Library Worship

Yes, it is true. Libraries are in my top ten favorite places, I often saunter in with a goal, but also float in with no intention but to just consume the energy of the amazing venue filled with books. In this age of technology, blogging and multimedia marketing we tend to forget where the research materials are, the classics along side the bestsellers, Pulitzer Prize winner, fiction, historical and nonfiction books, periodicals and historical data and many more, on yes, PAPER.

The bookshelves are filled with a variation of topics, authors, I love roaming down the aisles and looking at the poetry and fine literature sections to learn and explore writers that I have never heard of and may strike a chord. The advantage of this exploration, actually using the mind and not getting the instant gratification of entering information on web keeps me calm and mindful. How wonderful to know that the options are there but for true library love there is eternal hope.

To me, paging thru books is heavenly and I prefer it to reading a story on a screen, I like silent pictures for this, but somehow at this point in the game, although I read blogs, and acquire plenty of information on web, a book,  is the epitome of desire.

Libraries bring a community feeling about, we go, we borrow, we receive, we return and the circulation is perpetual. Doesn’t that sound fabulous? Why is it that we cannot keep this same circle in areas of life, relationships, work and play?

In yoga, we practice, sometimes alone, usually at a studio or communal environment, borrow a mat, practice, receive and return to life with a mindful and grounded disposition. It circulates, like positive energy, good feelings and love. Take some time, go to the library after your practice and stroll down the aisles, find a new author or book you have not read. Here are my bakers dozen of books vehemently enjoyed, notice each author has other books that are magical as well.

  Insignificant Others: A Novel by Stephen McCauley

The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

 Paula: A Memoir (P.S.) by Isabel Allende

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition by Harper Lee

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos M. N. Eire

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama

Tales from the Yoga Studio: A Novel by Rain Mitchell

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan

The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White by Shirlee Taylor Haizlip

Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill

Love & Blessings!

To examine any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Yamyah
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 15:28:44

    i share your liking of libraries 🙂 i SO much prefer to be cosy in my bed with a book in my hands than to read a story on a screen or even watch a movie…oh, the wonders of printed paper ehehe


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