With the blooms of Spring here to stay, we grow accustomed to the warm glow of the sun and the overall feeling of renewal that marks sweet summertime.
The Summer 2013 Frontlist from Sounds True includes a variety of amazing titles from renowned authors and musicians, all of whom aim to provide valuable content and lifelong methods for bettering your mind, body and soul.
How to Meditate by Pema Chödrön—MAY 1ST
Preeminent teacher Pema Chödrön presents her first in-depth book for creating a lifelong meditation practice.
Secrets of Your Cells by Sondra Barrett, PhD—MAY 1ST
A biochemist and mind-body teacher presents a practical guide for applying cutting-edge biology to our spiritual lives.
Red Hot and Holy by Sera Beak—JULY 1ST
A spiritual rebel and modern mystic offers a heart-blazing account of her journey toward awakening—a bold, unconventional, and radically honest spiritual memoir.
Emotional Intimacy by Robert Augustus Masters—AUGUST 1ST
An experience-centered guide for safely welcoming and integrating the full gifts of our emotions—dark or light, subtle or fierce.
Polishing the Mirror by Ram Dass —AUGUST 1ST
A spiritual luminary and inspiration for millions presents his essential primer on the practices that have benefited him the most.
The Subtle Body Practice Manual by Cyndi Dale —AUGUST 1ST
An indispensable how-to manual on the many forms of energy healing, featuring practical guidance for professionals and laypersons alike.
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Summer 2013 New Book Releases
Secrets of Your Cells
Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence
A guiding principle of the spiritual journey is to “look within.” Biochemist Dr. Sondra Barrett has done just that—and discovered that our cells offer us invaluable wisdom for inspiration, transformation and healing. With Secrets of Your Cells, this scientist and mind-body teacher takes readers on a provocative journey into our inner universe. Each chapter explores a specific aspect of the cell’s astonishing architecture, intelligence, and ability to work in harmony—offering practical exercises to help readers apply the lessons our cells have to offer. Join Dr. Barrett to learn more about:
• Wisdom for incorporating biological principles of balance, fluidity, identity, and cooperation into our everyday lives
• How your cells listen to your beliefs and thoughts—and practices for sending life-affirming messages to your body
• Rituals for making direct contact with the “soul of the cell”
• How cells reflect sacred art, as revealed by Dr. Barrett’s intriguing color photographs of the inner world
“Our cells are more than just fortuitous arrangements of chemicals,” teaches Sondra Barrett. “They are a community of trillions of sentient entities working together to create a sanctuary for the human soul.” Drawing on the insights of indigenous practitioners, energy medicine, and the powerful wisdom of our body’s fundamental building blocks, Dr. Barrett offers readers a thoroughly-researched and accessible resource for putting cutting-edge biology into action with Secrets of Your Cells.
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Sondra Barrett, PhD, earned her degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois Medical School, and completed her post-doctoral training in immunology and hematology at the University of California Medical School. She teaches and lectures about the science and practice of mind-body medicine.
“In Secrets of Your Cells, biochemist Sondra Barrett… translates the small-scale life of cells into large-scale lessons for living. This is the work of someone with a genuine reverence for the sacredness of life.”
—Larry Dossey, MD Author of Healing Words
How to Meditate
A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind
When we look for a meditation teacher, we want someone who has an intimate knowledge of the path. That’s why so many have turned to Pema Chödrön, whose gentle yet straightforward guidance has been a lifesaver for both first-time and experienced meditators. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book that explores in-depth what she considers the essentials for an evolving practice that helps you live in a wholehearted way. More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This comprehensive guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind to embrace the fullness of our experience as we discover:
• The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness
• The Seven Delights—how moments of difficulty can become doorways to awakening and love
• Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises
• Thoughts and emotions as “sheer delight”—instead of obstacles—in meditation
Here is an indispensable book from the meditation teacher who remains a first choice for students the world over.
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Pema Chödrön is the author of many spiritual classics
including When Things Fall Apart (Shambhala, 2000) The Places That Scare You (Shambhala, 2001), and Taking the Leap (Shambhala, 2009). She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia and is a student of Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche and the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
“Chödrön’s voice is gently humorous, always kind, and seemingly infinitely wise.” —The Los Angeles Times
Red Hot and Holy
A Heretic’s Love Story
When one person dares to speak her truth, it gives us all permission to live our own. Through riveting personal narrative and illuminating self-help suggestions, author Sera Beak offers us a startlingly intimate and provocative view of what it means to fall madly in love with the divine as a modern woman, inspiring us all to live our own spiritual love affair, out loud and on purpose.
With a rare combination of audacious wit, critical insight, radical transparency and tender vulnerability—masterfully mixed with red wine, rock songs, tattoos, and sex, as well as academic research, psychological theory, and mythology—Sera candidly chronicles the highs and lows of her mystical journey in a refreshingly contemporary style.
From the innocence of her childhood crush on God; through a whirlwind of torrid liaisons and bitter break-ups with Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, and the New Age; and finally into committed monogamy with a Red Hot and Holy Goddess—Sera reveals the perils and ecstasies of what it takes to discover one’s true Self.
Sera Beak’s luscious writing and renegade spiritual wisdom made her debut book The Red Book (Jossey-Bass, 2006) a breakout success. Now, with Red Hot and Holy, she brings readers a far more personal book—a raucous, uncomfortable, hilarious, and above all utterly honest portrait of the heart-wrenching process of mystical realization and human embodiment.
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Sera Beak is a Harvard-trained scholar of comparative
world religions who spent years traveling the world studying spirituality with Sufi dervishes, Tibetan monks, Croatian mystics, shamans, and more. She is the author of The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark, and has appeared in The New York Times, People, and Publisher’s Weekly, and on NPR, The Dr. Oz Show, and Oprah and Friends. She lives in San Francisco.
