*READing Room

Books I’ve read and worth passing along:

1. Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine, Candace Pert, PhD. The spark for my series, Molecules of Emotion. Dr. Pert explains how the chemicals in our bodies form a dynamic information network, linking mind and body.  A must read!

2. Reclaiming Higher Ground: Creating Organizations that Inspire the Soul, Lance H.K. Secretan

3. The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton, PhD.  A cell biologist discusses that all the cells in our body are affected by our thoughts, and describes the molecular pathways in which this occurs.

4. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, Julia Cameron

5. Letters to A Young Poet, Rainer Rilke. Poet, Rainer Rilke, born in 1875 is renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart.

6. Artists-In-Residence:The Creative Center’s Approach to Arts in Healthcare, Geraldine Herbert, et al. 

7. A Whole New Mind:why right-brainers will rule the future, Daniel H. Pink. Concludes the detached scientific method is no longer sufficient in medical treatment and care…approach to patient care is changing-from detached concern to empathy…nursing is an empathic profession and will be one of the key professions in an age where many technical services are being outsourced, e.g. x-rays outsourced to Bangalore radiologists, etc.  Empathy – touch, presence, and comfort cannot be outsourced; it requires emotional intelligence and compassion.

8. Rumi: The Book of Love, translated by Coleman Barks. Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) is the Sulfi mystic and poet best known for his poems expressing the ecstatsies and mysteries of love in all its forms-erotic, platonic, divine.

9. On Creativity, David Bohm. Creativity, according to David Bohm, is fundamental to human experience.  This world-renowned physicist and theorist investigates creativity from all sides: the creativity of invention, imagination, perception and discovery.  One of my favorite ‘Bohm’ statements is “…beauty is not an arbitary response that happens to “tickle us in a pleasing way…The scientist and artist is not really satisfied to regard beauty as that which “tickles one’s fancy”…

10.Living Presence, Kabir Edmund Helminski. This book integrates the wisdom of Sufism with the needs of contemporary life.  It shows how we can bring spirituality and psychology into a balanced system that honors and awakens the soul.

11. Conversations with God: an uncommon dialogue, Books 1,2,3.  Neale Donald Walsch. The title of these 3 books suggest Christianity, however, they express more existentialism than Christianity.

12. Concerning The Spiritual in Art, Wassily Kandinsky

13. Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, Lissa Rankin, MD

14. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain

15. Keeping Up with the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding + Using Analytics, Thomas Davenport + Jinho Kim. An interesting read for those involved in analytics, and for those who are in the dark about the importance of data analysis.

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