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This is a space for recommended books, links, quotes, meditations etc. to inspire and pique your curiosity. If, like me, you are a life-long learner or merely curious to find out more about anything you have read here on my site, I hope you find something here. I’d love to hear your suggestions and recommendations too….

Recommended reads:

Career and Workplace:

  • The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America – David Whyte
  • Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Develop your talents and those of the People you Manage – Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton
  • The Work we were Born to Do – Nick Williams
  • Presence: Exploring Profound Change in People, Organisations and Society – Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers
  • The Disruption Dilemma – Joshua Gans
  • The Year Without Pants: WordPress and the future of work – Scott Berkun
  • The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups – Starhawk
  • The Empty Raincoat – Charles Handy
  • What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers – Richard Nelson Bolles
  • Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design – Laurence G. Boldt
  • Thinking in Systems – Donella H. Meadows


  • The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life – Twyla Tharp
  • The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity – Julia Cameron
  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • How to Be an Explorer of the World – Keri Smith

Creating the Life you Want

  • The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul – Danielle LaPorte
  • The Fire Starter Sessions: a Soulful & Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms – Danielle LaPorte
  • Loving What is – Byron Katy
  • The Success Principles: How to Get from Where you are to Where you Want to Be – Jack Canfield

Mindfulness (Adults and Children)

  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Development Mind – Dr Daniel J. Siegel & Dr Tina Payne Bryson
  • The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help you Handle Stress One Moment at a Time – Dzung X.
  • Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety – Christopher Willard
  • Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids – Eline Snel
  • Free Mindfulness resources

Self-Awareness and Growth

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Difficult Conversations – Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen (Harvard Negotiation Project)
  • Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on it – Ian Leslie.

Somatic based Therapeutic Approaches, Spirituality and Consciousness

  • The Gift of Therapy – Irvin D. Yalom
  • The Inner Journey Home. A. H. Almaas
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind – Anodea Judith
  • The Wisdom of the Enneagram – Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson
  • The 9 Dimensions of the Soul: Essence and the Enneagram – David Hey
  • You Can Heal Your Life – Louise Hay
  • The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
  • The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
  • The Journey – Brandon Bays
  • Freedom: The Courage to be Yourself – Osho
  • Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence – Barbara Marx Hubbard
  • On Becoming  a Person – Carl R. Rogers
  • A General Theory of Love – Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, Richard Lannon
  • The Seat of the Soul – Gary Zukav
  • The Healing Power of Illness: Understanding what Your Symptoms are Telling you – Thorwald Dethlefsen & Ruediger Dahlke
  • The British Psychology Society the ultimate psychology reading list has interesting reviews and recommendations
mindfulness books