Morning Notes

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Begin Each Day in the Right State of Mind

These morning meditations by author Hugh Prather are just what you need to start your day right. His words will put you on the path to living a more loving and fulfilling life.

Daily reflections to kickstart your day. Start each morning this year with the words of bestselling author, counselor, and minister Hugh Prather. Prather asks readers to consider the holistic nature of our lives—noting that how we start our day affects everything, from our mind and spirit to our family and work. If we start in an agitated mood, we face the day with a combative spirit. But when we begin in a peaceful mood, we open the door to welcome in more opportunities and graces.

Renew your determination to become a better person. With each page of this spiritual book, you are invited to live as if you think our world and the people in it are worth caring about and worth making time for. Because when we realize that they are, and that we are all united in a unique relationship (ourselves, others, and God), we wake up to our own responsibility for what happens to us. These daily meditations ask us to reflect on the spiritual task ahead of us.

Learn more about:

  • The benefits of beginning each day with a peaceful mindset and a spiritual goal in mind
  • Mindfulness meditations that awaken the mind and replenish the spirit
  • How to start over and become a better person

If you enjoyed books like Power Thoughts DevotionalGood Days Start with GratitudeSacred Rhythms, or Little Book of Mindfulness, then you’ll love Morning Notes.

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Shining Through

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Start Your Day with a Dose of Happiness

This 30-day course composed of insightful thoughts and reflections will give you the encouragement you need to find happiness and inner peace.

A guide to happiness. On our journey to a happy life, sometimes we need a little help. Author Hugh Prather steps in to take the role of our compassionate and thoughtful guide in this course for finding happiness. He spent his life not only as an author but as a minister and counselor, and so lends the wisdom and comfort that he provided in those roles to readers of this inspirational book.

Quiet power in unsettled times. Prather’s signature way of writing makes this book a potent and refreshing source of truth amidst the troubles we face in our daily lives. His reflections on how to be happy are rooted in human experience, and call on us to consider our connection with others. His words call on the spiritual and yet remain relatable to all people seeking personal growth, particularly as it relates to our happiness.

Open up Hugh Prather’s Shining Through. Switch on your life, ground yourself in happiness and learn more about:

  • Reflections on Prather’s own pain, observations, and ways of coping with modern life
  • The art of happiness and how we can find it
  • Life-changing practices that can shift how we face tragedies and fears

If you enjoyed books like A Short Guide to a Happy LifeHow Happiness HappensGetting to Good, or Lovingkindness then you’ll love Shining Through.

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Standing on My Head

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Tidbits of Truth Guaranteed to Make You Think

Best-selling author and counselor Hugh Prather demonstrates how a subtle shift in perspective can change your line of thinking—for the better.

Intensely personal and universal. Lessons learned in life most often come from experience, our own or that of others. In this little volume by Hugh Prather, we dive into life lessons that stem from Prather’s personal experiences and encounters that can be applied universally. From mundane recollections to aphorisms and mantras, Prather examines things from a point of view that is both enlightening and refreshing. No matter where you are in your life journey, this book is packed with motivational thoughts that can lead to growth and change.

Perceive something different—about yourself and others. A simple shift in perspective can go a long way toward adapting our thinking and bringing about personal transformation. Prather introduces various phrases throughout his book that carry a great truth in a simple way—such as, “"I have to act the way I am before I can become something else." By calling on us to examine these little truths in a different light, we can more easily see how they apply to our own lives and the lives of those around us.

Learn more about:

  • Yourself—this book promises an ongoing journey of self-discovery
  • How a shift in thinking can change your life
  • Universal life-lesson quotes that you can turn to again and again

If you enjoyed books like Heart TalkThe Mindful Life Journal, or The Gifts of Imperfection then you’ll love < em>Standing on My Head by Hugh Prather.

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How to Live in the World and Still Be Happy

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Your Go-to Guide for Finding Happiness

Life got you down? Discover the cure to gloomy days in this book—packed with wisdom and inspiration guaranteed to bring your smile back.

The obstacles to your happiness. There are a lot of things in life that we worry and stress about. Our jobs, relationships, and possessions are important to us, and because of that, we look to them for happiness. But when they ultimately disappoint us, they act as obstacles to attaining that very happiness we thought they would bring. In this motivational book, author Hugh Prather urges readers to let go of attitudes that hold us back from experiencing happiness.

How to live a happy life. When we recognize and address the obstacles in our lives, we open the door for happiness to come in. But it doesn’t happen without putting in the work. During his years of counseling, Prather learned and developed an actual program for being happy. Through following this program, and examining our own lives, we can learn how to actively work towards achieving the happiness we all long for.

