Healing Love through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy [Audiobook]

Healing Love through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy [Audiobook]
Healing Love through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy [Audiobook] by Mantak Chia, read by Donna Postel
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 20 mins | 229.19MB

For thousands of years the sexual principles and techniques presented here were taught by Taoist masters in secret only to a small number of people (sworn to silence), in the royal courts and esoteric circles of China. This is the first book to make this ancient knowledge available to the West.

The foundation of healing love is the cultivation, transformation, and circulation of sexual energy, known as jing. Jing energy is creative, generative energy that is vital for the development of chi (vital life-force energy) and shen (spiritual energy), which enables higher practices of spiritual development. Jing is produced in the sexual organs, and it is energy women lose continually through menstruation and child bearing.

Mantak Chia teaches powerful techniques developed by Taoist masters for the conservation of jing and how it is used to revitalize women's physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Among the many benefits conferred by these practices are a reduction in the discomfort caused by menstruation and the ability to attain full-body orgasm.

Embracing the Shadow: Discovering the Hidden Riches in Our Relationships [Audiobook]

Embracing the Shadow: Discovering the Hidden Riches in Our Relationships [Audiobook]
Embracing the Shadow: Discovering the Hidden Riches in Our Relationships [Audiobook] by David Richo, read by the Author
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 3 hrs 42 mins | 102.0MB

Our "shadow" side comes to the surface in relationships more than anywhere else. The good news is that when we recognize and understand that we can work with our tendency to project our shadow onto those with whom we're in relationship, we can release ourselves from the habit to hurt or control one another, and we can tame our retaliatory impulses.

Using Buddhist-inspired mindfulness techniques and practices for cultivating loving-kindness, David Richo shows us how we can become skilled at noticing our projections onto others and we can learn to withdraw them. We can grow from that process, discovering the wisdom of our shadow side that is hidden even to ourselves. By befriending and embracing the shadow, we can discover the gifts we might not otherwise have dared to recognize or share.

This audio recording of a live workshop led by David Richo was recorded at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. The workshop was based on Richo’s book Shadow Dance.

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History [Audiobook]

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History [Audiobook]
Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History [Audiobook] by Steven J Zipperstein, read by Barry Abrams
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 38 mins | 182.87MB

So shattering were the aftereffects of Kishinev, the rampage that broke out in late-Tsarist Russia in April 1903, that one historian remarked that it was "nothing less than a prototype for the Holocaust itself." In three days of violence, 49 Jews were killed and 600 raped or wounded, while more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were ransacked and destroyed.

Recounted in lurid detail by newspapers throughout the Western world, and covered sensationally by America's Hearst press, the pre-Easter attacks seized the imagination of an international public, quickly becoming the prototype for what would become known as a "pogrom", and providing the impetus for efforts as varied as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the NAACP.

Using new evidence culled from Russia, Israel, and Europe, distinguished historian Steven J. Zipperstein's wide-ranging book brings historical insight and clarity to a much-misunderstood event that would do so much to transform 20th-century Jewish life and beyond.

Reframing Organizations, 6th Edition: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership [Audiobook]

Reframing Organizations, 6th Edition: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership [Audiobook]
Reframing Organizations, 6th Edition: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership [Audiobook] by Lee G Bolman,‎ Terrence E Deal, read by Barrett Leddy
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 18 mins | 506.3MB

Set aside trends to focus on the fundamentals of great leadership

Reframing Organizations provides time-tested guidance for more effective organizational leadership. Rooted in decades of social science research across multiple disciplines, Bolman and Deal's four-frame model has continued to evolve since its conception over 25 years ago; this new sixth edition has been updated to include coverage of cross-sector collaboration, generational differences, virtual environments, globalization, sustainability, and communication across cultures. The instructor's guide has been expanded to provide additional tools for the classroom, including chapter summary tip sheets, mini-assessments, Bolman & Deal podcasts, and more. These recent revisions reflect the intersection of reader recommendations and the current leadership environment, resulting in a renewed practicality and even greater alignment with everyday application.

Combining the latest research from organizational theory, organizational behavior, psychology, sociology, political science, and more, the model detailed here provides real guidance for real leaders. Guide, motivate, and inspire your team's best performance as you learn to:

  • Optimize group, team, and organizational structure
  • Build a positive, collaborative dynamic across generations, teams, and sectors
  • Understand power and conflict amid the internal and external political landscape
  • Shape your organization's culture and build a cohesive sense of spirit

Bolman and Deal's four-frame model has withstood the test of time because it offers an accessible, compact, and powerful set of ideas for navigating complexity and turbulence. In today's business climate, leadership trends come and go; today's flash in the pan is tomorrow's obsolete strategy, but a leadership framework built on a solid foundation will serve your organization well no matter what the future holds. Reframing Organizations provides clear guidance and up-to-date insight for anyone facing the challenges of contemporary leadership.

Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat? [Audiobook]

Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat? [Audiobook]
Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat [Audiobook] by Ray A Rothrock, read by Chris Sorensen
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 40 mins | 211.82MB

Fascinating and highly listenable, Digital Resilience opens with the infamous 2013 Target attack, which compromised the credit card information of 40 million customers. In hindsight, the hack (like most today) was preventable.

This audiobook helps businesses:

  • Understand the threats they face
  • Assess the resilience of their networks against attacks
  • Identify and address weaknesses
  • Respond to exploits swiftly and effectively

Data theft. Downed servers. Malware. Even human error can trigger cyber events anytime from anywhere around the globe. This powerful guide provides the resilience-building strategies you need to prevail - no matter what strikes.

DevOps for the Modern Enterprise: Winning Practices to Transform Legacy IT Organizations [Audiobook]

DevOps for the Modern Enterprise: Winning Practices to Transform Legacy IT Organizations [Audiobook]
DevOps for the Modern Enterprise: Winning Practices to Transform Legacy IT Organizations [Audiobook] by Mirco Hering, read by James Patrick Cronin
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 44 mins | 194.75MB

Many organizations are facing the uphill battle of modernizing their legacy IT infrastructure. Most have evolved over the years by taking lessons from traditional or legacy manufacturing to create a production process that puts the emphasis on the process instead of the people performing the tasks. This allows the organization to treat people like resources to try to achieve high-quality outcomes. But those practices and ideas are failing modern IT, where collaboration and creativeness are required to achieve high-performing, high-quality success.

Mirco Hering, a thought leader in managing IT within legacy organizations, lays out a road map to success for IT managers and tells them how to create the right ecosystem, how to empower people to bring their best to work every day, and how to put the right technology in the driver's seat to propel their organization to success.

But just having the right methods and tools will not magically transform an organization. The cultural change is the hardest and the most impactful. Using principles from Agile, Lean, and DevOps as well as firsthand examples from the enterprise world, Hering addresses the different challenges that legacy organizations face as they transform into modern IT departments.

Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy [Audiobook]

Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy [Audiobook]
Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy [Audiobook] by Ethan J Kytle, Blain Roberts, read by Tom Perkins
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 33 mins | 401.98MB

A book that strikes at the heart of the recent flare-ups over Confederate symbols in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere, Denmark Vesey's Garden reveals the deep roots of these controversies and traces them to the heart of slavery in the United States: Charleston, South Carolina, where almost half of the US slave population stepped onto our shores, where the first shot at Fort Sumter began the Civil War, and where Dylann Roof shot nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the congregation of Denmark Vesey, a black revolutionary who plotted a massive slave insurrection in 1822.

As early as 1865, former slaveholders and their descendants began working to preserve a romanticized memory of the antebellum South. In contrast, former slaves, their descendants, and some white allies have worked to preserve an honest, unvarnished account of slavery as the cruel system it was.

Examining public rituals, controversial monuments, and whitewashed historical tourism, Denmark Vesey's Garden tracks these two rival memories from the Civil War all the way to contemporary times, where two segregated tourism industries still reflect these opposing impressions of the past, exposing a hidden dimension of America's deep racial divide.

The First Day of the Blitz: September 7, 1940 [Audiobook]

The First Day of the Blitz: September 7, 1940 [Audiobook]
The First Day of the Blitz: September 7, 1940 [Audiobook] by Peter Stansky, read by Edwin David
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 35 mins | 154.68MB

On September 7, 1940, the long-feared and anticipated attack by the German Luftwaffe plunged London into a cauldron of fire and devastation. This compelling audiobook recreates that day in all its horror, using rich archival sources and first-hand accounts, many never before published. Eminent historian Peter Stansky weaves together the stories of people who recorded their experiences of the opening hours of the Blitz. Then, exploring more deeply, the author examines what that critical day meant to the nation at the time, and what it came to mean in following years.

Much of the future of Britain was determined in the first twelve hours of bombing, Stansky contends. The Blitz set in motion a range of responses that contributed to ultimate victory over Germany and to a transformation of British society. The wave of terror, though designed to quash morale, instead inspired stoicism, courage, and a new camaraderie. The tragic London bombing can reveal much of relevance to our own violent times, Stansky concludes: both the effectiveness of modern terror and its ultimate failure are made powerfully clear by the events of September 7, 1940.

Louis XIV and the Zenith of the French Monarchy [Audiobook]

Louis XIV and the Zenith of the French Monarchy [Audiobook]
Louis XIV and the Zenith of the French Monarchy [Audiobook] by Arthur Hassall, read by Charlton Griffin
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 43 mins | 350.4MB

Louis XIV, known as the Grand Monarch, or the Sun King, was a sovereign of the House of Bourbon who reigned as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. His reign of 72 years is the longest recorded of any monarch in European history. In the age of absolutism, Louis XIV's France was the leader in the growing centralization of power.

