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drdln
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Art of Stress-free Living: Eastern and Western Approach

Art of Stress-free Living  

 

“Art of Stress-free Living: Eastern and Western Approach” is a practical guide that combines various stress treatment approaches that have been recognized for centuries by faith healers and meditation experts, and are now accepted by modern medical practitioners. This is the first book of its kind, combining ancient Eastern wisdom and modern Western scientific knowledge.

This guide can save you from going to expensive seminars and other programs offered in physicians' offices, spas, schools or retirement centers. You don’t need to go to an ashram in India or University “wellness” centers; because this book provides various relaxation techniques that you will be able to follow yourself.

What is called “Sudarshan Kriya” by new age gurus is a cycle of breaths—long, medium and short. Not only breathing patterns influence our emotions, the breath is in the present and is used to "rope in the wandering mind" that oscillates wildly between the past and the future. You will learn how the breath being in the present can be used to "rope in the wandering mind". Like Zen masters who teach that the present moment is a chink opening into eternity, this guide describes in detail “THE POWER OF NOW- ZEN BUDDHISM APPROACH.”

This guide also takes into account the positive (pre-distress/eustress) aspects of stress.

The introduction to “Art of Stress-free Living” starts with a quote by Dr. Redford Williams, Duke University: “Diet and exercise alone are like a two-legged stool. It's more stable with the third leg, stress management.” However, the author goes even further that for healthy heart stress management is even more important than weight control and lower cholesterol. Dr. Dhillon observes that his stressed friends who were not overweight, had normal cholesterol ended up with bypass surgery, whereas those who are overweight but with low stress level did not need bypass surgery so far (in their mid-sixties now). He provides various studies and statistics on “high cost of stress” in terms of health as well as wealth. The studies show sixty to 90 percent of all doctor visits involve stress-related complaints.

The book consists of six chapters each representing an independent topic: chapter 1, Mind-Body Connection; Chapter 2, Stress Management Approaches; Chapter 3, Mental Relaxation Approaches to Stress; Chapter 4, How Breathing Affects Stress; Chapter 5, The Value of Spiritual Living; Chapter 6, The Power of Now: Zen Buddhism Approach. The chapters precede by introduction, and are followed by Glossary, References, and Notes.

After establishing mind-body connection in chapter 1, the next chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 cover various approaches to stress management. However, before dealing with purely stress-management approaches, author does discuss in chapter 2 various sources of stress and stress symptoms. This chapter also gives a graph where you can determine your stress-level.

In addition to common sense approaches to routine stress, under specific stress-management approaches are discussed “Medical Approaches” and “Non-Medical alternatives.” Nutritional approach, exercise, sleep, a change of routine, financial planning, and communication are among various other means of handling stress. The author introduces relaxation techniques to be followed in detail later in the next chapters.

Chapter 6 scientifically evaluates the Zen Buddhism approach to relieve stress. Enlightenment, emotion, psychological pain are included in this chapter. Dr. Dhillon, who is uniquely qualified to present a synthesis of Eastern and Western stress-management approaches, goes in detail about the power of now in this chapter. In this chapter, he also covers general suggestions based on Zen Buddhism


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Haldavid
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Reflections of EL: In Search of Self by Lloyd Green

This book follows the tribulations and learning experiences of a young man named Dyllon. He finds that having a loving family is a valuable foundation but can also be a source of confusion.

Dyllon is a genuinely nice person but he soon learns that the dark side of his personality is also needed to help make him the person he is to become. And at times, this dark side has a mind of its own.

The battle between good and evil is an essential part of us all. Some feel that by staying the "good" course, happiness and understanding will be found. This might mean sheltering yourself away from all people and things that might cause conflict or heartache. Unfortunately, the only way to true growth is through personal experiences. You cannot learn to be a "decent" person by your parents telling you that you should be. You must seek the deeper meaning of "Why" or you will simply do what others tell you to do. It is because of the hurt, pitfalls and the judgment calls that you make, that you learn to adapt and hopefully grow to deal with your surroundings in a progressive and healthy way.

