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"Maisel has a wonderful voice and A Writer's San Francisco reads like a gritty, fluent love letter. He moves seamlessly… between thoughtful descriptions of modern San Francisco and the San Francisco of the '60s and '70s in narratives that bring the city alive on the page. His affection and respect for the city are inspiring to all writers and artists, but also to anyone who has ever spent time in San Francisco and fallen in love with her." — Chris DeLorenzo, Laguna Writers Workshop San Francisco holds a special place in the history of American literature and in the hearts of creative people everywhere. In thirty-one essays, Eric Maisel takes you on an enchanted journey through one of the world's greatest cities. Walk San Francisco's twisting streets, climb its famous hills, explore bohemian landmarks like City Lights Bookstore, and check out lesser-known neighborhoods. Along the way, Maisel conjures the city's past and present writers, including Twain, Ferlinghetti, and Kerouac, and tells personal stories from his own years as a Bay Area writer, teacher, and creativity coach. Whether you're a San Francisco native, a visitor, an armchair traveler, or an artistic soul seeking inspiration, you'll find lots to inspire you in these pages.
By Christian Morsch, Melanie Muller. 2020
Ohne Konzentration ist es beinahe unmöglich, Arbeitsaufgaben zügig und fehlerfrei zu bewältigen. Jeder, der konzentrierter und damit effizienter arbeiten will,… wird in diesem Buch eine Vielzahl von praktischen und leicht umsetzbaren Tipps finden. Über das Arbeitsleben hinaus gibt es auch im Privatleben eine Fülle von Situationen, in denen Konzentration sinnvoll ist. Sie haben es selbst in der Hand, Ihre Konzentrationsfähigkeit signifikant zu verbessern und erfolgreicher im Job zu sein. Machen Sie sich auf die Suche nach Ihren persönlichen Ablenkungen und erfahren Sie, wie Sie diese minimieren können. Lernen Sie Ihren beruflichen Alltag so zu organisieren, dass Sie mehr Zeit für konzentriertes Arbeiten haben. Finden Sie heraus, wie Sie motivierter und damit auch konzentrierter arbeiten können. Nutzen Sie bewährte SOS-Strategien, mit denen Sie innerhalb kürzester Zeit Ihre Konzentration verbessern können.
By Rahul Jandial. 2018
From the operating room, where he performs some of the riskiest surgeries around, to the lab, where he is working… on growing skin cells and injecting them into the brain to replace worn out neural tissue, Dr. Rahul Jandial is on the cutting edge of the latest advancements in neuroscience. This fascinating book draws on Dr. Jandial’s broad-spectrum expertise and brings together the best of various fields-–surgery, science, brain structure, the conscious mind–-all to explain the bigger picture of brain health and rejuvenation. It is a journey into his operating room, around the world on his surgical missions, inside his laboratory, and to the outer edges of neuroscience to reveal the latest brain breakthroughs that are turning science fiction into reality, translating their implications for everyday life. Busting myths along the way, Jandial helps readers get wired for success at work and school, perform better when the pressure is on, boost memory, control stress and emotions, minimize pain, stick to a healthy eating plan, unleash creativity, raise smarter kids, and stay sharp as they age. Combining the treatment guidelines he gives his patients, the most promising concepts from frontier science, and the smartest super-achiever hacks, he provides practical takeaways for optimizing brain function and leading a healthier, happier, more productive life.
By Khamtrul Rinpoche. 2020
The concluding volume of a Tibetan meditation classic for realizing our buddha nature.This second and final volume of a treasured… meditation manual outlines the major teachings and practices of the Tibetan Mahamudra tradition. This esoteric tradition focuses on the realization of our minds as naturally pristine and clear as a direct means to true awakening. While part one focuses on the basic practices of calm abiding (shamatha) and insight (vipashyana), the second volume explains how Mahamudra is pointed out and cultivated, how to overcome obstacles to meditation, and how buddhahood is ultimately attained. Refreshingly readable and concise, this volume is a source of inspiration for practitioners and anyone wishing to learn about the tradition of Mahamudra.
