NEW BOOKS

DAILY OM: Inspirational Thoughts for a Happy, Healthy, and Fulfilling Day, by Madisyn Taylor (Hay House), 300 pages, available at Amazon.com or bn.com

– Four years ago, a website launched into cyberspace, spreading messages of love and hope throughout. Today, with more than 800,000 subscribers, DailyOM continues to give visitors inspiring messages that leave them feeling better about life than when they had arrived. DailyOM co-founder Madisyn Taylor brings these inspiring messages to us in her first book. A companion to the popular DailyOM Website, it is a valuable guide that will enable you to find balance and wellness through conscious awareness. As you read these passages, which touch on topics including meditation, relationships, nature, and more, you’ll see that they’ll make the journey of your life much more meaningful. The gentle and affirming wisdom contained within these pages is intended to make each of your days a little happier, less stressful, and more satisfying. "Allow the energy of the words within these pages to gently guide you on your path to awareness and self-fulfillment," Taylor says. "It is my sincere hope that you can find comfort in these messages; that they perhaps spark a fire in you, create conversation or bring about change; and even that you learn something new if you choose."

ANIMAL OMENS, by Victoria Hunt (Llewellyn), 192 pages, available at llewellyn.com/bookstore, Amazon.com or bn.com – As fellow creatures who are uniquely attuned to the earth’s energies, animals provide us with hidden messages every day-we just need to learn how to read them. This personal and engaging book shows you how each animal carries a particular omen – a personal and significant message – helping to guide you on your life path. Twenty-nine true animal encounter stories are followed by insightful explanations of each animal’s corresponding omen, and how their messages can help you make important life decisions. Not sure whether it’s the right time to switch jobs or relocate? An unexpected visit from a lingering butterfly can signal a period of imminent change and transformation in your life. Organized alphabetically by animal and compact enough to carry, this inspirational reference guide can be taken along on introspective nature walks. Foster a closer connection with nature and learn about yourself – with a little bit of animal wisdom.

NEW RECORDINGS

CHAKRA HEALING, by Dean Evenson & Soundings Ensemble (Soundings of the Planet), compact disc, available at www.soundings.com

– After nearly three decades of creating award-winning music, sound healing pioneer Dean Evenson has produced Chakra Healing, a meditative, instrumental journey through the chakras. This recording is designed to resonate with each of the seven major energy centers of the body. To enhance the relaxation response on the album and to deepen receptivity to healing by entraining the brainwaves to the Alpha state, Evenson has embedded within the mix at sub-audible levels the Earth Resonance Frequency of 7.83 hertz.

NEW PRODUCTS

CRYSTAL SALT LAMPS, beginning at $29.95, available at www.natural-salt-lamps.com

– Many studies have shown that salt crystal lamps can increase negative ion in your environment, benefitting asthma patients, people with chronic lung illnesses and allergy sufferers. They also help improve learning, memory and emotional well-being. By creating a balance of ions in the air, they stimulate natural drive and healthy energy. Solay Salt Lamps are mined in an ecologically responsible manner, and crafted by dedicated artisans into attractive and safe lamps that can be used indefinitely. Even though the crystal salt lamps and ions themselves are odorless, people can really feel the difference breathing the energized air.

JIGSAW PUZZLES FOR HEALING, beginning at $9.95, available at www.connectionspuzzles.com – Puzzles are the ultimate holistic exercise, notes Connections founder Trish Barker. Jigsaw puzzles are unique in that they exercise both the left brain and right brain simultaneously. They also induce a state of quiet, creative meditation and rewire our brains from normal day-to-day linear thought, to being able to make lateral connections. Connections has combined this naturally meditational, balancing and holistic exercise with the power of healing and spiritually inspired art. They have teamed up with artists from all over the world to create a line of unique jigsaw puzzles featuring spiritual and healing art from a diverse line of spiritual philosophies. Many of these images employ sacred geometry which is known to be healing, and others provide a point for focus that is positive or that represents something specific to meditate on.

NEW AFFIRMATIONS

I AM CARDS, beginning at $12.95, available at www.divinexpression.com

– Featuring two "I AM" Affirmation Decks – "I AM Financial Prosperity" and "I AM Creating with Grace and Ease," Divinexpression offers products designed to inspire deeper connection to oneself and Spirit. The 56-card decks were developed by entrepreneur Sohini Sinha, founder and president of Divinexpression, as a handy resource for planting seeds of inspiration – one to enhance creativity, the other to attract more prosperity and abundance – and to help people maintain perspective, stay strong and build optimism. "For thousands of years, people have used affirmations to generate positive energy and harness the infinite potential of the universe and the human mind," Ms. Sinha said. Aside from the Affirmation Decks, Divinexpression also offers note paper and incense to plant the seeds of inspiration and creation in you, nurturing shifts in consciousness and empowering you to cherish the blossoms of manifestation and illumination.

Submit new items for What’s New: Edge Life, P.O. Box 25543, Woodbury, MN 55125. Call 763.433.9321 or email cathy@edgelife.net.

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