Personal growth and wellbeing tools are one of my loves.
I love the smorgasbord of options available to all of us to increase our sense of purpose and support living a meaningful life. Opportunities to taste experiences and wisdom that might connect with me and that I might be able to share with others.
So, I kinda just felt like sharing some of my most fave resources with you.
I don’t consider myself a teacher, despite recently thinking I kinda fit that role.
I consider myself more of a seeker. As someone who seeks stuff out that is of interest that might useful to improve the quality of my life, and then, well pass that on.
I am not affiliated with any of the groups or authors or other things I highlight. Purely just for the love of sharing.
Seeker to seeker.
I am sure that along your seeking path you have come across so many amazing resources as well, and I’d love for you to share them with me too.
I’ll break it up into categories for easier reference.
Books are like my friends. Wise friends who are willing to share their stories and wisdom and who are really, really quiet. Friends that I can shut up without offending. Friends that don’t fight. And friends that make me smile and let me feel like I am not alone in this thing called life. I carry them with me wherever I go.
I’ll introduce you to a few friends now. I want to share many of them, but for now, a little chunk might be better to digest than a big arse 25 course meal.
1. Steering By Starlight by Martha Beck. Martha has long been my mentor. First seeing her on Oprah back in the early 90’s, she has continually inspired me with her very human and brilliant story telling. Undeniably funny, she fuses mystic experiences and science in such a way that you cannot doubt that the two are sent purposefully to help us through this human experience.
Steering by starlight is a necessary navigational tool for humans to find their true north star and learn the tools to not only follow our unique directions, but help us transform our lives so they a deep and rich and meaningful. If you don’t have it on your list of must reads, might wanna throw it on there now! Martha gives us a step by step process that she uses in her work as one of America’s most recognised Life Coaches, to help over come problems and fulfil our potential.
Who is this book for? This is for anyone who is seeking better relationships, anyone who wants to get more clear on their career direction, those who want to achieve specific goals and for those who just want more peace and calm in their lives…and who doesn’t need at least one of those things right now??
The first time I saw Brene was on a TED talk a bunch of years back. You too might be one of the 31 million plus views that have been recorded…if you aren’t…get on it! From that first encounter, we became best friends. Well, not technically. But, you know. If she knew me we totally would be (ok stalker-ish).
The Gifts takes us on an epic journey (and I don’t say that lightly), into places and spaces of the human experience that blows the lid off perfection and shows us how to not only tackle dark emotions that get in the way of living a meaningful life, but allows us to deepen our self compassion and the compassion of others.
Brene bravely goes into zones that many of us don’t enjoy traveling. Areas around comparison, self judgement, shame, guilt, creativity, self doubt, intuition and SO SO much more. And as she leads us through this journey, it is like having a long and supportive conversation with a wise and very passionate friend. A human who does not have it all together, but uses what she is learning to help not only herself live a deeper, richer and more meaningful life, but shares it with us so that we might too.
Who is this book for? Only every single person on the planet right now. If that isn’t you, it isn’t for you!
3. The Big Leap by Gay Hendrix. The first time I came in contact with this book, a friend had brought it along to our Soul Readers: Personal Growth Book club. She picked it up from the library because she like the picture. I am not sure if she ever read it in the end, but when I flicked through it on that night, I knew it was a title I wanted to read.
The Big Leap is essentially about dealing with our subconscious and conscious fears, holding us back from living a life at a high and deserving level. Or as Gay calls them, Upper Limit Problems. In this book Gay takes us through case studies and personal experiences of his own that illustrate ways that we all hold ourselves back and he offers us a way of overcoming our barrier to happiness and achieving our trust potential.
We learn about the Zone of Genius and how most of us are operating not even close to it. Gay show us how to find out ZOG and then deal with the blocks that come up along the way with attaining life at it’s highest level.
Easy to read and not filled with psychobabble and difficult terms to get. Game changing in the highest degree!
Who is this book for? Folks who feel called that there is ‘something more’ that they need to be doing on the planet. Folks who feel stuck and unable to understand what is holding them back from taking that next leap…or even that next step.
I could list SO MANY more. SO many. But here is a taste tester. If I could only ever recommend 3 books, these would be them.
Here are another few that well, I couldn’t leave out.
For breakups, betrayal, loss of a loved one and deep pain:
Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser & Loving What Is by Byron Katie
I Could Do Anything if Only I Knew What That Was by Barbara Sher
Blocked Creativity and Self Doubt:
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert & The Artist Way by Julie Cameron
Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin & Medical Medium by Anthony William & Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr & Rushing Woman’s Syndrome by Dr Libby Weaver
The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary & Mothering and Daughtering by Sin and Eliza Reynolds & Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph
The Soul of Money by Lynn Twist
Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron & Life Loves You by Louise Hay and Robert Holden & Rising Strong by Brene Brown & Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck
I Hope I Screw This Up by Kyle Cease & Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson & The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
Moon Time by Lucy Pearce & Womb Wisdom by Prakasha and Prakasha
The Passion Test by JB Atwood and Chris Attwood & Claim Your Power by Mastin Kipp & Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck
Clearly, I have a book issue. And if I am addicted, then I put my hand up and own it. I’d rather be addicted to this than…well, so many other things.
If you have a great book that has changed your life, I would so love for you to share it with me!