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The season of books… the very, very season of books I mean. Recommendations very welcome!

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Cover of "84, Charing Cross Road"

On a Monday which was very much like its reputation …(you bet) – and facing an intense Tuesday .. I am dreaming of my tea- or coffeescented Loggia, the sunshine, the armchair and…books. Piles of them. Well, there is the perspective of a national Holiday on Thursday – so no reason to complain.

Who of you knows this feeling that Special books are for special seasons? I have posted about books and autumn before…and Helene Hanff, being mentioned in this other post, says herself in “Letter from New York” that october is the season to find yourself new books.

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Shakespeare and Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s one other Quote I really adore – it’s by Helene Hanff as well, from 84, Charing Cross Road:

I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to “I hate to read new books,” and I hollered “Comrade!” to whoever owned it before me.”                
—                   Helene Hanff                  (84, Charing Cross Road)

In Autumn, more than in any other season, my books have to be all about atmosphere. The colours and pictures in my imaginations while reading the book kind of have to match the outside world. Yes, I might have a certain nerd-factor… haha, and I can live with it.

Books which – so far – match this, are (hooorray, an excuse to write a list ; ) )

 – Letter from New York, Helene Hanff (very surprisingly)

-The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

-The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce

-A Monster Calls, Ness, Patrick and Siobhan Dowd

-Fool On The Hill, Matt Ruff

-Cookbooks with soup recipes

-Cookbooks like those by Cynthia Barcomi

-This I know, Susannah Conway

-The Hobbit …well you know by whom 🙂

-Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann Hesse,

-“Liebesnähe” by Hanns-Josef Ortheil, not available in English yet

– lots of non-fiction books by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh and Matthias Ennenbach about Buddhism, mindfulness, buddhistic psychology…


Now you. Anything to recommend? I am listening. 🙂  Do you have favourite autumn reads? my shelf isn’t breaking yet. (yet)  



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The August Break – Day # 15 – books [I could post about five hundred photos to this prompt! But I will limit the choice ;-) …]

Aaaaaaaaaaah books! How happy I was to see that Susannah Conway included this theme in her prompt list. My head was spinning earlier while taking photos and looking at archives on my Computer .. too many ideas, so much love for books. I started to read aged 5 because I had fallen for books the  very moment I was able to pick them up and carry them myself, probably aged 3 or so. 🙂

As I so love everything about books, not only the written lines but also the smell, the weight, the paper, the marks and little “scars” they get after a while, I will stay old-fashioned and really can not imagine to purchase some cold electronic device to read a book. Blogs…ok, yeah, love to. But books will be books made of paper as far as I am concerned.

In the photo of the book pile you see the books which are the closest to my heart, which I take and open almost every day.

A good book to me is a book you can open at any page and read and you will feel good or fulfilled just by reading a few lines. These books you can see most certainly have this wonderful effect on me.

For those of you who are curious about the Details, the books are:

Ennenbach, Matthias: Buddhistische Psychotherapie. This means, very easy to figure out, ‘buddhistic psychotherapy’.

   It’s written by a very, very experienced, philantrophic, unique, widely talented psychologist, psychotherapist, seminar teacher, who has developed with a lot of heartfelt energy, his own therapy method using a deep knowledge of the buddhistic teachings and having understood how much buddhism appears as psychology. It’s a scientific book but it has this personal level, as the author is able to really address the reader. It’s also a Fusion of western psychology and partly neuroscience and the basic buddhistic teachings. I got the book shortly after its release and have read it as a whole at least 4 times yet, not speak of just opening it and reading a few lines. It’s soothing and uplifting and very deep. The book is very encouraging to start Meditation and Shows up wonderful ways to deal with it as well as describe why Meditation makes so incredibly much sense. It’s being translated at the moment and is said to be released in English in September. I will sure post something about it when the release date is public.

Ennenbach, Matthias: Der Tod des Dalai Lama (The death of the Dalai Lama).

This is a novel which describes the live of his holiness, the XIV. Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, up from Young Age. No, the author isn’t morbid at all, he tries to explain the different levels of consciousness as they are seen in buddhistic teachings. Milarepa and Machig Labdrön also have important roles in this outstanding novel. It’s a novel for readers who want to learn about buddhism but not via classic introduction literature. As you have probaly noticed, the author is the psychotherapist mentioned as the one having written the book “Buddhistische Psychotherapie”. He definitely knows how to write a novel, and you can tell he really knows a lot about both, psychological development and buddhism, you can tell by the way he lets the characters act and talk. This book is such a bliss.

