Books that Made the Cut

I brought 5 books with me on this journey.  Two are books on the practice of yoga, because I would like to learn more about yoga (and maybe even practice more :).  They are: “The Yoga of Mindfulness: A Buddhist Path for Body and Mind” by Asokananda (Harald Brust), and “Namaslay: Rock Your Yoga Practice, Tap Into Your Greatness, and Defy Your Limits” by Candace Moor.  

I also brought two inspirational reads.  They are: “Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life” by Gregg Levoy, and “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself” by Michael A. Singer.  The fifth book is a new age, spiritual book called, “Womb Wisdom: Awakening the Creative and Forgotten Powers of the Feminine.”

All of this spells J U I C Y.  

The Yoga of Mindfulness is one of my husband’s books that I have been wanting to read for a long while.  It’s written from a Buddhists perspective, and I feel a strong connection with Buddhist practices.  Namaslay was recommended to me by my cousin in-law.  His wife is a yoga teacher.  He knew about my former life as a heavy metal musician, and my interest in writing a book on anger.  I’m LOVING it so far.  Would highly reccomend to anyone.

The Untethered Soul was recommended by my mother just before our trip.  Karl serendipitously picked it up for our trip, but decided not to take it. After reading the first chapter, I knew it was a trip finalist for me.  Callings was a graduation gift from a beautiful soul in my clinical internship cohort.  I’d had plenty of opportunity to read it before we left, but I was saving it for the road.  Here’s why:

“Leah, may you be consistently reminded of your magic.  May you look within and answer your heart’s longing.  May you live with wonder.  Continuously amazed at life’s unfolding.  Of your own.  May you remember that how you spend your days, is how you spend your life.  Go forth, set the world on fire.”  These are the words written inside of the cover.

Last, but not least is Womb Wisdom.  One of my best friends gave this book to me about 5 years ago.  I’ve done some serious diving into the divine feminine after I left the masculine energy of the music industry 20 years ago; however, I could use some brushing up and deepening of the practice and knowledge.  

After being confined to text books for the last 7 years, choosing only 5 personal books to take with us was extremely hard.  I had since accumulated at least 50 top books I wanted to read.  I’m still aching over several I could not bring, and of the 5 books that made the cut, none of them are “psychology” books. 


I am a non-practicing psychotherapist with a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I will be working towards licensure after our travels. During our journey through Mexico and Central and South America I’m exploring other cultural and community value systems and environmental and relational dynamics that influence mental health and happiness. I am also writing a book about anger. The book includes research collected throughout my clinical and academic studies in psychology, as well as personal thoughts and life experiences as a heavy metal musician, and other’s thoughts on and/or experiences with anger.

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