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KOSO series - 52 books in a year, February

Hey you all, and thank you so much for reading about what I’m reading! It’s still something unbelievable to me that I might inspire even one of you to read one of my 2021 books!


If you missed my last post about my goal of reading 52 books in a year - read it HERE!


February already showed me that this challenge will get tough on me sometimes, but I will keep it going for as long as I possibly can! Reading is such a freeing hobby!

A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle Sometimes it is still hard for me to write a short summary but I will give you what internet gave me: “ A New Earth outlines a crazy and destructive place we call home, but not without showing us that we can all save it together by looking into our minds and detaching ourselves from our ego, so we can practice acceptance and enjoyment.” I wouldn’t explain it better. It certainly helped me with switching to a different perspective and realize things I never could before. Tolle doesn’t force anything on the reader, he gives a different point of view.


Quotes:

~ Emotion in itself is not unhappiness. Only emotion plus an unhappy story is unhappiness.

~ What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.

~ Ego-identification with things creates attachment to things, obsession with things, which in turn creates our consumer society and economic structure where the only measure of progress is always more.


INTERESTING: 9/10

EASY TO READ: 7/10

SELF- DEVELOPMENT: 10/10

EXTRA: very futuristic, guides us to our roots, eye-opening



Awakening the third eye – Samuel Sagan

This one was more of a guide of how to connect with yourself on a deeper level. Many described practices to get out the most of your spiritual ‘powers’. I am a true believer, but totally understand when some of you are not. Also 300 pages about different meditation poses, you just can’t practice them all in a week.. haha! I will definitely get back to it later.


Quotes:


~ Nothing is going to make us free because only the present moment can make us free. The realization is the awakening.

~ To reach the visiting of Truth, one of the secrets is to become less interested in what you see and to focus more on the process of seeing, letting your state of consciousness expand through seeing.

~ In order to become able to see auras and spiritual beings, it is necessary to switch off this mental mode of vision. Instead of looking at any of the details of the image, become aware of the fact of seeing.


INTERESTING: 6/10

EASY TO READ: 5/10

SPIRITUAL- DEVELOPMENT: 8/10

EXTRA: it’s more of a guide to third eye opening in a form of different meditation practices.



Najważniejszy wrzesień świata – Marek Rabij (eng. The most important September of the World)


I hate not knowing, so when I learn something big it usually comes with a peace of mind and relief. Racism is a difficult topic but what I’ve learned from this polish reporter took this on a different level. First of off were in the XXI century. Then one day you realize that mass people killing is still considered ‘normal’ in some developing countries eg. Burma – located in south-west Asia. Rabij talks about the time he spent there, talking to different inhabitants of Burma. To people who belong to the minority called Rohing. In September 2017 another wave of government repression against those people took shape of a carefully planned and cold-bloded ethnic cleansing. Nearly million of Rohing people were murdered.


EDUCATING: 10/10

EASY TO READ: 6/10, polish only

IMPORTANT TOPIC: 10/10



The New Gods – Emil Cioran


Definitely one of the most difficult books I’ve read so far, “ The New Gods explores humanity’s attachment to gods, death, fear, and infirmity, in essays that vary widely in form and approach. In “Paleontology” Cioran describes a visit to a museum, finding the relatively pedestrian destination rife with decay, death, and human weakness. In another chapter, Cioran explores suicide in shorter, impressionistic bursts, while “The Demiurge” is a shambolic exploration of man’s relationship with good, evil, and God. “

I’m not that big of a philosopher but it definitely has a very controversial content.


Quotes:


~ Nothing flatters and sustains us so much as being able to put the source of our indignity as far away from us as possible.

~ To all appearances, man had given himself gods out of a need to be protected, guaranteed – in reality, out of the greed to suffer.

~ When you have understood that nothing IS, that things do not even deserve the status of appearances, you no longer need to be saved, you are saved, and miserable forever.


EDUCATING: 3/10

EASY TO READ: 2/10

IMPORTANT TOPIC: 4/10

EXTRA: philosophical, controversial, could be interpreted as pessimistic.

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