OnMyBookShelfPic2On My Book Shelf

Here I am sharing with you the books that map my transformative journey. The books and authors that have been life changers, turning points, and soul food along the way. I’ve listed them here in the chronological order in which they entered my life up until the present moment; and I will continue to add to the list.

You know how a piece of music can take you right to a place and time in your life? Well this is how it is for me with these books. I remember where I was, what I was going through, and how they woke me up, answered my soul’s calling and soothed my aching heart. And always they arrived with divine timing and seemingly miraculous synchronicity; the right book, with the right message at exactly the right time. As a result I no longer accept that the guidance I need, whether it be from a chance conversation, an idea or a book comes to me ‘just by coincidence’. These books are the ones that kept me up all night, engaged with ‘ah ha’ moments on almost every page, every chapter an affirmation of what I had experienced or was experiencing at the time.

I share them with you here in case they might be exactly what your soul is calling in right now.

 

51KFcbMQkoL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Miracle of Mindfulness

A Manual on Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

‘ There are two ways to wash dishes. The first is to wash the dishes to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes… If while washing the dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that waits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes”.

This was the quote above the sink at Gaia House where I did my first ten-day silent meditation retreat back in 1993. I was on lunchtime wash up duty, which took two-three people one hour to3f9bc060ada0069227ad9110-l complete. The retreat and this quote changed my relationship to washing up as well as the course of my life!

I left the retreat and got hold of The Miracle of Mindfulness from which this quote originated. It was the first book I read on Buddhist meditation and mindfulness. Long before mindfulness reached the celebrity it has today, and became the buzz word on everyone’s lips, Vietnamese Zen Monk Thich Nhat Hanh was teaching it’s miracles.

This book was first published in 1975 and in my mind none of the gazillion books on mindfulness published since touch it in terms of simplicity, sweetness and profound depth of teaching. Written in deceptively simple language you don’t have to be Buddhist or have any knowledge of meditation to be able to understand and be transformed by its message.

It still informs my work today

 

To listen to my reading from chapter one of The Miracle of Mindfulness:

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