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Buddha’s Bodyguard, by Jeff Eisenberg

Eisenberg draws heavily on his martial arts background, while creating this new way of presenting Buddhist teachings in Budda's Bodyguard.
Warrior Yoga Goddess in Aurora Borealis by Laura Iverson

Artist Spotlight: Laura Iverson

As a Pagan, there are two things that are very important to my lifestyle: Mindfulness and self-empowerment. I am drawn to paintings that embody...
the collected letters of alan watts, reviewed at spiral nature

The Collected Letters of Alan Watts, edited by Joan and Anne Watts

It is hard to deny the influence Watts' legacy has contributed to expanding the consciousness of western culture. The Collected Letters of Alan Watts provides a lens for the reader to understand Watts as the man he truly was -- a man on a wild, exciting, and spiritual journey through life.
Angels for Beginners, by Richard Webster

Angels for Beginners, by Richard Webster

When I took up Angels for Beginners, I was experiencing a difficult time in my life and though I am a sceptic and non-believer, I was determined to be open to what Richard Webster -- or what my guardian angel (if he or she existed) -- had to offer.
Tibetan Shamanism by Larry Peters, reviewed at Spiral Nature

Tibetan Shamanism, by Larry Peters

Tibetan Shamanism is an anthropologist’s work based on decades of study and first-hand experience living with shamans.

Meditation: Four techniques to get you started

Meditation has become very popular in western culture in the last few decades, mostly thanks to spirituality and Buddhism becoming more acceptable in the mainstream. More and more people are becoming interested in the various benefits, but might not know that there are many types of meditation that give different benefits, and each has a different history. Here I will give a brief rundown of four beginner-friendly types of meditation, and give the history of each, as well as teach you how to get started on your own regiment. All of these methods serve different purposes and will suit different people, but one might find themselves practising each of them at different points throughout their spiritual practice.
The Spirit of Zen Teaching Stories on the Way to Enlightenment by Solala Towler

The Spirit of Zen, by Solala Towler

Could Solala Towler change my mind about Zen? I wondered. As soon as I’d read the first paragraph, my answer was a resounding yes.

Radical Dharma, by Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Radical Dharma is about navigating race and gender in the western Buddhist community, but also about challenging these issues in western culture as a whole.
Dream Yoga, by Andrew Holecek

Dream Yoga, by Andrew Holecek

Whether or not you are Buddhist, if you’re interested in exploring your mind and your dreams, Dream Yoga is an excellent book to work with
Daffodil, photo by Patrizia

Celebrating the vernal equinox: Beyond bunnies and eggs

The vernal equinox is celebrated in the west as Ostara by many but this is just one way to observe it. Many cultures have unique takes on this special day.
The Finger and the Moon, by Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Finger and the Moon, by Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Finger and the Moon is a collection of Japanese and Japanese Zen stories, teachings, and koans as recounted by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Candle, photo by Catalin Besleaga

Not exactly a New Year’s resolution: The saying of the year

I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. I tend to feel quiet and introspective during the winter season, not energized to make big changes.
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