“Desire is here to stay. The challenge we all face, and which I intend to guide you through, is to learn how to take into account the full measure of who you are and use the positive force of all four of your soul’s desires to lead you to your best life.” —Rod Stryker According to ancient Yogic tradition, your soul has four distinct desires: • The desire for purpose, the drive to become who you are meant to be • The desire for the means (money, security, health) to prosper in this world • The desire for pleasures like intimacy, beauty, and love • The desire for spiritual fulfillment and lasting freedom Learning to honor these four desires is the key to happiness, and to a complete and balanced life. But how can you discern what will truly satisfy your desires? How can you increase your capacity to achieve them? What if your desires seem to conflict with one another? Is it really possible to live a spiritual life while also wanting material pleasures and success? For more than three decades, master teacher Rod Stryker has taught yoga in the context of its deepest philosophy. His course, called The Yoga of Fulfillment™, has helped thousands recognize their soul’s call to greatness and to achieve their dreams. Now, in this wise and richly practical book, he has distilled those broad teachings into a roadmap for becoming the person you were meant to be. It is filled with revealing true stories, provocative exercises, and practices for unlocking your inner guidance. And even if you’ve never done a yoga pose, you can follow this step-by-step process to: • discover your soul’s unique purpose—the one you came into this world to fulfill. • recognize the goal(s) you need to focus on at any given time and enliven your capacity to reach them. • overcome self-defeating ideas and behavior. • recruit your deepest energies and strengthen your resolve to meet any challenge. • learn to live with joy at every stage of your growth. The Four Desires is nothing less than a complete path toward living your best life possible—a life that is rich in meaning and in means, a life that attracts and emanates happiness, a life that is your unique gift to yourself and the world. From the Hardcover edition.
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God has a perfect design for great sex--with one person in a committed marriage. But get outside of that design and you are headed for destruction. Good sex is a gift that God wants to give you, but exposed to air outside of marriage, this gift turns sour. Lust overcomes love, and risks of disease, abuse, and pregnancy are real. Sex: It's Worth Waiting For will answer some of your honest questions like, "How far can we go before we've gone too far?" and "If we love each other, why should we wait?" Making right choices today will give you the good sex you desire later. Whether you're tempted by the thrill or longing for love, don't be fooled--God desires so much more for you.
The messages in this book speak out loud and clear to our day in no uncertain terms, for the worldly conditions that are within the church, and the chaos that surrounds her from all sides. And these conditions are eroding the very roots of the church to the point where she must hear from God a resounding clarion call for a return to the Biblical standard of Christian life, and the God ordained plan of true redemption and true revival. The messages in this book are designed (when followed) to revive the cold Christian, and to reclaim the backslider, and to help all to see how simple it is to follow Christ and obey Him. The messages in this book will also help you to live a life of healthy faith and a healthy body. Before you attempt to read this book, be prepared to hear things that you have never heard before, and to see light that you have never seen before. The treasures in this book can change your life for the good of those around you and for the good of your future. May God bless the reading of this book to your soul.
A hip, sensual Ayurveda bible for the modern woman, this life-changing guide distills ancient teachings into a spirit-infused yet pragmatic approach to your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Teacher and yoga instructor Katie Silcox is a leading expert on Ayurveda. She knows that bringing ancient wisdom into our modern lives does not mean sacrificing the occasional rendezvous with red wine, fashion magazines, and other sensual pleasures. In Healthy Happy Sexy, Katie offers not only a philosophy of life but a time-tested (we’re talking thousands of years!) method for living your most radiant, healthy, and sexually vital life possible. Covering everything from how to get the perfect poo to glowing skin to deeper sexual fulfillment, here is a complete guide to women’s health. It offers evocative questions, journaling exercises, simple but deep meditations, and natural recipes and remedies for common health and beauty needs. By engaging in these lifestyle choices, you will experience ancient practices that resonate with the way we live our lives now. Combining Ayurvedic wisdom with practical tools and her lively, playful, and down-to-earth voice, Katie provides a method to heal, entertain, inspire, and remind you that you are one sexy goddess.
The Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism began in the eleventh century with such renowned figures as Marpa and Milarepa, and its seminal meditative traditions are Mahamudra and the six Dharmas of Naropa. Mahamudra teachings focus on the cultivation of profound insight into the nature of the mind. The Mahamudra texts in this volume include a lucid work by the celebrated master Tsele Natsok Rangdrol and works by the twelfth-century master Shang Rinpoche, the great Third Karmapa, the Eighth Tai Situ, and Drukpa Pema Karpo. The volume also contains an inspirational work by Gampopa, the Drigung Kagyu root text, The Single Viewpoint, the Sixth Shamarpa's guide to the six Dharmas of Naropa, and finally an overview of tantric practice by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, author of the famous Moonlight of Mahamudra. The texts in this volume were selected by the preeminent scholar of the Kagyu school, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.
This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism In this book Paul Carus compiles the fundamental teachings of the Buddha: the four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and Buddha's sermons and advice to his disciples. In this reading, Buddha explains how nirvana can result from the discipline of the Noble Eightfold Path. In his teachings, Buddha did not claim divine authority, instead he emphasizes that each person should trust his own experience. (courtesy of lander.edu). Contents: First Truth - The Noble Truth Of Suffering The Five Groups Of Existence The "Corporeality Group" Of Four Elements Dependent Origination Of Consciousness The Three Characteristics Of Existence The Three Warnings Second Truth - The Noble Truth Of The Origin Of Suffering The Threefold Craving Heaping Up Of Present Suffering Heaping Up Of Future Suffering Inheritance Of Deeds (Karma) Third Truth - The Noble Truth Of The Extinction Of Suffering Dependent Extinction Of All Phenomena Nirvana The Arahat, Or Holy One The Immutable Fourth Truth - The Noble Truth Of The Path That Leads To The Extinction Of Suffering The Two Extremes And The Middle Path The Eightfold Path First Step - Right Understanding Second Step - Right Mindedness Third Step - Right Speech Fourth Step - Right Action Fifth Step - Right Living Sixth Step - Right Effort Seventh Step -Right Attentiveness Eighth Step - Right Concentration Development Of The Eightfold Path In The Disciple
The Four Immeasurables—the cultivation of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity—is a rich suite of practices that open the heart, counter the distortions in our relationships to ourselves, and deepen our relationships to others. Alan Wallace presents a unique interweaving of teachings on the Four Immeasurables with instruction on meditative quiescence, or shamatha practice, to empower the mind. This book includes both guided meditations and lively discussions on the implications of these teachings for our life.