From the Daily Stoic:
This is why we cannot be content to simply pick up a book once and judge it by that experience. It’s why we have to read and re-read. It’s why we must linger on a number of master thinkers, as Seneca said. Because the world is constantly changing, we are changing, and therefore what we get out of those books can change. It’s not enough to read the Stoics once, you have to read them at every age, every era of your life. So too for Shakespeare and other great pieces of literature.
I have been reading and re-reading during the Pandemic.
One book that stood up upon re-read was Meditation in Plain English. It was richer, more thoughtful than I remembered. I first read this book in 2011 as I was moving from the world of BigLaw to Entrepreneurship (although I didn’t know it was called this). The fear of failure was intense. As I was walking through the streets of Washington, D.C. listening to a Merlin Mann podcast, I listened to him riff on meditation and recommend MiPE. And so I gave it a try.
Now I am back, doing my daily insight meditation.