Author: Mollie Player

Mollie Player is a freelance writer living in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of "You're Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends," "Happiness is the Truth: A Spiritual Manifesto," "What I Learned From Jane" and more.

My 40 All-Time Favorite Books for Mystics

Okay, so these aren’t the expected choices. They’re not all classics or best sellers, or even the most substantial, information-heavy works. But I stand by my choices for my favorite forty books for mystics. They’re the spirituality books I liked the most. The most inspiring, the most fun to read.

A list this important is, of course, a work in progress; check back on the Blog page for additions as well as for expanded notes on those that follow.

Top 40 Books for Mystics:

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch
Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Jane Roberts and Seth
The Magical Approach: Seth Speaks About the Art of Creative Living, Jane Roberts and Seth
Don’t Think Like a Human: Channelled Answers to Basic Questions, Kryon Book Two, Lee Carroll and Kryon
The 100 Daily Messages Series, Leta Hamilton and Archangel Michael
Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires, Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks and Abraham

How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings From a Leading Neuroscientist, Andrew B. Newberg
Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d, Candace Pert
Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel, Candace Pert
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, Joe Dispenza
Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable–and Couldn’t, Steve Volk
The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size, Tor Nørretranders
Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, Robert Waggoner
A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel and Thomas Peisel

Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani
Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
The Search For Grace: A Documented Case of Murder and Reincarnation, Bruce Goldberg
Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More, Joe Vitale
Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
Sex, Drugs and Meditation: How One Woman Changed Her Life, Saved Her Job and Found a Husband, Mary-Lou Stephens
Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives, Brian Weiss
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, Eben Alexander
Learning to Eat Along the Way, Margaret Bendet

Meditation Without Gurus, Clark Strand
Ten Percent Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, Dan Harris
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh

The Cross and the Switchblade, David Wilkerson
The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
Miracles, C.S. Lewis
The Wisdom of the Desert, Thomas Merton

The Child Whisperer, The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, and Cooperative Children, Carol Tuttle
The Shack, William Young

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Inspiration from the other side.

You’ve been on the spiritual path for a good while now. You’ve read the books. Maybe even met a guru or two. Sometimes, though, you need a different kind of inspiration. Inspiration from someone who knows how hard this inner peace stuff really is.

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Top 25 Scientific Spiritual Books

Every day, science is merging with spirituality in new and fascinating ways. I hope you flip through one or more of these awesome works. There’s so much nerdy fun in their pages.

Top 25 Scientific Spiritual Books

How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings From a Leading Neuroscientist, Andrew B. Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience, Andrew Newberg
Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief, Andrew B. Newberg
Why We Believe What We Believe: Our Biological Need for Meaning, Spirituality, and Truth, Andrew B. Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy, Andrew B. Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience, Andrew B. Newberg and Eugene G.d’Aquili
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, Joe Dispenza
You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter, Joe Dispenza
Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind, Joe Dispenza
The Honeymoon Effect: The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth, Bruce Lipton
The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, Bruce Lipton
The Wisdom of Your Cells – How Your Beliefs Control Your Biology, Bruce Lipton
Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There from Here, Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman
Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d, Candace Pert
Molecules of Emotion: Why You Feel the Way You Feel, Candace Pert
The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size, Tor Nørretranders
The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness Beyond the Brain, Ervin Laszlo and Anthony Peake
Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe, Robert Lanza and Bob Berman
Return to the Brain of Eden: Restoring the Connection between Neurochemistry and Consciousness, Tony Wright and Graham Gynn
How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body, David R. Hamilton
The Quantum Doctor: A Quantum Physicist Explains the Healing Power of Integrative Medicine, Amit Goswami
Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable–and Couldn’t, Steve Volk
Return to the Brain of Eden: Restoring the Connection Between Neurochemistry and Consciousness, Tony Wright and Graham Gynn
Secrets of Your Cells: Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barret
The Physics of Angels: Exploring the Realm Where Science and Spirit Meet, Rupert Sheldrake and Matthew Fox
Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, Lissa Rankin M.D.

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Finally, it happened. After ten years of thinking about it, I attempted, as the Apostle Paul once wrote, to “pray without ceasing”–to communicate in an ongoing way with the Divine.

If you’re interested in my results, get You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends on Amazon.

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Top 150 Books on Meditation

Best Nonfiction Book

I haven’t read nearly as many books on meditation as I would like. But the ones I have read have been very worthwhile. I highly recommend those on this first list, and the second list is a collection of other popular titles for your reference. Popularity, after all, counts for something. At least with books.

