sabbatical in place: books
Between zoom calls and recording, I've been spending as much of this time as possible in study and rest.
I often get asked about resources, so for folks who are seeking and able to sabbatical in place, I'm sharing a list of written works that inform my integrative healing arts practice. These are texts I continue to return to and reference often, in addition to new research. First, books. I am always reading and researching, and I hope to add to this list over time.
* I encourage you to support local independent book stores if you decide to purchase any of these books! The links will take you to IndieBound, connects you to local bookstores stocking the books you want! I learned about this site super recently from my friend, artist, community worker Hazel R. Magnolia :)
The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh - I always appreciate the simplicity in practice that Zen Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh offers in all his work. This book is full of meditative exercises and gentle reminders for communicating with embodied awareness and an open heart.
Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown - lovely spacious text on learning from nature, that stewards being in one's values and moving with integrity.
Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha - this book saves my life every day. deeply nurturing and real, a critical read on cultivating cultures of access at the center of healing justice movements.
Conflict Is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman - i picked this up seeking to understand ways i may have hurt people in relationship. schulman is thoughtful and challenging in the ways she approaches language around conflict and escalation, and uncovers how accusations of harm are often used to avoid accountability.
The Gift of Healing Herbs by Robin Rose Bennett - among my first herbal companions, and one that I reference a lot. I appreciate the generosity and curiosity with which RRB approaches herbalism. The book includes plant profiles, energetics, and simple herbal recipes categorized by the main systems of the body they impact
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer - compilation of beautiful stories on being in right relationship with the land, that integrates insight from ecological science and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (Kimmerer is of European and Anishinaabe ancestry and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation).
Beyond Survival ed. by Ejeris Dixon and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha - "Transformative justice seeks to solve the problem of violence at the grassroots level, without relying on punishment, incarceration, or policing. Community-based approaches to preventing crime and repairing its damage have existed for centuries. However, in the punitive atmosphere of contemporary criminal justice systems, they are often marginalized and operate under the radar. Beyond Survival puts these strategies front and center as real alternatives to today's failed models of confinement and 'correction.'" indiebound.org. in this book you will find all the things - toolkits, guides, frameworks and stories of what transformative justice has looked like and can be in practice and what folks in TJ processes have learned over the years.
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk - a thorough and important history of the development of the fields of mental health work and Western understanding of the ways trauma impacts the human bodymind.
Yoga of the Subtle Body by Tejas Little - exploration of the chakra system through physiological lens, for practitioners and teachers of yoga.