The Myth of Normal: Start the new year reading

As I prepare for the new year and ask myself about the focus of my growth, I know that I want to dive deeper into healing stories. First on my list is reading Gabor Maté’s new book, “The Myth of Normal: trauma, illness and healing in a toxic culture“.

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It’s a big book! Five hundred pages (thankfully not small print) and thirty-three chapters.

As stated in the first sentence of the introduction:

In the most health-obsessed society ever, all is not well. (The Myth of Normal, Gabor Maté and Daniel Maté).

So, we’ll dive in and look at what Maté says about modern-day living, trauma and stress, and the holistic approach to life.

Perhaps of greater importance is the discussions we’ll have each week.

Yes, we’ll discuss what we read! But we’ll discuss our experiences and how we relate to what we’ve read. What changes will you make because you’ve learnt something new from this book?

How will you integrate this learning and knowledge into everyday life?

For me, that’s the biggest takeaway from reading any book and then discussing it: what change will I make?

Two options for discussing The Myth of Normal:

Option 1:

The Myth of Normal, trauma, illness, healing, toxic culture, Gabor Maté, Daniel Maté, book club, reading, discussion, social learning, tell your story, inspiration, growth, personal development, personal growth, live authentically As always, there is a time that hopefully works for those in the UK, Europe, South Africa and even Dubai (if you’re a night owl).

This is 18.00 (6 pm) in the UK and nine in the evening for Dubai.

If you are in the Americas, take note that this is mid-morning to mid-day, depending on your time zone.

Option 2:

The Myth of Normal, trauma, illness, healing, toxic culture, Gabor Maté, Daniel Maté, book club, reading, discussion, social learning, tell your story, inspiration, growth, personal development, personal growth, live authenticallyThis second option has been prepared with those in Australia and New Zealand in mind but also works for those in the Americas.

Currently, I am not running any of these book clubs in the later evening, as I have coaching calls with clients some evenings (and school homework with little miss occasionally).

Hopefully, one of these options will work with your schedule if you want to join our discussions!

Details for the book club: “The Myth of Normal.”

You can find out full details in the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bookclubbethgraycoach.

The best part is the book club is free! Except you must purchase or acquire the book, you will invest your time and energy into reading and discussions.

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In the Facebook Group, you will also find additional resources and a community of like-minded souls with whom you can share your thoughts and learnings.

What you need to know about book club:

  • Read the chapters (or listen to them) before the weekly meeting.
  • As much as possible, do the exercises for the chapters – because our discussions will centre on “doing” rather than “head knowledge.” Learning happens through putting what you read into practice!
  • Calls are on Zoom, and discussions are not recorded to ensure participants have the privacy and intimacy to open up.
  • Groups are small – usually no more than six people.
  • This is not group coaching or an offer for online coaching as a group. It is social learning as we discuss the book, the exercises and how you are doing as you advance through the book.
  • We often discuss unread books from my reading list as I fulfil my journey towards mastery & personal development! On the other hand, we are re-reading books I have read several times, as I recognise that I have grown, and it’s time to revisit to learn new lessons.

Join the Facebook Group for the Zoom link and to get more resources and support.

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