It seems like we were just walking through slush and already we find ourselves at mid-summer, but there is still plenty of time to hit he beach with a good read. I have some suggestions that will not only entertain you, but build your mindfulness skills. Whether you are a fiction fan or a non-fiction buff, this list contains something for you! The first book to consider is non-fiction. No Mud, No Lotus provides the reader with Thich Nhat Hanh’s signature pithy and happy teaching style. In short, digestible chapters, readers will learn how to take the painful “mud” of life with the happy blooms, finding peace in the fact that we can’t know one without the other. After reading the following excerpt on letting go, I felt so at peace I took an hour-long droolly nap in my beach chair…. I wish for you the same experience:
” If you come to look deeply into your fearful attachment, you will realize that it is in fact the very obstacle to your joy and happiness. You have the capacity to let it go. Letting go takes a lot of courage sometimes. But once you let go, happiness comes very quickly. You won’t have to go around searching for it.”
My next pick is Kate Atkinson’s popular 2014 novel that received rave reviews from great swaths of the literary world. Life After Life tells the story of Ursula Todd, who is born one cold night in 1910, takes a single breath, then dies…. or does she? Atkinson takes us through many versions of Ursula’s journey, raising questions about fate and free will along the way.
While the non-linear timeline of the story takes a few chapters to get used to, readers will soon be engrossed in the lives of the Todd family. This is a rare novel that you will want to read in one sitting, and then immediately start from the beginning.
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We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!