- 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, and have read over & over...A treasure!
ZEN MIND, BEGINNER'S MIND - SHUNRYU SUZUKI
- arguably the best book on Zen - especially for beginners! (and really who isn't?)
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...
MOST INTIMATE: A ZEN APPROACH TO LIFE'S CHALLENGES - ROSHI PAT ENKYO O'HARA
Down to earth, practical, wise & rooted in life experience.
HARDCORE ZEN / ZEN WRAPPED IN KARMA DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE - BRAD WARNER
- Brad Warner is an American, ordained as a Zen master in Japan, & writes in a super-accessible & often very funny way about Zen - I appreciate the authenticity, knowledge worn lightly, groundedness & humour. His youtube channel is full of great talks too.
TARA BRACH - Tara has written some lovely books but it's her talks - on youtube here - which I find particularly heartening, informative and - again - also very funny at times. Down-to-earth and deeply compassionate, gentle, calm energy...Enjoy!
In a similar vein, I highly recommend PEMA CHODRON's books if you aren't already familiar with her work!
YOGA: some personal favourites (as opposed to the standard/classic texts)
BRINGING YOGA TO LIFE - DONNA FARHI
YOGA OF THE SUBTLE BODY - TIAS LITTLE
YOGA: THE SPIRIT & PRACTICE OF MOVING INTO STILLNESS - ERICH SCHIFFMANN
THE RADIANCE SUTRAS: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Delight - translated by LORIN ROCHE
- this is a wonderful translation of an ancient tantric text; I often share verses in my yoga classes and cacao ceremonies
INDIGENOUS HEALING TRADITIONS, SACRED FEMININE & OTHER INTERESTING READS
Woman Who Glows In The Dark: - Elena Avila (modern-day Aztec curandera) with Joy Parker
Welcome Home / Soul Retrieval / anything else by Sandra Ingerman!
Awakening To The Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation - Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman
The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman - Hank Wesselman
Dancing the Dream: the Seven Sacred Paths of Human Transformation - Jamie Sams
Shakti Woman - Vicki Noble Reclaiming feminine power and spirituality & retracing its roots & historic oppression; this book took things up a few levels for me!
The Earth Path - Starhawk
Fire of the Goddess: Nine Paths to Ignite the Sacred Feminine - Katalin Koda
If Women Rose Rooted: The Journey to Authenticity and Belonging - Sharon Blackie
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, and how the 20th/21st century socially-acceptable drugs of the industrial capitalist western world such as alcohol, sugar, caffeine and TV keep people numbed, "productive" and distracted...
The Mastery of Love - Don Miguel Ruiz. Very wise & insightful book on love & relationships & how our knots are formed & can be untangled!
Science and Spiritual Practices: Reconnecting Through Direct Experience - Rupert Sheldrake
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible - Charles Eisenstein
The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma - Bessel Van Der Kolk
Gabor Mate - start by watching this talk "When The Body Says No..." (also the name of one of his books)