Reading has become a much-required nècessitè during our stay home orders. I reached out to a few of my friends from around the world to find out what they were reading or have read during this fragile time to keep them entertained, engaged, and inspired.
Ahead find a few of their favorites to add to your personal reading list.
Unleashing Your Infinite Potential Meta-Human by Deepak Chopra
New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. How does one do this? By becoming metahuman. To be a metahuman, however, isn’t science fiction and is certainly not about being a superhero. To be meta-human means to move past the limitation constructed by the mind and enter a new state of awareness where we have deliberate and concrete access to peak experiences that can transform people’s lives from the inside out.
The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
In this expanded paperback edition of his New York Times bestseller, longevity expert Dan Buettner draws on his research from extraordinarily long-lived communities—Blue Zones—around the globe to highlight the lifestyle, diet, outlook, and stress-coping practices that will add years to your life and life to your years.
Long healthy life is no accident. It begins with good genes, but it also depends on good habits. If you adopt the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are you may live up to a decade longer. So what’s the formula for success? National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has lead teams of researchers across the globe to uncover the secrets of Blue Zones—geographic regions where high percentages of centenarians are enjoying remarkably long, full lives.
You Are What You Did by Daniel Im
In You Are What You Do, author and pastor Daniel Im consider these seven lies and the context that causes them to flourish. Through personable stories, research, and pastoral insight, Daniel will show you how to recognize these every day lies in your life so that you can discover the truth on the other side. The truth leads to freedom. The truth that moves you from surviving to thriving. The truth that will unlock a life of purpose, adventure, meaning, and destiny.
Significant Others by Thames & Hudson
Focusing on artist and writer couples who have shared both sexual and creative bonds, 13 of today’s leading critics and historians challenge and redefine conventional assumptions about creativity in this series of highly original essays. Among those examined are Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, and Anais Nin and Henry Miller.
We Are The Weather–Saving Our Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way.
Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didn’t believe in the science of global warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response?
The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves―with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat―and don’t eat―for breakfast.
Magellan by Stefan Zweig
The Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480–1521) is one of the most famous navigators in history – he was the first man to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and led the first voyage to circumnavigate the globe, although he was killed en route in a battle in the Philippines. In this biography, Zweig brings to life the Age of Discovery by telling the tale of one of the era’s most daring adventurers. In typically flowing and elegant prose he takes us on a fascinating journey of discovery ourselves.
Boundless by Ben Greenfield
In a perfect world, you would be able to have it all: complete optimization of mind, body, and spirit.
In Boundless, the New York Times bestselling author of Beyond Training and health and fitness leader Ben Greenfield offers the first-of-its-kind blueprint for total human optimization. Boundless guides you every step of the way to becoming an expert in what makes your brain tick, your bodywork, and your spirit happy.
You can flip open the book to any chapter and discover research-proven, trench-tested techniques to build muscle, burn fat, live longer, have mind-blowing sex, raise robust children, and much, much more!
How Not To Die by Michael Greger
In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America–heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more–and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases, freeing us to live healthier lives.
The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The fifteen leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn’t have to be the case. By following Dr. Greger’s advice, all of it backed up by strong scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer.
The Dalai Lama’s Book of Wisdom
The Dalai Lama provides simple advice on the importance of compassion and forgiveness.
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