Happy Friday, friends! Yesterday on Facebook and Instagram (which by the way, if we're not social media friends, let's be!) I shared how grateful I am that so many of you are interested in my new fall workshops, The Soul Connection Series. It's a very affirming feeling knowing that the work (I totally don't consider it work, but you know what I mean) I am doing is needed in my local community and beyond. Whether you feel called to attend or not, my heart is full, and I feel so grateful for your support.
For me, part of self-care is reading material that inspires me. Reading something that I enjoy not only relaxes me, but also brings me a sense of happiness knowing I am gaining further knowledge. Win-win! Today I am sharing some of my favorites, and why I enjoy them so much. Most of which I have read more than once, too! Haha!
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
Whether you've read and/or follow A Course in Miracles or not, Williamson has a beautiful way of simply breaking ACIM down in a digestible way. She shares her own story and how she got to where she is today, in such an honest and raw way, that it captures your attention and makes you really sink into what she is sharing. Not to mention, the spiritual insight via text is so benefiting to wherever you are on your journey.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Gilbert's writing is so inspiring in this book. It affirms that each and every one of us are creative and have something to share with the world. In my opinion (and Gilbert's), there IS a difference between being creative and being artistic, and she breaks down a lot of that in Big Magic. We all are creative, and we all have a gift to share. Love that!
Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo
Funny story, when I went through spiritual practitioner training this book was one of the many books on our required reading list. Before I started reading it, I wasn't very excited because I didn't care for another one of Nepo's books (which numbers show that I am probably the only person on the planet that didn't care for it, HA!). Well, was I proved wrong with this one. Nepo's insight into listening is so profound and deep, and the quotes and lessons he provides are great to use on a daily basis. To this day, it is one of my favorite books, and I use it for reference a lot in my own practice.
You Can Heal You Life by Louise Hay
Growing up my mom and I lovingly (and jokingly) referred to Louise Hay as "Auntie Louise." We referenced this book constantly, so much so that I think both my mom and I have had to replace our copies due to over-use. Hay's opinion is that the mind and body are connected (which I completely agree with), and that illnesses arise because of emotional, mental, or spiritual reasons and thought processes (which I semi, but not completely agree with--that's a topic for another day). My favorite part of this book is the affirmations near the end. You all know I love my affirmations, so this is definitely a go-to for me.
I hope these tips were helpful for you. Have you read any of them? What are some of your favorite books that bring you inspiration?