What I'm Reading Now: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

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Gut Reaction: This book was recommended to me in a women’s group I belong to by my Kundalini yoga teacher. Trusting her deeply, I did not hesitate to purchase! I kid you not, I read this book in one weekend and loved it so much that I decided to run a book club on it.

This book is all things—it’s vulnerable, raw, real, sad, happy… I felt all the emotions so strongly as I read, and even though our stories are very different, I could relate so painstakingly well to everything. This is a powerful book for females, although I wouldn’t totally rule it out for males. Gut reaction?! I crazy loved this book, and even began jotting down notes for my own memoir, I was that inspired!

My gems: The realness! Having an online presence, even in a small way, and making a promise to myself to share even the uncomfortable, I can imagine the difficulty that was felt while writing parts of this book. It is always such an inspiration to see people share truthfully and honestly about their lives. For me, a big jewel was that, well I am a woman, and I could easily picture myself at each of the life stages Glennon goes through. This book has the power to bring hope, and remind us that even though new challenges come at every age and every stage, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Who might like it: I truly believe most women could relate very well to this book, especially those who are committed to their healing path/journey. I might go as far to say that teens could benefit from reading as well, but if you’re a parent... proofread first and obviously go with your gut. I’m not a parent yet, so I can’t fully say, but I work with many teens, and I’ve come to see that a lot of parenting styles endorse being very real with their kiddos, so if that is you, this could be a great book. Fair warning on the intimacy, wording, and rawness though… as I said, read first, then decide!

Men? Hmmm, I’m not sure. Having and knowing a lot of sensitive men in my life, I do think some men could benefit and would probably really enjoy hearing a woman’s perspective on some of the issues in the book. I’d say, give it a go if you’re on the fence! After all, you could always stop reading!

Quotes/Inspiration

“You have to be known to be loved, and none of these waving people knows me. They only know my representative. This is not a victory parade for me, but for her. She is the one waving. I am the one holding my breath again, underneath. She is the star; I am the mental patient.” pg. 30

“Just as a learn to trust my body, I start losing faith in my mind. It seems fair to me that the harder I work, the more progress I should make. I’m desperate to pay whatever dues will earn me my peace, stability, and life back.” pg. 194

“My spiral staircase of progress means that my pain will be both behind me and in front of me, every damn day. I’ll never be “over it,” but I vow to be stronger each time I face it. Maybe the pain won’t change, but I will. I keep climbing.” pg. 195

“Growing up is an unbecoming. My healing has been a peeling away of costume after costume until here I am, still and naked and unashamed before God, stripped down to my real identity. I have unbecome. And now I stand: Warrior.” pg. 223

What I'm Reading Now: You are the Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza

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Gut Reaction: Even the title drew me into this book! It sounds so ‘sciency,’ doesn’t it?! I love science, I love research, I love psychology, and I love neurology. The first degree I earned was in psychology, and I literally loved every minute of it. If you are anything like me, I can tell you that you will not be disappointed in the psychology/science perspective this book has to offer.

Dr. Joe Dispenza starts off by telling his very personal tale of how he began his own research into the power of the mind. His story is gripping, emotional, and a great hook for the beginning of the book. He provides endless examples of how people have healed their bodies by training their minds through meditation. For every story/piece of information he gives, he uses science to explain what happened through concrete evidence such as brain scans.

Now, I am already a person who believes in the power of the mind, but this book put me over the edge. I’ve recommended it to quite a few clients and family members already. Even if you are someone who does not at all believe in the concept of Qi or Energy (I can’t imagine you’re on my site if that’s true, but still) I honestly believe you will be able to, nonetheless, appreciate this book.  

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My Gems: The personal stories. At times this book felt a bit like I was reading a textbook for a science class back in the days when I had to take all the pre-med courses required for acupuncture school. I greatly appreciated when Dispenza incorporated people’s honest journey, and how they used meditation to heal themselves.

Who Might Like It: As mentioned, I think a wide audience could find an appreciation for this book. People who have any sort of chronic illness would greatly benefit from reading, as well as those who are interested in growth and moving along their healing path. Of course, all of the holistic health practitioners and yogis would without a doubt LOVE this text. I might also add, with a mischievous grin, that this might be great for the “non-believer” friend or family member. #nevergiveup :-)

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Quotes/Inspiration:

A few of my favorite little nuggets

“Stress if one of the biggest causes of epigenetic change, because it knocks your body out of balance. It comes in three forms: physical stress (trauma), chemical stress (toxins), and emotional stress (fear, worry, being overwhelmed, and so on). Each type can set off more than 1,400 chemical reactions and produce more than 30 hormones and neurotransmitters.” pg. 96

