Big Magic

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

There’s too much I can say about Liz Gilbert… you’ve probably read her book Eat, Pray, Love. But this is a huge departure from that. This is straight-up a book of inspiration. I checked it out from the library, read it cover-to-cover, then immediately Amazon’d it so I could write notes in it. It’s the kind of book that you pull out when you feel like you need something, but can’t quite put your finger on what it is.

A perfect read for people:

  • – Who are making excuses for not pursuing a creative endeavor that’s they’ve been secretly thinking about.
  • – Who are feeling uninspired or unmotivated.
  • – Who feel a lil’ embarrassed by their creative pursuits and need a second opinion.

 Yoga for Pain Relief

Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind and Heal Your Chronic Pain

(An unsurprisingly) Zen take on yoga. Listed in there are the basics of stretches to reduce pain and make your life better. The pictures and the descriptions are really helpful if you (like me) are unreasonably terrified of attending an organized fitness class. I love that they focus on breathing techniques. Also, they include the sun salutation which is perf for getting rid of that morning grogginess while your coffee brews.

This is spot-on for folks:

  • – Who want to learn yoga without actually paying for or attending a class.
  • – Want to learn a few specific stretches for areas that they’re feeling tight or achy.
  • – Who want to see if yoga could be valuable (it probably will be, TBH).


10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story

Read this one cover-to-cover too. It’s that good. The guy’s a journalist, so obviously he knows how to spin a good narrative. It’s a raw, sometimes embarrassing account of how how discovered the power of meditation. And the extra cool part is that he started out like many of us; EG: meditation is for fuckin’ hippies, it’s a waste of time, it’s the placebo effect and people who practice it are being fooled. He’s interviewed iconic figures like the Dali Lama and Deepak Chopra. I don’t want to spoil too much, but obviously (since it’s on the list and I referenced it already in this post) I highly recommend.

A stellar book for those:

– Who have an equally cynical view of meditation.
– Who wanna learn some stuff to learn to make their mind more peaceful but cannot stand the self-conscious (and usually ramble-y) books dedicated to mindfulness.
– Who want a professional’s point of view on how embracing Zen doesn’t have to take away your edge.

Read anything good lately? Or have you read any of these bad boys? Let me know in the comments! (Book rec’s are the way to my heart, honestly.)

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