How Not To Be A Boy – Robert Webb

What the Cover Says:

RULES FOR BEING A MAN
Don’t Cry; Love Sport; Play Rough; Drink Beer; Don’t Talk About Feelings
But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone?  Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.  Hilarious and heartbreaking, How Not To Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren’t the Luke Skywalker of your life – you’re actually Darth Vader.

Why I Read It: Another Rebel Book Club read – October’s theme was gender.  I facilitated a short workshop on gender at this month’s meetup.

What I Thought: I was so excited about this month’s theme and I had heard good things about this book.  I am a passionate feminist and I’m also really interested in how concepts of masculinity affect both men and women so this was right up my street.  This book is funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking at times.  It’s so compelling I nearly missed my tube stop on several occasions and almost cried on the tube one day.  Webb uses his own story to make a wider point about the rules of masculinity in a clever and effective way.

Moving Inward: The Journey to Meditation – Rolf Sovik

What the Cover Says: What is meditation?  What is to be gained from it?  And what is the connection between meditation, asana postures, and other yogic practices?  These are complex questions and surprisingly difficult ones to answer.  But author Rolf Sovik, Psy.D., has done a superb job of communication both the practical aspects and the philosophical foundations of that powerful shift in consciousness we call meditation.

Why I Read It: This is on my reading list for my yoga teacher training course, for our module on meditation.

What I Thought:  This book is great for practitioners of all levels, including those who haven’t tried meditation before.  It provides a deep explanation of meditation as a spiritual practice whilst also offering practical advice.  In discussing how to sit comfortably, the books introduce some basic anatomy to help the reader understand the advice and tips.  The popularity of meditation apps has done a lot to widen the appeal of meditation and mindfulness but this book will help you gain a deeper and fuller understanding of the posture.  What it won’t necessarily do is help you get into the habit of meditating – something I’ve been struggling with in the last couple of weeks!


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