Ippy Gold Medal - Independent Publisher Book Awards

Gold 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards

IPPY GOLD for New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit!

Patt is honored and delighted to have been awarded the 2018 the Independent Publisher Book Awards (“IPPY”) gold medal for New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit category for her newest book, Embracing the End of Life: A Journey Into Dying & Awakening.  The award ceremony will be held May 29th in NYC. 

The IPPY Awards recognize the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. The awards are open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books intended for an English-speaking market. According to Independent Publisher, since the inaugural contest in 1996, nearly 5,000 books have received IPPY Awards, along with the recognition, credibility, and increased sales that a book award can bring. Independent spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind.

Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, the “IPPY” Awards recognize merit in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who “take chances and break new ground.” Small presses, university presses, and self-publishing services give experimental and entrepreneurial authors a platform to share their stories, impart wisdom, and speak out against ignorance and prejudice.

IPPY medal-winning books will be celebrated on May 29th during the annual BookExpo publishing convention in New York.  Gold, silver and bronze IPPY medallions are being awarded in 83 national, 24 regional, and 11 e-book categories. This year’s contest drew 4,500 entries, and medals will go to authors and publishers from 43 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 12 countries overseas.

  1. New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit

 

 

 

GOLD

Embracing the End of Life: A Journey Into Dying & Awakening

By Patt Lind-Kyle, MA

(Llewellyn Publications)

 

 

 

 

 

 

SILVER

The Year of Drinking Magic: Twelve Ceremonies With the Vine of Souls

By Guy Crittenden

(Apocryphile Press)

 

 

 

 

 

BRONZE

Change the Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing

By Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD

(Findhorn Press)

 

Embracing the End of Life joins Patt’s earlier book Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain which was also awarded a Gold IPPY for Health and Wellness in 2010.

End of life care: I had a dream and you were in it

How could it be that I dreamt about you? Yes, I had this dream and you were in it.  What I realize now is that the dream depends on you.

This is my dream. I dreamt that you are very smart, aware and conscious of what really matters in this world.  You also are waking up to the realization that you are not going to live in this life form forever.  In the dream you were wondering what was going to happen to you when this life ends and how it will end. You wondered what it was going to be like at the end of your life.

I saw in my dream that you wanted to have some guidance in order to prepare for this happening.  But you did not want to go through this preparation alone.  You wanted to share this important venture with family or with loved ones. You wanted to be supported by others but most of all you were curious as to what it would be like to have the experience to awaken together.

Well, when I awoke from the dream I knew I had to let you know the answer to your concerns.  You already know I have written a book called, Embracing the End of Life: A Journey Into Dying and Awakening.  It is a guidebook for dying.   But it is also a guide to living now in an awake aspect of being human. This book can help release you from the driven fear that holds you attached to this life of suffering. It guides you how to open to the joy of freedom now before you die.

As I was writing this book, my constant question was, how important is it to create community discussions about the end of life like our ancestors did and like people in other countries are still doing.

Embracing the End of Life Facilitators GuideI now am now introducing a facilitators guide book just for this purpose to help to create community. Its purpose is to form a group in order to help people create an aligned caring community and support now for the end of life and opening to a more vital life now.  The facilitators guide book is a way to create such a group. It is designed to answer the question of how to get started into an end of life and awakening conversation.

The facilitators guide book will give you examples and tips on how to get started on this journey. This guide is to assist in conversations that breaks the taboo about talking about death in order to prepare for your own death and awakening. The wonder of it all is that this type of group provides a conversational experience within a context of a supportive community.

Embracing the End of Life Meditations CDIn the guide book you will find how to form a group, how to use the resources and meditations that I provide. There is also a down loadable guided meditation CD available on my website at End of Life Meditations CD that can be used in place of the written meditations.  As your group moves through Part 1 of the book this CD will be a resource as it has music, and brainwave binaural beats to drop you deeper into the meditation process. There are also 16 free videos on my website that is used in Part 2 of the book.

All in all this was quite a dream I had with you.  It is a dream I will not forget.  This dream can open you to realize what we are here for and how to release the fear of death and to awaken from the dream of this life.

Dream with hummingbird from Pixabay.com

You are invited to dialogue!

“If you are mindful at death it will not come as a surprise. You will not be anxious. You will feel that death is merely like changing your clothes.” ~ Dalai Lama.

