Online Book Club: November Pick

» Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Welcome to Emerald Yoga Studio’s online book club! This is our first month, and the book is “Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions” by Lori Deschene. What began as a small idea on Twitter to give a pearl of wisdom every day is now a popular website with thousands of fans, and in this book, the author gives her own insights and the short-but-sweet Twitter insights of others to find answers to the big questions about life, relationships, and money.

How does our online book club work? Just get your hands on a copy of the book, give it a read, and share your insights in the comments field below!

Looking forward to learning a little bit and having a lot of fun!




  1. I am in! I am just putting together an amazon order so I should have it by the weekend. This is a great idea. Thanks, Jen!

  2. I loved the idea of reading a compilation of Twitter feedback from so many people (anonymous except for their Twitter handles) on so many challenging topics. For example, when asked about fate, someone identified as @jillianscrazy said “It could take a day to months to years to figure out why something transpired how it did, but it was meant to occur.” There were so many of these gems that I know I can open the book at any time in the future and discover something meaningful to me in that moment. It feels like a kind of guru collective.

    I did feel, however, that there was a disproportionate amount of the book allocated to the author’s personal experiences. I recognize that her insights are what made this book possible, however, and just at moments where I caught myself thinking that the text was beginning to sound like a sad teenage girl’s journal, she would say something like, “The beautiful part of life is that regardless of what it means, we can share the puzzle together. We don’t have to sit alone in emptiness. Just by engaging each other, we can transform hollow bewilderment into full-frontal wonder.” And I realized that not only did she have something valuable to share from her difficulties, I had something valuable to learn from my frustration and impatience with her stories.

    There was a part in the first chapter, Pain, where she explained how we often identify ourselves by our problems. She suggests that in order to change, “we have to be willing to let go of all the drama, comfort, and maybe even pride that accompany a sad story to make way for a better one. Before we can learn from our pain to make positive changes in our lives, we have to learn how to want pain less.” I think this is a very insightful observation, and my most important takeaway concept in the book.

    I enjoyed the sections of the book where the author gave some tips on how to make changes in our own lives. My favorite was “Choose Being Happy Over Being Right” because I think I’ve gotten very good at that lately! But I was happy for the tips: 1) Choose your battles. 2) Get to the root of the situation. 3) Challenge the urge to lay out your evidence. 4) Get comfortable saying, “Let’s agree to disagree.”

    So what about it? Do you agree or disagree with the author at any point in her book? Do you agree or disagree with my opinions of the book? I’d love to hear…

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