Greetings from Utopia Park Book PDF

Greetings from Utopia Park

  • Author : Claire Hoffman
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2016-06-07
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780062338860

Greetings from Utopia Park Book Description :

In this engrossing, provocative, and intimate memoir, a young journalist reflects on her childhood in the heartland, growing up in an increasingly isolated meditation community in the 1980s and ’90s—a fascinating, disturbing look at a fringe culture and its true believers. When Claire Hoffman’s alcoholic father abandons his family, his desperate wife, Liz, tells five-year-old Claire and her seven-year-old brother, Stacey, that they are going to heaven—Iowa—to live in Maharishi’s national headquarters for Heaven on Earth. For Claire’s mother, Transcendental Meditation—the Maharishi’s method of meditation and his approach to living the fullest possible life—was a salvo that promised world peace and enlightenment just as their family fell apart. At first this secluded utopia offers warmth and support, and makes these outsiders feel calm, secure, and connected to the world. At the Maharishi School, Claire learns Maharishi’s philosophy for living and meditates with her class. With the promise of peace and enlightenment constantly on the horizon, every day is infused with magic and meaning. But as Claire and Stacey mature, their adolescent skepticism kicks in, drawing them away from the community and into delinquency and drugs. To save herself, Claire moves to California with her father and breaks from Maharishi completely. After a decade of working in journalism and academia, the challenges of adulthood propel her back to Iowa, where she reexamines her spiritual upbringing and tries to reconnect with the magic of her childhood. Greetings from Utopia Park takes us deep into this complex, unusual world, illuminating its joys and comforts, and its disturbing problems. While there is no utopia on earth, Hoffman reveals, there are noble goals worth striving for: believing in belief, inner peace, and a firm understanding that there is a larger fabric of the universe to which we all belong.

Escaping Utopia Book PDF

Escaping Utopia

  • Author : Janja Lalich
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-09-01
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 9781315295077

Escaping Utopia Book Description :

Actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Glenn Close, Rose McGowan and Leah Remini. Humorist Garrison Keillor. Musician Lisa Marie Presley. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Each of these well-know people has more than fame in common; each was born or raised in a cult. We think of cults as bizarre, inexplicable, or otherworldly places that only strange people inhabit, but cults and other abusive and high-demand groups (and relationships) are actually quite commonplace. In fact, the behaviors, social pressures, and authoritarian structures that create cults exist to a greater or lesser extent in every human relationship and every human group. Cult behavior is human behavior – and by studying cults, we can learn remarkably useful things about the social world and our place in it In the first in-depth research of its kind, sociologist and cult expert Janja Lalich interviewed sixty-five people who were born in or grew up in thirty-nine different cultic groups spanning more than a dozen countries. What’s especially interesting about these individuals is that they each left the cult on their own, without outside help or internal support. In Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over, Lalich and award-winning author (and fellow cult survivor) Karla McLaren craft Lalich’s original and groundbreaking research into an accessible and engaging book, the first of its kind focusing on this particular population. Lalich and McLaren explore fundamental questions about human nature, human development, group dynamics, abuse and control, and triumphs of the human spirit in the face of intense and extended suffering.

Psychotherapy  Mindfulness and Buddhist Meditation Book PDF

Psychotherapy Mindfulness and Buddhist Meditation

  • Author : Tullio Giraldi
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2019-09-17
  • Genre : Psychology
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN : 9783030290030

Psychotherapy Mindfulness and Buddhist Meditation Book Description :

This book critically examines the development of mindfulness, tracing its development from Buddhist meditation to its variety of popular applications today, including the treatment of mental disorders, wellbeing and improvement of performance. The book begins with a chapter on the meaning of mindfulness, then moves on to chart the spread of Buddhism into the western world and examine the development of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The second half of the book considers some of the growing concerns related to mindfulness such as the loss of the moral and communitarian values of Buddhism, and the psychologicization and medicalization of existential problems into a capitalist society.

Maharishi   Me Book PDF

Maharishi Me

  • Author : Susan Shumsky
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-02-13
  • Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN : 9781510722699

Maharishi Me Book Description :