Most of you have read or heard me reaffirm, Death is a sacred act. It is the most important moment in our life. It is also the moment of waking up. Death is inevitable no matter how repressed we make it in our culture. We will all die. How do we prepare now and discover the freedom from the fear of death to live more expanded lives?

Over the next few weeks, I will be traveling across California to lead a series of dialogues around how we as individuals and as community can open ourselves to discuss this most important aspect of our lives.  My intention is to create a safe space where we can freely discuss our deepest desires and those of our dearest loved ones with our family, friends and community.

I invite you to join me either in person or listen on the radio:

Unity in the Gold Country
Sun February 18, 2018 ~ 10:30am PST
Workshop 12:30pm
180 Cambridge Court
Grass Valley CA 95945
See Unity Event

With James Bragg, KSAR-FM
Is Fear of Death Lurking Behind All Your Busy-ness?
Tue February 20, 2018  11am PST (1pm CST)

Community Dialogue and Book Signing
Sun February 25, 2018 ~ 11:30am – 2:00pm PST
Murphys Diggins Community Center
216 Tom Bell Road, Murphys, CA
Learn more at A Community Dialogue
Hosted by John Adams and Rhoda Nussbaum

The Mike Schikman Show, WSVA-AM
Is Fear of Death Lurking Behind All Your Busy-ness?
Mon March 12, 2018
12:37pm PST (3:37pm EST)
Podcasts posted at Mike Schikman Show

Nancy’s Bookshelf with Nancy Wiegman
NSPR North State Public Radio
Wed. March 14, 2018 ~10am PST

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Meaningful dialogue

How Do You Face Transitions in Your Life in This New Year?

January is a threshold of time as the old year dies away and the new year is born. A new year offers a threshold of hidden potentials, meanings, purposes and transitions.

This year I went to three events where we did rituals of letting go of 2017 and imagining our dream and intentions for 2018. At each event I released illnesses, troubles and regrets into the fire. Then I wrote down my dreams and intentions for the next year in order to make this new year meaningful in order to experience a sense of happiness and joy. Writing down my dreams and intentions will help me revisit my intentions at the end of 2018.  By this time in your life you have been through a few of these year end experiences and have made many new year transitions in your life. But more than just a new year reflection, transitions are a major part of our process of living day to day.

However, you may not have considered that your birth, the beginning of your life, was your very first transition. Your birth is similar to opening to the transition of this new year. Each year is a new opportunity to be “born again”. Beyond your birth the next and final transition in your life is the major transition of experiencing your death. Dying is like releasing the old year. These are the two major transitions that are the most important moments in your life and each is a major transition of the purpose and meaning of your existence. Amazingly, beyond these two markers we go through beginnings and endings all through our life in the form of minor to major transitions never thinking that if there is a beginning of a transition there is always an ending.

Consider for yourself these two major moments of transition in your life. I am fascinated by the rituals that exist at the birth of life. A pregnant mother begins to nest and gather what is needed for the arrival of the baby. Whereas a conscious dying person reverses the process, instead of gathering their nest they give things away and get practical matters in order for their family so they can complete their life.

Another similarity of these two transitions is that a new mother may wonder if she has room in her heart to love the new being when her baby arrives. The dying person wonders how to let go of the ones they love.

In both the birthing and dying process fear and confusion can interfere with these transitions. These same fears occur with the mother frightened of the pain of birthing and the same fear in the death process for the person dying as well as for the family and the caregivers. It is surrender and letting go that are needed both for dying and birthing. In the end, you can experience the positive nature of both these major transitions if you prepare for them, just as we prepare for all the minor transitions in our lives.

As I’ve indicated above, in each of the birth and death transitions there is a need to preparation. Let me give you an example of a wonderful end of life preparation for a dying person. I received a beautiful note from Meriel who had read my book Embracing the End of Life.  Meriel gave an incredible description of how the information from the book allowed Meriel to help her dear friend make her transition consciously and in peace. Meriel said, “the suggestions in the book of what a dying person close to death would want to hear was especially important”. She also included the idea that, “planning how one would like to orchestrate their final days/passing and after death is seemingly so important and not just the legalities but all the details of one’s choice of environment and the people that will be there.”

We make lots of preparations for having a baby but how about making preparations for the end of our life. Meriel showed the importance of preparation for her dear friend.

For the transitions coming in this new year remember it is the preparation, the thought and the awareness that will help you prepare for your final transition. A very blessed New Year to each of you.

