Sharing what moves you with others connects us to one another in community as curious, creative, inventive, and kind human beings. Here’s where I share the reads, podcasts, the videos, and other goodies that have moved me to ponder and act in amazingly new and authentic ways.
When a book, podcast or video moves me, you’ll find it here. This is an eclectic, ever-changing list. Never boring. Always curious.
The Oxygen Advantage by Patrick McKeown
Who knew? I thought I knew how to breathe. But, always wondered why, ever since childhood, I have often felt breathless. The answer is how I am breathing. This book explains the science and gives practical healing exercises to improve breathing. Always breathe through your nose. Forget the deep breaths. Embrace the slow and gentle ones.
Check out Patrick talking about his work on Dr Chatterjee’s podcast, Feel Better Live More, one of my favorites. Listen here.
The Joy of Movement by Kelly McGonigal, PhD
Years ago at Stanford I took Kelly McGonigal’s course, The Science of Compassion, then followed that by her Science of Willpower course. Let’s just say both were eye openers. The Science of Compassion came at a time when I was at a crossroads. It started me full speed down the mindfulness path. I lost touch with Kelly until she popped up on one of my favorite podcasts, The Rich Roll Podcast. Listen here.
The podcast moved me to read her latest book, The Joy of Movement. I couldn’t put it down. I jumped for joy. It woke me up to just how much I love working out, moving, and dancing with others. How moving lifts my spirits, gives me energy, connects me, and brings a smile to my face.
Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg, PhD
BJ Fogg says that ‘small changes change everything.” In this book he shows you how to make these tiny changes that indeed can change your life. As a meditation teacher one of the challenges I face is how to help my students stick with the practice. I’ve found answers in this book; and I’ve already started to share them with my students. Thank you BJ.
In Praise of Walking by Shane O’Mara
Shane O’Mara is a brain scientist and his book is totally readable. I laughed out loud at his description of the upright and walking human being from the brain’s perspective, “As far as your brain is concerned your body hangs down from your head, … like your head is a ‘castle in the air’, with scaffolding reaching down to the ground.” (p.64). He takes on social walking, creative walking, and how walkable cities positively effect productivity when compared to car-bound ones. Listen to Shane O’Mara in conversation with Rangan Chatterjee here.
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”