In How to Live in the World and Still Be Happy learn:

  • How to find your happy life with the help of concrete exercises
  • About the obstacles that may be standing in your way
  • The benefits of an inspirational guide that you can return to again and again

If you enjoyed books like Resisting HappinessHow to Be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad)A Year of Positive Thinking, or Get Out of Your Own Way, then your next read should be How to Live in the World and Still Be Happy by Hugh Prather.

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Woman's Book of Confidence

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Affirmations and Meditations for Confidence

Women Empowerment. The Woman's Book of Confidence is a little book with a big message. We can reclaim our dreams, tap into our intuitive wisdom, and find the strength to live fearlessly each and every day. In dozens of short entries, author and psychotherapist Sue Patton Thoele offers meditations, affirmations, and true stories, including deeply personal, often humorous, revelatory stories of her own rocky path of personal growth.

Powerful Affirmations and Meditations. Confidence is not some big, abstract “out there” thing, accessible only to movie stars, brainiacs, and billionaires. It’s the stuff daily life is made of. Sue inspires and encourages us to find and grow our own confidence. Her collection of supportive meditations and affirmations will help you trust yourself emotionally and spiritually.

A Self-Help Book for Strong Women. Thoele is on a mission to help each and every woman uncover her own authentic self and tap into her wellspring of wisdom and self-confidence. Thoele offers practical tools and gentle guidance to help us become confident women, such as:

  • Weaving a safety net
  • Befriending our fears
  • Accepting what is

Readers of motivational and inspirational books for women like I've Been Thinking...Journey to the Heart, or Each Day a New Beginning will love The Woman's Book of Confidence.

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I Will Not Die an Unlived Life

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It’s Never Too Late to Live Your Life

In the 1980s, Dr. Dawna Markova was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Here begins her path towards rediscovery.

Feeling lost? I Will Not Die an Unlived Life follows Dr. Markova’s journey to find deeper meaning in life. In her book she guides readers down a path where they can discover their value and purpose. When we feel lost, she points out, we can either continue to live habitual lives and resign our strength—or we can choose to follow our passions.

What is passion? It’s normal to feel stagnant, to be at a loss for energy. Dr. Markova reconceptualises feeling lost as a period of passion's rest. With this, she asks questions that challenge us to slow down and have more conversations with ourselves.

How to find yourself again. Poetic and inspiring, I Will Not Die an Unlived Life is a collection of stories with meaning. Following Dr. Markova's own journey at making her life matter, she offers readers insight into how to:

  • Find personal balance
  • Reclaim passion and purpose in life
  • Focus attention and awareness on the present moment

If you enjoyed classic beach gifts like Gift from the Sea, or books like The Book of AwakeningLet Your Life SpeakHallelujah Anyway or The Open Mind, then I Will Not Die an Unlived Life is your next read!

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Shortcuts to Bliss

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New edition publishing in March 2014 as Find Happuness Now.

The path to fulfillment in relationships, work, and spirituality is easy if you know the shortcuts. Bestselling author Jonathan Robinson provides clear, accessible, and proven "power tools" that take the labor out of self-help.

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Web of Life

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Essays that Remind Us How We are All Connected

This powerful collection of words from award-winning journalist Richard Louv examines the interconnections among people—with each chapter revealing the delicate strands of life that weave us all together.

Touching on the simple truths. It’s often the little things that remind us how connected we all are to one another. Through his insightful reflections, Louv reveals the many places we can find the strands that bind us to one another, and he explores where we can find these strands in our lives—from family and friendship to community and nature. Most importantly, his words remind us of the importance of seeking out these strands in our own lives.

The great web of life. In this collection of inspirational stories, discussion, and quotations, Louv paints a picture for us of the great web of life. With warmth and wisdom, he weaves for us a tale of unity, composed of numerous stories and heartfelt life lessons. As we discover how we are all connected, we also learn how it is our responsibility to care for each other and the world around us. As Louv shares, “In our society, it is easy to lose sight of the web. To mend our hoop, our protective gauze, we must envision the whole ecology and not only the parts.”

Open up this book of inspirational messages and discover:

  • Stories that will open your eyes to the web of life
  • A joyous celebration of the simple things that unite us
  • A philosophy in life that you’ll want to live out!

Readers of books like Braiding SweetgrassWilderness Essays, or The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, will love Web of Life by Richard Louv.

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Spiritual Notes to Myself

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A Guide to Deeper Spirituality

A follow-up to the classic, Notes to Myself. As an author, minister, and counselor, Hugh Prather had extensive experience sharing wisdom on worldly (and other-worldly) topics. His book, Notes to Myself, offers a treasury of thoughtful and eye-opening insights and reminders. And this spiritual-themed follow-up book masterfully accomplishes the same goal of guiding readers to greater awareness.

