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From Anne Watson, Lead Photographer and Head of Nourish Team

Title of book: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

What got them interested in the book: One of my all-time favorite authors and fellow Yogi, Michael Singer, has mentioned this book several times in his own works. I was intrigued by how much this book influenced him in his early days of spiritual growth & meditation, so I wanted to check it out!

Where they're at in the book: About 3/4 of the way through

Who would like this book (what kind of person): Those who are exploring their own spiritual path, particularly those who want to learn more about the personal life, experiences, and journey of a great, enlightened Yoga master.

Biggest takeaway so far: There are so many takeaways from this book I've learned so far, it's hard to summarize in a couple of sentences! But, I suppose in a broad stroke, I'd say that the biggest takeaway is that there is so much more to life / this world (and our earthly experiences) than what meets the eye, and the deepest satisfaction & joy in life comes from seeking peace, harmony & love within.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛💛 (and would give it 6 if I could! A definite eye-opener & life-changer for me spiritually)

From Matt Listiak, Director of Media

Title of book: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

What got them interested in the book: I've been seeing a lot more news lately about clinical trials using psilocybin and MDMA, so this is one of several books I'm reading to give me a better background into these therapies and the historical use of psychedelics.

Where they're at in the book: I just finished it!

Who would like this book (what kind of person): I think that someone who has heard of psychedelics, but doesn't know the long history and science behind their use would love this book.

Biggest takeaway so far: My biggest takeaway is how successful the research has been in using these drugs in treating depression, anxiety, and fear of death. I was aware of some of the research, but Pollan gives a deep history of the good and bad, while referencing historical use going back thousands of years. His balanced approach and detailed descriptions of his first-hand experiences with the medicines all lead to the conclusion that there is plenty of positive benefits to be found in psychedelics.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄

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From Lexi Hall, RDN, our Lead Dietitian

Title of book: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

What got them interested: I’m in a BookClub and the person who chose the book wanted a deeper understanding of the experiences of a Syrian refugee. It provides this in heartbreaking detail, starting with the vicious loss of their child, their livelihood (the bees), and every material item, to the horrible vulnerability of their life on the road struggling to retain a will to live and hang on to the pieces of their shattered psyche. It was powerful.

Where they're at in the book: just finished

Who would like this book: Those who need the ability to give grace to refugees, would benefit from reading it. It’s hard to say who would “like” it.

Biggest takeaway so far: It’s amazing to witness the smallest shred of hope that enables people to keep going after unspeakable intentional trauma experienced at the hand of another human being. It makes you cynical and hopeful for humanity, all at the same time.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛

🤍
🤍
🤍
🤍


From Jordan Nishkian, our Managing Editor

Title of book: No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz, PhD

What got them interested in the book: Justin Wilford gave me the recommendation, and I wanted to learn more about Internal Family Systems.

Where they're at in the book: I'm only a quarter of the way in right now, and loving it so far!

Who would like this book (what kind of person): I think this book is great for anyone who is curious to learn about what makes them tick. Extracting value out of this read is going to require a curiosity and a willingness to sit, learn about, and accept yourself and all the parts that make you uniquely you.

Biggest takeaway so far: I really like how Dr. Schwartz offers exercises throughout the book so you can directly apply what you've learned into the exploration of your parts. I've already met one of my parts, and it was a lot easier to talk and show compassion to it than I thought—but there's still a lot more work to be done there.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛💛


Megan Belden, our Social Media Manager

Title of book: Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion

What got them interested in the book: I've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately and wanted to mix things up! A good friend recommended this one

Where they're at in the book: I just finished

Who would like this book (what kind of person): Someone who is looking for something a little dark, a little intense, but quick read (it's about 250 pages)

Biggest takeaway so far: Joan Didion's writing is just... *chef's kiss* perfection. It surprises me every time how fun it is to read her work. She does a wonderful job of building a complex character out of the fear we have between understanding our potential and then acting upon that potential.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛

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From Anne Watson, Lead Photographer and Head of Nourish Team

Title of book: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

What got them interested in the book: One of my all-time favorite authors and fellow Yogi, Michael Singer, has mentioned this book several times in his own works. I was intrigued by how much this book influenced him in his early days of spiritual growth & meditation, so I wanted to check it out!

