Over the years, I have been introduced to a number of inspiring books. Here are some of my favorites:
MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING
Flying home from Tucson, AZ in 2014, I sat next to a young man, and we starting talking about our lives and what we'd learned so far. I was searching at the time, and the young man - whose name I no longer recall - suggested I read Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning.
The subject matter, of course, is quite disturbing and difficult. It doesn't get much worse, as far as man's inhumanity to man. Frankl's story, however, is almost superhuman, riveting and inspiring. It hit me hard though, on a personal level. It made me see that I had no real sense of purpose. This book made me realize that you find yourself and your strength through following your dreams, even in the face of unspeakable adversity. The book also made me wonder if and how I could better myself so that I, like Frankl, could be composed and handle whatever came my way with grace. The answer seems to be in the healing work I do, which is helping me evolve and has brought real purpose to my life.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI
In the 90s, I worked on 5th Avenue near Madison Park in NY. At lunch, sometimes, I would wander downtown a bit, and I remember one time walking into an outpost of the Self Realization Fellowship and seeing Yogananda gazing up at me from the front cover of his book. I didn't read The Autobiography of a Yogi until 2015. I immediately felt warmth towards this young boy whose faith in the Divine Mother was so strong. A beautiful book about faith and a man's spiritual schooling.
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SURVIVING TRAUMA SCHOOL EARTH Brent Baum is a trauma therapist. It was Brent that gave me my first energy psychology healing, through his powerful technique Holographic Memory Resolution. Brent thoughtfully discusses the lasting effects of trauma and his important work to free people from its hold over their patterns and emotions.
On my virtual nightstand:
The Body Keeps the Score by B. van der Kolk
Becoming Supernatural by Joe Dispenza
You Are the Universe by Deepak Chopra and Menos Kafatos