Finally, most of the locations of this book are fact based from the perspective of when the events occurred. There are places and items which are indelibly attached to your memories such as a roller skate with a key or an old song which always reminds you of someone. For many, these stories will be an enjoyable stroll down memory lane.

You are invited to join Dyllon on his quest towards understanding life and love.

The author, Lloyd Green, has drawn from many of his own experiences in order to build Dyllon's world and the flavor of the decades flows throughout his stories. He has worked as a videographer and fancies himself a songwriter. Lloyd was born in 1953 and grew up in Manhattan, New York, in an area some might know as Harlem. 

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Forever Young: How To Fight The Aging Process

FOREVER YOUNG  

 

Forever young isn't just about adding years to your life or for seniors only. It's about helping you function at peak capacity throughout life, feeling great, and being able to do all the things that make life worth living. It's about being biologically or functionally young, regardless of your chronological age.

You will find not only scientific theories about aging and how to apply for keeping young. But common sense tips and lifestyles of centenarians: Adopt the Life Style associated with Longevity--regular exercise, low fat diet, no smoking, moderate drinking, sleeping seven or eight hours-but not less than six or more than nine, using mental abilities, discipline, altruism, optimism, spiritual faith and above all love of life. The list continues to include active life-having a reason for living, an active sex life, controlling stress, good marriage and social life, proper use of lungs, intercostal muscles and diaphragm for specific deep Breathing Exercises to Slow Aging.

Before you can prevent, slow or reverse them--Recognize Signs of Aging that may include: (1) Decreased lung function (2) Change in pupil size-indicated by reduced illumination or decreased ability to focus (3) Bone loss (4) Sleep variations (5) Physiological changes that are mostly familiar to us--wrinkled skin, loss of stature, poor blood circulation, decreased short-term memory and other sensory loss.

The book recommends based on scientific findings: (1) Use antioxidants such as Vitamins E and C, and Selenium (2) Lower polyunsaturated (vegetable oils) fat in diet (3) Diet to slow autoimmune aging (4) Consume Nucleic Acids (DNA, RNA) to repair age-related damage. (5) Use of Melatonin (non-prescription hormone that body produces naturally but its production declines with age) is promising -- but we're not sure about long term effects. (6) Keep Young with Biochemicals that are SAFE and NATURAL such as certain vitamins, and enzymes--many of them are present in natural foods.

This guide also gives some tests of biological or functional age. Do it for fun with your family and see how people of different ages score.


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The Jaguar's Heart

Pursued by assassins, Federal police and covert agents, Jesse and Kate’s quest takes them from the mansions of the ultra rich to Indian villages, to ancient temples overgrown by jungle and into the heart of the Aztec underworld. Only together can they destroy an ancient horror and avert a war between the United States and Mexico - their only allies a few members of the secretive Society of the White Rose - sworn enemy of Sangre de Dios.

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The Jaguar’s Heart opens explosively during the assassination of a U.S. presidential candidate and takes the reader on a high-speed ride into the world of Sangre de Dios, a shadowy cult steeped in Aztec and Mayan mythology, sorcery and human sacrifice. The demonic leader of Sangre de Dios promises immortality for the chosen elite and slavery for the rest of mankind when the end of an age, 2012, arrives.
 
Jesse J. Rideout, former covert operator now an artifact smuggler and fugitive from his former organization, is drawn back into the dark side of espionage. To stop the cult leader he must discover if the cult leader’s occult powers are real or the result of exotic hallucinogens, and undergo a mind-bending transformation. Katarina Castillo, daughter of the aristocracy, is Jesse’s partner in their desperate attempt to stop Sangre de Dios. Facing unimaginable horror Kate discovers new depths of courage and assumes a role she had never imagined.
 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-jaguars-heart-james-morgan-ayres/1031017119?ean=2940011269592&it...

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"Trapped" and "Victorious Verses" by author Danielle Duckery

I am a new writer to the self-publishing industry and I am just learning how hard it is and what great deal of work it takes to publish and market books. I am just as excited to see the many faces of book writers here great to be among authors. I currently have to books listed for sale on the B&N website.

