Books:

April 19, 2007

Flow

Flow
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

I have been reading a lot of psychology and related books lately. I guess this has been part of my therapy homework (self-prescribed). Maybe what I have been looking for in work is not happiness, but just more flow. The way that working on math problems used to feel. The way it feels to dance (sometimes). School has always provided concrete feedback which is probably why I liked it so much.

to be continued…

February 25, 2007

The Shaman’s Body

The reason I decided to read The Shaman’s Body by Arnold Mindell was because Rob Brezsny included a quote that caught my eye a few weeks ago in my email horoscope.

“It is as if you live and die many times. It seems sometimes as if you have just one central lesson to learn: to continuously drop all sorts of rigid identities… Personal history may be your own greatest danger.”
— The Shaman’s Body, by Arnold Mindell

My friend Lara and I recently had an intense conversation. One of the things she told me was that a few years ago she had decided to stop beating herself up about trying to live up to her potential. Her exact words were, “Fuck potential.” Yes, fuck potential. Fuck personal history. I have to find the courage to find out who I am today instead of always trying to live up to who I was supposed to be yesterday.

The book offered much more than reasons about why personal history is dangerous. As I continue my Lenten writings, I will try to reflect on some of the things I learned and am still learning. I should do some of the exercises in the book, giving real time to reflection, as I tend to devour books at an alarming pace not compatible with maximum degustation and absorption.

February 22, 2007

Authentic Happiness and The Shaman’s Body

In keeping with the deep inward looking that seems to be 2007, these two books (plus others on the ‘read me’ list) have been keeping me busy lately. I will be trying to write about what I have read and do some of the exercises (or at the very least maybe my real astrology horoscope homework). Authentic Happiness and The Shaman’s Body have both given me plenty of food for thought.

(more later…)

June 28, 2006

The Kite Runner

My sister gave me ‘The Kite Runner’ (last Christmas, I think). She read it and thought I might like it, too. I devour books. If I am reading a book that engages me, I don’t like to put it down. I finished the book in 2 days. Good read. In retrospect, I would have to say that the plot was slightly contrived, but I was enthralled.

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

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