INSPIRATION

Here you'll find some of the wonderful things, and people, that inspire me and the work that I do.

On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes

By: Alexandra Horowitz

 

"Horowitz shows how much more there is to see-if only we would really look. Trained as a cognitive scientist, she discovers a feast of fascinating detail, all explained with her generous humor and self-deprecating tone."

How To Be Alone

By: Tanya Davis

 

"Since its debut on YouTube, Tanya Davis’s beautiful and perceptive poem ”How to Be Alone” visually realized by artist and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman, has become an international sensation." 

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

By: Michael Pollan

 

"... The wisdom of our grandparents might have more helpful things to say about how to eat well than the recommendations of science or industry or government." 

Steal Like an Artist

By: Austin Kleon

 

"A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side."

Convivial Toolbox

By: Elizabeth Sanders & Pieter Jan Stappers

 

"The book introduces an emerging domain of design that is of immense interest today ... to those in the business community charged with the development of human-centred products, systems, services, and environments."

Tricks of the Trade

By: Howard S. Becker

 

"Tricks of the Trade will help students learn how to think about research projects. Assisted by Becker's sage advice, students can make better sense of their research and simultaneously generate fresh ideas on where to look next for new data." 

The Art of Stillness

By: Pico Iyer

 

"The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug." 

Wherever You Go There You Are

By: Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

"When Wherever You Go, There You Are was first published in 1994, no one could have predicted that the book would launch itself onto bestseller lists nationwide and sell over 750,000 copies to date." 

The Lure of the Local

By: Lucy R. Lippard

 

"The book extends far beyond the confines of the art worlds, including issues of community, land use, perceptions of nature, how we produce the landscape, and how the landscape affects our lives." 

Becoming Wise

By: Krista Tippett

 

"In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from this luminous conversation in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey, over time and from mind to mind." 

The Power of Now

By: Eckhart Tolle

 

"Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light." 

A New Earth

By: Eckhart Tolle

 

"Tolle... show[s] how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world." 

Mindsight

By: Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

 

"A groundbreaking book on the healing power of "mindsight," the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. Mindsight allows you to make positive changes in your brain-and in your life." 

The Slow Professor

By: Barbara K. Seeber and Maggie Berg

 

"In The Slow Professor, Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber discuss how adopting the principles of the Slow movement in academic life can counter this erosion of humanistic education." 

The Balance Within

By: Esther M. Sternberg, M.D.

 

"A thrilling scientific detective story, The Balance Within tells how researchers finally uncovered the elusive mind-body connection and what it means for our health. " 

The Courage to Teach

By: Parker J. Palmer

 

"This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher." 

Buddha's Brain

By: Rick Hanson, PH.D. with Richard Mendius, M.D.

 

"Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it's possible to strengthen positive brain states." 

Coming to Our Senses

By: Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

"[The] journey toward health and sanity is nothing less than an invitation to wake up to the fullness of our lives as if they actually mattered..."

The Deeper Dimension of Yoga

By: Georg Feuerstein Ph.D.

 

"Here is a comprehensive survey of the full breadth and depth of the 5,000-year-old Yoga tradition, emphasizing its potent philosophy and spiritual vision. " 

Focusing

By: Eugene T. Gendlin

 

"Based on groundbreaking research conducted at the University of Chicago, the focusing technique has gained widespread popularity and scholarly acclaim." 

The Power of Mindful Learning

By: Ellen J. Langer

 

"In The Power of Mindful Learning, Ellen Langer uses her innovative theory of mindfulness, introduced in her influential earlier book, to dramatically enhance the way we learn." 

Full Catastrophe Living

By: Jon Zabat-Zinn, PH.D.

 

"Based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this groundbreaking book shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit." 

Mastery

By: George Leonard

 

"Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, bestselling author Gorge Leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives." 

Mindfulness on the Go

By: Jan Chozen Bays 

 

"Mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health and quality of life, and give you deep insight. Meditation practice is one way to do it, but not the only way." 

Mindfulness

By: J. Mark G. Williams & Jon Kabat-Zinn

"This book presents the work of internationally renowned experts in the fields of Buddhist scholarship and scientific research, as well as looking at the implementation of mindfulness in healthcare and education settings." 

The Mindfulness Survival Kit

By: Thich Nhat Nanh

 

"Nhat Hanh discusses the value and meaning of each precept [Mindfulness Trainings], offering insights into the role that it could play in our changing society." 

The Mind Up Curriculum

By: The Hawn Foundation 

 

"This research-based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students." 

Peace is Every Step

By: Thich Nhat Hanh 

 

"World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us." 

The Invisible Classroom

By: Kirke Olson

 

"In this book, Kirke Olson takes lessons from brain science, mindfulness, and positive psychology to help teachers understand the full range of their students’ school experiences." 

The Art of Communicating

By: Thich Nhat Hanh

 

"In this precise and practical guide, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how to listen mindfully and express your fullest and most authentic self." 

Everybody Present

By: Nikolaj Rotne & Didde Flor Rotne 

 

"Everybody Present illustrates the transformative effects of mindfulness on educators, students, and their classrooms." 

Tao Te Ching

Translated By: David Hinton 

 

"Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching is not only the single most important text in Chinese spirituality, it is probably the most influential spiritual text in human history." 

Taoism: Way Beyond Seeking

By: Alan Watts

 

"Alan Watts' lectures always drew a large audience of diverse interests, and these Taoist explorations of the "nature of nature" should introduce a new generation to Watt's thought."