A good book is so refreshing. I've been reading more recently because Ive been traveling a ton (sorry for the absence here!). There's so much to share with you all as I spend the next day or so combing through photos and notes on Belize, the beach and the rainforest, and Antigua. But for now, here are a few more books to put on your summer reading list!
Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Mayan Healer
I read this book in 48 hours. I picked it up before my trip to San Ignacio because I was researching plant healing in the Belizean rainforests. Rosita is somewhat of an iconic figure in this world and reading her encounter with one of the last true natural healers in a more traditional way. If you're into learning about plant medicine it's really a good one!
Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean
I love how the author ties tides in with some unique perspectives on how other cultures live by ebb and flow of the water and how it has affected their lives and cultures. It's less scientific and more interesting from a human element. Most of us rarely follow tide or moon schedules anymore so to hear stories about people who still run their lives by the tides and hear their stories and challenges is fascinating.
Food of the Gods
My yoga teacher recommended this one after a random discussion on evolution and life one day. It's pretty dense. To be honest I'm barely through it but the topic is super cool. The author basically makes the claim that humans gained higher consciousness by consuming a type of mushroom that grows off of bull dung. This sparks all kinds of conversations about bull worshiping, psychedelic drug effects on human awareness, and our overall relationship with nature over the course of evolution.
Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World
If you're over the internet, read this one. The author researches how all of our sharing leaves little time for real solitude and how those moments of solitude can lead to greater creativity, happiness and self-awareness.
The Art of Vinyasa: Awakening Body and Mind Through the Practice of Ashtanga Yoga
If you're into ashtanga or any type of yoga then you should know Richard Freeman. He's one of the very best, most sacred stewards and teachers of yoga and meditation knowledge. There's a lot of information in this book that will help with your practice or your training. A good one to bookmark!