Note that I will update this list as I discover more meditation authors; I know it is as yet far from complete.

My Favorite Books on Meditation:

Meditation Without Gurus, Clark Strand
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
Meditation: How to Reduce Stress, Get Healthy, and Find Your Happiness in Just 15 Minutes a Day, Rachel Rofe
Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity, David Lynch
Ten Percent Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, Dan Harris
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh

Other Top Meditation Books:

Jon Kabat-Zinn:

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Power of Meditation and Prayer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sogyal Rinpoche, Larry Dossey, and Michael Toms
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Myla Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, J. Mark G. Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Arriving at Your Own Door, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Mind’s Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard Davidson

Sharon Salzberg:

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Sharon Salzberg
Heart as Wide as the World, Sharon Salzberg
Voices of Insight, Sharon Salzberg
Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, Sharon Salzberg
The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love and Compassion, Sharon Salzberg
The Kindness Handbook: A Practical Companion, Sharon Salzberg
Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, Sharon Salzberg
Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier, Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman

Joseph Goldstein:

The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
Seeking the heart of wisdom: the path of insight meditation, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Insight meditation: the practice of freedom, Joseph Goldstein
The Path of Insight Meditation, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate, Joseph Goldstein, with Sharon Salzberg
One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Joseph Goldstein
A Heart Full of Peace, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield

Thich Nhat Hanh:

Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, Thich Nhat Hanh
Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Sun My Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh
Our Appointment with Life: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion, Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh
‘Hermitage Among the Clouds’, Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice, Three Leaves, Thich Nhat Hanh
Cultivating The Mind Of Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Heart Of Understanding, Thich Nhat Hanh
Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh
True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh
Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals, 1962-1966, Thich Nhat Hanh
Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Raft Is Not the Shore: Conversations Toward a Buddhist/Christian Awareness, Thich Nhat Hanh and Daniel Berrigan
The Path of Emancipation: Talks from a 21-Day Mindfulness Retreat, Thich Nhat Hanh
A Pebble in Your Pocket, Thich Nhat Hanh
Essential Writings, Thich Nhat Hanh
Anger, Thich Nhat Hanh
Be Free Where You Are, Thich Nhat Hanh
No Death, No Fear, Thich Nhat Hanh
Touching the Earth: Intimate Conversations with the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh
Teachings on Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
Understanding Our Mind, Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Power, Thich Nhat Hanh
Under the Banyan Tree, Thich Nhat Hanh
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, Thich Nhat Hanh
Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child, Thich Nhat Hanh
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Novice: A Story of True Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, Thich Nhat Hanh
Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Pocket, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Communicating, Thich Nhat Hanh
Blooming of a Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh
No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering, Thich Nhat Hanh
Is Nothing Something?, Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindful Movements, Thich Nhat Hanh

Clark Strand:

Waking up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age, Clark Strand
Waking the Buddha: How the Most Dynamic and Empowering Buddhist Movement in History Is Changing Our Concept of Religion, Clark Strand
How to Believe in God: Whether You Believe in Religion or Not, Clark Strand
The Wooden Bowl: Simple Meditations for Everyday Life, Clark Strand
Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey, Clark Strand

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi:

Beacon Light of the Himalayas, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Meditation: Easy System Propounded, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Science of Being and Art of Living – Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Love and God, Spiritual Regeneration Movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Yoga Asanas, Spiritual Regeneration Movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita – A New Translation and Commentary, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Meditations of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Alliance for Knowledge, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Creating an ideal society: a global undertaking, International Association for the Advancement of the Science of Creative Intelligence, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Results of scientific research on the Transcendental Meditation program, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Enlightenment to every individual, invincibility to every nation, Age of Enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Freedom behind bars: enlightenment to every individual and invincibility to every nation, International Association for the Advancement of the Science of Creative Intelligence, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Dawn of the age of enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Life supported by natural law : discovery of the Unified Field of all the laws of nature and the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Thirty years around the world: dawn of the Age of Enlightenment, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Programme to create world peace: global inauguration, Age of Enlightenment Press, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s master plan to create heaven on earth, Maharishi Vedic University Press, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
A Proven program for our criminal justice system: Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Corrections, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Vedic knowledge for everyone: Maharishi Vedic University, an introduction, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Government – Automation in Administration, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi University of Management – Wholeness on the Move, Age of Enlightenment Publications, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Constitution of India Fulfilled through Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Inaugurating Maharishi Vedic University, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Defence – Sovereignty in Invincibility, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Celebrating Perfection in Education – Dawn of Total Knowledge, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Forum of Natural Law and National Law for Doctors – Perfect Health for Everyone, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Speaks to Educators – Mastery Over Natural Law, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Speaks to Students – Mastery Over Natural Law, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Celebrating Perfection in Administration, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Ideal India – The Lighthouse of Peace on Earth, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Bhagavad-Gita – Chapter 7, 2009, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Other Books on Meditation:

