Teachers, inspirations, friends, and beloved books

- with Shanti, in a rather random order


Yoga for Depression - Amy Weintraub

Any's Lifeforce Yoga is designed specifically for depression and anxiety. She has a number of books for yogis, both clients and therapists, and presents workshops and trainings.

Absolute Beginner's Yoga - Joanne Spence

Joanne's CD is for a range of yoga practitioners, but caters to the absolute beginner with gentleness and grace. (Plus - Michelle's in the credits... they were roommates and slept under the expansive Arizona stars together.)

The Highly Sensitive Person - Elaine Aaron

Also - a blog of help and hope for the HSP

For those who have been told they are too sensitive - perhaps there is something wonderful about you...

Tiny Buddha

A website full of inspiration, compassion, and support.

Guardians of Being - Eckhart Tolle & Patrick McDonnell

Our pets can be our spiritual teachers.


Some of the best therapy toys for children (and advice for parents).

Zen Speaks: Shouts of Nothingness - Tsai Chun Chung & Brian Bruya

Cartoon Zen koans - because you will remember them better and those memories will return to teach you for the rest of your life.

Tao Speaks: Lao Tzu's Whispers of Wisdom - Tsai Chih Chung & Brian Bruya

Not as great as Zen Speaks, but it's a cartoon Tao Te Ching, so...

Tao Te Ching; The Definitive Edition - Lao Tzu & Jonathon Star

Everyone needs attempt to translate (from whatever language they were originally written) the texts [spiritual or not] that touch their hearts. Jonathon Star helped with the Tao Te Ching and it changed everything. 

Between Parent and Child - Haim Ginott (also Alice Ginott & Wallace Goddard)

If Haim were still alive today, he would be the best child psychologist around. His perspective has informed any good child psychology theorist - even if they don't give him credit.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk - Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Some of Haim's students write good books, too.

Parenting with Love & Logic - Foster Cline & Jim Fay

Because some empathy and natural consequences can help kids grow up feeling loved and secure.

Breaking the Patterns of Depression - Michael Yapko

Michael has hypnosis CDs that go with this and are a must if you struggle with depression.

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self - Stephen Cope

Stephen's journey has helped and informed so many.

The Language of Yoga - Nicolai Bachman

If you are interested in sanskrit and devanagari, this is very helpful. There is also a CD.

Radical Acceptance - Tara Brach

Tara leads workshops and heals people with compassion and care.

Neil Pearson on Chronic Pain

​Such good help and support for those struggling with constant pain.

Pumpkin Works

Michelle's parents.

The Om Tribe

A group of yogis in our town - Bloomington, IL.

Palms Together Yoga

One of the great studios in Bloomington/Normal, IL.

Float Therapy (Sensory Deprivation Tank)

Pratyahara (yoga idea of withdrawal of all the senses) - Meditate without sound, sight, or touch, while floating peacefully in water. We have one tank in Bloomington, IL (Revelations Center for Wholeness).

Dances of Peace

One of our friends.

On Tyranny - Timothy Snieder

Suggestions for our times.

Sam Harris

Sam presents a beautifully secular/humanist view of meditation, along with various explorations into all things interesting (free will, honesty, politics, IA, etc.).

Jenny Lawson

A wonderfully funny take on life and mental illness.

Light Falls - Brian Greene

What was Einstein thinking when he came up with the theory of relativity? How can paying attention to perspective help more people in more fields than physics?

Letting Go of God - Julia Sweeney

Julia's poignant (and hilarious) travel through spirituality to her own truth.

Palace of Illusions - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

A female (feminist?) take on the Mahabarata.

Jackie's Facebook page

As a tiny reward for making it all the way to the bottom of this list - personal knitting projects 

Because Michelle sometimes likes to show off.