabai and Mary Magdalene Your relationship with the Earth, motherhood in all its forms, and a loving call to action alongside Gaia and Ix Chel Community and the web of life with Indra, the Beguines, and female prophets throughout history Wild, playful, and compassionate mercy with Tara and Kuan Yin Finding joy in creativity and the arts with Saraswati and Chiyo-ni More inspiration from archetypal goddesses and amazing women past and present—Julian of Norwich, the Sufi saint Rabia, Pachamama, Sophia, Old Spider Woman, Hildegard of Bingen, Demeter, Kali, and more Wild Mercy provides a much-needed alternative to the models of religion and spirituality that have dominated history. Here, Mirabai invites you to welcome the wisdom of women back into the collective field where it may transform the human family, heal the ravaged Earth, and awaken the divine love in our hearts.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

One Two One

Author : Lila Sophia Tresemer
ISBN : 9781590562857
Genre : Family & Relationships
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The founders of The StarHouse in Colorado bring us this guidebook for all aspects of intimate partnerships--beginnings, re-commitment, and even healthy endings. A relationship is an opportunity for growth an spiritual maturity, and the authors provide exercises for partners to explore themselves and each other more fully within the context of intimacy. One Two One includes innovative tools for designing rituals (weddings or other) that best express individual and universal aspects of loving relationships.
Category: Family & Relationships

Wild Heart Dancing

Author : Elliot Sobel
ISBN : 9780671869656
Genre : Psychology
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Presents a program of exercises to regain contact with one's spiritual side through experiences in the arts
Category: Psychology

Drinking From The River Of Light

Author : Mark Nepo
ISBN : 1683642309
Genre : Self-Help
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A deeply heartfelt weave of reflections and poems about what it means to live the creative, expressive life. “I cherish the wisdom and embrace the practices offered in this luminous book.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Caravan of No Despair and Wild Mercy “Meaningful art, enduring art—and the transformative process it awakens—keeps us alive,” writes Mark Nepo. With Drinking from the River of Light, this bestselling poet and philosopher will lead you on a journey to discover just how art and authentic expression can bring our deepest truths to bear in the world. In this collection of interconnected essays and poetry—covering subjects ranging from the importance of staying in conversation with other forms of life to a consideration of how innovators such as Matisse, Rodin, and Beethoven saw the world—Nepo presents a lyrical ode to the creative urge that stirs in each of us. Whether it’s the search for a metaphor to reveal life’s beauty or the brushstroke that will thoroughly capture the moment, Drinking from the River of Light examines what it means to go “. . . beyond the boundaries of art, where the viewer and participant are one.” Here you will discover: · The importance of openly embracing the full scope of your emotions · The need for raw honesty and self-exploration in education · Why a new perspective always waits only a “quarter turn” away · The importance of staying in constant conversation with other creative voices · The crucial difference between giving and getting attention · Concrete guidelines for respectful peer review · What it means to channel the sound of your innermost being—and the universe In Nepo’s words, “This book is meant to be experienced and journeyed with.” Including dozens of journaling prompts and personal exercises meant to enliven the reader’s creative instincts, Drinking from the River of Light traces the search for our most essential selves and the importance of the life of expression to bear witness to the sorrow, depth, and joy of life.
Category: Self-Help

Holy Daring

Author : Tessa Bielecki
ISBN : 0692527737
Genre : Religion
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This fresh, upbeat, and deftly profound book joyfully reconnects the fullness of our lives and the depth of our prayer. Much more than yet another book about a great saint who once was, it actually rekindles something of St. Teresa's outrageous spiritual impulse for contemporary readers, particularly those who describe themselves as "spiritual, not religious." Tessa Bielecki shows how Teresa's vibrant natural life was the foundation of her mystical one, then sympathetically explores the captivating sensuousness of her mystical growth. She presents Teresa's "bridal mysticism"-a powerful approach to experiencing God as spouse-in a way that inspires both men and women, and concludes with practical advice on how the contemplative life ripens into "the ultimate ecstasy" through service in the world. This new edition of Holy Daring-revised and updated for new readers in honor of the 500th Anniversary of St. Teresa's birth-will be an abiding source of inspiration to all who want a fuller, deeper, meaningful, and balanced life. "There is no better guide to Teresa of Avila's spirituality than Tessa Bielecki ... The accessibility of Tessa's language makes Teresa's life and work-her very being-relevant to those of us who want to answer the impulse to live a life that is both deeply human and holy." - V. K. Harber, co-founder, Samdhana-Karana Yoga: A Healing Arts Center "Tessa's deep intimacy with Teresa of Avila permeates this beautiful book and creates an invitational space for readers of any tradition (or none) to enter into their own transformational relationship with the 'wild woman of Avila.'" - Mirabai Starr, translator of St. Teresa's The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life, author of Caravan of No Despair and God of Love
Category: Religion

