My daughter made a comment yesterday that stuck with me. She said all I ever read are books about religion or love. On my bedside at the time were the Tao Te Ching and Life Loves You.
I paused, and had to agree. In the past year I have read a lot of spiritual books. Books about yoga, and addiction, and happiness and life. Books filled with thoughts and ideas. Not all of them speak to me – but I like knowing.
In the past I was a hard core fiction reader. JR Ward. Nora Roberts. Stephen King. I could sink into a story and escape. Perhaps even with a glass of wine by my side. or two.
I have tried to go back to reading fiction. It is less interesting. I like a good story while having a nice bubble bath, but I am happier reading the Bhagavad Gita. Books with secrets and reflection and ideas that make me thing long and hard about life, love and freedom.
I used to read to escape. To lose myself in someone else’s life. Where there were no problems that couldn’t be solved and there was always a happy ending. Where I could forget about all the things I though were wrong with me and quiet the inner voice full of criticism and despair.
How times have changed! I have changed. I am not longer looking for an escape. My life is lovely. Life is boundless. I see opportunity. Opportunity to learn, to think and to seek ideas and information on subjects I never even considered before. Spirituality, religion, mysticism, connection.
As I wrote before, Wayne Dyer’s books have been key teachings for me in sobriety. After hearing him talk I am even more inspired by him. Here is a man who continues to search. Not because he isn’t satisfied with what he already knows, because he seems to be a person who is fully comfortable and at peace with himself and his life, but out of a love of knowledge and the wish to work towards making the world a better place.
He inspires me.
Does anyone have a book or author who inspires you? I am always interested!!!!!
Stillness and peace