For the next three days I am on a writing and restoration retreat of my own making. (And that of my sweet husband’s, since he’s holding down the fort at home.) So in honor of my retreat I (quickly, because I’m supposed to be working on my book not writing a blog entry) offer you your own opportunity for retreat:
Five Favorite Mini-Retreat Books
- 8 Weeks to Optimum Health: A Proven
Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body’s Natural Healing Power by Andrew Weil. I woke up this morning and drank lemon water and
practiced yoga. I know these two things are the perfect way to start each day,
yet I never do them. Retreats are a good time to re-focus on our health and
healthy habits. Over the years I’ve often turned to this book to re-focus
myself. Dr. Weil is simple and elegant in his health advice and his steps,
though not revolutionary, are easy and effective ways to take care of yourself.
- Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out,
Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. This one’s for the ladies. A funny, intimate, irreverent, poignant, straight shooting, heart baring, girl power book that will jazz you. Rhimes is known for her hit shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get
Away with Murder but now she can add bestselling author and sisterhood
guru to her resume.
- Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There:
A Mindfulness Retreat with Sylvia
Boorstein by Sylvia Boorstein. Don’t you love this title? I’m a “doer” so Boorstein’s
book is a good reminder for me to just stop. Stop and Be. My favorite
meditation teacher/writer, Jack Kornfield, called this book: “Graceful, clear,
completely user-friendly instructions for mindfulness practice.“ And it’s true, Boorstein makes Buddhism and mindfulness
accessible; she also adds humor and stories to enliven and engage.
- Catching the
Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch. When I think of David Lynch I think of his surreal,
often violent, arguably brilliant and weird films, including Blue Velvet, the only movie
I’ve ever self-censored. (I started watching when I was 17 and quickly realized
that I was too young.) But Lynch is also a spiritual and philosophical being
with 30 years of transcendental meditation practice that informs his creative
process. His book of 85 brief chapters is random and somewhat incohesive but I
didn’t care; it was refreshing to have someone discuss spirituality and
creativity in a unique way and the panning for gold pays off. (There’s also a
scattering of biography, filmmaking, and gossip.)
- Anne Lamott.
If you’re a writer, you should read Anne Lamott. If you’re a human being, you
should read Anne Lamott. And if you’re looking for a retreat, well, Anne Lamott
is your facilitator, your guide, your new kick ass best friend. Read Bird by Bird as a reminder to take baby steps when things seem overwhelming.
Read Operating Instructions as a
reminder to let go of worry and control and allow events to unfold naturally.
Read Help Thanks Wow for a reminder to
ask for help, show gratitude, and ook for the sacred and extraordinary in
the everyday. Read any of her nonfiction books and you’ll be given the
gift of a funny, wise, entertaining teacher.
I’m off to write and restore…