We have the choice between a great unraveling and a great turning . . . All our institutions are failing at the same time that we have unlimited potential.
Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism by Patricia Aburdene
More and more companies are discovering that placing social and environmental values ahead of the bottom line is actually helping to boost profits . . . significant numbers of both new-economy and old-guard companies are tapping into the wave of conscious capitalism by bringing meditation into the workplace, forcing stricter environmental controls on their vendors, and donating both time and money to social causes.
A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age by Daniel H. Pink
Expand your right brain if you plan to survive and prosper in the new economy . . . The keys to success are in developing and cultivating six senses: design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning.
Your Eternal Self by R. Craig Hogan
It may seem odd that a book promising to reveal the keys to happiness as well as health lists unhappiness as one of those keys, but Dossey contends that unhappiness is as necessary for the preservation of good health as, say, periodic tetanus shots. Add healthy doses of such other common but oft-overlooked good things as optimism, novelty, music, plants, and miracles, and one can expect a longer, happier life, Dossey says. Going further than promoting the obvious, Dossey also believes that including a bit of dirt, some bugs, a few tears, and a certain amount of forgetfulness can also significantly add to life’s length and breadth.
— Donna Chavez
Imagine: What America Could be in the 21st century edited by Marianne Williamson
The writers in this optimistic anthology didn’t want to buy into the typical doomsayer theories and gloomy forecasts when imagining the future of America. Instead, editor Marianne Williamson assembled a soul-stirring gospel choir to sing out vivid, uplifting songs of hope and imagination.
One reader at amazon says:
I almost did not buy this book, and I say that because an awful lot of really smart folks might be inclined to turn away on the basis of the title and the possibility that this is a fairy tale wishful-thinking la la land kind of book. It is not. It is practical and political.
Hawken describes a convergence of the environmental and social justice movements as the largest social movement in history, and the fastest growing movement, comprising over 1 million organizations in every country in the world.
Dr. James Forleo proposes a return to the body as the site of self-healing. The problem, he says, is that we don’t understand the language of signs and symptoms it uses to communicate its healing messages. Health Is Simple helps readers decipher that language and access the great realms of health and vitality the body contains.
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
Paper or plastic? Neither, say William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Why settle for the least harmful alternative when we could have something that is better — say, edible grocery bags! In Cradle to Cradle, the authors present a manifesto calling for a new industrial revolution, one that would render both traditional manufacturing and traditional environmentalism obsolete. Recycling, for instance, is actually “downcycling,” creating hybrids of biological and technical “nutrients” which are then unrecoverable and unusable. The authors, an architect and a chemist, want to eliminate the concept of waste altogether, while preserving commerce and allowing for human nature. They offer several compelling examples of corporations that are not just doing less harm — they’re actually doing some good for the environment and their neighborhoods, and making more money in the process.
— Therese Littleton
“We are living through one of the most fundamental shifts in history — a change in the actual belief structure of Western society. No economic, political, or military power can compare with the power of a change of mind. By deliberately changing their images of reality, people are changing the world.”
— Willis Harman, Global Mind Change
“This book engages in the nearly lost art of reporting to tell us what’s going on in the many places that the elite media can’t be bothered to look.” — Bill McKibben
“David Sirota is a clear-headed and principled hell-raiser for economic justice.” — Naomi Klein
“After so many decades of fake populism — of revolts by the wealthy, red-state fantasies, and stock-picking grandmas — could we finally be looking at the real thing?” — Thomas Frank
I Heard God Laughing by Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky
The Creative Fire: Myths and Stories About the Cycles of Creativity by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes
Lucid Waking: Mindfulness and the Spiritual Potential of Humanity by Georg Feuerstein
Lucid Waking shows us that it is possible to be so vividly engaged in life that it will seem as though others are sleepwalking by comparison.
Amazing Grace: The Nine Principles of Living in Natural Magic by David Wolfe and Nick Good
Rob says: “This book is offered by the same company that publishes my books. My publisher says that David Wolfe is the ‘second most pronoiac person in the world’ after me.”
IMPOSSIBLE! Preposterous! These words are often thrown about when people declare certain things to be scientifically ridiculous. Aliens cannot reach the Earth in spaceships, they proclaim, because the distance between stars is too great. Telepathy is impossible since the brain does not emit or receive messages. And it’s impossible to instantaneously transport an object from A to B because you cannot know the location and momentum of all its atoms — teleportation would violate the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.
Yet if you carefully analyze these examples, you realize that they are merely impossible today or in the near future. The real question is, are they impossible with technologies that lie decades, centuries or even millennia beyond ours? Perhaps these ‘impossibilities’ are merely very difficult engineering problems. The late Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O’Donohue
Emily Dickinson’s definition of poetry: “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.”
Here’s one person’s list of 15 poetry books that fit that description: