We are not only what we eat, but also what we read, watch, listen to, the kinds of conversations we have, the websites we visit… I eventually discovered that I feel a lot healthier and happier if I take in inspiring or classic books and media rather than trashy, violent novels and TV series (which I really overdosed on in the past.)
Below are a few of the books, audios and films that have really helped and inspired me on the path to a calmer, happier life over recent years. This list is meant as a Thank You to them (rather than a suggestion that you should rush out and buy/consume them all at once! Don’t, you’ll go mad!) and will get bigger as I discover new wonderful things. Pick a title you like the sound of!
Happiness and Mindfulness Non-fiction
Peace is Every Step – Thich Nhat Hanh
When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chödrön
Manhood – Steve Biddulph (For men)
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism – Chögyam Trungpa (you’ll know if you need to read this… I only read the first few chapters – enough!)
Novels, (Auto)Biography, Wandering, Creating…
Walden – Henry David Thoreau (so good…)
Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
The Gentle Art of Tramping – Stephen Graham
Moonlight Chronicles – Dan Price
Radical Simplicity – Dan Price
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Art of Mindful Living – Thich Nhat Hanh
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life – Byron Katie
Thich Nhat Hanh Dharma Talks Podcast – Endless wisdom.
Jack Kornfield Dharma Talks/Podcast – Wise and Entertaining.
La Sal de la Tierra/The Salt of the Earth – Directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.
It’s a wonderful life – Directed by Frank Capra