“pick up books and read them”
That is the message I am getting: read! Find out exactly what you want to learn, get the book, and read it.
I have spent the last three or four years in a long, luxurious break from books, getting most of my information about the world from living in it: from I move around, engage in conversations, observe and work in the garden, take hands-on bodywork classes, sit in meditation, etcetera. It has been a wonderful break for my academic mind, and even as I was in it I knew that the time for study would come again.
My excuse for a long time was that it was wasteful to spend money on specific books I wanted to read when there were so many books around me: I could go to the library, borrow them from a friend, or even pick them up from the sidewalk in front of people’s homes. Now the desire to get exactly what I’m looking for in knowledge and information presented as well as writing style has led me to exactly what I want to read. Inspiration!
just finished Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
reading Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
next: Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore