Book Reviews

“YOGA FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Yoga – from Asana to Yama” by Richard Rosen: Book Review

“Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” ~ Rumi Richard Rosen’s “YOGA FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Yoga - from Asana to Yama” is a portal. Through Rosen’s modern lens we traverse the history and evolution of yoga from its ancient spiritual practice to its contemporary incarnation [...]

2017-04-29T17:54:18+00:00March 14th, 2017|Book Reviews, Yoga|Comments Off on “YOGA FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Yoga – from Asana to Yama” by Richard Rosen: Book Review

“Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief” by Joanne Cacciatore: Book Review

How does one make sense of the most unnatural thing possible? The pain of some tragedies is ineffable. Words offer little solace to those who have lost a child (or other loved ones traumatically, suddenly). Dr. Joanne Cacciatore’s “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief“ is one of those rare [...]

2017-04-29T17:55:08+00:00February 20th, 2017|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief” by Joanne Cacciatore: Book Review

“How Soon Is Now” by Daniel Pinchbeck: Book Review

“…This tremendous event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time; the light of the stars requires time; deeds, though done, still require time to be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than most distant stars [...]

2017-04-29T17:55:27+00:00February 20th, 2017|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “How Soon Is Now” by Daniel Pinchbeck: Book Review

“America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks” by Ruth Whippman: Book Review

Ruth Whippman is whip smart; her writing is nothing short of a genius. And scathingly hysterical. Her sociological insights into the New Age movement are spot on and her skewering of Positive Psychology is brilliant. Ms. Whippman would absolutely loathe the sold-out happiness and mindfulness workshops that I teach at The Esalen Institute!Firstly, here is [...]

2017-06-21T16:42:46+00:00February 19th, 2017|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks” by Ruth Whippman: Book Review

“Clearing Emotional Clutter” by Donald Altman: Book Review

“Meditation is the act of meditation.” ~ Sogyal Rimpoche Yesterday a friend told me how disappointed she was with the local “Self-Compassion” mindfulness meditation class in which she was enrolled. She noticed that attendance had declined from ten people down to four people after a few weeks. It was readily apparent that the teacher [...]

2017-04-29T17:57:34+00:00October 22nd, 2016|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “Clearing Emotional Clutter” by Donald Altman: Book Review

“Transitions: A Guide To The 6 Stages Of A Successful Life Transition:” Book Review

Transitions are an essential part of life. They can be initiated by loss, adversity, the challenges of aging, or a subtle but persistent sense that there is something more to life... something lacking... something missing... something lost... Will we be able to move through those transitions in a conscious manner that transforms and renews us [...]

2017-05-07T09:35:25+00:00May 7th, 2016|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “Transitions: A Guide To The 6 Stages Of A Successful Life Transition:” Book Review

“Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics:” Book Review

"Buddhism and psychedelics are together probably the best hope we have for an antidote to egotism and materialism, which are fatally destroying the planet." ~ Terrence McKenna "While a sportsman will have his Olympic medals revoked for using drugs that enhance his performance, a musician would not be stripped of her Grammy awards if [...]

2018-06-15T19:14:09+00:00May 15th, 2015|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics:” Book Review

“Prodigal Father Wayward Son:” Book Review

My psychotherapy practice is predominantly composed of grown men who are still trying in one way or another to live up to their fathers' implicit and explicit expectations of who they should have become, of that subtle chronic "not good-enough" feeling that lurks just beneath the surface of any child who has had an [...]

2017-04-29T18:13:09+00:00May 7th, 2015|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “Prodigal Father Wayward Son:” Book Review

“Money: Master The Game” by Tony Robbins: Book Review

On page 27 of the best-selling book "Money: Master the Game," Tony Robbins writes that "As I was writing this book, Congress slashed $8.7 billion from the food stamp budget. I witnessed firsthand the devastating impact this had on the volunteers and nonprofit organizations that work in the fight against hunger. That's why I [...]

2017-04-29T18:08:30+00:00December 24th, 2014|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “Money: Master The Game” by Tony Robbins: Book Review

“Aware Awake Alive” by Eliot Dacher: Book Review

When we mistakenly think that pleasure innately resides in an experience, object, or person, we desire more of it. We grasp at it, crave it, and develop attachment and in certain instances an addiction to it. From this comes all of the afflictive and disturbing emotions that result in mental distress and suffering. ~ [...]

2017-04-29T18:10:21+00:00August 13th, 2014|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “Aware Awake Alive” by Eliot Dacher: Book Review