Plant Seed, Pull Weed: Nurturing the Garden of Your Life by Geri Larkin

Gardens have often been used as metaphors for spiritual nurture and growth–Zen gardens, monastery gardens, even your favorite aunt’s garden have all been described as places of refuge and reflection. In the tradition of Rick Field’s inspirational bestseller, Chop Wood, Carry Water comes Geri Larkin’s Plant Seed, Pull Weed which takes the reader through the steps of planning, planting, nurturing and maintaining a garden while offering funny stories and inspiring lessons on what plants can teach us about our lives. A sort of Zen Chicken Soup for the Soul, this book will entertain, charm and inspire the reader to get their hands dirty and get back in touch with themselves.

Geri Larkin gave up a successful career as a management consultant to become a Buddhist teacher. A practicing Buddhist since 1988, she completed seminary and was ordained in 1995. Four years later, she decided to start a Zen meditation center in the heart of inner-city Detroit. She is the author of Stumbling Toward Enlightenment, Building a Business the Buddhist Way, Tap Dancing in Zen, First You Shave Your Head, and The Still Point Dhammapada.

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Seven Factors of Enlightenment – ONE:

First in a series of Dharma talks about the Seven Factors of Enlightenment, presented by P’arang Geri Larkin.

In Case of Spiritual Emergency by Catherine G. Lucas

Personal stories of spiritual crises are presented alongside practical and effective guidance in this exploration of a fascinating phenomenon. When spiritual emergencies, such as mystical psychosis and dark nights of the soul, are understood, managed, and integrated, they can offer enormous potential for growth and fulfillment, and this book offers three key phases for successful navigation. Encouraging, supportive, and life-saving, this resource is essential for avoiding the mental, emotional, or spiritual paralysis or exhaustion that can result from underestimating the current age of increased individual and global emergencies.

Catherine G Lucas is the Founder of the UK Spiritual Crisis Network, set up following her own spiritual emergency. Her Mindfulness practice helped her through and she is now an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Trainer, delivering courses for groups such as National Health Service therapists and soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Between 2004 and 2007, Catherine designed and delivered three international conferences on spiritual emergency and she has also featured on a BBC Radio 4 program on the subject. She has written for UK publications ‘Positive News’, ‘Caduceus’ and ‘Yoga Magazine’, amongst others, and regularly speaks at conferences.

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Waking Universe: Spiritual Emergency

Published on Dec 13, 2012

Lance Mungia Hosts this episode of Waking Universe with Catherine G. Lucas, author of “In Case of Spiritual Emergency”. In this episode Catherine and Lance discuss Catherine’s book about finding tangible ways of coping with spiritual, emotional and mental crisises and looking at such “spirtual emergencies” as a process of inner transformation rather than a stigmatizing stereotype.

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