Well, I might as well admit it. I’m a self-confessed, hippie-loving, vegan, spirituality preaching yogi who adores reading self-help books. And no, you don’t have to be one of these people to really benefit from reading these kinds of books! They are honestly just so great in providing a different perspective on the world and allowing yourself to become more self-aware – both of negative habits to rid of, and of positive attributes to develop.
Here’s a short summarized list of quality books, which have helped me in my spiritual awakening (or basically helped improve myself as a human being).
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Behold probably the god of the self-help book industry – The Power of Now. In a quick summary, it teaches us the importance of being present in this moment -not feeling guilty about the past, or anxious for the future. It explains the key concept of eliminating internal suffering created by our ego, which is essential to be mindful of the present.
Key quote: “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. If you are someone who is put off by wishy-washy spiritual language, which only experienced elitists can understand, then look no further! Jen is super engaging, sharing her own mishaps and epiphanies, adding lots of humor, but also giving simple exercises and practical advice. You are a Badass helps us change our self-destructive thoughts and beliefs (which interfere with the law of attraction), challenge our fears and also remind us the importance of loving ourselves wholeheartedly. Whenever I get a chance, I literally rave about this book to anyone I can.
Key quote: “You are loved. Massively. Ferociously. Unconditionally. The Universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are. It’s got you wrapped in a warm gorilla hug of adoration. It wants to give you everything you desire. It wants you to be happy. It wants you to see what it sees in you.”
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book was an easy read and ultimately made me feel so inspired! Elizabeth, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, teaches us to embrace creativity and let go of judgment of yourself and others of your work. A really good read if you want to pursue a creative career, but also in general for everyone who wants let go of the fear of the unknown.
Key quote: “A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner – continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you – is a fine art, in and of itself.”
Creating Money by Sanaya Roman & Duane Packer
This book is not just about creating money – it’s about creating anything really! Whether that’s a certain situation, a physical object, a person etc. It’s a really easy read for me and honestly just a chapter a night has been super uplifting for my mental headspace. It has lots of mantras throughout each chapter as well as short simple exercises at the end. I find it wonderful in clarifying the taboo subject around money – why is it that people still feel guilty for wanting it or having it? While money isn’t really the key to happiness, when we attract the right amount of money into our life to achieve our higher purpose it, therefore, can create happiness.
Key quote: “You have a meaningful contribution to make to the world….You have a role to play that no one else on the planet could fill. The special contribution you came to make is your life’s work. When you are doing that work, you are following your higher path, and your life will be filled with increasing joy, abundance, and well-being.”
Ask and it is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
This book follows the teachings of Abraham, a spiritual guide who has been channeled through Esther Hicks. It focuses on the law of attraction and our own personal connection to ‘source energy’ – positive thoughts make us feel good and are aligned with this energy, whilst negative thoughts indicate to us that we are out of alignment. It reiterates the power of our thoughts and that we can create whatever we want in this life if we dream and think in terms of abundance. I found it super helpful that it gave a lot of proactive tips which help rewire our brain with positive thinking, making us more open to receiving what we want!
Key quote: “Anything that you give your attention to will become your “truth.” The Law of Attraction says that it must. Your life, and everyone else’s, too, is but a reflection of the predominance of your thoughts. There is no exception to this.”
The Alchemist by Paulo Coleho
This is a fictional book, which follows a shepherd in pursuing his ‘personal legend’ aka destiny. It’s a super short read and I finished it in about a day, yet it was really inspiring through many allegorical connotations made throughout each chapter. You could literally turn to almost any page and find something that you can apply to your own life – such as following your heart, living in the present, or trusting your intuition. It’s a book that many read over and over and pick up something new each time!
Key quote: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
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