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Almost Hereditary A White Southerner S Journey Out Of Racism

Author : Bill Drake
ISBN : 9780692277706
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 36. 96 MB
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Almost Hereditary is one person's story of overcoming the racism that was passed down in his family from generation to generation. It is a story of transformation that offers hope to others who want to see less prejudice in the world around them. As well as sharing the history of his family and his own journey, the author addresses causes of prejudice and offers specific steps to overcome prejudice in oneself and society. The book includes excerpts from diaries of the author's great-great-grandmother, a slave owner, quotes from slaves' stories, and photographs. Advice for student groups that want to diminish prejudice on high school and college campuses and discussion questions for classes and book clubs are included. Praise for Almost Hereditary: (1) "An important perspective from someone who grew up in a world poisoned by racism but learned to see others in a more tolerant light." - Benjamin Todd Jealous, former President and CEO of the NAACP; (2) "Bill Drake writes with disarming humility that guides the reader into a real yet non-judgmental conversation about the nature of prejudice....With support from his book I have found a greater courage to examine the prejudice that lives in me." - Rob Steffke, youth therapist and mentor, Movimiento; (3) "Almost Hereditary has been a valuable supplement for my class on the Cultural Politics of Peace. It would be an excellent complementary reading for both undergraduate and graduate courses in race and ethnic relations, conflict resolution, and social inequality." - Jeffrey G. Toussaint, PhD, Dept. of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University; (4) "Bill Drake's story is an inspiration to our students and staff, and lends hope and promise to a situation that can often feel despairing....Almost Hereditary would be a valuable complement to appropriate high school and college classes." - Dan Frisella, Principal, Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley, CA; (5) "Almost Hereditary, as a book club choice, has generated lively group participation. The sheer humility of the author's inner search, openness, candor, and the fruits of his dedicated research touch a poignant cord for many readers...Because it is part memoir, the experiences Bill Drake lays out can resonate without indicting, thus inspiring meaningful introspection or group dialogue." - Teresa Langness, author of Nine O'Clock Blue (Writer's Showcase 2001), Nevada County Baha'i Book Club Co-Convenor.

Anytime Coaching Unleashing Employee Performance Second Edition

Author : Teresa Wedding Kloster
ISBN : 9781567264814
Genre : Business & Economics
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The Practical Leader series offers a roadmap for individuals striving to achieve leadership effectiveness within the context of today's complex world. Each book explores a different essential element of successful leadership, providing readers with insightful, real-world perspectives, as well as practical tools and techniques, to help them maximize their potential personally and professionally. Real-life stories, practical tips and techniques, and the Anytime Coaching model equip managers with a set of coaching tools they can use immediately to transform the way they work with employees and colleagues. This second edition describes how recent findings in neuroscience support the effectiveness of Anytime Coaching practices. You will also discover how the practice of mindfulness can enhance your ability to observe yourself and others. Practical tools and exercises to help you be more present, aware, and focused in day-to-day interactions are included. Whether you lead a cross-functional team on a short-term project or formally manage large groups of people on a daily basis, Anytime Coaching will help you improve performance and achieve results. "This simple, practical approach to coaching makes it possible for managers to be great coaches anytime. Understand and apply this simple coaching model immediately and transform your workplace!" --Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of Triggers, MOJO, and What Got You Here Won't Get You There "The practices and principles offered in Anytime Coaching cut through to the basics of what you need to make a difference in other people's lives. This book is remarkably well-organized, clear, and deep; it is for coaches at all levels of experience, and for anyone who wants to be a masterful, wise communicator." --Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge "Expanded and updated with the latest research from the fields of neuroscience and mindfulness, this new edition of Anytime Coaching is a well-organized, easy-to-read roadmap for managers and leaders who want to unlock the potential of their team members through coaching. Once you read it, you'll use it again and again as an essential reference on your leadership bookshelf. --Scott Eblin, author of The Next Level and Overworked and Overwhelmed "Anytime Coaching is absolutely one of the most practical guides to effective coaching I have encountered in my 20 years as a certified coach. Cover-to-cover, the book is full of valuable tools. The integration of new findings from neuroscience and mindfulness helps leaders and coaches deepen their understanding not only of the what and the how, but also the why, of effective coaching. Enthusiastically recommended for beginning and experienced coaches and managers alike. Well, well done!" --Chalmers Brothers, author, Language and the Pursuit of Happiness "Anytime Coaching provides a very useful blueprint for building a coaching culture in any type of organization large or small, private or government, profit or nonprofit by focusing on the four most important underlying coaching skills. With its addition of the latest insights from the fields of neuroscience and mindfulness, I highly recommend Anytime Coaching for anyone seeking to make their organization a more humane and productive place to work." --Ed Modell, JD, PCC, Past President, International Coach Federation

