There are so many resources at our finger-tips – on-line, around your neighborhood or in the deep well of your own imagination. Maybe you’ll find inspiration in a walk around the block – or at a book-store, a local art gallery, a theater, just making stuff, or hanging out with your dog. Maybe for you it’s meditating, cooking, listening to music, a trip through a fabulous hardware store, a bus ride - or a cup of tea with a buddy. The point is inspiration is all around us – all the time.
There are a whole host of bibliographies, reviews, lists of important places, books, films and resources of all sorts. This is my personal list of current favorites. I’ll update it from time to time. I’d be delighted to hear from you (and share with our readers) about the sources you find most powerful.
• The Relaxation Response: HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.
Author: Herbert Benson, M.D.
A “classic” by this Harvard professor of medicine who introduces his simple, effective, mind/body approach to relieving stress.
• The Gifts of Imperfection - Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are: Hazelden Press, 2010
Author: Brené Brown
A treasure trove of work by this research professor and thought-leader on vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. Here, she shares 10 practical guideposts on the power of whole-hearted living
• Finite and Infinite Games: Ballantine Books, 2013
Author: James P. Carse
An extraordinary short read that adds a new pattern of knowledge to existing facts and assumptions.
• The Hero With a Thousand Faces: New World Library, Revised edition 2008
Author: Joseph Campbell
This seminal work of comparative mythology lays out the monomyth of the hero’s journey. It was noted by Time as one of the 100 best and most influential books written in English since the magazine was founded in 1923.
• The Chemistry of Calm - A Powerful Drug-free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety: Simon and Schuster, 2010
Author Henry Emmons
A feet-on-the-ground, easily accessible, totally common sense approach to dealing with fear and anxiety while living a full life.
• Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment: A Plume Book, 1992
Author: George Leonard
This is an excellent book on the process of learning to master something/anything.
• Free Play: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1990
Author: Stephen Nachmanovitch
A book filled with ways for readers to get in touch with their own creative abilities and possibilities.
• Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: 2012
Author: Mark Nepo
Presenting “listening” as the portal to everything, this moving exploration of self in relationship to others and the world is filled with practical advice as well as inspiration.
• Saint Paul Almanac
Editor: Kimberly Nightingale
“A book, web-site and organization that creates opportunities for understanding, learning, and building relationships through sharing people's stories.” You will find here a calendar of events, city guide, stories, news and much more.
• A Whole New Mind: Riverhead Books, 2006
Author: Daniel Pink
A timely look at six essential aptitudes that are in demand now: Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning.
• Instructions: William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, New York. 2010
Author: Neil Gaiman
“Trust your heart. Trust your dreams. Trust your story.” This is a delicious “children’s book” with an enormously powerful message
• The Ocean at the End of the Lane: William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, New York. 2013
Author: Neil Gaiman
Mr. Gaiman makes the impossible completely possible in this adult tale of memory and magic, mystery and survival.
• Farewell Dorothy Parker: The Penguin Group, New York. 2013
Author: Ellen Meister
“When it comes to movie reviews, critic Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. But that’s only because she’s learned to channel her literary hero Dorothy Parker, the most celebrated and scathing wit of the twentieth century. If only Violet could summon that kind of strength in
her personal life.” This is a wonderful mysterious contemporary journey.
• The Night Circus: First Anchor Books, a division of Random House, New York, 2012
Author: Erin Morgenstern
This is a completely unique experience – both the book and the reading of the book. “The circus arrives without
warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.”
• Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York. 2012
Author: Robin Sloan
I’m a sucker for anything set in a bookstore. This one has a wonderful contemporary twist, filled with secrets and surprises.
• The Goldfinch: Little, Brown and Company, New York. 2013
Author: Donna Tartt
Speaking to the heart as well as the mind – this jaw-dropping novel takes you into and on a journey with “unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.”
• The Testament of Mary: Scribner, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc., New York. 2012
Author: Colm Tóibín
An extraordinary reimagined look at Christ’s mother, Mary as a solitary older woman still trying to understand the events that shaped her
life – and the life of others for generations to come.
• Faraway Nearby: Penguin Group, New York. 2013
Author: Rebecca Solnit
A stunning personal and lyrical book about the power of storytelling and the ways in which all of us are connected by empathy, narrative and imagination.
• The Art of Possibility: Penguin Books, 2002
Authors: Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
Wise and uplifting – it is a blend of inspiration, personal revelations and stories drawn from the worlds of music, psychology, business, art
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