Recommended Reading

I’m not a big reader and never have been.  In recognition of this, whatever books I have taken the liberty to read were done so in the search for inner growth.  My desires being no different than anyone else who wishes to better understand the world and more importantly, themselves.  Scientist or Philosopher, perhaps I am both.  There is an old saying the goes:

Accept the things you cannot change

Change the things you can

And have the wisdom to know the difference

Trying to change others is useless.  Whatever control you do have in this life is bound by your flesh and conscious.  You may never understand the world around you perhaps no one really does but we all have an inherent need to control it.

Seek and you shall find.  With this framework in mind,  I’ve either sought out or have been recommended the following books, which I shall recommend in return.  Each is a reflection inwards empowering the soul to love itself and follow the ebb and flow of life with little resistance.  I hope you read at least one, if not all and if so we shall have that much more to discuss if ever we meet.  Inspiration loves company.

“The Power of NOW” By Echart Tolle

“The Way of the Peaceful Warrior” By Dan Millman  (most life changing)

“How to Make Friends and Influence Others” By Dale Carnegie  (one of my most favorite)

Right now I’m reading “The Power of NOW” by Eckhart Tolle.  This is my second reading within the year, and with most of the inspirational books, I’ve come to read them over and again.  I equate them to being separate works that preach the same underlying philosophies and are no different then the Bible, Koran or Torah.  Each is meant to inspire and encourage, those willing, to elevate the spirit.   They are founded on ideas which, if practiced daily, can only improve ones standing in this world.   I feel lucky to have discovered my core philosophies is someone’s eles’s story.  It’s like buying a birthday card that says exactly what you were thinking.

There was one recent passage that I would like to make note of:  “Accept – then act.  Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.  Always work with it, not against it.  Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy.  This will miraculously transform your whole life”   

I could not have expressed it any better.  Unhappiness stems mostly from our inability to accept the current situation.  The mind tries to bend and twist the world around it in an attempt to forcibly change it to our liking, often with very little or no success.  You can’t change someone who doesn’t want change.  It’s that simple.  If change does occur it was because they decided on change.  Although you may have had an apparent influence on them, in no way were you the prodominant factor of this incarnation.  Your actions were merely the gentle whispers of a butterfly’s wings.  It is said that all storms begin with the smallest flutter of wind.  A thousand flutters becomes a breeze…A million…A storm… Are you a breeze or a strorm? 

Over the years I have learned to accept the world around me more and more.  Some might percieve it to be weakness or complaceny.   I’m merely accepting the world for what it is always working towards compromise, striving for resolution, any other attempt would forcibly perpetuate my own desires before others, leading to conflict.  Every moment has a lesson to teach.  Use life wisely.  It’s all the more precious when you learn your time is near, and although better late then never still prevails, why deprive yourself of such late enlightenment.   Can you begin to imagine the life you could have lived had you reflected sooner?   Ask yourself what would you do if you found out you were going to die tomorrow, next month, next year or 5 yrs from now.  Write down 1 thing for each and start living them.

Although I have yet to lose someone near and dear to me, I have seen many pass on who, perhaps at another time, would have lived a long and healthy life.   Whatever decisions I have to make today pale in comparison to thier fate.  Good decisions can turn bad and bad ones even worse, but at least I have the breath within me to pursue them.  Whatever the consequences the overwhelming fact is that I’m alive…They are not.   With this in mind I try to make my decisions with the full force of my will, which perhaps most defines an Aries, and either reap the rewards or seek meditaion in it’s missery.   Either way….I Accept – then act.

  1. February 2, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Hey Joe,
    Hey Joe,
    Although I haven’t read any of your books I will make it a priority to check them out. In the mean time I have a book suggestion for you. It’s called ”The 48 Laws of Power”by Robert Greene. This book gives examples of how famous people, philosophers, world leaders and regular Joes have followed these 48 laws to get what they want in life. It’s like ”The Secret”but it teaches how to use each law (some may apply to you some won’t).Then it gives examples of how someone in history applied the law to make it work for him/her.
    I found it very interesting I hope you do to.

    Steve Mulligan

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