Self help

30-Day Challenge, Books, Nonfiction, Self Help and Improvement

3 Books To Change Your Life

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3 Books to change your life: 3 books that can have a major impact on your life, improving your physical and mental health, and overall quality of life

Self help and self improvement are very broad topics because there are so many ways we can work on ourselves- learning new interpersonal or work skills, strengthening our mental health, managing stress, building resiliency, improving our outlook on life, building physical health and many more topics. While self help books can get a bad rap, I find them incredibly useful to help me learn new skills from teachers that resonate with me, and at my own pace.

The prompt for today’s 30-day book photography challenge is to share 3 all-time favorite self help and improvement books. Many of my recent posts (1, 2) are on books from the spirituality and self -help/self-improvement genre and this post shares 3 books that can change your life. These books have been exceedingly important in in my physical and mental health self-improvement journey.

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1. Change Your Schedule, Change Your Health by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

Our state of wellness includes both our physical and mental well-being. In Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar’s Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life, the author shows us how our habits and daily schedule influence our physical and mental health, energy levels, and overall feeling of well-being. Drawing on the principles of Ayurveda, and with research from the emergent field of chronobiology, the book guides us on how to work with the body’s circadian rhythm to optimize health. Put simply, given our individual body type, how can we use the body’s daily, light-driven circadian rhythm to help plan the best times to eat, exercise, meditate and sleep? How can we optimize our habits and schedule to work for us rather than trapping us like a hamster on a wheel? Every page of this book is chockfull of helpful information to help us enjoy holistic health. This book has had a big impact on my life.

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2. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: You can read more about this book in this post.

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3. The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr. Bren√©  Brown

I struggle with perfectionism (more on that here) and this book has repeatedly helped me trade my quest for perfection with authenticity. It was the first book that I read that talked about how our perfectionism sets us up to fail and how everyday we face the choice of embracing our imperfect, authentic, vulnerable selves.

Perhaps the most important lesson that I have learned from all these books is that self-improvement is not a one, two, or some multiple-time event but a lifelong series of choices we make and which, over time, add up to fantastic changes.

30-Day Challenge, Books, Connect The Dots, Nonfiction

Top 5 Spirituality And Self Help Books

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Spirituality and self help books/ Bookended
Day 7/ Book photography challenge: Favorite nonfiction

A list of my top 5 spirituality and self help books! When talking about nonfiction books (today’s book photography challenge is to photograph your favorite nonfiction, see picture above), I usually restrict myself to human psychology, spirituality, and to books in the self help genre. (I almost never read books on travel, biographies or politics and current affairs and I have accepted that I probably never will, and I’m okay with that.)

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Here’s a list of my favorite/ top 5 spirituality and self help books that continue to bring me immense understanding of myself. With some of the books on this list I may not be sticking to the traditional definition of the genre but I’m sharing them because they helped me better understand the workings of my mind and were instrumental in changing the way I live. 1. Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now and 2. Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to your life’s purpose. If you are reading this book, this podcast (Oprah and Eckhart Tolle) is a great accompaniment. I read the two books many years ago, thought I’d learned something about living in the present moment, went on with life, forgot about the books and then returned to them in 2018. This time around, they had a bigger, life-changing impact.

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3. Byron Katie’s Your Inner Awakening (Audiobook) where Katie leads you through the 4 questions of the The Work. This simple yet immensely powerful technique of questioning your thoughts continues to change the way I live. (More on this book in this post.)

4. I’m a huge fan of mythology as it captures and portrays the themes we see playing out in the collective consciousness and so The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell is on my list. You may think you’re reading about heroes, large figures from myth, but inevitably you’ll see the parallels with your own life. Here you are thinking that this new thing is happening to me and then you read this book and you realize it has been happening to people all over the world for eons. It’s like discovering you’re part of a large, beautiful tapestry. Here’s the link to Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth, Campbell’s famous multi-episode TV conversation with Bill Moyers.

5. Meeting the Shadow, The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Nature by Connie Zweig: An impressive roster of writers, poets, psychologists and other experts write about Jung’s concept of the shadow.

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