“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” — Maya Angelou
I recommend these to my clients.
Annie Dillard. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974: Harper & Row)
Florence Williams. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative (2018: W.W. Norton & Company)
Janisse Ray. Wild Spectacle: Seeking Wonders in a World Beyond Humans (2021: Trinity University Press)
Amos Clifford. Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature (2018: Red Wheel/Weiser)
Robin Wall Kimmerer. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (2015: Milkweed Editions)
Peter Wohlleben. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries from a Secret World (2016: Greystone Books)
Claire Thompson. Mindfulness & the Natural World: Bringing Our Awareness Back to Nature (2013: Metro Books/Sterling Publishing)
Mark Coleman. Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery (2006: Inner Ocean Publishing)
Richard Louv. Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life (2016: Algonquin Books)
Henry David Thoreau. Walden (published in 1854; 2004 recent edition: Barnes & Noble)
Suzanne Simard. Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest (2021: Knopf)
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. Reindeer Moon (1987: Houghton Mifflin) and The Animal Wife (1990: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Richard Powers. The Overstory (2019: W.W. Norton & Company)
Delia Owens. Where the Crawdads Sing (2018: G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Mary Oliver. Why I Wake Early: New Poems (2005: Beacon Press). Or any other books of Oliver’s poetry and essays.
Wendell Berry. A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014 and 2015 (2017: Counterpoint). Or any other books by Berry.
Janisse Ray. A House of Branches (2010: Wind Publications) and Red Lanterns (2021: Iris Press)
Bhante H. Gunaratana. Mindfulness in Plain English (1991: Wisdom Publications)
Thich Nhat Hanh. The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation (1975: Beacon Press)
Jon Kabat-Zinn. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (1994: Hachette Books)
Dharmaseed.org – Website where you can download hundreds of talks by different meditation teachers, for a donation. Search by teacher. I recommend Jack Kornfield, Ruth Denison, Mark Nunberg, Michele McDonald, and Sylvia Boorstein.
Soundstrue.com – Recorded talks, podcasts, and an e-mail list that brings samples of free teachings every week to your in-box.
Sharon Salzberg & Joseph Goldstein. Insight Meditation: A Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate (Box set of CDs and workbook, from Sounds True)
Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal & Jon Kabat-Zinn. The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (2007: Guilford Press)
Mary Ellen Copeland. The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living With Depression and Manic Depression (2001: New Harbinger Publications)
David Burns. Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety (2020: PESI Publishing)
Emma Mitchell. The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us, a Diary. (2018: Michael O’Mara)
Depression: Out of the Shadows (2008: PBS Home Video)
Margaret Wehrenberg. The 10 Best Anxiety Busters (2015: W.W. Norton & Company).
Elaine Aron. The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You (1996: Broadway Books)
Susan Orsillo and Lizabeth Roemer. The Mindful Way Through Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life (2011: Guilford Press)
Mary Ellen Copeland. The Worry Control Workbook (1998: New Harbinger Publications)
Lewis Richmond. Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser (2012: Penguin)
Andrew Weil. Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being (2005: Random House)
Kathleen Dowling Singh. The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older (2014: Wisdom Publications)
GRIEF & LOSS
Therese Rando. How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies. (1988: Bantam)
C.S. Lewis. A Grief Observed (1961: Faber and Faber)
Joan Didion. The Year of Magical Thinking (2005: Knopf)
Joanne Cacciatore. Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief (2017: Wisdom Publications)
Kristin Neff. Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself (2011: Harper Collins)
Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive (2018: Guilford Press)
Shauna Shapiro. Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity and Joy (2020: Sounds True)
Lindsay Gibson. Adult Children of Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents (2015: New Harbinger Publications)
Bessel Van Der Kolk. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2014: Viking Press)
Mark Wolynn. It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle (2016: Penguin)
Anisha Durve. The Power to Break Free Workbook: For Victims & Survivors of Domestic Violence (2012: Power Press)
Arielle Schwartz, The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook: Practical Mind-Body Tools to Heal Trauma, Foster Resilience and Awaken Your Potential (2020: PESI Publishing)