Original Resistance

Author : Pat Daly
ISBN : 1073185656
Genre :
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There is, perhaps, no more powerful archetype of female resistance than Lilith. As women across the globe rise up against the patriarchy, Lilith stands beside them, misogyny's original challenger. This anthology-a chorus of voices hitting chords of defiance, liberation, anger and joy-reclaims the goodness of women bold enough to hold tight to their essence. Through poetry, prose, incantation, prayer and imagery, women from all walks of life invite you to join them in the revolutionary act of claiming their place-of reclaiming themselves. "Women (and the people who love us) must dig deep into our souls to liberate the questions that have been locked away in our time capsules. We must traverse the annals of history to unearth the sacred sites that have been violently gentrified by white patriarchy. We must find the Divine Truth that cannot be claimed, contained or tamed. What better place to start than at the beginning with Lilith, the world's first woman."-Christena Cleveland, Ph.D., in her Preface Praise for Original Resistance: "A rich anthology filled with essays, poetry, and art inspired by Lilith, the forgotten first woman of the Old Testament. Lilith's original story is described in detail, and the personal stories shared by women remind us that we all need to meet Lilith, the first radical feminist to stand aside from the rules of the father God. Read this book and decide for yourself - is Lilith a dangerous outcast, or is she a much-needed companion for women who don't take it lying down?" -Dr Kaalii Cargill, PhD, author of Don't Take It Lying Down: Life According to the Goddess. "Female resistance is dangerous. It is also necessary. For far too long the Western Judeo-Christian stigma of Eve as the downfall of humankind has served to oppress women, silence our voices, desecrate our power, annihilate our very existence. As an archetype of female strength and sovereignty, Lilith is the missing link in our spiritual mitochondria. Inviolable. Self-defining. Autonomous. She reminds us that we can, and must, resist any and all attempts to silence our voices, diminish our strength, erase our lived-experience. Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves is a veritable feast of artwork, poetry, and prose by visual artists and writers from a wide range of ethnicities, cultures, and countries around the world. It nourishes the soul and inspires us to embrace the wild beauty of our nature, and dance with abandon. Ultimately, it urges us to remember and reclaim our right-our duty-to resist all attempts to oppress and subvert our innate power. Like Lilith, it calls us to denounce the patriarchally-enforced feminine role of subservience, and restore our rightful place in the world." -Mary Saracino, author of Heretics: A Love Story and The Singing of Swans. "It's lovely to see the ways in which the archetype of Lilith continues to speak to women from different cultures and traditions. The beautiful art in Original Resistance adds much to the written accounts of Lilith's impact and meaning." -Judith Plaskow, author of The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics

A Change Of Tongue

Author : Antjie Krog
ISBN : UOM:39015058216147
Genre : Social Science
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A collection of nonfiction prose vignettes sprinkled with poetry.
Category: Social Science

The Moon Reminded Me

Author : Ellen Grace O'Brian
ISBN : 1938846990
Genre : Health & Fitness
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In her luminous poems, Ellen Grace O'Brian manages to braid contemporary moments of everyday life with ancient spiritual teachings--the sight of a hummingbird's red throat, bread on the table, a couple's quarrel, a mother's advice--become doorways into the divine mystical heart. The Moon Reminded Me, subtly laced with Sanskrit, gives us an insight into a poet who bridges two worlds eloquently enough to take us along with her. Sandhya, the numinous time for stepping into the temple, suddenly becomes this moment, now.
Category: Health & Fitness

The American Caravan

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ISBN : UCAL:B3032016
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature

My Name Is Lilith

Author : Monette Chilson
ISBN : 1542356407
Genre :
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Whether you are familiar with the legend of Lilith or hearing it for the first time, you will be carried away by this lavishly illustrated tale of the world's first woman. This creative retelling of Lilith's role in humanity's origins will empower girls and boys to seek relationships based on equality rather than hierarchy. Praise for My Name is Lilith "At a time when the rising light of the sacred feminine appears to be suddenly slipping backwards into the shadows, this book is vitally relevant. Lilith, the forgotten first companion of Adam, tells her own love story, and in doing so empowers us to step into the fullness of our divine selves."-Mirabai Starr, Author of CARAVAN OF NO DESPAIR: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation and GOD OF LOVE: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity & Islam "Haunting, provocative and filled with dreamy, lush illustrations, My Name is Lilith restores the dignity of this much-maligned Biblical figure."-Yona Zeldis McDonough, Fiction Editor, Lilith Magazine "I was moved by both the words and illustrations. Monette's understanding of God's voice within all of us is the only understanding that makes sense to me."-Les Switzer, Executive Director, Foundation for Contemporary Theology "Girls need beacons of strong womanhood in order to grow up and become one themselves. My Name is Lilith offers girls just this! The untold story of a strong mythical woman, who chose to stay true to her nature despite the price it demanded of her. Fearless and brave, Lilith tips the scales for girls surrounded by submissive models of womanhood, by standing tall and unwavering for who she is." -DeAnna L'am, Author of Becoming Peers - Mentoring Girls into Womanhood and A Diva's Guide to Getting Your Period "I love everything about this book. It is simply enchanting and carries an important message, one I want my own granddaughters to hear."-Jean Raffa, Author of The Bridge to Wholeness, Dream Theatres of the Soul, and the Healing the Sacred Divide Available 3/20/17 - Pre-order at

