Some of My Favorite Reads

One of the biggest “hurts” I have from vision loss from glaucoma is my ability to read.  It’s very challenging. So when I read a book, it’s a commitment.  These books are among the best I’ve found.

This book is especially for you if you don’t necessarily buy into the standard Christian teachings, but do believe there is great wisdom in The Bible.  Adyashanti is a Zen practitioner who reinterprets it through the eyes of one who has a high respect for the teachings of Jesus, but not for the way it’s been reinterpreted by most of the mainstream Churches.

Who are we … really?  This is perhaps the most profound book I’ve ever read.

Out there on the periphery is the outer world.  Closer in our feelings and emotional world.  Closer in still are our thoughts and a brain that just can’s stop yakking.

But who’s behind that?  Who are we at our essence?  That is what this book explores – in a way that is humorous, approachable and enlightening beyond belief.  Highly recommended.

Ever wonder how people can be so different – and yet so alike?  For that matter, what if you could get a roadmap that shows you how your brain works – like a GPS for your brain?

Such a system exists, and it’s called the Enneagram.  At its core, the Enneagram identifies 9 personality types.  But it further refines that by showing whether each is a head, heart or body type.  And then there are three subtypes – social, 1:1, and self-preservation – that further refine it.

It’s a detailed and nuanced system that – when used well – helps you learn about how we think, what drives you, both the gifts and challenges you’re likely to face, and a path to growth.  And this book is written by two of the system’s foremost experts.

One of the biggest life lessons I learned in coming out of my depression is the power of somatic healing.  We can heal more deeply and thoroughly through our body than we can through our head.  And this book is one of the very best on the topic.