Ever wondered which books Tara references in her classes or what she reads? You’re in luck as Tara shares her passion for reading and a few books that she highly recommends:
I buy books like some women buy shoes. The most treacherous place for me to go is the Bodhi Tree Bookstore in LA, and now that I have the Amazon Kindle App on my iPad, it’s all over – even from Bali I can shop for books.
I have a specific passion of late for books that create the bridge between science and/or awakening spirituality. As a seeker there has been a certain desire to find the endgame books- although there is no end game- but after spending years and years trying to grasp Sanskrit sutras, mistaking the “finger pointing at the moon for the moon itself” - it’s kind of awesome when people just lay it out there.
So, these are my top book recommendations from 2010 readings, all are referenced in my YogaGlo classes. Those of you that have asked for my sources, here they are. I’m only too happy to facilitate the conversation!
1/2. Gnarly and often misrepresented, the topic of Enlightenment/ Awakening is a mysterious and often obscured subject. There are two books that describe both the process and the demystification of a lot of myths around it best: Wake Up Now by Steve Boudian, a Zen Buddhist turned direct path teacher and former editor of The Yoga Journal and The Enlightenment Process by Judith Blackstone, a dancer who broke her spine and through the process of healing “woke up”. Both give kinesthetic descriptions of what it is, and feels like, pitfalls of getting caught “halfway up the mountain” and also have a very clear way of talking about what IT is.
3. Laksmanjoo’s Shiva Sutras is the must have book on Kasmir Shaivism, more dog eared than any book I own (pre Kindle ap) this book essentially addresses all the same things as the previous books but now establishes you within the epicenter of a an ancient but sophisticated system for understanding consciousness. Each sutra is a walking Koan that unpacks itself over days, months, years of contemplation.
4. In crossing the bridge from the “spiritual” to the worldly, Columbia University Press book Strategic Intuition is a great inspiration. It outlines a four step process where “flashes of insight” or coup d’oielle in the minds of people bring two preexisting ideas together in a unique assemblage that moves culture/ consciousness forward. Using varied examples from Buddha, Napolean, Bill Gates, Martin Luther King this book lays bare the process of “downloading” new concepts that shift consciousness forward.
5. How Life Moves by Caryn McHose and Kevin Frank offers a new way of looking a movement that uses the story of biological evolution- from a single cell to a human being- to newly understand the awareness of our body. This way of looking at the body offers new ways looking at the body and the possibility of forging new pathways.
I am always, ALWAYS so grateful and humbled by others book recommendations. My hope is that we use this unprecedented body of wisdom, combined with an unprecedented number of people practicing in their body/minds to expand our collective awareness.
Let’s keep the conversation moving!
Have enough to read yet? Stay tuned as we feature more favorite books of other YogaGlo teachers in the coming weeks and months!