The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh

“When one tree in the garden is sick, you have to care for it. But don’t overlook all the healthy trees. Even while you have pain in your heart, you can enjoy the many wonders of life–the beautiful sunset, the smile of a child, the many flowers and trees. To suffer is not enough. Please…

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

“Simply put, humans are not wired to be constantly wired.”  I have so much trouble with this. I check my phone first thing in the morning, all throughout the day, and at night while I’m watching TV. I struggle with the need for validation in my digital and real life, but especially in my digital…

Deep Work by Cal Newport

“Great minds like [Robert] Caro and Darwin didn’t deploy rituals to be weird; they did so because success in their work depended on their ability to go deep, again and again – there’s no way to win a Pulitzer Prize or conceive a grand theory without pushing your brain to its limit.” I’m starting with…

Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh

Happy Saturday! I’ve been listening to audiobooks a lot lately, and one that I really loved is Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice. This short (about an hour long) book covers 10 different ways to bring meditation practice into your life, or into your family’s life, if that’s your goal. Those ten ways are: stopping,…

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“I was pretending, the way I often did, pretending to have a personality. I can’t help it, it’s what I’ve always done: the way some women change fashion regularly, I change personalities.” Gone Girl has been on my radar for years now, but I was just recently able to pick up a copy for a…