These 5 sit happily on my bookshelf. They help with humaning.
These 5 books are great reads, they have all had their place in my life over the last 3 or so years, whether it be audio or sitting down and turning pages. I read them all again last year, and they all gave me something new to contemplate (like this brain needs more, ha!).
I love books, but the application is essential. Your 'take-homes' from the words that cross your path, and the integration into your life make a crucial difference as to whether you journey forward or whether you sit in the same spot with a bunch of new lovely information in your head! Books can change your life if you let it - fiction and non fiction!
I love to marinade in words and it was Brene Brown's Power of Vulnerability series on Audible that I listened too for a good 6 months, and then again down the track, that has made me a big fan of the integration. Books are so darn amazing like that, don't you agree?
1. The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
If you were to read one book, and apply it for six months this would be it. It is really a practice. 4 simple agreements to carry out for better living, to be truer to you, and to those around you. It has many take homes - yes, it may be a bit ridic at times, but the essence of these 4 agreements spoken about in such a short little book are powerful.
2. The Charge - Brendon Burchard
This guys is very American, and that often makes me want to cringe and consume some other work...but this guy is enthusiastic, he breaks it down and knows his shit. You can't help but want to include him in your days. The practical components (hello, checklist) make it easy to get out of your head and into your life. More variety? More happy? More change? Check. Check. Check. Definitely listen to The Charge as an audiobook, too.
3. Quiet - Susan Cain
Oh the relief of reading about the introvert. To be honest, I zoned out half way through, but the essence is a great reminder and the take-homes around introverts appearing alert because they are over stimulated is something that will stay with me, always.
4. The Universe Has Your Back - Gabrielle Bernstein
This may be one of my fave books by Gabby, Spirit Junkie is firmly placed on my bookshelf, but this book has a flow and ease about it that is really honest, and invites you to do the work, show up and trust. For me, knowing that she wrote this book whist healing some hectic shit gives each word more meaning. If you want to know more about the book, I loved this podcast she did with Lewis Howes.
5. The Big Leap - Gay Hendricks
Wow. Call you out on your shit and see all your behaviours differently with this gem. Paul and I find ourselves muttering 'I think I upper limited the shit out of that', in both the positive and negative spin. I don't think that it is the be-all-and-end-all approach for me, I'd love to hear what you thought of it.
How many have you read? What should I read next? What are you reading at the moment?
Come at me with all the things...I shall have a look after I finish reading my first FICTION book in about five years.
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