Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles –Gabrielle Bernstein
If you haven’t yet read one of Gabrielle Bernstein’s books, checked out her website, or watched one her vlogs, I highly suggest doing so ASAP. She has so much to share about returning to our true loving selves by listing to our Spirit, or inner guides (~ing) and is on her way to transforming the world. In this book, she shares with us many lessons to transform our lives by paralleling it with her own spiritual journey. She also offers up many tips, tools, and meditations to help us do the same.
Last, I think he beautifully incorporated mental techniques to not just train for a race, but to live your “Cool Impossible”. He actually included information I’ve been reading in my other non-running books, like awareness/mindfulness and fear (like fear of failure) not being real.
It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways – Melissa and Dallas HartwigI probably read this book before I was ready for all the information. For instance, I am not ready to give up whole grains like oats or quinoa, nor am I ready to give up natural sugars like agave. At the same time, I am definitely NOT eating meat again or giving up my legumes (though I am trying to eat more almond butter rather than peanut butter…did you know peanuts weren’t nuts but legumes!?!?) And now you are probably wondering what in the world am I talking about…well the Whole30 is basically going on “Paleo Plus” 30 day detox. Basically you are only eating meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and fats. And in fact it is very healthy (though I really do not believe you need to have meat to be healthy or that legumes are bad and cause inflammation). I think everyone SHOULD follow a plant based diet that is promoted in this book. (The funny thing is, a few days after I got this book Steve announced he was on a Paleo diet…I’m pretty sure I know more about it than he does.) I would really love it if some of my friends with nutritional knowledge read more about the Whole30 and gave some feedback on it!
[Sedona Method- Hale Dwoskin]
I have to start by saying I only read half of this book. I got through half of it but then no longer felt motivated to read more. For me I guess it was a bit redundant. However, that is not to say the information and tools were not important, which I why I'm still putting this book on here. I think some of my friends would really gain something from it. I have also taken some of the releasing methods with me and have found them quite useful. I plan on getting one of the audio CDs in the future.]
The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose - Janet Attwood and Chris Attwood
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead -Sheryl Sandberg (Audio CD)
So I absolutely knew I had to read this book when it first came out. At the same time, I was a bit hesitant as she is a high powered business woman (like umm...Facebook's COO!), which is definitely not me. With that...I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. She is considerate of all women and what they choose to do in the working world, including moms who chose to bring their children up on their own (for some reason some of the reviewers of this book say otherwise). Yes, there were a few times in the books will I felt a little squirmy hearing her work schedule and having a baby then comparing it to my schedule and having a dog...but comparisons are rarely a good thing. Anyway, what this book really is is a women's empowerment book, teaching women how to stand up, lean in, and continuing doing the work of the great women before us to truly reaching an equal level with men. She totally does not bash men at all, by the way. I actually think it would be a great book for men to read too, and I loved learning more about her relationship with Mark Zuckerberg. I would also recommend the relationship chapter to all couples, especially those raising a family, to create a harmonious life among all.
I also found out that President Obama has a talent I never knew about…he is amazing at doing voice impressions! When speaking for other characters in the book, he smoothly took on their tones and slang, even preforming a Kenyan accent. I was impressed!
Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live - Martha Beck
I picked this book up in the library when I really wasn't sure what to read, so I decided just to get the book that called out to me. This was it. I had also remembered Sandi reading it in the Winter, and as we have similar taste, that was a good sign.
I was just to type "while I am still trying to find my true North..." but then Pacer just stuck her head under my arm and nestled into my chest. I guess I'm pretty close....
But anyway, I did not do all the exercises in the book, partially because I was too lazy and partially because maybe I'm just not ready. But either way, I very much enjoyed Martha Beck's wit and stories and will probably seek out a few of her other books.
The Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression Paperback – Lisa Machoian
As a member of Hudson's Coalition for Children's Mental Health, I figured it would be a good idea to starting doing a bit more research on the subject on mental health. I couldn't have picked a better book to get me started. She explores many different cases of depression in teenage girls, from the girl who shuts everyone out and feels guilty for her sadness, to the girl who cuts so someone notices she needs help, to the girl who drinks and parties to feel like she fits in. Furthermore, she helps us see the line between normal teenage behavior and signs of deeper issues, and explains how eating disorders really aren't about food. Finally, she closes with great tips how parents and anyone involved in the life a teenage girl's life can help her on a path to happiness and love.
