A Wind in the Door
The second of the time quintet by Madeleine L’Engle was nearly as good as the first. There were just a few areas where I wanted the story to move on instead of lingering on certain details. I’m enjoying the development of the characters also. Still committed to reading the remaining three.
One of my favorites from this collection:
Poems arrive ready to begin.
Poets are only the transportation.
April 27 2019:
Books I’m currently reading. One is a reread (times about 3). I’m a minimalist who loves reading. I also prefer the feel of the book in my hands. So, my books come from the library. 😘 Do you usually have more than one book at a time going?
The Old Man and the Sea
Another I cannot remember having ever read. My interest has been peaked over the years to read this story; yet, it never moved up on my list.
I checked it out from the library after reading “The True Secret of Writing” by Natalie Goldberg and the way she speaks of the book, the story, and Hemingway.
Blessed and happy I did. Beautiful story of courage and friendship. I felt like I was there in the boat with the old man. Wonderful and powerful writing.
The True Secret of Writing
This is the third of Natalie Goldberg’s books that I’ve read. By far, my favorite. Loved it so much I wanted to sleep with it next to my pillow and soak in every morsel.
The subtitle is “Connecting Life with Language”; one indication of why I find this book to be so powerful. It did my writer’s soul good to read that I am already doing some of what she shares and to learn of how much more I can be doing. Inspiring, moving, beautiful …. xoxo
January 13 2019:
How to Meditate – A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind
I’ve had a regular meditation practice since about 2011 and every once in a while I like to read something different about it to give my own practice a little jolt!
That happened back in 2014 when I read, “For the Love of It”; which created a huge positive shift. And, Pema Chodron did not disappoint. I enjoy and get something out of all of her books I’ve read to date.
This one teaches how to meditate with eyes open; rather than closed. I have always meditated with eyes closed and been on some fantastical journeys. I have spent about 8 years exploring, adventuring, and healing within.
Now, it’s time to explore and adventure without. Learning to be at peace and still no matter what’s happening without. That’s how I see this and I’ve been at it for 2 weeks now. It’s extremely uncomfortable. Yet, I’m ready to meet my edge with discomfort and know that there is wisdom and all kinds of good stuff when embracing the discomfort. I’ll stay with it for a full month and then perhaps alternate practice styles.
My favorite quote from the book … “The experience of a sad and tender heart is what gives birth to fearlessness. Conventionally, being fearless means that you are not afraid or that, if someone hits you, you will hit him back. But we aren’t talking about that street-fighter level of fearlessness. Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world.” -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
December 29 2018:
Beyond Civilization – Humanity’s Next Great Adventure
The foundation of this book is that there is no one right way to live. The author discusses how the majority of us are convinced that there must be only one right way to live, and we are living it.
I was deeply moved reading about how he defines civilization and tribes and taking a look into history at past civilizations and tribes. I’m inspired to learn about and see ideas from a different perspective. Great book!
November 25 2018:
The Book Life
(Image: “‘The Lure of Books’ 1911 by Coles Phillips” by Plum leaves is licensed under CC BY 2.0)
A love of reading
A love of books
A love of the written word…
Poetry: The Book Life
November 24 2018:
The Faithful Gardener
“New seed is faithful. It roots deepest in the places that are most empty.”- C.P. Estes
Just a beautiful book and story. Loved it.
November 3 2018:
Rediscovering Life – Awaken to Reality by Anthony de Mello
Attachment, desire, happiness, and freedom …. It’s all revealed in this wonderful and powerful book! When I find a book that moves me, I read it about a half dozen times consecutively. On my second round with this one. xoxo