Last year was special in so many ways. I want to dedicate this post to the books that helped me keep my sanity and to the wonderful people who brought them in my life.
The first one is “The Artist’s way” by Julia Cameron and was recommended to me by my dear friend Anne Freytag. The 12 week program gave my mind something constructive to do and changed my soul for good. I still write my morning pages almost everyday and I miss them whenever I have to skip them. Some of the assignments my subconscious is still processing:
How is your life at eighty? Where do you live? With who? How does your day look like? And what is really important to you?
I got lost in this assignment and wrote for hours. All of a sudden, it was also much easier to see what is really important in my life right now
One of the things that are really important to me are my relationships with my children. That’s where the second book comes in. It is “Listen” by Patty Wipfler who is one of the founders of Hand in Hand Parenting. My beautiful friend @sashaeko made me aware of this book. I can only say that it was so helpful, especially during challenging times when we were all crammed together in our appartment. The tools presented in that book, like staylistening, playlistening and special time really worked for us. I don’t think it’s exagerated to say that it made me a better mom and most of all a much happier one.
The third one is “Changing birth on earth“. My friend and doula mentor Darby Altinger infected me with her passion for Spinning babies, and the book is just an especially beautiful gem in the treasure chest of this movement. I love it and am sure that I will open it many more times in the future.
The fourth book on my list is “Bird by bird – Instructions on Writing and Life” by Anne Lamott. I got this book for myself in order to encourge my inner artist child to keep exploring my desire for writing. But I got myself much more than that. To me the book is truly funny as well as heartbreaking. I wrote many of Anne Lamott’s quotes down in my Bujo and I enjoy reading them when I am making time for my writing despite everything.
Speaking about desire: my husband gave me the fifth book, that made my year: “Slow Sex” by Nicole Daedone. Best Christmas present ever. I couldn’t feel more loved. Rest assured that I will talk more about orgasmic meditation in future posts.
Writing this post makes me very grateful. Not only for the books, but mostly for the beautiful people who brought them to me. My old friends and the new ones, my family and my partner. Having all of you in my life, I feel safe, strong and capable. Thank you so much for showing up.
What were your favourite books in 2020?