I. LOVE. BOOKS. Clients often ask me for recommendations on what to read for support and inspiration along their life path. I put this page together to share some of my favorites that relate to yoga, spirituality, etc. and also recovery if you are on a journey with healing body image and eating issues. I’ve also listed a publishing group I’m a part of that has many amazing offerings that I highly recommend. Be sure to check them out by clicking HERE or on the last image on this page. Finally, I share some lovely music favorites too!
With each listing I write a bit about my own experiences with the book. Feel free to share your suggestions for growing this resource. You can simply click on the book pics or titles for access to purchasing these gems. The first one I list is my own (wink, wink). This little collection of poems is near and dear to my heart. Check out my store on LuLu by clicking HERE to learn more about it.
This book is full of heartfelt messages of self-acceptance, rebirth and letting go. You feel her journey through the challenges of life with the gift of peace arising from the wisdom from the struggle. I enjoyed the beautiful photos that accompanied the poems. Their detail and beauty added to the heart of the message.
-Tracy Heck, The Studio on Liberty
One day I wrote a poem about the goddess and tucked it away. On another day, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford courageously testified against Brent Kavanaugh and on that same day my brave daughter faced her abusive biological father in therapy. Both women speaking their truth, facing fear, rising up for us all. They inspired me to share the poem. A week later, my dear friend and colleague Zach sent me a song he made the poem into. For the Akron Women’s March he gathered a group of goddesses to record it. This is the song. I love it. All sales to to supporting the Big Love Network of Akron. Click the image to download!
Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita Johnston:
Love, love, love. I first read this as a dietetic student in the early stages of my ED recovery. I never felt more validated. Years later I traveled to Hawaii to work professionally with the author not realizing I was totally burned out. I was sleep walking through life though “better” by conventional standards. My soul recovery began at that retreat. Body Karma Healing was born out of the reawakening I had on the Big Island with Ms. Johnston. Let it help you return home to your wholeness too.
Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main:
This is a beautiful book that outlines the eight limbs of yoga and its deep spiritual tenants in a highly practical way. Darren teaches the deep wisdom through personal stories that poignantly illustrate how to apply the path of yoga in everyday life. This book was recommend by a friend who did a workshop with Darren in which she cried tears of release and joy the entire time. I cried a lot too as I read through.
Nourishing the Teacher by Danny Arguetty: On my first trip to Kripalu I took just one yoga class in three day. The rest of the time was personal meditation as Kripalu is my yoga lineage and I wanted to go deep within to connect with my teachers through the heart. The teacher in that one class was the kindest, most gentle young man I’d ever met. I stayed after to personally thank him for the transcendent session. It was only then he humbly offered his card and shared about this recently released work. The name of the book alone gives me chills. You feel nurtured just holding it. Forget Kindle. Give yourself the gift of Danny’s sustainably published masterpiece. Great for yoga students and teachers alike.
The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo: What do rock star Steven Tyler and I have in common? A lot actually but that’s a longer story. One thing is neither of us will leave the house without reading our Nepo!
This book is powerful.
Given to me by a client when it was first released, my copy is so tattered and torn it looks like it’s been through the washing machine. Set up as daily readings that include a quote from the author or another great teacher (there’s even some Bible scripture), then a brief writing and a simple meditation, it’s a great way to begin touching upon the practice of presence.
Divining the Body by Jan Phillips:
Never met Jan Phillips but would LOVE to some day. This work was my “gateway” into the energy body and my understanding that body image was about WAY more than media images. Both autobiographical and practical you’ll learn her story while simultaneously uncovering yours. She provides unique experiential exercises to help heal below the surface. I also highly recommend her book “No Ordinary Time.”
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: Short, simple and to the point. I personally know at least 20 people who claim this book changed their lives. I revisit it often and, in fact, have been known to throw it at clients (just kidding). I have threatened to throw it at people when they are letting their vritti mind run the show and create suffering. Live by these agreements and you’ll rarely feel stressed or uncomfortable in your body.
Coming Home to Myself by Marion Woodman & Jill Mellick: This fabulous little book will take you deep into your heart to understand and heal the disconnect between body and soul. Incredibly helpful in guiding us heal our relationship to others and the world as well. Simple sacred writings capture the depth of Ms. Woodman’s seminal work on reclaiming the Divine Feminine. A great book to keep by your bedside.
The Triple Goddess Tarot by Isha Lerner: One of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever received (thanks Crystal Pirri of CreativeSpiritualWomen.com)! This book and card deck combo is a source of great support along my journey. I often pull cards with clients in private sessions. The book includes an awesome introduction into the world of spiritual healing and teaches about the many manifestations of goddess guidance throughout the ages. The deck includes 7 chakra cards as well. The offering blends all the great wisdom traditions into one easily accessible resource.