Whether or not you agree with Leonard Orr's theory that we can live forever, his joyous prodding to stop worshiping at the altar of death is sagely adWhether or not you agree with Leonard Orr's theory that we can live forever, his joyous prodding to stop worshiping at the altar of death is sagely advice for living a much happier, healthier, and fulfilling existence.
Think of it like the old religious philosophical argument for why you should believe in God which says that if you take the bet that God doesn't exist and you are wrong the afterlife is going to suck and if you are right, well all you gain is one lifetime. If you believe and you are wrong, what does that cost you and if you are right you gain paradise. Essentially, Orr is making the same wager on immortality, and rather than having to put up with the doom and gloom that goes along with most pious lifestyles, instead you get to believe you will live forever and be happy. If you wagered incorrectly, you had a fulfilling life and if you were right, well you get to keep on keeping on and laugh at all the amazing things you will experience.
In addition to the opportunity to enjoy Orr's writing (Tom Robbin's claimed the main character in Jitterbug Perfume was 20% Orr - enough said), you also get to read about some really amazing people that have lived a long time, and get guidebook like instructions for a healthier existence that sits you in front of fires with your friends, has you soaking in a tub of hot water, and just kicking back and breathing, among other things - what more could you hope for really?
Recommended for those that like fun-storytelling with a message, gentle guidebooks on living, Indian spirituality, and a good belly laugh.
Now that you thought about it... do you want to take that bet?...more
A joyous and thought-provoking stroll through the history and meaning of walking. Gros shares short meditations on walking and peppers in longer chaptA joyous and thought-provoking stroll through the history and meaning of walking. Gros shares short meditations on walking and peppers in longer chapters of how walking impacted various people through the ages including Nietzsche, Gandhi, Rimbaud, and many more. It combined motivation to walk more with a subtle diatribe on resisting the speed of modernity with really good story-telling in a way that inspired me. I found myself reading the book as if I was walking at varying paces, though mostly a slow meander through the material because I did not want the book to end. Highly recommended for those that seek more meaning in our overly disconnected world, enjoy other facets of some of the most interesting philosophers and poets of the last 200 years, or who just like a good and uncomplicated read....more
I picked up this book as I am interested in exploring my inner self through a hand's on experience. A friend recommended that I look into crafts as aI picked up this book as I am interested in exploring my inner self through a hand's on experience. A friend recommended that I look into crafts as a way to experiment. The first half of Dooling's book investigated some of the questions and pathways for this discovery, but I found that the deeper I went into this book, the headier and more opaque it became, which seemed counter-intuitive to my purpose for reading it to begin with. I would liken my reading experience to a Kabbalah ceremony I attended at a local synagogue led by my friend who is a Rabbi. The first stage we drank white wine to symbolize the known world, the second we drank white with a little red to symbolize the movement inside and then into the unknown, the 3rd glass was more red than white, and then finally a glass of red to symbolize the unknowable. As I progressed in Dooling's book, I found that I was moved but had no understanding or experience as to why. Recommended for anyone interested in the spiritual side of craft or spirituality in general. ...more
Though this was not as entertaining as Wool (book 1 in the series), it was a page turner and overall an interesting story. Wool explored the story ofThough this was not as entertaining as Wool (book 1 in the series), it was a page turner and overall an interesting story. Wool explored the story of how a small group of people came to live in underground silos in a post-apocalyptic world. Shift digs into more of the story of the purpose of these silos and how they came to exist. And even though it lost some steam, I plan to read the final book in the trilogy to see how the author pulls it all together.
Recommended for fans of dystopian scifi and those that dig self-published novels that become best seller sensations. ...more
This was a good winter break book, a page turner and captivating to keep me there from cover to cover. My aunt met the author at a show and was kind eThis was a good winter break book, a page turner and captivating to keep me there from cover to cover. My aunt met the author at a show and was kind enough to get me a signed copy of both of the author's books. This is first in the series and an interesting enough story line that I will read the second when I need a break from more dense material. Styled like a Dan Brown book and a good effort for a first time author.
Essentially, the story of a CEO dissatisfied with the changes in the corporate world (his speech on the topic is worth the read alone) that has to take over his dead brother's bookie business and solve the mystery of it all before he gets in too deep. The twist involves his brother's interest in AI and I won't go any further so as to not include any spoilers in my review. ...more
This was a short, interestingly formatted book that came up from searches for both Hugh Howey and Robert Anton Wilson. Built upon an old premise madeThis was a short, interestingly formatted book that came up from searches for both Hugh Howey and Robert Anton Wilson. Built upon an old premise made popular by Nietzsche and Ouspensky, though certainly much more ancient then both, of the eternal return or recurrence. The book is split into four parts each exploring a different manifestation of the main character Johnny. It explores this life, the afterlife, the space between, and the return. I was most intrigued with the conversations in the afterlife with what the main character called God (I Am). This was the first time I had seen someone speak about this space from a non-Christian/Muslim view that approached something New Age-y without crossing the line into the woo woo. Really looking at the question of why we would choose to come here. This one gets 4 stars because of originality and some of the concepts and could have gotten three if he jumped the shark or 5 if he kept pushing. Recommended for those that have explored the meaning of life and been captivated by the question of why we continue to come here. Overall an easy read with heady concepts that are presented in a non-pretentious way....more
I enjoyed this memoir by Kathryn Hulme that explores her life through the lens of the important life-changing events from her time working with GI GurI enjoyed this memoir by Kathryn Hulme that explores her life through the lens of the important life-changing events from her time working with GI Gurdjieff in Paris as a member of an all women's spiritual group in the 30's and 40's. Despite all of the time that has passed and how much the world has changed since then, this is one of the few accounts I have seen from a student of Gurdjieff that felt both endearing and honest. Her style of writing makes you feel as if you were there and she does not seem to cook up amazing schemes and situations to keep the readers attention. Instead she opens her heart and lets you sense and feel her experiences in an authentic way. Recommended for anyone that has explored the writing and ideas of Gurdjieff or is interested in the female, avant garde period of pre-WWII France....more