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London, ON, Canada | Member Since 2015

  • 15 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 147 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Meditations to Change Your Brain: Rewire Your Neural Pathways to Transform Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rick Hanson, Rick Mendius
    • Narrated By Rick Hanson, Rick Mendius

    The structure of your brain changes constantly, in a dynamic, unfolding process that you yourself can direct to create the life you want. This is the exciting premise of Meditations to Change Your Brain, a breakthrough program from psychologist Rick Hanso, Ph.D. and neurologist Rick Mendius, M.D.

    Roddie says: "one of the best"

    When I need any kind of a lift, I listen to these remarkable meditations and the commonsense explanations of why this brain science is so important. I put them on when I go to sleep at night and wake up with a smile. I could have saved myself years of therapy if I had had access to this wonderful knowledge. I think this is a true work of love and one of the most useful approaches to the bleak inner and outer landscapes we live.

    90 of 93 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anne Enright
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly

    Regarded as one of her country's foremost voices, Irish author Anne Enright makes a fresh mark on a rich literary tradition. The Gathering is a deeply insightful family saga, steeped in secrets and intrigue, unfolding over three generations.

    Lori says: "Not For Everyone"
    "Get Out the Razor Blades"

    This book is so unrelentingly dreary that I can't find one good thing to say about it. Not one character had any appeal to me. I am so sick of reading about drunks and their devestating effects on children. I can't imagine how this book won any prize whatsoever. The only good thing I can say is that the reader successfully intoned, in a monotonic haze of despair, both the tone and content of this book. I hated it so much, it makes me mad.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Fascinating Book with a Few Weak Spots"

    I bought this book because I was fascinated to see how the writer would work with the interaction of an Irish slave with African Americans. Although I found some of the characters stereotypical or even cardboard, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought Ms Grissom did a great job depicting the intertwining oppressions the characters experience. I also find it interesting that women of privilege are depicted as so constantly cornered and trying to keep fragile houses of cards from collapsing. There is a timelessness in the plights of these women and the different ways they use to cope with such despair. Oddly enough, I didn't find it depressing. Slavery and the Irish are generally depressing ( nb Ann Enright's The Gathering) but the voices of the women are so strong and determined that whatever they do gives one hope. Excellent readers, as well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Sleep with Medical Hypnosis: Find Restful, Restorative Sleep - Naturally

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steven Gurgevich
    • Narrated By Steven Gurgevich

    Americans just need a good's night rest! In fact, the National Commission on Sleep Disorders reports that sleep deprivation costs $150 billion each year in higher stress and reduced worker productivity. Now one of the foremost researchers in the field of medical hypnosis, Dr. Steven Gurgevich, offers an all-natural remedy on Deep Sleep with Medical Self-Hypnosis.

    Kathryn says: "Creative and Highly Effective"
    "Creative and Highly Effective"

    I have never been able to stay awake for this whole program, but I try to get through his Sleep for Healing Hypnosis as it addresses chronic pain. I use this every night and have been sleeping far better. I learned that with PTSD I have missed out on Delta Wave sleep most of my life and this is helping. If I can get enough of that, I may be able to calm the chronic pain from nerve damage.

    I find Steven Gurgevich's voice very soothing and his various hynposes surprisingly creative. He gives frameworks around which we can fill in our own stories. I find some other hypnotists to be kind of "Hollywood" dramatic, but this man is terrific and calming and the images he chooses gentle and appropriate.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Americans are a "positive" people - cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal 19th-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude.

    Susan says: "Finally an Answer to "The Secret""
    "A Great Book Deserving of a Much Better Reader"

    Thanks goodness Barbara Erinreich is still publishing. This book is such a relief for those of us oppressed by unrelenting demands to be optimistic even when the worst outcomes are inevitable. This book is so important for people to read. The reader is really terrible, I think and that was a big disappointment.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief: Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn

    If you're reading this, chances are your life, or the life of someone you know, is shaped by pain - and the physical and emotional suffering that usually accompany it. The good news: Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues have helped thousands of people learn to use the power of mindfulness to transform their relationship to pain and suffering, and discover new degrees of freedom for living with greater ease and quality of life.

    Marie says: "Like a friend talking to you"
    "There are better meditations for pain"

    I respect and use the work of JKZ regularly as part of my meditation "workout". I get wrankled right from the beginning when he says his patients dont have to "like" the meditations, they just have to do them. In my search for non-pharma pain management techniques, this one is good, but there are far better ones in the library of mindfullness meditations here.

    11 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Quantum NLP

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christiane Turner
    • Narrated By Christiane Turner

    Quantum NLP is the art and science of human excellence. New scientific discoveries show us clearly that we are creating our reality through the use of our language. By teaching ourselves more effective language patterns, our brain automatically forms new neurological pathways that naturally lead to new behaviors and habits.

