READING LIST

Some of the books I’ve read and found interesting over the years.

 

 

ESSENTIAL READING, to get started:

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own – Sandra Blakeslee

– A book entirely about “body maps” in the brain, i.e. the neuroscience of embodiment.

Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body – Niel Shubin

– A paleontologist’s approach to “ancestral anatomy”.

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – Robert Sapolsky

– A genius neuroscientist and master communicator’s detailed explanation of mind-body interactions, focusing specifically on the stress response.

Mindsight – Dan Siegel

– Excellent introduction to basic interactions between different parts of the brain and “interpersonal neurobiology”, how the brain develops through relationships.

Any one of these, on the science of chaos, complexity, or “dynamical systems theory”:

CHAOS – James Gleick

Chaos and the Evolving Ecological Universe – Sally Goerner

The Web of Life – Fritjof Capra

Order out of Chaos – Ilya Prigogine

 

 

The long list below I wrote from memory, at the request of my friend Dave Wardman (of Physical Alchemy).

EVOLUTION/ETHOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY:

The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals – Charles Darwin

Animal Ecology – Charles S. Elton

In the Beginning, Was the Worm – Andrew Brown

Nematode Behaviour – Randy Gaugler

Shapes of Time – Kenneth McNamara

Morphogenesis – John Tyler Bonner

The Evolution of Complexity – John Tyler Bonner

On Deep History and the Brain – Daniel Smail


Darwin Machines – Henry Plotkin


Darwin’s Cathedral – D.S. Wilson


Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – Robert Sapolsky


The Natural Science of the Human Species – Konrad Lorenz


Your Inner Fish – Niel Shubin


The Chosen Ape – Adam Kuper


The Invention of Primitive Society – Adam Kuper


The Lopsided Ape – Michael Corballis


Guns Germs and Steel – Jared Diamond


The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee – Jared Diamond


The Naked Ape – Desmond Morris


The Human Zoo – Desmond Morris


Manwatching – Desmond Morris


The Domestication of the Human Species – Peter J Wilson


Evolution of Sickness and Healing – Horacio Fabrega


The Spell of the Sensuous – David Abram


Coming to Our Senses – Morris Berman


The Re-enchantment of the World – Morris Berman


Wandering God – Morris Berman


Animal Wise – Virginia Morell


Sex At Dawn – Cacilda Jethá and Christopher Ryan


Born To Run – Christopher McDougall


The Continuum Concept – Jean Liedloff


The Ancestor’s Tale – Richard Dawkins


Shamanism: Techniques of Ecstasy – Mircea Eliade


The Book of Life – Stephen Jay Gould


The Hero With a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell


The Forest People – Colin Turnbull


The Shaman’s Apprentice – Mark Plotkin


The Cosmic Serpent – Jeremy Narby


Shamans Through Time – Jeremy Narby


Intelligence in Nature – Jeremy Narby


The Way of the Shaman – Michael Harner


The Archaic Revival – Terrence McKenna


Singing to the Plants – Stephen Beyer


Plants of the Gods – Richard Schultzes, Albert Hoffman


Food of the Gods – Terrence McKenna

Songlines – Bruce Chatwin

 

 

DAOISM/CHINESE MEDICINE:

Yijing – several


Daodejing – several


Chuang tsu – several


Mantak Chia – The inner smile, iron shirt, daoist sexual yoga, etc


The Secrets of Chinese Meditation – Kuan Yu Lu


The Secret of the Golden Flower – Richard Willhelm


Cultivating the Energy of Life – Liu Hua Yang

Immortal Sisters – Thomas Cleary


The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine – Maoshing Ni


In the Footsteps of the Yellow Emperor – Peter Eckman

The Secret and Sublime: Taoist Mysteries and Magic – John Blofeld

Taoism: the Quest for Immortality – John Blofeld


An Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels – Charles Chace


The Stone Monkey: An Alternative, Chinese Scientific, Reality – Bruce Hollbrook


The Web That Has No Weaver – Ted Kaptchuk


Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Joseph Needham


Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine – Giovanni Maccioccia


Nourishing Destiny – Lonny Jarrett


Oriental Medicine – Edward O’Baidey


Between Heaven and Earth – Harriet Beinfield, Efrem Korn


The Practical Application of Meridian Style Acupuncture – John Pirog


Japanese Classical Acupuncture – Shudo Denmei


Traditional Acupuncture: Traditional Diagnosis – J.R. Worsley

 

 

YOGA/TANTRA/HINDUISM:

The Deeper Dimension of Yoga – Georg Feuerstein

Inner Yoga – Sri Anirvan

Philosophy of Goraknath – Akshaya Kumar Banerjea

The Trika Shavism of Kashmir – Moti Lal Pandit

The Upanishads – various translations and commentaries.


From the Satyananda/Bihar School of Yoga:


– Sri Vijnana Bhairava Tantra


- Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha


- Practical Yoga Psychology


– Kundalini Tantra


- Hatha Yoga Pradipika


- Moola Bandha: The Master Key


- Yoga Nidra


- Yoga Darshan: Visions of the Upanishads


– 9 Principle Upanishads


- Dharana Darshan


By Swami Sivananda:


- several books but can’t remember the titles


Yoga Therapy – A.G. and Ganesh Mohan


Yoga for Body, Breath and Mind – A.G. Mohan


Anatomy of Hatha Yoga – David Coulter


Yoga Yajnavalkya – A.G. Mohan


Introduction to Indian Philosophy – Bina Gupta


The Yoga of Mindfulness – Asokananda

BUDDHISM:

The Anapanasati Sutta, different translations and commentaries by:


