Useful READS

ORANGE SOCKS: How a yuppie goes yogi

by Valerie Simonson

An autobiography about a business woman who had it all, yet wasn’t happy and had to know The Answer. She discovered meditation is for fairly normal people. It can be used in everyday life even business.  The book is about how to become king over your mind and claim your right to self-sovereignty. Rich in humour, it also demonstrates an ease and simple honesty in tackling topics traditionally seen as deep and mysterious, like “Who Am I?” and “Who Is God?”

 

IN GOD WE DOUBT: Confessions of a Failed Atheist

by John Humphrys

The author takes us on a journey to explore the key questions and arguments about the existence or non existence of God. The book is written from the perspective of a Christian turned agnostic who feels derided by the believers because of his loss of faith and the unbelievers, atheists, for being washy-washy. The book examines the scientific and atheistic perspective on the notion of God and features interviews with well known religious leaders and surveys of the general public to determine what God might be like.

 

THE SEAT OF THE SOUL

by Gary Zukav

The author explains that we are evolving from a species that pursues power based upon the perceptions of the five senses – external power – into a species that pursues authentic power – power that is based upon the perceptions and values of the spirit. He shows how the pursuit of external power has produced our survival-of-the-fittest understanding of evolution, generated conflict between lovers, communities, and superpowers, and brought us to the edge of destruction.

 

THE GIFT OF CHANGE: Spiritual Guidance for Living Your Best Life

by Marianne Williamson

The book challenges us to examine our personal belief systems. Instead of looking outwards to resolve the problems we encounter in life, the author argues that we must look inwards. Instead of blaming other people for our problems, we must take responsibility. Instead of taking a hard line, we must learn to be vulnerable and kind. Instead of judging others, we can practice praising them. Facing up to our hidden or dangerous beliefs is the key to resolving our problems. The book offers ten bridges of transformation that can guide us personally and globally to healing. For instance from forgetting who we are to remembering who we are, from asking God to change the world to praying that God changes us, or from living in the past to living in the present.

 

THE ART OF HAPPINESS

Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler

The Art of Happiness is written by Howard Cutler and the Dalai Lama, the spiritiual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. In The Art of Happniess, Cutler blends psychology with the Dalai Lama’s Buddhist meditations, stories and guidance on how to defeat depression, anxiety, anger, and jealousy through meditation. He discusses relationships, health, family, work, and spirituality and how to find inner peace while facing these struggles. Like any art, the art of happiness requires study and practice and the talent for it, the Dalai Lama assures us, is in our nature.

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