Depression as a Loss of Heart: One of my favorite articles about depression is by John Welwood. I often go back to this one.
The Five People You Meet In Heaven: This past fall I read this beautiful book, and, just last week, watched the two-part movie on Hallmark Movies. It was so good. It made me think about the people we come into contact with and the unknown ways that each of our lives makes a difference.
Gift from the Sea: I remember reading this book when my son was in preschool. I rarely reread books from start to finish, but for some reason I picked this book up again and am so glad that I did. This is one of my favorite quotes, “Traditionally we are taught, and instinctively we long, to give where it is needed-and immediately. Eternally, woman spills herself away in driblets to the thirsty, seldom being allowed the time, the quiet, the peace, to let the pitcher fill up to the brim.”
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: This book is a classic that can be read over and over. I love this quote. “Don’t aim at success-the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue.”
Menopause and Yoga: Read this recent article about the benefits of yoga during menopause.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: I read this book a few summers ago, and, to this day, I still think about the characters. It is a long read, but once you get started it’s hard to put it down.
Tattoos on the Heart is one of my favorite books and definitely worth the read. Knowing that she would be just as inspired as I was, I shared it with a dear friend, Maureen Gainer Reilly. She was just as inspired and used her determination to contact the author, Father Gregory Boyle. Because of Maureen, he will be visiting us in BEVERLY this spring. Please read his book, participate in a book club with friends and attend this special event on Thursday, April 11th. Click here for more information and watch this amazing video of a commencement speech Father Gregory Boyle gave at Pepperdine University.
UnDo It!: This book was recently released. I was with Anne while she wrote parts of it and am so happy that it was waiting on my doorstep this week. It is a wonderful testament to how simple changes can make a world of difference in our lives. I HIGHLY recommend this book and can speak first hand at the integrity of Dean and Anne Ornish. I am so happy for them! Click here to order.
The Untethered Soul: This is a classic book! I hope you enjoy.
Upside of Stress: This book really helped me to rethink the way that I feel about stress and anxiety. There were many profound insights. One that I especially resonated with me is, “People with meaningful lives worry more and have more stress then people with less meaningful lives. Why are they linked? One reason is that stress seems to be an inevitable consequence of engaging roles and pursuing goals that feed our sense of purpose. . . Rather then stress being a sign that something is wrong with your life, feeling stressed can be a barometer for how engaged you are in activities and relationships that are personally meaningful.” You can also listen to her TED talk here.
Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World: Pema Chodron, one of my favorite Buddhist teachers and writers, is coming out with a new book in October. I’ve already ordered it!
Wisdom of Menopause: I have recently learned that my body is in the beginning stages of perimenopause. I’ve started researching what happens and how to best support myself. What I’ve come to appreciate more then anything is how women can look to this period as a sacred time of change, growth and healing.
I just started reading this book, You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt, and can’t put it down. I was even reading it at a red light the other day. I am in love.
“There is no experience from which you can’t learn something. When you stop learning you stop living in any vital and meaningful sense. And the purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. You can only do that if you have curiosity, an unquenchable spirit of adventure. The experience can have meaning only if you have arrived at some knowledge of yourself, a knowledge based on a deliberately and usually painfully acquired self-discipline, which teaches you to cast out fear and frees you for the fullest experience of the adventure of life.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Yoga Asana Books
The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
Total Yoga by Tara Fraser
30 Essential Yoga Poses by Judith Lasater
The Woman’s Boook of Yoga and Health by Patricia Walden and Judith Hanson Lasater
Yoga for Wellness & Yoga for Transformation by Gary Kraftsow
Yoga Philosophy Books
The Tree of Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living by Donna Farhi
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope
The Bhagavad Gita Gandhi’s translation
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali translated by Chip Hartranft
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
The Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson
Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron
Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
Anger by Thich Nhat Hanh
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Toward a Psychology of Awakening by John Welwood
Untether Soul by Michael Singer
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O’Donohue
The Whole-Brain Child by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Parenting from the Inside Out by Dan Siegel and Mary Hartzell
Everyday Blessing: Mindful Parenting by Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn
The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland
Mindful Motherhood by Cassandra Vieten
No Drama Discipline by Tina Payne Bryson
Tween and Teen Parenting Books
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine
The Romance of Risk by Lynn Ponton
Uncommon Sense for Parents by Mike Rierra
Staying Connected to your Teen by Mike Rierra
Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons
Queen Bees & Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman
Masterminds & Wingment by Rosalind Wiseman
Wonder by RJ Palacio
The Three Questions by Jon Muth
Because Brain Hugged his Mother by David Rice
Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart by John Welwood
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman