Neely's Book List
Those of you who know me well know that I love to read! Here is a list of books that have taught me so much, and a few that are just captivating reads. Please feel free to recommend some of your favorites to me as well!
The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle: The first of these books opened me up to how important it is to be in the present moment. They are easy to read and I often go back to them time and time again for inspiration.
The Alchemist and The Pilgramage by Paulo Coelho: I love Paulo Coelho and all of his works. If you enjoy reading Fiction that carries important spiritual insight, you will love Paulo Coelho!
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: There are many different translations of this ancient text. It delves into the deeper meanings of yoga and describes the effect of meditation and yoga. My copy is translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda.
Body Thrive by Cate Stillman: This book is a great guide for implementing yoga's sister science, Ayurveda into your life. I have been implementing Ayurveda for a few years now and it has transformed my health and habits wonderfully.
Being Peace and any works by Thich Nhat Hahn: This author, activist, and Vietnamese Monk speaks to my heart so beautifully and peacefully. His writing are simple and easy to read.
The Book of Joy by Douglas Abrams. The author follows two important world leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu through an inspiring reunion. Their conversation is such an amazing example of how we all are searching for and abiding in the same love, which connects the world.
Conscious Evolution, by Barbara Marx Hubbard. If you are frustrated with the way that the world looks to be going, but don't know what you can personally do to help, this is an important read. It is based on the idea that we should unite under the assumption that we all want contentment and love, and that we should follow the paths that are proven to work, instead of the political agenda.
Inner Engineering, a Yogis Guide to Joy, by Sadguru. This book is written by an Indian Yogi and outlines his own path, and the practices that he maintains to discover Joy every day. It is wrought with straight-forward wisdom.
Women Who Run with the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. This is a classic book for all genders. It uses ancient myths and looks at them through the lense of the author's deeply profound knowledge and experience to help us understand the path of the Woman. There is so much beauty in this work.
The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet, by Benjamin Hoff. These sweet books offer a simple way of understanding Taoism, The Way. My kids like me to read it to them. I love the idea of breaking down the ancient philosophies in easy-to-understand ways.
A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, by Jack Kornfield. The author has a humorous and warm way of explaining how to live a life that honors the universal teaching of Buddha, in our Western World. The latter book has a very useful outline for taking a 3 day silent retreat, which I loved so much, I'd like to do it again!
Conversations with God, Books 1, 2, &3, by Neale Donald Walsch. If you are open-minded and have been searching for a way to relate to a higher power without the heaviness that can come with organized religion, I strongly recommend these books, beginning with the first. These books changed the way that I see the world in a way that is indescribable.
The Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls, by Michael Newton, Ph.D. Another couple of life-changing books based on the massive evidence happened upon by the author, a psychologist and hypnotherapist, for the existence of a spirit world, and of reincarnation. If this interests you, these books are so informative and I find them to be deeply comforting.