If you’re up-to-date with Thursday Thoughts posts, you’ll know that I’m a huge believer in self improvement. One of the many ways is through reading. Like writing, reading is one of the things I’ve been wanting to do more of. There shouldn’t be any excuse now to not read more. 😉
I tend to gravitate towards books that I think could help me and/or expand my outlook.
Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” ~ Bo Bennett
There were two books that I recently read that had an impact on me. I’d like to share both with you. Maybe you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.
Unplug A Simple Guide to Meditation by Suze Yalof Schwartz
I remember a time when I took a yoga class and after each class, the instructor would take us through a 5 minutes meditation session to conclude the class. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I only remember the meditation part of the class. The reason being is that I felt very energized and upbeat after meditating. It was a feeling that I don’t normally experience after a workout.
After reading Suze’s book, I realized that those feelings were some of the benefits of meditation. Also, in the past, I’ve tried to learn more about meditation and the main point I kept reading over and over was to clear your mind. As a beginner, this is impossible! However, in the book, Suze explains and show you how to resolve some of the common struggles with meditating. She also debunks some of the misconceptions!
Open your mind before your mouth.” ~ Aristophanes
Hopefully, I can continue with my daily meditations. Fingers crossed!
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
The second book which I pretty much read in a few days, was both heartbreaking as well as inspirational. There were parts of the book which brought tears to my eyes. It’s a memoir by a 36 year old neurosurgeon who is diagnosed with terminal cancer and attempts to find the answer for the meaning of life; what makes life worth living? Short of completing decades worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul finds out that he has Stage IV lung cancer. He was a doctor treating patients one day and the next day he became a patient fighting for his life.
This book highlights (again, for me) the importance of living each day to the fullest. We must never take for granted the time we have in this world. Make happy memories and cherish the moments you have with the people around you.
If you’re interested in any of these books, AudioBooksNow is offering 50% Off your first digital audiobook. (They don’t necessarily have to be these two books. 🙂 )
Let me know in the comments below, if you have any book suggestions.