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Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment

Tears to Triumph

Every few years, Williamson steps forward with her finger on the pulse of an emerging trend. Rather than predict, however, she defines, finding a new perspective from which to present the ideas that are blossoming in her mind. Tears to Triumph is an exceptional example of her skill.

There Was a Time

There Was a Time

This is pianist Kathryn Kaye’s fifth release helmed by producer Will Ackerman and recorded at Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios. Like its four predecessors, the album is a warm, engaging collection of piano-based instrumentals (with two solo piano numbers) that emphasize Kaye’s gentle way with the piano. There are no pyrotechnics here (a few choice moments of drama, though), just wonderful music—simple and straightforward, yet beautiful and emotionally resonant.

Sensuous Chill

Sensuous Chill

It would seem a natural fit to set Yanni’s gorgeous piano/keyboard melodies against a backdrop of chilled beats and shuffling rhythms, yet this is the first time it has been done (to my memory)—and done very well. Seventeen tracks that infuse romantic piano melodies (with some subtle world music influences now and then) are mixed with a healthy dose of smooth sensuality, courtesy of midtempo/downtempo beats and a scattering of electronic textures and synth effects.

Subcontinental Drift

Subcontinental Drift

Subcontinental Drift embodies three “Rs”—rambunctious, rowdy, and rousing. The five members of Sultans of String, joined by sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid, play their collective tails off throughout this album’s 10 tracks, and boy, do they cook up a storm! The recording blends Indian influence with folk, blues, jazz, and, especially, country swing (play “Enter the Gate” in your store and watch your customers start to grin like crazy). Every now and then the guys take a break and slow things down, but for most of the album, it’s full speed ahead!

Manifestation Tattoos

Manifestation Tattoos

These beautifully designed, contemporary Manifestation Tattoos are socially, spiritually, and eco conscious. Featuring affirmational words and phrases, they are a constant reminder of the intention each tattoo message conveys. They may even inspire you or your customers to get a real tattoo! Available individually, as themed packs, and (my favorite) in a greeting card to send to a loved one who needs a little inspiration. They are nontoxic and made in the USA.

Celtic Fairy Lullaby

Celtic Fairy Lullaby

2002 (originally Pamela and Randy Copus) have had a long and highly acclaimed career, going back to 1992’s Wings. With the addition of daughter Sarah (now all of 12 years old!) on lead and backing vocals (first heard on 2014’s Trail of Dreams), the trio has reached a height that eclipses all their previous accolades. Celtic Fairy Lullaby is a magnificent recording, rife with deep mysticism, heartbreaking beauty, and many moments likely to have you catching your breath in wonder.

Greeting Cards

Viabella Greeting Cards

Beautiful colors and upbeat sentiments make these cards the perfect addition to any store. Embellishments such as bright gold glitter, delicate raffia ribbons, tipped-on foil accents, and stamped designs elevate any occasion from special to extraordinary. Great for celebrating accomplishments, milestones, or “just because.”

Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

Life on Purpose

“If you lose a child, your productivity never returns.” Not so, in the case of author Victor J. Strecher, who channeled the untimely death of his teenage daughter into his brilliant future. Strecher briefly recounts his existential journey as a man searching for answers in his very practical book Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything.

Golden Spiral

Golden Spiral

Dean Evenson (flute and keyboards) joins with guitarist Scott Huckabay, violist Phil Heaven, and bassist/percussionist Jeffrei Willson to weave a mesmerizing sonic web that leads the listener to a place of quiet rejuvenation and serene contentment on Golden Spiral. Liner notes address the album’s theme, which involves the concept of the Golden Mean (a universal sense of beauty). I’m not much of a scientist, so I can’t explain how that translates into music, but I can tell you the results are quite beautiful.

Recycled Cement Bag Collection

Recycled Cement Bag Collection

Elephants, tigers, and snakes (oh my!) adorn these practical and original wallets, messenger bags, and tote bags. What a nice surprise to learn they are made from recycled cement bags, and that all Malia Designs products are made in Cambodia by Fair Trade groups helping to provide employment to women fighting human trafficking. The collection also includes a beautiful, screen-printed line. All the products have a high-quality feel.

