I love to read. I love to keep books around, like old friends. I love to stumble on a passage I underlined, and discovering its magic all over again. I love to share books. I love book recommendations. Here are mine from my 2016 reading list.
Relaxation Revolution: the Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing, by Dr. Herbert Benson and William Proctor.
This might be considered a reviewed and augmented version of Relaxation Response published in 1975. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is dealing with health conditions, such as high blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, arthritis (and the list goes on). It’s short and easy to read. While it sets a strong foundation for mindfulness, it instead calls it relaxation and makes a case for it in medical terms.
Restorative Yoga for Life: a Relaxing Way to De-stress, Re-energize, and Find Balance, by Gail Boorstein Grossman
Up until now, the pioneering reference book on Restorative Yoga, Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater, was the only true reference that I could recommend. Gail Boorstein Grossman has made an enormous contribution to the field with this recently published book. Surprisingly concise yet dense, this book is well organized and offers good modifications as well as observations regarding the effects and energetics of each pose. I’m happy to have another book to recommend.
Man’s Search of Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl
Need I say more that the title? Check out my reading notes.
The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It, by Kelly McGonigal
Life changing! (Well, if your life is rather stressful…) Check out my reading notes.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Wow, wow, wow! This book deserves a whole blog to itself. I tried writing about it when I first read it, but there was just too much magic and goodness to it, I was unable to distill it in a few hundred words. The truth is that we all have a creative impulse, and many of us are particularly good at ignoring it for different reasons. Grab a copy of this book and get ready to start seeing your life in colours again! I will keep this book nearby in 2017, and dip into it whenever I feel stuck.