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Reads That Are Good For Your Mental Health

Reads That Are Good For Your Mental Health My rating: 5 out of 5

It always seems like a good book is hard to find when you need it most… so below are two recommended reads.

Buddhist Boot Camp

By Timber Hawkeye

Given to me by a friends on a similar journey this book is now my handbook. Open any page on any given day and read for just a few minutes for non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world. Timber Hawkeye is a real person who once upon a time was also on a journey, in this book he shares his experiences without preaching.  I guess the beauty of this book is that it is easy to read, easy to understand, the chapters are small and you can read them in absolutely any order and it’s all highly relatable.

You don’t need to be a buddhist to find the teachings motivational, it’s all about training your mind and boot camp is the ideal method for those of us who are time poor or with limited attention spans 

As the Dalai Lama says, “Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.”

Buddhism isn’t just about meditating, it’s about being present in the world and rolling up your sleeves to help.

Where to buy: Amazon from around $10

A Bit Mental 

By Jimi Hunt

It feels almost a little pointless writing about this book, when you can view it’s website for all you need to know. Nevertheless I’ll give you a quick low down…

…  “Jimi’s Lesson #1: you’re only as good as the stories you can tell”, he’s not asking you to tell great fictions tales of wonder but that you need to get out and do more interesting things “the result of doing more interesting stuff is that you have more interesting stories to tell”.

Jimi Hunt as man who has spent a lot of time doing crazy things for his own entertainment definitely has some interesting and insightful stories to tell, but what nobody knew is  that he’d had been silently battling with depression.  Depression was eating him alive from the inside, affecting so many aspects of his life including destroying his marriage.

For me, this book means just that little bit more than others I’ve read because Jimi is also a New Zealander. Like any good kiwi Jimi is also the master of the ingenious idea – Like traveling the entire length of the Waikato River (over 400km) on an inflatable Lilo mattress.

Where to buy: Amazon for $23

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