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Connect With Sara Wiseman’s “Messages from the Divine”

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Sara Wiseman is not only an award-winning author, but she’s been a spiritual teacher for years. Her latest book, Messages from the Divine, acts as a guide, showing us how to open up, and connect with others and the universe around us. The lessons themselves are timeless, and provide solutions for some of the most common questions that we have today, including things like living authentically, being happy with what we have, and more. Wiseman is a beautiful writer, and each chapter is filled with not only advice and wisdom, but hope. Unlike other books on spirituality, Wiseman doesn’t tell you that there’s one and only one way to find a spiritual path – instead, the guidance she offers is universal in…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: “Stranglers” Host Portland Helmich Talks Podcasts and More

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Writer’s Bone Podcast is hosted by Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy. Each discussion presents a writer who gives insight into the craft of writing. In today’s episode, Daniel Ford speaks with Portland Helmich, host of the “Stranglers” podcast as well as a producer, writer, and actor. She talks about her upcoming appearance at PRX Podcast Garage in Allston, Massachusetts on November 1 with “Stranglers” executive producer Susan Gray. You also don’t want to miss her take on pitching a podcast with sex and spirituality, producing a documentary on John F. Kennedy’s final major speech at Amherst, and writing a short film about George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy for the U.S. Army Museum. Portland Helmech is an accomplished TV Host, Producer, and…

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If You Love ‘The Shack,’ Check Out These Inspiring Novels

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The movie adaptation of William P. Young’s bestselling inspirational novel, The Shack, came out on March 3, and we could not wait to get to the theater and check it out. We’ve been fans of Young ever since reading The Shack almost nine years ago — and we’re happy to say we finally saw it and the movie is just as good as the heartfelt novel. Even the trailer is guaranteed to give you goosebumps: Starring Sam Worthington as Mack Phillips and Octavia Spencer as “Papa,” the story is about grief, healing and how we find the strength to go on after extreme tragedy. Despite his dark past, Mack has created a happy family life with his wife, Nan (Radha Mitchell), and…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Rebecca Gordon and Your Body and the Stars

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The first book of its kind, Your Body and the Stars is a fun, practical, and insightful handbook that takes a revolutionary approach to holistic wellness by unlocking the powers of the stars. Do you suffer from neck pains? Go to the chapter on Taurus and the neck. How about sore knees? Learn preventive tips and exercises in the Capricorn chapter. Your Body and the Stars is the first comprehensive reference guide to go deep into the twelve zodiac signs and the specific body region each sign represents—from your head down to your toes. You can utilize this book by identifying your birth or sun sign and by the body region that needs healing attention. Each chapter integrates a self-directed…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Stephanie Marango and Your Body and the Stars

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The first book of its kind, Your Body and the Stars is a fun, practical, and insightful handbook that takes a revolutionary approach to holistic wellness by unlocking the powers of the stars. Do you suffer from neck pains? Go to the chapter on Taurus and the neck. How about sore knees? Learn preventive tips and exercises in the Capricorn chapter. Your Body and the Stars is the first comprehensive reference guide to go deep into the twelve zodiac signs and the specific body region each sign represents—from your head down to your toes. You can utilize this book by identifying your birth or sun sign and by the body region that needs healing attention. Each chapter integrates a self-directed…

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6 Simple ways you can declutter and reenergize this summer

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Summer is here and you’re rarin’ to go. You want to give the garage (and maybe the attic) a thorough cleaning. You’ve been promising yourself for years that it’ll get done and now’s the time. And yet, there you sit, totally unmotivated. Perhaps you still have some lingering cobwebs from the brutal winter. Or maybe you’re facing the all-too-common Catch-22: You can’t relax until you’ve cleaned up a bit but you can’t seem to find the time – or the necessary motivation – to get started. Well, there are ways to light a fire. Believe it or not, the whole process of decluttering can be very Zen-like, simply because you can tie together the mind and the living space. Clear everything…

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Micheline Nader says: Let the Dolphin Dance guide you

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Conscious awareness is something that many of us only dream of—if we’ve heard of it at all. But that state of self-understanding seems closer than ever, thanks to Micheline Nader’s new book, The Dolphin’s Dance: Discover Yourself Through a Powerful 5 Step Journey into Conscious Awareness (Balboa Press, 2015). Her self-help guide is designed to allow people to tap into their inner selves through an easy-to-follow five step process, called the DANCE. BookTrib sat down to talk with Nader about conscious awareness and her own path to discovering her true self: BookTrib: Can you explain exactly what your five-stage “DANCE” process entails? Micheline Nader: The five-stage process follows the acronym DANCE. The first stage is about discovering emotions. The second stage…

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Books for TV Addicts: 3 pick-me-ups for dejected Forever fans

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It was a hard pill to swallow. Just a day after the season finale, ABC announced that Forever wouldn’t get a second season. This surprised a lot of people, including its many fans and its star, Ioan Gruffudd. In fact, Gruffudd penned a heartfelt letter to fans of the show, explaining his disappointment in the decision and bidding farewell on a positive note. The show that follows an immortal doctor’s trials and tribultaions – whose father, played by the always excellent Judd Hirsch, fittingly own an antique store – turned out to be anything but “immortal.” But as Gruffudd says, “life is like that.” He described this as his “dream role” and to have it taken away must’ve hurt. It hurt…

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The Buddha Pill: Wait, there are consequences to meditation?

