I’m a believer in the transformative power of reading. We can learn so much from books and the knowledge they contain. Got a problem that can’t be solved? Read about it. Chances are someone else has gone through something similar and shared their experience in the written form.
My reading choices for this summer are centered around wellness and living life to the fullest. You might also notice a common theme of simplifying due to my growing interest in minimalism.
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Without further ado, here are the five books I’m reading this summer!
The Buddha Walks Into A Bar caught my eye with it’s similarly entertaining title. It offers spiritual advice for the modern man and woman. Learning to apply mindfulness and still getting to enjoy a glass of wine? Sounds like a good program to me.
Jason Wachob is the founder of MindBodyGreen, a health and wellness website where I was featured for my piece How Yoga Made Me Respect The Hell Out Of My Body.
In this memoir packed with advice, he gives a different perspective on what defines a successful life. Rather than focusing only on the accumulation of material things and wealth, a new definition is offered to give purpose and direction to one’s life. This is “Wellth”: living with joy, health, and a depth that can’t be bought.
Joshua Becker is the man behind Becoming Minimalist. He and his wife and four children take a minimalist approach to life. They’re a normal family – minus the stuff!
Becker lays out the argument for why owning less can lead to more happiness and fulfillment. He offers detailed outlines and practical advice on how to apply the principles of minimalism in your own life. Basically, you get the why to and the how to all in one book.
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love which is likely why Big Magic has already received a ton of press. In this book, she delves into her own creative process to help teach others how to live a life filled with meaning and creativity. Inspiration, power, and wonder can all be found inside these pages.
Bea Johnson writes about her family’s zero-waste lifestyle on her blog: Zero Waste Home. They produce almost no trash at all, and the waste they do create for the year fits into a mason jar. Bea’s book lays out how to apply the principles of zero-waste to your own life by applying the 5 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rot. Plus, living this way can save a ton of money on household expenses. Win, win.
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What’s on your summer reading list?