Ortheil, Hanns-Josef: Die Erfindung des Lebens. (‘The Invention of life’).

This is a book which a dear friend recommended with the words “I always went to nice spots in the park or my favourite Café to read this book. I don’t want to rush it, this book is just too good …” Well, this made me curious. And so, I got it just a few days later, more or less exactly 2 years ago in my summer break. Thank god it was the summer break. Because I sure did not have my friend’s discipline, I had to read and read and read… This novel with strong autobiographical traits takes place in Cologne (where I lived for about 6 years), Rome and a lovely little village called Wissen an der Sieg, about an hour from Cologne on the countryside at the river Sieg – fields, little hills, wild flowers, nature’s Beauty at its best. The Story is about Johannes Catt, the Storyteller, who used to turn mute aged 3 as his mother had fallen mute after traumatic experiences after the loss of four children. He describes his growing up from aged 5 to his early twenties, while he is sometimes switching to the present, writing his novel in a small Apartment in Rome. After being mobbed at school in first grade because he didn’t talk, (but played piano for hours at home aged 6) his father takes Johannes to his family in Wissen and teaches him about trees, rivers, animals, gives him space to do his beloved piano practice and gives him small tasks to fulfill at the grandparents’s farm. By this, father and son discover that when the boy sketches the things he is seeing and writes down a descriptive sentence, he can remember the letters and quickly learns to write. Not long after that he even starts to talk… it’s such an amazing Story, quite heavy at times, but so deep and poetic!

Ortheil, Hanns-Josef: Liebesnähe (“Love-closeness”):

It’s the same author, and it’s the 3rd book of a love-trilogy, each part an own Story. This one is about a man and a woman meeting in a Hotel and the surrounding wonderful landscapes and very slowly pick up communication while falling for each other (or rather the other way around), yet they choose not to directly talk to each other. They send each other signs and a bookstore-owner, who is …somehow…connected to both of them, is being helpful when needed. This Story is amazing and very unique, very intense and sensual, too. What I  also love about this book is that it mentions other books I have discovered, such as Basho’s wonderful Report of his hike in Japan (“The narrow Road through the deep North”) or the pillow book by Sei Shonagon.

Oh goodness, I can’t go on writing so much about the books. it’s supposed photo blogging after all.

Well well.

Bowley, Flora: Brave intuitive painting

This book is a gift to everyone who wants to start painting. Amazing photos, amazing texts to make you run and get your art supplies and start painting. I often leaf through this book to get inspired for a spontaneous painting session. the ideas she offers are beyond precious. Check out her Website: I like that Flora herself loves to do yoga Stretches or meditates before getting the brush, she also teaches Workshops and yoga/Meditation seem to be a part of it.

Leaver, Tara: Creative Spark         (

This book has been such a gift, such an Inspiration to me that I often carry it with me when I am taking the bus, just flicking it open and read whatever the page opened offers to me. Tara is an amazing Artist and I love the way she encourages to get your “creative spark” ignited, she sure knows what she is talking about. I love her “spark jar” so much (a collection of prompts to help get you started written on little papers and put in a jar so you can draw a prompt to get started) and just everything about this book. It’s a deeply spiritual book to me, too.

Conway, Susannah: this i know

I discovered Susannah ‘s book, and yes, without her I might not be in the Blogging world yet, by the way, through a column she writes in the Magazine “The simple things”. The first few lines were so good that I did a little Research and found her book which I ordered like rrrrright away. It speaks to me, it really does. So beautifully composed in photo and text, so honest and soothing, so inspiring. well, I could “blame” her getting my new camera because her way of talking about photography sure had me appreciate taking photos even more.

Thich Nhat Hanh: Ich pflanze ein Lächeln (english title: peace is very step)

Well, what can I say? I sometimes see old people in parks or the local bus getting old prayer books out of their bags, opening them and having a solemn look about them while starting to read. This book has the same effect on me I guess, as the first one mentioned, Buddhistische Psychotherapie, has, too. I am more than happy to say that I had the Chance to listen to Thich Nhat Hanh giving a Dharma talk in Waldbröl and this day I will never Forget – that much I know.

