I’m currently reading:
Scientific Healing Affirmations: Theory and Practice of Concentration by Paramahansa Yogananda
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Hapiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Eric Swanson
All of them are great books for calming my mind and nourishing my soul and making me better equipped for life that simply flows without minding how I think it should be. Buddhsim has helped me tremendously throughout my illness making me joyful and peaceful despite the dire circumstances in which I have found myself. I still have lots of fears which are a consequence of past events but Buddhism has taught me to be with them, to accept them without judgement, even without naming them. I’m no longer trying to get rid of fear or to substitute it with some other emotion. Fear is completely natural and as long as I’m aware of it and don’t identify myself with it, it cannot do any harm. So my practice nowadays is that of watching fear. I simply watch it. And after I’ve been watching it for some time, I realize I’m watching emptiness. Fear is just like any other wordly phenomena – empty. Meaning that it doesn’t have a substantial, impermanent nature. And knowing that is comforting and liberating.