Yesterday I got a little letterbox droppage with two books. The first is Siddhartha by Herman Hess, on the recommendation of my wife who read it long before we met, and thought I’d like it.
The second is the Bhagavad Gita. I did have a go at reading this before, but the copy I had had been given to me by the Hare Kirishnas, and between the passages, was the original Sanskrit, and then an explanation of the meaning of the passage, which while I appreciated being given the book, made it a bit of an effort to read – skip the Sanskrit as I can’t read it, read the passage, then read the explanation before reading the next passage.
I wanted to read a straightforward translation and see what I got out of it, not what someone else said I should get.
So with that in mind, and after reading reviews of different translations, I went for one by Eknath Easwaren.
I’m looking forward to reading these.
Last night I was at karate for the first time since new Year. It was good to be back. Pat, who runs the club, had me take some white, and red belts for kata. This was good, as it got me back into training, and I got some more experience of teaching, which I’ll have to do more of if I get my black belt this year.
Today I’m going to do the gym at lunchtime to work on my core. Combined with the diet I’m currently on, I’ve lost 2 1/2 inches from round my stomach in 3 weeks. When I get home tonight I’ll do some yoga as well.
I’ve picked up a book on Kundalini awakening. I have been doing mindfulness meditation, but had heard Kundalini was a good practice, so I’m going to have a read and see how it goes.
So last week I hit a landmark. The 29th anniversary of my 21st birthday ! I think I was waiting for the sky to fall in, my back to give out, my joints to seize up, and my hair to fall out, when in reality, I just got another day older.
My birthday coincided with winning a new skateboard. I haven’t been on a board in years, but earlier this year I bought a longboard, and now I’ve got another new board thanks to the facebook group SCUK (Skateboard Collecting UK). I might have to get older, but I don’t have to grow up.
Still going yoga on my own at least 3 times a week. I try to do it every weekday and give myself the weekend off, but I listen to my body, and if it doesn’t feel right that morning, then I give it a miss and don’t beat myself up about it. Sometimes I miss out because one of the cats wants to play and I end up getting a later train to work and don’t have time for a yoga session.
I just finished reading the Russell Brand book Revolution. I know he’s a bit marmite, and you either love or hate him – I like him – but regardless, the message is important, and it’s too important a message to get tied up in knots about whether you like the messenger or not. Political change for the benefit of all, and he’s looking at it from a spiritual pov. It’s definitely worth checking out. Unfortunately I don’t think either of us will live long enough to see anything close to the kind of change he advocates.
I’m managing to keep up the cycling to work followed by a half hour of yoga before starting, and I’m feeling all the better for it.
Last night there should have been karate too, but I’ve done something to my foot, and it’s a bit painful to walk on, so karate was out. Made up for it by watching 3 episodes of the X Files back to back.
I’ve finished reading the Bhagavad Gita, and I’m currently reading Revolution by Russell Brand. I know he’s a bit marmite, but personally I like him, and I’m enjoying the book. I’ve got a book on Kundulini meditation that’s next up on the “to read” list. Slowly getting through the book pile.
I’ve decided that clear-out wise, the Tolkien special edition hardbacks of The Silmarillion/The Hobbit/LoTR should be the ones to go, as they take up way more shelf space than the paperbacks, and lets be honest, I’ll never read them, they were bought as collectables, to look nice on the bookshelf. I’ve got them all in paperback, and LoTR on the kindle as well. Also, the paperbacks of LoTR are slipcased, and I’ve had them since I was a kid, so they have sentimental value, a bit like the original three books in Asimov’s Foundation series that I’ve also got in a slipcase. Had them since I was about 13, and even though I cleared out all my other Asimov books a couple of years back, I couldn’t part with this set.
The t-shirt collection is also due a major purge as well. It’s just stupidly big at the moment.
So I’ve been multi-tasking on the reading front (a book at home, a book on the commute, a book in work, a book by the bed etc etc etc, the result of which is I’ve managed to finish a few books all within a couple of days of each other.
So here’s the tally:-
The Tao of the Dude by Oliver Benjamin
The Lanterne Rouge (the story of the last man in the Tour de France) by Max Leonard
The Eighth Court by Mike Shevedon
Porno by Irvine Welsh
So that’s cleared up a bit of a backlog and allowed me to start on Pulp by Charles Bukowski
Next up is either going to be Dance With Dragons Pt2 or some Neil Gaiman.
I love books. There’s one place I love as much as record shops, and that’s book shops. I especially love second hand book/record shops, as rather than going in with a purchase in mind, you go in to browse, and never know what gems you might find.
Today I got a copy of Burmese Days by George Orwell for the princely sum of £2.00. That’s a result.
Tags: books, second hand