I read a lot.
Let me clarify that. I don’t read as much as a few other people read, or as much as I read in the past, but I am a reader. I’ve been an avid reader from a young age, at times indiscriminate but now much more discerning.
It’s that Buddhist saying: “Don’t waste time.” If a book doesn’t hook me early on, I set it aside and try later. It doesn’t mean it’s not good. It just means it’s not relevant enough to what I need to learn in that moment to make the effort feel alive. Energy flows where attention goes. If there’s no energy there, why bother?
The following is a list of books I read in 2010, plan to read in 2011 (plan, not commit), read before 2010 (and mentioned on this blog) that have shaped my world, and reference books that I dip into but will probably not read cover to cover. Links are included to the books’ pages on Amazon.com; if you buy a book from clicking a link here, I’ll get a very small financial reward — which I appreciate, because blogging takes time.
I’ve mentioned a few of the 2010 books prominently, namely, The Open-Focus Brain, A Symphony in the Brain, Buddha’s Brain, The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process, and What Really Matters. You can do a search for those posts and read what I wrote if you want.
Books read in 2010
Buddha, by Karen Armstrong
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom, by Rick Hanson
The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, by T.K.V. Desikachar
Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings, by A.G. Mohan with Ganesh Mohan
The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body, by Les Fehmi and Jim Robbins
Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times, by Judith Lasater, Ph.D., P.T.
The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process: Transcend Your Toughest Times, by David Bercelli
Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
A Symphony in the Brain, by Jim Robbins
The Web That Has No Weaver, by Ted J. Kaptchuk
What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America, by Tony Schwartz
Yoga Sutras, translated by Kofi Busia (PDF file)
2011 Reading List
The 4-Hour Body, by Timothy Ferriss
Access Your Brain’s Joy Center: The Free Soul Method, by Pete A. Sanders Jr.
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, by Leonard Shlain
Beliefs: Pathways to Health & Well-Being, by Robert Dilts, Tim Hallbom, and Suzi Smith
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell
Chants of a Lifetime: Searching for a Heart of Gold, by Krishna Das
The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga: The Authoritative Presentation Based on 30 Years of Direct Study Under the Legendary Yoga Teacher Krishnamacharya, by Srivatsa Ramaswami
Effortless Wellbeing: The Missing Ingredients for Authentic Wellness, by Evan Finer
Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, by Parker J. Palmer
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life, by Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell
Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine, by Lonny S. Jarrett
Transforming #1, by Ron Smothermon, M.D.
Waking Up to What You Do: A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion, by Diane Eshin Rizzo
Yoga Body: Origins of Modern Posture Yoga, by Mark Singleton
Influential books from my past
The complete works of Carlos Castaneda, starting with The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
Dune, by Frank Herbert
Emptiness Dancing, by Adyashanti
The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul, by Sandra Maitri
Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, by Jill Bolte Taylor
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences, by Peter A. Levine
The Healing Triad: Your Liver…Your Lifeline, by Jack Tips
Light on Yoga, by B.K.S. Iyengar
Poems New and Collected, by Wislawa Szymborska
The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy, by Cyndi Dale
Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, by B.K.S. Iyengar