On Line Book Club

We had another book club meeting last Wed. night at  Blossum on Carmine St.  It was probably the best meal we have had so far.  We have been sticking with vegetarian restaurants which have been okay but Blossum was really good!

We discussed the book  Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron.  We all agreed it was a great book and a book you could keep coming back to because the topics were very intense.  Pema Chodron talks about embracing rather than denying painful aspects of our lives.  This was a totally new concept for me.  I had heard of Tonglen meditation but I guess I was never ready for it.  I have started using Tonglen Meditation more and really like it.  After reading this book I feel that I have a new tool to use.

Our next book is Everyday Blessings by Jon Kabot-Zinn.    Since I started my journey with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction I have always wanted to read this book.  As my daughters get older I see that parenting gets more intricate and complicated.  I also feel that teenagers are like cats, which sort of sounds simplistic but was a revelation for me.  They want you when they want you and when they don’t,  they don’t and you are just bugging them.  When they do want to talk to you, be there, because the opportunity will be gone.  Being more mindful is always the overall goal. I am really looking forward to reading this book.



Posted in Uncategorized at May 15th, 2014. Comments Off on On Line Book Club.

On Line Book club

One of my patients recently asked me to start a book club. I have always wanted to. Here and there I have joined them and for one reason or another they have not worked out. This week I will be attempting again. Thank you!

As it turns out it is really hard to get a bunch of people together in the same room at the same time. I sent out the email with the date and within five seconds I got an email from my daughter’s school about college night. It was the same night as the first book club meeting so I already had to change the date. (For those who don’t know me I have identical twin daughters who are seniors in two different high schools and one daughter who is a junior in college). Thankfully, since I already went through this process once it’s a bit easier this time even though it is double.  Yet, I still felt that I needed to go to that meeting because every year is different let alone every school.

Anyway, the first meeting is this week for the book club! I decided to post the books we will be reading in case anyone wants to join on line! The first book is The Power of  Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. It was written in the 60’s but I think it is really a blue print for other books in that genre that came later.  Many people I have read, reference this book and give a lot of credit to it for helping them get where they wanted to go.

I read this book in the 1980’s some time and I am re-reading it. It is so interesting to revisit it in my 50’s. I see the shift in my priorities but the essence of the ideas hold up as well as ever. While it’s almost like reading a different book there are many ideas that I really incorporated into my life. My favorite being about viewing from the end.

I hope the readers of this blog will read the book and post about their experiences.  Reading in this genre has always been appealing to chiropractors.  Since we emphasize that stress can be emotional as well as chemical and physical it is important to feed your mind positive information.

As my husband (not a chiropractor) always says, “If you lift yourself up, you can see a bigger picture.” I like that quote. It works literally and metaphorically.


Posted in Book Club, Uncategorized at September 24th, 2013. Comments Off on On Line Book club.

Book Club continued….

A while ago in another blog post I wrote about starting a book club and how hard it was for us to pick a night, a book, a place and all show up.  So far we have had 3 meetings.  It has been terrific!  We have met for dinner in different restaurants. (If you are reading this and want to know restaurants too, just ask!)

The first book we read was The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. (Which I mentioned in my first post.)

The second book was Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Michael Hecht .  Doubt was a little tough to read.  I am halfway through and while I totally find the subject fascinating it is like reading a text book.  I will finish it!

Now we are reading Pema Chodron’s Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

We have decided after reading Doubt that we will stick with the theme of Mindfulness,  Buddhism and read in the general self-improvement genre. After seeing Robert Thurman speak one time I heard him say, “Daily I am making myself what I am.”  I think its important to read daily motivating and inspiring words that ground, motivate and center you.  That is the original reason I wanted to have this book club in the first place.

I also was invited to join another book club, so now I have two!  This second one is completely different.  We meet in a friend’s living room and everyone brings something healthy(ish?) to eat.  When I joined they were reading and meeting to talk about Goldfinch by  Donna Tartt.  I did start it a couple of days before the meeting.  My first meeting one of the women gave out the next book The Flamethrowers  by Rachel Kushner, because she works for the publisher.  I decided to get started on that so I would be finished for the next meeting. I was and most others had not.  It is a very loose, nice atmosphere where no one cares whether or not you’ve finished the book. The discussions are interesting and fun.  I love that no one takes it too seriously.

For the next meeting they decided to read The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert which I had already read on my own.  So now I can catch up with Goldfinch!


Posted in Book Club at April 2nd, 2014. Comments Off on Book Club continued…..