Recommended by Masuma Rasheed
This book can be a rather intense read but definitely worth it! Van Der Kolk will take you down 30 years of experiencing describing how trauma impacts our physical health to the point where it has become one of the most urgent public health issues of our time. The author combines science and human stories to provide credible evidence of how trauma directly impacts our bodies- - if you are interested in science and research then this one is for you!
If you feel like your yoga mat holds a safe space for you then check out this book. Weintraub discusses breath work and yoga practices supported by evidenced-based research in psycho-neurobiology to assist in clearing away barriers such as obstructing beliefs, emotional limitations, and tension. Weintraub provides guidance on enhancing your mindful practice both on and off the yoga mat!
Have you ever been interested in learning more about how Buddhism and Psychology intersect? Kornfield offers the West an illuminating journey into understanding Buddhist mindfulness practice through stories of his childhood, psychotherapy private practice, and teacher/mentors along the way. Check out this book if you want to uncover the unlimited capacity for peace within you.
In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. Sergio, arrested at nine, in a gang by twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help others find sobriety. Jamal, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgiveness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Cuco, who never knew his own dad, thinks of a daily adventure on which to take his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.