When Things Fall Apart

When Things Fall Apart Book Cover When Things Fall Apart
Pema Chodron
Body, Mind & Spirit
Shambhala Publications
June 7, 2016

This is an excellent guide book. The teachings are a little (a lot) counter-intuitive. She teaches to “embrace the suck” (my term). Get into the pain, poke at it, ask it questions. Ask the monster in your closet to join you for tea. All in an effort to be a little kinder to YOURSELF. Figure out what is causing you pain, get comfortable with it and then work on reversing your negative habits.

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A New Earth

A New Earth Book Cover A New Earth
Eckhart Tolle
Body, Mind & Spirit
Penguin Books

This is one of those books that you can open to a random page, read for a minute, and then just ponder what you read for the rest of the day. Its a book about mindfulness, of letting go, of trying to become more aware, of trying to diminish the power your ego has over you, of quieting that monkey chatter in your brain. It is about realizing that most people do not inhabit a living reality but a conceptualized one. Talk about a gut punch.

Eleven Rings – The Soul of Success

Eleven Rings Book Cover Eleven Rings
Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty,
Biography & Autobiography
April 29, 2014

This is a good read. Phil Jackson applies the philosophy that everyone is a leader. He also subscribes to the idea of group problem solving. He applies Zen and Native American teachings about mindfulness and letting go to leadership and teamwork.

Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk, the Law runneth forward and back— For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Thinking In Systems: A Primer

Thinking in Systems Book Cover Thinking in Systems
Donella H. Meadows, Diana Wright,
Business & Economics
Chelsea Green Publishing

This is an excellent book/primer on Systems Thinking. It teaches how to understand the interconnectedness between just about everything. On one hand its a process flow text book. On the other, it is straight up Buddhism. Super interesting read. Teaches systems-thinking skills that would make the world a better place if everyone learned them.