Be Here Now

Be Here Now

By Ram Dass

First published in 1971, this book set millions on a path to enlightenment. It’s as hippie as it gets—text printed sideways on brown paper, with trippy sketches. American consciousness raising starts here. PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

Who is the living writer you most wish you could meet? 
“Ram Dass. He changed my life in the early 1970s (yes, I’m that old!)” 

—A Spirituality & Health reader

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Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love 

One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia 

By Elizabeth Gilbert 

This 2006 memoir about a broken heart, a ripped-open soul, and how it all comes back together on a trip around the world clearly resonated with many. It’s sold more than 10 million copies.  RIVERHEAD BOOKS

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Essential Rumi

The Essential Rumi

By Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

The most widely read poet in America is a man born in 13th-century Turkey. A Sunni Muslim and scholar, Rūmī is beloved for his mystic poetry. Coleman Barks is the translator of numerous Rūmī works and has studied Sufism since 1977.  HARPERONE

Reader Pick: The Essential Rumi 

“No matter what page I turn to with a question in mind, I find a new perspective to help me move forward with his beautiful words.”

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Power Of Now

The Power of Now

A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment 

By Eckhart Tolle 

Tolle offers a contemporary perspective on traditional Eastern teachings and counts Oprah Winfrey as a fan. “I keep Eckhart’s book at my bedside. I think it’s essential spiritual teaching,” she posted on  NEW WORLD LIBRARY

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Writing Down The Bones

Writing Down the Bones 

Freeing the Writer Within 

By Natalie Goldberg

Combining Zen meditation with writing practice, Goldberg created a must-have guide for the creative process.  SHAMBHALA PUBLICATIONS

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A Return To Love

A Return to Love 

Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles 

By Marianne Williamson

“We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” The best-selling author and lecturer has penned many excellent books, but this one is the most-oft quoted.  HARPERCOLLINS

Reader Pick: A Return to Love 

“I use this as my compass when I have lost my focus and revert to old beliefs and ways of living. She is the first person who taught me to live through love, not fear.”

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When Things Fall Apart

When Things Fall Apart 

Heart Advice for Difficult Times 

By Pema Chödrön

The beloved American Tibetan Buddhist nun shares how moving toward, not away from, painful situations can transform and open our hearts.  SHAMBHALA PUBLICATIONS

Reader Pick: When Things Fall Apart 

“Life is full of constant change, and we humans always struggle to deal with it. Even when we think we’ve finally climbed a mountain, we find another in front of us. This book teaches us how to be good climbers!” 

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Autobiography Of A Yogi

Autobiography of a Yogi 

By Paramahansa Yogananda 

Generations of seekers—including George Harrison and Steve Jobs—have sung the praises of this 1946 book, written by a Kriya Yoga master.  CRYSTAL CLARITY

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At Home In The World

At Home in the World

Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk’s Life 

By Thich Nhat Hanh

A renowned Buddhist monk, poet, and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh shares essays that span his life, bringing insights and lessons.  PARALLAX PRESS

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The Alchemist 

By Paulo Coelho

Covering personal discovery, this nearly 30-year-old book has sold 80 million copies and was picked by PBS as a top 100 Great American Read.  HARPERCOLLINS

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