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The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart: An Emotional and Spiritual Handbook is the perfect combination of empathic friend, sage counselor, savvy problem solver, and even gallows humorist, Daphne Rose Kingma looks straight into the predicaments so many of us face and offers ten deceptively simple yet profoundly effective strategies for coping on practical, emotional, and spiritual levels. The devastating events cannot be changed, but after reading this book, you will be, having recovered a sense of equanimity, spirit, and strength. Whether you’re struggling with money issues, job loss, relationship problems, an unexpected health crisis, or all of the above, this book will light your path and heal your heart. (Reviewed July 2015)
Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. In Daring Greatly, Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. (Reviewed June 2015)
“What Do You Do With An Idea,” is a wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated book for “children” of all ages. In the words of one Amazon reviewer: “Nurture your ideas and you can change the world. The story, gorgeously illustrated, takes a complex process and distills it in such a tender way so you will no longer be afraid of your most precious, earth-changing ideas.” (Reviewed May, 2015)
In this book, “Six-Word Lessons on Changing Habits: 100 Lessons to Stop Self-Sabotage” you’ll find 100 practical lessons to help you create the mindset to firmly establish new habits and self-mastery. In these easy-to-understand tips you’ll learn how to replace old habits and behaviors with new, purposeful habits so you can live more fully and freely, and feel empowered to be your very best. (Reviewed May, 2015)
So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits? Better than Before answers this question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation. (Reviewed April, 2015)
The Power of Habit, Why We Do What We Do In Life and in Business, by Charles Duhigg. This summary takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Giving up cigarettes is different from curbing overeating, which is different from changing how you communicate with your spouse, which is different from how you prioritize tasks at work. But every habit, not matter its complexity, is malleable. To modify a habit, however you must decide to change it. This summary encapsulates the framework the author has put together for understanding how habits work and a guide to experimenting with how they might change.
Finding Our Center: Wisdom from the Stars and Planets in Times of Change, by Heather M. Ensworth Ph. D. In remembering our source (the galactic center), reconnecting with the spirit in all of life and in becoming centered within ourselves, we gain meaning and wisdom for who we are and who we are becoming and find a path for the healing and evolution of ourselves and our Earth. (Featured article 1.29.2015)
Walking Your Blues Away: How to Heal the Mind and Create Emotional Well-Being, by Thom Hartmann, is a new approach to using walking to heal emotional trauma and bring forth optimal mental functioning. (Reviewed 1/29/2015)
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic. It teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, recognizing opportunity and omens along life’s journey and most importantly, to follow our dreams.
The Magicians Way, by William Whitecloud, brings a dazzling range of knowledge and experience — from a childhood in Swaziland immersed in supernatural worldviews to hermetic philosophy and esoteric speculation on the financial markets — to bear on this practical and magical look at what we really want, and how to get it.
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, by Dr. Joe Dispenza, combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible, bridging the gap between science and spirituality. You will be taught the step-by-step tools to apply what you learn in order to make measurable changes in any area of your life. Once you break the habit of being yourself and truly change your mind, your life will never be the same!
The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted Living – a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield, has inspired people around the world to defeat “Resistance.” It identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. Though it was written for writers, it has been embraced by business entrepreneurs, actors, dancers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, military service members and thousands of others around the world.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, by T. Harv Eker. If you are not doing as well financially as you would like, you will have to change your money blueprint. Unfortunately your current money blueprint will tend to stay with you for the rest of your life, unless you identify and revise it, and that’s exactly what you will do with the help of this extraordinary book.
Choose Yourself, by James Altucher. The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself. Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.
Happy For No Reason, by Marci Shimoff, offers a breakthrough approach to being happy. Incorporating the latest findings in positive psychology, powerful tools and techniques, and moving real-life stories, this life-changing 7-step program will raise your “happiness set-point.”
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Meditation for Optimum Health – In Meditation for Optimum Health, you will join bestselling authors Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn for a practical introduction that makes it simple to enjoy the life-changing benefits of meditation even if you’ve never tried it before.