The Bonzai Book Club’s Second Selection! “Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility”

October 3rd, 2011 - filed under: Furthermore » Bonzai Book Club

Waits is ready to read. Are you?

Hello friends! I’m so excited to present the second selection for our Bonzai Book Club – Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility, by Ellen J. Langer. Langer is a prolific author and – quite literally – wrote the book on Mindfulness. As an award-winning social psychologist, Langer has spent over thirty years studying the way that our thinking affects all aspects of our person. And now, in Counterclockwise, she couches her work in the context of physical health and wellness.

What if we could actually turn back time? What if we could repair our vision, shed the excess weight, improve our disposition and increase longevity, all by changing the way we think? Do you believe that it’s possible?

Part of me believes. Part of me is pretty skeptical. But, all of me is damn curious!

Counterclockwise contains 10 chapters, so here’s the plan: we’ll each read chapters 1 thru 5 by Thursday, October 13, at which point we’ll reconvene for our first discussion. Like last time, I’ll lead with my own topic questions, but please bring your own questions and thoughts!

The 13th is only 10 days away, so we gotta get on it! I know that this book will be nothing if not provocative, but I really feel like there’s wisdom buried in these pages. I’m so excited!!!

Waits is too – he’s already gotten started:

See you on the 13th!

  • Rachel

    ugh i wish i didn’t have work or school so i could read this book! it sounds so awesome!! i’m adding it to my booklist for usre.

  • Kate

    The book got here today. I’ve never heard of it but look forward to a new perspective. Thanks Sayward! Ready to chat Oct 15th.

  • Colleen

    Man, I SO want to join this, but I don’t think I can even OBTAIN the book by the 13th, let alone get that far. Can’t wait to hear about it, though!

  • Hope Hughes

    Thank you so much for starting a book club! I’m in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I want to recommend fellow students jump on board and get a look at thing from our view!
    Going to try to find the book tonight and join in!

    Already have several people excited about your book, Vegan Pregnancy, which I recommended as a follow-up to several lectures condemning a plant-based lifestyle! It’s awesome to see the positive response!!

  • jill

    Darn. my library’s copy is out. I’ll have to hope I can get it on hold soon. I was hoping to jump on board last month, but that sort of blew past me.

    I’ve been wanting to read Tomatoland, if you’re looking for future suggestions and you can stand another food-umentary sort of book.

    If only I had cool book club ladies near me, we could read AND eat snacks (and coffee!!)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks for the rec!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, thanks Hope. Sorry you had a nasty class but that’s great that you stepped up to counter-argue. And Yay for getting Vegan Pregnancy out there!