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August: Meditation 2019 Book Club // Meditation for the Love of it by Sally Kempton

Our book club book is Meditation for the Love of it by Sally Kempton which we will be reading this month and will share about in the call and also through the group chat on what’s app. 

 

If you can get from an independent bookshop, then of course do, but if not here is the amazon link for the book

 

There is no audio book of this but if you are not a big reader or a slow reader – you can find her talking on lots of podcasts and online (including The Future Is Beautiful)

 

Feel free to share any thoughts, inspirations, aha moments, feedback on this book in the discussion and on the chat group.

And as ever, don’t worry if you didn’t read the whole book – trust you got what you need. 

 

Why I chose this book:

Sally is my meditation teacher and I have sat with her many times and explored many aspects of meditation and tantra – as well as completed a meditation teacher training with her. I feel this book offers a great detailed overview into meditation. She explains clearly (she was a new york journalist before she was a swami) and she has a commitment to living in the world – and this comes through with her choices and the way she offers meditation. Part of my love for this book is that it offers a gateway into meditation as a practice of love (rather than as something dry). It challenges (gently) many of the pre-conceptions we may have about meditation from popular culture. It opens up the gift of meditation, in a practical, soulful and deep way. I can’t wait to hear how it is for you…. 

September 2019 Book Club // Love Letter to the Earth by Thich Nhat Hanh

Our book club book is Love Letter to the Earth by Thich Nhat Hanh which we will be reading this month and will share about in the call and also through the group chat on what’s app. This post is also open for discussion to you can add thoughts and favourite passages here. 

 

If you can get from an independent bookshop, then of course do, but if not here is the amazon link for the book

This is a small book is size but incredibly rich in what it offers. 

 

There is no audio book of this but if you are not a big reader or a slow reader – you can find him talking here about loving the earth and later this month on my podcast – we have Brother Phap Linh of Plum Village (his monastery) sharing about this book and many other aspects of both his and Thich Nhat Hanh’s experiences.  (The Future Is Beautiful)

Feel free to share any thoughts, inspirations, aha moments, feedback on this book in the discussion and on the chat group.

And as ever, don’t worry if you didn’t read the whole book – trust you got what you need. 

 

Why I chose this book:

This month our themes is about ritual for wellbeing – or daily practice/ sadhana. I am really interested in how we do these practices not just in dedication to ourselves and so we can have a good day or feel less stressed – but how these can be rituals which honour our relationship to all of life and the earth. This book is quite practical as well as incredibly poetic and it offers us a form of sacred activism in this time. I feel bringing this awareness whilst cultivating our own daily rituals opens us further to grace. I love this notion of falling in love with the earth, of honouring our food and connection to all of life.

October 2019 Book Club // Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

Our book club book is Active Hope by Joanna Macy which we will be reading this month and will share about in the call and also through the group chat on what’s app. This post is also open for discussion to you can add thoughts and favourite passages here. 

If you can get from an independent bookshop, then of course do, but if not here is the amazon link for the book

 

This book is available as an audiobook for those that prefer this. 

Joanna’s work has been mentioned by a few guests on The Future Is Beautiful podcast, and there is a small chance I will meet her and interview her later this month! 

 

Feel free to share any thoughts, inspirations, aha moments, feedback on this book in the discussion and on the chat group.

And as ever, don’t worry if you didn’t read the whole book – trust you got what you need. 

 

Why I chose this book:

“Joanna Macy is an elder of this movement and has been working with this issue of eco-grief for many years. Her work is the cornerstone of what is out there and it contains systems theory and the buddhist teachings – and it links hope with intention and reminds us of the choices that we have. It offers a clear pathway to work through our feelings and emotions in order to be of service.” 

November 2019 Book Club // The Future Is Beautiful by Think Act Vote

We were going to have no book this month for our integration but this one is a lovely one to dip into for inspiration. 

 

Our book club book is The Future Is Beautiful which we will be reading this month and will share about in the call and also through the group chat on what’s app. This post is also open for discussion to you can add thoughts and favourite passages here. 

This book is available as:

a hard back edition

a paperback edition 

an ebook (which is available for download here as a gift to you

 

You can also get the gift visualisation here, and the other gift workbook if you need more to do – Creating The Future

Feel free to share any thoughts, inspirations, aha moments, feedback on this book in the discussion and on the chat group.

And as ever, don’t worry if you didn’t read the whole book – trust you got what you need. 

 

Why I chose this book:

“This is the book that I edited from where The Future Is Beautiful journey started in 2010. The first book was released as The Future We Choose in 2012, and then as The Future Is Beautiful in 2016. It’s a moving an inspiring compendium of over 200 different visions of the future and how we can create it. But what I love about it the most is that it is an invitation to you to vision the future you choose and inspire us to create it with you.” 

December 2019 Book Club // Choose from Resources in Living with the Cycles of Life

I recommend a few different books here – depending on what you need based on the cycle you are going to spend the most time exploring. See  Living with the Cycles of Life. 

January 2020 Book Club//The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein