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'ADVICE FROM MY 80-YEAR OLD SELF: REAL WORDS OF WISDOM FROM PEOPLE AGES 7 TO 88'

BY SUSAN O'MALLEY

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When it comes to books I like to share with others, I tend to gravitate towards those with content that has inspired me in some way. This book by Susan O'Malley is no exception.

However, it is different to most other books on my shelf in that it is made up of artwork based on interviews with the author. My husband went to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, saw this exhibition, and then bought the book for me. I cried and laughed reading it, knowing that the words of wisdom came from people of all ages and backgrounds.

The author/artist asked these individuals to imagine that they could meet themselves at 80 years of age, and to ask for words of wisdom. The responses are presented as colourful posters and the content is delightful: some are hilarious ('Read more chapter books', from Jennifer, 7 years old; 'Listen to your mom, be friendly to people, don't pull people's hair' by Pascal, 8 years old; 'Enjoy your hair while you have it' Doug, 44 years old), others are bittersweet ('Appreciate your body, especially when it's working', from Larry, 88 years old) and profound ('Your heart has reasons your head does not know', Rachel, 24 years old).

This book is a fun reminder that we hold so much wisdom already.

-Kristen

BOOK SUGGESTIONS FROM A FEW OF OUR TEACHERS

 
Emily Gold:
Bringing Yoga to Life - Donna Farhi
Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times - Judith Lasater
The Plastic Mind - Sharon Begley

Robert Fulton:
The Heart of Yoga - Desikacar
The Yoga Tridition - Feuerstein
The Tree of Yoga - Iyengar
The Miracle of Mindfulness - Thich Nhat Hahn
The Bhagavd Gita - Ghandi
The Yoga Body - Mark Singleton
The Roots of Yoga - James Malinson
Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
The Journey to the East - Hermann Hesse
Perennial Philosophy - Aldous Huxley
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry - Jack Kornfield
Think of These Things - Krishnamurti

Barbara Mullin:
Becoming Animal - David Abraman
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom - Christiane Northrup
Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit - Donna Farhi
Yoga of the Subtle Body - Tias Little

Maud van den Abbeele:
Living Your Yoga - Judith Lasater
Yoga as Medicine - Thimothy McCall
Mindful Birthing - Nancy Bardacke
Yin Yoga - Paul Grilley

Irene Ibba:
How Yoga Works - Geshe Michael Roach and Christie Mcnally
B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health - B.K.S. Iyengar

Harpiara Kaur:
Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda