We asked our Movers’ community about the books they’re reading during lockdown. Here are some of the titles they’ve recommended.
It was World Book Night on 23 April and we asked the question ‘What are you reading?’ in our movers’ group. We loved the the books that our community are recommending as their lockdown reads. We thought we’d share them with you. Do you have any favourites to add to this list? Join in the conversation below or join our movers’ group.
MFML teacher, Liz Lark‘s Pearls of Yoga Wisdom is an invaluable resource to dip in and out of. How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach and Embodying the Yoga Sutra by Ranju Roy and David Charlton both throw light onto the yoga sutra and offer a practical guide into yoga philosophy. Ram Dass’ Be Here Now published in 1971, has lent its title to the theme for our forthcoming Home Yoga Retreat and is the spiritual autobiography of Richard Alpert as he discovers yoga in the sixties.
Spiritual reinforcement from Lockdown Reads
Compassion lies at the heart of many of the books we are turning to as we navigate these unusual times. The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred work of grief by Francis Weller offers a guide for navigating sorrow and loss. Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion both by Tara Brach offer a practical and compassionate approach to emotional difficulty and challenge. MFML teacher, Mimi Kuo-Deemer‘s Xiu Yang offers an insight into the Chinese art of self-cultivation and invites us to live in a way that helps us to create harmony and balance in our inner lives.
As a result of the lockdown we are being asked to live in the present moment. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is a classic well worth revisiting as it reminds us of the power of doing so. In the same vein, Mindful Tarot by Lisa Freinkel Tishman combines the power of the present moment with compassion as a way to approach tarot readings.
Navigating this unique time
In The Mirror of Yoga, Richard Freeman opens with “Yoga begins with listening” yet, it seems we aren’t listening to each other any more. You’re not Listening by Kate Murphy offers ways to transform our conversations and relationships. Molecules of Emotion by Candace B. Pert offers an insight into how our thoughts and emotions affect our health. Finally, fiction has the power to uplift us at the most difficult of times. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell reimagines Shakespeare’s family life. It is furthermore, a meditation on grief and the power of family bonds.
We hope you have found some inspiration here. Please share your recommendations with us below, on social media or in our movers’ group.