i’ve always wanted to start one of two book clubs: self-help or young adult fiction. i am hopelessly addicted to self-help books and think the conversation would be fantastic, and i adore ya fiction and love the idea of talking about favorite ya books with people who love them too.
in this moment, i feel inspired to start a self-help book club here on my blog.
the first selection will be the untethered soul by michael singer.
if you like self-help, yoga, mindfulness, or working on your stuff, you might enjoy the untethered soul.
the author does an amazing job of conveying concepts that often seem esoteric and inaccessible with clarity and simplicity. his writing is also very lyrical.
i should probably warn you that i love love love this book. i bought it solely because i saw an advertisement for it in yoga journal and thought the cover was beautiful. and then i read it and fell in love.
if i have to pick a favorite book, which i pretty much can’t, this is one of the top contenders.
the plan: i’ll be here in two weeks (sept 3) to discuss the first part, chapters 1-4.
wondering what it’s like? here is a favorite analogy.
imagine that you have a thorn in your arm. when the thorn is touched, it’s painful. to solve the problem, you can either pull the thorn, or you can make sure that nothing touches it. if you choose the latter option, it becomes your life’s work to keep things from touching the thorn. you might succeed, and think the thorn is not affecting you, but in truth, your entire life is ruled by that thorn; it affects everything.
now realize that the thorn can be so many things: a fear of loneliness, a fear of rejection, a fear of being misunderstood.
for myself, one of my thorns is a fear of rejection. i think i’ve worked on it, but when i read this, it is so clear to me how i am focused on keeping things from touching my thorn. as practice, i ran errands today in my pajamas, even though i have been lazy about showering and would normally wait until i was freshly showered, because i was thinking about all the ways i try to present myself as acceptable in order to avoid rejection and i wanted to see what might come up. it was fascinating. i felt more open and vulnerable and honest and i had some of the best conversations i’ve had in a while.
if you want to read or discuss the untethered soul, i do hope you’ll join me.
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