“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” –Marianne Williamson
The Essential Enneagram by David Daniels and Virginia Price
The Enneagram is a powerful tool that helps one discover what it is within them that motivates their behavior. This book presents a simple self-administered personality assessment based upon the most effective “oral tradition” of the time tested Enneagram model. The results will open doors for exploration and development like no other assessment I am aware of.
Roland Merullo is a wise man and gifted author. In each of his offerings, he creates a world that envelopes the reader in the full experience of the story. The subject matter of each book is as varied as it is thought-provoking, and it’s simply hard to put his books down.
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg
NVC begins by assuming that we’re all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same basic human needs, and that each of our actions is a strategy to meet one or more of them. To buy or learn more about this incredible work please visit The Center for Nonviolent Communication.
Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation by Stephen Mitchell
The Gita is often referred to as the Hindu bible. It’s actually a part of a much longer poem. While it details the conflict that Arjuna, a warrior, faces on the eve of battle it also says much much more. I haven’t met one person who has read the Gita and not walked away with a much deeper insight. There are many translations, and this is the best I’ve read.
Life of Pi by Yaan Martel
So is this really just a cute story about a young boy and a Bengal tiger stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean—and also perhaps a metaphor for life. If it is a metaphor, what are the underlying messages? You’ve gotta read it and decide for yourself.
Yoga: The Iyengar Way by Silva, Mira, and Shyam Menta
This is a definitive work on essential yoga technique, complete with pictures, descriptions, Sanskrit, and common names for all the basic and many advanced asanas.
The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
A parable for modern times, this book highlights the impact of Serve Someone, one of the seven Timeless Wisdom at Work® practices.
Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
This powerful little book demonstrates how to live mindfully every moment of every day.
Illusion: Kirk Douglas stars in this independent film about a man reviewing his life—what he did, what he could’ve done differently, and what he can do now.
What The Bleep Do We Know: Part story and part discussion about quantum physics, reality, and the power we have to create and recreate our lives.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler: Not just a wonderfully acted historical drama, but also a deep and meaningful father/ son story. Well worth watching.
A Precious Human Life
Every day, think as you wake up.
Today I am fortunate to have woken up,
I am alive; I have a precious human life,
I am not going to waste it,
I am going to use
All my energies to develop myself
To expand my heart out to others,
To achieve enlightenment for
The benefit of all beings,
I am going to have kind
Thoughts towards others,
I am not going to get angry,
Or think badly about others
I am going to benefit others
As much as I can.
– His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
So for me, music lights up my soul. It inspires interesting thoughts, opens the door to deep revelations and emotions, and most importantly—it spawns dancing! Here are some songs that flick my switch in one way or another. Check them out.
Jonathan Edwards (yes, the Sunshine Guy) is a fabulous performer. His stage presence is welcoming, his music both soothing and uplifting. If he’s ever in your area, be sure to catch one of his shows. You won’t be disappointed—I promise! Here’s one of my favorite songs.
Don’t Ask me Why | Just watch this music video of courage and hope for a more tolerant and accepting world.
Better Day | Goo Goo Dolls song of faith and trust
See The World | Gomez | Expand your horizons. Nothing’s out of reach unless you say so. This song reminds me of the Henry Ford quote: “Whether you believe you can or you can’t . . . you’re right!”
I’m In A Hurry | Alabama | Delivering the message nicely about the lie we sometimes tell ourselves. Lyrics are included with this version.
A Better Man | Keb Mo | A musical version of the wise words that Ghandhi spoke: “Be the Change you want to see in the World.”
Ain’t No Stopping Us Now | McFadden & Whitehead | OK, this one gets my groove goin’ and has a great message. Come on – stand up and shake it.
When You Wish Upon a Star | Tony Bennett duet with Jackie Evancho | Hard to believe the quality of sound that this young lady delivers with her young voice.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World | Israel Kamakawiwo’ole | A breathtaking compilation you have probably heard before. Now just sit and enjoy it for a few moments.
Shower the People | James Taylor | About loving who and what is in your life right now by choosing love over fear. One of JT’s many classics, with lyrics included.
That I Would Be Good | Alanis Morrissette | Acceptance, pure and simple.
The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game | Grace Jones | Another one you gotta move to! So much for all those plans . . .
Perfect | Sara Evans | Perfect, the enemy of Good Enough. I’m not much of a country guy, and this girl is an exception for me.
A Real Fine Place to Start | Sara Evans | More than a love song, you’ll surely achieve your goals if you start here.
I’m Tired | Savoy Brown | A rock version of the key to change – lyrics included – with some awesome guitar work by Kim Symmonds.
All Things Must Pass | George Harrison | George’s first release post Beatles, his best work in my opinion, and perhaps one of the best albums ever recorded. It’s full of grace. Kick back and enjoy the entire album here.
Talking Book –|Stevie Wonder | Powerful album – the story of life and one of Stevie’s classics. Another chance to experience the entire album.
Breathe | Anna Nalik | In my estimation, the best advice ever especially when facing a challenge or upset. Beautifully delivered here.
Suddenly I See | KT Tunstall | Another upbeat song the chorus of which speaks to how we sometimes gain insight and realization.
Holiday | Madonna | Another one to get you on your feet. Sounds like Madge got it right in this one . . . and you gotta love the look!
One Track Heart | Krishna Das | KD is, in my opinion, the best American born Kirtan musician. This is a link to his first album. If you go here, please do more than just listen. Engage in the responses feel the power of these chants.
Deva Premal | This German born lady shares one of the most angelic voices you’ll ever hear. This page provides a link to an array of videos and chants that will change your day when you listen to and explore them.