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Pura d'or 100% Pure & USDA Organic Argan Oil (4 fl. oz.) For Face, Hair, Skin and Nails
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fan!, May 12, 2013
I stopped buying mainstream skin cream years ago: I didn't want to put chemicals in my skin and neither did I want to pay someone exorbitant prices for doing so! Now I make my own creams, use Castor Oil, and occasionally buy some shea butter or something else completely natural. My litmus test for a face cream is whether or not it irritates my eyes when/if it gets in-- the older I get, the more sensitive my eyes seem to be to chemicals (no mascara found yet that works for me). And Pura D'or definitely does not irritate! It's a fabulous light oil that my skin readily absorbs and feels great on. Ditto other reviewers-- a little goes a long way. I would recommend this brand without reservation to anyone. And for what you get in terms of quality and quantity, the price is good!


Balance: The Business - Life Connection
Balance: The Business - Life Connection
by James A. Cusumano
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Making a Positive Difference, May 6, 2013
James A. Cusumano has had an interesting, diverse, and lucrative work/career life: he says that he is now in the midst of his "fifth professional life." In his teens he was a rock star, then a scientist and corporate research executive with Exxon, then co-founder and chairman of a (very successful) Silicon-Valley-based company, then founder, CEO, and executive producer of a feature film company, and currently he and his wife have purchased and renovated a castle in Prague, which has become an internationally recognized castle hotel and spa. As he says, he has learned some things along the way, and in this book he shares "the fruits of his journey." Although his expertise is in business, it seems that throughout he has stayed true to himself, and managed to balance meaning, fulfillment, and success in both this personal and business life.

The first part of "Balance," naturally, is autobiographical, from childhood to today, written with a lively and self-aware style. He gives just enough background for readers to get to know him, without being self-serving. This intriguing journey alone makes the book worth picking up. Part II offers a "formula" for creating a fulfilling life: addressing the critical issue of how to achieve balance in both personal and professional life. This is the heart of the book, and James is both a great role model and dynamic cheerleader for uncovering profound principles for living what he calls our "Essence." Drawing from his own experiences--the cross-roads he encountered, learning how to listen to the wise counsel of others, honoring his own inner essence compass--he provides a step-by-step formula for identifying and capturing your own essence.Finally, in the third part of the book, he explains how to build a successful business while achieving balance in professional and personal life. Each step is based on "Inspirational Leadership" (also sometimes called Conscious Leadership) and he shows in detail what this entails and how it leads to an organization that is personally rewarding, commercially advantageous, and socially responsive.

Cusumano is by no means typical, and as each of his business successes built upon the other, doorways opened for him that would not be available to most of us (really, how many of us could afford to buy a castle?). However, his life is his message, and he has succeeded in large part because of his own initiative and unwavering commitment to business and personal excellence. Passion and purpose drive him, and by all accounts he seems to embody unlimited energy and joyous enthusiasm for making the word a better place. "Balance" seems to be the latest in a long line of flourishing enterprises that do just that.


The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There's Life After Death
The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There's Life After Death
by Annie Kagan
Edition: Paperback
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137 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritually Liberating, March 5, 2013
Author Annie Kagan and her "bad-boy brother" had been somewhat estranged their entire life, largely due to his lifelong addictions and sometimes shady lifestyle. A call from the police department announcing her brother's death may have been unexpected, but his death was not so surprising given that his was a life lived life on the edge. But when Billy suddenly began to communicate with his sister from the after-life, Annie was surprised, disbelieving, and reluctant to share this news with others.