Dear Readers:

This is a whole lot of text for a photography Project, I know…. I know (and I even forgot poor Hermann Hesse, but in short Terms, reading his Narcissus and Goldmund or Siddharta gets me all dizzy because of this intense, beautiful words he uses…). But blame Susannah. She put books on her prompt list. and books have even more letters, don’t they? I am quiet now and Show you the pics.

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There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn't want it any other way.

There are books in every room of my Appartement. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Thoughts on the book ‘Buddhistische Lebenskunst’ [~Buddhistic Art of Living] by Matthias Ennenbach

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This post is written with a good handful of enthusiasm, thankfulness and ..hopefully…also mindfulness. It’s about a book to which I have been looking forward for quite a while, which has made me curious and very certain that it will be as amazing as all the other publications by Matthias Ennenbach.

The new book was released at the end of May, so just a few weeks ago. It’s about applying buddhistic teachings for your inner liberation in everyday life, as the subtitle of the book says.

So now, what is meant by inner liberation?

What it is not:

-it’s not a denial of all material aspects in the modern world.

-it’s not about shaking off all emotions

-it’s not about letting go of everything, because, well, does it matter at all?

This book introduces the basic buddhistic teachings, such as the Four Noble Truths and manages to put them into the context of our modern, western, everyday life and the challenges arising out of this. The first part of the book explains, why people in our western society are able to ‘make profit’ of buddhism – for example by getting to know the origins of our thoughts. Knowing about our inner mechanisms, such as attaching (not accepting impermanence), resistance or ‘confusion’ you can start to observe your mind mindfully.

How does this work? Matthias Ennenbach explains how developing a stable Meditation practice will help to “examine” your mind and to become aware of your inner patterns much sooner. He says, very clearly, that it isn’t about liberating yourself of emotions but amidst your emotions. Quite unlike other publications which stop by explaining why meditation makes sense, the author stresses how important it is to apply the insights of your meditation practice to your social- and work-life.

The book offers a sort of reframing of the way you look at problems but also to the way you look at positive life events. Positive life events can turn into something painful and stressful as well, when you take them for granted, if you do not accept the impermanence of them or by wanting more and more and more of it. Problems in our lifes are often caused by the way we judge a situation. Or rather, by adding a judgement to everything we perceive, for example ‘The water is cold – it sucks I can’t go Swimming. How bad’ instead of just thinking “Today the water is cold’.

In ‘Buddhistische Lebenskunst’ you find a very effective, very harmonic and structured way to reflect on your personal inner patterns (which lead to behavioral Patterns and finally form your character. The good new is: a change of direction IS possible!).  How does it work? Matthias Ennenbach introduces exercises and questions to ask yourself throughout the book to invite you to a more mindful life. He also stresses that everything he says about Buddhism (just like the Buddha said to his students) can be experienced by trying. It is not about just blindly following a dogma, it’s about acting and experiencing.

Just like the other 5 books the author released so far, this one is a real gem, a treasure of sorts and you can tell how much professional experience and how much of a deeply felt philantrophy made this book come to life.

And just like the other books this one, I mean, my copy, is a young, yet a proud carrier of sticky-notes already – and very likely to be read repeated times!

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Neuerscheinung ans Herz gelegt: Ennenbach, Matthias. Buddhistische Lebenskunst. [Recommended Book Release: “Buddhistische Lebenskunst” ≈ buddhistic art of living by Matthias Ennenbach]

As this book was just released in Germany, I will write the following thoughts in German only.

IMG_1754 (566x800)Vor wenigen Tagen ist ein neues Buch des Autors (und buddhistischem Psychotherapeut, und Seminarleiter) Dr. Matthias Ennenbach erschienen, “Buddhistische Lebenskunst. Mit dem B-Prinzip zu innerer Befreiung”.   Nach den fünf grandiosen Vorgängerwerken von Matthias Ennenbach  kann ich nicht anders, als dieses Buch auch ans Herz zu legen…auch wenn ich erst die  ersten 70 Seiten gelesen habe.  70 Seiten genossen… und 4 Post-its gesetzt bei wunderbaren Passagen (diese werden in meinem “positive-input-Journal landen…)

Hier einen Ausschnitt aus dem Umschlagstext:

