We all know by now that happiness is an inside job, but how do we continue to cultivate our inner worlds when the outside world is constantly telling us that what we are looking for is outside of us? Well, for me it’s a combination of a lot things. Meditation, prayer and being more mindful of the media I consume are high on my list. Books have always been a big part of my life. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to read. Curling up with a good book and a hot tea is one of my favorite things to do. There are different kinds of book that I enjoy, but ever since becoming a mother I’ve found myself reaching for anything that propels my spiritual growth and connects me to deeper truths.
I’ve come up with a list of 5 books that have really helped me understand my place in the world and have overall made me a more self-aware, happier person.
Loveability – “Love is your destiny. It is the purpose of your life. It is the key to your happiness and to the evolution of the world.” I love this book so much I’ve read it three times. It’s like a warm and fuzzy hug for your soul. This is not a book about relationships with other people, it’s a book that explains how to love, without condition. He states that, ” Love is the real work of your life.” How beautiful and simple is that?
The Untethered Soul – I got introduced to Michael Singer when I was getting my masters degree in Spiritual Psychology. It’s a kind of reading meditation and if you’ve ever wanted to or been curious about the practice, start here. While it’s not a meditation road map per say, it does go over the basic concept of ” who am I ?” If you have ever wanted freedom from your emotions and a bigger picture of who you are outside of all the feelings we all experience, this is a great book.
Daring Greatly – I wrote a response to Brene Brown’s recent article on a midlife unraveling here. I’ve watched all her Ted Talks and read all of her books. Her main message is that they key to everything we desire is through vulnerability. It really get’s at the heart of what we are all seeking which is connection. This book maps out a pathway to get there in a honest and real way. To be vulnerable in our lives takes a lot of courage but it’s the only way to live in a truly authentic way.
Let Your Life Speak – Parker Palmer talks about “living the life that wants to live in me” instead of living a life that we “think” we should be living. If you’ve ever struggled with living up to your own expectations, or anyone else’s for that matter, read this book without delay.
The War of Art – this is a great book if you’re looking to take your creativity to the next level. It gets to the heart of what keeps so many of us from doing what we want to do. It’s a short and sweet guide about overcoming the resistance that inevitably comes up when we are doing something worth doing.