What to Read

It’s hard to go at being deeply aware, truly awake, and fully alive alone. We all need inspiration, motivation, new armor and tools to take on the exploration. Below you will find great resources to assist your journey and keep you going.

"The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

Aware. Awake. Alive. Resources

About Feeling It all

  • Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
  • I Thought it was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think” to “I am Enough” by Brené Brown
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brené Brown
  • Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution. by Brené Brown
  • Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton
  • Carry on Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Beautiful Messy Life by Glennon Doyle Melton
  • Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Grietens
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling by James Hillman
  • Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life by Thomas Moore
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
  • The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
  • Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron
  • Radical Acceptance: Embracing your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach
  • A Year to Live: How to Live this Year as If It Were Your Last by Stephen Levine
  • Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind can Heal the Heart by Tara Bennett- Goleman

About Mindfulness & Meditation

  • How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind by Pema Chodron
  • Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment - and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Every Day Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

About Trauma

  • Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman
  • Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine  
  • Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory by Peter Levine and Bessel van der Kolk
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
  • In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter Levine
  • War and the Soul: Healing our Nations Veteran’s from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Edward Tick
  • Warriors Return: Restoring the Soul After War by Edward Tick
  • On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman

About Dream Work

  • Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth by Robert A. Johnson
  • Dream Tending: Awakening to the Healing Power of Dreams by Stephen Aizenstat
  • Dreams, A Portal to the Source by Edward Whitmont & Sylvia Brinton Perera

About Archetypes and Myth

  • Women Who Run with Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  • We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love by Robert A. Johnson
  • She: Understanding Feminine Psychology by Robert A. Johnson
  • He: Understanding Masculine Psychology by Robert A. Johnson
  • Living Myth: Personal Meaning as a Way of Life by D. Stephenson Bond
  • The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell