She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.
- Annie Dillard, The Living
I read everything I can get my hands on, listen to, and even chant (or dance) to. As much as I love the written word, we all know it's beyond the words. It's the meaning we attach, the growth we experience, and joy we receive. The feelings we feel.
Deep, joyful, ecstatic…and introspective, reflective, and sad.
I feel it all. And I know you do too.
I've recently heard these words:
- I want to raid your library.
- What books do you recommend for such and such?
- Can you post your latest book stacks on Instagram?
- And most importantly, how do I find the time? (You never find the time, you make the time).
- Even, can you stop posting so many good books? I want them all.
Thus, "She Loves Words" a monthly segment was born. These are the words from books, podcasts, music lyrics, and blogs to move my spirit forward, uplift, and inspire me this month. And I hope you will find something to do the same for you.
PAGES TO TURN
- Inside the Miracle, by Mark Nepo :: a guide book to help one deal with times of transition with grace, discovery, and wisdom. I can't wait to sit down with these gem on a cold stormy day. It's been sitting at my bedside for a few weeks. Just opening to the first passage pulled me in.
- You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay :: A true classic! This book is life changing. I must have read this years ago (was orginally published in 1984), but I just devoured it in an afternoon when my girls were home sick. I might be carrying it around with me. There's a reason why Louise Hay is so adored. She is a wise woman.
- The Path of Practice: A Woman's Book of Ayurvedic Healing, by Maya Tiwari :: This is the second time I'm reading this. It's ignited a fire in me for deep healing I want to do within myself and with others. Maya healed herself from ovarian cancer, by rememberance to her heritage and a devotion to food, breath, and sound sadhana (daily spiritual practices). I am beyond blessed to be studying under her starting in January.
- Women's Anatomy of Arousal, by Sheri Winston, CNM, RN, BSN, LMT :: Super informative and much needed book about women and sexuality. Buy it, own it, read it. (Blog post in the works on this subject… I've been writing it my head for a while).
- Eat * Taste * Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living, by Thomas Yarema, Daniel Rhoda, Johnny Brannigan :: Great recipes and Guidebook for Ayurvedic philosophy. I've loved learning and integrating Ayurveda into my life for the last 15 years, and now that I am deeply immersed into my Kundalini teacher training - I have an expanded enthusiasm. As Dr. Vasant Lad (renowed Ayurveda physician) said "You can not practice yoga without Ayurveda nor can you practice Ayurveda without yoga." They are 2 sides of the same coin and beautifully compliment each other.
1. Ajeet Kaur: Darshan
2. Beautiful I Remember You / Wahe Guru: Jennifer Paskow
3. This Day: The Gilded Lillies
4. She Talks with Sara Avant Stover: The Power of Sisterhood with Nisha Moodley. I've listened to all of them. You can download and listen here.
5. The Tim Ferris Show: Tara Brach on Meditation. (This one is a long one, but I had so many a-ha's), You can listen here - or download on iTunes.
And for those curious about my devotion to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation….I'm adoring this recording from my beloved teacher (& friend) and her husband:: Meditation for Stress Relief.
What's books are at your bedside? I'd love to know what words in all forms are inspiring you these days. Especially those you don't want to end and/or have read more than once.
May you always open to that perfect page, hear the words you are ready to hear, and be elevated by all that awaits you.
Peace to All, Light to All, Love to All.