"FILL YOUR HEAD WITH MEANINGFUL CONTENT"

A BOOK CLUB THAT FOCUSES ON ADDING VALUE & ENHANCING YOUR EVERYDAY PRACTICES

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"LOVING WHAT IS"

BYRON KATIE

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In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed, and over a ten-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now in Loving What Is you can discover the same freedom through The Work.

The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, “It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is.

DEVYN'S NOTES: This is one of the most profound and impactful books that I have ever read. Byron Katie has taken everything that I know about the world and turned it on it's head. My thoughts are different, my emotional baggage is lighter and I have felt more enlightened than ever. 

"LIFESPAN"

DAVID A. SINCLAIR 

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In this groundbreaking book, Dr. David Sinclair, leading world authority on genetics and longevity, reveals a bold new theory for why we age. As he writes: “Aging is a disease, and that disease is treatable.”

This eye-opening and provocative work takes us to the frontlines of research that is pushing the boundaries on our perceived scientific limitations, revealing incredible breakthroughs—many from Dr. David Sinclair’s own lab at Harvard—that demonstrate how we can slow down, or even reverse, aging. The key is activating newly discovered vitality genes, the descendants of an ancient genetic survival circuit that is both the cause of aging and the key to reversing it. Recent experiments in genetic reprogramming suggest that in the near future we may not just be able to feel younger, but actually become younger.

DEVYN'S NOTES:  If there has ever been a fountain of youth, David Sinclair has discovered it, studied it & is now telling us all where to find it and how to reap the benefits of it. I discovered this book after watching a show in which women were actually able to change their metabolic/internal age by what they ate. I was hooked; of course I know it's great to eat your leafy greens and get enough antioxidants, but can you really turn back your biological clock? Turns out, you can. 

"DARE TO LEAD"

BRENE BROWN

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Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start.

DEVYN'S NOTES: I love Brene Brown and recently rediscovered this book when I needed a simple reminder: do it afraid and stop listening to the critic. This is a must read for anyone who needs to remember their power. Brown guides us through a courageous conversation that ultimately results in harnessing our abilities to do the hard things. 
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