Second Book Wrap up & Our Current Book

We made it through “If the Buddha dated” and based on our book discussion, this was not our most highly regarded book. Still we had a lively discussion around it. Here are some the quotes we spent some time discussing:

  • “Releasing guilt requires that we connect with our underlying resentment and anger.”
  • “… to be genuinely equal, both people need to know they can support themselves financially so they know they have the option to leave the relationship.”
  • “It destroys the house to unearth the treasure, and with that treasure builds it better than before. “
  • “We sometimes tell ourselves the story that because life was easy before we me a lover, our anxiety and agitation is the fault of our new partner… While life may have been easier before, it may help to remember that the possibilities for spiritual growth speed up immensely when we become vulnerable and engaged with someone.”

Our current book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Here is an excerpt from an article on the author and book from the New York Times.

“In “The Help,” Kathryn Stockett’s button-pushing, soon to be wildly popular novel about black domestic servants working in white Southern households in the early 1960s, one woman works especially tirelessly. She labors long into the night. She is exhausted. Her eyes are stinging, her fingers bloody and sore.

Is she ironing pleats? Scrubbing toilets? Polishing silver for an all-important meeting of the local bridge club? No way. She is Miss Skeeter Phelan, a white woman. And the white women of “The Help” don’t do those demeaning jobs. They don’t do much of anything else either.

But brave, tenacious Skeeter is different. So she is slaving away on a book that will blow the lid off the suffering endured by black maids in Jackson, Miss. Skeeter’s going to call the place “Niceville,” but she won’t make it sound nice. All of Jackson’s post-sorority girls from Ole Miss will be up in arms if Skeeter’s tell-all book sees the light of day…”

Follow this link for the complete article called Racial Insults and Quiet Bravery in 1960s Mississippi

 

 

First Book Wrap up & Our Current Book

Congratulations for we have finished our first  book  as a book club! Eat, Pray, Love gave way to good discussion topics as we all shared a special quote from the book. Here are of some of the quotes we shared in our discussions:

· “A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.”

· “To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. […] Too seri­ous, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile.”

· “To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.”

Now who is ready to take a long vacation?

Our current book is If the Buddha Dated by Charlotte Kasl

Here is the editorial review from Kindle Books:

“In this practical, playful, yet spiritual guide, Charlotte Kasl, author of the highly successful Finding Joy: 101 Ways to Free Your Spirit and Dance with Life, shows you what it would be like to have the ancient wisdom of the Buddha to guide you through the dating process.

Kasl brings a compassionate understanding to the anxiety and uneasiness of new love, and helps readers discover their potential for vibrant human connection based on awareness, kindness, and honesty. She approaches the dating process as a means for awakening, reminding us that when we live by spiritual rules, we bring curiosity and a light heart to the romantic journey.

Filled with quotations from Zen, Sufi, and other wisdom traditions, and informed by the experiences of people from all walks of life, here is a relationship book that will appeal to readers” looking for more than a Venus-meets-Mars solution to the complex affairs of the heart.

“Editorial Review
In this practical, playful, yet spiritual guide, Charlotte Kasl, author of the highly successful Finding Joy: 101 Ways to Free Your Spirit and Dance with Life, shows you what it would be like to have the ancient wisdom of the Buddha to guide you through the dating process.

Kasl brings a compassionate understanding to the anxiety and uneasiness of new love, and helps readers discover their potential for vibrant human connection based on awareness, kindness, and honesty. She approaches the dating process as a means for awakening, reminding us that when we live by spiritual rules, we bring curiosity and a light heart to the romantic journey.

Filled with quotations from Zen, Sufi, and other wisdom traditions, and informed by the experiences of people from all walks of life, here is a relationship book that will appeal to readers looking for more than a Venus-meets-Mars solution to the complex affairs of the heart.