“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.”
― Angela Carter
I found this quote this afternoon and it explained something to me.
As I’ve continued my morning readings, there are a couple of books I’m re-reading. Some of these books it’s the third or fourth time I’ve read them. I must confess–some mornings it’s still like I’ve never read them–ever.
Angela Carter and Sara Ban Breathnach helped me understand.
“Today I want you to become aware that you already possess all he inner wisdom, strength, and creativity needed to make your dreams come true. This is hard for most of us to realize because the source of this unlimited personal power if buried so deeply beneath the bills, the car pool, the deadlines, the business trip, and the dirty laundry that we have difficulty accessing it in our daily lives. ” ~Sara Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance
Today I do have the time and I’ve acquired more life experiences which help add depth and understanding to my reading.
Some of my favorite readings come from: 365 Tao Daily Meditations, by Deng Ming-Dao.
This little book has been a wonderful addition to my library. Dang Ming-Dao puts Taoism into words I can understand and apply to my daily life.
Something unexpected and quite magical has happened with this book.
Yesterday I began to notice faint lines under all the sentences. If the light fell across the page just right, I could see how someone used a pencil as a way to focus on every word.
This has become a very tangible message to me–I am not alone.
Someone else–another seeker–has been on this path.
Such simple things–these delicate wavering lines that encourage, comfort, and soothe my soul.
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
― Mortimer J. Adler