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Meditation is a commonly accepted form of relaxation, therapy and even enlightenment. But does it actually make us “better” people? That’s the question Drs. Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm (see her Seven Common Myths About Meditation article in The Guardian) set out to answer in their new book, The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Actually Change You? (Watkins Publishing, May 26, 2015). In it, the doctors separate fact from fiction and use their own research to determine the efficacy and general  usefulness of meditative practices like yoga. Dr. Farias has pioneered brain research in the world of spirituality and has made great strides in the psychological benefits of yoga and meditation. Dr. Wikholm read Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University before getting her…

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Barb Schmidt Asks: When was the last time you did nothing?

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Sitting doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, sitting alone with your thoughts can be extremely therapeutic. If you’re looking for answers; if you want a stronger sense of self; if you desire an inner calmness you’ve failed to obtain, you need to listen to Barb Schmidt’s latest TEDx talk in Boca Raton. Schmidt has been involved in spirituality for the past thirty years as she promotes the concepts of “plugging into you” and “sitting with yourself.” It goes beyond the relatively simple concept of meditation; it’s about understanding ourselves and gaining a greater awareness of our own thoughts. Schmidt, founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, Zen Ed and Zen Sports, promotes the virtue of the self care. As she…

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The OM Factor: A quest for happiness and success

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Most women today find themselves defined by their connection to others—as mothers, wives, employees, sisters, daughters or friends. Because of this, many lose touch with the most important connection they have—the one with themselves. The result is often a battle of conflicting impulses between work and family, a life of stress, anxiety and tension in which women react to difficult situations rather than effectively dealing with them as they arise. It’s a tough way to live. But women can change this experience, says author and CEO Alka Dhillon. In her new book, The OM Factor: A Woman’s Spiritual Guide to Leadership (SelectBooks, 2015) she shares her advice on creating a spiritual foundation that allows readers to find the internal peace…

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Anne Lamott discusses grief and forgiveness in Small Victories

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Anne Lamott has become known for her ability to write about such diverse topics as becoming a single mother after recovering from addiction, her son as a teenaged father, the craft of writing, and her faith with openness, grace and self-deprecating humor. In the 35 years since her first book was published, Lamott—a winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to California’s Hall of Fame—has become one of America’s most beloved and celebrated writers. Her newest book, a collection of essays titled Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace (Riverhead, 2014) offers a message of hope and stories of triumph over hardship. BookTrib sat down with Lamott recently to discuss her views on the forgiveness and grief, which underscore…

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What Oprah knows for sure — in her own voice

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When Oprah speaks, people listen. Perhaps that’s what makes the unabridged audiobook version of Oprah Winfrey’s latest offering, What I Know for Sure (Macmillan Audio, 2014), stand apart from other audio presentations. The book (and audiobook) is a collection of 14 years of monthly columns written by Winfrey for O magazine. Read in the author’s trademark rich, mellifluous voice, the columns are observations about life, and what she knows for sure about fulfilling one’s potential and achieving a meaningful existence.   It was an innocent question asked during a 1998 interview by the late film critic Gene Siskel that spurred Winfrey on the lifelong exploration that would lead to the column. “Tell me,” Siskel asked, “what do you know for sure?”…

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Spiritual teacher Francine Vale on healing in the long, dark shadow of 9/11

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Francine Vale is a spiritual teacher who has helped many repair emotional and physical scars through her healing sessions and widely sought-after workshops. Her memoir, Song of the Heart: Walking the Path of Life (World of Love), shares the story of how she came to learn what she was meant to do: help others let go of fear and frustration and open their hearts to love and healing. To mark the 13th anniversary of 9/11, Vale spoke about paths to healing on the anniversary of this national trauma. BOOKTRIB: September 11 remains a difficult day nationally and individually. How can we continue to honor those we lost without losing ourselves in grief? FRANCINE VALE: The creation of day-long memorials may…

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You don’t need to look for love. Love is what you look with.

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Give yourself a Valentine! Laugh your way to love and enlightenment with the wild and wonderful Angels on Overtime and their even more wild and wonderful humans. What if it’s all not as random as we might think? What if there’s a reason for….well….everything? And just when you think you know what’s going on, you find out that there’s way more to the story. Waaaaay more. As in waaaaaaaaaay more. Just for the record, you’re wrapped in the arms of love when you’re born, you’re wrapped in the arms of love when you die, you’re wrapped in the arms of love now, you’re wrapped in the arms of love always. You don’t need to look for love. Love is what…

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At the heart of Anne Lamott’s latest, finding meaning after tragedy

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We are, all of us, searching for meaning. As we approach the holiday season, this question of how to find meaning in our increasingly chaotic lives becomes even more pressing. In a September 11, 2011 column published in the New York Times, Clemson University philosophy professor Todd May reflects that a meaningful life is one “lived with abandon.” We can, he explains, find meaning in our lives when we devote ourselves wholeheartedly to pursuits that we value, and that are worthwhile. While perhaps not always attainable, this is a reasonable enough goal; but how do we do this in the wake of tragedy? This question is at the heart of Anne Lamott’s latest book, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope…

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