Presence, Mindfulness and Consciousness

Books in this section will reflect some of the background to the thinking behind the Live Light approach to mindfulness, presence and conscious living.

new-self-new-worldNew Self, New World
Recovering Our Senses in the Twenty-First Century
Philip Shepherd

Publisher's Description
New Self, New World challenges the primary story of what it means to be human, the random and materialistic lifestyle that author Philip Shepherd calls our "shattered reality." This reality encourages us to live in our heads, self-absorbed in our own anxieties. Drawing on diverse sources and inspiration, New Self, New World reveals that our state of head-consciousness falsely teaches us to see the body as something we possess and to try to take care of it without ever really learning how to inhabit it. Shepherd articulates his vision of a world in which each of us enjoys a direct, unmediated experience of being alive. He petitions against the futile pursuit of the "known self" and instead reveals the simple grace of just being present. In compelling prose, Shepherd asks us to surrender to the reality of "what is" that enables us to reunite with our own being. Each chapter is accompanied by exercises meant to bring Shepherd's vision into daily life, what the author calls a practice that "facilitates the voluntary sabotage of long-standing patterns." New Self, New World is at once a philosophical primer, a spiritual handbook, and a roaming inquiry into human history.

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The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle

Publisher's Description
Eckhart Tolle is emerging as one of today's most inspiring teachers. In The Power of Now the author describes his transition from despair to self-realization soon after his 29th birthday. Tolle took another ten years to understand this transformation, during which time he evolved a philosophy that has parallels in Buddhism, relaxation techniques, and meditation theory but is also eminently practical. In The Power of Now he shows readers how to recognize themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living present, fully, and intensely, in the Now.

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A New Earth
Eckhart Tolle

Publisher's Description
In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just being. We worry about what people think of us, we compare ourselves with our friends, family and neighbours, and deep down we worry we're not 'good enough'. Eckhart Tolle will give you the confidence to let go of fear, anxiety and the eternal quest for more. Read this book and you will stop defining your life and start living it with true openness and freedom. Stop searching for happiness and you'll realize where it is – in those moments and feelings that you can't put into words. Find out who you truly are and change your life for the better, for ever.

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Tao Te Ching
By Lao Tzu
Translated by Stephen Mitchell

Publisher's Description
In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao the basic principle of the universe.

 

 

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The Miracle of Minfulness: A Manual on Meditation
By Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher's Description

In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness - being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

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