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  • Writer's pictureAlice Spencer

Roger Recommends: Soneva Jani’s World Class Wellness Practitioner on his Favourite Books

Yesterday I walked out of the Soneva Jani overseas spa in a daze, clutching two pieces of paper with what can only be described as doodles and shapes after just having my energy and life path potential read.

This daze was instilled after a session with Roger Moore (not of the James Bond variety!) who visits Soneva Jani as a wellness practitioner four times a year. His therapy is done by using his uniquely adapted intuitive sense and knowledge of energy to deliver information to a client either verbally or by drawings that carry special meanings and messages.

My life path potential read by Roger has some very interesting gems to look forwards to, he also said that my energy was very tired and I was in desperate need of a rest, island life can be difficult to fit rest in to when there’s so much to do!

He is also a specialist in physical alignment, remedial injury and manual therapies, meditation and sleep therapy just to name a few! He has worked around the world, learning wellness techniques from Western and Eastern schools and has studied with North and South American shamans.

Roger is a big reader and says books influence his life and thinking greatly, so I asked him for his recommendations to help to bring some of his expertise to our Barefoot Bookseller blog.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

A basic life affirming book, based on the ancient Toltec way of living. The four agreements are these: Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. Using these as a code of conduct it is said that you can rapidly transform your life to experience new freedom and happiness.

Nodding Off by Alice Gregory

A very good science-based book made easy. Sleep can be boring, but Alice certainly isn’t. Her writing is funny, relatable and uses plain English rather than jargon. This book is a great compliment to Roger’s sleep therapy programme and will ensure a better rest for anyone experiencing the pangs of insomnia.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

A classic story of a journey of going from where you are, to some other place, to know where you need to be. It established itself as a bit of a modern classic, having sold over 2 million copies around the world with readers often saying they found it completely life changing. It tells the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who wants to travel the world to find treasure.

Ulysses by James Joyce

In the same vein as The Alchemist, Roger loves this novel because of the symbolic journey. It tells the story of a journey that is truly human, the ups and downs, and coming back to the beginning.

Ulysses is set in Dublin over the course of an ordinary day of the protagonist Leopold Bloom. It is a world-famous book that is complex to read and caused a lot of controversy when it was published in the early 1900’s, even being the centre of an obscenity trial in the US.

A Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is a truly brilliant writer and with this his most famous work, he makes scientific history very simple and puts it in a straight line so it’s easier to understand and digest. As usual Bryson is funny and informative and it’s particularly interesting to see how evolution has jumped a long way in a relatively short period of time.#

How To Know God by Deepak Chopra

Though it’s not immediately obvious, this is actually a non-religious book. Its message is that we all have god-like potential which we can all reach if we just allow ourselves to connect with that energy. It’s another easy read for self-improvement and Chopra is careful in the way he doesn’t preach and is very inclusive. This book is written in a way that you can almost hear his voice speaking to you through the text.

The Red Dwarf series by Grant Naylor

After all that self-reflection and inspirational-journey-reading, Roger likes nothing more than to sit down with a light hearted and very amusing book. Rob Grant and Doug Naylor (hence the author name Grant Naylor) are the co-creators of the hilarious TV series Red Dwarf and wrote these novels based on the show. It’s certainly a good way to bring some laughter therapy into your daily life.

I am excited to get reading some of Roger’s recommendations and am finally motivated to start my copy of Ulysses which has been sat on my shelf for rather a long time. But first, a Roger recommended sleep and rest for this Barefoot Bookseller!

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