Are You Using Nature’s Rhythms for Personal Renewal? Saturday Read #3

To start, something to get the juices cooking.


Nature offers us a thousand simple pleasers- Plays of light and color, fragrance in the air, the sun’s warmth on skin and muscle, the audible rhythm of life’s stir and push- for the price of merely paying attention. What joy! But how unwilling or unable many of us are to pay this price in an age when manufactured sources of stimulation and pleasure are everywhere at hand. For me, enjoying nature’s pleasures takes conscious choice, a choice to slow down to seed time or rock time, to still the clamoring ego, to set aside plans and busyness, and to simply to be present in my body, to offer myself up.

Lorraine Anderson, Sisters of the Earth: Women’s Prose and Poetry About Nature


This week I chose to use the top five sellers in Work Life Balance in Business, another Amazon top sellers list. I promised to change it up for you as often as possible. I’ve got a video review of the number one book on the list. And I’m adding a new feature: A book shelve recommendation.

I do this book list to entice you and myself. I haven’t read any of the books on this list but I do add them to my wish list at Amazon to remind me to order them as I need new reading material.

The Top Five Best Selling Work Life Balance in Business Books for the Week Ending March 29 2014

1. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr

2. The Spirit of Success by Adam Market and Bill Walsh

3. Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction by Matthew kelly

4. Coach Anyone About Anything: How to Help People Succeed in Business and Life
by Jed Niederer

5. Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life Sanjay K Jain


I hope you find something to add to your wish list from the list above.

Meanwhile here is Brian Johnson of Philosophers Notes, giving an overview of the Power of Full Engagement. If you follow his link you can get 3 cool notes for free. They are very well done.


Nick’s Bookshelf Recommendation

One of the theme’s that has been recurrent in much of what I’ve read lately is about learning to be vulnerable, that to succeed we need to find a way to open ourselves up, to be genuine, to be ourselves, to make the connections that will allow growth both personal and professional.

One of the books that really nailed this concept and gave good tools to use to do that is Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown.

I highly recommend this book. Put it on your bookshelf to read.


Reading Quote of the Week


“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
Source:  Mark Twain


Well that’s a wrap for this week.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Go on an adventure: read a book.





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  • Sounds like another great read, Nick. Probably not a category I would have chosen on my own, but of great interest. Thanks!

    The starting quote was interesting to me….one of the reasons I really like a motorcycle is the physical sensations (I know why a dog sticks his head out the window) particularly the smells. I have spots where I expect certain smells…

    Thanks for another great Saturday!
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