A modern Book of Proverbs. Throughout the book, Prather offers countless tidbits of wisdom. Each line is packed with powerful insight and inspiration that is sure to leave a lasting impact on readers. Though his words are written as “notes-to-self,” Prather’s gaze looks to and reflects on the outside world, and so he draws us all into his thoughts. Through this inner dialogue, we see the world more clearly.

Essential guide for your spiritual journey. Journeys are made easier when we have a guide. This book fills that role for readers on their own journey toward spirituality. Spiritual growth can be a slow but rewarding process if we devote the time to it. Prather’s words throughout this spiritual book remind us that we are not alone on our journey, and that it is through realizing our oneness with all living things that we find our way.

Check out Spiritual Notes to Myself, one of Hugh Prather’s classics, and find…

  • A simple, easy-to-read guide for greater spiritual and self-awareness
  • Powerful words of wisdom on each page
  • A resource to return to again and again in your spiritual journey

Readers of books such as A Path with HeartLife of the BelovedBeholding and Becoming, and Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Realitywill enjoy Hugh Prather’s Spiritual Notes to Myself.

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Peaceful Kingdom

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In the tradition of the bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series, Peaceful Kingdom offers hundreds of touching true stories about the compassion of animals, as well as fascinating scientific facts about the inherent kindness of animals toward humans and one another. Also included are a resource guide to animal protection organizations and pet enthusiast groups worldwide, quotes from famous animal lovers, and suggestions on what we can do to give something back to both pets and wildlife.
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Soul Moments

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Synchronicity--the occurrence of meaningful coincidence--has fascinated scholars and ordinary folks alike for centuries. While Carl Jung and others have dealt with the theory of synchronicity, until now no one has highlighted the stories themselves. Phil Cousineau has put together a fascinating collection of these intriguing stories from wellknown authors such as Huston Smith and Larry Dossey, as well as people from many other walks of life. Borrowing examples from literature, poetry, myths, and movies such as Casablanca, Cousineau shows that synchronicity is an unfolding, a sudden connection to our soul and destiny. Recognizing these soul moments help us follow the thread of our lives and sense the invisible bonds that connect us.
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Open Mind

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An examination of the talents that people have and what makes them do what they do. The author suggests that everyone has the power to change the way they perceive themselves and others, and revolutionize the way they work, communicate and love, by investigating the learning triggers derived from six basic learning patterns. These patterns are all based on how we assimilate auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic information.

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The Practice of Kindness

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A course in kindness from the creators of Random Acts of Kindness, The Practice of Kindness is a compilation of inspiring meditations, affirmations, and true stories collected from the growing number of kindness experts in the world, including Princess Diana, Sogyal Rinpoche, Billy Graham, and a once homeless millionaire in Los Angeles whose life was transformed by an anonymous kindness.
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On the Wings of Eros

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A luscious collection of more than 150 romantic readings and amorous suggestions to indulge couples' hearts, bodies, and souls. Designed to be used nightly, this tastefully sensual compendium includes selections by D.H. Lawrence, Sappho, Anais Nin, Walt Whitman, Pablo Neruda, Rilke, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
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Kids' Random Acts of Kindness

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Random Acts of Kindness Series

Want to Feel Hopeful About the Future?

Share in inspirational stories of generosity written by children of all ages that reveal their surprisingly insightful feelings about kindness and compassion.

Look back at why the Random Acts of Kindness series was such a sensation. When the adult version of Random Acts of Kindness was first published, hundreds of teachers across the country gave assignments to their students to write about unsolicited acts that they had experienced or initiated. Teachers sent the results to Conari Press which then put out a call for similar stories in a teacher’s magazine. Stories poured in and the result was Kid’s Random Acts of Kindness. Whimsical and funny to moving and thoughtful, Kid’s Random Acts of Kindness helps restore your belief in the potential for goodness in man.

In Kid’s Random Acts of Kindness, you will see how children are the truest examples of open-hearted giving:

  • Kids are hopeful. They believe they can change, easily and often. They look forward not back. They like to think about what could be, not what was.
  • Kids are possibility addicts. They’re always working on something. If you listen you’ll hear a language of hopefulness and striving, an elasticity that keeps them going and trying.
  • Kids love to master challenges. They want to try new things, move in new directions, be productive. They are risk takers, sometimes out of faith, sometimes out of desperation. More than anything else, children want and need to belong, to partner, to collaborate.

Readers of other books in the Random Acts of Kindness series and motivational books and stories like Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of KindnessA Pebble for Your ThoughtsI've Been Thinking…, and You Can Do All Things will love the encouraging, inspirational stories in Kid's Random Acts of Kindness.

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