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Book: Your Illustrated Guide to becoming one With the Universe 

Author: Yumi Sakugawa

Why its included here: We all need a little pick me up and emotional boost every  now and then.


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Book: No Mud, No Lotus – The art of transforming Suffering

Author: Thich Nhat Hahn

Why its included: Because it changed my life. Period.


Book: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Why its included: Because we all need the occasional reinforcement to follow our craziest dreams as creative living beings!

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Book: How to Meditate: A practical Guide to Making friend with your mind. 

Author: Pema Chodron

Why its included: Because we all need some help in making friends with our minds.

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Book: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Author: Don Miguel Ruiz

Why its included: The four principals/agreements to personal happiness and freedom laid out by Ruiz are simple and easy to understand.

Finding Meaning

Title: Man’s Search for Meaning

Author: Victor E. Frankl

Why its included: Sometimes we need a reminder that we do really have a sense of choice, and power, over how we experience life – especially in the face of what may seem to be a completely powerless situation.

The Lights of Yoga

Book: Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal 

Author: Joseph Campbell

Why its included: For anyone interested in yoga, this is a must read! Campbell does such a great job of discussing many aspects of the mythology I had never learned.

Learning to See

Book: Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Author: Anne Lamott

Why its included: Everything she discusses with regards to the writer’s life can be applied to almost any other career. Plus, she’s really funny throughout most of it.

Learning to move forward

Book: The success principals: How to get from where you are to where you want to be

Author: Jack Canfield with Janet Switzer

Why its included: The book is an accumulation of multiple sources of wisdom on how to attain one’s goals in various aspects of life.

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BookPlay to Win: Choosing Growth over Fear in Work and Life

Author: Larry & Hersch Wilson

Why its included: In reading this book,  I came to realize – perhaps for the first time – how important it is that I grow up emotionally. To this point, no other book has made that thought as clear to me.

Learning to live better

Book: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Authors: The Dali Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams

Why its included: “The book of Joy” presents a perspective shift that I found profound for how I was looking at life and how I might instead choose to look at life.

Finding the Uncarved block

Book: The Tao of Pooh

Author: Benjamin Hoff

Why its included: Hoff explains Taoism in a very easy to understand and yet profound manner – all through characters familiar to most Westerners.

The Bhagavad Gita

Book: The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita Explained

Author: Swami Kriyananda

Why its included: This is one of two versions I have read that I found to be particularly informative, and easy to digest, in terms of this sacred text.

Conversations with God

Book: Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue

Author: Neale Donald Walsch

Why it is included: The book provides some interesting perspectives that both challenge as well as comfort those who are hoping to learn more about why we are here and what we are here to do.

Be Here Now!

Book: The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for An Age of Anxiety

Author: Alan W. Watts

Why its included: Watts presents a series of arguments that help provide both tools as well as insight into our lives.

Time for a change in perspective!

Book: Why People don’t heal and how they can

Author: Caroline Myss

Why its included: Myss presents a few nuggets that are worth considering any time life presents you with some set backs. One of them being that perhaps illness is presented in one’s life not because they have done something “bad” to deserve it, but instead because it serves as an opportunity for one to fully grow into the person they have the capacity to become and perhaps were always destiny to become – mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

The Quest To Be You

Book: Braving The Wilderness: The Quest For True Belonging And The Courage To Stand Alone

Author: Brene Brown

Why it’s included: Brown clearly describes what I feel is perhaps the hardest struggle of my life – “to belong everywhere and no where.” Through narratives she discusses this uniquely human quest, that until I read her book I thought I was alone in pursuing.