Warning: These are books you need to do by yourself in your own timing.
Landmarks walks you through the Ignatian Journey of 4 weeks. If you are looking to deepen your spiritual practice. I was initially turned off by the crude drawings, being an artist, but I chose to see them as cocktail napkin drawings in a conversation with the author and it helped me get through the really deep things she had to share. For the person who wants to deepen their understanding of prayer and living a fully engaged life. I realised as I neared the last quarter of the book, I will be reading it again sometime in the future.
The Four Agreements is a simple, thin book with 4 profound rules to live by. I can save you even more time, here are the four agreements.
- Be impeccable with your word.
- Don’t take anything personally.
- Don’t make assumptions.
- Always do your best.
Code to Joy gives practical advice on how to reprogram some of your automatic reactions and filters using NLP and breathing techniques to explore limiting negative beliefs linked to past experience. Pop science summaries make interesting reading even if you don’t intend to put into practice using the tools.
Artist Way 12 step process for creative recovery is a book I was given by a wise artist when I was just starting out at 18 years old. There are many versions and accompanying books, groups, etc. But the original book and doing it on your own is the most effective, because no matter when you choose to start your 12 weeks, it will be different and specific for you, not anyone else. A small group to do checkins are very helpful, but don’t let it turn into a group therapy or book club.