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Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing
Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing
by Richard Miller PhD
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarified many things, 24 Dec. 2011
The yoga nidra CD is very carefully sequenced and takes one into a very deep relaxation. It is one of the better yoga nidra CDs in my humble opinion as it gently guides you through what yoga nidra (yogic sleep) is all about. Each time you listen to the CD it touches other parts of your psyche. There is always something new to discover and the CD seems to have been designed in this way. So each yoga nidra session takes one into another area of exploration and of course what the participant brings to the session makes each experience different which is why doing it regularly is so compelling. I find it very useful for insomnia but also it can have the effect of making dreams more vivid as the unconscious starts uploading subconscious stuff. This can be both pleasant and unpleasant but this is what yoga nidra is all about. The goal is to accept what is and face the psyche and life with equanimity whatever is thrown at the individual.

The book is very detailed about the theory of yoga nidra which I found very helpful after much reading in the area of yoga, meditation and contemplative prayer. Many things slotted into place when reading this book. I wouldn't say this book is for a beginner as many aspects may seem rather opaque initially. The writer's style is very clear but the concepts are not so easy to accept unless the individual knows something of Patanjali's yoga sutras and yoga philosophy in general.

Yoga nidra can be a helpful guide to bringing oneself into the present moment and encourages exploration into the authentic self. The question Who Am I? is what yoga nidra addresses - it can be a slow unfolding or a sudden realisation.

Useful CD in itself (without reading the book) particularly for those in pain, in stressful circumstances or those who have insomnia.

Anybody can practice yoga nidra and find that their life circumstances seem so much lighter as a result. It is a very useful technique for working out issues in one's life - in the end it is the approach to viewing life that is healed. Highly recommended.
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200 Veggie Feasts: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: Over 200 Delicious Recipes and Ideas
200 Veggie Feasts: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: Over 200 Delicious Recipes and Ideas
by Louise Pickford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good sized pocket book for uni students, 22 Dec. 2011
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The size of this book is just right for popping in a rucksack. Would recommend for university students who want a light book in terms of weight but plenty of recipes (200) to choose from. The variety of recipes available is wide, the photos appealing and the instructions concise and easy to follow.

A good starter book for vegetarians and even for omnivores who want to pep up their veggie dishes. The book gets full marks both on the quality and quantity of the recipes.

Favourite recipes include winter vegetable and beer broth, vegetable kebabs with pilaf, grilled vegetables and couscous, bean lemon and rosemary hummus.


The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See
by Richard Rohr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-dualism - Contemplative living, 18 Dec. 2011
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Richard Rohr is very eloquent in his call for us all to move away from the rationalistic dualistic left-brain mind of Descartes and to recover the contemplative mode of being of the Desert fathers and mothers that has been lost to Christianity.

The book calling for us to live in the naked now in the Presence is so refreshing and invigorating. Let's get out of the mind-frame of Churchianity and get back to the real message of Jesus in living the abundant life of God everyday. How do we do this - by changing the way we look, perceive the world - through a gradual metanioa or even a sudden awakening to what underlies our being. Contemplative prayer and living in the present moment are ways to access this way of being and to discover our true humanity and to realise the non-duality of Christ as both fully divine and fully human.

I could read and reread this book and something new sinks into my consciousness every time. Rohr refers to Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Simon Weil, Teresa of Avila, William Blake amongst others who wrote about the mystical knowing as well as frequent mention of the words of Jesus Christ himself. Rohr is a genius at making the Gospel message fresh and universal and brings the message into the 21st Century.

The Wisdom tradition of Christianity is reemerging from its hidden depths and we are being asked to embrace it to change ourselves within - to do the inner work required rather than sticking to ritualism and the neediness of belonging. The depth of the inner life and the journey towards knowing the divine within is what Rohr is pointing at. Simple message but so hard to do with the thinking mind.

'The lamp of the body is the eye.' Matthew 6:22 There are exercises for awakening the seer who perceives the world non-dually in a series of appendices at the end of the book.

Highly recommended.


Children Beyond
Children Beyond
Price: £18.55

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be the Change you want to See in the World!, 30 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Children Beyond (Audio CD)
'Children Beyond' is about breaking down barriers and in this particular case uniting children from many religious traditions in prayer. The whole point is that we see that we are all ONE no matter what religious tradition we belong to. All of us are striving for the same happiness. All the religious traditions ask us to look at our humanity and to realise WHO WE ARE - that we are all part of the great WHOLE - we are all ONE. And if we realise our true SELF then the message is

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD

With climate change and financial chaos this message is vital for our evolution and indeed survival as a species.

The music spans all the world religions and is the music we should be playing at Christmas to promote peace in the world. Forget the commercialism of Santa. It is the peace of the world and indeed the continuation of our species in an evolved form that we need to promote.

May this CD be a great success. It deserves it for the message it promotes.

