Tuesday, August 26, 2014

30 books that have changed my life

Reading is one of my core desired activities. It feeds me from the inside out. It's not just about the knowledge I get, it's the whole experience. The brushing and flossing of my teeth at night, taking my triphala, walking into the bedroom, setting the alarm, peeling away the down comforter from the head of the bed, and crawling in, like a child crawling to a mother for nourishment and care. I pick up my book and read. Usually it's for about 45-60 minutes, other nights it's shorter, on the weekends, I like reading in the morning, the stillness of the world still vibrant. Also, I am an avid supporter, donor, and patron of the Seattle Public Library, one of the finest systems in the United States, where I can be caught browsing the shelves on a Sunday afternoon post-grocery shopping.

I wanted to share with you 30 non-fiction books that have changed my life. Now, narrowing down 30 was difficult and I have hundreds of books on my shelves, fiction and non-fiction. I wanted to keep some boundaries on this list though that speak to my desire to be constantly evolving and learning about the human condition. Self-help gets a bad rap and I hate the term, so think of this collection as my "Soul Collection."

Here they are:

Yoga and the Quest for True Self by Stephen Cope
Bringing Yoga to Life by Donna Farhi
The Path of the Yoga Sutras by Nicolai Bachman
The Four Desires by Rod Stryker
The Sevenfold Journey by Anodea Judith & Selene Vega
Light on Life by BKS Iyengar

Buddhism, Mindfulness, Soul Work 
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
True Refuge by Tara Brach
Meditation for the Love of It by Sally Kempton
The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
Dharma Punx by Noah Levine

Creativity, Writing, Thinking 
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte

Food & Adventure 
Cooked by Michael Pollan
Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
Eat Right for Your Type by Dr. D'Adamo
Into thin Air by John Krakauer
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes
High Infatuation by Steph Davis

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