Leia's Book Recommendations


Reading Recommenations

365 Days of Tao

By Deng Ming-Dao

The Tao is constantly moving, the path that all life and the whole universe takes. There is nothing that is not part of it—harmonious living is to know and to move with the Tao—it is a way of life, the natural order of things, a force that flows through all life. 365 Tao is a contemporary book of meditations on what it means to be wholly a part of the Taoist way, and thus to be completely in harmony with oneself and the surrounding world.

This is the reference book that we use in the weekly Philosophy class.

The Dao in Action Inspired Tales for Life

By Dr. Jwing-Ming Yang Ph.D. Fables entertain us, enlighten us, and guide us. We recognize ourselves in the characters, be they emperors, village children, or singing frogs. They help us see our own weaknesses, our strengths, and the many possibilities. Their lessons transcend time and culture, touching what it really means to be alive. These short tales help us along the path. Some offer a moral compass. Some illustrate the dangers in human folly. Others just make us laugh.We can all use some reflection and inspiration from time to time.

Taijiquan Theory of Dr Yang Jwing-Ming: The Root of Taijiquan

This book goes in depth as to the actual theories of Taijiquan. This book is written for the person that wishes to understand it as a philosophy and for those that want to understand the "why" part of forms and postures. This book is for anyone that wants a deeper understanding of Taiji.

Structured with songs and poems that are written by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and followed by the original Chinese text and the interpretation of the passage.

No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model.

Dr. Richard Schwartz’s challenges the “mono-mind” theory. He believes that all of us are born with many sub-minds―or parts that are part of an internal family within us. The key to health and happiness is to honor, understand, and love every part inside of us. Once our parts are recognized and understood they feel unburdened and return to their essential goodness. When we learn to love all our parts, we can learn to love all people and contribute to healing the world.

Zen in the Martial Arts
by Joe Hyams

"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action." - Samurai Maximum.

In this illuminating story, Hyams reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems, self-image, work pressure, & competition. He shows how mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your life enriching your relationships with people, and help you make use of all your abilities.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. How to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties and confront painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. about so we need to figure out which ones really matter.

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