Through a series of cryptic messages from Billy that materialize in Annie's life (and others), along with the support of a writing group, Billy convinces Annie that she must write this book. The result is this fascinating preview of what happens when we die, one that is both quirky and uplifting. In the genre of after-life communications this book stands out for many reasons. But in particular, the detailed descriptions Billy offers of his after-life experiences are `refreshing,' in that they transcend the culturally filtered images we have become somewhat accustomed to, and reveal glorious galaxies of universal awareness and experience. For example:

"After our last visit, I was drifting through the Universe, taking in the sights, when a cosmic wind began to circle me like a slow tornado...Then it was like someone pressed the start button on a cosmic projector and the ring became a circular movie that's still playing all around me. What I'm looking at is very different from any film I've seen in a theater, though. First of all, I'm suspended in the middle of the Universe, and second the entire move is playing all at once and the images are holographic...What's really great is that this hologram has a very special feature...My hologram is expandable. I can follow all the different paths I didn't take when I was alive and see how they would have turned out. What's surprising, though, is that it doesn't seem like one way is more valuable than any others. I don't have a preference. It's all fascinating, and I have no regrets."

..."Here, our telepathic communications fill each other with beauty. Speaking of telepathy, I know you've sometimes wondered if there's any music here. There are so many clichés about angels singing and harps playing...well, once again I can only speak for myself. There aren't exactly any of those things where I am. Here the atmosphere is filled with a soft, ambient sound...There's a constant background haze that reminds me of earth's natural sounds, like wind or rain or ocean waves...Recently, I began to notice that sometimes this haze bursts into a little melody and then that melody quickly disappears. This melody phenomenon is happening more and more, and I really can't say if it's the sound that's changed, or my ability to hear it."

Through Billy's communications and the author's insightful retrospective, readers are taken on an after-life journey that is vivid and inspiring. Billy opens powerful vistas of the after-life, which in turn invite deep contemplation and wisdom for the living. And while this is also an intimate (but not maudlin) look at how a brother and sister learn to navigate a connection through the veils, we also come to understand that each, in their own way, becomes spiritually liberated as a result of what might at first glance, seem to be a tragedy. Highly recommended reading.


The Storied Life of Jean Houston [2 CD set]
The Storied Life of Jean Houston [2 CD set]
by Jean Houston
Edition: Audio CD
Price: $19.95
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Delivery, Inspirational Message, February 25, 2013
If you aren't familiar with Jean Houston, then your allow me to introduce you to one of the most preeminent figures in the human potential movement--in fact she and her husband (who passed in 2008) are considered to be the principal founders of the contemporary potential movement, and together they founded The Foundation for Mind Research.

Jean's life, and her life's work, seems larger than life, which is perhaps why she is so well-suited for her profound teaching of cross-cultural, mythic and spiritual studies, "dedicated to teaching history, philosophy, the New Physics, psychology, anthropology, and the many dimensions of human potential." She has worked closely with such visionaries as Aldous Huxley, Carl Jung, Edgar Mitchell, Buckminster Fuller, Joseph Campbell, Margaret Mead, the Dalai Lama, and has been an advisor to the United Nations, Hillary Clinton, John Lennon, and has brought her teaching to more than 40 different cultures, as well as social leaders, educational institutions and business organizations worldwide. ...Did I mention she is an extraordinary storyteller--complete with flawless accents and impressions? Not surprising when she has such incredible stories to tell.

This backstory (and there is so much more I could say) seems a necessary preamble to review this 2-CD set of inspiring stories by Jean and from her life, since her life cannot be separated from her work. Both the content and delivery is animated, will keep you fully engaged and entertained, and will inspire you to forge a deeper connection with your own inner states of consciousness where your highest creative activity resides. She evocatively weaves past with future, and imagination with truth, into the work of personal and global transformation: an aligning of the human spirit, potential, and action, with the the complexities of this time. My only critique is that it ended all too soon.


Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness
Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi: My Humble Quest to Heal My Colitis, Calm My ADD, and Find the Key to Happiness
by Brian Leaf
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.13
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, February 25, 2013
This is a charming memoir from the author's early college years, when he stumbled onto a yoga class elective that, in turn, led him to a decade-long spiritual quest to heal recurring colitis and other maladies. It's easy to be swept along with the author's fresh, humorous, and unapologetic revealing of his own foibles, and you think that you're just having a lighthearted romp through someone's adventures and misadventures. But it slowly dawns on you how deeply yoga and the other spiritual practices (such as Ayurveda) that Leaf has pursued have not only healed him physically, but emotionally as well. His journey, ultimately, becomes one of true awakening to himself as he heals and learns to become more comfortable in his own skin--relaxed, authentic, and happier. And then you realize that through his quirky tales, inspiration has been taking up residence in your own cells: health and vitality seems quite ordinary and attainable, if you have the desire and commitment to it. This is an easy and agreeable read with an unexpected bonus: a subtle but powerful undercurrent guiding you to your own awakening and well-being.


