Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Healing Horizons

I used to be a voracious reader. Sunlit libraries and book stores with the aroma of coffee drifting between the shelves are some of my most beloved indoor haunts. Then a year ago I went through a phase where I thought I was done. You know, if I read any more non-fiction spirituality/healing/self-help books I was going to throw up/jump off a cliff (again)/remarry. But reviewing my book list so far for this year (emerging from a breathless dive into fiction) I discovered a familiar theme:

Defy Gravity ~ Caroline Myss. Awakening spiritual grace in healing ourselves, and from there, giving grace to the world. Mind opening detail of the struggle between the ego and the soul, in the no nonsense way Caroline likes to deliver her message.

~ David Elliott. Loving yourself in all your aspects, leading to loving everyone and everything else (hello universe). In depth, insightful exercises to unearth your creativity (not for the feint of heart or lazy, which I am these days but am willing to suspend to see where this road goes). Down-to-earth and heart-opening.

Bastard Love Story
~ Linda Lou. A healer at heart using humor in the spoken word and writing to heal the world. From successful professional writer, to hospice volunteer, to teacher to stand-up comedian, she knows how to work through the bullshit with heart.

Green Smoothie Revolution ~ Victoria Boutenko. Her second book on green smoothies, which I'm pretty sure she invented, details the quickest, easiest, most delicious ways to garner your daily greens. Brimming with taste-tested recipes from readers of her first book along with her family's own, this is seriously my one way back to raw foods for crazy vibrant health.

Lined up for February: Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood ~ Karen Maezen

Love, Light, Laughter -- The New Spirituality Owen Waters

Not sure why healing is on the horizon again, and I so thought I was done with seeking spirituality (22 hardcore years as a Mormon convert can do that to you, not to mention the large group awareness training) and I'm so not looking to replace old belief sets with any other, thank you.

I have traveled the seekers path too long, even as a kid yearning for spiritual connection, and thinking it lay in the realm of religion (which I was raised without, except for the influence of my German grandmother, who wholeheartedly embraced a Jehovah's Witness program--as opposed to the witness protection program. Get it? Okay never mind). Probably the closest I got to feeling deeply connected to that part of me was in my middle teens, when I fell in love with yoga and fasting and health food (can anyone say henna? which my mother said made me look like a hooker--so, what? a hippie hooker?) which made me kind of a freak in my family (possibly still does).

I'm still not sure whether believing in something is fooling yourself to make life a little easier or whether it's the path to enlightenment, having really savored the work of Eckhart Tolle and Adyashanti and Byron Katie (still close to my heart), but I can't seem to let it go.

So these days my spiritual path winds along the switchbacks of nature, a healing heart and laughter. As Karen Maezen said on her blog,Cheerio Road, "Laugh. It's the only medicine you can afford, and it may be the only one that actually works." Well good then. I'm on the right track.


  1. I love this post. You're so funny, and yet this goes to the core. The Jehovah's witness, witness protection thing is my favorite. That's an amazing list of books, which seems to be saying you're still looking for something. Maybe it's the looking that matters, not what you find?

    Laughter certainly helps and it never hurts. That's as good a way as any to live a life.

  2. Lorna, we are all seekers...I recommend Sylvia Borstein be added to your list...she's a buddhist/jew and a remarkable woman with a sage advice. Love her!

    I believe it doesn't matter what you believe as long as what you believe is that life is precious and we should treat one another well.

    Peace, my sistah - Julie

  3. Those looks like very interesting books. I wanted to read myself some Caroline Myss for a while. You have such an interesting background.

    If spirituality is either fooling ourselves or indeed the path to enlightenment, I do not care to find out. If it makes life seem better, it is worth it to me.

    I am also weary of organized religions, but spirituality (what a beautiful word) seems much lighter and carrying much less "bad press." My spirituality is so fluid, so changing, so incorporating bits and pieces of everything that resonates with me and only me, that I think it has become a real strength.

  4. Incredible post, Lorna. Stopped me. So telling and moves so fluidly and lightly yet filled with emotion and passion.

    "So these days my spiritual path winds along the switchbacks of nature, a healing heart and laughter."

    Sounds like a good ride to me.

  5. Sounds like you're on a fine road. And humour can only help to bring you along.

    I love your header photo.. what a great cat.

    Thanks for your visit to my blog today. :)

  6. Sounds like you are doing well in 2010! I need to check out some of these books myself.

  7. Thanks for your comments everyone:

    Deb: Sounds about right, though I wish I'd just 'find' it already, lol.

    Julie: I have her book on my Amazon wish list (will let you know when I read it) and amen sistah-girl!

    Lori: So true, spirituality is what religion seems to have lost (at least for some of us anyway) and what we seem to crave.

    Julie: Here's to the ride then (I love the road you are traveling, lots of good times with friends :).

    Hilary: Wish kitteh was mine. I love your photos btw :).

    Debbie: Thank you and happy reading...

  8. I love the expression, "You have come here to find what you already have." You were probably born a spiritual person, your wonderful sense of humor is a tribute to a laughing soul. Your blog is wonderful and I enjoy reading it very much - so well written. A real treat.

    Your blog is a treat to me. Thank you for that....xo Julie

  9. Julie, thank you for that. You made my heart smile and brought tears to my eyes (okay, what's with that expression, I mean, where else would tears go?) I so needed to hear those words. Peace, sister.