Tell Me Your Story: How Therapy Works to Awaken, Heal, and Set You Free

Tell Me Your Story

Tell Me Your Story: How Therapy Works to Awaken, Heal, and Set You Free is penned by therapist Tuya Pearl, who herself is an amazing storyteller. Pearl is an experienced therapist with her own family (translates into “issues”) and, like most healers, her foundation is solid from her own process. A quote from an early chapter “My decision to become a psychotherapist was made a long time ago, by a young girl hungry to bring some good out of a confusing reality” portrays her depth and sensitivity.

Unbroken Dreams

Unbroken Dreams

Mother and daughter Trine (Celtic harp) and Josefine Opsahl (cello) join forces to create a startlingly beautiful album with Unbroken Dreams. This is the duo’s second collaboration (the first was 2008’s Leaving My Silent Empty House), and it’s even more emotionally rich and soul stirring than its predecessor. Both mother and daughter are consummate musicians, in full command of every nuance and note from their respective instruments. This is not your run-of-the-mill relaxation harp album, though.

Essential Oil Roll-Ons

Essential Oil Roll-Ons

Everything I picked up in Luxe Apothecary’s Atlanta booth smelled amazing! I know quite a lot about essential oils, and whether your customer is an expert or a novice, they will delight in Luxe Apothecary’s pure essential oil roll-ons. The packaging is wonderfully simple, allowing the product to speak for itself. I also love their luxurious Monoi Body Scrub and Coconut Flower Bath Soak.

The Realities of Creation: Moving Beyond the Limitations of Our Beliefs

The Realities of Creation

The Realities of Creation, Moving Beyond the Limitations of Our Beliefs is a fantastic group effort led by editor Jean Adrienne that explores the mysticism of DNA and the theory that it holds knowledge, can manifest change, and has its own soul. DNA is a source of energy, and energy is love.

Beyond the Clearing

Beyond the Clearing

Acoustic guitarist Robert Linton’s third release solidifies his place as the top purveyor of “autumnal” music recording today. By autumnal, I mean music rich with delicate nuance, deep introspection, and a somber beauty that is emblematic of the season where red leaves are lit by orange sunsets, birds on high head south before the snow flies, and frost glistens on pumpkins and corn stalks. Linton plays with the most uncommon grace and beauty I have ever heard. He is joined by a stellar cast of guest stars, and together they will hold you spellbound and enraptured.

Citrus Zinger Sport

Citrus Zinger Sport

The Citrus Zinger Sport is a BPA-free, portable water bottle that houses a citrus juicer in the base, allowing customers to infuse their water on the go. A mesh barrier ensures seeds and pulp are kept in the base while the lemon continues to infuse throughout the day. It’s super simple to use and combines two health benefits in one. Customers can use it at work, running errands, or going to class. A great gift for teachers!

Aging Matters: Finding Your Calling for the Rest of Your Life

Aging Matters

“Man was placed in Paradise ... that he would till the land not in servile labor but with a spiritual pleasure befitting his dignity.” —St. Augustine

After a long and vital career as a professor of theology and leadership, Stevens moved into retirement with a questioning mind rather than passive acceptance of a predetermined role. The thoughts he shares with readers now are inspiring and particularly insightful in a world where the number of retired people increases more quickly everyday.

Yoga Meditations: A Musical Journey

Yoga Meditations

Yoga Meditations is one of the finest Indian-fusion recordings in recent memory. Sublime tones and drones from Tibetan temple bells and gongs meld with Indian instrumentation (bansuri, sitar, tanpura, santoor, sarangi, and esraj) as well as piano and cello, and the result is a recording perfectly suited for deep relaxation, creative imaging, or massage. Ocean wave sounds between the seven tracks serves as a wonderful bridge from piece to piece.

SpaMister Glass

SpaMister Glass

GreenAir makes (in the USA) a wide range of diffusers to suit all your customers’ needs—from kids’ rooms to dorm rooms to travel—and you can buy direct from them. This means significant savings to you and your customer! There are many innovative designs in the pipeline, but my current favorite is the SpaMister Glass.

Discover Your Authentic Self: Be You, Be Free, Be Happy

Discover Your Authentic Self

Dillard tells us true power and the ability to be fully present in our lives comes only when we are aware of our own truth. Living behind a mask is debilitating and limiting. The good news is truth does not go quietly into the night; it knocks on our door and rattles our chains until it gets our attention.

