Author: Yumi Sakugawa
Why its included here: We all need a little pick me up and emotional boost every now and then.
Author: Thich Nhat Hahn
Why its included: Because it changed my life. Period.
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Why its included: Because we all need the occasional reinforcement to follow our craziest dreams as creative living beings!
Author: Pema Chodron
Why its included: Because we all need some help in making friends with our minds.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
There are 2 games to life. Which are you playing?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.