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The Book of Psalms, first thing in the morning, for many years now.
Great question. I had forgotten that my spiritual journey toward mindfulness started with Thich Nhat Hanh many, many years ago. Such a great man full of wisdom, yet I had no clue what he meant by suffering and why suffering had anything to do with happiness. That curiosity has fueled my transformation over the years..
– No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh
– A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
– What the Buddha Taught, Walpola Rahula
– Unwinding Anxiety, Judson Brewer
– Mindset, Carol S. Dweck
– Daring Greatly, Brene Brown
– the untethered soul, Michael A. Singer
– 8 Mindful Steps to Happiness, Bhante Gunarata
– Beyond the Breath, Marshall Glickman
– The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness, Bhante Gunaratana
– Advice Not Given, Mark Epstein M.D.
I can’t be specific as there are so many. So what occurs to me is my gratitude for all the books in my town library network that I can get by just asking.
I’m grateful for poetry books, especially authors like Ian S. Thompson, Rupi Kaur, etc., who speak gracefully about tough life things and turn them into beautiful, relatable, and powerful words.
Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, the Bible, Tao of Pooh, Circe, Pride and Prejudice, House of Leaves, In the Time of the Butterflies, Hound of Baskervilles, So long a Letter, Joy Luck Club, A Child Called it, Black Beauty, Call of the Wild…basically all of the books. Definitely grateful for all the books and the people who wrote them, and the librarian who I grew up next door to who made sure I read as many as I wanted.
1. Future Memory by PMH Atwater
2. Mystery Teachings from the Living Earth by John Michael Greer
3. The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near Death Experiences by Titus Rivas, et al.
4. Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences by Jeffrey Long and Paul Perry
5. 10 Life-Changing Lessons from Heaven by Jeff Janssen
6. Awakenings from the Light: 12 Life Lessons from a Near-Death Experience by Nancy Rynes
7. What if this is Heaven?: How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven on Earth
8. The Gospel of John
9. The Theology of the Gospel of John by D. Moody Smith
10. The Gospels and Acts: Fortress Commentary on the Bible by Margaret Aymer, et al.
Interesting list, Hot Sauce.
First of all the book of life which I am learning to reed. Then there is a book called the religion of the sermon on the mount which influenced me when I was a teenager, along with Za zen and tantric meditation from a Swiss Lady because this took me to my teacher. Then came many books of swami Vivekananda, Swami Sivananda which have a very practical approach. Nowadays I like to study the Upanishads. A book called Drgh Drshya Viveka I learnt almost by heart. I love to reed master Eckhard, Rumi, brother laurentius. To reed about the live of saints is very inspiring. I am most grateful for so many books. I really feel 😊 blessed
I am grateful for every book that I have read. Too many to site, much less name. I am thankful to all who have the creative ability to tell stories and to put them on paper. I am grateful I can read.
Currently, I am reading “Poetry of Presence, an Anthology of Mindfulness Poems”. So beautiful, touching….❤️
I love that book! Every morning I go to the site ayearofbeinghere.com, which was created by Phyllis Dai-Cole, and read the poems for the day’s date that she posted each day 2013-2015. That site was her underlying source for the book and has many more mindfulness poems. It has become part of my morning practice.
Thank you Barb C., I will check the site out. Love the poems in the book & the writers, all so talented.
Books have been my lifelong companions, and helped me through some difficult childhood times. I am grateful for every book I have read, and for the ease now of reading them on an I Pad!
Honestly, one of the books I’m most grateful for is “Wake Up Grateful”. Also other spiritual books including “The Power of Now”. In the past couple years I’ve gotten into reading fiction again and I really cherish the fiction books I’ve read and enjoyed as the bring a special quality to my day, and life, that was lacking.
There are so many and some I have had in my bookcase for over 50 years and have re-read several times. One is “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran. Another is “How to Love” by Anthony de Mello. I just finished reading Kristin Hannah’s “The Four Winds.” I highly recommend her novels. Another novelist I recommend is Jodi Picoult. I’m currently reading “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. There is a ton of wisdom in its pages.
Carol, I too enjoy Kristin Hannah’s books, so easy to read. Have a joyful day. ❤️
pkr, You would probably like Picoult if you like Hannah.
The Art of Happiness- the Dalai Lama
All of them! Voracious lifelong reader. My mother was a teacher and I learned to read very young thanks to the flashcards she put all over the house and the many books she read to me. It’s very hard to narrow down. The question is a chance to reflect on how grateful I am for the many who share their talents.
That said…. Ursula K. LeGuin tops my list and I’m currently rereading and discovering some I had missed when they came out. Most recently the book Saving Us by Dr. Katherine Hayhoe gave me new ways of thinking about connecting with others and the urgency of effective communications on the climate emergency. N.K. Jemisin, Octavia Butler, and other women of color give me the perspectives that were missing from science fiction/ fantasy, which I’ve read all my life. Richard Powers and Barbara Kingsolver never disappoint. Books like How to Be Less Stupid About Race by Dr. Crystal Fleming, So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo, and others have helped me grow in my efforts to be an anti-racist.
I grew up without much of a love for books. Though I loved them really. I was not diagnosed with dyslexia until late adulthood. I learned to read with confidence at age 16. Reading became relaxing, informative, an adventure, educational, and sacred. So much so, if I don’t spend time reading, writing, reflecting each morning, I miss the best part of my day. It’s incredible that I’ve had three books published.
I love this question as books have meant so much to me, have transported me and helped me to escape while simultaneously grounding me and and helped me grapple with the Stuff of Life.
I’m grateful for the childhood/adolescent books that showed me what empathy is and how to inhabit the experience of another – books like The Lottery Rose and Where the Red Fern Grows, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Elie Wiesel’s Night.
I’m grateful for the books that embarked my adult reading path after a long hiatus. The books that helped me remember a love of reading : Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Jane Eyre, Tess of the d’Urbervilles (in which I found my “first love” in classic literature – Thomas Hardy).
Nicki, I too love Thomas Hardy. There was a time I could not get enough of him! Amazing writer…..
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