By Lily Cole. 2019
A rousing call to action, this book will leave you feeling hopeful that we can make a difference in the… midst of an age of turmoil, destruction, and uncertainty.The climate crisis, mass extinctions, political polarization, extreme inequality--the world faces terrifying challenges that threaten to divide us, yet Lily Cole argues that it is up to us to actively choose optimism, collabo- rate, make changes, and define what is possible. Cole writes: "We are the ancestors of our future. The choices we make now and the actions we take today will define and transform future generations." Having collaborated with experts working on solutions to humanity's biggest challenges, Cole distills a vision for a sustainable and peaceful future. She explores divisive issues from fast fashion to fast food and from renewable energy to gender equality, and interviews some of today's greatest influencers: Sir Paul McCartney (musician and activist), Elon Musk (CEO of SpaceX), Gail Bradbrook (cofounder of Extinction Rebellion), Farhana Yamin (climate change lawyer and activist), Emily Shuckburgh (climate scientist), Stella McCartney (sustainable fashion designer), Livia Firth (cofounder of Eco-Age), and Lisa Jackson (vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple, former Administrator of the EPA). The book also features a 32-page photo insert documenting Lily's experiences around the world, as well as the artists, activists, and others who have inspired her, and her own--as yet unpublished--photography.
By Antony Cummins. 2020
The first guide to using samurai self-discipline, focus and determination in order to find your unique inner power and be… a success in your chosen field. This inspiring book offers historically authentic and highly effective mind-control and leadership techniques, as well as fun activities to bring a flavour of old Japan into your life.For centuries, the Japanese samurai were the unquestioned leaders of their society, maintaining their position through their iron will, Zen-like emotional control and clan-building social skills. Today, in a modern world that so often privileges instant gratification and self-indulgence, few commit to the Way of the Samurai, yet this challenging path of self-discipline, self-control and dedication will bring great rewards to those who follow it. In this ultimate guide to making use of the authentic samurai practices and techniques in today's world, learn how to control your mind and emotions, stay on the path until you have achieved mastery of your chosen art, build a network of loyal followers, defend your home from physical and psychic attack, use samurai spirituality and even magic - and much more.
Your dreams can change your life - if you listen to them. They are a window into what you subconsciously… know, and they can also provide miraculous insight.It's not a crazy idea. You can improve your life by listening to your dreams. These 101 enlightening true stories from ordinary people who listened to their dreams will amaze and inspire you. More importantly, they will encourage you to listen to your own dreams and inner voice to help you navigate your way to a more magical life than you ever thought possible.
By Ambi Kavanagh. 2020
Embrace the timeless teachings of the chakra system for peace of mind, better physical health, and a sense of alignment,… fulfillment, and purpose. The key to optimal health and well-being is within us, in powerful energy centers called chakras. Ancient cultures understood the sacred healing power of chakras and that self-care aligned with nature. In Chakras & Self-Care, you'll engage in a series of meditative exercises that activate and balance each of your seven main chakras. Reiki master and wellness expert Ambi Kavanagh also offers daily and seasonal rituals to show us that true prevention not only comes from the ways we care for our bodies, but the ways we spend our energy. Chakras & Self-Care features: • Affirmation, visualization, and activation exercises to align and balance each chakra for improved energetic flow • A comprehensive guide to the seven main chakras plus astrological and elemental correspondences and goddess archetypes • Essential oil blend recipes and sacred stones to open and support each chakra • Daily rituals to recharge and restore your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health • Seasonal energy rituals to reconnect with nature's rhythms and lunar cycles
A researcher and consultant burrows deep inside the heads of one modern two-career couple to examine how each partner processes… the workday—revealing how a more nuanced understanding of the brain can allow us to better organize, prioritize, recall, and sort our daily lives.Emily and Paul are the parents of two young children, and professionals with different careers. Emily is the newly promoted vice president of marketing at a large corporation; Paul works from home or from clients' offices as an independent IT consultant. Their days are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.In Your Brain at Work, Dr. David Rock goes inside Emily and Paul's brains to see how they function as each attempts to sort, prioritize, organize, and act on the vast quantities of information they receive in one typical day. Dr. Rock is an expert on how the brain functions in a work setting. By analyzing what is going on in their heads, he offers solutions Emily and Paul (and all of us) can use to survive and thrive in today's hyperbusy work environment—and still feel energized and accomplished at the end of the day.In Your Brain at Work, Dr. Rock explores issues such as:why our brains feel so taxed, and how to maximize our mental resourceswhy it's so hard to focus, and how to better manage distractionshow to maximize the chance of finding insights to solve seemingly insurmountable problemshow to keep your cool in any situation, so that you can make the best decisions possiblehow to collaborate more effectively with otherswhy providing feedback is so difficult, and how to make it easierhow to be more effective at changing other people's behaviorand much more.