Advanced Hatha Yoga: Classic Methods of Physical Education and Concentration
Advanced Hatha Yoga: Classic Methods of Physical Education and Concentration
by Shyam Sundar Goswami
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Substantial Classic, February 25, 2013
In an era of fleeting information fixes, this book is a full-length feature, and for that alone, I thoroughly enjoyed it (although that is not the only reason I enjoyed it). Truly a classic, the dated photos may seem "quaint," but the presentation of yoga practice in its undiluted tradition as a wholistic mind-body-spirit practice is timeless. The pillars for any yoga practice, as shown in this classic, include such practices as stamina, sexual control, breathwork, strengthening the endocrine system, internal cleansing, and concentration exercises, many of which are passed over in the modern age, or simply given broad brushstrokes. But yoga's origins are in Eastern doctrines, and unlike the Western world, the "science" of these traditions explore and celebrate the metaphysical. Consequently, yoga in its pure state employs the physical as a path for spiritual development, with no apologies.

The daily and weekly yoga practices provided in this book accommodate students at differing degrees of fitness, so in this sense the book can be usefully applied by most (and the numerous photos and descriptions for each pose are most helpful); however, it's not recommended for beginners or those unfamiliar with yoga postures or practice.


The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins
The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins
by Phil Cousineau
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.45
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighful buffet of words, February 25, 2013
I suppose one has to be a bit of a logophile to appreciate Phil Cousineau's latest book, The Painted Word. He has selected a treasury of words that send shivers down his spine when he hears them, not just because of the shape or color of the word itself, but because of its roots and sometimes delicious ambiguities of origin. Common words, short words and uncommon beauties, as he calls them, delight his senses and in this collection readers are sure to find a few of their own favorites. A few that caught my attention: "gymnophoria"--the queasy feeling that someone is undressing you; "whale fall"--the carcass of a fallen whale on the ocean floor; and "bloviate"--to speak verbosely, to discourse in a pompous, empty, pretentious, or boastful manner. The Painted Word is a delightful buffet for anyone remotely interested in words.


Net of Being
Net of Being
by Alex Grey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $31.74
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformational artist, February 25, 2013
This review is from: Net of Being (Hardcover)
I was fortunate to see an installation of Sacred Mirrors in Oakland, Ca, many years ago. To see Grey's art up close and in its full-sized glory is transformative and inspiring, but to have this collection of 200 images of his artwork at your fingertips is the next best thing. A truly amazing artist.


Living Life as a Thank You: My Journal
Living Life as a Thank You: My Journal
by Nina Lesowitz
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.13
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Journal, February 25, 2013
We all have felt the powerful effect that gratitude has on our well-being: this delightful journal provides the opportunity to incorporate gratitude more systematically into our daily life. It is a beautifully arranged collection of diverse stories, quotations, meditations, questions, and prompts that take only a few minutes each day to "exercise" your gratitude muscle. An ideal way to apply the wisdom found in Living Life as a Thank You by the same authors, using this gratitude journal will activate an abundance of expectation of abundance. Give and receive with genuine gratitude and you will strengthen your spirit, open your heart, and transform you and those around you in the most uplifting, heartfelt way possible.


Breaking the Spell: An Exploration of Human Perception
Breaking the Spell: An Exploration of Human Perception
by Kingsley L. Dennis
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and compelling, February 25, 2013
This concise book taps the historical and culturally reinforced ways we typically think and react. Dennis counsels that we can break the cultural spell by living consciously: bringing new and creative perception, thought patterns, and behavior into focus and practice. An excellent, clear and compelling digest portraying the evolutionary imperative active within each of us that is calling for transformation of how and what we think, and why.


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