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January has gotten away from me all too quickly. Christmas delightfully lingered until Epiphany and I barely got the Christmas trees snuggled into the basement when I got a cold that then became bronchitis. School started up, our water main broke and Caroline needed some surgery (fully mended now). Whheeww! And I didn’t feel like I was ready to leave 2018 yet. I want to reminisce a bit about some lovely moments from last year. There were trips to Taiwan, New Mexico, New York and of course Los Angeles. But what I want to remember and hold on to are some of the lovely things I read and watched so let me share some of my favorite literary moments of 2018. Hopefully I will inspire something for you to enjoy and I would love for you to leave a comment on what was your favorite book or movie/series of 2018 for me to enjoy in 2019.
Last winter, one of my classes was on dreams. I have taken classes in Jungian dream work before but there are new and interesting ways of processing dreams. Dream Tending: Awakening to the Healing Power of Dreams by Stephen Aizenstat takes dreams from strict interpretation to learning how to have a relationship with your dreams and let them enter your waking world. I spent a morning in a class with Dr. Aizenstat working on dreams and it was a magical experience to see this master dream tender at work. If you are interested in knowing more about dreams, this is the book to get.
Although I didn’t read this next book for class, it combines work I did in two class on vocation and archetypes. The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling by Stephen Cope, is a beautifully written book that uses the story of the Bhagavad Gita and weaves it with stories of people (famous and not famous) finding the vocation that comes from the heart.
In November, Alexandra and I went to the LA Opera to see Philip Glass’ opera Satyagraha. This is the story of Gandhi during his time in South Africa as he developed his ideals of non-violent resistance. Once again, the opera uses the ancient Indian story of the Bhagavad Gita, to underscore Gandhi’s struggle to find the courage to fulfill his destiny in India. A unique and powerful work sung in Sanskrit, it is Philip Glass’ masterpiece of opera and social change. If you love music, I recommend Words Without Music, a memoir by Philip Glass about this remarkable composer’s life and work. I have several of his albums on my iTunes and I wrote a paper on this amazing opera.
During a week off of school, I read Feet of Clay: Saints, Sinners, and Madmen: A Study of Gurus by Anthony Storr. A well written scholarly look at the phenomena of gurus, good and bad, this book helped me understand the psychology around gurus and the people that follow them. Coincidently the Netflix show Wild Wild Country about Bahgwan Rajneesh came the same week I was reading about him in this book. You know I had to watch it.
A few other books I enjoyed:
Sacred Space, Sacred Sound: The Acoustic Mysteries of Holy Places by Elizabeth Hale
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors by Sarah Stodola
A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life by Tara Button
Some TV series/Movies I enjoyed:
Howards End (2018 and 1992), The Miniaturist, Durrells of Corfu, Leave No Trace, Jane, Loving Vincent, Darkest Hour, This Beautiful Fantastic