Zen Meditation in Plain English, John Daishin Buksbazen
Transcendental Meditation: The Essential Teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Jack Forem
The Experience of Insight: A Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation, Joseph Goldstein
Meditation: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice, Richard Chilson
Meditation: Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility in Your Life, Brian Weiss
Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening, Stephen Batchelor
The Zen Way, Myokyo-ni
The Way of Zen, Zendo
Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das
Theta Healing: Introducing an Extraordinary Energy Healing Modality, Vianna Stibal

Hsin Hsin Ming: The Zen Understanding of Mind and Consciousness, Osho and Osho International Foundation
Love, Freedom, Aloneness: The Koan of Relationships, Osho

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I really don’t know how to be humble.

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Reading the wonderful Matt Kahn’s book, Whatever Arises, Love That. (Great title, eh?) So, the main message is to send love to whatever comes up in your experience, which is what Eckhart Tolle, my friend Leta Hamilton, and many others agree is one of the most useful spiritual practices you can do.

And man, I super suck at it.

I don’t love a lot of things. A whole lot of things. My ego is just always–right–there. I can’t let go of my opinion long enough to love what is, even though I know that doing so is the core definition of humility.

I really don’t know how to be humble. But I’m working on it.

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Want to learn how to clean your house twice as well in half the time? 

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How do you love God, when there’s no face to God? (Conversations with Leta, part two)

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I have this friend who is really, really happy. Her name is Leta Hamilton. She’s a channel, an author, and a mom of four–and the perfect person to grill for answers about life.

Here, part of a question-and-answer session that I am posting in installments.

Me: Sometimes it’s hard for me to love his thing we call God, or to even know whether I should. I mean, maybe just loving people is enough. Yes? No? How do you love God, when there’s no face to God?

Leta: I love God as a force at the heart of life. I feel it as a breathtakingly spiritual power at the center of all things, beyond faces, physicality or form. It is not human. It is like Chi of Taoism. It is everywhere, in everything (including me) and part of all expressions of existence. It is like electricity. It is. It has a quality to it that is all-powerful and God-like in a conventional sense of that word. However, it is beyond anthropomorphism. It cannot be labeled as anything “human” in any way, shape or form. It has Presence in my life without form. It is real like my hand is real, but in a way that defies logic or rational explanations. It is the ineffable.

I am constantly connected to this force and love it with every bit of my being. It brings everything good and wonderful into my life and it is everything–even things that others call “bad,” “unlucky,” “tragedy,” “dis-ease” and so on. These are great gifts from my perspective. They are things that come as ways to grow into myself and ever more close to that God-force I have been talking about. It is love for love’s sake. I have no agenda in it. My name for it is God because that makes the most sense.

Me: Do you have a go-to image or set of images that mean “God” to you?

Leta: No. It is life force. It has no feeling to it that can be described. It has a quality to it that is called “bliss” by the masters and gurus of our planet, but even that cannot adequately describe it. It is subjective and experiential. I would say that I am feeling the same thing that others have described as bliss or enlightenment, but I choose to call it nothing and just experience it. To love your life is enough. I won’t call myself blissed-out or in an enlightened state. I am loving life with my breaths. That is enough.

Me: I love God, too–but I really love LIFE. To me, the definition of God is LIFE. Is that what you mean?

Leta: I mean life and more than life. I mean what makes life possible at all. I mean the divine miracle that life is thrust upon the canvas of All That Is. I mean the interconnectedness of all life across all the cosmos. I mean the thing that exists before life is even a thought and the thing that will be there when all life is singing the swan song of existence. I mean the totality of all dimensions, realms of experience and planes of existence–including the multidimensions of the angelic realms and non-physical planes of existence on this planet (elemental beings). I mean the totality of ALL THAT IS. I cannot explain it any other way. God is a way to describe all of that and MORE. It is close as my breath and beyond anything my brain can comprehend. It is real to me. I cannot say it any other way.

