- Some personal favourites (mostly books) spanning various wisdom traditions from all over the world...
TAOISM / ZEN / BUDDHISM:
TAO TE CHING: A New English Version, with Foreword and Notes, translated by STEPHEN MITCHELL
-the book which opened me up to Eastern philosophy. Gifted to me over 20 years ago while backpacking in New Mexico, it's one of the few books I've held onto all this time...A treasure!
ZEN MIND, BEGINNER'S MIND - SHUNRYU SUZUKI
SALTWATER BUDDHA - JAIMAL YOGIS
ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER - JAIMAL YOGIS
- beautiful, poetic & inspiring memoirs of a fascinating life path, weaving in Zen philosophy, surf wisdom, Buddhist meditation, love, life, travel, and the enchantment of the ocean...
BRINGING YOGA TO LIFE - DONNA FARHI
YOGA OF THE SUBTLE BODY - TIAS LITTLE
THE RADIANCE SUTRAS: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Delight - translated by LORIN ROCHE
THE YOGA SUTRA: A BIOGRAPHY - DAVID GORDON WHITE - David accidentally ended up writing an iconoclastic & fascinating book, while simply intending to research what he & pretty much every other western yoga student believed was the Yoga Bible...Only turns out that's probably not the case. Manages to be both incredibly academic and also very funny in places. Highly recommended if you are seriously interested in yoga philosophy & not overly attached to the received wisdom about certain texts...
HAWAIIAN HEALING & SPIRITUALITY:
The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman - Hank Wesselman
SHAMANIST & OTHER INTERESTING READS
The Earth's Cycle of Celebration / Elements of Change / Creating Ceremony - Glennie Kindred
Anything by SANDRA INGERMAN!
The Earth Path - Starhawk
Fire of the Goddess - Katalin Koda
Shakti Woman - Vicki Noble - reclaiming feminine power and spirituality & retracing its roots & historic oppression
Food of the Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs and Human Evolution - Terence McKenna. How plants have deeply shaped human consciousness & types of society over the millennia. Fascinating & eye-opening.
The Mastery of Love - Don Miguel Ruiz. Very wise & insightful book on love & relationships & how our knots are formed & can be untangled! (Ruiz is also the author of the more well-known The Four Agreements)
Other highly interesting & inspiring thinkers/writers/speakers:
Charles Eisenstein / Rupert Sheldrake / Gabor Mate / Matt Kahn
The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma - Bessel Van Der Kolk
- excellent, ground-breaking, deep & wide-ranging in its scope - highly recommended.