Once in a while on this blog, I like to share books that nourish my mind, life, and work, hoping that at least one of them will inspire you. Here’s a list of some that I’ve been enjoying recently.
Tarology (Enrique Enriquez). Definitely not your garden variety tarot book. Enriquez’s text is poetic and draws on pataphysics, the science of imaginary solutions. Through wordplay and visual rhyme, he reminds us to really look at the tarot’s images, to embody the tarot’s images, and to do as they do rather than what they say.
Ruin and Beauty: New and Selected Poems (Deena Metzger). When I read Metzger’s pieces, I feel as though something in me is being reconfigured so that I can be a more life-sustaining presence on our planet. Bone-honest, these poems are candidly personal yet stir me to remember the universal. To read them is to participate in a ritual of reconnection.
Metaskills: The Spiritual Art of Therapy (Amy Mindell). Whatever your way of being a helper or guide in these times, Mindell’s emphasis on following the ebb and flow of nature, especially within oneself and within the therapeutic experience, will free you to move beyond technique. This text invites anyone who offers healing encounters to experience their basic feeling attitudes and manifest their spiritual beliefs in a living practice. Wonderful!
Why I Wake Early (Mary Oliver). I appreciate Oliver’s capacity to make the ordinary extraordinary. Whether telling us about beans, crickets, gardens, geese, or whalebones found on the beach, these works remind me to love my life in all its everyday experiences. Mindfulness in book form.
An Introduction to Transformative Tarot Counseling: The High Art of Reading (Katrina Wynne). Wynne’s background in counselling, process-oriented psychology, and tarot qualify her to write this short but helpful book. With an emphasis on following the client’s responses to card imagery and engaging people in the tarot experience, I appreciate this book because it’s so much my own approach to tarot consultations. Wynne’s way of working with the tarot responds to the question, “How can I best support what is most alive in you?”