Saturday, December 31, 2011

january online book club choice

i've passed this book multiple times while waiting to be seated at kramer's in dupont circle. the cover evokes tranquility and beckons me every time i see it. a few copies sit atop a table by the host stand and i always pick it up, tell myself i don't need another book, and put it down. this has happened for at least two years. until now.

over the hollydaze i purchased it on my kindle and look forward to diving into the power of kindness: the unexpected benefits of leading a compassionate life by piero ferrucci. the author is a transpersonal psychologist which is my theory of interest and the foreward is by the dalai lama. um, hello! it seemed like a great fit for the launch of a new year and a fresh slate. here's a write up from daily om and ode magazine, along with an interview that you may enjoy.

a reminder, to partake in tranquility du jour's online book club, simply click the book cover image on the far right of the blog during the month the book is chosen. would love to hear your thoughts on the book's chosen! merci beaucoup to those of you who penned your thoughts on december's choice, start something that matters

please join me in striving to lead a compassionate life this year. bisous. x

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elizabeth.speck said...

I thought this book was a very nice way to begin the year. I'm also doing the Tranquil Space 21-day challenge and thought the book was a nice addition and provided ways to think about taking yoga into my life.

One of my favorite quotes is from the Dalai Lama: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." That said, I don't think about kindness nearly often enough. I liked the author's non-religious approach to the kindness discussion, and I particularly enjoyed the chapters on forgiveness, gratitude, joy and serive. With forgiveness, the idea that you mist forgive yourself and other in order to be kind, and I was also interested in his idea of "disinterested service" which is to say service that doesn't involve self-interest.

As a loner, I had trouble accepting all of his statements involving the importance of being connected to others -- but maybe there are degrees to which we all can do that.

Thanks for the great book recommendation!

kimberly wilson said...

elizabeth, thank you so much for your feedback and response to this book choice. so happy to hear you've enjoyed it and i love the quote you used by the dalai lama - so apropos! agree, as an introvert it was hard to relate with the focus on connections the same way another person may. however, i am thoroughly enjoying the text and find him to be such a knowledgeable author who exudes compassion. x