Spiritual Reading Challenge

As a kid one of my favorite things about Summer was participating in Summer Reading Challenges through my hometown library. You remember the sorts of incentive programs where the more hours you spent reading, the bigger the prizes you qualified for at the end of the Summer. I loved it!

I come from a family of readers. One of my Mom’s greatest gifts to me, was teaching me a love of reading. And from both my parents I’ve been inspired to be a Life Long Learner. (Full disclosure: My mother was both a public librarian and Director of Library services at Barat College and my Father was a Teacher.)

Well why not set our intention for having a Spiritual Summer Reading Challenge? What do you win? Self-knowledge, mindfulness, humor and love.

As you prepare your Spiritual Reading List, here are a few things to consider:

  • This Summer what are you going to read? I have great Summer plans to read….
  • There are many beautiful places to read from. I plan to read from the following places…
  • How often do you plan to read? I plan to read…. (e.g., once per day)

Suggested Spiritual Reading List:

Heroes & Heroines:
• The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell
• The Heroine’s Journey by Maureen Murdock

Essential For Women: 
• Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
• Women Code by Alisa Vitti

At Home:
• The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele
• The Four Desires by Rod Stryker
• The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope
• A Path With Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield
• The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar
• The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi or The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
• Wheels of Light or Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith
• The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
• Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar
• Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss

On The Beach: 
• Yogi Bare by Philip Self
• Wherever You Go There You Are by Jack Kornfield
• Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Lasater
• Yoga & the Path of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main

Non-Yoga (Unless You Think It’s All Yoga):
• How We Choose To Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People by Rick Foster + Greg Hicks
• The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace by Jack Kornfield
• Healing Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Ferrand
• It’s Easier Than You Think by Sylvia Boorstein
• Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
• The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Stover
• Be Happy by William Holden
• Sweat Your Prayers by Gabrielle Roth

What are your favorite yoga books? E-mail Hello@alchemytours.com to add to the list!

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