Book Recommendation: The Island by Aldous Huxley

Book Recommendation - The Island

This week’s book recommendation is The Island by Aldous Huxley. It explores some interesting ideas about what a utopian society might look like. 

Beyond his exploration of psychedelics Aldous Huxley was interested and involved in Eastern philosophical ideas and practices. He covers yoga, Buddhist principles, meditation and hypnotherapy in the story of The Island which is why I thought it might be interesting for our book club. For me it has been a hugely influential book which I’ve returned to over and over again.  This book actually was the reason that I trained as a hypnotherapist.

One of our members, Rebekah recommended a documentary which touches on Huxley as well as the work of Timothy Leary and Ram Dass. It’s on Netflix called Dying To Know and might be worth a look if you are thinking of coming along to the meeting tomorrow. I found Ram Dass and his ideas on grief and mourning particularly interesting, he might be an author to look to for one of our future book club books. His words on grief and the process of dying are some of the most beautiful and comforting I’ve come across.

All this made me remember that Rebekah runs a wonderful event in Folkestone called Death Cafe – I’ve asked her to talk to us a bit more about this on Wednesday night. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it. In the mean time here is a link where you can find out more if you are interested.  Watch this space for a Death Cafe / Yoga Book Club collaboration coming soon.

The next book we will be reading for June is Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and we will meet to discuss in June – head over to the facebook group to keep up to date with what’s going on.

I will be sharing more book recommendations from our Yoga Book Club sessions, and would love to hear your book recommendations as well.  Let me know what you are reading in the comments below?

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