Where they're at in the book: About 3/4 of the way through

Who would like this book (what kind of person): Those who are exploring their own spiritual path, particularly those who want to learn more about the personal life, experiences, and journey of a great, enlightened Yoga master.

Biggest takeaway so far: There are so many takeaways from this book I've learned so far, it's hard to summarize in a couple of sentences! But, I suppose in a broad stroke, I'd say that the biggest takeaway is that there is so much more to life / this world (and our earthly experiences) than what meets the eye, and the deepest satisfaction & joy in life comes from seeking peace, harmony & love within.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛💛 (and would give it 6 if I could! A definite eye-opener & life-changer for me spiritually)

From Matt Listiak, Director of Media

Title of book: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

What got them interested in the book: I've been seeing a lot more news lately about clinical trials using psilocybin and MDMA, so this is one of several books I'm reading to give me a better background into these therapies and the historical use of psychedelics.

Where they're at in the book: I just finished it!

Who would like this book (what kind of person): I think that someone who has heard of psychedelics, but doesn't know the long history and science behind their use would love this book.

Biggest takeaway so far: My biggest takeaway is how successful the research has been in using these drugs in treating depression, anxiety, and fear of death. I was aware of some of the research, but Pollan gives a deep history of the good and bad, while referencing historical use going back thousands of years. His balanced approach and detailed descriptions of his first-hand experiences with the medicines all lead to the conclusion that there is plenty of positive benefits to be found in psychedelics.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄

🍄
🍄
🍄
🍄
🍄


From Lexi Hall, RDN, our Lead Dietitian

Title of book: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

What got them interested: I’m in a BookClub and the person who chose the book wanted a deeper understanding of the experiences of a Syrian refugee. It provides this in heartbreaking detail, starting with the vicious loss of their child, their livelihood (the bees), and every material item, to the horrible vulnerability of their life on the road struggling to retain a will to live and hang on to the pieces of their shattered psyche. It was powerful.

Where they're at in the book: just finished

Who would like this book: Those who need the ability to give grace to refugees, would benefit from reading it. It’s hard to say who would “like” it.

Biggest takeaway so far: It’s amazing to witness the smallest shred of hope that enables people to keep going after unspeakable intentional trauma experienced at the hand of another human being. It makes you cynical and hopeful for humanity, all at the same time.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛

🤍
🤍
🤍
🤍


From Jordan Nishkian, our Managing Editor

Title of book: No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz, PhD

What got them interested in the book: Justin Wilford gave me the recommendation, and I wanted to learn more about Internal Family Systems.

Where they're at in the book: I'm only a quarter of the way in right now, and loving it so far!

Who would like this book (what kind of person): I think this book is great for anyone who is curious to learn about what makes them tick. Extracting value out of this read is going to require a curiosity and a willingness to sit, learn about, and accept yourself and all the parts that make you uniquely you.

Biggest takeaway so far: I really like how Dr. Schwartz offers exercises throughout the book so you can directly apply what you've learned into the exploration of your parts. I've already met one of my parts, and it was a lot easier to talk and show compassion to it than I thought—but there's still a lot more work to be done there.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛💛


Megan Belden, our Social Media Manager

Title of book: Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion

What got them interested in the book: I've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately and wanted to mix things up! A good friend recommended this one

Where they're at in the book: I just finished

Who would like this book (what kind of person): Someone who is looking for something a little dark, a little intense, but quick read (it's about 250 pages)

Biggest takeaway so far: Joan Didion's writing is just... *chef's kiss* perfection. It surprises me every time how fun it is to read her work. She does a wonderful job of building a complex character out of the fear we have between understanding our potential and then acting upon that potential.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛

From Anne Watson, Lead Photographer and Head of Nourish Team

Title of book: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

What got them interested in the book: One of my all-time favorite authors and fellow Yogi, Michael Singer, has mentioned this book several times in his own works. I was intrigued by how much this book influenced him in his early days of spiritual growth & meditation, so I wanted to check it out!

