Connecting with bloggers is always my priority and I am so glad that I could connect with JenGee last week. She even took time to visit my blog and mention me in one of her posts.
A BIG THANK YOU Jen 🙏
[Check her blog out: geejenmotw]
In her post she asked me few questions that you can I both can refer to in the screenshot below.
Published: December 2017 by Parallax Press
I recently, got a chance to have a QnA with Maia Duerr, the author Work That Matters.
Q. What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?
Two books that have informed how I move through the world are Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer. Sometimes I give each of those as gifts to dear friends, knowing what a difference they’ve made in my life! Both those books invited me into an experience that was deeper than the words on the page. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind was not actually authored by Suzuki Roshi (in the sense of written word) — it was taken from transcripts of his talks over the years at San Francisco Zen Center, and lovingly edited by his students. So the immediacy and intimacy of his teachings is transmitted in the pages of the book. In Parker Palmer’s book, he gives a very honest account of his life’s story, particularly in relation to his vocation. Both books gave me a sense that it is the darkest periods of our lfe that are actually the biggest gifts to us, if we can learn the practice of being present to them and learning from them.
Q. In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
Well, as a Zen practitioner, I don’t often think any more in terms of ‘improving’ my life. It’s just this, what’s right in front of me, and there’s no more ‘improved’ version of me to get to. It’s about being present to all of who I am and what’s in the world around me. So I can’t quite answer your question the way it’s asked, but I would say that my meditation practice has been the foundation for living my life in a more intentional way. And when I’m able to do that, every part of my life feels more authentic and meaningful.
Published: September, 2016 by Rodale Books
Think for a moment. When you read the word, ‘Hustle’, what does it mean to you? How does your brain process it? Have you ever thought that a word such as Hustle posses power over your heart, mind and habits? These are the questions I’d want you to think about before going in-depth into this book. To answer the questions, this book describes
Hustling is about shaking things up, letting go of old patterns that suck the life out of us and beginning anew.
Pages: 42, Kindle Edition
Gargi Saxena’s Sindoori Ranng: Love is not Blind is short story that will leave an impression on its reader. Only 42 pages long, this story can be read within an hour and is great companion if you are looking to read something enjoyable and too in quick manner.
If you enjoyed and lol’ed (in some places) while reading Andy Weir‘s (see Andy Weir’s interview) The Martian (read book review here), the story of an astronaut Mark Watney, who struggles to survive, alone on the red planet. Maybe, you’d watched the movie directed by Ridley Scott, in which Matt Damon portray’s Mark Watney. Maybe, you just more of the red planet. Whichever the case is, you’d want to take a look at these books.
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Pages: 200, Paperback
Published: 2016 by Notion Press
Invoked is the first book in the series of Hymns of War (a very thoughtful title, in my opinion) written by Karan Bhatia. The book is a horror thriller in the fiction genre and some of the scenes are dark and terrifying enough to give one goosebumps.
The plot revolves around Krishna, a common man who is teacher at the university, and leads a simple life with his wife, daughter and his parents. An accident changes the fate of the whole family. These attacks starts like baby steps, small, as warnings but soon turn fatal and the life of Krishna becomes painful and intolerable. He then decides with the help of a tantrik to embark on a spiritual journey to save of what remains of his family as well as himself.
Pages: 295, Kindle Edition
The Tao of Fully Feeling is the best companion I have found to read in the Dark Times.
I got this book as a recommendation from another blogger who convinced me that Pete Walker’s writing is extraordinary. On reading the book, not only I found his vocabulary pleasing but as well as his writing style and the message he wants to convey through his written words.
The subject matter of this book is all about acknowledging one’s emotional intelligence. If you remember Daniel Goleman’s bestseller and and one of the first books on Emotional Intelligence or why EQ matters more than IQ, this book is written for modern times and is a step ahead. While Daniel talks about the science of brain and the origin of Emotions or the process of emoting, Walker in his book speaks for all of us. He share his own stories for in the form of anecdotes on how repaired his own emotional nature with enough pragmatic advices and scenarios for us to read.
Published: 2017 by Speaking Tiger Books
To Deepa, Prem gave no hint of the churning inside him. In front of her he affected a cheery demeanour, indulging her in her plans for their honeymoon, which she kept revising. It was a welcome escape from the mayhem surrounding him. There were occasions where the pretence got to him and a voice rose inside, urging him to tell her everything. He silenced it. Deepa was a Hindu and would never understand.
Until then, he had never thought of her as different.