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Great New Stuff in Warehouse - Andy Weil, Tara Brach, the Hendrickses & More!

26 Apr

Well, last week I finished recording the new Spiritual Guide imagery and then kept my fingers crossed while awaiting Bruce the Engineer’s verdict on post-editing sound quality.  I’d taken some extreme measures to ensure my voice would work OK. This entailed imbibing gallons of water, sleeping with a gigantic humidifier, avoiding dairy and wheat, letting up on the coffee and avoiding wine altogether; and liberally spraying my throat with the Divine Martha Howard’s Chinese medicine (a dark green dust made from mold grown on the rind of watermelons… I kid you not.  Could I make this stuff up?)
Well, it worked.  Got the thumbs-up from Bruce.  So now it’s onward to mixing the music with Bruce and Steve while Cindy’s team whips up the packaging.  Now I can focus on writing the new imagery for heartbreak, abandonment and betrayal.  Thanks to your generous feedback and insights, I’ve got everything I need to roll.

In the meantime we’ve just gotten some terrific new titles in the warehouse.  For starters, I’m nuts about a new double CD set: Self-Healing with Energy Medicine by Andrew Weil MD & Ann Marie Chiasson MD, because of the clear, grounded, accessible way these two docs explain subtle energy and how it can be deployed for healing. On the first CD, Dr. Weil explains sensing energy fields and energy blockages; transmitting energy to self or others in order to achieve a healthy harmony and balance.  And on the second CD, Dr. Chiasson provides seven guided practices designed to enhance learning and doing.  Both are superb teachers with great voices, and they really know their stuff.  So they keep it smart but simple, and I love the way they interweave personal stories into their explanations. Believe me, in less skillful hands, this area of study can come across amorphous and fruitloopy.  But not with these two - this is a real contribution.  I’m thrilled we’re able to carry it.

We’re also stoked to be carrying Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks' Attracting Genuine Love, a hardcover book with a CD with 8 meditations tucked into the back.  Normally I tend to avoid this topic, because so much of what I’ve found smacks of simplistic magical thinking and spiritual materialism - as in, “If I meditate and think enough positive thoughts, my perfect soul mate will manifest and my troubles will be over” or something like that.  But that’s not the case with this primo content from these two most excellent pros.  This focuses on inner growth, what to cultivate in yourself in order to be successful in this tricky arena.  They address commitment, self-love, listening to the body, taking back projections, breathing into fear and way much more.  This is a very smart, sophisticated course - with excellent guided meditations in Gay’s pleasing voice - on how to hold up your end of a long term, healthy, loving relationship.  This couple has been doing this work for a long time, and the wisdom and understanding shows.

We also have an elegant new CD set by gifted meditation teacher, Tara Brach called Meditations for Emotional Healing.  She applies the principles of heart based mindfulness meditation (compassion, clarity, awareness) to all the pesky issues around dealing with strong emotions, such as anger, fear, shame and jealousy. And she provides a transformative array of practices and insights for gaining greater self-acceptance and emotional maturity.  In words and tone, she reminds me of the kindness and clarity that Jack Kornfield delivers - very special.  

Stay tuned for hearing about more wonderful titles next week.  

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award