I haven’t posted as much in the past month because I’ve been hard at work getting this website re-launched. But even with that distraction, I always had a stack of books in hand.
This month I’m giving you a glimpse at some staple books on my bedside table (4, because 2 are chunky and small) + 2 interesting reads. These staples, some old and some new, continue to motivate and enlighten me every time I open them. (Yes, they are good enough to buy physical copies of.)
The Essential Rumi, by Jalal al-Din Rumi (Author), translated by Coleman Barks – Bedside
Now that I’m not moving for bit, I finally bought a hard copy of this book. Divided in to 29 sections, including Emptiness and Silence, Recognizing Elegance, and Being Woven, I find myself reaching for this collection for any number of reasons: when I’m feeling lost, seeking an inner grounding, exploring some ideas, or simply when I have some time before I sleep or while drinking my morning tea. The collection is easily savored on its own, with each read bringing a new sense of understanding and wisdom. It is also a great book for your like-minded friends to pour over in group (although I refrain from using the term ‘club’ here, because this is not a one-off read).
The Path of the Yoga Sutras: A Practical Guide to the Core of Yoga, by Nicolai Bachman – Bedside
I’ve owned this book for about 3 years, and it’s good enough that I carried it with me when I moved to Africa. Mr. Bachman is a leading voice in the 51 core concepts of the sutras, with this version being a highly digestible take on learning and integrating them in to your life. Divided in to five parts (Key Principles, Understanding Suffering, Outer Behavior, Personal Practices, Inner Development), each short chapter introduces the concept of that sutra, some key thoughts, and some short exercises (Meditate on the part of you that never changes). It’s both informational and aspirational, and never fails to bring me in to an aligned and motivated place. Definitely well worth the small price you pay.
Think Happy, Be Happy: Art, Inspiration and Joy (both by Workman Publishing) – both Bedside
These two, chunky, colorful, and incredibly positive books are amazing! Both were acquired on a recent trip to Whole Foods (yes, you can get them on Amazon, too), and are bursting with energy, zest and passion. I love opening to random pages to read the message, and I especially enjoy the colorful, hand lettering artwork (a recent hobby of mine). These books are ideal for bosses, colleagues, friends, children (especially children!), and family. With quotes like “Build a ship before you burn a bridge” paired with little factoids (Most Beautiful Bridges in the World) and a price under $10, you can’t go wrong.
I’m a few years behind in reading this, but I have a workshop with Pamela Slim in a few weeks and I felt it was high time I read some of her work. I will admit I have a love/hate affair with the general tone of “corporate America is the devil” (or Prisoner/Jailer in her words). No, it isn’t for everyone, but it does play a huge role in many American lives, and many individuals really need the order and predictability of corporate. That written, I do believe everyone today needs to be realistic about the market and their own skill sets. Should they choose to go out on their own, or even want to know more about what it might take to do so, this is a really informational, logical, interactive, and pretty comprehensive read on what you could expect.
The Luck Factor: Four Essential Principles, by Richard Wiseman
I recently read this for my positive psychology (+P) course. Even though it’s 12 years old, the message isn’t outdated: Luck can be learned. Broken in to four principles (create chance opportunities, think lucky, feel lucky, deny fate) with 12 sub-principles, this is a fast yet enlightening take on why some people just seem to have all the luck. I will admit that, even though I scored rather highly on the luck quiz, I don’t believe my mindset is because I think I’m just a lucky person. I do the work and hustle, but, to the author’s credit, I do believe that the more positive you are, the more positive connections and people you will see and meet. Call that luck, call it hustle; no one cares just as long as you are doing it and positively contributing to your time on this planet.