10% Happier: How I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge. and found self-help that actually works- a true story- Dan Harris
Written by ABC news anchor, Dan Harris gives us a honest and adventurous account of how he went from stumbling on words while reading from a prompter in front of a live audience, to finding peace through...meditation. Personally, I cant imagine being a news reporter. Just the instability of the job with the constant competition for time would through me over the edge...Harris admitted he wasn't too far from off from going over himself. However, through a string of events, this skeptic found himself in at a 10 day meditation retreat. I think my favorite part of the book is his honesty as he constantly ask the questions we all have to "the enlightened".
Living History- Hillary Rodham Clinton (Audio CD)
This is another audio CD that I truly enjoyed listening to, especially as Mrs. Clinton herself was the narrator. With charm and wit, she discussed her time, both the celebrations and difficult times, in the White House and changing the position of First Lady. She also delves into Bill Clinton's affair and her decision to stay with him. (It's funny how in the 2008 elections I seemed to take grab onto the view that she was too stern-now realizing she was just a woman using her voice- and not possibly fathoming how she could stay with her husband to now knowing I can absolutely not judge her and her decision. She would (have) make a great president.) Now on to her newest book "Hard Choices"!
Seeking Peace-Martha Pipher
http://www.marypipher.net/Books.html I found this book at a thrift store in Jackson Hole, Wy and had to get it when I realized it was written by the acclaimed therapist and author Martha Piper. It was not what I expected as much was written as a biography (then again, that should probably be expected from a therapist) and then how she healed from her crazy days speaking and workshops to promote her books.
The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance- What Women Should Know- Katty Kay & Clairshipman
If I ever taught a women's empowerment class, this is another book I would add to the list. Backed up with science and stories (from WNBA players to government leaders) the authors dive into what confidence is, how you get it, and why men seem to have more of it. It also relates back to the famous social science question: nature or nurture? (As I have always found, it's a bit of both). At the end, we get tried and true ways of how to increase our own confidence and that of our female children.
Outrageous Openess: Letting the Divine Take the Lead - Tosha Silver
I 100% needed this book right now. Sometimes I forget Who is in charge and how to let go, concurrently making my head spin and stress/worry levels shoot up- a worthless habit. I'm usually not a fan of short story books, but this one was different. Each chapter focused on a certain subject and the stories helped explain the concept, or way to step back and let the Divine lead. There were lot's of handy quotes and mantras too. - I'm about to go back and write down a few on sticky notes to put around my house!
Zen and the Art of Running: The Path to Making Peace with Your Pace- Larry Shapiro, PHD
I picked this book up on my way home from the Fuzzy Fandango 25k in Mohican, at one of my favorite bookstores, Books in Stock, in Wooster. Don't let the name fool you...it's old with lots of aisles full of books that keep reaching back, and an upstairs after going up a flight of creaky stairs. Definitely a place to get lost in!
But about the book- I felt it was kind of basic, or beginner I should say, but I'm not really a practicing Buddhist anyway. There were two points that struck me. 1) Weather- the weather is never good or bad, we just attach those feelings to them. Therefore we can changes those feelings. 2) Impermanence, aka not being the "runner you once were". From a Zen perspective, that is a false belief. You can never be the runner you once were as your not the person you once were. Everything is always changing. (For help with this one, think about yourself 20 years ago-are you the same person you were then?).
Hard Choices - Hillary Rodham Clinton (Audio CD)
This is a full account of Mrs. Clinton's time as Secretary of State. Wow. It really is quite mind blowing to think about the responsibility of the position and how one can even handle it (most of us have a tough time just juggling our to-do list). I have to admit I didn't listen as closely as I would have liked, it took me well over a month to listen to, and I skipped a few of the last CDs (the last CD was my favorite when she started talking about human rights.) However, that's not to say anything negative about the book. She was honest and didn't leave anything out. And may I say...she has my vote.
A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity - Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl Wu
Often times when I read a good book, I think of how I would include it in a class if I were a college professor. I have quite the list going in my imaginary women's/human's rights study class. With this book, however, I thought about how it could be divided up to be a whole course itself.
Kristof and WuDunn make a strong and beautiful team as always, diving into how t
o one can really make a difference and diving into quite a few issues the non-profit would is up against, like hundreds of people trying to start their own, who to trust, and how money is spent (marketing vs. cause). Then they share numerous one can make a difference, even with just $5 to spare. We could create quite a ripple if everyone read this book and took just 1 tip from it.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment - Eckhart Tolle
As one can probably imagine from the title, this was not the easiest book to get through. Yes, Eckhart Tolle is wonderfully brilliant, but it takes a lot to process what he is saying. This particular book answers many questions that he has received from audience members and followers. It did get me thinking at a deeper level, I appreciated what I read, but the end it got rather redundant. (I will say that my favorite part was the concept of always being a new You- no one is their past self. The past self no longer exists. - great tip for runners who are getting wiser or coming back from injury!)