Movement and Perception

The New Rules of Posture by Mary Bond

This is a wonderful down to earth book with exercises and information about movement.  Mary has a skill at making complex ideas accessable and clear.  I love her style.

How Life Moves: Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness by Kevin Frank and Caryn McHose.

This book combines exploration of the evolutionary story as a vehicle for understanding our own human movement.  Includes exercises with a focus on orientation and contralateral movement.  Evocative and clear language from Kevin and Caryn give a depth and breadth to this book that I find inspiring.

Awareness and Spirituality

Shambhala the Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa

I almost put this book under the Movement and Perception heading.  It is all about perception.  But here the focus is on perception in the context of meditation and life.  Not really that different than movement and life I think! I am in love with this text.  Its my book of life.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödröm

Pema studied under Chögyam Trungpa.  She is a westerner and brings to his work a very palatable, practical and down to earth approach.  This is liveable Buddhism rather than philosophy Buddhism.  She holds the space with each word for us to be with our suffering with generosity and understanding.

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki.

A monk who brought Zen to the West.  He tells us about remaining a beginner, open to the present moment where we have not already made our conclusions.  This is the ultimate non habit forming life!

Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel.

This book is Eugen's story of living studying Zen and Archery.  It follows his funny, confusing and ultimately transformative process.  Archery in the Zen form is a mediation activity.  It is as much about perception and movement as it is about mindfulness.  I could put this book in the above category too.  I love it.

Myth and Meaning

The Genius Myth by Michael Meade

With his gift of story telling, Michael tells us of a different way of viewing ourselves and the world. We do not need heros to save our selves and our planet, we need to water and grow the seed of genius that is in every single one of us.

Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of the Soul by Michael Meade

Drawing on the experiences of his life, traditional wisdom stories, poetic and metaphoric language, etymology, and his personal brand of scholarship Michael Meade leads us to an undeniable truth: that the only story we came here to live is our own.

Emotions and Relating

Undefended Love by Jett Psaris and Marlena Lyons

I come back to this book time and time again.  Each time reconnecting to its offering.  How do we love and be loved.  How do we discover interdependence in relationship without codependence.  There is so much in here to help, please read!

When the Past is Present by David Richo

With slow gentle language David guides us through the lived psychology of relationship.  Helping us to understand the past, the present and the possibility of relating.

Trauma and Healing

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine

Trauma Through Child's Eyes by Peter Levine.

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller

Fluid Fields

Life on Land: The Story of Continuum. Emily Conrad.