My husband and I have set a goal to read more this year. We've both been reading a lot about meditation and unlocking creativity. I've gotten into deeper into food, the history and nutrition and it's opened up a whole new world of gardening and cooking.
Here are some highlights from the books I've read in January.
1. Steal like an artist : 10 things nobody told you about being creative (Austin Kleon)
What to copy is a little bit trickier. Don't just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don't want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.
The reason to copy your heroes and their style is so that you might somehow get a glimpse into their minds. That's what you really want-- to internalize their way of looking at the world. If you just mimic the surface of somebody's work without understanding where they are coming from, your work will never be anything more than a knockoff. (P. 36)
2. Eating on the wild side : the missing link to optimum health (Jo Robinson)
Thomas Jefferson, a passionate foodie and gardener, was introduced to tomatoes in the 1780s while serving as the US minister to France. He loved the strange fruits and brought seeds back to plant in his extensive gardens at Monticello. According to Jefferson's gardening notes, he planted a "dwarf tomato" and a large, ribbed "Spanish tomata," which he described as "much larger than common kinds." Every year, he wrote down the date that the first tomatoes "came to table." Thanks to Jefferson and other epicurean travelers, dozens of European varieties soon arrived on our shores. (P. 141)
3. Do the work! : overcome resistance and get out of your own way (Steven Pressfield)
The opposite of Resistance is Assistance.
A work-in progress generates its own energy field. You, the artist or entrepreneur, are pouring love into there work; you are suffusing it with passion and intention and hope. This is serious juju. The universe responds to this. It has no choice.
Your work-in-progress produces its own gravitational field, created by your will and your attention. This field attacks like-spirited entities into it's orbit.
4. Perfectly imperfect : the art and soul of yoga practice (Baron Baptiste)
Yes carries the energy of possibility; no carries the energy of resistance. Yes expresses your willingness to claim your power and use it to discover the real meaning of commitment. Yes invites you to expand and to come into your full creative expression. It opens you up and affirms your willingness to be teachable when you don’t have the know-how to get where you want to go. Yes affirms the existence of a destination in the practice beyond mere physical gain.
No shows up with very different energy. It is closed, rigid, and often stubborn. It takes the form of excuses, complaints, procrastination, resistance, frustration, and so on. No impedes, or flat-out stops you in your tracks.
You are always in a dance of yes and no. Being a yes for anything automatically makes you a no for something else. In fact, if we cannot point to what we are saying no to, then our yes means nothing. (P. 9)