My book club first started meeting in January of 2013. We’re an informal group who now meet approximately every other month on Zoom to discuss a book about self-development, productivity, well-being and other inspirational themes. We have delved into vulnerability, presence, the body-mind connection, the Alexander Technique, and how to create and change a habit.

We have enjoyed reading books such as Emotional Agility by Susan David, Quiet by Susan Cain, Rising Strong by Brené Brown, Life in Five Senses by Gretchen Rubin, and many more (see full list at the bottom of this page).

Our current book is Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory by Deb Dana.

From the blurb:

An intense conversation, a spat with a partner, or even an obnoxious tweet―these situations aren’t life-or-death, yet we often react as if they are. That’s because our bodies treat most perceived threats the same way. Yet one approach has proven to be incredibly effective in training our nervous system to stop overreacting and start responding to the world with greater safety and ease: Polyvagal Theory.
 
In Anchored, expert teacher Deb Dana shares a down-to-earth presentation of Polyvagal Theory, then brings the science to life with practical, everyday ways to transform your relationship with your body. Using field-tested techniques, Dana helps you master the skills to become more aware of your nervous system moment to moment―and change the way you respond to the great and small challenges of life.
 
Here, you’ll explore:
 
• Polyvagal Theory―get to know the biology and function of your vagus nerve, the highway of the nervous system
• Befriending Your Nervous System―attune to what’s going on in your body by developing your “neuroception”
• Using Your Vagal Brake―discover key techniques to consciously regulate the intensity of your emotions
• Connection and Protection―learn to recognize and influence your internal cues for safety and danger
• Your Social Engagement System―find ways to create nourishing relationships with others and the world around you
• Practices and guidance to gently shape your nervous system for greater resilience, intuition, safety, and wonder
 
Through guided imagery, meditation, self-inquiry, and more, Anchored offers a practical user’s manual for moving from a place of fear and panic into a grounded space of balance and confidence. “Once we know how our nervous system works, we can work with it,” teaches Deb Dana. “We can learn to access an embodied, biological resource that is always present, available, and there to guide us toward well-being.”

Anchored is available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and most other bookstores. If you order through bookshop.org it will connect to your local independent bookstore.

The BodyIntelligence Book Club is free to join, and we currently meet on Zoom. We are a small, informal group and the discussions are free-flowing! The only cost involved is the price of the book/s. If you’re interested in joining, or simply want to find out more, please get in touch. Guests are welcome.

The Book Club also has a virtual presence within my Facebook group, the BodyIntelligence Community, where I post about the books we read. It also allows for discussion between meetings, and for people anywhere in the world to join in. The group’s main focus is self-care and personal development, which ties right in with the subject matter of the books we read.
Please click here, if you’d like to join the BodyIntelligence Community Facebook group.

Next Meeting:

Thursday, March 21, 2024
7:00 – 8:30 PM US Eastern Time
Zoom

Past books we have enjoyed: 

Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life by Dacher Keltner
Life in Five Senses
by Gretchen Rubin
Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times 
by Katherine May
Bodyfulness: Somatic Practices for Presence, Empowerment, and Waking Up in This Life by Christine Caldwell
Fierce Self-Compassion
by Kristin Neff
Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience 
by Brené Brown
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
by Adam Grant
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
Talking to Strangers
 by Malcolm Gladwell
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease 
by Lisa Mosconi
Happy: Why More or Less Everything Is Fine
by Derren Brown
The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World 
by Jamil Zaki
Tell Me More
by Kelly Corrigan
Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
by Daniel Pink
Emotional Agility
by Susan David
Presence by Amy Cuddy
How the Body Knows Its Mind by Sian Beilock
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Quiet by Susan Cain
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Body, Breath and Being by Carolyn Nicholls
Befiddled by Pedro de Alcantara
Change Your Posture, Change Your Life by Richard Brennan
Master the Art of Working Out by Malcolm Balk and Andrew Shields
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
Principles of the Alexander Technique by Jeremy Chance
Natural Posture for Pain-Free Living by Kathleen Porter
How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live by Missy Vineyard
Indirect Procedures: A Musician’s Guide to the Alexander Technique by Pedro de Alcantara
Body Learning by Michael Gelb
Be In Balance by Angela Bradshaw
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael Gelb
F. Matthias Alexander: The Man and his Work by Lulie Westfeldt
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
The Open Focus Brain by Les Fehmi and Jim Robbins
The Happiness Track by Emma Seppälä
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day by Andy Puddicombe
Non-Violent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg
The Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci
The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Grove at Home and Work by Christine Carter
Back in Balance: Use the Alexander Technique to Combat Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain by Richard Brennan
First Impressions: What You Don’t Know About How Others See You by Ann Demarais and Valerie White
Option B, Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
Positivity by Barbara Fredrickson
Bliss: One Hero’s Journey by Gary Ramsey
Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain by Due Quach
The 7 Laws of Enough: Cultivating a Life of Sustainable Abundance by Gina LaRoche and Jennifer Cohen
Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain by David Eagleman
Happiness Becomes You by Tina Turner
What We Say Matters by Judith Hanson Laster and Ike K. Laster
In Touch: How to Tune In to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself  by John J. Prendergast
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro