My last read was Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air. This #1 New York Times Bestseller, which has been named one of the best books of 2016 by The Washington Post, The New York Times, and NPR, chronicles Paul’s attempt to answer the question, What makes a life worth living? At the age of thirty-six, Paul was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer- a diagnosis he received while on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of education and training as a neurosurgeon. Through his memoir, he transforms from a naïve medical student, into a neurosurgeon treating dying patients, and finally a patient and new father who is forced to see the future he imagined with his family fade away. Paul died in March 2015, while working on this book, but his words and the words of his wife, Lucy Kalanithi, who wrote the Epilogue, will remain in your heart long after you’ve read the last page, as you too reflect on what makes a life virtuous and meaningful.
My last read was the second edition of Judith Hanson Lasater’s Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life. The first edition of Living Your Yoga was originally published in 2000, with the second edition coming out 15 years later. However, from what I can tell, there is not much difference between the two versions other than an updated cover, new acknowledgements, and a new introduction. Living Your Yoga aims to make the practices of yoga- beyond asana (poses) and breathing techniques- accessible to all by indicating ways in which the reader can include them in their daily lives. She blends her personal experiences with wisdom from the Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita, to provide a practical guide for helping the reader find the spiritual in everyday life.
As I mentioned last month, my read for May was Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark’s, The Longevity Book. The Longevity Book is Diaz’s follow-up to her #1 New York Times bestseller, The Body Book, which also was written in collaboration with Bark. The idea for The Longevity Book came to Diaz prior to her 40th birthday, when journalists all seemed to be wondering whether she was fearful of turning forty. It was at that time that Diaz realized just how afraid we are to get older and sparked her desire to learn more about the aging process.
As I mentioned last month, my read for April was Jason Wachob’s, Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume. Wachob is the founder and CEO of mindbodygreen, and his first book, Wellth, is a blend of memoir and prescriptive advice that explains ways in which we all can truly live ‘wellthy’ lives. It is described as a guide that redefines successful living by encouraging a rich, meaningful existence, through a lifestyle dedicated to mental, physical, and emotional health.
For the month of March, I set out to read Donna Farhi’s Bringing Yoga to Life, which is described as an accessible guide to bringing the practices of yoga off of the mat and into everyday life. It is stated to be an expansion of the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the core text of the yoga tradition by illustrating the transformative practices of yoga in all aspects of life.