Me: You love all that you see, all the time?

Leta: Yes. Pretty much. And if I don’t love it, I love that I don’t love it. Then I go into myself and contemplate until understanding comes. It takes years sometimes. All the while, I have fun!

Love.

Leta

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For more from Leta, and more from me on meditation, get The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation on Amazon.

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Best nonfiction book: “How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds” by Dana Carpender

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Lately, I’ve been reading a ton of great nonfiction. And now, I’m blogging about it. Here, one of my favorite finds.

Best nonfiction book: How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds by Dana Carpender

Is this really one of the best nonfiction books out there? Why?

What can I say? I like a book about a girl on a diet, especially if the diet is successful. Carpender blends good science, and good advice, with her compelling personal story.

What will I get out of this best nonfiction book that will make it worth my time?

If you’ve never tried a low-carb diet before–maybe even feel a bit skeptical–you may find Carpender’s book helpful. It’s great introduction to a very complex topic, a mix of scientific studies and commonsense advice.

A few notable points:

  • A 2000 New English Journal of Medicine low-carb study showed there are no health benefits to low-fat diets at all.
  • 5-HTP and niacin may help people avoid emotional eating.
  • L-glutamine helps reduce carb cravings.
  • The book also gives a good description of insulin and ketosis.

Where can I further investigate this best nonfiction book?

How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds on Amazon

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Is God really in everything? Even poopy diapers? (Conversations with Leta, part one)

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I have this friend who is really, really happy. Her name is Leta Hamilton. She’s a channel, an author, and a mom of four–and the perfect person to grill for answers about life.

Here, part of a question-and-answer session that I am posting in installments.

Me: You once told me that “God is in the poopy diapers.” We were talking about motherhood and such, and you said it casually, but it stuck with me. What exactly did you mean by that?

Leta: David R. Hawkins (Power vs. Force) talks about the perfection of the rusty old garbage can. It is old and rusty, but it is perfect as that. So I think about my life like that. When I have to walk to dog as I did this morning and I think to myself, “I don’t want to be walking this dog,” I am perfectly perfect in that sweet desire not to be doing what I am doing. It is like the rusty garbage can–rusty AND perfect.

When I ask myself, “What do I want?” these answers come up: I want to be with God. I want to expand. I want to find ways to go deeper inside myself and discover new epiphanies along the way.

So what does God do? Gives me opportunities for that. When I see this, I see how the walking of the dog is an answer to that prayer. I see how my kids are the Universe bringing me what I wanted in the form of spiritual supply. I see how the poopy diapers and 4 a.m. wake-up time for the dog to go out are exactly what I had asked for.

Perfect, perfect, perfect IS the rusty garbage can, the dog that I don’t really want, the work in the evening to get homework done when I all I want to do is retreat away from kids for a while and so much more I call “imperfect.”

I have these feelings like, “ugh,” at walking the dog. I think about them, acknowledge them and then see how they are opportunities for me to expand through insights and epiphanies. I realized this morning how win-win it is to walk the dog even though I wanted to be anywhere else! I also checked out a Tich Nach Han CD from the library & he was talking about walking meditations and I focused on that this morning too.

When I had this epiphany it came mostly because I was desperate for a pee. I realized that when I had to pee, I had to focus entirely on getting myself to a place where I could go pee. All that was in my mind was, “Make it back to the car, get the dog in the car and get into Value Village where there is a bathroom.” I was focused in that suffering. I had no other room in my mind for any other thoughts. Then I thought about how liberating suffering can be. It focuses the mind. It creates the conditions where nothing else is flooding us other than that one, focused, thought. I was grateful. I wasn’t busy in my mind. I was truly meditating. It was a meditation of suffering and it was very focusing. Then, I realized that once I peed, I’d have all this space in my mind to be bogged down with all kinds of other thoughts like, “What are we going to have for dinner?” I thought about the moment of freedom from my suffering, but that would also allow a new kind of suffering to come in–the suffering of the busy, chattering, monkey mind.

I realized that suffering was my friend also. It was just as much a part of my liberation as my moments of peace in the heart. When I have expansive perspective, I see that suffering and peace are the same. They are both focus and awareness, one in the direction of “I don’t want this” and one in the direction of “I do want this.” But the coin is the same: eternal being-ness.