6 Funeral Trends That Are Changing Death Rituals

A few interesting options worth investigating

by Leanne Pott, AARP, November 20, 2017

Photo by Sam Kaplan for AARP

Writing for AARP, Leanne Pott shares six new trends that are transforming funeral and burial processes in the United States.  She has not included the the Kiwi Coffin Clubs that are popping up in New Zealand where people create their own unique and often artist coffins.  Although, she does include themes about in home death preparations from In the Parlor.

She opens by noting that:

Last year, cremation surpassed traditional burials for the first time in the United States.

Traditional funerals are on their death bed. More people are skipping the two days of visitation, religious service and burial of an embalmed body in a casket that can cost as much as a used car, and instead opting for funerals that are easier on the planet and the budget. They’re going for more personal rituals, too, that break the rigid customs that became the norm in the 20th century. Here’s a look at what’s out there.”

In addition to cremations, she discusses the emerging popularity of water cremations, green burials, at-home funerals, therapy dogs, and creative ideas for “more interesting things to do with loved ones’ cremains than leave them in an urn. A British company will press them into a vinyl record with a custom song. Your local tattoo artist can mix them into tattoo ink and give you a custom tat in their honor. And an Alabama company will put them into the ammo of your choice so you can blast them to the afterlife in a one-gun salute. Because scattering ashes is so 2001.”

Free the full article on AARP.com at 6 Funeral Trends That Are Changing Death Rituals.

Kiwi Coffin Club Throws Glitter on the Idea of Dying

A growing number of New Zealand senior citizens are taking matters of death into their own hands through paint, song, and dance to build their own coffins.

The show must go on! Or must it? The members of New Zealand’s quirky Coffin Clubs don’t think so. The clubs—which consist of Kiwi senior citizens who seek comfort, community, and coffin-making—is gaining popularity among New Zealanders, as well as internationally.

This is an article and video that will tickle your heart and inspire new perspectives on how to prepare for your own death and burial.  A brilliant way to express yourself both in living and dying!

Learn more from National Geographic, October 19, 2017 by Austa Somvichian-Clausen

A Community Dialogue and Book Signing – Murphys, CA

A Community Dialogue and Book Signing

with Patt Lind-Kyle, MA

The Murphys Diggins Community Center
216 Tom Bell Road, Murphys, CA
Sunday February 25, 2018 ~ 11:30am – 2:00pm

Join us for “Finger Food” Pot Luck & Book Review
Please bring a dish to share if you can!

Hosted by John Adams & Rhoda Nussbaum

Books available onsite through Sustenance Books

Please RSVP John Adams 415 385 8388 or jadams655@att.net

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Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying & Awakening

Death is simply one more aspect of being a human being, but in our culture, we’ve made it a taboo. As a result, most of us walk through life with conscious or unconscious fears that prevent us from experiencing true contentment. Embracing the End of Life invites you to lean into your beliefs and questions about death and dying, helping you release tense or fearful energy and awaken to a more vital life now.

Author – Patt Lind-Kyle
Patt’s latest book Embracing the End of Life was #1 Amazon New Release for multiple Death & Grief categories. Her book Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal Award and a Best Book Award from USA Book News.  Patt has written a chapter in Audacious Aging and she is also the author of When Sleeping Beauty Wakes Up.

Hosted by John D Adams, PhD and Rhoda Nussbaum, MD

John and Rhoda are hosting this Community Dialogue and Embracing the End of Life Book Signing event for their community in Murphys, CA.

John has been a professor, manager, author, international speaker, consultant, and seminar leader. John served as the Chair of the Organizational Systems Ph.D. Program at Saybrook University (San Francisco) for 10 years, and also as a guest faculty member in a number of post-graduate programs.

In retirement, John focuses on volunteer and service work. In Calaveras County, he has served on a variety of local nonprofit boards of directors / advisors. Internationally, he was on the board of Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer, where he also served as the Administrative Director for PINCC-India. His recent local seminars have focused of End of Life preparation; and on promoting individual well-being, household emergency preparation, and community development in the Sierra Foothills communities.

Rhoda is an obstetrician/gynecologist, serving for 30 years at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco. She also served as Assistant Physician in Chief of the medical center and was Founding Director of the KP Northern Region Women’s Health Program.

