Winter Reading: Of Past and Present

Winter Reading: Of Past and Present

New Year's & Winter Reading List

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I do like the little extra push of energy that New Year’s offers us. One of the areas that benefits from this energy surge is my reading list. Usually by the time the Holidays roll around, I’ve finished my fall reading and have forgotten to add more books to it. New Year’s rolls around and I suddenly remember, “Oh Yeah! I’m out of books!” Below is the present list I’ll be working on come January 1st. I've also included some books from past reading. This list includes books that I've read in the past that may be helpful for those of you in the present. Enjoy!

Present List

For Everyone: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. When I saw this book was coming out, I was so ridiculously excited. Over a decade ago in New York City,  I was lucky enough to see the Dalai Lama speak. I have no idea what he said, but I do remember sitting in this dark theater his laugh ringing out. And he laughed so much! I thought spiritual gurus were supposed to be serious, but he certainly changed my view point on that.  His laugh was infectious and I can actually still hear it today if I close my eyes. And then there’s the amazing Archbishop Desmond Tutu who just radiates joy. Perhaps, one day I’ll get to see him speak, as well. Until then, we have this amazing book to dig into. I just started it yesterday, but they cover things like The True Nature of Joy, Obstacles to Joy, and the Eight Pillars of Joy. I’m especially looking forward to the chapter called “You Are a Masterpiece in the Making”. You can order the book here on amazon:

For science geeks: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One by Joe Dispenza This book has been out since 2012 but it just recently caught my attention again, while I was working through Colette Baron Reid’s Uncharted. It combines quantum physics, neuroscience, genetics and more to help you change any area of your life. It’s broken down into three different parts: The Science of You, Your Brain and Meditation, and Stepping Toward Your New Destiny(which is broken into 4 week increments). I haven’t started this one yet, but it looks really interesting and I’m always up for a good science geek out fest.

For Intuitive Development: Your Three Best Super Powers: Meditation, Imagination and Intuition by Sonia Choquette. This was just recently released and Choquette uses the idea of becoming a Super Hero. This book is filled with exercises and techniques to help get you on your way to a more peace, intuitive and fulfilled life. I have listened to some lectures she has given in the past and have really enjoyed them. I think this book will be a great hands on resource for anyone wanting to make changes in their life.(Only $1.99 on Kindle right now!)

For Self-Nurturing: The Art of Extreme Self Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time by Cheryl Richardson. We could all use a reminder on how to take care of ourselves. Cheryl Richardson wrote a book in 2009 that will help get you back on track to putting yourself first. So the funny thing about this book being on my list for 2017? I bought it in 2011 after I had my daughter. Yeah…six years later…..clearly I need to focus on self care! I think the whole 12 month thing is perfect for starting in January. I urge you to join me on this one and let me know how your progress is coming—plus it will hold me accountable, as well! (PS Right now this is on sale for Kindle for only $0.99!!)

Past Reading

For the Dreamers: The Hidden Power of Dreams by Denise Linn A great book on dream techniques and how to make dreams work for you, including visualizations and meditation you can do to help you have better recall.


For Empaths: The Spiritual Power of Empathy by Cyndi Dale This book has some great basic information and exercises for those people who are still learning how to work with their Empathic Gifts. If you're looking for a beginner book or an introduction to Empaths see Doreen Virtue's book below.

Assertiveness for Earth Angels by Doreen Virtue This is a great book for beginner empaths. Doreen Virtue calls empaths "Earth Angels". She's got some really great information on how to identify characteristics of Earth Angels, as well as different suggestions to help you better use your gifts. Her big focus is on not letting people use you or take advantage of you. Often, empaths become completely drained of energy and this book can help you set up great guidelines for yourself moving forward.

For Tarot Lovers: 78 Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack I love Rachel Pollack’s view on tarot and this book is a classic. If you’re a tarot reader and haven’t read it yet, do it now! I read this one once a year and always learn something different.

The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook by Caitlin Matthews Tarot readers: Are you looking for something different or to expand your practice? Maybe Lenormand is the route for you! This book is a great learning resource as you start down the path. It has sections fro each card and then shows you how to connect your readings as a whole.

Interested in the Other Side?: Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Michael Newton. This is an interesting read about what happens with during our lives between lives period. Dr. Newton used hypnosis to more fully explore what happens after we die. A note: this is not the end all be all of what happens. Remember, in order to describe something accurately, we need the vocabulary to do so. Many things on the “other side” aren’t explainable by words here. This book is meant to open up your view point and get you thinking—not be a strict truth.

Adventures of the Soul by James Van Praagh. Great book on the otherside! It covers Soul Lessons, Reincarnation, Near Death Experiences and more. Click here for the full review.

Understanding Life Lessons: Your Life's Calling: Getting Unstuck and Fulfilling Your Life Lessons by Nancy Canning A great read for understanding your Life Lessons and the Belief Systems you've formed in this lifetime. See my full book review here, for more information.

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