Thursday, August 13, 2009

Frequently recomended books

There are some books that I refer to quite often when discussing personal growth and relationship issues. Some I have found personally helpful and many have been recommended by others as useful to them.

  • Relationship Issues:

"Codependant No More" by Melodie Beattie. Here is the product description and link to it on Amazon.ca;

Is someone else's problem your problem? If, like so many others, you've lost sight of your own life in the drama of tending to someone else's, you may be codependent--and you may find yourself in this book. The healing touchstone of millions, this modern classic by one
of America's best-loved and most inspirational authors holds the key to understanding codependency and to unlocking its stultifying hold on your life. With instructive life stories, personal reflections, exercises, and self-tests, Codependent No More is a simple, straightforward, readable map of the perplexing world of codependency--charting the path to freedom and a lifetime of healing, hope, and happiness. Melody Beattie is the author of Beyond Codependency, The Language of Letting Go, Stop Being Mean to Yourself, and Playing It by Heart.

http://www.amazon.ca/Codependent-No-More-Controlling-Yourself/dp/0894864025

  • Personal Well Being and healing from stress:

"Minding The Body Mending the Mind" by Joan Borysenko.
Product description and link from Amazon.ca;

Borysenko, co-founder and director of the Mind/Body Clinic at New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School, describes the clinic's ten-week program for learning to "mind the body" through a medical synthesis of neurology, immunology, and psychology. She provides step-by-step instructions to the clinic's techniques while suggesting how they can be adapted for individual use. Combining meditation, breath control and stretching exercises, and mindfulness, and drawn from work with patients aged 17 to 93, these techniques help ease the stress of illness particularly illness caused by stress exploiting the body's natural capacity for healing. Readers who master them can achieve an admirable balance between inner self and environment.
http://www.amazon.ca/Minding-Body-Mending-Mind-Borysenko/dp/0738211168

  • Meditation and mindfulness

"A New Earth - awakening to your life's purpose" by Eckhart Tolle.
I should mention that I don't find Eckhart Tolle to be very original in what he suggests. The "New Earth" is not a very new idea or concept and is at the basis of just about any kind of mindfulness exercise, but he does manage to convey the concept in a way that many people find understandable. There was a 10 week "webinar" with free online workbooks and resources on Oprah.com (again, "free" but you have to join Oprah.com).

http://books.google.ca/books?id=FqEQAAAACAAJ&dq=Eckhart+Tolle&source=an&hl=en&ei=5FKESpW8MJCCMevEqOYE&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10



Anything written by Pema Chodron, but probably the best book to begin with (as suggested by it's title) is "Start Where You Are", also relating to grief and brokenness is "When Things Fall Apart".

http://www.shambhala.com/html/learn/features/pema/index.cfm?gclid=CLn1-6WioZwCFQ_yDAodWmf8eA