Good Books For A Rainy Day
I love Spring rain.
It is warm and sweet.
When it falls on my face I feel what the earth feels:
a tender awakening, a lovers kiss that says…
We were up at our farm yesterday and everything is coming back to life. The buds are full-to-bursting, delicate ferns are uncoiling their spirals, even the snakes are surfacing from their winter slumbers.
Today there is soft rain outside my window. A silence not as complete as snowfall, but quiet nonetheless.
And today is a quiet day for me. A day to be still, pause, reflect and read. So, I thought I would share with you a few books from my shelf.
I just finished, The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick. I cannot recommend this book enough. It begins with a spiral and goes on to sing a song of destiny. It interrupted my life a lot this week. I kept wanting to stop working and sink back into the intertwining helices of this story.
Becoming Animal: an earthly cosmology by David Abram. Spring always turns me to the works of this man. He is an ecological philosopher and his words weave a magick that takes me away from the bombardment of technology and modern life, and back to my place in the natural world. He helps things make sense again to me. His words are earth medicine at its best. His book, The Spell of the Sensuous, is also a must read.
One of my favorite herbalists and wise woman is Rosita Arvigo. Her book, Sastun: My Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer, is a voyage to the heart of the jungles of Belize, and the heart of healing. This story will educate you, take you on an adventure and touch your soul.
Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers. Sarah’s teaching is a joy. She blends yoga, Buddism and Chinese energy medicine. One of my intentions for this year is to integrate her work more deeply into my own sadhana, so that I can bring it into my work with you, my beautiful students and clients. Her methods are deep and very yin nourishing. She has also produced some videos which are very good.
And lastly, because the spring greens are popping up, I recommend, Edible Wild Plants: wild foods from dirt to plate, by John Kallas, PhD. Dandelion, Chickweed, Wintercress and many more available to us right now and they are exactly the earth medicine we need this time of year to clean our livers and brighten our senses. Welcome spring into your tummy! Eat your greens!
I’d love to hear what you’re reading. Share from your book shelf in the comments below.
Wishing you a cosy day with a good book…
and love, always love.