The Book Chat 11.07.13 Non-Fiction

This week’s Book Chat topic is non-fiction. I am a huge non-fiction fan. There was a certain, pretentious point in my life, when that was all I would read. Currently, I mostly read novels, but still like non-fiction sprinkled in here and there. The non-fiction I usually read these days is for purposes of learning something more yoga or spiritual related, or vegan/health/nutrition related.

One of the most life changing non-fiction books for me has been Mark Epstein’s Going to Pieces Without Falling apart.

Mark_Epstein_MD_Going_to_Pieces_Without_Falling_Apart_large This book intertwines concepts of Buddhism and psychology in order to further explore wholeness.

I received this book as a present when I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree. I ignored it for about three years, then finally decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did and the timing was perfect. I realized I would not have been ready for it, when I was 21 years old. I would not have received the full benefits of the book because I was not emotionally or psychologically prepared to yet, my ego would have gotten to much in the way and I would have glazed over most of the information.

I started reading it at a time of great transition in my life, I had been through a series of humbling situations and I was ready to make changes. This book helped me truly examine my previous motivations and life focus. I started to question my intentions and begin to shift them in a more positive direction. This also helped paved the way for me to begin viewing and doing yoga from a more holistic perspective, as opposed to a “exercise only” one.

The book really opened my heart to more positivity and paved the way for some much needed healing. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a different perspective on wholeness, or who has trouble coping with stress and anxiety (as I did).

What is your favorite non-fiction book?

2 thoughts on “The Book Chat 11.07.13 Non-Fiction

  1. I’ll have to check this book out – looks interesting! My favorite non-fiction book would be impossible to pick – but recently I’ve read Scott Jurek’s Eat &Run and of course Born to Run. Both great reads!

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