Books


Twelve Secrets of Highly Creative Women is a great book that inspires creativity, connection and collaboration. It suggests that to live out one’s creative potential it is imperative to know what one wants.  What do you want? What do you want from life? What do you want to create? How do you want to live your life? What do you value? What are your priorities?

Can you relate to any of these Postive Priorites listed in the chapter Living in Abundance?

1. Time for creative exploration

2. Fulfilling work

3. Encouraging partners, friends, and community

4. Personal growth experiences such as psychotherapy, body work and workshops

5. Nurturing living spaces

6.  Good health including nutrition, meditation, and exercise

7. Continued learning opportunities

8. Self-protection from negativity and toxic people

9. Reflective time such as vacations, health spas, and retreats

10. Spiritual practices and beliefs that support their process

11. Independence in action and thought

12. Solitude as needed

13. Inner security and centeredness

14. Connection with nature and the arts

15. Activities that stimulate inspiration

16. Balance

Are any of these on your priority list? Would you be willing to make more of these a priority in your life?

Have you heard o f Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor? I am currently listening to her talking book My Stroke of Insight. Fascinating!!! Dr. Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist, a woman who passionately studied neuroanatomy. At the age of 37 she experienced and survived what she has now come to believe was the best thing that ever happened to her, an incapacitating stroke. During the space of four short hours she witnessed her brain function deteriorate as she lost most of her faculties.  Yet through eight years of determined effort and the infinite love and support of her mother she has completely recovered.  Her story tells of curiosity and determination, of science and anatomy, and of compassion and the human spirit. She continues to recalibrate herself to the world and experiences life from entirely new perspectives. Her story is definitely one to listen to…

If you haven’t seen or heard her:

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey

www.drjilltaylor.com

www.ted.com

Have you read any of these books?

1. The Ominivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

2. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

3. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barabara Kingsolver and her family.

I’m inspired!!!

Michael Pollan considers food politics and food choices without pretense or judgment. His books make me think. They make me consider more deeply how and why I eat what I do. His tales have made my eating behaviors more conscious. I have settled into new layers of inquiry. How can I make a difference in my community, my country and also my body through what I choose to buy at the market?

Barbara Kingsolver, author extraordinaire is uber special. I love her books! And even more I love when she reads her audio books. Her voice is a delight to listen to. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a family collaboration that makes me want to have a family and live in the country. It makes me want to feel more connected to the land, to create soulful sustenance, and to live in alignment with my values. It reminds me of how my first years were. My parents chose I similar path when we were young but then were swept away by the busyness of life and a growing family. My childhood included compost bins full of little red worms, pulling long orange carrots out of fresh dirt, sun warmed strawberries in deep shades of red, sweet snappy peas eaten from the vine. It included the yeasty scents of home-made bread and white globs of tofu, monthly trips to town to stock up on staples and car loads of seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farmer’s markets. I ate fresh, whole and nourishing foods and although I have deviated somewhat myself later on, I couldn’t imagine raising my children any other way.

Do you think about where your food comes from? Do you make conscious eating choices? Do you cultivate green space?

In addition to the books – particularly in audio form – I also suggest Kingsolver’s website www.animalvegetablemiracle.com

Have you read The Power of Now? Do you like Oprah Winfrey? Eckhart Tolle and Oprah have teamed up and are offering a free ten-week, web-based series related to his book A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. I’ll admit I am not following along with the optional workbook, nor have I read the book (yet… I did buy myself a copy (Costco bargain – $7.99) and it travels with me daily 😉 ). However, I have listened to the first five recorded discussions and feel glad to have done so… I would love to share personal discussion of this with others and hope to recruit a group or at least a person (s) to chat with… www.oprah.com

Any takers? Are you interested in finding happiness? How about ending conflict and suffering? Eckhart suggests we consider a practice in which to transcend our ego-based states of consciousness… What a great and inexpensive opportunity to awaken to new levels of being, to shift unsupportive patterns and to invest powerfully with little monetary collateral. Will you join me?!

I’ve been blessed with the time to delve into reading again and have found myself re-inspired by numerous writings. What are you currently reading? Is it scholastic? Work-related? Or purely for pleasure?

Here are a few authors and books I have recently enjoyed:

1. Joan Anderson

A Weekend to Change Your Life

A Walk on The Beach: Tales of Wisdom from an Unconventional Woman

2. Jane Fonda

My Life So Far

3. Elizabeth Berg

A Year of Pleasures

Dream When You are Feeling Blue

4. Micheal Tucker

Living in a Foreign Language

5. Lucia Capacchione

The Power of Your Other Hand: A Course in Channeling the Inner Wisdom

of Your Right Hand

Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams

6. Kate Braestrup

Here if You Need Me

7. John Steinbeck

East of Eden

8. Micheal Pollan

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

9. Byron Katie

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life

10. Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

A large portion of my reading these days is actually listening – to CD’s – as PenelopeAnne and I zip gracefully down the coast. However an even greater portion has included me devouring hard-copy books from the cozy warmth of my bed, sometimes purely reading, sometimes equipped with my 8.5×11 hard-back sketch book/private journal/place of quotes, thoughts, collage, etc… and my box of colored pens to log notes of inspiration.

If you are curious about my reading list and bookshelf or are interested to know more about any of the above mentioned books send me a note OR check out shelfari.com.