Sustenance for the Soul
Astha recently wrote about how good friends give you "sustenance for the soul." How true that is.
Another source is books. As a child, I spent many a happy hour sitting and reading the World Book encyclopedias, studying such fascinating topics as the human body, dinosaurs, planets, rocks, stars, and weather.
Later, I met other books that have had a deep and lasting impact on me, including:
- the MiddleEarth books of J.R.R. Tolkien
- the original James Bond books by Ian Fleming
- poetry by Neruda, Bly, Simic, Whitman
- the spiritual essays of Henri Nouwen and Joan Chittister
- Leo Schaya's book on the universal meaning of the Kabbalah
- the speculative essays of Ahmed Osman and Immanuel Velikovsky
- Sharing Wisdom by Sr. Mary Benet McKinney
- the works of Sigmund Freud, Gaston Bachelard, Carlos Castaneda, and Alan Watts
- Norman O. Brown's great work Love's Body
What books have had a deep impact on you?
Posted by Terrence Seamon, 2/24/07