“Books are the mirrors of the soul” -Tahereh Mafi
If you haven’t read my post on the [Unintended Side-Effects of Quitting Alcohol] head there and check it out, because my love for reading flourished as a side-effect of quitting alcohol.
I was never much of a reader in my early years of life. Maybe because as a youth, you generally only have exposure to books that the school system chooses. And as I am not much of a fiction reader, or a school lover, this may have delayed my discovery of the books that I now love.
Never the less, reading worked its way into my life. I became hooked when a friend of mine linked me a video on youtube of a book review, hosted by Brian Johnson. This man started a company called “Philosophers Notes”, where he read 100 of the most prolific books on topics such as positive psychology, stoic philosophy, nutrition, money, productivity, spirituality etc. Post-reading these books, he did a short 10 minute video review on youtube covering the “big ideas”. So I began watching as many of these reviews as I could find, eventually purchasing his extended reviews and notes through his website, subsequently kick-starting my journey of reading books.
So what have been the major benefits to my newly acquired reading habit?
Here are my unranked top 10 (that I can currently think of).
1. I learned everything I currently know about myself
2. I learned how my mind works
3. I learned about my spiritual origin
4. I learned about life
5. I learned about financial principles
6. I learned about the ‘present moment’
7. I learned how to cultivate inner peace
8. I learned how to grasp my freedom as a human being
9. I learned how to step outside the confinement of society and watch it objectively
10. I learned how to be authentic (be myself)
On top of these more prolific side-effects, I also learned how to write and communicate more effectively. This wisdom is now the foundation of my ‘self’, and I am so grateful that I found these teachings of life.
I have read in excess of 30-40 books in the last 2-3 years, and always have one waiting in line to sink my mind into. I am completely addicted to acquiring the knowledge that books contain. In future posts I will outline particular books that have impacted me the most.
It is difficult to explain how much reading has moulded my personality and general being, but I hope you get a snap shot of the positive effects.
Reading is now one of my most beloved habits.
Do you read? How has reading effected your life?