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I am always busy learning and exploring new ideas, books, podcasts, movies and music.  I have a passion for learning new things.  On this page, I want to share with you all my latest favorites!  My hope is that you will enjoy these as much as I do. 

 

What I Am Reading...

Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain
by Jane Brody, New York Times, September 11, 2017  

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It is amazing to see the emerging research on the healing power of our minds and the incredible potential of working with our mind-body connection. This article explores how we no longer need to  turn to surgery, prescription medication or other more invasive medical interventions to reduce pain, and instead, we can turn to alternative approaches, like meditation to relieve pain.  Such exciting discoveries and potential for relief for so many who suffer!

 

Why Buddhism Is True
by Robert Wright

I was introduced to Robert Wright through a course he taught on Coursera (which is another thing I love - see What I Am Learning below), in which we explored psychology, evolutionary biology and secular Buddhist principles. It’s got all the things I love - neuroscience, mindfulness, psychology, Buddhist philosophy and much more!  A fascinating read for anyone else interested in those topics!  It also provides a powerful argument for having a personal meditation practice.

The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family
by Rich Roll and wife Julie Piatt

As some of you know, two of my three children are vegan and I am almost there myself!  So, we were thrilled to find this amazing book full of delicious (I promise they are), plant-based recipes that are pretty simple to prepare!  We LOVE the vegan Mac & Cheese, the Veggie Burgers and so many other wonderful recipes that leave us feeling full and healthy!  If you ever want to give a plant-based diet a try, this is an amazing and beautiful guide.

 

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Communication
by Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg was one of my first meditation teachers and I love all of her books. Real Love is another beautiful and easy-to-read book about how we can meet the world with love, instead of self-criticism, anger, judgment and fear. This book is not about romantic love, but about how to cultivate and live in love.  Beautiful! 

 

What I Am Learning . . .

Check out Coursera, an online university with an incredible list of courses from top professors and universities. There are endless courses on virtually any topic, and many are free! This summer I took a Princeton University course taught by Robert Wright on Buddhism and Modern Psychology, which was outstanding.  

 

 

What I Am Listening To . . .

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Sam Harris's Waking Up Podcast - Many of you know that I am slightly obsessed with Sam Harris.  I discovered Sam’s work many years ago when reading his book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion.  Sam is the author of five New York Times bestsellers and he delves deeply into a wide range of topics, but generally focuses on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world can change our sense of how we should live. He has a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.  I find his scientific approach and in-depth discussions with leading experts in a variety of fields ranging from politics to neuroscience, to the environment, to quantum physics (and much more), always engaging and interesting!  Oh, and he is also a meditator and coming out with his own meditation app soon!

 

The Avett Brothers - OK, I know I am late to the game, but my new favorite playlist includes some excellent tunes from the Avett Brothers. (Thanks Claudia & Ari!) I love this soulful folk rock band!  A few of my favorites . . . Ain’t No Man and Live and Die