“Often, we accept certain cues from our environment that then prime us to accept certain beliefs, which may or may not be true. Either way, the moment we accept the belief, it has an effect not only on our performance, but also on the choices we make.” pg. 165

On meditation- “Being present gives us access to possibilities on the quantum level that we didn’t have access to before.” pg. 275

What I'm Reading Now: A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson

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Gut Reaction: This book was absolutely amazing. Every sentence felt like a little gold nugget. This was the third time I had been recommended this book and the first two times, I picked it up, skimmed it and put it down. I was a lot younger then, and terrified of the GOD word. This time, someone whom I trust deeply recommended I read this book, and because of that I set forth.

In the first few pages, Williamson explains that God is just a word, and that it can easily be substituted with love, the universe, divine feminine, really anything that resonates with the reader. With that little sigh of relief, I pushed onward.

Turns out that this book was exactly what I needed. This is now one of my most underlined, dog-eared, noted-up books I have ever read. Not only that, but I usually carry this book around with me in my bag for inspiration. If something throws me “off” throughout the day, this book has great potential to help me get back on track. It just goes to show that sometimes the more you resist something, the more you may need it.

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My gems: This book pulled  a lot of its own gems from A Course in Miracles, which, from what I understand, is a pretty extensive course for spiritual growth and development. What I particularly loved in this version by Williamson is that it is separated into categories, so you have the option to read it straight through or jump around. I would highly recommend reading it front to back, and then highlighting certain passages or sections that you found particularly helpful along the way, so that it becomes an easy reference—trust me, you’re going to want to reference this one!

Who might like it: Someone on “their journey.” If you know what I mean by this, then it’s probably for you. There are people committed to spiritual growth and development and there are others who would rather not dive into that area now, or for some—ever! I’m guessing that if you’re here, you’re more concerned with personal growth, so I would assume this book would be good for you. And if you’re anything like me, I just eat this stuff for dinner! Give me more! Give me more!

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Quotes/Inspiration

A few of my favorite little nuggets (headings are names of chapters in the book)

Hell

“Until your knees finally hit the floor, you’re just playing at life, and on some level you’re scared because you know you’re just playing. The moment of surrender is not when life is over. It’s when it begins.” pg. 13

“When you truly bottom out, there comes an exhilarating release. You recognize there’s a power in the universe bigger than you are, who can do for you what you can’t do for yourself?” pg. 13

God

“We have been brought up in a world that does not put love first, and where love is absent, fear sets in.” pg. 22

You

“Sometimes people think that calling on God means inviting a force into our lives that will make everything rosy. The truth is, it means inviting everything into our lives that will force us to grow--and growth can be messy.” pg. 39

Surrender

“They say that the mind should be like an empty rice bowl. If it’s already full, then the universe can’t fill it. If it’s empty, it has room to receive. This means that when we think we have things figured out, we’re not teachable. Genuine insight can’t dawn on a mind that’s not open to receive it. Surrender is a process of emptying the mind.” pg. 59

Miracles

“We can all contribute to a global rebirth to the extent that we allow ourselves to be awakened from our own personal dream of separation and guilt, to release our own past and accept a new life in the present. It is only through our own personal awakening that the world can be awakened. We cannot give what we don’t have.” pg. 75

Relationships

“The ego always emphasizes what someone has done wrong. The Holy Spirit emphasizes what they’ve done right.” pg. 101

“We’re not aligned with the Holy Spirit until people can behave in any way they choose to, and our own inner peace isn’t shaken.” pg.118

“We love purely when we release other people to be who they are. The ego seeks intimacy through control and guilt. The Holy Spirit seeks intimacy through acceptance and release.” pg. 119

“In relationships as well, we’re brought together for real work. Real work can only occur in the presence of rigorous honesty. We all long for that, but we are afraid of honestly communicating with another person because we think they’ll leave us if they see who we really are.” pg. 130

Work

“It is merely our job to so deeply align our hearts and minds with His spirit within us, that our lives then become involuntary instruments of His will. Insights occur. Situations shift gear.” pg. 215

Body

“One of the problems with illness is that it strongly tempts us to obsess about the body at the very time when we need most to concentrate on spirit.” pg. 238

Heaven

“You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right. But whatever you focus on, you’re going to get more of. Creation is an extension of thought. Think lack, and you get lack. Think abundance, and you get more.” pg. 272

Have you read A Return to Love? Did it impact your life? Tell me in the comments below! And if you have a reading recommendation for me, pop that in there, too. I’d love to hear!