Thinking and Feeling, and Thinking about Feeling
I don't watch funny movies. I don't read mindlessly. I don't like pop music. What I do like is a lot of drama and self-help books and really feeling my feelings; they are my closest friends. These books (and a CD) have helped me make sense of said friends.
2018 by Wilson, SarahGet this item
This book about the author's complicated relationship with anxiety helped me to reframe a lot of long-held thoughts. This book is not for everybody, what with her meandering style (don't read the Goodreads reviews—sheesh), but for me, I could see so much of myself reflected here that I've returned to it many times.
1996 by Jamison, Kay R.Get this item
I read this book a long time ago and have read pretty much everything this author has written since. She is one of the leading researchers on Bipolar Disorder (formerly manic-depression) and this is her memoir of discovering her own manic depression. Even though we don't have the same experience, I always find that there is something for me in listening to another deep feeler.
2015 by Weller, FrancisGet this item
Grief here is a verb, and embracing the work of it really touches on the stuff of life (that's either really ironic or not ironic at all). “Weller guides us into the difficult geography of sorrow and helps us find our way back to our souls. He brings much-needed medicine to a culture that relies upon distraction and anesthesia to cope with the daily losses that surround us.”—Malidoma Somé
2015 by Gilbert, ElizabethGet this item
This is an inspiring book (and such a wonderful audiobook) that addresses many things that are about and surround being a creative person. To put something that one has made out into the world is an incredibly vulnerable act, and Gilbert really gets that; she offers real and actionable ideas and words to help us move past ourselves and our tricky feelings in order to do the things we know we want to do.
2003 by Brach, TaraGet this item
Whether or not the Buddha is of any importance to you, this book is really about coming to accept yourself. Tara Brach, whom I find always insightful and kind, is a wonderful and warm guide.
2005 by Lerner, Harriet GoldhorGet this item
Lerner tackles the big three—anxiety, fear, and shame—in a way that is both gentle and helpful.
2002 by Sigur Rós (Musical group)Get this item
This hauntingly beautiful album gets inside your soul; the music is what I imagine it sounds like in my being. All of the lyrics are in Hopelandic (a language without semantic meaning), so there are no lyrics to get caught up in, just beautiful, somber etherealness.