3 Authors that Narrated a Year of Change

3 Authors that Narrated a Year of Change

At the end of a year that has brought me to a wholly new stage in my practice and in my life, I want to take a few minutes to honor three of the authors that have most impacted me in 2014: Brené Brown, PhD: An amazing researcher in living an authentic, whole-hearted life with great courage and emotional resilience. I have been particularly impacted by Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. Her books are not new to me this year, but my understanding of them reached a deeper level through training with her and the senior faculty at the Daring Way™. Rick Hanson, PhD: Another fantastic researcher, this time in neurobiology and meditation, literally on how our thinking and meditative practices impact the structure of our brains. I particularly like Hardwiring Happiness, as well as The Buddha’s Brain, and his work has deeply affected how much I am present in the moments of joy and wonder in my life. I’m excited to dive back into his Foundations of Wellbeing program in the new year. Angeles Arrien: A cultural anthropologist who studied spiritual practices from around the world, Angeles was a prolific author. She passed from this world last spring and will be greatly missed. The Fourfold Way, which describes the indigenous wisdom of the 4 directions through the paths of the visionary, healer, teacher and warrior, continues to be a key reference in my shamanic studies. I look forward to completing Living in Gratitude next year. I’m excited to see what lies ahead in 2015 and to be carried forward by the stories and ideas of visionaries whose work has yet to cross my...