Healing Ragas III: Music for Meditation, Relaxation, and Beyond

Healing Ragas III

Based on two ragas (Basant Mukhari and Malkauns, the tracks titled “Awakening” and “Solitude,” respectively), the third volume in the Healing Ragas collection on Malimba Records offers convincing proof that Malimba is a top-notch New Age label. Manish Vyas plays santoor, tabla, swarmandal, percussion, and keyboards, and is joined by virtuoso bansuri flutist Milind Date. The pair intertwine their instruments in a musical dance of grace and beauty.

Rose Earl Grey Tea Drops

Rose Earl Grey Tea Drops

The smartest invention since the tea bag! Organic blends of tea, spices, and just a hint of sweetness are formed into dissolvable tablets, perfect for one cup of tea (available in a compostable box or a wooden gift box). Hailing from England, I was quite cynical, but I was very pleasantly surprised! The tablet dissolved quickly, and without any steeping necessary I enjoyed a flavorful cup of tea! Any tea lover would be delighted to receive these.

Royal Harp Strings

Royal Harp Strings

Royal Harp Strings is a deeply personal album for harpist Claire Jones. Named Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales in 2007, the stress of worldwide performances soon wore her out, and she developed chronic fatigue syndrome. During her recuperating period, she listened to these (and other) songs that guided her recovery, so she decided to “pay it back” and record them herself. Accompanied by The London Mozart Players and English Chamber Orchestra, this collection encompasses a little bit of everything: classical, film, folk, and English airs.

Natural Toiletry Kits

Natural Toiletry Kits

These TSA-approved, single-use toiletries make traveling a breeze! With unique, self-explanatory, and humorous packaging, these make great gifts for the frequent flyer. Themed collections contain everything you need for a quick getaway. It was refreshing to speak with Squeeze Pod’s founder, who is committed to bringing high-quality, natural ingredients to this niche market, and he intends to keep the product line boutique—not big box!

Habit Rabbits

Habit Rabbits

These adorable, hand-sculpted glass rabbits (3" tall) are created to bring luck by helping clarify what you want and helping you reach it. Whether breaking a bad habit or starting a new one, the Habbit Rabbit will remind customers of their quests. Each comes in a clear-plastic cylinder with a tiny metal rabbit charm to carry in your pocket. Available in 15 different colors.

Witchy Mama: Magickal Traditions, Motherly Insights, and Sacred Knowledge

Witchy Mama: Magickal Traditions, Motherly Insights, and Sacred Knowledge

This is a new slant on the standard baby book. It’s perfect for non-traditional (or creative) mothers and mothers-to-be. First of all, these authors recognize that every reader is a unique individual. Instead of offering one-size-fits-all advice, they are sharing tools, practical tips, and techniques that can make a magical but bumpy road a little easier. In addition, they have designed this as a reference book so that readers can instantly look up whatever they are interested in at the moment and leave the rest behind.

The Book of Ho’oponopono: The Hawaiian Practice of Forgiveness and Healing

The Book of Ho’oponopono

Nine little words that can make miracles! That’s what this book is about. It’s an ancient Hawaiian shamanic ritual that was adapted to suit contemporary life 40 years ago and has been gaining popularity ever since. With steady application, order is restored to both the inner and outer environments and fears and negative memories are transmuted into love.

Emotional Rescue: How to Work With Your Emotions to Transform Hurt and Confusion Into Energy That Empowers You

Emotional Rescue

This book is based on the author’s personal journey in search of emotional balance and release from emotional pain. He chose a Buddhist path for his travels and has distilled what he learned along that path into The Three-Step Emotional Rescue Plan, comprised of Mindful Gap, Clear Seeing, and Letting Go. While he approached his emotional rescue from his traditional Buddhist training, he is presenting what he learned in an updated, easy-to-understand form that speaks to Western readers in language and context they can relate to.

The Activist’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution

The Activist’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution

William Martin has spent 40 years exploring the wisdom of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. He has dedicated himself to guiding people to apply that wisdom to different aspects of their lives. Now he is telling readers that sometimes the Tao rushes through our lives like a river, making sweeping changes. He believes we are currently living through one of those times and that the social dynamic is pushing us all to take action toward change. We are all feeling the urge to ride the wave of anger and frustration to a new dawn.

