We asked founder Reza Niam what books were on his bedstand.

(If you’re joining us on a retreat, why not pick up one of his recommendations to discuss over dinner…)

Bitter-Sweet by Susan Cain

In her latest masterpiece, the author of the bestselling phenomenon Quiet reveals the power of a bittersweet, melancholic outlook on life, and why our culture has been so blind to its value.

If you’ve ever wondered why you like sad music …
If you find comfort or inspiration in a rainy day …
If you react intensely to music, art, nature, and beauty …

Then you probably identify with the bittersweet state of mind.

Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke

“The paradox is that hedonism, the pursuit of pleasure for its own sake, leads to anhedonia. Which is the inability to enjoy pleasure of any kind.”

This book is about pleasure and pain, and how to find the delicate balance between the two. Condensing complex neuroscience into easy-to-understand metaphors, Lembke suggests that finding that balance means keeping dopamine in check.

Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispense

How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon, marries some of the most profound scientific information with ancient wisdom to show how people like you and I can experience a more mystical life.

Readers will learn that we are, quite literally supernatural by nature if given the proper knowledge and instruction. When we learn how to apply that information through various meditations, we should experience a greater expression of our creative abilities.