Jason Gregory: Fasting the Mind

02-12-18 Jason Gregory: Fasting the Mind

Stop planning, stop comparing, stop competing, stop thinking, and just breathe deeply for a minute . . . Our undivided attention is something we are rarely able to give for reasons ranging from digital overload to the cultural conditioning of equating busyness with purpose. Just as you might choose a fast from eating to detoxify the body, the best way to overcome this modern mental overload is to periodically fast the mind.

Jason Gregory is an author, philosopher, and teacher specializing in Eastern and Western philosophy, comparative religion, psychology, cognitive science, metaphysics, and ancient cultures. He is the author of Fasting the Mind & Enlightenment Now.

The Four Keys: Dr. Anna Gatmon

02-05-18  The Four Keys: Dr. Anna Gatmon

Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World offers a offers an unconventional approach to the spiritual-material split so prevalent in our culture. In these pages, Dr. Anna Gatmon demystifies the all-too-often elusive nature of spirituality and brings it down to earth, providing a concrete roadmap to living a life that is spiritually fulfilling without having to give up material pleasures.

Anna Gatmon, PhD comes from a multicultural background that spans the USA, Sweden, Israel, and France. Her diverse professional background includes a career as a fashion model in Europe and the USA, founding an alternative elementary school based on an original holistic educational model, home-schooling her two sons, and leading workshops and performing individual work with clients in Israel, Europe, and the USA. Her eclectic cultural experiences and rich life journey have given her a deep understanding of people’s daily struggles and insights into ways of transcending individual and cultural suffering. She holds a doctoral degree in Transformative Learning from the California Institute for Integral Studies.

Jeanine Staples: Voices of the Fragmented Selves

01-29-18  Jeanine Staples: Voices of the Fragmented Selves

The Revelations of Asher: Toward Supreme Love in Self is an endarkened, feminist, new literacies event. It critically and creatively explores Black womens terror in love. With poetry, prose, and analytic memos, Jeanine Staples shows how a group of Black womens talk and writings about relationships revealed epistemological and ontological revelations, after 9/11. These revelations are presented in the context of a third wave new literacies framework. They are voiced and storied dynamically by the womens seven fragmented selves. Through the selves, we learn the five ways the women lived as lovers.

Jeanine M. Staples is Associate Professor of Literacy and Language, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. She is a board member of the Africana Research Center there and was named a research fellow of the Social Science Research Institute/Children, Youth, and Family Consortium (SSRI/CYFC). Dr. Staples earned her Ed.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was given the Ralph C. Preston Award for Scholarship in Teaching and Literacy Research in the Service of Social Justice.

Philip Shepherd: Radical Wholeness

01-22-18  Philip Shepherd: Radical Wholeness

There are qualities we all yearn to experience in our lives—peace, simplicity, grace, connection, clarity. Yet these qualities evade us because each of them arises from an experience of wholeness, and we live in a culture that enforces divisions within each of us. In Radical Wholeness, Disconnected from the body’s intelligence, we also disconnect from the wholeness of the present. This schism within us is the primary source of stress not just in our personal lives, but for the systems of the planet.

Drawing from neuroscience, anthropology, physics, the arts, myth, personal stories and his experiences helping people around the world to experience wholeness, Philip Shepherd illuminates what true wholeness means and offers practices designed to help readers soften into the intelligence of the body. Radical Wholeness is a call to action: to recover wholeness and experience a new way of being.