Be, Awake, Create

Mindful Practices to Spark Creativity

Be, Awake, Create

“The Artist’s Way for the twenty-first century.” —Nancy Coleman, PhD, clinical psychologist, writer, facilitator, and teacher Settle your mind, connect with the moment, and unleash your creativity with this unique and mindful art journal. In our demanding, fast-paced culture, it’s increasingly important to find ways to decompress and recuperate from the busyness and stress of life. More and more, mindfulness and creativity are being recognized as antidotes to the speed and overstimulation of modern society. This beautiful book combines the two, offering both creative and meditative practices to provide a guided journey into contemplative art for healing, relaxation, deeper connection, and greater well-being. Rather than focusing on any one medium or art form, this unique guide offers basic meditation instructions, and a variety of creative prompts and activities—from collage and coloring to meditative mark making and sketching to photography and perceptual exercises—making it perfect for anyone who wants to deepen and cultivate their mindfulness and creativity. With these artistic and introspective practices, you’ll put meditation into action, and learn to view yourself and your own creative process without judgment or aggression. Using Be, Awake, Create, you’ll see beyond habitual patterns, discover the richness of your world, and recognize the ordinary magic of your own creativity, with greater freshness of expression and spontaneity. By cultivating awareness and allowing yourself to play in the open space of artistic creation, you’ll come to discover all of the positive impacts mindfulness and creativity can have on every area of your life.

Unstressed

How Somatic Awareness Can Transform Your Body's Stress Response and Build Emotional Resilience

Unstressed

In the midst of daily stress and turmoil, this book exposes the power of our emotions to heal us—and offers new hope for reclaiming contentment, connection, and a greater sense of well-being. Do you feel stressed out during the day and lie awake at night worrying? You’re not alone. In today’s hectic, fast-paced world, stress and anxiety have become a default way of being—as natural to us as breathing air. And because stress is an inevitable part of life, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to learn how to manage and heal it. This book offers proven ways to help you counter the negative effects that stress has on the body and mind. You’ll also discover practical skills and clinically proven strategies grounded in mindfulness, neurobiology, and positive psychology to help you cultivate deep sense of emotional resilience. Using the author’s innovative HEART tools (Heartful Engagement And Re-focusing Training), you’ll learn to manage stress by harnessing the power of positive emotions—such as gratitude, compassion, empathy, and hope—leading to a feeling of expansiveness and possibility, and a lived sense of calm, happiness, and vitality.

The Thinly Effect: Lighten Up Your Life

The Thinly Effect: Lighten Up Your Life

Thinly is a mindset. It’s how you think, eat, feel and love. By thinking Thinly you’ll have clarity, confidence and an overwhelming sense of empowerment to design the life you’ve always dreamt of. Thinly was born out of a desire to help people become their best self. Designed by celebrity chef and nutritionist, Kristin Sollenne, takes you on her own personal transformation journey, and guides you to become the best version of yourself. The Thinly Effect teaches you various states of complete physical, mental and social well being. Along the way, Kristin shares personal stories and brings humor and life to the book.

Staying Awake Forever

Staying Awake Forever

Exploring continuity of consciousness. A treatise on human potential, especially that which exists for human beings during sleep time.

Cultivating Creativity through World Films

Exploring Cinematic Narratives Featuring Child Protagonists

Cultivating Creativity through World Films

With the aim to help teachers design and deliver instruction around world films featuring child protagonists, Cultivating Creativity through World Films guides readers to understand the importance of fostering creativity in the lives of youth. It is expected that by teaching students about world films through the eyes of characters that resemble them, they will gain insight into cultures that might be otherwise unknown to them and learn to analyze what they see. Teachers can use these films to examine and reflect on differences and commonalities rooted in culture, social class, gender, language, religion, etc., through guided questions for class discussion. The framework of this book is conceived to help teachers develop students’ ability to evaluate, analyze, synthesize and interpret. The proposed activities seek to incite reflection and creativity in students, and can be used as a model for teachers in designing future lessons on other films.

Buddhism Plain and Simple

Buddhism Plain and Simple

Buddhism Plain and Simple offers a clear, straightforward treatise on Buddhism in general and on awareness in particular. When Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single world, he said, "Awareness." The Buddha taught how to see directly into the nature of experience. His observations and insights are plain, practical, and down-to-earth, and they deal exclusively with the present. Longtime teacher of Buddhism Steve Hagan presents the Buddha's uncluttered, original teachings in everyday, accessible language unencumbered by religious ritual, tradition, or belief.

Dreams For Dummies

Dreams For Dummies

Explains how to interpret dreams, keep a dream diary, and use dreams for inspiration and creativity, and includes a miniature dream dictionary and dream exercises and activities.

Younger Next Week

Your Ultimate Rx to Reverse the Clock, Boost Energy and Look and Feel Younger in 7 Days

Younger Next Week

The Fast, Fun, Delicious Way to Fight Aging A radiant appearance. Boundless energy. Effortless weight management. Supercharged health and well-being. Forget facelifts and fancy wrinkle creams—the fountain of youth is in the foods you eat and simple exercises and behaviors that will turn back the clock. Acclaimed nutritionist and wellness expert Elisa Zied shows you how to jump-start weight loss, reduce stress, improve sleep, banish mood swings and love the vibrant woman you see in the mirror. Discover how to: * Nix the habits that age you (some will surprise you!) * Fuel yourself with age-defying, nutrient-rich foods * Relax and decompress with dozens of Stressipes * Revitalize your life with exercises that put the brakes on aging * Eat and enjoy 30 easy-to-make, delicious recipes Featuring The 7-Day Vitality Plan, complete with menus, exercise guidelines and lifestyle solutions, Younger Next Week is your surgery-free solution to look and feel younger in just one week.

Be a CHANGEMASTER

12 Coaching Strategies for Leading Professional and Personal Change

Be a CHANGEMASTER

How to use coaching strategies to lead change in any organization This practical guide for school and district leaders provides 12 strategies for overcoming resistance to change. Unlike more theoretical books, this text shows how to adopt a coaching style of leadership as a systemic change strategy. Components include: Challenging assumptions to prevent them from becoming reality Confronting negativity by reframing and cultivating optimism Gathering a group to aggregate energy, creativity, and encouragement Using imagery and visualization techniques to improve performance Focusing on the future to overcome the errors of the past and challenges of the present