The Reading Room

The Reading Room is a collection of books that I would like to share with you.

Each of these enhanced my knowledge and understandings of the A.R.T. of living holistically through the matrix of my identity, in different ways.

The sections below will guide you through the main categories of my explorations and discoveries.

A. R. T.
= Acceptance + Reflections + Transformation

In the A.R.T. Project: reviews relating to acceptance, reflection and transformation


the identity matrix: reviews relating to body, mind, heart, soul and spirit

all of your energies
and the full essence
of your Being


tools of discovery and empowerment: reviews relating to joy & compassion, creativity, mindfulness, philosophy, symbols & images

symbols and images are powerful sources of information

I feature books, articles and blog posts that I hope will open the doors to soul-ful exploration and discovery. Reading encourages me to explore deeper awareness and understanding, finding balance and connection in life and thinking.

It is my hope that you find the books interesting and supportive for your holistic journey. Please let me know if there are different books I should read as well and review here for the other readers to consider.

The Reading Room is a continually evolving source of reading resources as tools for personal discovery and growth. Please click the title-link for the related reading review and more information.

The Reading Room


The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris


A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson


The Tibetan Book of the Dead 

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead by Timothy Leary et al.

the body

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Berkeley Wellness Newsletter

Running Newsletter

Running: A Love Story

the mind


After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

the heart

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön

the soul

The Soul of Rumi by Coleman Barks

The Seat of the Soul

A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson

Red Hot and Holy


Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.

Leaving My Father’s House: A Journey to Conscious Femininity by Marion Woodman

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine, Ph.D.

Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin

Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore

Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self 


Welcome Home: Following Your Soul’s Journey Home 

the spirit

Circe by Madeline Miller

A Map to Otherworld by Rebekah E. Gamble

A Shamanic Kundalini Awakening by Brendan Ring who also reviewed Map to Otherworld

the book of disquiet by fernando pessoa

joy and compassion

The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell

Provence, 1970 with M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, by Luke Barr

creativity and art

Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Van Gogh in Auvers: His Last Days by Wouter van der Veen

Jackson Pollock by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith


… and my reviews are here.


The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

symbols, images and totems

The Ancient Celts by Barry Cunliffe

Namaste, LeahJ

~ sharing the A.R.T. of the healing journey in the matrix of bodymindheartsoul and spirit

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P.S. The A. R. T. of Living the Matrix book and eBooks are in the works. Please stay tuned!

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