Reading is Healing, travelling, knowing ourselves and much more…

Books that help us make sense of ourselves, our world, and our place in it.

Reading is Healing, travelling, knowing ourselves and much more…
- illustration by: BABA SHAKEEL - Copyright ©: Readout

Reading book undoubtedly has the ability to change our lives. Words we read help us make sense of the world around us, talking about books we read is one of the best ways of communicating our perspectives, our thoughts, ideas. When we read, we self-reflect, which makes us learn about our fears and fantasies. It all just doesn’t end here, when we read, we get transformed into the world of that book, we travel without having to move our feet. We feel for the characters in the books we read, and live their lives sometimes. At other times, we relate to the stories so much, we feel like someone just penned down our own story.

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.
~ J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

We read books for reassurances to at times, the words on the paper become alive with meaning and ingrained forever in our memory. There are passages in books at times, that can be life changing for us, leading to spiritual and experiences. Reading helps us heal, travel and know ourselves!

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet
Whose hands can strike with such abandon
That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living
Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness
That the haughty neck is happy to bow
And the proud back is glad to bend
Out of such chaos, of such contradiction
We learn that we are neither devils nor divines
- from "A Brave and Startling Truth" by Maya Angelou

We as humans crave for companionship, and what can be a better companion than a good book, it is like having a dialogue with the book, it helps our thought process and without even knowing, we start applying our learning in our life and believe us, it really helps.

We read to know we're not alone.
~ William Nicholson, Shadowlands

What we read, stays with us. We think about what we read and it makes us feel so good, (also the smell of paper and ink).

Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it.

We read for various reasons; to learn, for pleasure, in our leisure time, but reading is also therapeutic and for self-help as well. There are blocks dedicated in book stores for self-help, articulating one’s opinions. Book therapy and self-help books help us untangle our mind when matters of our own life get too complicated. The art of healing through literature and emotional learning that helps us come to terms with our real life situation and troubled mind because at the end of the day we are all humans.

While fiction takes us out of ourselves to places of the author’s imagination and beyond. While reading is a matter of subjectivity, we get inclined towards knowing the characters and their life experiences.

We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind.
~ Anna Quindlen

This way, we commit to the journey of the character, which in fact reflects our commitment to the book, leading at many a times, to the journey of knowing our ourselves.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
~ Dr. Seuss

Story-telling and talking about books further leads to healthy conversations with others, encouraging positivity oriented conversations and the confidence of building and articulating our thoughts.

Stories help us in our solitude, offering solace, literature shows us a way which we may not see otherwise, that is what they mean when they say ‘a good book listens, and a good book talks to us as well’.

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries
~ Rene Descartes

Books give us hope. That there can always be another chapter, another part in the series, and as long as life goes on, we must read and continue to live and learn, evolve and talk about books!

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one
~ George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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