I had a banner year as far as feeding my mind with reading books this year. I read a total of 48 books in 2012, some were repeats of some favorites, but most were additions to my library. Below are my top 5 from those 48 books and a brief nugget or two that I received from their pages.
5. Powerful Peace, by Rob DuBois – this former Navy SEAL writes a great account of his experiences with multiple cultures, particularly the Muslim culture. The book made me realize that I’m prone to react too fast, when I would be better served to pause and respond to events. Peace can start with one person and how we approach others in our daily routines.
4. Inner Excellence, by Jim Murphy – an excellent read on building mental toughness and discipline. The book re-instilled in me that I should pursue excellence for the sake of doing so…not for what success will do for me, but rather what the journey/pursuit will make of me.
3. Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Depack Chopra – Barring a cruel disease (e.g. cancer, etc.) if one takes care of themselves through proper diet, exercise, and meditation there is no reason one can’t live a vital life well into their 70′s and beyond. This book is a great read for re-instilling the power of building your body, mind, spirit.
2. Awakening Spirits, by Tom Brown, Jr. – like other Tom Brown, Jr. books this is an excellent read to ignite your warrior soul. It is from this book that I label my meditation as “sacred silence.” This book also includes a guide to use in sacred silence. Brown always teaches me that the way to true strength is from the blending of body, mind, and spirit.
1. Born to Run, by Chris McDougall – I almost did not buy this book, but it kept calling me back and I finally picked it up after 3 attempts to walk away. I guess it was a message I needed. The book contains an adventurous true story by the author is his search of what makes ultra-runners “tick”. My main take away was to train for the soul, not to win the race. Play for the love of the game & you will find spiritual awakening in your effort.
I’ll likely re-read a few if not all of the above in 2013. I wish you all happy reading for the next year. We need to feed our minds in our never ending quest to live the way!