In the past few months I've been reading...a lot. Maybe it's the social media fatigue that honestly I think everyone is feeling. During the holiday season I noticed a lot of people gush about the time they spent offline only to then announce semi-excitedly that they were back on for the year and I just get the sense that not everyone feels super inspired right now. It's also a time where people are throwing out the phrase 'post-truth' and all of the sudden we look at everything and each other with a really skeptical eye. I've personally channeled that energy into studying and reading ancient things which I think is a natural, human response when the present feels unsure.
I've prioritized studying ashtanga and made it a point to learn about more tangible things like how to identify plants for medicine. I finally picked up a copy of Bhagavad Gita after much poking and prodding from my teacher and I'm astounded how a book written thousands of years ago can still be relevant in our crazy homogenized world. Now that woo-woo wellness is becoming more trendy & mainstream it's a great opportunity to use it as a way to remember that the simple things that have been done for years are still important to study and understand.
There are a few books that I've fallen for recently that shifted my perspective and have brought me some peace. My favorite part of my day is when I lay in bed at night next to my fiance and we read for an hour. I have a tendency to pick up multiple books at a time and be really ADD while reading them, switching nightly between books depending on mood. Anyone else do that?
Bhagavad Gita & The Upanishads
This is the usual required reading when you study yoga but I personally think everyone should be required to read these classics. It's completely reshaped how I look at my my business, my relationships and my overall approach to daily life. Themes on selfless action, self-conquest and life and death are prominent and help work on balancing the ego. Ive been reading this translation.
The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World
I love, love, love reading about Humboldt's adventures. It's an interesting perspective on what fame looked like centuries ago and proof that seeking adventure and curiosity can drive conversation and have an impact on the world.
The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine Making Guide
I think it's really important that we all start to relearn the basics of plant medicine and regain a connection with nature. I have so much interest in trying to make my own beauty products so this is a great starting point and packed with a ton of useful, digestible information
Daily Stoic: 365 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance and the Art of Living
My fiancé always constantly tells me to stop worrying about the things I can't control and only action on the things I can control to help get a positive outcome. We joke that he was a Stoic in a past life because of his sunny outlooks on controlling and being responsible for your mindset. This book is a quick, daily dose of truth that builds on those themes and more.
The Wayfinders or Anything by Wade Davis
I feel like I've talked about this before but Wade Davis is one of my all-time favorite writers. His collection of stories from his experiences with vanishing ancient cultures is fascinating. I could read his books and watch his TED talks over and over again and still be blown away.
Happy reading! I love book recommendations so if you have any that you've found along these lines let me know!