June 26, 2018

Learn how, even with many physical and energetic limitations, to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy!

*These books, eBooks and Audiobooks are available to members of dementia Australia library - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@dementia.org.au

How to be sick : a Buddhist-inspired guide for the chronically ill and their caregivers
This life-affirming, instructive and thoroughly inspiring book is a must-read for anyone who is—or who might one day be—sick. 
And it can also be the perfect gift of guidance, encouragement, and uplifting inspiration to carers, family, friends, and loved ones struggling with the many terrifying or disheartening life changes that come so close on the heels of a diagnosis of a chronic condition or even life-threatening illness.

The author—who became ill while a university law professor in the prime of her career—tells the reader how she got sick and, to her and her partner’s bewilderment, stayed that way.
Toni had been a longtime meditator, going on long meditation retreats and spending many hours rigorously practicing.She had to learn ways to make “being sick” the heart of her spiritual practice—and through truly learning how to be sick, she learned how, even with many physical and energetic limitations, to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy.
the practices are intended to help with the following types of challenges:
  • Caretaker burnout.
  • Suffering due to the relentlessness of symptoms;
  • Blaming oneself for being sick;
  • Cursory or dismissive treatment by doctors and medical professionals;
  • The inability to visit with friends, participate in family gatherings, and take part in other social events;
  • Feeling ignored by family or friends;
  • Suffering due to uncertainty about the future;
  • Coping with the disappointment of failed treatments.

Buddha's brain : the practical neuroscience of happiness, love & wisdom book or audio book

Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it's possible to strengthen positive brain states, to help cope with stress, loss and grief.
By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. 

Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.
This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use everyday to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.

Just one thing : developing a Buddha brain one simple practice at a time

Offers information on why the practice is important, how it works, guidance for performing the practice, and additional resources readers can use to delve deeper into the practice. Some practices encourage readers to focus on gratitude for what they have, while others offer guidance for taking refuge and slowing down in stressful times. The practices are designed to gradually change the way readers process their emotions and create new neural pathways for greater happiness and fulfillment.
  • book format, 
  • Cd
  • eBook or 
  • audiobook


Is your filled with chaos and stress, often leaving you with an inability to focus? In less time than you would spend on a coffee break, you can fill your day with calm, balance, and serenity.

Five good minutes in your body : 100 mindful practices to help you accept yourself & feel at home in your body
 Collection of easy mindfulness practices to help you recharge your body, accept yourself, and release tension and stress.

and on a lighter note...
Life is short ... wear your party pants : ten simple truths that lead to an amazing life

...has helped millions of people find ways to lighten up and overcome stress.

Now she gives you the tools you need to not only reduce feelings of tension, but also to bring joy, passion, and gusto into your life.

Her techniques are a brilliant blend of old-world common sense and the most contemporary research in brain chemistry, psychology, and mind-body studies. Loretta gives you dozens of proven techniques for recognizing the ten simple truths that will lead you to an intense, happy, successful life:
* resilience, *living in the moment, *optimism, *acceptance, *humor, c*reativity,* moderation, *responsibility, *meaning, and *connection.
 book or CD 
This is how 
This book explores how to survive the "un-survivable" and will challenge your notion of self-help books.

Quotes form the book include;

• “Bad news should be followed with soup. Then a nap.”
• “All of us are richer and more fascinating and more complex than we can ever know.”
• “The most valuable moments and experiences that life has to offer are found only along its most treacherous paths.”
• “No matter how huge your loss, as long as you remain engaged with your life, the best days of your life may still be ahead of you. Don't misunderstand me: the pain of your loss will remain with you for the rest of your life. But great joy will be there right beside it. Deep sorrow and deep joy can exist within you, side by side. At every moment, and it's not confusing. And it's not a conflict.”
• “Fairness is not among the laws of the universe.”
[available in book or CD]

 Don't sweat the small stuff...and it's all small stuff : simple ways to keep the little things from taking over your life
You can learn to put things in perspective by making the small daily changes Carlson suggests, including advice such as;
"Think of your problems as potential teachers";
 "Remember that when you die, your 'in' box won't be empty"; and
 "Do one thing at a time".
You should also try to live in the present moment, let others have the glory at times, and lower your tolerance to stress. You can write down your most stubborn positions and see if you can soften them, learn to trust you intuitions, and live each day as if it might be your

[available in book or CD format]

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