Here is what I’m currently reading.
Silence of the Heart. Dialogues with Robert Adams
I have been in this book for months. It speaks to me so much I keep having the thought that this may be the last book I ever read. I don’t know what else to say beyond that.
“The only freedom we’ve got is not to react to anything, but to turn within and know the truth.”
Here are some things I love and recommend.
The Three Pillars of Zen, Roshi Philip Kaplan. The book that began my interest in meditation. First-hand accounts of Zen practice.
Interviews with Francis Bacon, David Sylvester. My favorite book on the creative process. “In my case all painting… is an accident. I foresee it and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don’t in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are very much better than I could make it do.”
Memories, Dreams, Reflections, C.G. Jung. In my top 5. Talk about a journey into the heart of creativity, spirituality and the human condition.
The Heart of the World: A Journey to Tibet’s Lost Paradise, Ian Baker. This is a beautiful adventure story with a spectacular overall metaphor of travel and the spiritual path as an exploration of a living being. Gorgeous.
Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart, James R. Doty, M.D. I love this book so much. I think I read it in a day. I recommend this to anyone wondering how people seem to effortlessly manifest good things in their life, and also about the power of being neutral to the outcome. I could never recommend this high enough.
Life in Double Time: Confessions of an American Drummer, Mike Lankford. A fun read, and a great explanation of what happens to your playing when you’re on the road every day for three years.
The Power of Now. Eckhart Tolle. I’m late getting to this one, I know. I listened to the audio version and enjoyed hearing the author read it and the question and answer segments. I know he is recycling old knowledge, but I believe he speaks accurately when he says that there is really one way to awaken, and it is to let go of attachment to the ego/false self/thoughts and emotions. I am enjoying hearing his language about these things. It’s always helpful to hear someone say similar things with different words, and thus hear it in a new way.
On Being Podcast: http://www.onbeing.org/ My close friends right now are saying, “We know, we know, you love this podcast. Shut up already.” It’s true. I love it so much because it so validates my belief that the future looks bright, and here are much smarter people than me saying so.