Books. I just love them. My happy place is in a bookstore, gazing upon the shelves of books.
The smell of a new book spikes up my endorphins and I just feel so at home sitting with a good book.
Last year I set myself a goal to read 52 books, I started off well, but as life tends to do, it got in the way and my book reading fell by the wayside. I read 29 books in 2018, so still something I am proud of.
Here are the best books I read in 2018.
1. Be Here Now
The back cover: In March 1961, Professor Richard Alpert – later renamed Ram Dass – held appointments in four departments at Harvard University. He published books, drove a Mercedes and regularly vacationed in the Caribbean. By most societal standards, he had achieved great success... And yet he couldn’t escape the feeling that something was missing. Psilocybin and LSD changed that.
During a period of experimentation, Alpert peeled away each layer of his identity, disassociating from himself as a professor, a social cosmopolite, and lastly, as a physical being. Fear turned into exaltation upon the realization that at his truest, he was just his inner-self: a luminous being that he could trust indefinitely and love infinitely.And thus, a spiritual journey commenced. Alpert headed to India where his guru renamed him Baba Ram Dass – “servant of God.”
He was introduced to mindful breathing exercises, hatha yoga, and Eastern philosophy. If he found himself reminiscing or planning, he was reminded to “Be Here Now.” He started upon the path of enlightenment, and has been journeying along it ever since. Be Here Now is a vehicle for sharing the true message, and a guide to self-determination.
What I thought: I already knew a bit about Ram Dass, his story as a professor who experimented with LSD, but reading his own words make it that much more special. In the middle of the book you will have a wonderful surprise, especially if you are on a spiritual path. I don't want to give it away!
2. The Celestine Phropechy
The back cover:In the rain forests of Peru, an ancient manuscript has been discovered. Within its pages are 9 key insights into life itself -- insights each human being is predicted to grasp sequentially; one insight, then another, as we move toward a completely spiritual culture on Earth. Drawing on ancient wisdom, it tells you how to make connections among the events happening in your life right now and lets you see what is going to happen to you in the years to come. The story it tells is a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.
What I thought: Cannot believe it took me so long to read this book. It is incredible and already have the 2nd one on my list of books for February. It won't disappoint. There is a movie made about the book, but I haven't watched it, it looks quite old. I hope someday they make another.
3. The Mastery Of Love
The back cover: In The Mastery of Love, don Miguel Ruiz illuminates the fear-based beliefs and assumptions that undermine love and lead to suffering and drama in our relationships. Using insightful stories to bring his message to life, Ruiz shows us how to heal our emotional wounds, recover the freedom and joy that are our birthright, and restore the spirit of playfulness that is vital to loving relationships. The Mastery of Love includes:
• Why "domestication" and the "image of perfection" lead to self-rejection
• The war of control that slowly destroys most relationships
• Why we hunt for love in others, and how to capture the love inside us
• How to finally accept and forgive ourselves and others "Happiness can only come from inside of you and is the result of your love.
When you are aware that no one else can make you happy, and that happiness is the result of your love, this becomes the greatest mastery of the Toltec: the Mastery of Love." — don Miguel Ruiz
What I thought: Truly a life changing book, it took me a while to finish it, even though it is a very small book. There can be some triggers in it, so you should take your time to soak it all in.
4. Awakening Shakti
The back cover: How do you live a life of spiritual awakening as well as outer abundance, inner freedom as well as deep intimacy? How do you serve the world selflessly, yet passionately celebrate your life?The sages of Tantra have known for centuries that when you follow the path of Shakti—the sacred feminine principle personified by the goddesses of yoga—these gifts can manifest spontaneously. Yet most of us, women as well as men, have yet to experience the full potential of our inner feminine energies. When you know these powers for what they are, they heighten your capacity to open spiritually, love more deeply and fearlessly, create with greater mastery, and move through the world with skill and delight. In Awakening Shakti, you will learn how to recognize and invite:
Kali, bringer of strength, fierce love, and untamed freedom
Lakshmi, who confers prosperity and beauty
Saraswati, for clarity of communication and intuition
Radha, who carries the divine energy of spiritual longing
Bhuvaneshvari, who creates the space for sacred transformation
Parvati, to awaken creativity and the capacity to love
With a wealth of meditations, visualizations, mantras, teachings, and beautifully told stories, Awakening Shakti provides a practical guide for activating the currents of the divine feminine in every aspect of your life.
What I thought: Probably my favourite book ever. I've always loved Eastern Philosophies and particulary enjoyed the stories of the Hindu Gods and Godesses.
5. Many Lives, Many Masters
The back cover: The true story of a prominent psychiatrist, his young patient, and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives. As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks.
What I thought: AMAZING! I loved this book so much. Everything in this book is everything I have always believed. If you are skeptic about reincarnation, read this! It will change everything! I plan on reading many more books about reincarnation this year. I find it so interesting.
These are some of my absolute favourite books ever. And of course they are all spiritual books.
Again I've set myself the challenge to read 52 books for 2019.
3 down, 49 to go!
I hope you add some of these books to your list, I promise, they won't disappoint.
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