The songs of spring are a distant, faint sound as I pen this piece in frigid January, but for you, dear reader, spring has sprung. How marvelous!
The non-fiction book the LOL recently read resulted in some serious discussions while sipping Shiraz; the epic novel gave us reason to laugh-out-loud…while sipping Shiraz.
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As always, our hostess selected the book and charity of the month. The Kelowna CMHA and Room to Read received donations.
The Surrender Experiment
By Michael A. Singer
Michael (Mickey) Singer says if we silence the relentless chatter of our monkey minds—just cut those pervasive primates at their ever-swinging arms—we’d free ourselves from judgment, better equipping us to accept our current circumstances and simply surrender to what life has in store. In other words: tell that roommate in our head to shut the bleep up and just go with the flow.
Something many of us are working on; something I yearn to embrace and thus I so wanted to like this book. Sadly, I didn’t.
The story starts out strong as Singer abandons a promising academic career to seek solace in the woods, rejecting the company of others in search of solitude and silence. While that is unrealistic (never mind unappealing) for most of us, I was still with him as he encouraged me to live in the moment and surrender to what life presented, trusting in the great compass of God (or whatever you might choose to call the omniscient; the book is non-denominational) to guide me to good.
“Every day we give precedence to our mind’s thoughts over the reality unfolding before us,” he explains. “We regularly say things like, ‘It