You will find here a list of books and podcasts that are shaping the way I think, feel and work. The list grows and evolves as clients, friends and colleagues continue to enrich my work.
On Thoughts and Mindfulness
Invisibilia is a podcast published by NPR that explores new and provocative ways of looking at the “invisible forces that control human behaviors”. I recommend their episodes around obsessive thinking, the history of thoughts, emotions and personality.
The most powerful experience around mindfulness I have experienced has been to attend several meditation retreats. If you are interested you can learn more about Vipassana here.
On Shame and Sexuality
The Velvet Rage dives into the impact of shame in the LGBT community and how it influences our sense of self and identity. A powerful introduction to working around shame, this book has helped gay and straight clients alike.
Esther Perel brings intelligence, humor and openness into the dialogue around sexuality in a way that is mindful and thought provoking. Mating in Captivity is particularly insightful and I highly recommend her Ted Talks.
On Creativity and the Future
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert has changed the way I think about ideas, creativity and unnecessary suffering all too often associated with the creative process. Her theory regarding ideas is poetic, inspiring and freeing.
On Writing by Stephen King is another book which has helped me redefine creative freedom. Genuine and intelligent, he reveals his process and his struggles.
The War of Art walks us through and challenges preconceived ideas around the creative process.
Inner Work, by Robert Johnson, explores the use of Active Imagination, first developed by Carl Jung. A dynamic and engaged way to interact with our unconscious, Active Imagination is yet another method to explore and unlock some of our potential.
Two books were instrumental in shaping the way I look toward the future: Abundance and The Singularity is Near. Both have taught me about the power and dangers of technology and how our own cognitive biases might be the greatest danger of all.
My friend and colleague Laura Jack (http://www.laurajack.com) has been influential in helping better understand the impact of grief addiction and I recommend reading the Grief Recovery Handbook.