Conscious Reading Club
A Book Club That Moves Minds
Love To Read? Want to commune with others who love to read too? The Conscious Reading Club meets once a quarter in Troy, NY to discuss a book of choice. The book topics generally relate to Somatic Movement, Neuroplasticity, Trauma, the Microbiome or Mindfulness.
Sounds good, right? Well, there’s more!
The Conscious Reading Club is offered in two distinct formats and you’re invited to choose the one that works best for you or double your fun and participate in both. Please read on down the page to find out more…
You don’t live in the area? Have no fear, you can still join in the mind-growing goodness by joining in on the conversation via my Free FaceBook group: Nourished Body + Brain
November 10, 2017
In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning the next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.
WALK + TALK: read & move
Walking is critical to thinking, yet we are an increasingly sedentary society. Let’s move, think, wander. There is language and brilliance in movement, in walking, thinking, and exploring.
Come and enjoy a bit of walking and talking with a small group of people with the purpose of exploring different conversations in outdoor spaces. We’ll muse on the current book, but people are free to wander off point and engage in their own imaginations.
There are several reasons why walking is conducive to better thinking — from the positioning of our bodies in space, the fresh air, and, to the elevation of our heart rates . And according to Jabr, “Walking at our own pace creates an unadulterated feedback loop between the rhythm of our bodies and our mental state… When we stroll, the pace of our feet naturally vacillates with our moods and the cadence of our inner speech; at the same time, we can actively change the pace of our thoughts by deliberately walking more briskly or by slowing down.” And sometimes, you just need to walk it out. So let’s gather, engage in a short walk, and ask discuss what moves our minds.
The walk+talk group meets in Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, NY. and a growing group of moves, philosophers, and mindfulness makers who gather to muse about the many wonders of being human. If you’re in Troy, make sure to reserve your spot in the next gathering –I tend to keep the groups very small, so space is limited.
Meets April – October
MEET + MUSE: drink & think
Enjoy a mug of tea or a cup of java as you bond over books. Sometimes it’s nice to take a cozy seat and share out thoughts with one another.
Come and enjoy a warm cuppa with the purpose of sharing conversations and connecting with like-minded individuals. We’ll muse on the current book, but people are free to wander off point and share how the current read impacted their thinking and their life.
Joining in the book club fun can do more than simply engage your mind. Being an active member also helps to develop a community of folks who share similar interests. Many of the people who join in on the Conscious Movements reading club are exploring the Feldenkrais Method and/or Health & Wellness Coaching. They’re looking to improve and grow as humans. Sometimes this means finding more comfort, other times it’s to increase creativity or vitality. What brings people here varies, but the common theme is a love for the human experience.
The meet+muse group meets in Troy, NY. and is a growing group of moves, philosophers, and mindfulness makers who gather to muse about the many wonders of being human. If you’re in Troy, make sure to reserve your spot in the next gathering –I tend to keep the groups very small, so space is limited.
*Please consider volunteering as a discussion leader. Once you register, you will receive a list of suggestions to inspire conversation.