52 Small Changes for the Mind: Improve Memory, Minimize Stress, Increase Productivity, Boost Happiness

52 Small Changes for the Mind

One small change a week — that’s what wellness expert Blumenthal is espousing. She makes the case that, as opposed to a “change it all at once” approach, small changes are realistic and move the process of greater change along with consistent accomplishment achieved along a steady path. All-or-nothing approaches don’t work, but a consistent program of small change builds self-confidence and belief in one’s ability to eventually succeed.

How Would Buddha Act? 801 Right-Action Teachings for Living With Awareness and Intention

How Would Buddha Act?

Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author of 60 books (wow!), most relating to communications. This incredible and prolific author holds numerous degrees, including an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies. Her Following Buddha Series is eight stand-alone titles that correlate to the Noble Eightfold Paths of the Buddha. How Would Buddha Act? is her second release of the eight.

Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking

Be Your Own Herbalist

A rare and life-threatening illness caused Michelle Schoffro Cook to recognize the healing properties of natural plants and educate herself about those plants and their applications. She spent years researching the medicinal uses of herbs, eventually becoming a doctor of natural medicine. Her personal research library is extensive, and it was the many huge stacks of books she used in her work that made her aware of a need for a basic handbook for the home user.

The Book of What If ...? Questions and Activities for Curious Minds

The Book of What If ...?

A book of questions? For kids? YES ... and a great book it is. Containing more than 80 engaging questions on a variety of topics, this book is intended to get kids’ brains working at peak levels and talking to friends and family about ideas. Each question is followed by a reverie on the question, a suggested activity related to it, and comments on it from kids and adults (comments that include some terrific scientific information).

Facing Darkness, Finding Light: Life After Suicide

Facing Darkness, Finding Light

Barton tells us she is an accidental medium. In her teen years, she lost a close friend to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Because of the residual effects of the suicide of her friend, she eventually discovered what she calls the “broadcast band on the Heavenly radio dial.” The result was she left her job as a registered nurse to become a “nurse for the soul.” As more and more people arrived to ask her to talk to their loved ones on the other side, she also began hearing, unprompted, from many souls who had taken their own lives.

Practicing the Tao Te Ching: 81 Steps on the Way

Practicing the Tao Te Ching

According to Lao Tzu, Tao is fluid and rooted in the natural world. The path of Tao is different for everyone and changes as we follow it. Lao Tzu’s master work of 81 verses, the Tao Te Ching, is the foundation text for practicing Tao. Those who follow its spiritual guidance are often called “the people of the secret formula.”

The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan

The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan

For more than two decades, and with 75 Brain Balance Achievement Centers across the country, Dr. Melillo has researched childhood neurological disorders and worked to create a solution to this ever-increasing challenge. Known as Functional Disconnection Syndrome, the category he’s zeroing in on includes autism, ADHD, oppositional conduct disorder, and OCD. Dr. Melillo asks readers to take a close look at the part sensory dysfunction plays in these disorders and the role nutrition plays in recovering from them.

Silence: The Power of Quiet in World Full of Noise

Silence: The Power of Quiet in World Full of Noise

In his newest book, beloved Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh espouses silence as the antidote for our over-stimulating world. He tells readers it is only in silence that we find our authentic self and our real power. When we allow our minds to be distracted by the outer noise of media and mindless chatter or by the inner world of a constant chain of unfettered thoughts, we lose our connection to the world, to the Divine, and to ourselves.

The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for the Human Condition

The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for the Human Condition

The wisdom of the four directions/elements dates back to ancient times. It shows up in society after society in slightly different form but always with the same underlying message. Every living thing in the material world contains a combination of four primary elements, which must work together in balance in order for existence to thrive. This is the foundation on which Debra Silverman has built her clinical practice, which combines psychology and astrology.

Blame Your Planet: A Wicked Astrological Tour Through the Darkside of the Zodiac

Blame Your Planet

If your customers cling to their daily horoscope for hope and motivation, tell them to put this one back on the shelf. But, if you’re talking to a bad-girl or bad-boy wannabe who takes pride in being able to access and acknowledge their Shadow Self, let them know this is an answer to their prayers.

