25 Great Reads

I’ve put together a list of non-fiction, inspired by the ‘BUD principle’ I read about in Satish Kumar’s, ‘Earth Pilgrim’. His mother taught him that things ought to be, “Beautiful, useful and durable.” These books fit that principle. It isn’t an exhaustive list, there are many more books I have enjoyed or found helpful; so feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments!

They inspired change that impacted my life, gave me things to ponder or I read them multiple times because I love the use of language or perspective that they offer. Some have deeply moved me, others I simply found useful. Even when I dislike a book it teaches me something about the world, the author or myself.

  1. After the Ecstasy, the Laundry – Jack Kornfield
  2. Become What You Are – Alan Watts
  3. Biocentrism – Robert Lanza & Bob Berman
  4. Book of the Great Queen: The Many Faces of the Morrighan – M. Ravenna
  5. Creative Habit – Twyla Tharp
  6. Deep Work: Rules for Focussed Success in a Distracted World – Cal Newport
  7. Earth Pilgrim – Satish Kumar
  8. Gardening at Longmeadow – Monty Don
  9. Goodbye, Things – Fumio Sasaki
  10. Hands of Light – Barbara Ann Brennan
  11. Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
  12. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation – Parker J Palmer
  13. Letting in the Wild Edges – Glennie Kindred
  14. Life Laundry: How to De-Junk Your Life – Dawna Walter
  15. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  16. Resilient – Nick Hanson
  17. Sacred House: Where Women Weave Words Into the Earth – Carolyn Hillyer
  18. Sacred Space – Denise Linn
  19. Simplicity Parenting – Kim John Payne
  20. The Vegan Book of Permaculture – Graham Burnett
  21. Welcome Home: Following the Soul’s Journey Home – Sandra Ingerman
  22. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindful Meditations for Life – J. Kabat-Zinn
  23. Who Do we Choose to Be? – Margaret J Wheatley
  24. Wholeness and the Implicate Order – David Bohm
  25. Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power – Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer

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