5 Books that changed my life

I don't talk about it a lot but I love to read.  So much so that when I was 8 years old, I read so much that my eyes weakened and I've worn glasses ever since. ( Actually, I have no idea why I became near-sighted...)

So, books have always been a HUGE part of my life. 

I almost went to school for a degree in Library Science! Of the hundreds of books that I've read, there are a handful that literally changed my life.

You know when pick up a book and don't want to put it down? And then you end up re-reading it every year or so? Well, I wanted to share my special book list with you! 

These are listed in the order that I read them :)

1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

I read this one when I was a freshman in college (or maybe my senior year of high school?). It was the first "spiritual" kind of book that really spoke to me.  I loved how he spoke about mindfulness and sitting with ourselves.  This is one that I've read again and it's amazing how it's always relevant to my life.  I recommend reading this one when you're going through rough time.  

"Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light."

 

2. The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This book came to me at the perfect time. The first time I read it I was in my early twenties and had just finished my yoga teacher training. I LOVE how simple it is! It's a super easy read but the lessons in the book just seem to stick to the mind and body and heart.  This is a simple book for simple living and is great for anyone wanting to communicate more honestly with other.  I recommend reading this book when you're in transition and growth.

"Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love."
 


3. Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith

My personal life, my yoga teaching, and my work with women is heavily influenced by this book. It's a book for everyone but is especially good for wellness practitioners.  Anodea Judith weaves together psychology,  somatic therapy, metaphysics and so much more. This book is truly a gem for anyone wanting to learn about the chakras and your own experience. Highly recommend for wellness coaches or yoga instructors! 

"Arranged schematically, the book uses the inherent structure of the chakra system as a map upon which to chart our Western understanding of individual development. Each chapter focuses on a single chakra, starting with a description of its characteristics, then exploring its particular childhood developmental patterns, traumas and abuses, and how to heal and maintain balance. "

4. Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Claudia Welch

This book is what really fueled my passion for women's health and wellness. Reading this book really helped me learn how to balance my hormones, mainly through the foods I was eating. This is great for anyone wanting an introduction to ayurveda, your endocrine system, and how to enhance your health.  I recommend this for older women as well; she really speaks a lot to aging and how to gracefully do it.  

"In clear, accessible language, internationally renowned doctor Claudia Welch explains hormones from A to Z, specifically how they relate to each other, how and why they become imbalanced, and how women can restore that balance."

5. Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Ohhhh... this book.  Wow; I could probably write an entire blog series about this book.  If you're a woman, you should read this.  CP Estes uses folklore to explore women's lives.  I can relate to pretty much every single thing that she mentions in this book. It's a really big book but super easy to read because she breaks it down into the tale, then the explanation.  It's GREAT for a bookclub or to read with a friend. I cannot recommend this enough! 

"Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her own traditions, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine."

What are your favorite books? Comment below! 

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