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Spiritual Books - Sometimes, we forget that patients are more than their bodies. The following are some of the best philosophical and spiritual books about mind, body and soul I have read:

 

Spectrum of Consciousness Ken Wilber: Spectrum of Consciousness 
Whether or not one agrees with his ideas, the book represents a truly different view of mind and consciousness. Ken Wilber was a Biochemistry major when he wrote this book and received instant fame.

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How to know God Deepak Chopra: How to know God
A fresh look at a difficult subject. A map of Spirit and a map of your own deepest Self. Dr. Chopra was elected by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 icons of the Century.

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Science of Religion Yogananda: The Science of Religion
The author was a great Yogi who lived and taught in the West for over 30 years. The example of his life and work have not only turned many people god-ward, but has also shown them the way to self-realization.

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Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching
One of the Chinese classics most widely known by Westerners, the Tao Te Ching is a series of insightful comments on life and nature - part poetry, part paradox, always forceful and profound.

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Chuang Tzu Way of Chuang Tsu (by Thomas Merton)
This is beautiful - insights more than teachings, startlingly transparent nuggets of wisdom in short episodes with colorful characters in a beautiful translation. Superb poetry and philosophy!

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The Essential Rumi The Essential Rumi
If you haven't discovered this 13th century mystical persian poet, you are in for a treat!

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I Ching Workbook I Ching Workbook
The ancient chinese oracle, often amazingly accurate. Even if you don't believe in oracles, the I Ching contains a treasure of psychological insights. It's more than a book: a living interactive experience.

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How to think like Leonardo da Vinci How to think like Leonardo da Vinci
Gelb sets out seven Da Vincinian Principles and illustrates each with examples from da Vinci's life and work. He encourages the reader to assess oneself with regard to each of the principles and then presents an abundance of exercises to develop one's awareness of the principle and skill at using it.

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The Artist's Way Julia Cameron: The Artist's Way
If you are in doubt and you need just that little bit of encouragement, if you know deep down inside that there is an artist in you, that feels neglected or that you haven't yet discovered, take the plunge and start a wonderful journey!

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When Things Fall Apart Pema Chödrön: When Things Fall Apart
How can we go on living "when things fall apart" - when we are overcome by pain, fear, and anxiety? Pema Chödrön's answer to that question contains some spectacularly good news...

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Plato, Not Prozac Lou Marinoff: Plato, Not Prozac!
There was a time when philosophy meant something to ordinary people and philosophers' ideas were put to good use. A unique movement called Philosophical Counseling has emerged to return philosophy to its classical roots by combining wisdom and practice to help people solve their most common problems...

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