A Moment of Happiness

Northeast LibraryStaff Picks

A Moment of Happiness

Books to help you live a more fulfilled, peaceful life

From time to time, we all need a little bit of motivation, a little bit of spirituality, and a little bit of peace to enjoy, if not every moment, at least most of the moments of our lives. This is not new. Since the dawn of time, we've been searching for ways to achieve inner peace and fulfillment, and "being in the present moment" is a phrase that I'm sure you've heard before. Sages throughout history have considered this moment - the here and the now - as the only moment in which life exists, in which life breathes, in which we are. So one can say experiencing peace and fulfillment is only possible in the present moment. If you're with me so far, let's explore more about it by reading some of my favorite books on this topic.

Stillness Speaks, by Eckhart Tolle
Oprah Winfrey called Eckhart Tolle the prophet of our time. Without a doubt, he is one of the leading contemporary preachers of the present moment and consciousness. His message is succinct and clear: embrace your inner stillness to discover your true self, which is consciousness. Mr. Tolle's essence of teaching is presence and living in the now. Easy to comprehend, Stillness Speaks is a personal development and self-help book that you can read many times and get something different out of it each time. Every person on their journey of self-discovery will be grateful to have gotten this book in their hands.

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus and teaches meditation. In Wherever You Go, There You are, he argues that meditation is not about trying to improve yourself or getting somewhere; rather, it's about realizing where you already are. Reading Wherever You Go There You Are feels like meditation, for the author has carefully chosen each word to make it a peaceful experience. He writes: "Guess what? When it comes right down to it, wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you wind up doing, that's what you've wound up doing. Whatever you are thinking right now, that's what's on your mind." If you could only have one book on meditation, this book is it.

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, by John Izzo
What are the secrets to finding happiness? Why do some people live well and die happy? To answer these questions, John Izzo asked thousands of people to identify the wisest person whom they knew well, whom they considered to have found the meaning of life and happy living. Out of what he learned from over 200 people aged 60+ came this wonderful book of five unique secrets. Knowing about these secrets will definitely trigger the reflection button in your mind, while at the same time leave a compass in your hands with which to navigate your journey to true happiness.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, by Michael A. Singer
In this book, spiritual teacher Michael Singer explores the question of who we are; he reminds us that the voice inside our heads is not us; he encourages us to reach a place where we can be the observer who watches that voice. He writes: "There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind - you are the one who hears it." Throughout the book, Singers uses real-life situations as examples in which we identify with the voice. He says people want to discover which of these multitude voices, which aspects of their personality, is who they really are, and the answer is none of them. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself is an easy read and deserves your attention.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz
In this book, the bestselling author Don Miguel Ruiz teaches about making four simple agreements that result in happiness: "Be Impeccable With Your Word"; "Don't Take Anything Personally"; "Don't Make Assumptions"; and "Always Do Your Best". With examples that have profound effects, he elaborates on the agreements throughout the book, and reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that take away our everyday joy, that create needless pain. He writes: "Whatever happens around you, don't take it personally. Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves." The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom is full of wisdom and deserves the title. A life-changing book.