    MICHAEL KERR says: "very good"
    "Interesting but Shallow"

    I enjoy all the new brain science that is coming out and I think it is very useful to us to make better use of our minds. I do find NLP to be a westernized version of Buddhist Mindfulness, complete with fantasy land attachments to money. There also comes a point in this cd, that I wonder if we are not just being encouraged into fantasy land, rather than developing our own awareness. To me, this is too far from the source and way too consumer oriented for my liking.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Heal Your Body by Using the Power of Your Mind

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Glenn Harrold
    • Narrated By Glenn Harrold

    Overcome disease, illness, or discomfort by using the healing power of your own mind. This superb, high-quality hypnosis recording by Glenn Harrold, the UK's best-selling self-help audio author, will help you become your own self-healer. Developing a positive mind-set towards illness or injury is crucial in helping the body to heal from illness or disease. Hypnotherapy is uniquely effective in programming your mind to overcome insecurity and anxiety and helping you develop a positive attitude towards your health.

    BBraun says: "wonderful"
    "A Little Hollywood for me, but good nonetheless"

    I started with Glenn Harold's hypnosis when I undertook to help myself with chronic pain. I found his voice quite spooky at first but learned to sort of smile after a while. This is one cd I return to again and again, as it is very effective. I find his images sometimes overdone and with the music, overly dramatic. It did lead me to more stripped down meditations, but they all seem to help.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Relieve Anxiety with Medical Hypnosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Steven Gurgevich
    • Narrated By Steven Gurgevich

    Anxiety's source and antidote are one and the same: the mind. On Relieve Anxiety with Medical Self-Hypnosis, listeners join leading mind-body expert Dr. Steven Gurgevich for a liberating program that teaches how to use the power of the subconscious mind to overcome worry, nervousness, panic, and more. Includes guided trancework sessions to enhance skills of mental and physical relaxation, and produce the "relaxation response" whenever and wherever it is needed.

    Kathryn says: "One of My Favourite Relaxation cds"
    "One of My Favourite Relaxation cds"

    I am very fond of this hypnosis for relieving body pain and anxiety. He has a gentle voice which is very soothing. I used this for weeks in conjunction with mindfulness meditation and it has helped me break through some significant pain. The hypnosis laid a foundation for me to learn to breathe, as well as to enjoy just surfing in my body. Whereas some of the minduflness meditations are quite emotionally cathartic, this one teaches the body to relax in order to be able to more able to deal with tough stuff. I go back to this cd all the time. My only criticism is that I wish the last three meditations were on separate tracks as I can never find them when I want and I dont need all the intro that he provides.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Mind-Body Code: How the Mind Wounds and Heals the Body

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mario Martinez

    You know that your mind influences your health-but what's influencing your mind? Unless you answer this question, teaches Dr. Mario Martinez, you may be missing a key component on the journey to health and personal excellence. On The Mind-Body Code, the founder of Biocognitive Theory presents his first audio curriculum about the dynamic interplay between our thoughts, our bodies and our cultural history-and how to unlock this powerful doorway to wellness and fulfillment.

    Katie says: "Fantastic"
    "Very Helpful in Helping Chronic Pain"

    I use parts of this cd to help with fibro pain and ptsd. He has one of the best explanations of fibro and a good meditation to start breaking up the knot of emotions that keep us in pain. His segment on Stigmata and Fibro is very helpful and the meditation goes right to the heart of problems. I wish there were separate tracks for the actual meditations, however, as I can never find them when I am looking. I suppose bookmarking helps.I would like to have easier ways to find the experiential stuff, as I dont need to keep hearing the explanations.Sometimes his voice grates on me and i dont agree with all he says, but its well worth a try at the meditations if you are dealing with chronic pain.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Meditations for Emotional Healing: Finding Freedom in the Face of Difficulty

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tara Brach
    • Narrated By Tara Brach

    Despite our best intentions, we often have trouble dealing effectively with strong emotions. What if you had a conscious, skillful way to respond in times of anger, fear, jealousy, shame, and other powerful emotions? Meditations for Emotional Healing gives us a collection of insights and practices for bringing compassion, clarity, and understanding to our emotional lives-instead of expressing or repressing them in unhealthy ways.

    Kathryn says: "Helps with Pain of Fibro"
    "Helps with Pain of Fibro"

    I have been using Tara Brach's work, along with several others, to untangle the mystery of PTSD, fibromyalgia and unexplained debilitating pain. This, along with Radical Self-Acceptance, which sometimes overlaps with this, are the keystones of my healing. I have noticed considerable decrease in pain when used in conjunction with a chakra/gong meditation I found here. I have not experienced anything that had to power to break through cognitive defenses and so lovingly get to the heart of matters as Tara Brach's cds combined with other forms of meditation. You just have to keep practising and being aware of subtle changes in your body, and pain starts moving.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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