Recommendations

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The Book of Joy, Desmond Tutu and Dalai Lama

Two world spiritual leaders engage in a week long conversation about joy. So much to learn from these men.  I came away feeling hopeful and inspired.

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Maya Angelou, A Letter to My Daughter

Don’t miss this book or any of her books.  You will be better, and happier, and you will have hope — for yourself and for us, the humans. When I’m sad, or lonely, or discouraged, I just find a YouTube of Ms. Angelou reading a poem and I am able to go on.

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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

I’m blown away by his writing, at once erudite and deeply personal, as well as his compassion and courage. This book ought to be required reading for every medical professional and indeed for all of us.

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Mindset by Carol Dweck, PhD

This is a terrific book with one simple and profound idea at its core.  Our mindset – fixed or growth – can restrict or promote our movement through life.  A renowned researcher in social and developmental psychology, the author’s work is based on years of research and study.  Well worth taking some time for.

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The Heart and Soul of the Therapist, Stephen Howard

A friend loaned me a book he highly recommended and I want to pass it on. It’s wonderful. Dr. Howard shares his experience and what he’s learned from being a working psychotherapist for over 40 years. A must read for every therapist and highly recommended for everyone else.

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Dance of Anger

Dance of Anger

Harriet Lerner’s groundbreaking book on relationships and communication reached 3,000,000 in sales recently.  There’s a good reason why.  It’s important and just as relevant today as ever.  Another favorite of mine is her Dance of Intimacy.  Read them.

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Meeting the Madwoman: Empowering the Feminine Spirit

In Meeting the Madwoman: Empowering the Feminine Spirit, author Linda Schierse Leonard explores the archetypal feminine energy that she calls the madwoman which exists as a sort of shadow presence in women and in the culture and which, if understood and integrated, can transform women’s lives. What I love is the way she uses myth and real women from history and popular culture to illustrate the operation of the archetype and its power.

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Hawa Adbi and daughter, Ted Talk

Hawa Abdi is a truly inspiring woman. Watch the Ted Talk here. If you want to know more, there’s good information about her on the internet. She’s nominated for a 2013 Nobel Peace prize.

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Taking Flight: A Book of Story Meditations

The woodcarver replied, “Sire, I am only a simple workman. I am no genius. But there is one thing. When I am going to make a bell frame, I meditate for three days to calm my mind. When I have meditated for three days, I think no more about rewards or emoluments. When I have meditated for five days, I no longer think of praise or blame, skillfulness or awkwardness. When I have meditated for seven days, I suddenly forget my limbs, my body, no, I forget my very self. I lose consciousness of the court and my surroundings. Only my skill remains.

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The Gifts of Imperfection

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living, a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

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Balancing Heaven and Earth: A Memoir of Visions, Dreams, and Realizations

The book jacket for “Balancing Heaven and Earth” describes Robert Johnson’s memoir as a candid and profound reflection on Johnson’s 75 years of life and “the wisdom of a lifetime devoted to balancing the inner and the outer, the masculine and the feminine, the eternal and the everyday.” Johnson, a noted lecturer, author, and Jungian analyst, has the particular gift of being able to communicate complex, sometimes obscure, ideas in a way that they become immediately useful to the reader. He is a teacher, a guide, a scholar, and a mystic. Reading his books makes me want to be a better person and makes me feel I can be. What more can you ask?

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Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride

Of all the authors who have influenced my work and my personal journey, none has been more significant than Marion Woodman. Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride: A Psychological Study (Studies in Jungian Psychology), published in 1982, was the first of her books that found its way to me. In it she explores the psychology of women through case material, dream, mythology, modern symbolism and imagery.

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Brene Brown at TedX

I love Ted talks and I wanted to share one of my favorites here. Click for the video!

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The Courage to Be

“The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.” Paul Tillich

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Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal

The book is a collection of stories drawn from her experience as physician, teacher, and survivor of chronic illness. She reminds us that the time-honored tradition of storytelling round the “kitchen table” is indeed a healer of souls.

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