2018 Best Reads

Spirituality & Healing

So how do you turnaways from negativity? By becoming a watch person at your mind’s door. Close the door on each negative imagining and consiouly replace it with a positive one that you would like to take root in your life”
-Susan Taylor, Previous editor and chief of Essense Magazine, Author of “In the Spirit”

This year I wanted to feel my emotions- all of them. To often, I notice my emotions preventing me from being fully present with the people I love and the people I serve. It was time to change that. Growing my emotional intelligence turned into a meditation regimen, an affirmation oath, and as always a list of books.

Journey with me. Pick up a book.

  • The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba
  • Anger by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Happy Teachers Change the World by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare
  • I’ve been thinking by Maria Shiver
  • In the Spirit by Susan Taylor
  • Wouldnt take anthing for my jorney now by Maya Angelou
  • Best Blogs:
    • AlexElle
    • Therapy for Black Girls

Poetry

“You will come away bruised, but this will give you poetry”
-Yrsa Daley Ward, Bone

Poetry, a space of risk and safety at once. Poetry, a place of possibilites and ancestors. Poetry, thank you. Thank you to all those who have the courage to be honest with themselves, with the world. Thank you for writing authentically– not just about your healing but about your pains. Sometimes we write about the healing that never came. Overwhelmed with gratitude, you have helped to know my humanness.

  • Bone by Yrsa Daley Ward
  • Salt by Nayyirah Waheed
  • Counting Descent by Clint Smith

Critical Theory & Cultural Studies

“Education is the practice of freedom”
– Bell Hooks, Teaching to Transgress

We are the makers of meaning. We decide what our experiences mean in the world. Its about time we become intensional about spreading ideas that serve us, about buidling theories that allow all people to be whole. Bell hooks is taking critical theory by storm, prompting us to return to the radicial love of the 60s with a new call to action. She teachs the masses about what love is, why it matters politically, and how loving well is a radicial assertion of the glory our humaness.

Listen and Learn.

  • All About Love by Bell Hooks
  • Teaching to Transgress by Bell Hooks
  • Blogs:
    • TheAfrolegalise
    • Sistah Vegan

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Lifestyle

“When we chase the high of instant gratification, we make choices that for many reasons are irresponsible and based on poor reasoning . . . or no reasoning at all. It takes time and self-control to take in information, let people reveal their true character, be consistent and disciplined, and give conflicts time to work themselves out. Delaying gratification means working at becoming more self-aware and humble enough to admit that our first impulses aren’t always smart ones. ”
― DeVon Franklin, The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love

I want to live a life full of love and free of everything else. For some reason, I often feel my life is jam packed with “everything else” and love comes and goes. For me, that meant things needed to change. How do I create a life that brings in love and leaves out the clutter? Engaging with pages regarding how to make space for what we hope for and declutter our homes- but also our hearts and minds.

Always reading.

  • The Wait by Devon Franklin and Meagan Good
  • The Joy of Less by Francine Jay
  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering by Marie Kondo
  • Feng Shui by Davina Mackail
  • Simple Matters by Erin Boyle
  • Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki
  • Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home by Kasey Schwartz
  • BLOGS:
    • TheTinyCloset

Sustainability & Ethical Consumption

“…we in the West constitute a society based on violence, oppression, misery, and domination that has led to an ongoing societal trauma from the microscale to the macroscale for all of us–whether we are the oppressors, the oppressed, or both. I see this clearly in how we collectively consume and how we rationalize why it is okay if our products come from a place of suffering, violence, and inequality.”
― Dr. A. Breeze Harper, Sistah Vegan

Our choices have impact. When we really pay attention, we notice that we make unconscious decisions in the way that we consume. How we consume has impact. When we decide we will live in love and nonviolence, we must also decide to align our choices with that mission. Its time to choose to consume in ways that are better for our communities. Its time to see our communities as inclusive of not just neighbors and grocery stores, but of the people who work to grow our food, make our clothes. Our community is global, full of people we have never met and air that travels.

Lets be more respectful, more responsible, & more intentional.

  • Plastic Purge by Michael San Clements
  • Blogs:
    • SistahVegan

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