Animal Sutras

Author : Stephen Levine
ISBN : 9781948626071
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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THE RENOWNED TEACHER AND AUTHOR'S SPIRITUAL MEMOIR, AS TOLD THROUGH HIS LIFELONG ENCOUNTERS WITH ANIMALS AND NATURE “I love this book. It feels like a secret treasure bequeathed by Stephen Levine to be opened after his death—an overflowing vessel of insight, humor and literary genius. Animal Sutras may be the best book Stephen Levine ever wrote.” —Mirabai Starr, Wild Mercy “Stephen was a profound healer of the heart, writer and meditation teacher. In Animal Sutras, his other gifts shine, as a wise poet-naturalist and Dharma storyteller-philosopher, offered here in a lyrical, quirky, playful, and inviting collection.” —Jack Kornfield, A Path With Heart For Stephen Levine, “animal-people” were his greatest teachers. So, at age seventy, he began collecting animal spirit stories and transcendent moments in nature from throughout his life—from the green snake who taught him to meditate as a boy to the generous hen whom predators would not harm, and many more. “Animals have a natural mindfulness,” Levine writes. “They know what they are doing. Humans, who are full of confusion and seldom wholly in touch with their mind/body, need encouragement and technique to live in the present.” Stephen Levine (1937–2016) was an American poet, author, and spiritual teacher best known for his work, with his wife Ondrea, on death and dying. He is one of a generation of pioneering teachers who made Theravada Buddhism more widely available to students in the West. Like the writings of his colleague and close friend Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert), Levine’s work is also flavored by the devotional practices and teachings of the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba. Levine spent many years in the Southwest, including one tending a wildlife sanctuary in southern Arizona, and among the mountains of New Mexico, where Ondrea still lives. His many books include Who Dies?, A Year to Live, Unattended Sorrow, and Healing into Life and Death.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The American Caravan

Author : Van Wyck Brooks
ISBN : IND:32000002555110
Genre : American caravan (1927)
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Category: American caravan (1927)

Satan S Caravan

Author : Grace Conlon
ISBN : 9780595358113
Genre : Fiction
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Satan's Caravan, a Victory over the Adversary is an action-packed story of a young boy orphaned on the prairie during the turbulent pioneer movement of the mid-1800's. It is a novel of "historical fiction", based in part on the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857. The boy is befriended by an unlikely hero-a middle-aged Boston schoolteacher who is running away from tragic events in his own life. In joining a wagon train of misfits, they are caught up in a daily struggle to survive. Along the way, the pioneers barely escape the murderous intentions of rogues with their party, lose some members during a flash flood and cope with the constant threat of Indian ambushes-culminating in a savage attack and massacre when they reach the territory that is now the state of Utah. The Indian attackers in Satan's Caravan, as is recorded in history of the region, were joined by members of the Mormon Church. The author delineates the unsettled state of society, which explains how such a massacre might have taken place. Satan's Caravan does not propose that this wagon train was the one ambushed in the mountain meadow but rather that the unsavory nature of some western-bound pioneers, and their behavior toward the earlier settlers, may have pushed the situation beyond the limits of human decency.
Category: Fiction

Diablo S Caravan

ISBN : 9781105366352
Genre : Travel
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This provocative story illuminates the lives of 2 wayward adventure seekers. It's the unfortunate true account of myself and equally neurotic traveling companion. As young, naive gringos, we sought a mood altering pilgrimage to South America. We followed our siren's call towards drama, chaos and confusion in the jungles and mountains of the Inca Empire. For nearly a year, we played hide and seek from military police, danced the jig of civility while dodging the bullet of sanity. Exploits contained in this work are not intended for the squeamish, timid, faint of heart or too delicate. Graphic episodes may offend fragile, tightly wrapped and emotionally stable individuals. That being said, this narrative is equally seductive to extreme travel junkies and adventure seekers. A burgeoning population of recovery oriented Baby Boomers, will discover a niche of paradoxical insight. Arm chair travelers will be shocked, amused, entertained and educated. Hipsters will marvel at the, high drama and drop dead humor.
Category: Travel