Today I went to my bookcase to put a book back on the shelf. Before I knew it I was sitting on the floor, skimming over books I read years ago.
Two of these books were Richard Bach's Running From Safety, and my much beloved The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. What led me to select these two? Maybe it was a deeper part of myself wanting to be nourished.
We do need to take a break from the "how to" books. Turn to books that feature parables. I believe powerful stories and allegories go a long way to feeding our soul and stirring our imagination. They help to transport us out of our linear head to that creative, intuitive, and more expansive part of ourselves.
My favorite passage from The Little Prince are the following words from the fox to the little prince: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Running from Safety relates, in parable form, the journey to find oneself. I remember when I first read it how it felt light, magical, and wondrous, kinda like how I saw the world when I was a wee little one. At the end of the story, Richard's little Dickie tells him: What you knew before you were born isn't lost. You only hide it till you're tested, till it's time to remember. Sure enough, when you want, you'll find some odd funny beautiful way to find it again.
Run, don't walk to your kid's bookshelves, or your local bookstore. Get into a cozy chair, put your feet up, and allow yourself to be transported through space and time. When you come back, let me know what book has fed your soul.