READING IS THERAPEUTIC & LIFE-CHANGING
Books have always been there for me. When I was younger I would write about them and collect them. Now I read them and buy them if they spark joy.
But throughout my hunt of finding what to read next, often times I feel like the book I’m supposed to read always finds me when I need to read it.
For me, reading is therapeutic.
I’m always searching for answers and seeking growth. So much so that sometimes it’s hard for me to actually enjoy reading a book simply for entertainment. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it.
For a long time, we had to read books to learn something. To look for answers to questions on a test. Maybe that programmed me to seek for things but it took a long time for me to learn how to read without control.
My favorite way to do this is to go to a library or a Half Price Books and walk around without a mission. I know, that sounds dangerous.
I walk around the isles and a touch the spines. I pick up a few books that call out to me and read the back.
I go home and read them. If you’re afraid you don’t have the time, simply make an effort to read for 15 minutes before work or 15 minutes before bed. The best therapeutic reading time is when you’re focused on the page in front of you.
When you’re reading, take time to ask yourself what you might be looking for. Sometimes the book will surprise you and open up something you didn’t plan on healing. This is why it’s therapy.
Upon the connection, let the tears out. Laugh if you must. Write something down.
Remember that you don’t have to finish the book right away but also don’t let it linger. It’s trying to tell you something.
Take some time after you finish reading. Reflect and pause. What is the book trying to tell you? If it’s not speaking to you, grab another book. Take another stroll.
The book you’re meant to read will find you. Sometimes it will even call to you, even the one that’s been on your shelf for years.