Book Review: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

I absolutely loved everything about this book.

Part One is devoted to the biology of the brain, the subconscious mind and quantum physics. Don’t let these terms scare you. Dr. Dispenza writes this part in easy to understand terms and with examples that will leave little doubt about the existence of a higher intelligence.

Everything is laid out simply and with the intention of you learning how the brain works, so you can then learn how to unlearn the things that aren’t working for you. 

I actually found it fascinating. There were many moments of being blown away, and making my family turn to look at me like I was losing my mind when I would simply cry out “Holy Shit!” in the midst of reading. (side note: yes, my children hear me swear and they are so awesome as to not mirror mommy’s foul-mouth…at least not yet. I’m sure they’ll find the perfectly inappropriate opportunity to do so).

Part Two delves into the way the subconscious mind and our established patterns of behaviour are so ingrained in us, we don’t even notice how our body and mind have taken over and, in essence, sabotage our best intentions to change, to do better, to achieve our greatness.

Part Three teaches the meditations necessary to tap into our subconscious mind and reprogram our brains so that our minds can work with us and for us, instead of against us. We are in charge once again.

My biggest take-away from this book is the understanding that there is a higher power, an intelligence, or, if you’re a religious person…God…who is all-loving and truly wishes to work with us and allow us to express our greatest gifts and bring them to the world. It is through this work that abundance, joy and our biggest dreams manifest into reality.

Another resonating lesson for me is to stop trying to control everything. My job is to create an image of the WHAT. It’s the universe’s job to concern itself with the HOW. Giving up control? Yeah…working on that. More to follow, indeed.

For someone who perhaps isn’t thirsty for this knowledge, this book might feel like somewhat of a chore. But, I encourage you to keep reading. It will impart some wonderful tools to help you shape the life the universe knows you deserve. You just have to get out of the way and let it happen.

For those of you who, like me, are in the work, I feel this is a must read. It compliments all of the other literature out there encouraging you to release old habits, beliefs and patterns of behaviour holding you back. Here, however, you receive scientific evidence that manifestation and a greater power do in fact exist. And, you receive the meditation tools which will allow you to connect to that higher intelligence and co-create your life with it.

Did you read Dr. Dispenza’s book? Would love to hear from you and what your take-aways were.

#BookReview Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss

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I took longer to read Anatomy of the Spirit than I expected because I found I could only read it in short sittings. This was partly due to a busy home life, but I felt I needed to really concentrate during each sit and required longer periods to absorb the information and lessons Myss was imparting.

The book has a phenomenal introduction to both Myss’ work as a spiritual healer and to set up the content.

I appreciate the way she aligned Christian, Jewish and Eastern belief systems and how they all lead us towards the same purpose: to live in deep faith in a power beyond our own, to know ourselves deeply and give up the illusion of control.

The book is organized according to the 7 Chakras. Within each section she links each Chakra to a main Christian or Jewish tradition. She also weaves in many stories about people in suffering due to blockages at that particular chakra and how they either heal or remain in suffering due to their ability or inability to confront the decisions made in their life which brought them to where they are.

I will read this book again because I think this is one of those books which will offer me different insights at different points in my life.

The most inspiring lesson of the book is how much power we have to change our situations while simultaneously giving up control over our life. That is a lesson which I think will challenge me quite a bit and I am eager to allow unfold.

If you’re interested in deepening your spiritual journey, I think this is a definite must-read.

Book Review: Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

If you have a goal, a mind-blowing dream, and haven’t done anything about it yet…

Get. This. Book.

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I heard the audio book during my daily commute and I literally felt like Ms. Hollis wrote this book for me. Maybe not the entire book, but definitely the chapter on “Not Having Enough Time” in the excuses section of the book.

Ms. Hollis is straightforward and bold as she encourages women from all walks of life to finally get themselves into action and make, yes MAKE, their dreams come true.

She addresses excuses we all use to avoid tackling on a project head-on. And, chances are, there is at least one excuse which resonates so deeply with you, Ms. Hollis will unpack and dismantle it in minutes.

The audio book is rich with examples from her personal story of success and she keeps each point relevant to the pressures women face in modern-day society.

A print copy of the book would be useful if like me, you love to underline, note-take or highlight sections to remember. However, if you’re also like me and have your day pretty much planned out between work and family, the audio book delivers her message rather effectively during your commute.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels stuck or is unsure of where she’ll find the drive to truly go after her goals. Ms. Hollis will fire you up and get you going! (I hope).

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Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

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I’ve read quite a bit about self-help, self-improvement, finding your true self, healing yourself etc. In fact, I didn’t realize how much until reading this book.

Chapters 1-4 had me smiling. The simplicity of the writing combined with the stark, honest tone offers a refreshing take on a theme so many people claim to be experts on. At no point does Manson claim expertise in any of the areas he highlights which is a nice way of interacting with his reader because the decision is always left in the reader’s hands.

The honesty is a no-holds barred delivery of the mistakes he has made in his own life – and this continues throughout the book. I had two reactions to this approach.

I felt that it worked well because he intermingles all of the stories of his own pitfalls with the stories of other rather well-known personalities, plenty of solid research and a really sound basis for his views on modern living and how it should be approached in order to live a balanced lifestyle.

By the end of the book, however, I felt like I had just read Manson’s personal journey of self-discovery rather than be allowed to use his advice to have one of my own. This isn’t necessarily a knock on the book. It was just how I reacted.

The not give a f*ck attitude of the book is really strong in the opening chapters. The swearing is abundant; however, it does taper off. The edge of his attitude isn’t quite so sharp in the second half of the book. And, it begins to read a little like a traditional self-improvement book, with a few f*cks thrown in so one doesn’t forget the spicy title.

Overall, I found Manson’s book entertaining and an easy read. His anecdotes and stories were very interesting and painted a great picture for the points he wished to drive home.

I do feel he has much to offer people in terms of finding a less stressful way to live life. He is an advocate for gratitude, for making conscious choices, for learning to fail and learning to say no. His writing style is fun, lively and he really is a great storyteller, using that skill to reel us in for the real purpose of his chapters: to show a better way to approach modern living.

If you’re looking for a book to inspire a little change in your life, to spark you to live your life a little differently, this just might be the book to do that.

Have you read Manson’s book? Would love to hear your reactions!

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#amreading The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

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The title. Obviously.

My first thought: the title is a gimmick to sell self-help in an inundated market. My second thought: yeah, I’ll buy it.

I’m at the point in my life where I really don’t give a f*ck what people think most of the time…so, I’m hoping this book will enlighten the way to feel like this all of the time.

I’m also hoping this book will be as honest and practical as its title suggests.

Looking forward to some great nuggets to use on this journey of growth and search for equanimity I seem to have unwittingly embarked upon.

Seems like a short straight-forward read…can’t wait to share my thoughts on this one.

Have you read it? Would you recommend it?

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