What we’re about
If you enjoy reading and discussing personal development books, please join us! Each month we'll discuss a different personal development book and how the ideas impacted our lives. We'll read both new and classic authors. We'll meet at a coffeehouse or a library.
It's been almost two years of reading inspiring personal development books together and having great conversations! It's wonderful that we have created a community of like-minded people interested in personal development and improving their lives.
I wanted to announce some changes to the Meetup group. Unfortunately, Meetup is not free. In order to help defray the Meetup costs, the group will now have a $5.00/year membership starting in December. Should we be able to cover our costs and have extra, 100% of the remaining will be donated to local library and literacy programs, such as Friends of the Public Library.
For the cost of a cup of coffee, members can have a year of personal development community and support local literacy programs for children (assuming we have extra).
Friends of the Public Library provides summer reading programs for children, organizes monthly library book sales for the community, and has adopt-a-library projects. More information is available on their website: https://www.friendsofthepubliclibrary.org/about
Thank you for your support & see you at the next book,
Upcoming events (4)See all
- Yoga Offerings for Our Members! 🧘♀️🌸Sunset Canyon Park, Albuquerque, NM
Our Sister group, Yoga for Living Community Initiative has free yoga sessions that you are most welcome to enjoy! 🌺🙏
This Fall, we're offering the following sessions.
A Full Moon yoga session Friday 9/29 at 7:15 pm in the park
Sunrise Yoga sessions in the park (early mornings, check event page)
Next Month's Special Event:
Yoga, Chai & Hot Air Balloons! Saturday 10/7 at 7:15 am at North Domingo Baca Park
All the yoga sessions are free, and we're collecting donations for the Road Runner Food Bank.
- Stronger with Community: Accountability Circle (we'll try it! )Link visible for attendees
One of the things we talked about last time was possibly having a friendly accountability circle for those who would like extra encouragement on accomplishing their goals or developing/maintaining healthy habits.
Simply having someone to share your progress with can be a powerful motivator to consistently take those action steps.
We'll try it out and see if it's helpful for people!
Goals and/or habits might be in the life areas of: health, career, family, hobbies that are meaningful to you, education, or any other personal development area.
Please bring a journal and a pen/pencil. We'll have some quiet journal time in the meeting.
Here's the plan:
1. Pick a goal or habit you would like to work on. Goals/habits can be small or large, it's completely up to you.
2. Write it down in a journal.
3. Identify your "why". Why is this goal/habit meaningful to you?
4. What action steps do you plan to take towards your goal/habit before the next meeting?
5. Report your progress next time, if you wish.
By the way, whether you make your goals or not, we're here to cheer you on anyway!! Making a lasting change in life is challenging, and sometimes takes multiple attempts. Making an effort is a win in itself!
This will be an online event using Google Meet.
- Classics Reading Group: Marcus Aurelius (Chapter 2)O’Bean’s Coffee, Albuquerque, NM
For the 10/7 reading, we'll start with "Book 2: On The River Gran, Among the Quadi" on page 17 in the Gregory Hays translation.
If you're new to our group, feel free to come!
Note: We'll meet at 2pm this time.
Lately we've had interest in the ideas of Stoicism, reading the classics, and reading our books more slowly, as to better digest and practice them.
Join us for a new reading group centered on the Classics. We'll start with the timeless "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius!
Since I know we're all busy, we'll read the text together in the meeting and then discuss it. It's fine if you don't have time to read it beforehand, you can just come.
Here is a short video on who Marcus Aurelius was:
Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations" can easily be found at the library, book shop or Amazon. I have the translation by Gregory Hays.
- October: "Attached. The New Science of Adult Attachment: Finding & Keeping Love"O’Bean’s Coffee, Albuquerque, NM
Our October book is: "Attached. The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help You Find and Keep Love" by Levine & Heller.
Don't miss this fascinating book on adult attachment theory! Attachment styles show up in our closest relationships and can have a big impact.
We'll start the book club with everyone sharing their name and one thing they found helpful or interesting about the book, and then have open discussion.
It's okay if you don't have time to read the whole book, come anyway for the discussion.
Do you know your attachment style? Here's a quiz available from npr:
What's Your Attachment Style? Take This Quiz & Found Out
Here's the Amazon review of the book:
"We already rely on science to tell us what to eat, when to exercise, and how long to sleep. Why not use science to help us improve our relationships? In this revolutionary book, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Amir Levine and Rachel Heller scientifically explain why why some people seem to navigate relationships effortlessly, while others struggle.
Discover how an understanding of adult attachment—the most advanced relationship science in existence today—can help us find and sustain love. Pioneered by psychologist John Bowlby in the 1950s, the field of attachment posits that each of us behaves in relationships in one of three distinct ways:
• Anxious people are often preoccupied with their relationships and tend to worry about their partner's ability to love them back
• Avoidant people equate intimacy with a loss of independence and constantly try to minimize closeness.
• Secure people feel comfortable with intimacy and are usually warm and loving.
Attached guides readers in determining what attachment style they and their mate (or potential mate) follow, offering a road map for building stronger, more fulfilling connections with the people they love."