February 2016 Reads

I only finished three books this month, and I read them all in eBook format, so I only have this lame photo collage to share instead of a pretty stack of books:

Books read in February 2016

No Mud, No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hahn

This was the February pick for my church’s book club. I have read several other books by Thich Nhat Hahn including Peace is Every Step and Present Moment Wonderful Moment. He does an excellent job of breaking down mindfulness practices for a Western audience, and this book is no exception.

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

I wanted to read more creative books this year. Last month my creative book was Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. This month I read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. It’s funny to me that some creative types need to be told that sharing is a good thing. Showing our work is something that the stitching community does very, very well. We have “work in progress” Wednesdays, for goodness sake! And Instagram is one big non-stop “work in progress” Wednesday among the stitching and crafting communities. So, I did not learn a whole lot new from this book, but it was a fun, light read.

Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff

I started this book ages ago and finally pushed myself to finish it this month. It turned out to be perfect timing because the principles in this book complemented the philosophy underlying No Mud, No Lotus very well. So, it was great to read them together in the same month.

Dr. Neff puts her own unique spin on mindfulness practice as a means to cultivate greater compassion for one’s own faults and perceived flaws. One of her practice that I’ve been putting into practice since reading the book is the following mantra, to be said to oneself when you are suffering in any way, whether mentally or emotionally:

This is a moment of suffering.
Suffering is part of life.
May I be kind to myself in this moment.
May I give myself the compassion I need.

This is a great book for anyone who struggles with feelings of unworthiness, which is pretty much everyone. If you’ve read and enjoyed any of Brene Brown’s books, Self-Compassion is a great complement to Brown’s writings as well.

I read lots of stitchy magazines this month!

March 2016 CrossStitcher
March 2016 World of Cross Stitching
March 2016 Cross Stitch Collection
March 2016 CrossStitch Crazy
April 2016 Just CrossStitch

Did you miss last month? Catch up with my January 2016 reads here.

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