THE MIRACLE OF MINDFULLNESS, by Thich Nhat Hanh

We will be meeting only once in June on the 8th at the home of Brian Ling – 440 Carriage Lane to discuss this book.  

In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness–being awake and fully aware.

From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

RISING STRONG by Brene’ Brown

Here is an introduction to the book we will be reading for May.  All are invited to join us even if you have not read the book.

We will be meeting this month on May 11th and 25th at the home of Linda Palmason, 3022 Westridge Blvd.

Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.

It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process, Brown writes, that teaches us the most about who we are.

The Self Illusion – by Bruce Hood

Wonderful. Illuminating. Full of insight, beauty and-humor.” -David Eagleman, author of Incognito and Sum

This month’s gatherings will be hosted by Helen Griffin on April 13th and 27th at 2pm at 1370 Armstrong Dr.

TheSelf Illusion is about the science of self-the truth behind the illusion that we all share, that we exist as individuals inside our bodies and are in control of our own thoughts and behaviours. Recent developments in neuroscience tell us that we consist of a multitude of unconscious mechanisms interpreting the world, yet we are largely under the influence of those around us. We are not the individuals we think we are. The truth-that our self is a narrative our brain creates-may startle those of us who fervently believe that we are in full control of who we are and what we do.

Bruce Hood, a world-renowned expert on the brain, reaches deep into our evolutionary past to find out what makes us tick. He reveals fascinating original research about child development and ultimately takes us inside our own heads to explain how and why we act the way we do, even in the new frontier of Twitter and Facebook.The Self Illusionis a highly accessible, often entertaining and ultimately provocative book about the nature of you, yourself and I

 

When Breath Becomes Air.  By Paul Kalanithi

All are invited to join us at our March book club meetings, which will be on the 9th and 23rd at 2 pm at the home of Joan Higginson, 86 Auburn St. This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic...

February Book Club: A Beautiful Question by Frank Wilczek

This is the non-fiction book club selection for February, We will be meeting at the home of Gillian Trowbridge, 24 Cricket Place., February 9th and 23rd.  All are welcome to join in these thoughtful discussions. Artists as well as scientists throughout human history...

DECEMBER BOOK SELECTION: SAPIENS – BY YUVAL HARARI

Note the December 22nd meeting will be held at the home of Gord & Helen Drew, 408-1742 Ravenwood Drive. This is the book selection for the December meetings of the non-fiction bookclub being held at the home of Gillie Trowbridge, 24 Cricket Place, Peterborough on...

October 2016: THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC, by Daniel J. Levitin

This is the book selection for the October meetings of the non-fiction bookclub being held at the home of Helen Griffin, 1370 Armstrong Drive on the 13th and 27th at 2.00pm All are welcome to attend and enjoy the discussion of this fascinating book. Think of a song...

JUNE 2016: Thoreau’s “Walden”

The book Club will be meeting only once in June, on the 16th at the home of Brian Ling, 440 Carriage lane, at 2pm. Nature was a form of religion for naturalist, essayist, and early environmentalist Henry David Thoreau (1817–62). In communing with the natural world, he...

APRIL 2016: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING BY NAOMI KLEIN

The non-fiction book club will be meeting in April at the home of Isobel Knowles, 1690 Cherryhill Road, on the 14th and 28th at 2pm.  Our book at that  time will be This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. “This is the new environmentalism . . . and it has a powerful...

March 2016: The Impossible Will Take a Little While, by Paul Rogat Loeb

Our book this month is “The Impossible Will Take a Little While” by Paul Rogat Loeb. What keeps us going when times get tough? How have the leaders and unsung heroes of world-changing political movements persevered in the face of cynicism, fear, and seemingly overwhelming odds?