Books As Medicine - For Days Like This
October 13, 2010
"Mama said there’d be days like this." This song lyric from The Shirelles's song, Mama Said, comes to my mind whenever I’m having a rough day. I also remember the end of one of my favorite books from when I was young, Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. After a string of awful events, Alexander concludes "My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia."
I was feeling kind of blue and wanted to regain a sense of inner-calm. So, with 1960's voices chirping "Mama said, Mama said!" in my mind, I shuffled down the aisle that holds the Liberty Branch's meditation books and scanned the spines. When a book caught my attention, I flipped through some pages and read a paragraph or two. Then, I repeated this process and discovered more books to help transform my day. The images, like a forest path, a lotus, and a ripple of water, allowed me to become more serene. The affirmations made me feel more centered.
The following are some books that I found helpful and hope you will too!
Meditation to Go by Christina Rodenbeck