10 books that could deepen how you live

The allure of curling up under a tree with a good book is especially compelling during the summertime.

Enter… a roundup of ten books that could deepen how you live.

This is part two of a five part post on books that have changed how I live, heal, create and love.

Life is a Verb: 37 Days tjpego Wake Up, Be Mindful and Live Intentionally
“Instead of a book, what if we’re actually writing (or not writing) in the margins of our lives? What if our lives are books? What is the sign of our presence? Are we pressing into the margins our interpretations and questions?”
 
 
jpeg-1Radical Acceptance
“For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much–just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work–to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully.”
 
 
jpegTotal Freedom
“The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.”
 
 
  

 

 

jpeg-2A Path With Heart
“When the stories of our life no longer bind us, we discover within them something greater. We discover that within the very limitations of form, of our maleness and femaleness, of our parenthood and our childhood, of gravity on the earth and the changing of the seasons, is the freedom and harmony we have sought for so long.”
 
 
 
 
jpegFeeding Your Demons
“As I cooked in the cauldron of motherhood, the incredible love I felt for my children opened my heart and brought me a much greater understanding of universal love. It made me understand the suffering of the world much more deeply.”

 

 

 

jpegUnfolding Now
“The more we are able to contact the actual presence that we are, the less we are alienated in a superficial or externally defined identity. The more we know the truth of who we are, the more we can be authentic and spontaneous, rather than merely living through concepts of ourselves.”
 
 
  
 
jpegReflections on the Art of Living
“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

 

 

 

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Living Beautifully With Uncertainty And Change
“The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes. ”
 
 
 
jpegPower And Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change
“You have to deliberately practice both: power and love, power and love, like walking with your left foot and then your right, over and over. Most business and political systems are characterized by an excess of power over love. There is too much fragmentation. So your first moves have to be love moves, to foster mutual connection and awareness.”
 
 
 
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Flow: The Psychology of Ultimate Experience
“To overcome the anxieties and depressions of contemporary life, individuals must become independent of the social environment to the degree that they no longer respond exclusively in terms of its rewards and punishments. To achieve such autonomy, a person has to learn to provide rewards to herself. She has to develop the ability to find enjoyment and purpose regardless of external circumstances.”
 

 

Part one :: classic books for deepening how you live, heal, create & love

Coming up ::

6 books that could deepen how you heal
7 books that could deepen how you create
10 books that could deepen how you love
 

For the love of books.

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