“Gerade in unserer hektischen Alltagswelt entdecken immer mehr Menschen den Buddhismus für sich. Denn der Buddhismus bietet ein in sich schlüssiges Konzept zur Selbstorientierung und -Verankerung und damit Halt und Hilfe auch in Krisensituationen. Matthias Ennenbach eröffnet einen neuen Zugang zur buddhistischen Lehre, der die alte Weisheit im modernen Leben anwendbar macht. Anschaulich führt Ennenbach vor Augen: Die Ursachen für die meisten unserer Probleme liegen in uns selbst – und genau hier können wir ansetzen, um unser Leiden aufzulösen und es künftig zu vermeiden. Dies wird mit der eigens vom Autor entwickelten Methode möglich: Lebensnah und praktisch vermittelt das ‘B-Prinzip’ konkrete Maßnahmen, um eine achtsame und bewusste Lebensführung zu kultivieren – zu unserem eigenen Wohl und zum Wohl unserer Mitmenschen”

Gut, dass ich noch genug Post-it’s habe, denn die werde ich brauchen. Da ich finde, dass ein solches Buch es selbstverständlich verdient  ganz gelesen zu werden, bevor es ausführlich besprochen wird…und weil eigentlich jetzt auch weiterlesen möchte… : )… schließe ich hier mit dem link für nähere Informationen und der von Herzen kommenden Empfehlung: tut euch etwas Gutes, lest dieses Buch…und (noch) andere des Autors, es ist Lebensqualität, sich damit zu beschäftigen !!

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365 days of meditation. Some thoughts on this.

IMG_1284 (341x512)    May I introduce to you:

   this is my dear zafu, which accompanies me for a while now. It’s already traveled to places with me, it has seen earliest  morning, deepest night, worries, gratitude, anger, luckily also peace, loving kindness, equanamity. happiness…   non-attachment, balance.

  In June, it will be at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbröl, at the Day of Mindfulness with    Thich Nhat Hanh.

I cannot really say when exactly was the first day ever to meditate in some way. I’ve been doing it the one or other 

   way for quite a while.

What I do know for sure is, that for the past 365 days there has been not a single day without Meditation, even if it

   was only for 20 breaths as the roads were full of snow and I had to get to work ….



If you come to think that my middle name is “discipline” then please listen closely: It’s so not!!

A person I know, who published wonderful books about Buddhism and Psychotherapy, Matthias Ennenbach, [he works in hospitals and Clients in a private practice applying his own new form of psychotherapy, built by long personal experience, with heart and love,  called “Buddhistische Psychotherapie BPT ®” (=buddhistic psychotherapy)], has found a way to introduce, explain and recommend meditation which was so motivating, so encouraging, so touching, so structured… that I asked myself what I did all the years before getting my zafu….? 🙂 When the Edition of his first book will be released in English, you’ll probably find me posting quotes here.

However: When he said “why not getting up half an hour earlier in the morning and by this spend time meditating?…, I did the maths and got the 05:00 a.m. result. Oh yes. 🙂IMG_1262 (800x534)

about 200 and more of the past 365 days I did just this:

getting up at about 5 a.m., lighting a candle, lighting some incense, sitting down, more or less making sure to know I am breathing in, more or less making sure I am aware of  breathing out, trying not to attach to thoughts, whatever crosses my mind, enjoying inner peace (which comes and goes ^^) …

Besides noticing how really packed work days or emotionally charged situations started to become clearly less stress-loaded (and add this up for a couple of months and find yourself no longer counting down the days til the next Weekend or vacation so badly anymore….!!)  the morning Meditation had another wonderful effect:



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before starting, the mornings were scheduled for the usual stuff: shower, breakfast, a Cup of coffee Maximum, everything, just everything more or less for the next Phase of the morning to come: going to work. It all had no meaning in itself.



One important reason why getting up early stopped being hard is that by taking time to slow down even before you go to work or do other things at the Weekend,  you give your Mornings such a calm, friendly, peacful, healthy&healing purpose.No, it’s not always that peaceful, bright and happy in my head all the time but it is possible to shift to healing thoughts when you become aware of what is going on in your mind. Again: nope, not wearing a purple-sparkle unicornshirt over here, what I am writing is from experience which I am happy to make.

For this reason: the next 365 days have just started!

Dear Reader, please share your thoughts on Meditation, your Habits and your happy places with me if you like.

