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Shaman Recommends

Books:

Spirituality

A New Earth Eckhart Tolle’s international bestselling book on understanding the self, ego, and collective consciousness. The go-to spiritual guide for finding stillness in the present moment, this book has helped millions of readers around the world bring peace into their everyday life.

Rumi’s Little Book of Life – a book containing everyday wisdom from a 13th century mystic. A roadmap to living in harmony with the universe, this little gem of a book is great to dip in and out of while sipping on a cup of coffee.

The Alchemist – a short fable about a young shepherd’s journey of following his heart and chasing his dreams. With a visionary blend of spirituality and folklore, the Alchemist is a bible for spiritual awakening, and an inspiration for anyone striving to realise their own dreams.

Solve For Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy – Written by an engineer and a top executive at Google, this book is Mo Gawdat’s lifelong research for enduring happiness – an equation, which saved him from despair in the face of a terrible loss, and which now inspires millions of others to take charge of their own happiness.

The Upanishads This little book includes the late Vedic Sanskrit religious teachings which forms the foundations of Hinduism. Perfect for anyone interested in Eastern spiritual philosophies.

The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz’s book based on ancient Toltec wisdom is a powerful guide to dispel any self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy.

The Way of a Pilgrim – a 19th Century Russian peasant tells of his story of following St. Paul’s advice of perpetual prayers. The book is based on Christian orthodox traditions, but is also deeply linked to Asian spiritual traditions of mantra and meditation.

Novels

Overstory – a Pulitzer prize winner, this novel is a beautifully crafted novel about the lives of eight different people and their deep-rooted connection with trees, and how their stories converge while defending America’s ancient forest from logging corporations.

The God of Small Things – Another Booker prize winner, this spiderweb of a novel is a literary gem about twins, Rahel and Estha, growing up amid scenes of political turbulence in Kerala. An eye-opener, this story will stay with you long after you finish the book.

1Q84Haruki Murakami’s masterpiece is a brilliant blend of realism and surrealism, and reading his incredibly imaginative novel is an experience akin to falling down a rabbit hole.

Remains of the Day – Told through the eyes of a Butler in a Manor House, Kazuo Ishiguro’s slow burn story is an enlightening reflection on the conflicting times in the UK just before WWII.

Brave new world – a dystopian social sci-fi describing a future where people are environmentally engineered into an intelligence-based social hierarchy, where reproductive technology and sleep-learning are explored. An extremely perceptive book written in the 30s – a real eye opener!

Steppenwolf – brutal and true story that reflects a profound crisis in the author’s own spiritual journey, describing the struggle to marry the two sides of himself – his humanity and his wolf-like aggression.

Cookbooks

Deliciously Ella Quick & Easy Plant-based Deliciousness: this book comprises of 10 and 20 minutes quick, delicious meals that are completely plant-based. A must have for anyone looking to embrace a plant-based lifestyle.

Noodles and Dumplings – explores the traditional cooking methods behind some of our best-loved Asian dishes with over 70 recipes.

Cocoa: an exploration of chocolate – knowledgeable and useful cookbook on all things chocolate and cocoa.

The Urban Rajah’s Curry Memoir – street Indian food that will teach you how to make your own whole and ground masala spice mixes and home cooked Jalfrezi.

Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from Palestinian Kitchen   the quintessence of middle eastern/levantine cuisine, with beautiful photography and stories of the author’s travels through the region. A deeply moving, knowledgeable, and surprisingly political cookbook!

La Plantation: Cookbook (Vol. 1) – a selection of recipes inspired by spices from around the world. A book written by our own talented Sales and Development Manager!

Coffee Books

Slip n’ Slurp is Freda Yuen’s guide to expert coffee tasting from a meditative, sensory angle. Freda is the Head of Coffee Origin Coffee Roasters, and a leading voice in the world of coffee tasting.

Craft Coffee – a complete guide to manual brewing coffee at home, exploring multiple pour-over, immersion, and cold-brew techniques.

The Coffee Dictionary: An A-Z of coffee, from growing & roasting to brewing & tastinga bible for any coffee lovers, this is a complete guide to an array of terms, techniques, coffee bean varieties, and equipment to making the perfect cup of coffee.

Podcasts:

Highest Self Podcast – This podcast with Sahara Rose teaches listeners how to discover their Dharma (soul’s purpose) and step into their highest potential.

On Purpose – A podcast featuring fascinating conversations with the most inspiring and insightful people from all over the world.

Slo Mo: A podcast with Mo Gawdat – From the author of one of our favourite books, Solve for Happy – Slo Mo explores the profound questions and problems we face in pursuit of happiness.

Saturn Returns with Caggie – a podcast that aims to bring peace during a time of challenge, opposition, and change.

Beyond The Self with Africa Brooke – A podcast exploring the subconscious mind, and all the mess and glory of the human experience. For those who want to understand more about their thoughts and emotions.

How To Fail with Elizabeth Day – this podcast celebrates failures. Every week and interviewee discusses their failures and what it had taught them.

Documentary:

HyperNormalisation – In this thought-provoking documentary, Adam Curtis argues that in times of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is actually happening. A profound look at current affairs.

Honeyland – a heart-warming and heart breaking story of the last female wild bee keeper in Macedonia. A deep look into our behaviour towards natural resources and the human condition.

My Octopus Teacher – An Oscar winning documentary about a filmmaker and diver’s unusual friendship with an octopus living in the South African Kelp Forest. A heart-warming nature film.

Kiss the Ground – ground-breaking film for anyone who cares for the planet and good food habits. An inspiring film that reveals the first viable solution to climate crisis.

Brands we love:

Shaman’s favourite brands are all beautifully designed and great for you and the planet. Our top-picks are all available to purchase at our boutique at St. Paul’s Riverside and Leman Street.

Standart Magazine – Awarded 2017, 2018 and 2019 Best Coffee Magazine, Standart is a well-curated, independent print publication that explores the beauty and diversity of coffee culture.

Tanaka Soap – bars of soap that benefit skin health and boost wellbeing and, in doing so, rid the world of plastic waste.

Neighbourhood Botanicals – Neighbourhood Botanicals products are all formulated in-house by the founder, an ex sound engineer who tired of the touring lifestyle and retrained in skincare formulation instead.

Made by Cooper – A modern apothecary crafting natural and organic products for your skin and soul with an emphasis on emotional wellbeing.

Huskee Cup – A designer reusable coffee cup made using waste husk left over from the production of coffee.

Hobo + Co – Hobo + co. is an independent home fragrance company based in rural Lincolnshire, England.