All religions at the core are striving for the same but the external ritual can blind us to the core message. This CD asks us all to get back to the core message - we are all one and we can be the change we want to see in the world.

Highly recommended! One of the best tracks is without doubt 'Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu' with Tina Turner. It just touches the heart. Tina Turner's rendition of 'Amen, Amin, Om Sarva Mangalam, Om Shanti, Sat nam' is a powerful vision of the oneness of humanity. We are ONE - let's evolve to realise this oneness. And I have always loved 'Veni Sancte Spiritus'. We all want the same peace ...
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Timescales of Magmatic Processes: from Core to Atmosphere
Timescales of Magmatic Processes: from Core to Atmosphere
by James A. Van-Orman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £42.75

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PhD material, 18 Nov. 2011
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Contributions collected by three highly specialised PhD holders who have good positions in the Scientific community, the book tracks research in such areas as: 'Extinct Radionuclides and the Earliest Differentiation of the Earth and Moon; Diffusion Constraints on Rates of Melt Production in the Mantle, Rates of Magma Ascent: Constraints from Mantle-Derived Xenoliths, Magma Cooling and Differentiation - Uranium-series Isotopes, Timescales Associated with Large Silicic Magma bodies, Timescales of Magma Degassing.

A wide range of researchers have contributed to this work from around the world. Illustrations and graphs are mainly in black and white with some colour plates in the middle of the book showing decay chains, magmatic processes, flow lines, porosity and perturbation vorticity, different views of alkali basalt,etc.

Clearly set out and well referenced scientific tome to grace the shelf of the advanced undergraduate or graduate student involved in the study of igneous rocks and processes.


You're Hired! CVs, Interview Answers and Psychometric Tests
You're Hired! CVs, Interview Answers and Psychometric Tests
by Stephan Lucks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 in 1 - everything you need, 18 Nov. 2011
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I haven't read a career self-help book for some time. Used to have loads of them. So I was curious to see how this book was different in this day and age of internet networking and job advertisements.

Having three career books in one tome is very helpful: CVs, Interview answers and Psychometric tests.

The CV section is very comprehensive telling you what information to put in (facts please not fiction!) and what to leave out these days. It is interesting to note that IT skills are essential these days and the packages you have used should be mentioned. There is a useful personal information checklist to check against and a useful grid to collect information about your career history, qualifications etc. At the end of each chapter a short summary is provided under the heading 'IN A NUTSHELL'. Within the CV section the chapter on proving yourself through identifying your competencies and skills is very useful providing you with a skills list to choose from. And then there is the chapter on highlighting achievements - in other words learning to blow our own trumpets - and you are given clues on writing achievement statements. Chapters on deciding if you will fit what the employer wants are vital in any job searchers armoury. There are two chapters on this subject. The job searcher has at their fingertips a set of CV templates and a choice language to use on their CV. How can you not be set up nicely with a spectacular CV after reading this section. Extremely comprehensive.

Interviews - What I particularly found useful about this section were the chapters on the different kind of questions that interviewers use e.g. task-based questions, thought-based questions, people-based questions and non-competency based questions and accompanying sample answers. Excellent section to read to prepare thoroughly for interviews.

The final section on Psychometric tests was helpful in identifying the different types of test that employers may use but for more practice it is probably best to go to other books that take you through many examples of the test. A good primer nevertheless.

Chapter 28 on further resources gives numerous recruitment websites, professional associations, career services, test provider websites and other resources - all extremely useful references.

I would certainly recommend this book to any job seekers I know as a useful support for their quest for a job or a better job.


Spices
Spices
by Sophie Grigson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spice up your life!, 18 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Spices (Hardcover)
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When I ordered this book I was under the impression that it was just a book telling stories about spices. On receiving it I realised it was much more than that it was also a recipe book! What joy! Not only could I get into the character of each spice and its origin but I could actually do something with it to experience the delight of its aroma and taste as well. Perhaps the title is a little misleading in this but it doesn't matter.

I am now much better informed about spices and am not afraid of using spices such as Fenugreek which I have discovered has a maple syrup flavour (though used in curries) and the seeds have been used to cure a variety of ailments e.g. flatulance and diabetes and have also been used to increase the milk flow of nursing mothers. And if you have meals with Fenugreek for two days your fingers can smell fragrant. Well, if that is not appealing! And what about the humble but potentially notorious poppy seed? Yes the poppy seed does come from the opium poppy and apparently there is a new strain called the Norman Opium Poppy around these days which contains doses of substances that work as strong painkillers! And did you know that although poppies are grown in Afghanistan they are also available in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire! So there are Asian poppy seeds and European poppy seeds and they are used to flavour different recipes.

Apart from all these interesting titbits about how the spices can enhance health we have a wide range of recipes to whet the appetite and stimulate the body's natural healing processes. My favourites are 'spiced eggs with white poppy seeds', 'caraway and black pepper goat's cheese', 'saffron lime macaroons', 'golden halibut with spinach dahl', 'patata a la extremena (paprika spice used)', 'red onion and vanilla soup' (vanilla spice used).