With that, I have to go collect my son from preschool, then get home to the dog, then go grocery shopping, then go home again and …. It’s up in the air, but it will be okay however it works out. Hope I don’t find poop in the house when I get back, but I might and it’s going to be a perfect thing no matter what.

Love. Love. Love.

~Leta

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For more from Leta, and more from me on meditation, get The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation on Amazon.

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Law of attraction book: “Neale Donald Walsch on Relationships” by Neale Donald Walsch

Mollie Player

law-of-attraction-treeLaw of attraction book:Neale Donald Walsch on Relationships by Neale Donald Walsch

What do you like about this law of attraction book?

Okay, so it’s not Conversations With God. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth reading. Besides, it’s short and chatty. I like that.

What will I learn from this law of attraction book?

Neale Donald Walsch on Relationships is the transcript of a seminar speech given by the author. It retains the conversational style of the speech.

In the past, Walsch says, he had no idea what relationships were all about. He thought that the purpose of having a partnership was to get something, rather than to give something. He tried to arrange his relationships as a kind of barter: “If you give me this, I’ll give you that.”

The result: he often felt he had to change himself for his partners (for example, soften his loud…

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Top 20 Spirituality Memoirs

Best Nonfiction Book 5

The world needs more spirituality memoirs. Many more. And as long as it keeps providing them, I’ll keep reading them–and updating this list.

Here are my favorites so far, plus a list of others I haven’t yet read that look promising. Click on the titles to see relevant links and notes.

Best Spirituality Memoirs:

Autobiography of A Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
Zero Limits: The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More, Joe Vitale
Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis
Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
Sex, Drugs and Meditation: How One Woman Changed Her Life, Saved Her Job and Found a Husband, Mary-Lou Stephens
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, Jill Bolte Taylor
Medicine Dance: One Woman’s Healing Journey into the World of Native American Sweatlodges, Drumming Meditations and Dance Fasts, Marsha Scarbrough
Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life, Priscilla Warner
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage, Elizabeth Gilbert
Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, Anne Lamott
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year, Anne Lamott
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, Anne Lamott
Seth, Dreams and Projection of Consciousness, Jane Roberts
Chasing Spirits: The Building of the “Ghost Adventures” Crew, Nick Groff and Jeff Belanger
How To Stay Married: The Adventures of a Woman Who Learnt to Travel Light in Life, Love and Relationships, Mary-Lou Stephens
You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends, Mollie Player
The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation, Mollie Player
What I Learned from Jane, Mollie Player

Other Spirituality Memoirs:

Grief, Meth, Addiction, God & Zen: A 45 Year Old Man’s Journey With Death, Reality & Recovery, David Carlyle and Cynthia Sharp
The Ghosts and the Path: A Buddhist Monk’s Memoir, Ngawang Khechog
The Yoga Stripper: A Las Vegas Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Namaste, Laila Lucent
Meditations of a Modern Mystic, Maurine Doerken
The Buddha and the Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism and Online Dating, Kiera Van Gelder
Bending God: A Memoir, Eric Robison
From Brooklyn to Benares and Back: A Spiritual Memoir, Dada Vedaprajinananda
On the Edge: Living with an Enlightened Master, Yoga Punya
I: A Meditation and a Memoir, Wiz Ji
Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed, Sonia Choquette
The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga: A Memoir, Andy Douglas

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And a few more spirituality memoirs to recommend: my own.

Get You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends and The Power of Acceptance: One Year of Mindfulness and Meditation for an uplifting price on Amazon.

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Something I may or may not have learned since last Sunday

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Ever since getting into this New Thought/New Age spirituality thing, I’ve been confused about something: If God isn’t God as I once thought him to be, but instead the substance of all that is and ever will be, who should I be praying to? I’ve been praying to God, since presumably the message still gets through. But it doesn’t feel quite right. Well, earlier this week, I remembered some advice from Kryon to talk out loud to the many angels and guides that surround us constantly … and so, that is what I did. I imagined a group of real beings with individuality and personality listening to me and going to work on my behalf (since, again, presumably that’s what they do). Beings who know me, like me, and are like me–not some ethereal love-fluff in the air.

It felt right. I felt heard. It made sense.

I think I really learned something here.

(Anyone else prefer this kind of prayer?)

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For more spiritual quest questions–and a few answers–read You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends.

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