My Morning (Book) Jacket
November 25, 2017 8:58 AM   Subscribe

I need an alternative to waking up and immediately scrolling through the news on my phone to see what terrible things happened while I was asleep. So I'm looking for suggestions for books (Kindle is a bonus) that offer daily inspirational readings that make me feel good, instead of bad, when I get out of bed.

Over the past year or so I've developed the terrible habit of immersing myself in the mess of the world right when I wake up. So I've been trying instead to reach not for my phone but for some kind of reading--short, thought-provoking, inspirational but not religious or cheesy--to start the day. I've tried a few things but haven't been able to really stick with them (Poem of the Day via e-mail, Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates, The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday, The Daily Henry James, Tolstoy's Calendar of Wisdom). I love the format of just a paragraph or two, set up by the actual date. Other desires but not necessities: seasonally appropriate, not specifically religious (though Buddhism is an interest), available on Kindle, and maybe even geared towards writing as an art/craft or the natural world. It doesn't even have to be a book; I'd be interested in any daily e-mails, apps, or subscription services that might serve the same purpose. My psyche and overall sense of well being would be very grateful for suggestions!
posted by fiery.hogue to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
me n you, both. i began looking at the Buddhist Thought for the Day.

you can also open any pema chodron or thich nhat hanh to about any page and read a paragraph or so. my fave is pema's 'when things fall apart'.

i also google "cats in guitar cases" pretty regularly.

posted by j_curiouser at 9:13 AM on November 25, 2017 [3 favorites]

Zen teacher Cheri Huber's book Transform Your Life: A Year of Awareness Practice includes 365 daily quotes with prompts for meditation, contemplation, and journaling.
posted by Lexica at 10:12 AM on November 25, 2017 [1 favorite]

This may be perfect: A Dream Too Wild: Emerson Meditations for Every Day of the Year
posted by Lucy_32 at 10:48 AM on November 25, 2017

Astronomy Picture of the Day
posted by sexyrobot at 12:12 PM on November 25, 2017

I use Tumblr. If you set up a Tumblr account and follow only delightful weird accounts, you'll get a mix of happy quirky joy every morning,
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 12:40 PM on November 25, 2017 [1 favorite]

Slightly off-kilter: I bought a real alarm clock without a radio on it and started leaving my phone in the living room before bed. The rule is that I have to have made coffee and showered and stuff before I can check any of my notifications, and in the time that takes I’ve had enough time to think about what I want to do that day that it’s easier to just start doing those things instead of reading the news.
posted by Phire at 7:34 PM on November 25, 2017 [3 favorites]

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