Here is a short list of books I have found particularly useful in my quest so far, in order of their appearance in my life. When the student is ready the teacher appears.
Brown, Edward Espe. Tassajara Cooking, A Vegetarian Cookbook. Boston: Shambhala, 1986.
Nachmanovitch, Stephen. Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art. New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1990.
Bayles, David and Ted Orland. Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. Santa Cruz, CA & Eugene, OR: Image Continuum, 2001.
Boldt, Laurence G. Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design. New York: Penguin Putnam, 1991.
Rizzetto, Diane Eshin. Waking Up To What You Do: A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion. Boston & London: Shambala, 2006.
Tolle, Eckhart. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. London: Plume, 2005.
Chapadjiev, Sabrina. Live through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction. New York : Seven Stories Press, 2008.
Lesser, Elizabeth. Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow. New York, Villard Books, 2004.
Boorstein, Sylvia. Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat. New York, Harper One, 1996.
Larkin, Geri. Plant Seed, Pull Weed: Nurturing the Garden of your Life. New York, Harper Collins, 2008.
Bolen, Jean Shinoda. Close to the Bone: Life Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey. San Franscisco, Red Wheel/Weiser, 2007.
Salzberg, Sharon. Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. Massachusetts, Shambhala, 1995.
Epstein, Mark. Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness. New York, Broadway Books, 1998.
Goldberg, Natalie. Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life. New York, Bantam Books, 1990.