When you come to see you are not as wise today as you thought you were yesterday, you are wiser today. If you feel like a good jolt of Truth might do you good (and who doesn’t?) go read Awareness by Anthony de Mello. Do it. You will be not the same.
That is what Martial Arts after 40 is about; a journey of self, a discovery of the boundlessness of your mind and body, working as one, expressing your inner joy and wisdom. This book was a present to myself on my 40th birthday. A fantastic read for Martial Arts practitioners of any age. Martial Arts… Read More Martial Arts after 40
The song we’re composing already exists in potential. Our work is to find it. Can we hear it in our head? It exists, like a signal coming from a faraway radio tower. Our job is to tune to that frequency. A short, spiffy, and highly motivational read. ‘Do the Work’ by Steven Pressfield
Stop scouring people’s faces for evidence that you’re not enough. You will always find it because you’ve made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
There are movements which impinge upon the nerves with a strength that is incomparable, for movement has power to stir the senses and emotions, unique in itself. This book is a long-time favourite, I refer to it quite often. A must-read for anyone who loves creating dances, and/or performing on a stage. The Art of… Read More The Art of Making Dances
I adore this book. I first stumbled upon it in the library of a Tibetan tea house in the heart of the Belgian(!) Ardennes. I decided to find a copy as soon as I got home. The life of Milarepa It tells the story of a troubled youth, who with the help of generous mentors found… Read More Life of Milarepa
Self-doubt can be an ally. This is because it serves as an indicator of aspiration. It reflects love, love of something we dream of doing, and desire, desire to do it. I enjoyed this read more than I anticipated. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. My current read, a lovely little book about vocation: Let your life speak by Parker J. Palmer The title says it all. And you? What are you reading right now?
Because we’re up early today.. Why we Sleep by Matthew Walker One of the books I’m reading right now. A manifesto on the importance of sleep. Insightful, compelling, a must read. PS: You can listen to an interview with the author in this episode of Michael Gervais’ excellent ‘Finding Mastery’ podcast: https://findingmastery.net/matthew-walker Bonus geekery: did you… Read More Why we Sleep
This book (and the simple, but deeply effective exercises in it) were a true eye opener for me in terms of body health, self-care and recovery work. I still go back to it regularly, especially in movement-intense times. The Roll Model by Jill Miller. Enjoy! PS: What are your favourite recovery tips?