Inner Development Resources
Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom is a brilliant yet easy to read book by neuropsychologist and Buddhist teacher Rick Hanson, PhD with neurologist Rick Mendius, M.D. Solidly grounded in the latest research, it combines neurology, psychology and authentic spiritual inquiry. Learn the amazing shortcuts available for inner work and behavioral change when you understand how your brain works rather than trying to push against its natural tendencies. It's one of Audrey's favorite books. Check out Rick Hanson's latest book Hardwiring Happiness as well.
Embracing Our Selves: The Voice Dialogue Manual by Jungian analysts Hal and Sidra Stone, inventors of the Voice Dialogue process, is a fabulous introduction to the various voices or parts within our psyche. You will learn how to identify and improve your relationship with parts that may be interfering with the fulfillment of your life purpose and business objectives. Another one of Audrey's favorite books -- highly recommended! You can also read a brief overview article Embracing All Our Selves on their website.
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Buddhist psychologist and founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center Jack Kornfield takes a humorous and authentic look at the identities and roles that still trip us up even after moments of illumination and enlightenment. This book is rich with firsthand stories of spiritual leaders and dedicated practitioners from the Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Sufi traditions. For example, imagine a Zen master handling a rebellious teenage son, or the Christian mystic visiting her parents over the holidays, and you'll know what fun is in store for you.
Elements of the Real in Man (Diamond Heart, Book 1) by A. H. Almaas, founder of the Ridhwan School Diamond Approach to self-realization, offers a brilliant introduction to the timeless questions of our true nature as well as the identities and reactions that confuse us on the path to discovering our underlying essence. This rich material is collected from a series of talks given to his students. Each talk is not only informational but also designed to evoke certain states of being.
Rick Foster and Greg Hicks traveled the world to research the question of what makes people happy. By interviewing members of local communities who were identified as the happiest in town, they discovered a pattern of nine specific choices that happy people consistently make. Learn these simple and profound principles in their wonderful book How We Choose to Be Happy.
Predictably Irrational is a fascinating read by Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University. He shows us in an entertaining way that we do not act in fundamentally rational ways. We consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. At the same time, our irrationality is systematic and predictable - learn how to predict behavior with the wonderful studies and insights shared in this book.
Disengage from the judge within using an in-depth experiential process developed by Byron Brown in Soul Without Shame. This book alternates between explanation and very practical exercises that will enable you to not only recognize when the inner critic is operating, but also to start shifting your relationship to it.