Top 10 Quarantine Reads From the Omega Community | Omega

With more time spent at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are turning to books for solace and escape. Check out these great recommendations from the Omega Online Facebook Community.

1. Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser
In this New York Times best-selling memoir, Omega’s cofounder Elizabeth Lesser offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? 

2. Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
In this book, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and beloved Omega teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn describes how, by both literally and metaphorically coming to our senses, we can live our lives much more as if they really mattered. 

3. Jitterbug Perfume: A Novel by Tom Robbins
A cult classic first published in 1984, this comic drama by novelist Tom Robbins has a large and exotic cast of characters, all interested in immortality and/or perfume. 

4. Know My Name by Chanel Miller
In this memoir, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, Chanel Miller reclaims her identity in the Stanford campus sexual assault case to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. 

5. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel by Ocean Vuong
Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, this debut novel by Ocean Vuong examines the question of how to survive—and how to make a kind of joy of it.

6. The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, this novel by Richard Powers turn trees into vivid and engaging characters, looking at the effects of humans on the planet and what the future holds for all of us.

7. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach
This classic book from one of the great meditation teachers of our time offers a path to freedom that includes practical guidance developed from more than 20 years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.

8. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Originally published in 1962, this quintessential book spurred the modern environmental movement by discussing the poisoning of the planet from a surge of synthetic chemical use.

9. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
In this #1 New York Times best seller, Glennon Doyle explores the voice of longing inside each woman, and tells her own story of learning to listen to her unique voice.

10. Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of The Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Weaving together multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and other stories, this classic written by a Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller Clarissa Pinkola Estés reveals a path for restoring women's vitality.

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