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.)
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.
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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