Deeper Meaning & Experience
Even Mark Nepo’s prose is written like poetry in his beautiful day-book: The Book of Awakening. Open your heart breath-by-breath, day-by-day with this thoughtful collection of spiritual impressions and subsequent helpful and simple meditations. Learn to quiet yourself in the moment and train your eye to see the splendid spiritual truths displayed all around us, running beneath the surface of our everyday experience.
Creativity is for Everyone
Instead of cramming creativity into the coveted boxes of the fine arts alone and for those special people lucky enough to call themselves “creatives”, Emily P. Freeman does a delightful job in her book: A Million Little Ways to give creativity back its magnificent wingspan that covers the breath of all our lives and the many small things we do from day-to-day. She breathes new interest and creativity into how we go about the simple things: crafting a conversation, preparing a meal, framing a budget, planting a garden, organizing a room, creating a table arrangement, or writing a note of encouragement.
This is a fantastically encouraging book that reveals the delicate beauty we can unfold in the often overlooked aspects of our lives. It takes the mundane to the delightful, as we quiet ourselves, become more mindful, and see creativity with a broader perspective.
Brene Brown’s look into the risks of not being vulnerable (closing yourself off from the rest of the world and your own self) and the benefits of allowing yourself to feel and then move through those icky, familiar feelings of vulnerability with courage, have opened my eyes and heart to a richer way of living. I am so thankful for her practical, analytical approach on something so intangible as feelings. Her research gives me new glasses to look at feelings through, and re-frames them for me as: not so scary, hard-to-handle, and actually the pathways to a life filled with more honesty and intimacy with myself, God, and others.
Why Not be Happy?
Shawn Achor, in his book The Happiness Advantage, describes recent discoveries in Positive Psychology that turn upside down our normal inclinations to assume success equals happiness. He puts happiness back into the hands of everyday people, empowering all of us to make shifts in our personal thinking that can not only shape happier lives for ourselves but also for those around us. He breaks down what seems difficult into small actionable steps, giving practical principles and examples on how to retrain your brain to look for the positive and other interesting changes of perspective that can lead to creating a happier life.