Wednesday, June 27, 2012

my latest health reads

I'm reading like crazy this summer. On the T, before bed, in the sunshine...I can't wait to share my favorites from the summer come September.

In the mean time, since I keep claiming this is a health blog or something, I figured I'd share my latest reads that help keep me developing my own health and happiness.

~~~


Toward a New Psychology of Women by Jean Baker Miller

Published in 1976, this book is definitely a bit outdated, but was such a fantastic perspective on feminism from a time of blossoming empowerment for women. And sadly, much of it is still surprisingly relevant. I recommend it as a healthy read, because it's a great way to develop a critical consciousness about how feminine strengths are important for the healthy psychology of both men and women.





Spontaneous Healing by Andrew Weil

In the world of alternative medicine, Andrew Weil is a famous name, and Spontaneous Healing is one of his most famous works. I can't say I totally drink his kool-aid; Weil is surprisingly adamant about some of his philosophies, and some of the approaches he advocates for are not ones I buy into. But the overall message of the book is faith in the innate healing power of the body, and I couldn't agree more. It's particularly geared towards those actively dealing with health issues, and offers a wealth of resources about how to approach those issues outside of allopathic medicine, a worthwhile endeavor for anyone.





Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer

I cannot recommend this book enough. It's a volume on finding our true vocation, but really speaks to an inner need in all of us to find a meaningful connection to the material world. It is simultaneously practical, spiritual, and emotional...relevant for any age, but probably a profoundly different experience at different life stages.



Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

This book is adorable. It's a beautifully illustrated children's book that relates some of the most universally understood Buddhist stories...a great way for children and adults to consider how compassion and presence can help us relax and enjoy life.










Have you read any of these before? Let me know if you do...I'd love to hear thoughts. =)

4 comments:

  1. I second Jean Baker Miller! ;) I actually promote a lot of the work from her organization in my job ;) Good picks!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, Clair, just wanted you to know that i gave YouTwo blog awards !

    ReplyDelete
  3. Loving the new look around here! I'm going to take your recommendation and download Palmer's book to my nook. Thanks! I need some new summer reads. Looks interesting for sure!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Have not read these, but will do so now! Like your new blog look : )

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for making me smile. =)