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The Sikh religion has a following of over 20 million people worldwide, and is ranked as the world's fifth largest religion. However, events such as the verbal and physical attacks on Sikhs just after September 11, where Sikhs were being mistaken for Muslims, suggest that the Sikh faith still remains mysterious to many. This Very Short Introduction introduces newcomers to the meaning of the Sikh religious tradition, its teachings, practices, rituals, and festivals. Eleanor Nesbitt highlights and contextualizes the key threads in the history of Sikhism, from the first Gurus to martyrdom, militarization, and the increasingly significant diaspora. Examining gender, caste, and the changes that are currently underway in the faith, Nesbitt considers contemporary Sikh identities and their role in our world.Show more
Join the Revolution! Build a resilient Montessori school Montessori in Action: Building Resilient Montessori Schools delivers a practical and actionable method to provide a strong Montessori experience for all children, families, and educators. The first of its kind, this book offers listeners a collection of modern and concrete ways to build an equitable and resilient Montessori program, by discussing topics like: - Working within the unique, complex ecosystem of Montessori to build a unified community empowered to serve the mission of the school - Sharing ways to create a culture of honest conversation based on the values of growth and clarity - Offering ways to build strong and resilient systems that will engage the whole community and yield results Perfect for Montessori educators and administrators of all kinds, Montessori in Action will support educators in taking action! This book provides structures, tools, and timetables to strengthen and improve schools. It will also earn a place in the libraries of the parents of Montessori children who desire to create and maintain an equitable environment that benefits all students, regardless of their background.Show more
The culture of Native Americans is one of the oldest in the world. Over the centuries the Shamans and teachers of the tribes have preserved the rich knowledge accumulated in their community in order to pass it on to the next generations. One of the many secrets they have kept is the extraordinary properties of the Wheel of Colors. The wheel of colors will allow you to discover the colors that are best for you, so you can realize and maximize your potential in the best possible way. With its help, each and every one of us can acquire new insights into ourselves: - What are truly our strongest qualities? - How can we overcome our weaknesses and what should we be careful of? - How can we be at our best during the most challenging moments? Noah Goldhirsh is a therapist and senior lecturer. She has been developing new healing methods in alternative medicine for thirty-three years. In her book she shares the meaning of the colors that surround us, and how they affect us physically and psychologically. She shares treatment methods that are easy to understand and apply, so we too can completely change our lives and those of the people around us.Show more
A life lived indoors is not a life lived. And yet many of us spend the majority of our days indoors, trapped in our own heads, addicted to our screens and online connections, and feeling more and more disconnected to our own bodies-and the planet-than ever before. Intuitively, we know that even a five-minute walk outdoors can calm us and awaken our senses, but we tell ourselves we don't have time, or we can't seem to make the time. In The Earth Prescription, holistic physician Laura Koniver, MD, offers the ideal antidote to the toxicity of a life isolated from nature-grounding, or directly touching the earth to heal your body and rejuvenate your sense of total well-being. This simple activity connects you to the earth, allowing you to reap its restorative powers-which include reducing depression, lowering blood pressure, curbing stress, and increasing happiness. With this practical and uplifting guide, you'll learn how to incorporate the practice of grounding anytime, anywhere, and find tips for including kids or your favorite pooch. This book will give you everything you need to enjoy the healing energy of nature-you simply have to get outside and get grounded.Show more
Do you struggle with drawing and maintaining boundaries when dealing with the people in your life? Are you highly sensitive and attuned to other's feelings and energy, to the point where you can't tell where their energy ends and yours begins? Do you have trouble protecting yourself from 'energy vampires?' If so, you're probably an empath-and in need of some guidance. From energy healer and psychic trainer Lisa Campion-author of The Art of Psychic Reiki-this healing guide will help you cultivate the energy management skills you need to cope with energy vampires and narcissists, increase your own vitality, and fully embrace your unique gifts. You'll learn all about: the three types of energy vampires and how to spot them; basic energy management skills to keep your energy strong and robust; practical ways to protect your time, energy, and money from an energy vampire; when to cut your losses and get away, and what to do when you can't; psychic self-defense-how to handle a psychic attack; what to do if you're an energy vampire; and how to diagnose a spiritual issue-not all energy vampires are people! Energy Healing for Empaths offers everything you need to heal your energy and maintain healthy boundaries with others-so you can be happy, healthy, and in control of you.Show more
