I have not done very much reading in the past couple months. Before the drama of the evacuation I had two or three books started. The books I usually read are about trauma, the helping profession, human behaviour and self care.
Thanks to Françoise Mathieu of WHP (Workshops for the Helping Profession) in Kingston, I found Dr. Gabor Maté and his books. I also had the privilege of seeing him do a presentation at the Compassion Fatigue Conference in Kingston in June and he sat at our table at lunch.
When I started reading his books, I was so inspired by his message and his perspective, I sent him an email. He wrote me a personal message saying thank you and recommending other books for me. This personal attention to sharing the message of compassion for others and ourselves is so inspiring, I just want to share with everyone what others have shared with me.
The following are my favourite books by Dr. Maté. I have read them both twice.
Scattered Minds - information and a new (to me) perspective about Attention Deficit Disorder
When the Body Says No - a new (to me) perspective about the link between our personal history and our current health