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Suzanne Simard (2021)
Joseph LeDoux (2003)
Act Daily Journal: Get Unstuck & Live Fully with Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Diana Hill and Debbie Sorensen (2021)
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World, Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu
Until we know what we know and feel what we feel, we won't be whole.
Forgiveness helps us follow this path; and it's the most powerful spiritual medicine that I'm aware of.
Bessel van der Kolk
A great book for understanding the neuroscience and residue of trauma; a little "academic," but accessible. I spent nearly a week with him at Kripalu and have taken many of his master classes with NICABM (see above).
Thich Nhat Hanh
I have been reading the work of Thay ("teacher") for several decades;
often even just the title of his book brings me insight and freedom.
The Mindfulness Essential series are helpful "short" books.
the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
A helpful companion work to the Book of Forgiving above.
Rick Hanson: one of my favorite authors on the intersections of neuroscience and spiritual practices. His books are accessible.
Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair, Miriam Greenspan (2004).
Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor (2015).
Sacred Time: Embracing an Intentional Way of Life, Christine Valters Paintner (2021).
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I consider Waking the Tiger (1997) to be a classic in trauma work. Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body (2008) is very helpful.
He has book on child development.
Dan has a lot of books on several topics. He is a great resource on child development! His work is grounded in neuroscience and compassion. Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (2009) is very helpful.
His recent book with Oprah, What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing (2021), is very useful and popular.
He writes a lot about child development.
Rick writes a lot on resilience and neuroplasticity, the science of rewiring our brains.
His latest book is Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness (2020).
A leader in writing about self-compassion.
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive (2018) is her latest book.
What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey (2021)
Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Deb Dana (2018)
The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context, Pat Ogden (2021)
The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in Context of Relationships, Bonnie Badenoch (2017)
Bessel van der Kolk
David A. Treleaven
Daniel J. Siegel
Sometimes the old life haunts the new
Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma, Gail Parker (2020)
Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists, Joanne Spence (2021)
Sacred Balance: Aligning Body and Spirit through Yoga and the Benedictine Way, Melinda Emily Thomas (2020)
David Emerson (2015)
David Emerson (2012)
Traces Stanley (2021)
Sri Devidas (2019)
Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep, Kamini Desai (2017)
Richard Miller (2015)
Yoga Nidra, Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1998)
Wild Wisdom: Zen Masters, Mountain Monks, and Rebellious Eccentrics Reflect on the Healing Power of Nature, Neil Douglas-Klotz (2021)
Sacred Time: Embracing an Intentional Way of Life, Christine Valters Paintner (2021)
Rewilding: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature, Micah Mortali (2019)
Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, Dr. Quing Li (2018)
Earth Prayers: 365 Prayer, Poems, and Invocations from Around the World, Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon (2009)