I question my life. It is what I do – not in a ‘my life sucks’ whiny way, but rather as a search for clarity and meaning, to better understand my words and deeds. And please don’t get me wrong, it is not done in an angst-filled manner either. It is reflective.
I realise I have read many books about living life… some I agreed with, others not so. All have made me pause and re-consider. These books are not ‘how-to’ books but rather books that provoke thoughts, reflection, evaluation…
I have selected 7 books from my bookshelf to share with you, in the order they were read by me to the best of my recollection 🙂 .
An aside, ever wondered why ‘7’ is so popular in Eastern and Western cultures? I have used ‘7’ because it is my favourite number. It is an auspicious number in Chinese culture symbolizing ‘togetherness’ and representing ‘yang’ or masculine energy.
Now, the books:
- The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck
This is a classic on confronting pain and suffering, and the significance of loving relationships.
- Unconditional Life by Deepak Chopra
Consolidating different disciplines from quantum physics to ancient traditions, this is an exposition of the impact of consciousness on our reality and in turn, our health and wellbeing.
- The Call by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
An excerpt of the poem, The Call, from the book:
I have heard it all my life,
A voice calling a name I recognized as my own.
Sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper.
Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency.
But always it says: Wake up my love. You are walking asleep.
There’s no safety in that!
4. The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
What makes you happy? What makes you a true warrior, a champion in life? Whether you agree or not, it’s a different perspective worth considering.
- Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart by Dr Gordon Livingstone
A collection of essays written by a psychiatrist, that is akin to ‘life lessons’. Definitely gets you thinking.
- Codes of Love by Mark Bryan
A look at the family and how it influences who we are, and how we are able to learn to re-connect with our loved ones, or gain deeper intimacy. Think your family’s normal? 😉
- The Good Life by Hugh Mackay
A social commentary on modern life, and in particular the Utopia complex we as a society and as individuals are buying into, by a modern philosopher. What makes a good life? A life worth living?
I hope you find little gems within the pages!