Finished a small summer project, to get through all of @tombutlerbowdon’s Tom Butler-Bowdon‘s “literature of possibility.” Lots of chaff mixed with so much golden wheat, oddly arranged according to the alphabet rather than chronology or theme. In the spirituality book, for instance, Ram Dass is sandwiched between Chuang Tzu and Epictetus. Not that Richie Alpert didn’t have his moments. And I really don’t think Rick Warren and James Redfield belong in the same galaxy, let alone the same book, as William James and Somerset Maugham and Mohandas Ghandi.

But that’s TB-B’s genius, his ability to glean light from the least expected corners. He’s a great digester/condenser of volumes both slight and sturdy. I learned a lot from these selections and “nutshell” synopses. I’d never have picked up his success, “self-help, or prosperity “classics” at all, but for the quality and insight of his philosophy, the last which was my first. [Walk in the sunshine]

So, arriving at psychology classic #50, I collect my reward from Robert Thayer’s Origin of Everyday Moods: “Exercise, the data shows, is the best mood regulator. A brisk walk of 5-15 minutes when we are feeling tired paradoxically restores our spirits and can energize us for up to two hours.” Right! And 60 minutes will set you up for the day. Park the Prius and hit the pavement. [Walk your path]

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Why though, in light of this crucial observation, does he keep repeating the refrain that “moods are more important than daily activities” when in fact they’re inseparable?

Anyhow, read TB-B’s classics. Chaff’s worth sorting, there’s plenty of nourishment here.

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