- Buddhadasa Bhikkhu


– Thanissaro Bhikkhu


– Ven. U Vimalaramsi

Mindfulness of Breathing – Buddhadasa Bhikku

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook – Ajahn Brahm


Mahamudra: The Moonlight – Dakpo Tashi Namgyal


Yogins of Ladakh – John Crook and James Low


Library of Tibetan Archives (lots of small books, all very good)


Mindfulness in Plain English – Henepola Gunaratana


The Bliss of Inner Fire – Lama Yeshe

Zen and the Brain – James H. Austin

The Buddha’s Brain – Rick Hanson

 

MIND/BODY:

Job’s Body – Deane Juhan


The Endless Web – Schultz


Structural Integration – Ida Rolf


Anatomy Trains – Thomas Myers


Mobilization of the Nervous System – David Butler


The Sensitive Nervous System – David Butler


Explain Pain – David Butler, Lorimer Moseley


Awareness Through Movement – Moshe Feldenkrais


The Body and Mature Behaviour – Feldenkrais


The Elusive Obvious – Feldenkrais


The Body Has a Mind of Its Own – Sandra Blakeslee


The Psychobiology of Mind-body Healing – Ernest Rossi


Life On Land – Emelie Conrad


Sensing Feeling and Action – Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen


Wisdom of the Body Moving: An Introduction to Body-mind Centering – Linda Hartley

How Life Moves: Explorations in Meaning and Body Awareness – Caryn McHose


Behind the Mirror: a Butoh Manual for Students – Rhizome Lee


Bone, Breath and Gesture – Don Johnson


Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body – Phillip Vanini


The Body and Society: Explorations in Social Theory – Bryan Turner


Mind and Nature – A Necessary Unity – Gregory Bateson


Steps to an Ecology of Mind – Gregory Bateson


A Mind So Rare – Merlin Donald

Origins of the Modern Mind – Merlin Donald


The Developing Mind – Dan Siegel
Mindsight – Dan Siegel


The Brain that Changes Itself – Norman Doidge

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat – Oliver Sacks

 

CHAOS/COMPLEXITY/SYSTEMS THEORY/ECOLOGY:

CHAOS – James Gleick


Chaos and the Evolving Ecological Universe – Sally Goerner


The Web of Life – Fritjof Capra


Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Cities, and Software – Steven Johnson


Order out of Chaos – Ilya Prigogine


Our Place In Nature – Stephen Boyden

The Ecology of a City and its People: The Case of Hong Kong – Stephen Boyden


GAIA – James Lovelock


Gaia’s Body: Towards a Physiology of Earth – Tyler Volk


Gaia: The Growth of an Idea – Lawrence Joseph


Gaia In Action – Lovelock, Margulis, others


The Long Descent – John Michael Greer


The Ecotechnic Future – John Michael Greer

 

SCIENCE/PHILOSOPHY:

What is this thing called Science? – Chalmers

11 Responses to READING LIST

  1. Susan Ballard says:

    Was reading about your theorys relating to animals and empathy.
    You are very correct . If you want to see more of this in action, try to find someone who works with mustangs. Domestic horses will work but not nearly as well as a mustang fresh off the range.
    They are amazing in their ability to mirror a human. Domestic horses are really to dull and not nearly as sharp as a wild one.

  2. simon says:

    Hi Susan. Very cool. I’ve been told by quite a few people about the levels of empathy and nonverbal communication that happen between a horse and rider, synching up to become a single system, that sort of thing.

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  5. Flow with Ondulation. Thanks for sharing verifying what learnt from youth yoga teachings. Here i share my recent ondulation task respect flying quetzalcoatl, that has awakened and soaring skies since then: http://sintonia2013.blogspot.com.ar/2012/11/onda-encantada-onda-encantada.html

  6. Cheryl Lee says:

    I’m glad I’ve stumbled upon this, thank you for sharing. I have to point out that you are missing Somatics and The Body of Life, by Thomas Hanna, and I’m surprised not to see anything from Frank Forencich

  7. simon says:

    Hi Cheryl Lee, and thanks! I have followed a bit of Thomas Hanna’s work, enough to know that it’s one of the many good available pathways into the body-mind. And Frank Forencich as well, I’m pretty sure I still have a link to the exuberant animal site on this page somewhere.

  8. thom blinn says:

    I relate this wonder you talk about as the numinous. I “see” in BEN HOGAN’S golf swing a singular ability to be with all available sources of existence which he suffered his way to learning about. His motion is radiant in every image I’ve seen. Thanks for you efforts to articulate your personal reality. Thom Blin;n

  9. Owen Bruhn says:

    The very simple relaxing meditation method of Ainslie Meares would be worth adding.
    Ainslie Meares was an eminent psychiatrist and an internationally recognised medical hypnotist. He taught hypnosis, transitioned to meditation and taught that in Australia before 1960 until his passing in 1986. He re-discovered or reverse engineered our natural method of mental rest. I would recommend reading some of his books, however, they are only available second hand and the prices asked are what they are. Also, he wrote 34 books and so there is a wide choice. There is one new book which was written to help make his work more accessible: Ainslie Meares on Meditation. The book includes:
    – a biography,
    – Meares’ book Relief Without Drugs
    – 30+ samples of Meares Poetry – part of his later method includes the use of zen like poetry.
    – his later method refined after Relief Without Drugs including how that poetry fits in.
    The book provides an overview of Meares’ work and also lists all his books including those he recommended his patients and readers should get first. It also was designed to let people learn his method from a book alone.
    Whether that book or one of Meares is up to the reader however his method is worth looking into.
    Cheers Owen B

  10. Nothing by B.K.S. Iyengar? Sorely missing!!!

    All the issues of Astadala Yogamala are amazing. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – so rich. Where are they? Let alone Light On Life, his last work.

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