In retirement, Rhoda focuses on volunteer and service work. She is a mentor in The Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program and has served on local nonprofit boards. Internationally, she was on the board of Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer, where she served as Medical Director for PINCC-India. She was involved in lobbying for the California End of Life Options Act, and currently offers seminars on End of Life preparation.

Spirituality Today – Book of the Month

Spirituality Today has designated Embracing the End of Life as Book of the Month for October 2017!

However you look at it Embracing the End of Life is a remarkable perspective on the dying process, and from all angles. Its spiritual perspective adds greatly to the sheer practicalities of the decaying of the physical body and its clear spiritual undercurrent whilst managing to avoid touching upon the thorny issue of religion. Having said that the writing in this work does lean towards Eastern philosophies at time but this is probably somewhat rather inevitable given their more mature and supportive perspective on death.  This includes a strong emphasis on meditation as an important exercise throughout life and a brief look at the Enneagram.

Throughout its pages Embracing the End of Life offers a good balance between commentary, exercises, advice and guidance. It is a well-constructed publication and written with a sympathetic but non-condescending style. I would heartedly recommend it to anyone contemplating the final stages in their life but feel it will be of immense value to those who are trying to aid them through that transition.

Death is, from our physical perspective, the final journey we make. Confronting the issues imposed by the final days of our lives is the greatest of all challenges. 

Sadly, we do not live in a society that adequately prepares us for that last great leap into the unknown. Someone who is keenly aware of that fact is Patt Lind-Kyle; an author, teacher, therapist, speaker and consultant who’s book Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal Award and Best Book Award from USA Today News. In her nook Embracing the End of Life she tackles that same thorny issue of dying and offers some practical advice for those making the final steps into death.

Read the full review at Our Review of Embracing the End of Life by Patt Lind-Kyle

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Read more on Embracing the End of Life.

Ask Love

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Asklove.org offers a revolutionary new way forward. You can receive potent, heart-based, peer-reviewed solutions from their moderated online forum for your toughest issues. This free support community is just about to launch, offering you an opportunity to be one of the first people to shape the community and initiate a conversation that will empower your life and could very well reshape our cultural dialogue.

Our hearts, not our intellects, see our world as it actually is – an interconnected whole. That is why heart-based wisdom provides our most realistic, effective answers. However, when a tough issue or conflict occurs we so often contract and lose access. Now, when you can’t “​Stop, Drop, and Ask”​ your ​own heart, AskLove.org provides an online Forum where you share your situation and source heart-based, peer-reviewed solutions from the community. Transform challenges into opportunities. Discover your heart’s wisdom. Receive and offer support while creating a positive shift for humanity.

 Please join Asklove.org at no cost, and participate in their upcoming beta launch on February 8, 2016. Register here. Empower your life and change our world!

Patt Lind-Kyle

Yes you CAN teach your brain new tricks!

Yes you CAN teach your brain new tricks!

Retraining Your Inner “Old Dog”: Yes, You Can Change Your Life…But First You Must-Literally-Change Your Mind.
Most of us believe that there are aspects of ourselves and the way we fit into the world that can’t be changed, whether we like it or not. But what if that’s not the case after all? Author Patt Lind-Kyle promises that you can change your life (and literally rewire your brain!) through a method that has been around for millennia: meditation.

If you’re like most people, you’re dissatisfied with some area of your life. Perhaps you’re stuck in a dead-end job or an unfulfilling relationship. Maybe you’re deep in debt from compulsive spending, or you abuse substances, or you habitually overeat. Or it could be that you just feel unhappy in general: anxious, stressed, depressed, or chronically angry. But no matter how fervently you vow to stop your unhealthy behaviors or change your attitude, you find yourself backsliding-eating another doughnut, sneaking another cigarette, or dwelling on the painful memories that make you miserable.

Maybe life has to be this way, you find yourself thinking. Maybe unhappiness is just a big part of the human condition. Maybe the best we can hope for is to distract ourselves from time to time and just try to endure. Sure it’s a bleak outlook, but isn’t it also a realistic one?

“Absolutely not,” asserts Patt Lind-Kyle, author of Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain: Applying the Exciting New Science of Brain Synchrony for Creativity, Peace and Presence (Energy Psychology Press, 2009, ISBN: 1604150564) and mind training guide whose voice appears on the book’s companion CDs. “It is possible to change your life in any way you want to change it. But first you have to understand what’s at the root of your problems: your mind and the way it directs your brain to function-basically, where you place your attention.”

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