Books change our view of the world, ask us questions, sometimes they reassure our mind, sometimes they make us dizzy as they open brand new perspectives. Books that mark us are engraved in our body forever. Here are 7 books that have changed my life and forge my mind forever.
Here are 7 books that changed my life so far.
Demian by Herman Hesse
Read 23 years ago,
The story of a young boy who struggles between two worlds: the show world of illusion and the real world, the world of spiritual truth. In the course of the novel, accompanied and prompted by his mysterious classmate 'Max Demian', he detaches from and revolts against the superficial ideals of the world of appearances and eventually awakens into a realization of self. The author, Herman Hesse is one of the thinkers od the Wander Vogel movement in 1920s in Germany which later lead to the Hippie Movement.
Change: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution by Paul Watzlavick
Read 15 years ago,
Paul Watzlawick was an Austrian-American therapist, psychologist, communication theorist, and philosopher. Watzlawick believed that people create their own suffering in the very act of trying to fix their emotional problems. He was one of the most influential figures at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. In this book, he demonstrates his theory joggling between fundamental concepts and concrete examples.
The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller
Read 10 years ago,
In this Book, She theorizes the drama of gifted, sensitive and awake child which consists in the fact that they feel very early the need and the troubles of their parents and adapt to them. They learn to hide their most intense feelings. Although these feelings, such as anger, indignation, despair, jealousy or fear, may resurface in the course of the future life, they will not be integrated into the personality. Thus the most vital part of the individual, the source of the true Self, will not be lived.
The Four (Toltec) Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Read 7 years ago,
In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a code of conduct that can rapidly transform lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don't Take Anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Read 1 year ago,
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future -- to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire -- both scientists and scholars -- and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generation. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.
Teachings of the Buddha by Jack Kornfield
Read 1 month ago (... and will keep doing it for the next 50 years ;)
A selection of essential Buddhist writings draws from the most popular Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese sources. Among the selections are some of the earliest recorded sayings of the Buddha on the practice of freedom, passages from later Indian scriptures on the perfection of wisdom, verses from Tibetan masters on the enlightened mind, and songs in praise of meditation by Zen teachers. The book also includes traditional instruction on how to practice sitting meditation, cultivate calm awareness, and live with compassion. Jack Kornfield, one of the most respected American Buddhist teachers, has compiled these teachings to impart the essence and inspiration of Buddhism to readers of all spiritual traditions.
And you? What Book changed your life?