We decided to close out the year with a brief five question interview among friends, experts, and insiders. We asked the group for their thoughts on five MindBodyGreen-related questions: One Word to Define 2009, Favorite Book of 2009, Celebrity of 2009, Favorite Healthy Food of 2009, and Predictions for 2010. All of the questions will be answered by Thursday, December 31st. Unedited and in no particular order, away we go:
MindBodyGreen: Favorite book you read in 2009?
Sarma Melngailis, One Lucky Duck: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer...the most beautifully written book that I wish every single person in the world would read.
Gabby Reece, The HoneyLine: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall – learned a lot about something I never have enjoyed doing...running.
Emma Grady, Treehugger: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra -- I read this after meeting Deepak at the Chopra Center in NYC; it is a reminder to slow down and let nature take its course.
Brian Johnson, PhilosophersNotes: The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky.
Tara Stiles, Strala Yoga: Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts shocked me with a visceral experience.
Jayme Barrett, Author, Feng Shui Your Life: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran -- Found a vintage hardback copy with reproduced original drawings from the author. His inspiring passages are universal, timeless and soaked in the beauty of spiritual poetry. I always discover new ways to incorporate his offerings into my life.
Michael Feigin, The Fitness Guru: Born To Run by Christopher McDougall: excellent read that comes pretty close to getting you in the heads of ultra-endurance runners -- with a little bit of science thrown in just for fun.
Michael d'Estries, Ecorazzi: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer -- Inspired incredible discussions online regarding factory farming, treatment of animals, and the origins of what we eat.
Tracy Hepler, Your Daily Thread: Style Naturally. Summer Rayne Oaks broke Eco-Fashion and Beauty down into easily digestible (readable) bites.
Hillary Biscay, Ironman Champion: Born to Run (Christopher McDougall)
Kathy Freston, Author, Quantum Wellness: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer; he is the Peter Singer of our time.
Leo Babauta, Zen Habits: The Tao of Pooh. A classic, this reminded me of a lot of things I'd forgotten, and reading it helped me to fall in love with some of the concepts of Taoism.
Kathryn Budig, Yogi: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. An oldie, but a goodie.
Gabrielle Bernstein, Author, Add More~ing To Your Life: That's hard – I read a book a week! Though Living in the Light by Shakti Gawain was a big one for me this year.
Yuka Yoneda, Ecouterre: A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink.
Carver Anderson, MindBodyGreen: Let the Great World Spin: A Novel by Colum McCann. Eating Animals is next on the list!
Jason Wachob, MindBodyGreen: I finally read Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra. I think it's one of the best books I've ever read on mind/body wellness.
Tomorrow we unveil our group's Favorite Healthy Food of 2009.