Joe Rogan Book Club

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Have you ever listen to a Joe Rogan podcast?

When my bf introduced me to his podcast it was a lot for me to take in. He has a variety of guests that appear on his show. Some days its about history and others its about martial arts. Regardless of what the subject is you always leave with some knowledge.

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So when we take long drives, we listen to his podcast. Since listening to his podcast I have discovered many books that I wanted to read. One of them was inspired by the MMA fighter Justin “The Viking” Wren. He was a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience and talked about the his experience with the pygmy people.  It broke my heart to hear about their daily struggles and how it was all traced back to King Leopold. As they got more into the history of the pygmy people I found myself wanting to learn more. Justin Wren recommended reading, King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild.

The other book that I wanted to read was The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It is a perfect book for someone who is an artist. When I say artist I mean any one who is creative and loves to think outside the box. It is a very witty book and reminds me of that bold friend who is brutal honest. The purpose of the book is to help you become successful by breaking down these obstacles we put up. As I read the first page I felt like the book was written just for me, like it was giving me direct advice.

The other book that I have been reading is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.  I would say it is very similar to The War of Art, except I would say it is more spiritual. Many people who have read this book have told me that it was a life changing book.

Normally I finish one book before starting another one. But since my bf surprised me with the other two J.R. books I couldn’t say no. Now I am beyond excited to started these new books in September!

P.s. The Day Designer is a new planner I bought at Target. I have been obsessed with it and felt like I had to included it in my September books.

 

The Power of Now: Chapter 1 & 2

Good Morning!

So let me start off by saying that the first chapter captures you attention right away.

In the first chapter he introduces what enlightenment is and how we already have it within us. The way that we unlock it is by controlling our mind. Our thoughts are what block us from being happy or enjoying life. We begin to over analysis and over think so many things. I am definitely that person who is always over thinking so many things. It gets so out of control that I end up creating these problems that never existed. He then explains how to control your mind so that it is only used to problem solving.

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I loved chapter two! As human beings we feel emotions and sometimes are sensitive to them. In chapter two they talk about how you can’t live life without pain and sorrow. You have to learn to deal with it in a healthy way instead of the extreme. Another point he made was letting go of past pain. This is one that many of us have a problem with. For me, I have a lot of pain that I have held on to for many years that I can’t seem to let go. He explains that when you hold on to that pain, your body not only feels it but it keeps you from being present. The last part of the chapter explains what fear is and how ego plays a huge role in feeding the fear. After reading it everything kind of clicked in my mind. All these bad habits that I created have been working against me. In order for that to change you really do have to pause and take in the information.  I don’t know about you but one thing that I liked about this book is that it gives you spots to pause. Putting down the book and really think about what he shared helped a lot.

I seriously can’t wait to start chapter 3 and 4 this weekend. On Tuesday I’ll post my thoughts on both chapters. If you are reading along with me feel free to share your thoughts.

Love,

Erika

My Book Club

As you get older you meet more and more people who can contribute so much knowledge in your life. For some reason my whole life I was always drawn to having older friends. And no it wasn’t for the alcohol. I always felt like they had just advice and wise words for me as I grew. I was so fortunate to have even aunts, family friends and even a mom who wanted to make sure that I didn’t make the same mistakes that they did. They gave me the best childhood ever.

Because of that I never wasn’t the most popular person at school. I knew that getting drunk at parties and having sex in high school wasn’t ever going to get me anywhere. So I focused on my studies and was active in school clubs. I’m not saying that you can’t have the best of both worlds but that was never MY scene.

When I moved in with my cousin, I got to meet these amazing people. My family that live in Long Beach introduced me to this amazing person named Crystal Lynn. She can light up any room with not only her smile but her kind heart. I met her on first Fridays, which is where her Zen Relaxation studio was located. She reads tarot cards, guides meditations and does spiritual guidance.

It was after talking to her about personal growth that she recommended me this book called, The Power of Now. Once I read the reviews on how much people liked the book, I knew that I just had to buy it.

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 Editorial Reviews from Barnes and Noble

Common Ground
This is not just another candy-ass elementary level celestine prophetic conversation supposedly with God clone. It is fresh, revealing, current, new inspiration. Power of Now is written from a depth of a person who has considered suicide, gone through his dark night of the soul and has come out the other side into his very personal and ecstatic enlightenment. If you are considering getting back in touch with your soul this book is a great companion.

New Age Books
Now and then, time cultivates these perfect jewels. You find one and think nothing better is possible. Such is The Power of Now. A regular customer at our store, and student of Chi Gong said, “It not only synthesizes everything I’ve delved into, but it does it so clearly and simply.” Many customers report back literally “thrilled” to have come across the book.

If you are interested in joining me, I’ll be reading the first and second chapter. On Thursday I’ll report my thoughts on both chapters. Can’t wait to start reading!!