“Sera Beak is the brightest light in the next generation of red-hot spiritual activists. She breaks rules and smashes stigmas in order to wake up and ignite the deepest part of our Divine selves.” —Kris Carr, Author of Crazy Sexy Cancer
Your Untapped Source of Strength, Freedom, and Connection
Emotions link our bodies, our thoughts, and our experiences at the deepest level. And the capacity to be intimate with our emotions, teaches Robert Augustus Masters, is the core skill for creating fulfilling relationships and living with awareness, love, and integrity. With Emotional Intimacy, this respected therapist and author invites us to explore:
• How to create a safe space for working with our emotions
• The ways that we numb our unwanted feelings, and how to revive them and welcome them back
• How to identify our emotions and experience them skillfully
• Resolving and healing from old emotional wounds
• Steps for bringing greater intimacy into our relationships
• In-depth guidance for those facing depression and loneliness
• Why “blowing steam” can often make us feel worse, and healthier options for emotional catharsis
• Navigating activity and stimulus overload, a collective
emotional pandemic of our times
• Individual chapters for engaging with fear, joy, jealousy,
shame, grief, awe, and the full spectrum of our emotions
There are no negative or unwholesome emotions—only harmful things we do with them. Through real life examples, exercises, and many useful insights, Masters provides here a lucid guide for reclaiming our emotions, holding them skillfully, and allowing them to resonate in ourselves and with others more deeply and richly.
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Robert Augustus Masters
Release Date: August 1st, 2013
Paperback Book / 400 pages / BK02902
UPC: 600835-290289 / U.S. $18.95
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Robert Augustus masters, PhD, is an integral psychotherapist,
relationship expert, spiritual teacher, and the author of 14 books, including Spiritual Bypassing (North Atlantic, 2010). His work blends the psychological and physical with the spiritual, emphasizing embodiment, emotional literacy, shadow work, spiritual deepening, and the development of relational maturity. He works in Ashland, Oregon with his wife, Diane.
“Robert joins a growing number of wise teachers who understand that the personal and the universal must be combined to bring true and genuine spiritual awakening.”
—Jack Kornfield, Author of A Path with Heart
“An extraordinarily poetic writer with great insights.”
—Ram Dass Author of Be Here Now
The Subtle Body Practice Manual
A Comprehensive Guide to Energy Healing
With over 50,000 copies sold, Cyndi Dale’s The Subtle Body (Sounds True, 2009) has become the go-to resource for anyone who wants to learn about the many varieties of energy healing. Now with The Subtle Body Practice Manual, Dale offers an equally valuable book: a practical instruction guide for putting energy healing into action. Filled with lucid information, step-by-step instruction, diagrams, and key insights, here is an expansive how-to reference that covers practices from a vast range of holistic healing and energy medicine traditions. Readers will learn about:
• The six core energy techniques that every healer should know
• Guidance for finding an energy healer who suits your needs
• Self-diagnosis practices to determine which kind of modality will be most effective for specific health issues
• Dozens of practices for healing through the chakras, the meridians, chi, breath work, auric fields, sacred geometry, acupressure, music, and much more
The use of energy medicine is on the rise—both as a complementary form of treatment for health care professionals and for individuals seeking new tools for taking care of their own well-being. Presented with Cyndi Dale’s thorough scholarship and clear writing style, The Subtle Body Practice Manual provides professionals and laypersons alike with an indispensible resource on the many varieties and applications of energetic care—so you can learn which practices are right for you.
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Release Date: August 1, 2013
Paperback Book / 384 pages / BK02819
UPC: 600835-281980 / U.S. $27.95
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Cyndi Dale of Minneapolis, MN, is an internationally
respected author and spiritual scholar, whose books include the Gold Nautilus award-winning The Subtle Body (Sounds True, 2009) and New Chakra Healing (reissued as The Complete Book of Chakra Healing, Llewellyn, 2002). She is president of Life Systems Services and has conducted training across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Polishing the Mirror
How to Live from Your Soul
Moments of boundless love and realization do occur spontaneously, reflects Ram Dass, but it is our daily life practice that clarifies the mind and heart—and makes these experiences an abiding part of who we are. For over five decades, Ram Dass has ventured across the globe, into the depths of consciousness, and along the path of service to others. With Polishing the Mirror, he gathers together his most essential practice-based guidance for living fully in the here and now. Readers will find within these pages a rich combination of perennial wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and detailed “nuts-and-bolts” instruction on Ram Dass’ most valued spiritual practices, including:
• Bhakti Yoga—opening our hearts to universal love
• Practices for living, aging, dying, and embracing the natural flow of life
• Karma Yoga—how humility and service profoundly transform us
• Working with fear and suffering as a path to grace and freedom
• Step-by-step guidance in devotional chant, mantra and mala practices, and much more
For those both familiar and new to Ram Dass’ teachings, here is this vanguard spiritual explorer’s complete guide for polishing the mirror of the soul, discovering who we are and why we are here, and reflecting fully the light of our true nature.
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Release Date: August 1, 2013
Hardcover Book / 224 pages / BK03066
UPC: 600835-306683 / U.S. $21.95
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Ram Dass means “Servant of God.” Born Richard Alpert,
Ram Dass is the founder of the Love Serve Remember Project and co-founder of the Seva Foundation and the Prison Ashram Project. He is the author of the worldwide spiritual classic Be Here Now (Crown, 1971), and many other books.
“Ram Dass is a superb writer. His example of gentleness and loving compassion is infused with profound wisdom of the heart and mind, a welcome sense of humor and a savvy effectiveness in the real world.”
—The San Francisco Chronicle