My favorite books
Every book in my library has its own unique story. Each delivers a distinct feeling when I pick it up to savor its wisdom. I love my books! What I love equally much is sharing them. Here are some of the crown jewels of my literature collection.
This book is widely known and heralded as one of the best little handbooks for making big shifts in life, and for good reason.
This book was given to me when I was 15 years old. I know this because I was 16 when I was kicked out of my fathers home on the insistence of my then step-mother. She was the one who gave me the book.
It’s ironic how often sources of inspiration and uplifting come from places of darkness, and my relationships with my father and my then-step-mother during that time in this life can be appropriately characterized as dark.
The seed this book planted was deep. As it’s roots grew and spread, the process of awakening my true nature began. The Four Agreements projected me towards a future of healing, love, joy, and compassion.
This book is a great place to start for anyone looking to revitalize their life and let go of negative thought and behavior patterns!
This was my first yoga asana book. I approached my mentor, guide, and Yoga Momma Robyn Marin in the fall of 2013 and asked her how I could learn more, what books I should read. She recommended this one, and I am so thankful she did!
David seamlessly integrates yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and practice into this fabulous book. The manual is spiral bound, so it’s perfect for laying on the floor in front of you for reference as you learn new asana. It is incredibly comprehensive, with simple and detailed instruction to keep you safe. The asanas presented progress in difficulty, outlining a clear trajectory to empower the physical aspect of your practice.
There are times life when answers come to us, answers we are desperate for, yet we do not even realize we need these answers until the sweet moment of their arrival.
This book is an example of one of those answers. I was simply perusing through amazon yoga book offerings and this one caught my attention, so I ordered it. I finally got around to reading it a few weeks after it arrived. Quickly my life began a formerly unthinkable and powerful shift.
As I read the words, I was launched on a journey of deep, full scale healing (psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual.)
I cannot say enough good things about this book. It is a wonderful body of work that illuminates and inspires, illustrating the little known and far reaching benefits of Yin Yoga. By supporting the text with anatomy, scientific fact, and excellent references, it becomes not just empowering reading, but pages of trusted sage words.
The postures included in The Complete Guide To Yin Yoga are comprehensive and detailed. You not only see from the pictures what your body looks like in the pose, but how to safely enter, hold, and exit the posture as well. Counter poses, contraindications and modifications are also presented.
Bernie gives you sequences, Daoist philosophy, history, and so much more.
Give yourself a gift and get this book!
While working as a Whole Foods cashier in college, a young mother and her little three month baby came through my line. The connection I felt to them was very powerful. I couldn't stop looking over my shoulder after they had purchased their goods, smiling and waving as she sat breastfeeding and chowing down, at a table not far from my register.
Her name was Jamie, her son, Banyan. My co-cashier turned out to be a good friend of hers, and after gushing to him about how beautiful I thought they were, he went over and told her. Next thing I knew there she was, asking if I wanted to hold little Banyan.
I was so happy, I have always loved babies, and its not often their Mom’s mirror my enthusiasm. After introductions I told her anytime she needed a babysitter I would be there for her, free of charge. She took me up on it too! I was so happy to help and be a part of precious little Banyans first year and a half of life.
She was the first person to introduce me to what it really means to live in harmony with Mother Earth. I practice a personally evolved version of this lifestyle to this day. Jamie also gave me this book. This book is incredibly transformational, and rapid in its results if you can surrender to the knowledge it contains.
As I began reading it and practicing its teachings, I quickly realized that it was much more than just breath work, visualizations and meditation. It was providing me with powerful sexual healing that I was unaware I even needed. My mind-body connection began to grow, my spirit was strengthened.
This book is much more than the title. This book lays out, step by step, how to take control of your life, find true inner peace and total life healing, and live life with purpose and passion. I continue to study this book almost every day. It is always by my bedside or a fixture in my workspace.
Revelation through initiation. This book is a must read for each and every woman in my humble opinion. What ‘Women Who Run With the Wolves’ does through Dr. Pinkola’s vivid and exciting storytelling is reveal to the female consciousness powerful tools of reason that have been lost through the development over centuries of a male-dominated, feminine-domesticating culture.
The wild feminine nature is within all of us, male and female, and this book eloquently and beautifully illustrates how to delve within our psyche to build new channels of thinking and responding to life in extremely empowering ways, and how to repair channels that have been broken or buried.
This book teaches women how to tap into their true instinctual nature, teaches revelatory lessons so that we may once again learn to live like, and run with, wolves. This book is one I read from or reference every single day.
Within our bodies are multiple nerve plexuses. Each plexus contains bundles of nerves that correspond to specific parts of the body. The locations of many of these nerve plexuses are what are referred to as the Chakras, known within yoga philosophy as a network of channels that distributes energy throughout the body.
Chakra theory has roots in ancient India, ancient Hopi Native American history, as well as Daoist philosophy and Chinese medicine.
Understanding the theory behind how chakras can be nurtured in ways that positively develop the mind, body, intellect, emotions, spiritual life, and the relationships within your world is an enlightening journey! This book is truly a perfect place to start! Clear simple language, incredibly beautiful illustrations, and comprehensive an an easily digestible format. This is my go-to chakra manual.
My father gave me this book when I was 20 years old. It is an excellent manual for self care, and the use of potent points taught within it has saved my hide time and time again. In moments when I felt my head was going to explode, my belly crumple into a tight wad of paper, or that some stressful thing was going to bury me for good, I have employed the use of a potent point and found deep relief.
How powerful that one book is capable of shedding so much light and delivering incredibly relief in the most simple of ways-using the pressure from a finger to heal the body. This should be in every household along with a great first aid manual.
Everyone is deserving of wellbeing and health. Everyone deserves to find relief from pain and suffering. If more of the world can more easily achieve greater ease in their life, think how much kindness and generosity would flow more freely.
We treat the people around us in the spirit of our current emotional state. If we feel happy and healthy, we smile, we have light in our eyes, we project our good mood. Conversely, when we are sad, in pain, or unhappy, we walk around with a sullen face, vacant eyes, a slumped posture, sending out messages of dis-ease.
The truth is that the power to shift our mood and lovingly tend to our bodies and minds in healing ways is actually right at our fingertips. Self-care really should be taught as a major element of any educational foundation. What good is lots of empirical knowledge and formulas, history and data, if we are unable to sustain our bodies and brains in healthy ways? Stress is a part of life, if we do not know how to deal with this stress it will build up and break us down.
This book is a powerful tool. I urge you to take advantage!