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  • Recommended Reading

    Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears


    “In this book Pema shows us how to break free of destructive patterns in our lives and experience a new sense of freedom and happiness. Drawing on the Buddhist concept of shenpa, she helps us to see how certain habits of mind tend to “hook” us and get us stuck in states of anger, blame, self-hatred, and addiction.”

    Practical Meditation for Beginners: 10 Days to a Happier, Calmer You

    “The key to building a solid meditation practice is in the practice itself. From Zen and Vipassana to walking meditations and body scans, the simple practices outlined in Practical Meditation for Beginners make it easy to build an ongoing meditation routine that is best for you.”

    Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    “In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, or hurtful as standing on the outside looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful vision for letting ourselves be seen.”

    The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

    “Drawing on more than thirty years at the forefront of research and clinical practice, Bessel van der Kolk shows that the terror and isolation at the core of trauma literally reshape both brain and body. New insights into our survival instincts explain why traumatized people experience incomprehensible anxiety and numbing and intolerable rage, and how trauma affects their capacity to concentrate, to remember, to form trusting relationships, and even to feel at home in their own bodies.”

    Recommended Podcasts

    Healing with David Kessler

    “All of us have experienced loss in our lives, and it’s not uncommon to get stuck in the aftermath — despair, disappointment, even self-sabotage. But behind every dark emotion lies wisdom and hope. Join grief and loss expert David Kessler every week as he speaks with special guests about trauma and perseverance.”