Summer reading thoughts

I have so many books on my reading list. I managed to read only a small part of it during the summer but some of the books I read were brilliant and really made me think – by that I mean they took me somewhere deep into my thoughts – and those are always the best ones. Oh yes I said “during the summer”. Our short northern summer is practically over. The boys are starting their schools this week and I can almost smell the autumn. Luckily I like autumn, I always look forward to it. In the beginning of…

Botanical thoughts

I found these flowery cards in Taormina, Sicily two years ago. I visited Sicily twice that summer, first with my family for two weeks and later to see a concert in Taormina for two days. I had planned buying a tarot deck to use as a writing tool (by picking a card, thinking about the symbol or theme in the card and doing a small writing exercise around it) so I visited a small card shop. I knew nothing about tarot and chose these flower cards just for their pretty botanical illustrations. Even the box says “flower tarot” these are not…

Reading: Ikigai

I needed something light but interesting to read during my winter holidays last week and was happy to discover the Finnish translation of Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles is already available. The English version of the book (Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life ) will be out later this year. According to the Japanese concept everyone has their own ikigai, a reason for living, a reason to wake up in the morning. Finding our own ikigai means learning to know ourselves by asking the four important questions: what is what we love to do, what…

Adding green: kitchen

One of my favorite ever books about health and balanced life is Ayurveda for your mind (2012) by Janesh Vaidya, a Kerala based, internationally known ayurveda practitioner and lecturer. I love the book because of its sensible, logical style and because it gives a lot to think about whether you already know about ayuerveda or not or even feel skeptical about it. I must have read the book three or four times already and I love it how I discover something new every time. The latest ayurveda book from the author (in Finnish: Ayurvedinen keittokirja, ruokavalio kehosi mukaan) was out 2014 but I bumped into it…

Adding green: home

One of the advantages of having less at home is the extra space even in small apartments. The best thing is you don’t need to fill that space, you can just enjoy it. Fresh and clean empty space leaves room for energy to flow around. Having less means also less distraction. I love being able to focus on reading, writing or studying and often enjoy just watching my family being focused on something, whatever they are doing. We all like spending time at home, doing our own things. Home is meant for people and animals. At the moment we sadly…

5 books about writing

I randomly bumped into this list mentioning “16 best books about writing”.  I had read a few of these books and immediately added another few on my current reading list and had an idea to make my own list, maybe five books about writing I find most important to myself. I’ve read many books about writing. Not because of my own writing – I’m not ambitious enough (or maybe too ambitious) to really work with it – but because I never get enough of reading about the writer’s life. I want that kind of life with solitude and quiet thinking, I’ve always…

Books & Reading

The quiet hours sitting in planes or trains are my favorite moments to focus on reading. Everyday life is full of responsibilities and one of the main motives for my minimalism is the extra time I can now spend doing things I like (traveling, reading) instead of things I dislike (shopping, cleaning). I want to finally give myself a permission to read as much as I like. I often find myself thinking “I should be doing something useful and not read” when the right attitude is actually “I should be doing something useful and read”. Reading books and teaching our…