Today I will get back to my reading list. My reading apps are a mess (and my home screen is “stressful,” according to Maya), but here’s what I’ve gathered from them anyway—and from my nightstand.
- The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit
- A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit
- Love War Stories, Yvelisse Rodriguez
- Ultralight The Zen Habits Guide to Traveling Light & Living Light, Leo Babauta
- There There, Tommy Orange
- Wanderlust, Rebecca Solnit
- Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Ross Gay
- Crazy Brave, Joy Harjo (who has just been named our first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate)
- Conversation in the Cathedral, Mario Vargas Llosa
I wanted to read a novel by a Peruvian author and came across this Llosa book, but it is so dense and rambling at 600 pages, I’m not sure I will finish it (I am barely on page 75). Why hasn’t this been made into a movie?
- I also just ordered Tortured Barrio Songs by Reyes Cardenas
Evernote | Things I’ve saved to read
If you become too busy and too excited, your mind becomes rough and ragged. This is not good.
Not that long ago I was listening to the audiobook of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki (read by Peter Coyote)—it is a classic. The small book introduces the practice of Zen into daily life. I read somewhere it might be the only book one needs on the subject.
In it, Suzuki talks about Posture, Breathing, Studying Yourself, Limiting Activity, Right Effort, Calmness, Mind Waves, Mind Weeds & more. The chapters are taken from his lectures, many of them archived here.
One does not have to go to a mountain top to practice, he says. If you try to do zazen once a week that will make you busy enough.