Interview and two book reviews

Posted on April 28, 2009
Filed Under book review, interview, Taylor Ellwood | 2 Comments

I was interviewed by Steve O of the Occult Broadcasting network in November. He just sent me the interview yesterday, so here it is!

Review of Toward a Psychology of Awakening by John Welwood

I found this book to be very insightful about the blend of Eastern Mysticism with Western Psychology. At times, it seemed liked every page offered a new insight or perspective that not only helped me understand this blend, but also helped me make sense of myself. This was a fairly dense read. I definitely needed to take breaks and process what I read, as well as meditate on it, but it proved really useful for helping me navigate through some interpersonal issues, as as proving useful for examining how identity is approached by Eastern mysticism and Western Psychology. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and would in fact suggest that anyone using meditation to work through personal issues should read this book, as it could prove helpful for navigating through some of those issues.

5 out of 5

Review of Finding Flow by Mihayli Czikszentmihayli

If you’ve read his first book on Flow, this book isn’t going to offer anything substantially different from the first one. It’s a rehash of what he already wrote, albeit a more concisely written rehash. What I don’t see is anything substantially new or different. It’s a good book to read if you want to familiarize yourself with the concept of Flow, but if you have already read his previous works, save yourself your money and time on this one.

2 out of 5

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