 

The newest "Trapped" a short story fiction:

 

John Lander seen nothing coming this day. It was just as usual as all the others. What lied ahead: a series of events John was not equipped to handle. Today started off the same as most days. John Lander, an employee of Starks Machines, headed into the office where he constructs experimental machinery. Stark Machines a well known global leader in building experimental equipment. It is the highly sought out company of its time. John's future has just seemed to gotten brighter. He is going to showcase his biggest product yet "Mega Code."

 

Victorious Verses a inspiring collection of poems:

 

Victorious Verses is an inspiring collection of poems that seeks to engage it's reader in the moment leading them on a spiritual journey where they experience hope, encouragement, and inspiration through the eyes of Author Danielle Duckery. Each poem in itself travels in its own personal journey retailing the obstacle and challenges that were faced by Danielle. By the book's end you will see how Danielle's faith in God has helped her to overcome setbacks and discouragements turning them in victory and triumph. Refusing to let anything stop her from achieving her dreams in life Danielle hopes to spread her message of faith, hope, and love to her beloved readers. If you need encouragement or inspiration in your life then Victorious Verses is the book for you. 

 

Trapped  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victorious Verses  

Trapped--A short story science fiction

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trapped-danielle-duckery/1031442757

Victorious Verses--Inspirational Poetry

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/victorious-verses-danielle-johnson-duckery/1031111538
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Re: Read My Book!

Thanks.

Please consider that my latest (first) novel is my best so far. I love it so much that I'm willing to release it at only 0.99, just so everybody can enjoy it like I do.

Just 4 Chills by Dan Barbier


Four suspenseful stories with a supernatural theme. 
15 Canadians go on a transylvanian castle tour on halloween. 
A woman thinks she's been impregnated by aliens. 
A thriller writer buys a haunted house. 
Four friends are on vacation on a lake while an invasion occurs. 
It's Funny, It's Dramatic, It's Scary and it's just 4 chills.

People around the world are looking at the short description and the cover and ask themselves. "Should I try it ? After all it's only a buck. Nah, I'll wait for the movie." Well, I'm here to tell you, don't wait, read it and get yourself an hour of happiness. After all it's less than a buck. It's a War of the world/Poltergeist/Ghostbusters/Taken/Vampire killer combo that'll make you smile and move you.

Thanks !

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Paranormal Portal to a Parallel Universe

He said he knew a girl that could communicate with the dead. I did not believe him. He invited me to an “encounter” to prove it. He proved it and inspired me to seek scientific proof for the existence of the soul and for our interaction with parallel universes. This book describes our encounter, an explanation for the soul, and provides a movie script inspired by the encounter.
Walter Parks
UnknownTruths Publishing Co.
http://UnknownTruths.com
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Paranormal Portal to a Parallel Universe

He said he knew a girl that could communicate with the dead. I did not believe him. He invited me to an “encounter” to prove it. He proved it and inspired me to seek scientific proof for the existence of the soul and for our interaction with parallel universes. This book describes our encounter, an explanation for the soul, and provides a movie script inspired by the encounter.

Walter Parks
UnknownTruths Publishing Co.
http://UnknownTruths.com
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Atlantis The Eyewitnesses

We have found an ancient document written in 9619 BC, about 9,250 years before Plato’s writing.  This ancient document is believed to be the oldest document that has survived almost intact down through the ages.  Additional archeological finds and scientific evidence provide convincing proof that Atlantis really did exist.  Atlantis the Eyewitnesses describes the creation, legacy and destruction of Atlantis complete with dozens of photographs including the ruins of Atlantis.

Walter Parks
UnknownTruths Publishing Co.
http://UnknownTruths.com
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Atlantis The Eyewitnesses

We have found an ancient document written in 9619 BC, about 9,250 years before Plato’s writing.  This ancient document is believed to be the oldest document that has survived almost intact down through the ages.  Additional archeological finds and scientific evidence provide convincing proof that Atlantis really did exist.  Atlantis the Eyewitnesses describes the creation, legacy and destruction of Atlantis complete with dozens of photographs including the ruins of Atlantis.

Walter Parks
UnknownTruths Publishing Co.
http://UnknownTruths.com