By Kendra Adachi. 2020
Being a Lazy Genius isn't about doing more or doing less. It&’s about doing what matters to you. &“I could not… be more excited about this book.&”—Jenna Fischer, actor and cohost of Office Ladies podcast The chorus of &“shoulds&” is loud. You should enjoy the moment, dream big, have it all, get up before the sun, track your water consumption, go on date nights, and be the best. Or maybe you should ignore what people think, live on dry shampoo, be a negligent PTA mom, have a dirty house, and claim your hot mess like a badge of honor. It&’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the mixed messages of what it means to live well. Kendra Adachi, the creator of the Lazy Genius movement, invites you to live well by your own definition and equips you to be a genius about what matters and lazy about what doesn&’t. Everything from your morning routine to napping without guilt falls into place with Kendra&’s thirteen Lazy Genius principles, including: • Decide once• Start small• Ask the Magic Question• Go in the right order• Schedule rest Discover a better way to approach your relationships, work, and piles of mail. Be who you are without the complication of everyone else&’s &“shoulds.&” Do what matters, skip the rest, and be a person again.
A veteran journalist discovers an ancient system of speech techniques for overcoming the fear of public speaking—and reveals how they… can profoundly change our lives.In 2010, award-winning journalist John Bowe learned that his cousin Bill, a longtime extreme recluse living in his parents&’ basement, had, at the age of fifty-nine, overcome a lifetime of shyness and isolation—and gotten happily married. Bill credited his turnaround to Toastmasters, the world's largest organization devoted to teaching the art of public speaking.Fascinated by the possibility that speech training could foster the kind of psychological well-being more commonly sought through psychiatric treatment, and intrigued by the notion that words can serve as medicine, Bowe set out to discover the origins of speech training—and to learn for himself how to speak better in public.From the birth of democracy in Ancient Greece until two centuries ago, education meant, in addition to reading and writing, years of learning specific, easily taught language techniques for interacting with others. Nowadays, absent such education, the average American speaks 16,000 to 20,000 words every day, but 74 percent of us suffer from speech anxiety. As he joins Toastmasters and learns, step-by-step, to successfully overcome his own speech anxiety, Bowe muses upon our record levels of loneliness, social isolation, and political divisiveness. What would it mean for Americans to learn once again the simple art of talking to one another?Bowe shows that learning to speak in public means more than giving a decent speech without nervousness (or a total meltdown). Learning to connect with others bestows upon us an enhanced sense of freedom, power, and belonging.
By Allie Beth Stuckey. 2020
Is your quest to love yourself more actually making you miserable?We're told that the key to happiness is self-love. Instagram… influencers, mommy bloggers, self-help gurus, and even Christian teachers promise that if we learn to love ourselves, we'll be successful, secure, and complete. But the promise doesn't deliver. Instead of feeling fulfilled, our pursuit of self-love traps us in an exhausting cycle: as we strive for self-acceptance, we become addicted to self-improvement.The truth is we can't find satisfaction inside ourselves because we are the problem. We struggle with feelings of inadequacy because we are inadequate. Alone, we are not good enough, smart enough, or beautiful enough. We're not enough--period. And that's okay, because God is.The answer to our insufficiency and insecurity isn't self-love, but God's love. In Jesus, we're offered a way out of our toxic culture of self-love and into a joyful life of relying on him for wisdom, satisfaction, and purpose. We don't have to wonder what it's all about anymore. This is it. This book isn't about battling your not-enoughness; it's about embracing it. Allie Beth Stuckey, a Christian, conservative new mom, found herself at the dead end of self-love, and she wants to help you combat the false teachings and self-destructive mindsets that got her there. In this book, she uncovers the myths popularized by our culture of trendy narcissism, reveals where they manifest in politics and the church, and dismantles them with biblical truth and practical wisdom.
