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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - April 2016

by Erin Byron, MA

Llewellyn.com - April 2016

It is a busy world and most of our lives are full. So full, in fact, that we barely have time to notice how we are living as life hurries by. This sense of disconnected rushing leads to stress and, in time, pervasive anxiety. Mindfulness, or the act of bringing awareness to our thoughts, bodies, and the present moment, is a powerful practice for reducing stress. Many of us experience different kinds of stress as we move through our days, be it at school, work, home, on the road, at the health club, in the dentist's office, or when we are laying in bed at night. The following tips give you mindfulness practices that can support you in various areas of life so that you can spend more time focusing on who you really are and what is actually happening and less time stressing.

  1. Mindfulness for Work Stress
    Most people have a list of stressors that play out at work. Whether your tension comes from deadlines, grumpy coworkers, or the sheer volume of tasks, there are ways to bring mindfulness into your everyday at-work situations and by extension your own heart and mind.

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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - April 2016

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1. Llewellyn's Complete Book of Mindful Living is the second book on which you've collaborated with Robert "Bob" Butera (the first being, Yoga Therapy for Stress & Anxiety). How did that partnership come about?

Erin Byron, MA When I was in graduate school studying to be a psychotherapist, I ran a study at a sexual assault crisis center. My thesis was that Yoga Therapy could help victims of recent and childhood abuse. I needed someone with a PhD in Yoga to support my studies, and through a mutual connection from The Yoga Institute of Mumbai, I got in touch with Bob. That was fifteen years ago and we have been friends and colleagues ever since! (By the way, the study showed that Yoga Therapy had a big impact on physical and mental health.)


2. Mindfulness is a hot topic these days. What exactly is mindfulness? Why is it beneficial to our daily lives?

Mindfulness is the simple act of bringing full consciousness to the present moment. It might also be called "awareness practice" or "insight meditation." We become mindful by observing what is being taken in by the senses and occurring around us, as well as noticing the inner flow of thought and emotion. It's important that our attention to these things is nonjudgmental; in other words, you do not label your thoughts, feelings, and experiences as "good" or "bad;" just let them be. Freed from judgment, we can have a complete experience. The "mindful self" is an objective witness who helps us gain a better understanding of our mental and emotional habits.

Mindfulness is beneficial to our everyday lives because mindfulness practices can be used anytime, anywhere, by anyone. Mindfulness techniques give us a clear picture of our own unique inner and outer reality. From this objective of nonjudgmental awareness we are empowered to take conscious action and create the life of our dreams. We come to know who we truly are and how to live in accordance with that.

3. Can anyone practice mindfulness? Is a background in other practices, like meditation or yoga, necessary?

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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - April 2016

Tarot As a Mirror
by Barbara Moore

Some say tarot reflects back what you think, feel, or believe. Some say that it reflects back what you want to see. Whatever you believe, you can blend these ideas into one process that helps you identify your ideals and your practices so that you can be aware of the distance between those two points. Then you can develop an action plan to close the gap between your ideals and how you live your life. Here, tarot expert Barbara Moore provides a process to do just that.

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Express Yourself with an Herb Garden
by Sandra Kynes

While we may think of herbs as unassuming little plants, their importance and use is intertwined with human history. And herb gardening need not be mundane, either—as The Herb Gardener's Essential Guide author Sandra Kynes points out, it can be an exercise in creativity and magic! Herb gardening creates a connection through time that binds us to the earth, the ancestors, and to each other. You'll be amazed that something as simple as an herb can be so powerful in so many ways.

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What Do We Put Under the Candle When Our Currency Goes Digital?: The Future of Money Magic
by Gordon White

The global economy is changing, and we are moving to a new form of money: a completely digital one. Most people will not currently believe it, but such a world is almost here. How does this impact money magick? Gordon White, author of the new Chaos Protocols: Magical Techniques for Navigating the New Economic Reality, explains how we can navigate these changes and how we might even benefit from it.

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The Magical Use of Prayer Beads
by Jean-Louis de Biasi

On the spiritual level, mantras and prayers can be used in the same way; a precise and regular repetition of words that will progressively build an inner core, allowing you to rise to the divine. I am not talking here about hymns or declamatory prayers. Likewise, prayer beads can be used in all spiritual and initiatic traditions to help with this process of prayer and repetition, creating strength with each refrain. Jean-Louis de Biasi, author of the new Magical Use of Prayer Beads, discusses their history and power.

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Llewellyn.com - Try This! - April 2016

Earth Day Healing Ritual Using Crystals

Crafty Ways to Rummage and Recycle

The Sun


Llewellyn.com - New Releases - April 2016





The Chaos Protocols, by Gordon White
The Chaos Protocols
by Gordon White


Crystal Grids, by Henry M. Mason & Brittani Petrofsky
Crystal Grids
by Henry M. Mason & Brittani Petrofsky


Crystal Mandala Oracle, by Alana Fairchild & Jane Marin
Crystal Mandala Oracle
by Alana Fairchild & Jane Marin


The Faery Forest Oracle, by Lucy Cavendish & Maxine Gadd
The Faery Forest Oracle
by Lucy Cavendish & Maxine Gadd


The Gospel of Aradia, by Stacey Demarco & Jimmy Manton
The Gospel of Aradia
by Stacey Demarco & Jimmy Manton




Llewellyn's Complete Book of Mindful Living, Edited by Robert Butera, PhD & Erin Byron, MA
Llewellyn's Complete Book of Mindful Living
Edited by Robert Butera, PhD &
Erin Byron, MA


The Magical Use of Prayer Beads, by Jean-Louis de Biasi
The Magical Use of Prayer Beads
by Jean-Louis de Biasi


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