There are several books written from the space of presence that can help in such mindfulness and meditation practices. They are very different from the books we normally find that aim to increase our knowledge. I have recommended three of my favorite below:
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, also by Eckhart Tolle (and anything else you can find from Eckhart Tolle really)
- I am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj recorded by his students
This is also a time of fear-mongering where much of what we hear and read about relates to the dangers and horrors of becoming infected and suffering from the COVID-19 virus, with that ultimate result being death. This is probably a good time to confront our fears of death, which largely come from how little we know about death and what comes after that. I have listed below a rather long list of excellent books from credible sources which I would invite you to further investigate. My aim is not to force any of this information on you but to put forward this material should you wish to explore it further. If nothing else, they make for quite entertaining reading. Here they are:
- Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing by Anita Moorjani
- Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Dr Eben Alexander
- Almost any book by Dr. Brian Weiss
- Your Soul’s Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born by Robert Schwartz
- Any books written by Esther and Jerry Hicks.
- Any of the books in the Seth series by Jane Roberts
- Testimony of Light by Helen Greaves
- Any books by Joe Dispenza
There is also a countless list of other books that can be life-changing when found and read at the right time. Please do remember that just because a book looks uninteresting or for that matter silly today it does not mean that it will remain so. We are evolving beings and as each day brings us new experiences, the person who picks up or listens to a book tomorrow, the day after or next year will be someone quite different from the person you are today. Just as new cells are born everyday within our body replacing the old, our mind and beliefs are constantly changing as a result of our experiences in life. This also applies to the very reason why the same book can take on a completely new meaning when read at a different point in our lives.
If you have trouble accepting some of your emotions, in particular those society has deemed and labelled as “negative” such as anger, depression or boredom, there is a book out there that deals with this in the most clear and simple of terms. I was going to refer you directly to the chapter and page number but do feel it is worth exploring the whole book for a more complete understanding of our emotions and their function in our lives. It’s called ASK AND IT IS GIVEN, by Esther and Jerry Hicks. It not only helps in making peace with and accepting our emotions but also guides you on how to move toward better feeling emotions. In essence, it will help you to understand how every emotion has its function in our life.
Specifically on the changes that are taking place now with the emergence of the COVID-19 virus, changes will occur within the landscape of our jobs, government and personal lives. We have already known for a long time how it was just going to be a matter of time before some of the jobs we had taken for granted like those jobs held by taxi drivers and truck drivers. However, the current environment has sped up this process for a whole range of other jobs we believed were secure well into our futures. These changes also mean that a new set of skills will become necessary, and the ability of the internet and technology does will have little regard for retirement ages and geographical limitations making it a time of immense opportunity. Writers such as Daniel Pink had already envisioned these changes in employment and educational structures in his book A Whole New Mind, which even if not completely relevant to the current situation, does give some fascinating insights into what the future may hold for us where it relates to our job security and skills. This is yet one other reason to make peace with our present moment – so that we may stop struggling to return to a past that may no longer be relevant, and in the clarity of the peace, find hope and opportunity so that we may better understand our place in that future that will arrive into our Now.