Books

On My Shelf

1. Sit Like A Buddha: A Pocket Guide To Meditation by Lodro Rinzler 

This book was given to me by a friend and I found it simple and accessible for those who are just starting a meditation practice. I recommend this light read if you are curious about the practice and want some clear guidelines. 

 

2. Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

This book will help you create more space, clarity and joy in your life!

As most of you know, I am moving to Berkeley in a few short weeks. I have moved quite a bit in the last few years and have simplified my life by decreasing the volume of stuff I own. However, this book is about more than simplifying. It is about cultivating more JOY in your life and in your home through the art of tidying. She encourages you to hold onto only that which sparks joy.

3. How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends With Your Mind by Pema Chodron

This book is more comprehensive than the one by Rinzler and is a good addition if you want a more complete understanding of the practice. Chodron also weaves in her ideals of grace and compassion, which I resonate deeply with. 

 

4. Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron

And while we are on the topic of compassion... this is my go to book. I've shared this once with you all already, but it is still on my shelf and I find myself referencing it quite often. Chodron has some really clear practices to cultivate compassionate for yourself and others.
 

5. The Way To Start A Day by Byrd Baylor

Byrd Baylor is one of my favorite children's authors because she can beautifully expresses mindful and spiritual ideas. This book in particular is about welcoming and celebrating the day- through dance, song, beats, flowers, etc. The illustrator Parnall adds texture and emotion through his whimsical swirling shapes and vibrant hues of southwestern sunrises.