Susan Shumsky is a successful author in the human potential field. But in the 1970s, in India, the Swiss Alps, and elsewhere, she served on the personal staff of the most famous guru of the 20th century—Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Maharishi died in 2008 at age ninety, but his influence endures through the spiritual movement he founded: TM (Transcendental Meditation). Other books have been written about him, but this spellbinding page-turner offers a rare insider's view of life with the guru, including the time the Beatles studied at his feet in Rishikesh, India, and wrote dozens of songs under his influence. Both inspirational and disturbing, Maharishi and Me illuminates Susan's two decades living in Maharishi's ashrams, where she grew from a painfully shy teenage seeker into a spiritually aware teacher and author. It features behind-the-scenes, myth-busting stories, and over 100 photos of Maharishi and his celebrity disciples (the Beatles, Deepak Chopra, Mia Farrow, Beach Boys, and many more). Susan's candid, honest portrayal draws back the curtain on her shattering, extreme emotional seesaws of heaven and hell at her guru's hands. This compelling, haunting memoir will continue to challenge readers long after they turn its last page. It dismantles all previous beliefs about the spiritual path and how spiritual masters are supposed to behave. Susan shares: “Merely by being in his presence, we disciples entered an utterly timeless place and rapturous feeling, and, at the same time, realized the utter futility and insanity of the mundane world.” Susan's heartfelt masterwork blends her experiences, exacting research, artistically descriptive and humorous writing, emotional intelligence, and intensely personal inner exploration into a feast for thought and contemplation. Neither starry-eyed nor antagonistic, it captures, from a balanced viewpoint, the essence of life in an ashram.

Retreat Book PDF


  • Author : Matthew Ingram
  • Publisher : Watkins Media Limited
  • Release Date : 2020-12-08
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Pages : 524
  • ISBN : 9781912248797

Retreat Book Description :

What have the hippies ever done for us? Matthew Ingram explores the relationship between the summer of love and wellness, medicine, and health. The counterculture of the Sixties and the Seventies is remembered chiefly for music, fashion, art, feminism, computing, black power, cultural revolt and the New Left. But an until-now unexplored, yet no less important aspect -- both in its core identity and in terms of its ongoing significance and impact -- is its relationship with health. In this popular and illuminating cultural history of the relationship between health and the counterculture, Matthew Ingram connects the dots between the beats, yoga, meditation, psychedelics, psychoanalysis, Eastern philosophy, sex, and veganism, showing how the hippies still have a lot to teach us about our wellbeing.

Utopia Book PDF


  • Author : Lincoln Child
  • Publisher : Doubleday Books
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Pages : 385
  • ISBN : IND:30000081762639

Utopia Book Description :

Utopia, a theme park featuring high-tech computers and robotics, becomes the scene of a confrontation between the engineer who designed the park's wizardry and a gang of criminals who are holding the park's visitors hostage to their demands.

The Coming Race  Or  the New Utopia Book PDF

The Coming Race Or the New Utopia

  • Author : Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1883
  • Genre : Uncategorized
  • Pages : 137
  • ISBN : UCI:31970000794864

The Coming Race Or the New Utopia Book Description :

Utopia Dawns Book PDF

Utopia Dawns

  • Author : John Pratt Whitman
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1934
  • Genre : Utopian socialism
  • Pages : 145
  • ISBN : IOWA:31858048884989

Utopia Dawns Book Description :

Utopia in Power Book PDF

Utopia in Power

  • Author : Mikhail Geller
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Release Date : 1986
  • Genre : History
  • Pages : 877
  • ISBN : 0671645358

Utopia in Power Book Description :

The authors argue that Russia would collapse without the economic support of the West and show the ways in which the West is helping maintain the totalitarian regime

Women in Search of Utopia Book PDF

Women in Search of Utopia

  • Author : Ruby Rohrlich
  • Publisher : Schocken
  • Release Date : 1984
  • Genre : Feminism
  • Pages : 325
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105039818484

Women in Search of Utopia Book Description :

New York Book PDF

New York

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1995-03
  • Genre : New York (N.Y.)
  • Pages : 231
  • ISBN : NWU:35556023648959

New York Book Description :

America  History and Life Book PDF

America History and Life

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1981
  • Genre : Canada
  • Pages : 231
  • ISBN : UOM:39015065455738

America History and Life Book Description :

Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.

338 News Book PDF

338 News

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1957
  • Genre : Clerks
  • Pages : 231
  • ISBN : CORNELL:31924065901310

338 News Book Description :

Florist   Nursery Exchange Book PDF

Florist Nursery Exchange

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1961
  • Genre : Floriculture
  • Pages : 231
  • ISBN : CORNELL:31924094258484

Florist Nursery Exchange Book Description :

Salvador  illustrated   Book PDF

Salvador illustrated

  • Author : Marie Robinson Wright
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1893
  • Genre : El Salvador
  • Pages : 46
  • ISBN : NYPL:33433081899621

Salvador illustrated Book Description :

PC Magazine Book PDF

PC Magazine

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre : IBM microcomputers
  • Pages : 231
  • ISBN : UOM:39015081529680

PC Magazine Book Description :