summer reading

How Do We Find Our True North?

At SteinerBooks, we have the same questions as many publishing houses. How many books have we sold? What was the cost of producing that book? How do we sell more books? But we have another, more important question to answer as we choose what books to publish and share.

How do we stay open towards new ideas that meet us in our mission of sharing Steiner's intentions with the world? We must, as Steiner indicated, 'stay alert to the possibility of learning something new...We must continually develop the ability to listen because it enables us to encounter matters with the greatest possible openness.'

We have a worthy goal that requires that we try to bring ideas into the culture that can help it heal, grow, and evolve. Each of us must consider our work to be of the highest importance, not self-importance, but the honor to share ideas with our fellow humans that will bring them through what Steiner called the six essential exercises.

This week, I asked the question ‘does Steiner talk about finding your true north’ to my friend Christopher Bamford. He answered, in his transformation of the Eightfold Path. "True North" perhaps invoking “right action."

"Right interest, right understanding, calls forth from the soul the right moral action" Rudolf Steiner, Spiritual Foundations of Morality.

In Start Now: A book of Soul and Spiritual Exercises by Rudolf Steiner we learn that to find our way to our true north, or right moral action, we must develop a series of qualities. We begin by training our thoughts, exercising control over our actions, and finding our way back to equilibrium and develop steadiness to avoid the swings of emotions that can take us over in modern life.

"To preach morality is easy, to establish morality is difficult." Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860

Steiner thought of these six qualities as essential elements in a healthy meditative practice, and I consider them to be crucial to those of us who have taken up the task of sharing the contemporary ideas of authors and teachers working out of Anthroposophy.

This week I celebrate my mother, Connie. I am grateful to be the daughter of a remarkable woman, grandmother, and great grandmother. I celebrate the gift of motherhood I received more than ten years ago. I am forever changed by these two amazing souls that came to me, call me mom, and made me whole.

Motherhood is a remarkable privilege and gift.

Blessings to all mothers who read the Sunday Letter. You are the heartbeat of the lives of so many, near and far. Take time to celebrate yourself today.

It is time to choose books for those stolen moments of connecting with ourselves in the pages of a book on the summer days that lie ahead. Please enjoy a 25% discount + free shipping on any of our books with the code: READ19 through May 31, 2019.

Summer Reading for Children

Can We Train the Imagination?

Last week, I had the pleasure of sharing time with our team in New York and our partner Floris Books. As we sat around a table and shared ideas about our work, I shared how our work is more than about selling books.

A collection of beautiful children’s book enlivened the space between us as if to remind us all that imagination can be nurtured and trained. Much of our society has lost its way in educating children. It has removed the vibrant energy of diving into the work of great authors and allowing those words and imagery to sink deep down into the consciousness of our children. It has replaced that process of planting the seeds of imagination that will someday grow into innovation and leadership, with a method based on fact training and mental problem-solving.

But what can we do to bring back the richness of an education that values and promotes the training of the imagination? We can fill our children’s shelves with well-crafted books that speak to their creativity through imagery through words.

We can share those books as a family, no matter the age of your children and allow them to slip into a world where they need no particular skill only an open mind and heart. Without imagination we cannot perceive, construct, and birth what is needed in the future. We need to take moments every day to train our imaginations, and there is no better prescription than that of a well-crafted book.

This week, we are sharing books for all ages to train our imaginations and stock our bookshelves for the lazy days of summer ahead.