„Blessed are those brave enough to make things akward, for they wake us up and move us forward“ - Glennon Doyle
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
If you are new to the whole topic of personal development starting with „Untamed“ by Glennon Doyle is a good way to get into the mindset of breaking old rules and perspectives and replacing them with new ways to look at and deal with things. In regards to relationships with others, but also with ourselves and the world around us - all the expectations we think we have to meet instead of following our heart. Glennon herself has been on quite a journey herself and she tells little snippets of important moments and situations in her life. All of them with a little lesson for the reader.
"I was wild until I was tamed by shame. Until I started hiding and numbing my feelings for fear of being too much. Until I started deferring to others' advice instead of trusting my own intuition. Until I became convinced that my imagination was ridiculous and my desires were selfish. Until I buried who I was in order to become what I should be. I lost myself when I learned how to please." - Glennon Doyle, Untamed
Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty
If you are ready for more awareness and mindfulness training, „Think Like a Monk“ by Jay Shetty is up next. In his book he doesn't only explain the theory behind Monk-thinking, but also gives you little excersises and ways on how to incorporate it to your relationships and your own behaviour in every day, modern life. It helps you to overcome negative thinking and habits and to find your purpose and gift to the world.
"Remember, saying whatever we want, whenever we want, however we want, is not freedom. Real freedom is not feeling the need to say these things." - Jay Shetty, Think Like a Monk
"Fear motivates us. Sometimes it motivates us toward what we want, but sometimes, if we aren’t careful, it limits us with what we think will keep us safe." - Jay Shetty, Think Like a Monk
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
I'd say this one is for the more spiritually advanced among yourselves. And at the same time, for some it might as well be a good start to dive right in – everything is explained in detail, all you need is to be open to new ideas and a broader view. To the world that lives inside of each of us.
You will learn about the Human Consciousness, The Ego and its' many faces, the Pain-Body, Inner Purpose ... just to name a few topics. If any of this sounds intriguing I'd say go for it!
“When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn't work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life-form -- or a species -- will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition through an evolutionary leap.” - Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth
And for my fellow Germans out there:
The two books I started with and that I mentioned in my Blog Post Learning How to Flow are by Laura Malina Seiler – „Schön, dass es dich gibt“ & „Mögest du glücklich sein“.
Next on the list is „Das Kind in dir muss Heimat finden“ by Stephanie Stahl, which open up the door to healing your inner child – a big and important step to self-liberation.
And lastly I myself read „Gefühle sind zum fühlen da“ by Safi Nidiaye. We all learn to surpress our feelings instead of reading them and finding out what they might try to tell us. So with this book you will get some insight about how to do it right and actually FEEL your feelings.
So have fun, let me know how it goes and if you have your own recommendations on books!