I’m excited to share this first of a regular series of newsletters highlighting resources that might be of help to you in your life.

As you probably know, I’m addicted to reading books and articles as well as listening to podcasts and watching online videos.

People periodically ask me for book recommendations and fun or educational podcasts. Rather than sending my recommendations to just a few people at a time, I thought it would be both fun and helpful to share these resources with all of my colleagues and friends.

Here’s what’s grabbed my attention this week.

Listening:

I’m very late to join the Bruce Lee fan club, but his daughter Shannon Lee’s podcast has totally converted me into being a major Bruce Lee admirer.

Shannon and culture analyst Sharon Ann Lee, co-host a podcast devoted to sharing Bruce Lee’s teachings. This particular show is focused upon the reactions we have to what is happening to and around us. Most of us forget that we always have a choice about our interpretation of what is happening as well as our reaction to the event. Give this show a listen.

Reading:

The Gratitude Diaries book coverWe all know that practicing gratitude is good for us and also benefits those to whom we are grateful. Janice Kaplan’s “Gratitude Diaries” is an honest depiction of her yearlong quest to cultivate gratitude in her life.

What I loved about this book was her ability to hold both her lack of gratitude for a specific situation and having gratitude for that very same situation at the same time. It wasn’t all about singing “Kumbaya” as she had initially hoped it would be. Her authenticity was a breath of fresh air. By taking one small step at a time, trying it out and seeing what happened as a result of practicing one piece of gratitude at a time, she successfully managed to transform her experience of her life.

While this book is definitely a memoir about seeing how gratitude could change her life, it can also serve as a helpful “How-To” manual to cultivate more gratitude in your own life and/or the lives of your clients.

Watching:

Julie Taymor is perhaps best known for her Broadway production of the “Lion King.” In this video she talks about a unique experience that she had while she was in Bali. I won’t say much about it because I’m not sure that words do justice to her experience. However, do contemplate the question that she poses. It’s the foundation of living a fulfilled and creative life. “Why Do We Do What We Do?” In other words, what are you here to do while you’re embodied and living upon Mother Earth?

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share with other coaches, friends, clients, and people walking the transformational path.

Until next time,
Judy