By Dr Leah Lagos. 2020
Stress is not in your head, it&’s in your body—this is the key to peak performance that Leah Lagos, PsyD,… BCB, an internationally known expert in biofeedback and sport and performance psychology, wants us to know. In this book, she shares with readers for the first time the same program that she uses with top athletes, CEOs, business leaders—anyone who wants and needs to perform at their best. What makes her scientifically proven 10-week program unlike any other is that she recognizes the link between heart rhythms and stress to create specific, clinically tested exercises and breathing techniques that allow you to control your body&’s physical response to stress. She pairs this training with cognitive-behavioral exercises to offer a two-tiered process for strengthening health and performance, enabling readers to respond more flexibly to stressful situations, let go of negative thoughts and emotions, and ultimately be more focused and confident under pressure.
By Cleo Wade. 2018
<P>A beautifully illustrated book from Cleo Wade—the artist, poet, and speaker who has been called “the Millennial Oprah” by New… York Magazine—that offers creative inspiration and life lessons through poetry, mantras, and affirmations, perfect for fans of the bestseller Milk & Honey. <P>True to her hugely popular Instagram account, Cleo Wade brings her moving life lessons to Heart Talk, an inspiring, accessible, and spiritual book of wisdom for the new generation. Featuring over one hundred and twenty of Cleo’s original poems, mantras, and affirmations, including fan favorites and never before seen ones, this book is a daily pep talk to keep you feeling empowered and motivated. With relatable, practical, and digestible advice, including “Hearts break. That’s how the magic gets in,” and “Baby, you are the strongest flower that ever grew, remember that when the weather changes,” this is a portable, replenishing pause for your daily life. Keep Heart Talk by your bedside table or in your bag for an empowering boost of spiritual adrenaline that can help you discover and unlock what is blocking you from thriving emotionally and spiritually.
By Phil Knight, Howard White. 2007
Sometimes we need a hand to help us get to the gifts locked inside us. Believe to Achieve is that… helping hand, daring readers of all ages to reach for their most cherished dream and giving them the tools to get there. Author Howard "H" White tells us extraordinary people are simply ordinary people on fire with desire -- and he knows. As Nike, Inc.'s liaison for athletes such as Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, "H" has had plenty of experience with superstars. But he did not start there. He has known extraordinary people his whole life, from his family and friends to his coaches and teachers. All along the way, Howard has met people who have opened his eyes to his own abilities, and he has spent his life doing the same for others. Full of behind-the-scenes moments with favorite athletes as well as funny anecdotes, Believe to Achieve is an exuberant collection of wisdom that will help you recognize the potential in yourself and see the path to success. It is a handbook for all people who have a goal they do not know how to reach or who want to help others discover their gifts. As Howard says, you can never tell what people are capable of just by looking at them -- even you.
By Theresa Cheung. 2020
Have you ever been told to toughen up or stop taking everything so seriously? Or do you feel that in… a harsh world – where the way to get noticed is to shout the loudest – your heartfelt approach just doesn&’t cut it? Some of us are born sensitive. We live our lives vividly through the lens of emotion and with our senses perpetually on high alert. Even those whom others might label &‘insensitive,&’ will experience times in their lives when their innate sensitivity is activated and they feel overwhelmed, or sense and feel things they can&’t explain. Based on strategies proven to be effective by scientists and psychologists, combined with her own research including real stories, Theresa Cheung will show you how to unlock the potential of your sensitivity. She&’ll guide you through the steps that will transform the challenges of being a gentle person into a strength and shine a light on how traits such as empathy, intuition, creativity and compassion have the power to unite us. The Sensitivity Code is a vital resource for the highly sensitive, anyone who has gone through sensitive times or simply longed for the world to be a little kinder.
