10 Books That Changed My Life This Year

T. Colin Campbell, PHD, Thomas M Campbell II MD
The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health

Jeremy Narby
A look at how neurogenetic consciousness informs awareness, knowledge, symbolism and culture. Favorite quote: “This is perhaps one of the most important things I learned during this investigation: We see what we believe, and not just the contrary; and to change what we see, it is sometimes necessary to change what we believe.” 

The Dalai Lama
Using the traditional Buddhist allegorical image of the Wheel of Life and the teaching of the twelve links of dependent origination, the Dalai Lama deftly illustrates how our existence, though fleeting and often full of woes, brims with the potential for peace and happiness. 

Viktor Frankl
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, between 1942 and 1945.  In the book, Frankl describes life in Nazi death camps and the lessons he learned for spiritual survival. He argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

Robert Rosenbaum
This book explores the challenges and joys of making our life into a coherent whole and attempts to integrate psychotherapy and Zen Buddhist practice, which insists we find ourselves in every moment of our lives and speaks to the basic connectedness of all things.  Each chapter stitches together an aspect of Zen practice with the realization of psychotherapy, and their manifestation in daily life. 

Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago in his journey to Egypt in search of a hidden treasure there, after having a recurring dream that he believes to be prophetic. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. After listening to "signs" the boy ventures in his personal, Ulysses-like journey of exploration and self-discovery.

 Brian Weiss, MD
The true story of a prominent psychiatrist, his young patient, and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives. Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. His skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from the “space between lives,” which contained remarkable revelations about Dr. Weiss’ family and his dead son. Weiss advocates hypnotic regression as therapy, claiming that many phobias and ailments are rooted in past-life experiences whose acknowledgment by the patient can have a curative effect. Weiss also writes about messages received from the "Masters", or "super-evolved, nonphysical souls", he claims to have communicated with through his subjects.

Teich Nhat Hanh
With the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with ourselves and the peace that is available to us at all times, whenever we are, whether it be washing dishes, driving or at the office. Zen master and spiritual leader, Thich Nhat Hanh, shows us how to make positive use of the very situations and keep our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing and shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices.

Mark Nepo
The word courage comes from the Latin, cor, which literally means heart. The original use of the word courage means to stand by one’s core. This book is an exploration into how to find our way to our core, to stand by our core, and to then sustain the practice of living from our core—to live out of our courage. So, The question that unfolds is: How do we encourage ourselves, each other, and the world? Mark invites readers to explore their own inner core through the stories of ordinary people, political activists, artists, spiritual teachers from a variety of traditions. His broad range of stories and people, of traditions and insights, offers myriad ways for readers to relate to their own search for courage.

Mark Nepo
Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo opens a new season of freedom and joy--an escape from deadening, asleep-at-the wheel sameness--that is both profound and clarifying. His spiritual daybook is a summons to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and to savor the beauty offered by life's unfolding. It's a daily guide for living in hard times and good times, all the time reminding us that the life we're living is the life we have. Lived authentically it can, and does, become the life we want. Each entry is followed by a mind-awakening exercise for the reader to do.

Newer Post Previous PostOlder Post Home
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...