Though training is a huge passion I pride myself in developing the mind as well. These are some of the books I’ve read, that are easily integrated into a modern lifestyle.
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior is an amazingly profound book, that’s really easy to read and will change the way you look at strength and life in general.
Body Mind Mastery: Creating Success in Sport and Life. Supposedly Phil Jackson asked all of his players during the double threepeat with the Chicago Bulls to read this book. It’s about integrating the body and mind to increase athletic performance.
Exuberant Animal: This is another potentially life-altering book. Frank Forencich describes an approach to life, health and fitness that origines from exuberant play. The book is made up of small essays that fit into a great context. For that reason it works great as a book you can read a chapter in here and there, as opposed to a “read cover to cover in a week” type of books.
The Tao of Pooh (The Wisdom of Pooh): It’s a very easily read introduction to taoism, with a little bit of Winnie the Pooh thrown in. In some parts I found the Pooh-thing a bit trivial, but in the end, I think the book works pretty well overall. If nothing else, it made me curious enough to buy the real deal – the Tao Te Ching.