“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor
I read or heard somewhere before that we must surround ourselves with the people who inspire us, mentor us and teach us to be the best version of ourselves we can be. I loved this idea and I am lucky to have lots of inspiring and encouraging people in my life. But what about the times when we need more time and teaching from an expert of that field? What about when we cannot afford to see them in a seminar or face to face? What about when our most favourite teachers live half way around the world?
When you need that little bit of extra mentoring, I believe we can find that learning and a lot more within the covers of a book. More often than not we do not listen to the advice of our loved ones and so these big life truths that we unearth in a book or story can have a bigger impact on us when we read them to ourselves, by ourselves. The words run deep as we remember and recall our own similar experiences and journeys. Through books we can understand our life and all that happens within it with greater awareness and clarity.
This month I want to share with you some more of my favourite books which have all helped, guided, enlightened and encouraged me in some way on my path.
The Four Agreements – A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.
Don Miguel Ruiz
This book is written from the ancient teachings of the Toltec people from southern Mexico. The teachings found in this book mirror the sacred teachings of other ancient texts, reminding us of the importance of truth and happiness and love over fear. This short inspiring book of 138 pages has so many important lessons for us to remember and to bring with us into our everyday life. I love that it is easy to understand and relate to. It is one I often go back to read over and remind myself of the simple but wise lessons within it.
“All the sadness and drama you have lived in your life was rooted in making assumptions and taking things personally. The whole war of control between humans is based on that. Take a moment and consider this.”
At the beginning of this year I had never heard of Sandy and then I saw him speak at a seminar in London and I was so drawn in by his story and insightful approach to meditation and mindfulness. This book is like a masterclass in how our minds work, our perceptions about and created by the mind and how we can use meditation as a tool to tackle some of the big challenges in our lives. I regularly use the tools and techniques I learned in this book and you can too. If you want to start a meditation practice and reap the benefits of it in all areas of your life, then this is the book that will help you do just that.
“Resistance causes stress and suffering. Acceptance creates calm and is the more conscious way to live.”
The Wisdom of Sundays
Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday interviews always have a wealth of learning and motivation from some of the most inspiring people of our time. This book is a collection of her most meaningful conversation with her guests. Not only is this a beautiful book aesthetically it is a beautiful book that speaks directly to the soul. It is definitely a favourite of mine and I must admit I devoured it in a day or two. However, if you are not a big reader but like reading something inspirational each day, this book is perfect. It is one of those books you can open on any page on any day. Through each chapter you will read excerpts or quotes from some of the amazing guests Oprah has interviewed. People like Shaun Achor, Dr Maya Angelou, Russell Simmons, Cheryl Strayed, Tony Robbins and many, many more.
“Your life is always speaking to you. The fundamental spiritual question is: Will you listen?”