Where they're at in the book: About 3/4 of the way through

Who would like this book (what kind of person): Those who are exploring their own spiritual path, particularly those who want to learn more about the personal life, experiences, and journey of a great, enlightened Yoga master.

Biggest takeaway so far: There are so many takeaways from this book I've learned so far, it's hard to summarize in a couple of sentences! But, I suppose in a broad stroke, I'd say that the biggest takeaway is that there is so much more to life / this world (and our earthly experiences) than what meets the eye, and the deepest satisfaction & joy in life comes from seeking peace, harmony & love within.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛💛 (and would give it 6 if I could! A definite eye-opener & life-changer for me spiritually)

From Matt Listiak, Director of Media

Title of book: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

What got them interested in the book: I've been seeing a lot more news lately about clinical trials using psilocybin and MDMA, so this is one of several books I'm reading to give me a better background into these therapies and the historical use of psychedelics.

Where they're at in the book: I just finished it!

Who would like this book (what kind of person): I think that someone who has heard of psychedelics, but doesn't know the long history and science behind their use would love this book.

Biggest takeaway so far: My biggest takeaway is how successful the research has been in using these drugs in treating depression, anxiety, and fear of death. I was aware of some of the research, but Pollan gives a deep history of the good and bad, while referencing historical use going back thousands of years. His balanced approach and detailed descriptions of his first-hand experiences with the medicines all lead to the conclusion that there is plenty of positive benefits to be found in psychedelics.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄

🍄
🍄
🍄
🍄
🍄


From Lexi Hall, RDN, our Lead Dietitian

Title of book: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

What got them interested: I’m in a BookClub and the person who chose the book wanted a deeper understanding of the experiences of a Syrian refugee. It provides this in heartbreaking detail, starting with the vicious loss of their child, their livelihood (the bees), and every material item, to the horrible vulnerability of their life on the road struggling to retain a will to live and hang on to the pieces of their shattered psyche. It was powerful.

Where they're at in the book: just finished

Who would like this book: Those who need the ability to give grace to refugees, would benefit from reading it. It’s hard to say who would “like” it.

Biggest takeaway so far: It’s amazing to witness the smallest shred of hope that enables people to keep going after unspeakable intentional trauma experienced at the hand of another human being. It makes you cynical and hopeful for humanity, all at the same time.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛

🤍
🤍
🤍
🤍


From Jordan Nishkian, our Managing Editor

Title of book: No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz, PhD

What got them interested in the book: Justin Wilford gave me the recommendation, and I wanted to learn more about Internal Family Systems.

Where they're at in the book: I'm only a quarter of the way in right now, and loving it so far!

Who would like this book (what kind of person): I think this book is great for anyone who is curious to learn about what makes them tick. Extracting value out of this read is going to require a curiosity and a willingness to sit, learn about, and accept yourself and all the parts that make you uniquely you.

Biggest takeaway so far: I really like how Dr. Schwartz offers exercises throughout the book so you can directly apply what you've learned into the exploration of your parts. I've already met one of my parts, and it was a lot easier to talk and show compassion to it than I thought—but there's still a lot more work to be done there.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛💛


Megan Belden, our Social Media Manager

Title of book: Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion

What got them interested in the book: I've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately and wanted to mix things up! A good friend recommended this one

Where they're at in the book: I just finished

Who would like this book (what kind of person): Someone who is looking for something a little dark, a little intense, but quick read (it's about 250 pages)

Biggest takeaway so far: Joan Didion's writing is just... *chef's kiss* perfection. It surprises me every time how fun it is to read her work. She does a wonderful job of building a complex character out of the fear we have between understanding our potential and then acting upon that potential.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛

From Anne Watson, Lead Photographer and Head of Nourish Team

Title of book: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

What got them interested in the book: One of my all-time favorite authors and fellow Yogi, Michael Singer, has mentioned this book several times in his own works. I was intrigued by how much this book influenced him in his early days of spiritual growth & meditation, so I wanted to check it out!

