Category Archives: Books I Dig

The Woman’s Belly Book

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The Woman’s Belly Book, Finding your true Center for more energy, confidence, and pleasure by Lisa Sarasohn,

This is a wonderful book and I recommend it to all women and their bellies…

“At this very moment, you’re part of a globally expanding circle of women who share this belly-celebrating adventure with you.”

This Is who I am, our beauty in all shapes and sizes by Rosanne Olson

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This is an honest and open book about all women’s unique bodies. Photographer Rosanne Olson brings a collection of images of women and their bodies. Her books includes women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Each image takes on the personality of what one woman has to express about her life and unique body. The most inspirational quotes strike a chord of familiarity.

 As 38-year-old Faye reflects, “A favorite uncle of mine who disagrees with my tattoos likes to say that the body is a temple. I reply that my tattoos are the stained glass of my temple.”

 Another woman Silja who is 35 says, “I believe the advertising industry has done more to damage women’s self-concepts, happiness, and body image than almost anything else, including pornography and parental and peer influence. Music videos seem to run a close second.” 

The point being, you will find a woman to identify with in Olson’s graceful and revealing masterwork.

http://www.rosanneolson.com/blog/

A Mantis Carol by Laurens Van Der Post

“In a sense you’re right. I think there is a way in which both black and white did regard the Bushman in his natural state as a kind of wild animal.”

But to do justice even to the unjust, as we are bound to do, I regret, if we are ever to understand this horrible business, by “taming”, they meant becoming “civilized” in the sense the term held for them at the time”

~ Laurens Van Der Post

I was given this book by  my older brother Greg. He knew I was into the little insect called the Praying Mantis.  A Mantis Carol is a deep, slow-moving and intense story about so many interesting elements of nature, a man,  a woman and a Bushman.  One becomes aware that the Praying Mantis is always lurking about in this story. This is not a lighthearted book but asks some extremely deep esoteric questions. It contains beautifully written words that bring forth images of nature..

The Dream And The Underworld by James Hillman

I love James Hillman. His book on dreaming helps us to understand the nature of dreaming.

James Hillman RIP!!

“The key here is indirection: if the soul wanders from the body in sleep, then our way of letting the soul return to concrete life must follow the same wandering course, an indirect meandering a reflective puzzling.” ~ James Hillman

I have not been able to sleep,  this is the time when my mind goes wild. I reflect on bad things done, mistakes, anger and people who I want to strangle. It is as if I hear these things whispered in my ear. This is the time when the shadow of our nature comes forth. Are these thoughts ours alone ? James Hillman tells us not to sedate ourselves at these times. He asks us to listen to the children of the night. Listen and ride the conversation.  He informs us that even during sleep we do not rest. Out mind goes on a journey into the underworld. Here is where a collective history blends with our own personal one. Our soul screams to be heard and we need to listen. Not from our intellectual classified mind but from the part of our mind where symbols express themselves through feelings and emotions, through creatively, suffering and blissful joy.