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What resources inspire you to lead a healthy, happy life as an activist?

In the spirit of the new discussion group I started, Listen To Your Own Pulse: Tools for Balance and Self-care, I have a question: what resources inspire you to lead a healthy, happy life?

Books are one of my main sources of inspiration. I love The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I think it's the best book on meditation.

Also, here's another recommendation:

The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way

Hillary Rettig

The Lifelong Activist guides progressive activists toward a balanced life. A truly substantive self-help book, its questions lead activists toward self-examination. Rettig advises mission, time, fear, and relationship management strategies for avoiding burnout. She smartly walks the line between idealism and realism. Short chapters cut to the chase and fit a busy schedule. Readers learn valuable tips on selling and marketing a cause. Most importantly she acknowledges that activists cannot sacrifice their wellbeing to their cause. They must take care of themselves, as they are the most precious resource we have for a transformed world.

— Review by Julie Fiandt


LindsayHowells's picture

Thank you for the suggestions!

I love Eckhart Tolle. Have you read his new book A New Earth? I'm not even through it yet but it's amazing. I am curious to check out this other book you mentioned as well. I often times feel like I lose my purpose before I even get started. There are so many problems in the world, I get very overwhelmed and struggle with depression and feeling very immobilized by the choices and the number of people and causes that are important and need help.


Rae's picture


A book that has been a wonderful resource to me is Jennifer Louden's The Woman's Comfort Book. It offers creative ways to comfort yourself. Included is a chart which cross references comforting ideas with areas of your life that might need attending. Not only does she give you ideas you can do your self but also provides additional references. It is a must have for my library.

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