This is a list of the most inspiring books, podcasts, and blog posts I’ve read of listened to over the last 5 years. To me, they all belong to the same category..ideas and thoughts that get me to think differently.
Why Buddhism is True - by Robert Wright
An evolutionary psychologist explains why the theories and practices of buddhism (mostly as they relate to meditation and mindfulness) not only work, but indeed help access deeper truth. An insightful read to understand from an evolutionary psychologist how happiness, truth and peace can be related.
The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao - Junot Díaz
One of the few fiction books in this list, but also one of the best-written books I've ever read. Junot Díaz takes us through so many worlds and so many types of languages, all focused on the experience of this poor and lonely Oscar Wao. If I had one wish in the world, it would be to write like Junot Díaz.
On writing well - by William Zinsser
An extensive essay on sharing thoughts more effectively on paper. It’s a meta book (writings about writing), so you can easily compare how effective the writer is in applying his own advice. He is 😃. Helps you find the flair in writing
The Life you can save - by Peter Singer
Best book on morality I’ve ever read. Forget Kant, Nietzsche and the Bible. This book challenged my personal moral system like no other and gave me a new way to consider my professional life and personal goals. At a minimum, the author points to the contradictions within us and forces us to reevaluate our personal moral system. At best, it can lead to the end of poverty and a new moral order.
Non-violent communication - by Marshall Rosenberg
One of the key books trying to reduce the amount of noise and aggressive thoughts being shared in the world. I have conflicting thoughts about it. On the one hand, I deeply value its contribution to better dialogue - especially as they related to feedbck and distinguishing behavior and perceptions. On the other, some ideas feel a bit mechanistic, almost stale
Where shall we begin - by Esther Parell
Each episode is a recorded one-time couple counseling session. I recognized myself in previous relationships. The anger, the frustration, the loneliness...And I was amazed by Esther Perel’s skill and technique. So often does she finds the right diagnosis, or the right question. It's beautiful.
How to change your mind - by Michael Pollan
A review of the potential of psychedelics to achieve positive and sustainable growth for people. One guided session can be as productive as years - or decades - of therapy. Opens fantastic insights on the human mind.