Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review: The Power of Kindness

The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life

by Piero Ferrucci

This month’s book The Power Of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci has long been a part of my library. And as I read it again and again, it is just as fresh and useful as it was the first time around. In his book, Ferrucci explores a variety of qualities that make up and contribute to our experience and expression of kindness. He uses personal stories, as well as those from his psychotherapy practice, to demonstrate the power of each of these traits.

Ferrucci describes what he calls a ‘global cooling’, as life speeds up and becomes more and more impersonal. He talks about the importance of coming back to caring for one another. After finishing the book, I am left very inspired by how small acts of opening our hearts can change the world. In the introduction, he tells the story of Aldous Huxley, who spent a lifetime as a pioneer in developing human potential through diverse approaches. Toward the end of his life, he said, “People often ask me what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that  after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answer is-just be a little kinder.” With a recommendation like that, may we all join with the Dalai Lama and declare, “My religion is kindness."

Review by Rev. Ruth Barnharta staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa.

The Power of Kindness is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Free Event: Transform Your Life using Bach Flower Remedies

A Stepping Stones Books and Gifts Free Event

with Dr. Kac Young

Date:   Friday August 22
Time:  7 pm
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road

Dr. Kac Young will be talking about the work of Dr. Edward Bach.  Dr. Bach believed that both healing and illness — mental and physical — begin in the mind. He developed the 39 Bach Flower Remedies from his lifelong research and passion for the power of personal healing. This workshop teaches a quick and easy process by which you can find the vibrational remedy that will alleviate the condition and the state of mind that causes it.

Kac Young has earned three doctorates. One is a PhD in Natural health, and ND in Naturopathy and a DCH in Clinical Hypnotherapy. She is also a licensed Religious Science Minister. An active television professional for over 30 years, she has won awards for producing and directing. Besides being a producer and a director, she was studio executive for Universal and is a consultant and adviser to many Hollywood-industry companies, studios and stars. She founded The Feng Shui Specialists, Inc., a company specializing in bringing harmony and balance into the home or workplace through design, color and balance. She also is an advocate for heart health and teaches how you can eat healthy without losing the taste and texture of your favorite foods.

Dr. Young's book, The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies, is available at Stepping Stones Books & Gifts.

Please join us for a fun and informative evening.  You can read more about this event here.

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