Summer Spirituality Reading List

Summer Spirituality Reading List
by Starcat

On this week’s PawedCats Podcast, we shared a summer reading list of spirituality books you might want to check out (we also included a little mini-discussion of e-readers like Kindle and Nook, if you’re interested). As our resident bookworm, I want to let you know that I’ve only read two of these, so far. The others are either from authors I respect, or just sounded really cool – and they’re on my wish list, now. If you have feedback on any of them, please get in touch and let us know! Enjoy the books!

  • Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron (2010). We both read this one recently and loved it. A brief and deceptively simple book about living in the present. Lovely.
  • The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield (2009). I think this will be my number-one book for this year. Very highly recommended! Even if you’re not Buddhist or drawn to Buddhist works, this is a very useful book about the science of living mindfully, and more.
  • Active Dreaming: Journeying Beyond Self-Limitation to a Life of Wild Freedom by Robert Moss (2011). Moss is the author of Conscious Dreaming, one of my favorite spirituality books. I’m looking forward to seeing where he’s traveled recently.
  • Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience by Sally Kempton (2010). Kempton is a regular columnist for Yoga Journal magazine, and her articles on spiritual living are always excellent.
  • American Gods: The 10th Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman (2011). This one is fiction, but definitely spiritual. I loved the original novel, and this new edition promises added scenes and updates. Gaiman rocks!
  • Buddha Standard Time by Lama Surya Das (2011). A new book from a respected author. Another one on living in the moment, which is something everyone would benefit from at least experimenting with. Ommmmm…
  • How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival by David Kaiser (2011). I don’t know of this author, but the idea sounded intriguing. Apparently some hippie scientists of the early 70’s had a key part in furthering the study of quantum physics, which has since revealed many amazing discoveries.
  • Navigating the Collapse of Time: A Peaceful Path through the End of Illusions by David Ian Cowan and Barbara Hand Clow (2011). Again, I don’t know Cowan’s work, but I have read some of Clow’s New Age writings and enjoyed them. This sounded like a cool synthesis of Mayan prophecy, new science, and philosophy.