Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis presents:
What’s your favorite life-helpful mindful book?
Today Waylon chats about some of his favorite helpful, mindful books—the kind that remind us how to enjoy life and be kind to ourselves and others.
When we are feeling burned out or uninspired—focussing on things that don’t really matter—it’s especially crucial to put some time aside to read books that inspire and re-energize us. They don’t have to be profound or complicated—some of the most relaxing kinds of books are simple, maybe kid’s books like Tin Tin or the Babar Books.
When we pick up a book, we can find that kind of spaciousness we might remember as a child, maybe when we were on summer vacations—a sort of pleasant boredom—or what Buddhists call “cool boredom.”
“Boredom is part of the discipline of meditation practice. This type of boredom is cool boredom, refreshing boredom. Boredom is necessary and you have to work with it. It is constantly very sane and solid, and very boring at the same time. But it’s refreshing boredom. The discipline then becomes part of one’s daily expression of life. Such boredom seems to be absolutely necessary. Cool boredom.” ~ Chögyam Trungpa
No matter what else is going on in our lives, we can always come back to helpful, mindful books for reading to find presence, peace and stillness. Then as we sit and learn and find ourselves again, we remember how we offer ourselves back to the world.
Waylon’s favorite books:
Gift from the Sea
Anything by Pema Chodron
Anything by Alice Walker
Anything by Jack Kerouac
Anything by Maya Angelou
The Rise and Fall of Elvis Presley
Mists of Avalon
My Wicked Wicked Ways
The D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
The Giving Tree
For business entrepreneurs:
Last year, I sat down with Blake, the man behind the team behind the biggest greenest solar company in the US. Yeah, he’s the guy who walked the capitol roof with President Obama and VP Biden a few years back. We shared our favorite mindful business books and resources for entrepreneurs. This is a list that would have saved me years of my life, made me hundreds of thousands of dollars and spared me (and my team) hundreds of mistakes
Books/authors suggested by readers:
Man’s search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
I Heard The Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
The Shack by William P. Young
Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Anything by Cheryl Strayed
Anything by Brene Brown
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
If you are curious about Waylon’s book, check out a chapter: Things I would like to do with You in the Woods.
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