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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Maia Duerr

 

Published: December 2017 by Parallax Press

I recently, got a chance to have a QnA with Maia Duerr, the author Work That Matters.

Q. What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?

Two books that have informed how I move through the world are Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer. Sometimes I give each of those as gifts to dear friends, knowing what a difference theyve made in my life! Both those books invited me into an experience that was deeper than the words on the page. Zen Mind, Beginners Mind was not actually authored by Suzuki Roshi (in the sense of written word)  it was taken from transcripts of his talks over the years at San Francisco Zen Center, and lovingly edited by his students. So the immediacy and intimacy of his teachings is transmitted in the pages of the book. In Parker Palmers book, he gives a very honest account of his lifes story, particularly in relation to his vocation. Both books gave me a sense that it is the darkest periods of our lfe that are actually the biggest gifts to us, if we can learn the practice of being present to them and learning from them.

 

Q. In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

 Well, as a Zen practitioner, I dont often think any more in terms of improving my life. Its just this, whats right in front of me, and theres no more ‘improved’ version of me to get to. It’s about being present to all of who I am and what’s in the world around me. So I can’t quite answer your question the way it’s asked, but I would say that my meditation practice has been the foundation for living my life in a more intentional way. And when I’m able to do that, every part of my life feels more authentic and meaningful. 

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Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction

Hustle: The Power to Charge your Life with Money, Meaning and Momentum

Published: September, 2016 by Rodale Books

Pages: 272

Think for a moment. When you read the word, ‘Hustle’, what does it mean to you? How does your brain process it? Have you ever thought that a word such as Hustle posses power over your heart, mind and habits? These are the questions I’d want you to think about before going in-depth into this book. To answer the questions, this book describes

Hustling is about shaking things up, letting go of old patterns that suck the life out of us and beginning anew.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Tao of Fully Feeling – Harvesting Forgiveness out of Blame by Pete Walker

Pages: 295, Kindle Edition

The Tao of Fully Feeling is the best companion I have found to read in the Dark Times.

I got this book as a recommendation from another blogger who convinced me that Pete Walker’s writing is extraordinary. On reading the book, not only I found his vocabulary pleasing but as well as his writing style and the message he wants to convey through his written words.

The subject matter of this book is all about acknowledging one’s emotional intelligence. If you remember Daniel Goleman’s bestseller and and one of the first books on Emotional Intelligence or why EQ matters more than IQ, this book is written for modern times and is a step ahead. While Daniel talks about the science of brain and the origin of Emotions or the process of emoting, Walker in his book speaks for all of us. He share his own stories for in the form of anecdotes on how repaired his own emotional nature with enough pragmatic advices and scenarios for us to read.

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Book Review: The Happiness of Pursuit of Chris Guillebeau

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The Happiness of Pursuit of Chris Guillebeau is memoir that tries to guide and inspire any reader holding it between in his hands. For those unfamiliar, Guillebeau rose to fame after proclaiming and pursuing his life quest of visiting almost every country on Earth before the age of 30. He has authored some books on his journey and quests are positioned to help anyone who want to fulfil a quest of there, whether starting something, travelling, travelling and working along.

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BOOK REVIEW: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. 

If you want to read at least one book in 2018, make sure you read Harari’s Sapiens.

The book is recommend by many over the past few years on the Internet but few have talked about why read this book and in my opinion one of the best published work in the history of mankind. I know Harari’s work is famous and that might be a turn off for you but give me a chance in this review to let you convince to give it a shot in the coming year. Read this one book, even if you don’t have any reading plans or generally do not read books, or haven’t read it.

Why? Because this book will transform the way you think about everyone you are surrounded and yourself. Harari’s work which was published in 2011 for the first time, did not spike my interest until later this year and I think, it has a major impact on me. In Sapiens, Harari talks about how out of 6 similar species our own, Homo Sapiens, not only survived over 70,000 years including the environmental conditions but is actually the reality of How Humans Got Smart?

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BOOK REVIEW: Dream Big by Mukesh Jindal and Arunraj VS

Pages: 236, Hardcover

Published: 2017

Cover Rating: 5/5

Very few Indian writers talk about money and in the book Dream Big the co authors Mukesh Jindal and Arunraj talk not only about money but offers you pragmatic and healthy tips on financial planning.

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Book Review: The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Pages: 416, Kindle edition

Published: August, 2011 (current edition)

Cover Rating: 3/5

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Last month was all about work and productivity. The older me (self two years ago) would be scared of the term of productivity. Since the start of this year, I am reading and learning about how in this new economy one can manage work-life balance and a lot depends on being productive since productivity is directly proportional to your well-being which comes from you being a happy person.

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BOOK REVIEW: Just Another Girl’s Story by Laura Eckert

Pages: 180, Kindle Edition

Published: June 2017

Cover Rating: 5/5

In her memoir Just Another Girl’s Story, Laura Eckert opens a pool for the reader to dive in her personal life and consequences she faced for her actions. A real life story of love, loss, courage, faith and redemption.

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BOOK REVIEW: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg

I am a strong believer in effective communication skills which are vital for success. One thing I can assure you from my experience is that loud, bitter and violent communication never leads to fulfilment. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication is a book about avoiding just that. He takes the reader through all the intricacies of working on what to say and how to say it so that one’s words lead to peace, not bitterness or violence. Another aspect of the book is that it also speaks to the essential need for developing compassionate communication with one self.

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