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Tibethaus Frankfurt: Veranstaltung zur Buddhistischen Psychotherapie BPT

Dieses Seminar möchte ich gerne weiterempfehlen:
Dr. Matthias Ennenbach macht im Juni in Frankfurt ein Seminar zu (buddhistischen) Strategien gegen Burnout, dabei ist Burnout im weiteren Sinne, also nicht rein beruflich zu sehen … lest den link des Tibethauses bei Interesse.

Es kann einfach nur gut/interessant/spannend/abwechslungsreich/heilsam werden..!!

Schönen Abend euch allen

This is an Event recommendation for a Seminar about Buddhistic strategies against Burnout, taking place in Frankfurt, M.

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Recommended from the bottom of my heart

There are a couple of things which contributed to the way I am living my life now, for example getting up at a few minutes past 5 a.m. (not kidding) on weekdays to keep up with my morning sitting Meditation. No better way to start the day. oh. this rhymes. Makes it only more true to me.

The outstandingly amazing books by Matthias Ennenbach (Thanks so much, Matthias!!) are my very Inspiration for developing this discipline . I often pick up one of his books to read about the important things in life, e.g. when it comes to self-development (as I said: Meditation) as well as support for my job as a special education teacher for traumatized/autistic/hyperactive/anxious kids and youngsters and soon-to-be-art therapist in Training. All publications of Matthias Ennenbach, (one book is missing as it’s currently in a bag in my car and I was too lazy to get it ^^) made me have so much quality time reading them, moments of acceptence, insight and most of all the very clear motivation of “not-too-disciplined”-me to make Meditation an every day habit,. Actually, it became so precious that I took my dear zafu-cushion everywhere while travelling. Reading those books, you will, for example, learn about how very applyable the Four Noble Truths are for everyday life. That modern neuroscience is proving those ancient teachings about how different ways of thinking have different impacts on your wellbeing. And that you are, and this is the most precious part, SO ABLE to develop a peaceful, loving, noble mind, equanamity,… I could write tons about it. There are other books, lots of, to be honest, covering those topics, I know that. Thich Nhat Hanh published wonderful things, as well as Jack Kornfield. But no one writes  like Matthias Ennenbach when it comes to  presenting Buddhism as a very traditional, reflected ancient and wise psychology. He developed a new ….branch, called “Buddhistische Psychotherapie BPT” (C) which just starts with the most important: No distinction between (mentally) healthy or ill, quite on the contrary he sees every being as looking for well-being, sense in life, happiness. Some strategies people pursue are healing, some maybe less. But there is this indestructable noble core in each and every person as Buddhist teachings says and this is a very, very vital aspect of his psychotherapy. The psycho-educational parts of his books have been …ah, mind-blowing to me, you’ll learn why we all tend to painfully repeating experiences and how you can step out of it. And how much Meditation has to do with this (this will be a blog post of ist own, believe me)

All you not-german-Speakers, don’t you be sad, because the first of Matthias Ennenbach’s book (photo: left one on top), “Buddhistische Psychotherapie” is being translated in English as we speak. I will try and find out how many days you’ll have to count down until you can purchase your english Version of it.IMG_1573 (533x800)

A one-week-seminar called “Lust auf Farbe” by Max G. Bailly, an Artist from southern Germany, former college instructor at an institute for art therapy and Zen-Buddhist, last year in october kind of made me start to see mindfulness and artmaking from a very very personal and whole new perspective. Thank you for this Max as well as the amazing bunch of people meeting to go crazy using graphite pens, beewax crayons, gouache….and even meeting in the Studio after dinner at times, cherishing a good glass of Dornfelder 😉 and painting for about 8-10 hours at tops. Max taught us to move the brush according to the breathing, to listen to the sounds the crayons make, to make crazy dots while feeling your pulse with the other Hands, to draw with both Hands (and notice a cleary increased brain ativity, haha, my outcome was a certain giggly silliness ^^)

In fact, you often hear people say that if you are in line with things you love and you’re good at /pursuing with Passion, there will appear more things to help you on your way.
One absolute Inspiration was the artwork of Flora S. Bowley or more like, her way of teaching art, approaching intuitive painting and her mindful way of combining artmaking, yoga and Meditation practice, teaching, Publishing on her website

As you say,three is a lucky number, so I leave you here with 3 recommendations,  plus I am hungry plus the sun is finally showing up here…enough for now.  but more recommendations are too come sooner than you spell the word. : )

happy sunday for everyone.

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