You Are Not What You Think

You Are Not What You Think

Ego is a word that gets tossed around a lot in the body-mind-spirit world. Teacher and psychotherapist Richo is offering your customers an in-depth discussion of the subject, seeking the appropriate balance between confidence and selflessness. He draws on the spiritual realm, especially Buddhism, coupled with his psychological background, to guide readers through the “me-first” rapids without crashing on the rocks of self-neglect, encouraging them to surrender their entitlements without giving up their rights.

Don’t Be a Jerk: And Other Practical Advice From Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master

Don’t Be a Jerk

Brad Warner, the acclaimed author of the best-selling Sit Down and Shut Up, unmasks Buddhism and goes completely rogue in Don’t Be a Jerk, his version of Dogen’s Shobogenzo, a classic of Japanese Zen philosophy.

Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy

Live Happy

Deborah K. Heisz, the COO, co-founder, and editorial director of Live Happy LLC, presents the latest must-have in self-help tomes. Her lovely book Live Happy not only addresses the “truth” about happiness but how it enhances our basic health and well-being while enriching the lives of those around us. It’s a total win-win!

Mala of Love: 108 Luminous Poems

Mala of Love

The creators of Mala of the Heart bring the same format of 108 poems—one for each bead in a traditional mala—to their new collection of reveries about love. The word “love” is so pervasive in the world that we use it frequently without devoting much time to understanding what exactly it is. Nathwani and Vogt gently urge us to observe love in our lives and take a closer look at the layers of meaning contained within it.

A Long Letting Go: Meditations on Losing Someone You Love

A Long Letting Go

A Long Letting Go is Marilyn Chandler McEntyre’s gift to the caregivers of people in the end-stage of life.

She outlines the stages of impending death: Setting the House in Order, Facing Fear, The Long Letting Go, A Generous Dying through mourning and comfort and relating death to the cycles of nature. Each simple chapter begins with a tone-setting quote from the Bible or a poet. McEntyre handles the dense and heavy subject matter very skillfully.

Heavenly Hydrangeas: A Practical Guide for the Home Gardener

Heavenly Hydrangeas

Everything your customers ever wanted to know about hydrangeas can be found in this one book. From common and lesser-known species to the effects of different soils, climate, and sun tolerance, your customers will find the secrets to growing these brilliantly colored, cloud-like puffs in their own yards.

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

This book captures an important piece of pre- and post-Civil War history, both visually and in narrative form. Extremely educational at a core level, it is a story that needs to be told more often.

Patrick Lynch was an Irish overseer on a southern plantation. The law of the land allowed him to buy and own his wife Catherine and their children but not to set them free. John Roy was still a toddler when his father died and he was sold to a plantation owner in Louisiana.

Men With Cats: Intimate Portraits of Feline Friendship

Men With Cats

“I went out to buy an iPhone and came back with two kittens.” Thus says Alain of Chester and Pongo. It’s only one of the surprises this heartwarming book has to offer. Let’s get real. Men are sitting ducks for these stand-offish yet purring little balls of fur. Now David Williams has made it a matter of record.

The photography in the book is state of the art. The cat attitudes he captures are even better. The men? Well, they keep up, and the quotes they provide make this a one-of-kind treasure for anyone with a heart and a sense of humor.

Baby Care Anywhere: A Quick Guide to Parenting on the Go

Baby Care Anywhere

Baby Care Anywhere is the centralized field guide for a new generation of first-time parents facing a mountain of information overload. As the name implies, it’s more about the baby and less about the parents.

Hope, Make, Heal: 20 Crafts to Mend the Heart

Hope, Make, Heal

This is a beautifully written book about the power of making things with our own hands in order to heal our wounded hearts. Donenfeld tells readers she wrote the book she wishes someone had given her when her 16-year marriage fell apart and she was plunged into the fearful abyss of confusion and despair. Her journey taught her that crafting is a way to use creativity as self-care and as a way to reconnect with the sacred in the midst of pain.

Energy Healing for Animals: A Hands-On Guide for Enhancing the Health, Longevity, and Happiness of Your Pets

Energy Healing for Animals

For 20 years, Joan Ranquet has been connecting with animals and acquiring energy healing tools to use with them. If she’s learned anything, it’s that just when you think you’ve learned/seen it all, something new appears on the horizon. In the end, as extensive and well organized as the information in this book is, her final words to readers are that she’s knows they will be able to find the solution that is required if they just tune into the animals and their inner awareness and remember that anything is possible when we find harmony with other living beings.

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