The recipes are both from Eastern and Western cuisine making for a very versatile cookbook. There is a very useful section at the beginning of the book on spice essentials which includes information on sourcing spices, what to buy, storing spices, ways of preparing and using spices (e.g. frying, grinding, grating etc).

The reference sections at the back include details of 'Spicemongers' (sounds vaguely sinister and exotic!) and a reference section on up-to-date books and websites.

A great present for those who like spice in their life!


Bill's Everyday Asian
Bill's Everyday Asian
by Bill Granger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

5.0 out of 5 stars healthy and stunningly presented, 18 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Bill's Everyday Asian (Hardcover)
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I loved this cookbook for many reasons:

- healthy ingredients
- appealing photos that appeared natural
- one paragraph of background info on the left
- on the right ingredients and the instructions
And PLENTY OF WHITE SPACE to write comments on what the cook and his/her guests thought about the dish and also comments on changes to the ingredients, etc which I consider a must with a cookbook. A cookbook is going to get stained whilst cooking so why not write in it as well - really personalises the book and it is great to look back on. So white space is very welcome.

I particularly liked the section on desserts because I don't always associate Asian food with desserts and so this was a novely section for me (perhaps not for other users). I tried Chinese Custard Tarts which were easy to make and they were delightful. Lime Jelly with lychees caused a stir amongst my friends (might have been the vodka ingredient which is optional!).

The soup section also had its delights - as the author says sometimes the soup is the main event in the meal rather than a prelude. Roast chicken and egg noodle soup was delicious whilst duck soup was heaving with flavour.

Apart from the Soups and Desserts sections there are sections on STARTERS, SALADS, SEAFOOD,POULTRY, PORK, LAMB & BEEF, NOODLES & RICE, VEGETABLES & TOFU.

Generally there are quite a lot of ingredients to collect before you start a dish but it is worth trawling around for those special ingredients. The recipe instructions are concise and easy to follow and the resulting dishes are divine to the taste buds.

The book states that the recipes are for the EVERYDAY and if you have most of the main ingredients in your kitchen cupboards (see the two-page section on Bill's Asian Pantry on pages 14 & 15) then they can be and the recipes can be available to us even whilst we are leading hectic lives. The photos in the book feature children enjoying the food as much as adults.

Recommended to boost the immune system - healthy Asian recipes that will have your taste buds reeling!


Feet of Clay: Study of Gurus
Feet of Clay: Study of Gurus
by Anthony Storr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-referenced & disturbing, 26 Oct. 2011
Fascinating and at times a disturbing insight into the characteristics of the minds of those who others consider gurus. The first few chapters focus on the worst kind of gurus who are basically megalomaniacs and who control their followers e.g. the paranoid Jim Jones and David Koresh. Then Storr moves into the realm of the highly imaginative minds of Gurdjieff and Steiner who invent their own compelling universes. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is featured showing how initially he seemed to be innocuous and how his system gradually went out of control.

I read with interest about Jung and Freud and their systems and how their own upbringing appeared to make them into the men they were and how others held them up as gurus.

Many of the individuals featured seemed to have had a period of mental anguish and it is Storr's thesis that this period of mental anguish is often relieved by the individual emerging with some revelatory insight. This is particularly illustrated in the case of Ignatius of Loyola.

Storr is not, I believe, trying to undermine the thought of all the people featured in the book however, what he is trying to do is show similaritites in the minds of those who become gurus whether they turn out as saints, sinners or madmen. There is something in the human mind that concentrates thought to such an extent - often a period of crisis - that the individual has to create a new arena for him/herself to operate in and this is taken up with such passion and focus that others cannot help themselves but be enthralled and give them the status of guru.

I wouldn't say this is the whole picture - it is Storr's take on an interesting phenomenon and it is a fascinating study. There were points of comparison made between saint and madman that I found quite disturbing and cannot wholly agree with. Worthwhile read but be prepared to be sceptical.

Well-referenced, fascinating insights but perhaps delve further into the lives of those featured before making judgements as to whether they were gurus or not.


XtraFlex SUPER L.E.D Music Light - Black
XtraFlex SUPER L.E.D Music Light - Black
Offered by Dave Ballard Music
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars present for late-night bookworms!, 26 Oct. 2011
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Never looked back. Since I bought this little light my reading at night has just increased. I clip the light onto my book. It is light enough not to add to the weight of the book and adds enough light to illumine the page so that reading is very comfortable. The arm is flexible so that the bright bulb may be bent in on a particular paragraph. Definitely a late night reader's friend!

Flexible, light and illuminating. Just what I needed for bedtime reading. It curls round the book so beautifully you can even use it as a bookmark. Great little device. Highly recommended as a Christmas present for those avid night-time readers you know!


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