Where they're at in the book: About 3/4 of the way through

Who would like this book (what kind of person): Those who are exploring their own spiritual path, particularly those who want to learn more about the personal life, experiences, and journey of a great, enlightened Yoga master.

Biggest takeaway so far: There are so many takeaways from this book I've learned so far, it's hard to summarize in a couple of sentences! But, I suppose in a broad stroke, I'd say that the biggest takeaway is that there is so much more to life / this world (and our earthly experiences) than what meets the eye, and the deepest satisfaction & joy in life comes from seeking peace, harmony & love within.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛💛 (and would give it 6 if I could! A definite eye-opener & life-changer for me spiritually)

From Matt Listiak, Director of Media

Title of book: How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

What got them interested in the book: I've been seeing a lot more news lately about clinical trials using psilocybin and MDMA, so this is one of several books I'm reading to give me a better background into these therapies and the historical use of psychedelics.

Where they're at in the book: I just finished it!

Who would like this book (what kind of person): I think that someone who has heard of psychedelics, but doesn't know the long history and science behind their use would love this book.

Biggest takeaway so far: My biggest takeaway is how successful the research has been in using these drugs in treating depression, anxiety, and fear of death. I was aware of some of the research, but Pollan gives a deep history of the good and bad, while referencing historical use going back thousands of years. His balanced approach and detailed descriptions of his first-hand experiences with the medicines all lead to the conclusion that there is plenty of positive benefits to be found in psychedelics.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄

🍄
🍄
🍄
🍄
🍄


From Lexi Hall, RDN, our Lead Dietitian

Title of book: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

What got them interested: I’m in a BookClub and the person who chose the book wanted a deeper understanding of the experiences of a Syrian refugee. It provides this in heartbreaking detail, starting with the vicious loss of their child, their livelihood (the bees), and every material item, to the horrible vulnerability of their life on the road struggling to retain a will to live and hang on to the pieces of their shattered psyche. It was powerful.

Where they're at in the book: just finished

Who would like this book: Those who need the ability to give grace to refugees, would benefit from reading it. It’s hard to say who would “like” it.

Biggest takeaway so far: It’s amazing to witness the smallest shred of hope that enables people to keep going after unspeakable intentional trauma experienced at the hand of another human being. It makes you cynical and hopeful for humanity, all at the same time.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛

🤍
🤍
🤍
🤍


From Jordan Nishkian, our Managing Editor

Title of book: No Bad Parts by Richard Schwartz, PhD

What got them interested in the book: Justin Wilford gave me the recommendation, and I wanted to learn more about Internal Family Systems.

Where they're at in the book: I'm only a quarter of the way in right now, and loving it so far!

Who would like this book (what kind of person): I think this book is great for anyone who is curious to learn about what makes them tick. Extracting value out of this read is going to require a curiosity and a willingness to sit, learn about, and accept yourself and all the parts that make you uniquely you.

Biggest takeaway so far: I really like how Dr. Schwartz offers exercises throughout the book so you can directly apply what you've learned into the exploration of your parts. I've already met one of my parts, and it was a lot easier to talk and show compassion to it than I thought—but there's still a lot more work to be done there.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛💛


Megan Belden, our Social Media Manager

Title of book: Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion

What got them interested in the book: I've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately and wanted to mix things up! A good friend recommended this one

Where they're at in the book: I just finished

Who would like this book (what kind of person): Someone who is looking for something a little dark, a little intense, but quick read (it's about 250 pages)

Biggest takeaway so far: Joan Didion's writing is just... *chef's kiss* perfection. It surprises me every time how fun it is to read her work. She does a wonderful job of building a complex character out of the fear we have between understanding our potential and then acting upon that potential.

How many hearts out of 5 would they give the book? 💛💛💛💛

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