Reading is an easy way to escape the stresses and worries of today, and jump into a whole new world. Fall is a transformative season which allows us to pick up new practices, drop things that no longer serve us, and think critically about what new offerings we’d like give. You don’t need to make major changes, just focus on something that makes you feel fulfilled and happy. For us at Pranin Organic, that’s diving into some quality literature. Below are the books we’re currently reading or planning to get into for the fall.
What Kari’s reading:
Karma & Chaos – This book is a great reminder of the profound insights that Vipassana Meditation can bring into a persons life. For those who have not experience a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course who may be interested in knowing more about this tool and practice, this book will answer a lot of the questions you may have and will provide you with answers about if it is the right tool for you.
The Power of Now – Great book about learning how to live in the present and receiving the benefits in living in the now.
What Julian’s reading:
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters – I want to be the best father possible to my lovely daughter. We already share a special father-daughter bond full of love, which I cherish! As she approaches her teenage years, I want to make sure she has what she needs to be her best and strongest self!
Digital SLR Photography – Photography was a hobby and passion of mine when I was younger. I am getting back into photography so I have a medium to explore and express my creativity and capture the awesomeness that is around me everyday. With digital photography, so much is possible!
What Talia’s Reading:
Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
– This is the second book I have read from Stephen Cope – I love the narrative and perspective he provides on yoga, spirituality, and psychology. Stephen is a resident at the Kripalu Institute of Yoga and a psychotherapist, and this book is very much about his personal journey into the world of yoga and spirituality. Admittedly, I started reading this book a while back and it somehow fell by the wayside, so I am looking forward to digging back into this one soon 🙂
Check this book out if you are looking to get into the inner work of yoga beyond an asana practice.
– A few of my family members and I are all going to follow Julie Daniluk’s 21-Day Detox plan together, to help prep ourselves for the cold, rainy fall and winter months. I’m super excited to follow this plan, because it is 100% food based and filled with delicious, warming spices. After a round of antibiotics for a bout of strep throat this summer, I know I need to help rebuild my gut flora and I know this will be a great way to do it! I totally recommend checking this book out, as Julie does a great job of explaining how the body’s digestive system works, how the pathways of detoxification work, and how food can help to heal, rebuild, and prevent inflammation.
This book is a great companion to using PureFood products, which also help support detoxification and healing by using 100% whole foods! Check this book out if you are wanting to set up your health game even further.
Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood is by far my favourite author, and I am sad to say that I have not read this book of hers yet. I first was introduced to her writing through “The Handmaid’s Tale” (also amazing and highly recommended), and have since read “The Heart Goes Last”, and “The Year of the Flood”. Atwood is the master of creating dystopian storylines that are just beyond reality but not quite unrealistic. I picked Alias Grace up from the thrift store and love that this copy is clearly well loved, so I know I will enjoy this as much as I have her other works.
What Madison’s Reading:
Notorious RBG, the Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg–
This book is about Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You probably know her not only from her judicial fame, but her internet fandom and her portrayal on Saturday Night Live. Ginsburg, has in many ways moved women’s- and in general, human rights further than they’ve ever gone, legally speaking. The great thing about this book is it intelligently mashes up internet memes, fan art, Biggie Smalls’ rap lyrics and of course the life story of Justice Ginsburg. This includes analyzing her most notable cases that lead to big victories for all Americans seeking equality. Notorious RBG
goes in depth around the ideologies of Ginsburg and how she focuses not only on women’s rights, but also male liberation from misogynistic standards. She has proved that feminism benefits men just as much as it does women. Fun fact: Ginsburg was the first Supreme Court Justice to officiate a same sex marriage in the US. Despite her many accomplishments, her early life was filled with extreme hardships and alienation due to her gender and relentless perseverance to keep moving up. By the end of the book you will fully understand how she earned the name The Notorious RBG.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a positive reminder that massive change can be brought on by one person.
Oh She Glows Cookbook-
As you can see I’ve already started to bookmark recipes for the fall! This cookbook is great if you’re new to plant
based cooking, or you’re looking for easy, cost effective recipes that require basic kitchen equipment. I get frustrated when plant based recipes call for expensive ingredients, or tools that not everyone has access to IE. a dehydrator, bread maker or specific mixing bowl attachments. If there’s one way to soften the transition from sunshine to rain, it’s delicious, healthy food!
I would recommend this to anyone looking to incorporate more plants in their diet, while at the same time not breaking the bank or investing hours in the kitchen.
Healthy eating is only a fraction of overall wellness. Exercising your mind is just as important as exercising your body. Share your books with us on Instagram and don’t forget to tag