Louis began his personal rule of France in 1661, after the death of his chief minister, the Italian Cardinal Mazarin. An adherent of the concept of the divine right of kings, Louis continued his predecessors' work of creating a centralized state governed from the capital. He sought to eliminate the remnants of feudalism persisting in parts of France and, by compelling many members of the nobility to inhabit his lavish Palace of Versailles, succeeded in pacifying the aristocracy, many members of which had participated in the Fronde rebellion during Louis' minority. By these means Louis XIV became one of the most powerful French monarchs of all time, consolidating a system of absolute monarchical rule that endured until the French Revolution.

Louis encouraged and benefited from the work of prominent political, military, and cultural figures such as Mazarin, Colbert, Louvois, the Grand Condé, Turenne, and Vauban, as well as dazzling artists like Molière, Racine, Corneille, La Fontaine, Lully, Rameau, Couperin, Marais, Le Brun, Rigaud, Bossuet, Le Vau, Mansart, Charles and Claude Perrault, Lorrain, Poussin, Le Nôtre, and the brilliant mathematician Descartes.

During Louis' reign, France was the leading European power, and it fought three major wars: the Franco-Dutch War, the War of the League of Augsburg, and the War of the Spanish Succession. There were also two lesser conflicts: the War of Devolution and the War of the Reunions. Warfare defined the foreign policy of Louis XIV, and his personality shaped his approach. Impelled by a mix of commerce, revenge, and pique, Louis sensed that warfare was the ideal way to enhance his glory. In peacetime he concentrated on preparing for the next war. He taught his diplomats that their job was to create tactical and strategic advantages for the French military. Under the leadership of Louis XIV, France reached a pinnacle of military, political, economic, and artistic superiority which was the wonder of the world.

Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain [Audiobook]

Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain [Audiobook]
Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain [Audiobook] by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, read by Sarah Borges
2018 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 29 mins | 206.39MB

Until very recently, scientists believed our brains were fully developed in childhood. Now, thanks to imaging technology, we know that the brain goes on developing and changing right through adolescence into adulthood.

So, what makes the adolescent brain different? Why does an easy child become a challenging teenager? And why is it that many mental illnesses begin during these formative years?

Drawing upon her cutting-edge research, award-winning neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains how adolescence is fundamental to how we invent ourselves.

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery [Audiobook]

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery [Audiobook]
The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery [Audiobook] by Barbara K Lipska,‎ Elaine McArdle, read by Emma Powell
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 54 mins | 190.05MB

In January 2015, Barbara Lipska - a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness - was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Within months, her frontal lobe, the seat of cognition, began shutting down. She descended into madness, exhibiting dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and coworkers. But miraculously, just as her doctors figured out what was happening, the immunotherapy they had prescribed began to work. Just eight weeks after her nightmare began, Lipska returned to normal. With one difference: she remembered her brush with madness with exquisite clarity.

In The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind, Lipska describes her extraordinary ordeal and its lessons about the mind and brain. She explains how mental illness, brain injury, and age can change our behavior, personality, cognition, and memory. She tells what it is like to experience these changes firsthand. And she reveals what parts of us remain, even when so much else is gone.

While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Wake-Up Call for Mental Health Care in America [Audiobook]

While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Wake-Up Call for Mental Health Care in America [Audiobook]
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Wake-Up Call for Mental Health Care in America [Audiobook] by Eli Sanders, read by Rene Ruiz
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 48 mins | 269.74MB

A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter's gripping account of one young man's path to murder - and a wake-up call for mental health care in America.

On a summer night in 2009, three lives intersected in one American neighborhood. Two people newly in love - Teresa Butz and Jennifer Hopper, who spent many years trying to find themselves and who eventually found each other - and a young man on a dangerous psychological descent: Isaiah Kalebu, age 23, the son of a distant, authoritarian father and a mother with a family history of mental illness. All three paths forever altered by a violent crime, all three stories a wake-up call to the system that failed to see the signs.

In this riveting, probing, compassionate account of a murder in Seattle, Eli Sanders, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper coverage of the crime, offers a deeply reported portrait in microcosm of the state of mental health care in this country - as well as an inspiring story of love and forgiveness. Culminating in Kalebu's dangerous slide toward violence - observed by family members, police, mental health workers, lawyers, and judges, but stopped by no one - While the City Slept is the story of a crime of opportunity and of the string of missed opportunities that made it possible. It shows what can happen when a disturbed member of society repeatedly falls through the cracks and, in the tradition of The Other Wes Moore and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, is an indelible, human-level story, brilliantly told, with the potential to inspire social change.