The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho The Alchemist approaches a young sheep herder named Santiago and tells him he is to embark on journey to find a treasure. To assist him on his journey the youth is given two stones to help him read "the omens". Santiago's personal legend is in finding the treasure in the pyramids of Egypt. This is a very sweet book written in a pure and simple style. It is a book about following your dreams, or your dreams will follow you. The basic idea is that if you do not live your personal legend, which is usually revealed to a person early in life, you will live a life of perpetual want. I recommend this book as a fun and easy read. The concepts are simple and easy to follow, and the story itself, even if you don't buy the message, is delightful enough to hold your interest to the end.
This morning while I was looking in my bookcase for the next book to review, I ran across an old copy of Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebook by Ram Dass. Up until today I had never heard of this book or the author. I don't even know how I came to own this book, I don't remember buying it or borrowing it from anyone, but somehow it came to me. Like a gift from the universe, or more like an answer to my questions: What is meditation? How do you do it? Does it work? So I opened it up to the first chapter and started reading. It was easy to read and went by fast, before I knew it I was half-way through the book and my entire morning was spent, so much for getting caught-up with work. But, I'm not complaining. This book was exactly what I needed to read today. Journey of Awakening is a very good book to read if you are totally ignorant of and somewhat skeptical about meditation. Ram Dass is an excellent teacher, he is clear, concise and non-judgemental or condescending.