The story of one woman's struggle to care for her seriously ill husband-and a revealing look at the role unpaid family caregivers play in a society that fails to provide them with structural support. Already Toast shows how all-consuming caregiving can be, how difficult it is to find support, and how the social and literary narratives that have long locked women into providing emotional labor also keep them in unpaid caregiving roles. When Kate Washington and her husband, Brad, learned that he had cancer, they were a young couple: professionals with ascending careers, parents to two small children. Brad's diagnosis stripped those identities away: he became a patient and she his caregiver. Brad's cancer quickly turned aggressive, necessitating a stem-cell transplant that triggered a massive infection, robbing him of his eyesight and nearly of his life. Kate acted as his full-time aide to keep him alive, coordinating his treatments, making doctors' appointments, calling insurance companies, filling dozens of prescriptions, cleaning commodes, administering IV drugs. She became so burned out that, when she took an online quiz on caregiver self-care, her result cheerily declared: "You're already toast!" Through it all, she felt profoundly alone, but, as she later learned, she was in fact one of millions: an invisible army of family caregivers working every day in America, their unpaid labor keeping our troubled healthcare system afloat. Because our culture both romanticizes and erases the realities of care work, few caregivers have shared their stories publicly. As the baby-boom generation ages, the number of family caregivers will continue to grow. Readable, relatable, timely, and often raw, Already Toast-with its clear call for paying and supporting family caregivers-is a crucial intervention in that conversation, bringing together personal experience with deep research to give voice to those tasked with the overlooked, vital work of caring for the seriously ill.Show more
From the palaces of pre-revolutionary Iran to Swiss boarding schools and the world's glamor capitals, Princess Soraya Esfandiary Bahktiari lived a life seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. The only daughter of a prominent Iranian family, at sixteen she is selected from among the most beautiful and eligible women of her country to wed the Shah of Iran. Too young to recognize prominent members of Iranian society made the match-and that her job is to help unite a country being driven apart-one truth is inescapable: Soraya loves the Shah deeply. Sadly, her affections are not equally returned, and her life is shattered overnight. The red carpet is pulled from under her feet as her royal status is torn away. Years later, a chance encounter with a distant relative leads Soraya back on a journey through the tender and tumultuous times of her life as another young woman struggles to come to terms with love and betrayal. Together, they share their stories of defeat and victories of love, hoping to make sense of the ever-fragile human heart.Show more
In this spare novelette, acclaimed flash fiction writers James Claffey and Tara Lynn Masih collaboratively create an original tale of loss and love, as The Bitter Kind deftly alternates between Stela, the daughter of a ship's captain, burdened by her family secrets, and Brandy, a Chippewa orphan, haunted by ghost wolves and spirits. The authors cross genres and borders between historical and contemporary, speculative and realistic, presenting two unforgettable characters on a journey toward their inevitable, fateful destination.Show more
National Book Award Finalist: 'A multigenerational epic of the Sadr family's life in Iran and their eventual exile . . . Full of surprises' (The Globe and Mail). Winner of the 2019 Albertine Prize and Lambda Literary Award Kimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five and facing the future she has built for herself, as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them. It is Kimiâ herself-punk-rock aficionado, storyteller extraordinaire, a Scheherazade of our time, and above all a modern woman divided between family traditions and her own 'disorientalization'-who forms the heart of this bestselling and beloved novel, recipient of numerous literary honors.Show more
This is a SoundCraft Audiobooks production featuring digitally enhanced performances of some of history's greatest speeches - all presented as they might have originally been heard. The immersive audio experience presented here - complete with sound effects, music and atmospherics - allows the listener to feel as if they were in attendance when these speeches were first delivered. The orations are performed by a select group of amazing actors who uniquely capture the essence, power and complexity of these magnificent addresses, universally acknowledged as some of the greatest speeches in world history. Volume II features such disparate historical characters as Alexander the Great, the Prophet Muhammad, Abraham Lincoln and Susan B. Anthony, among others. This collection is part one of a series. Search for 'History's Greatest Speeches' to discover more from SoundCraft and Fort Raphael Publishing.Show more
Overcome Hatred with Coffee and Conversation Özlem Cekic, creator of #dialoguecoffee, turned hate mail and threats from racists and religious extremists into productive, bridge-building conversations-and you can, too. When Özlem Cekic became the first Muslim MP in the Danish Parliament, her email inbox was inundated with hate mail and threats, and her gut reaction was to delete and ignore each abusive message. But eventually, she decided to take a risk. She started replying to each message and inviting the senders to meet and engage in dialogue over coffee. And with time, understanding, and patience, she began to make a difference, both in the lives of those who hated her before even meeting her, and in her own life. Discover the journey behind the Dialogue Coffee Ted Talk with over a million viewers. In Overcoming Hate Through Dialogue learn the answers to questions like: ● Where do negative emotions like anger, frustration, and hatred come from? ● Can conversations break down prejudices and create change and understanding? ● What happens when we start looking for things we have in common instead of focusing only on our differences?Show more
Her name is Renee Blackbear, but what most people call the nineteen-year-old Ojibwe woman is Cash. She lived all her life in Fargo, sister city to Minnesota's Moorhead, just downriver from the Cities. She has one friend, the sheriff Wheaton. He pulled her from her mother's wrecked car when she was three. Since then, Cash navigated through foster homes, and at thirteen was working farms, driving truck. Wheaton wants her to take hold of her life, signs her up for college. She gets an education there at Moorhead State all right: sees that people talk a lot but mostly about nothing, not like the men in the fields she's known all her life who hold the rich topsoil in their hands, talk fertilizer and weather and prices on the Grain Exchange. In between classes and hauling beets, drinking beer, and shooting pool, a man who claims he's her brother shows up, and she begins to dream the Cities and blonde Scandinavian girls calling for help.Show more
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