Mike’s Recommended Reading List

Prison Yoga ProjectPrison Yoga Project: A Path for Healing and Recovery
by James Fox

James Fox originally wrote Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery to provide a resource for released prisoners to continue their practices. It has become something much more than that. The Prison Yoga Project now ships it to prisoners so they can maintain and grow their practices while in prison.

Buddha's BrainBuddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
by Rick Hanson and Daniel J. Siegel

If you change your brain, you can change your life.

Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s—and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it’s possible to strengthen positive brain states.

The 12 Steps to Forgiveness The Twelve Steps of Forgiveness: A Practical Manual for Moving from Fear to Love
by Paul Ferrini

The Twelve Steps of Forgiveness offers us a process for unlearning our ego-based search for perfection and discovering the inner beauty, guidance, and grace that already exist in our lives. It enables us to honor others and establish healthy boundaries that prevent manipulation and co-dependency. Most importantly, it helps us practice forgiveness moment to moment, so that we can discover the place of peace within.

You Are Here, Thich Nhat HanhYou Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment
by Thich Nhat Hanh

In this book Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, author, and meditation master, distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. “Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness.”

Nonviolent CommunicationNonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
by Marshall B. Rosenberg

Do you hunger for skills to improve the quality of your relationships, to deepen your sense of personal empowerment or to simply communicate more effectively? Unfortunately, for centuries our culture has taught us to think and speak in ways that can actually perpetuate conflict, internal pain and even violence. Nonviolent Communication partners practical skills with a powerful consciousness and vocabulary to help you get what you want peacefully.

In the Realm of Hungry GhostsIn the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
by Gabor Maté

Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society.