Fall doesn’t have to mean more serious reading, following as it does the summer tradition of beach reads, still I do find more non-fiction choices on my bed stand.
I read Mary Pipher’s The Green Boat this summer and while it inspired me to take more steps to lessen my own carbon footprint, it really grabbed me in her discussion of the human propensity toward denial in light of trauma. And really taking in the climate change realities all around us is traumatic. She eases us toward both holding the information and finding action steps, something trauma responses often inhibit. She also pointed me to some next reading including earth by Bill McKibben and Richard Louv’s The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. I have found them both to be stunningly well written and informative. Not serious reading, but inspiring reading and beautiful language experiences.
Having it recommended to me many times I also picked up The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer. I am half way through this book that literally changes a mind. In the way of Eckhart Tolle and before him the early work of Deepak Chopra, Singer invites us to move past the ego and its incessant thinking mind to a place of freedom and liberation from desires and complaints. I would like to live there, how about you?