By Maureen Cooper. 2020
Stress is an unavoidable part of life that we will all encounter at various times, be it due to a… one-off event such as losing a job or the break-up of a relationship, or from facing long-term difficulties such as working in a stressful environment or caring for someone who is ill. How well we deal with stress will influence the extent to which it affects our lives.Maureen Cooper explains why humans are designed to respond to stress in a certain way and why this can even be helpful at times. She goes on to show how to transform our habitual way of responding to stress by training ourselves in compassion and thereby improving our sense of control and wellbeing.In this workbook, you can learn to manage stress better:· Using tried and tested compassion techniques· Via case studies and practical exercises
By Dr Michelle A. Brannick, Dr Kevin Brannick. 2016
In this unique self-help book, two doctors offer an innovative approach to contentment and wellness that begins with ending our… addiction to &“happiness.&” Miserably Happy offers a unique take on the popular subject of happiness. Acknowledging the positive aspects of this powerful emotion, the book also explores its negative consequences. The truth is that all too often the pursuit of happiness—especially in its modern definition as the experience of pleasure—can lead to misery. In Miserably Happy, you will discover a new definition of happiness based in the physical, mental, and spiritual properties of being human. The human mind, aligned with our biology, defines our health and wellness. As the authors point out: &“In living within our created nature we become deeply connected to ourselves, others, our communities, the environment and, indeed, the universe. . . . The secret to lasting genuine happiness is found in nature.&” Providing a bold new definition of healthy human functioning and development, Miserably Happy can be your path to genuine meaning, purpose, and happiness in your life.
By Petr Ludwig, Adela Schicker. 2018
Simple, science-based tools to stop procrastinationEven with overflowing inboxes, thousands of unread notifications, and unmet deadlines, most people still can’t… manage to take control of their time and stop procrastinating. The End of Procrastination tackles this ubiquitous issue head on, helping you stop putting off work and reclaim your time. Author Petr Ludwig shows that ending procrastination is more than a wise time management strategy—it’s essential to developing a sense of purpose and leading a happier more fulfilled life. The keys to overcoming procrastination are simple. With eight clear, approachable tools—from quick daily worksheets to shift your perspective to to-do lists that actually help you get things done—The End of Procrastination provides everything you need to change the way you manage your time and live your life. Based on the latest research, The End of Procrastination synthesizes over one hundred scientific studies to create a program that is based on the way our brains actually work. By understanding exactly why procrastination happens and how our brains respond to motivation and self-discipline, the book provides readers with the knowledge to conquer procrastination on an everyday basis.
By Randy Taran. 2019
“Emotional Advantage is such an uplifting answer to our challenging times. In its pages, you will find encouragement, support, and… new perspectives. Randy Taran offers an antidote to emotional overwhelm—a powerful way to discover how useful your emotions can be in guiding you towards your best life.”—Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Happy For No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul Award-winning author, producer, and founder of Project Happiness, Randy Taran knows that every emotion, feeling, and mental state has the power to bring us back to our true essence, and that readers can use Emotional Advantage as a guide to get there.In recent years, there has been an overwhelming interest in the science of happiness and positive psychology, and many books on the subject. There is a good reason for this: it is a core, universal human drive. And while happiness has opened the door for many to move forward, there is a burgeoning curiosity about the full range of human emotions, all of which factor into the human experience. What do we do when life does not go as planned?Neuroscience reveals that to understand and utilize any emotion, we need to “name it to tame it.” It turns out that even negative emotions have something to offer, if we know how to learn from them. Have you ever woken up in a fog of feelings and felt directionless? Or maybe it was hard to pinpoint exactly what you were feeling, but it wasn’t where you wanted to be? What if we could actually use our feelings as a pathway to guide us back to our inner compass? What if, like alchemists, we had the tools to transform our emotions to take charge of creating our very best life? What if we could comprehend how even the most troublesome emotions are sending messages to alert, protect, and fuel us forward?Emotional Advantage is that guide. It will show us how a new perspective on fear can move us to courage, how guilt can clarify our values, and how anger can help us create healthy boundaries.