Lady Bits

Author : Brianne Grogan
ISBN : 9781483554440
Genre : Health & Fitness
File Size : 22. 57 MB
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Approachable and highly readable, Lady Bits offers empowering health information and simple tools to elevate your well-being and tap into your sensuality. Part women’s health text, part sex manual, and part chatting over a glass of wine with your best friend, Lady Bits is a comprehensive guide that will help you understand, care for, and LOVE your unique female body. With two free digital workouts and a 14-Day Action Guide, the information found in this program is practical and eye-opening – ideal for women of all ages. You will learn: -Why your mojo has left the building...and how to get it back! -Rarely discussed information about your unique female anatomy and physiology -Kegel exercises: are they good, bad, or indifferent? -Changes to expect as you age, including lessons and stories from real women like you -How to assess for diastasis recti, and precautions to take if you have it -How to find and properly strengthen your "inner core" -What "clean eating" means, and simple steps you can take to improve your diet -How to accept and embrace your body, including a "Body Image Bootcamp" with solutions for improving body confidence and self-love -Three steps to better sex, including specific instructions for using your inner core muscles to enhance intimacy -Realistic ways to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into your daily life Benefits include: -A strong, toned body -A strong, pain free back -Improved posture and balance -Improved bladder control -An amped up sex drive -Longer, more intense orgasms -Confidence, energy, and radiance that others will notice Lady Bits is written for women, by a woman who understands the unique needs of females: mind, body, and spirit. Before a woman’s intimate life improves she must learn to love herself, get to know her body, and feel relaxed and secure in her own skin. Lady Bits helps readers to do just that, with the voice of a friendly, practical guide leading the way. Tune into your body and reclaim your spark! You don’t have to be an expert, but every woman should know a bit.

Radical Acceptance

Author : Tara Brach
ISBN : 9781446445426
Genre : Religion
File Size : 75. 48 MB
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In the West, most of us have suffered the fear of not being 'good enough', feeling insecure about our appearance, our sexuality, our intelligence, our spiritual progress or - often most importantly - being worthy of love. When these feelings of insufficiency or self-aversion are strong, we fear abandonment and rejection. Many people have already found the Buddhist perspective on our emotional life to be extremely valuable - and this book will be a major practical contribution to the subject.

True Refuge

Author : Tara Brach
ISBN : 9780553386349
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 25. 60 MB
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The award-winning author of Radical Acceptance presents an accessible guide to tapping inner resources to promote peace and acceptance in the face of difficult life challenges, building on the three traditional Buddhist pathways to freedom while offering meditation guidelines and illustrative stories about people who have achieved a state of presence during times of crisis.

Mindfulness And Psychotherapy Second Edition

Author : Christopher K. Germer
ISBN : 9781462511372
Genre : Psychology
File Size : 70. 40 MB
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"Responding to growing interest among psychotherapists of all theoretical orientations, this practical book provides a comprehensive introduction to mindfulness and its clinical applications. The authors, who have been practicing both mindfulness and psychotherapy for decades, present a range of clear-cut procedures for implementing mindfulness techniques and teaching them to patients experiencing depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and other problems. Also addressed are ways that mindfulness practices can increase acceptance and empathy in the therapeutic relationship. The book reviews the philosophical underpinnings of mindfulness and presents compelling empirical findings. User-friendly features include illustrative case examples, practice exercises, and resource listings"--

How To Meditate

Author : Pema Chödrön
ISBN : 9781622030484
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 64. 73 MB
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***How to Meditate Has Been Named One of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2013*** Pema Chodron is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan nun presents her first book exploring in depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice. When we look for a meditation teacher, we want someone who has an intimate knowledge of the path. That's why so many have turned to Pema Chödrön, whose gentle yet straightforward guidance has been a lifesaver for both first-time and experienced meditators. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book that explores in-depth what she considers the essentials for an evolving practice that helps you live in a wholehearted way. More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This comprehensive guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind to embrace the fullness of our experience as we discover: The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness The Seven Delights-how moments of diffi culty can become doorways to awakening and love Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight"-instead of obstacles-in meditation Here is in indispensable book from the meditation teacher who remains a first choice for students the world over. “Pema is one of our most beloved and helpful teachers—practical, compassionate, and wise. How to Meditate is a great way to take her teachings to heart and develop a meditation practice.” —Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and A Lamp in the Darkness “This new book is a great compilation of meditation instruction which she has personal given to many of her students over the years. These instructions have brought so much help to others that it has made her one of the most loved and revered Buddhist teacher in this modern world. With a brilliant mind and an absolutely cheerful attitude toward life, she practices what she teaches. She is a great support and friend to thousands of readers, and I am very sure that this book will help many in their everyday lives, as she makes this genuine attempt to reach us all.” —Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche Excerpt The mind is very wild. The human experience is full of unpredictability and paradox, joys and sorrows, successes and failures. We can’t escape any of these experiences in the vast terrain of our existence. It is part of what makes life grand—and it is also why our minds take us on such a crazy ride. If we can train ourselves through meditation to be more open and more accepting toward the wild arc of our experience, if we can lean into the difficulties of life and ride of our minds, we can become more settled and relaxed amid whatever life brings us. There are numerous ways to work with the mind. One of the most effective ways is through the tool of sitting meditation. Sitting meditation opens us to each and every moment of our life. Each moment is totally unique and unknown. Our mental world is seemingly predictable and graspable. We believe that thinking through all the events and to-dos of our life will provide us with ground and security. But it’s all a fantasy, and this very moment, free of conceptual overlay, is completely unique. It is absolutely unknown. We’ve never experienced this very moment before, and the next moment will not be the same as the one we are in now. Meditation teaches us how to relate to life directly, so that we can truly experience the present moment, free from conceptual overlay.

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