We all have them. Favorite books. Those nuggets of wisdom and insight that showed up at just the right moment to change our lives. Here are my top picks.
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Top 5 Books that Changed My Life
A guide to creating exactly the life I (and you if you choose to do it) want. A very practical guide to working with karma. Turns out creating the life I want and gardening have a lot in common. Prepare the soil, plant seeds, tend them, and harvest the results. Turns out I’m doing that every moment of my life. Only choices I have are in what seeds I plant and how I tend them. The harvest follows automatically.
Another practical guide. Similar to the Diamond Cutter in that it’s about creating the reality I want to live and realizing that I am the author of my reality every minute of every day. Working with compassion to apply Inquiry and the turnaround, Byron Katie shows each of us how we can rewrite the stories of our lives and create the lives we each want. Along the way she helps us decrease anxiety and increase joy through such techniques as noticing who’s business something is. Mine? Then I can work on it. Yours? Then I can make a request but it’s not my job to do. God’s? Then we can both relax and let God handle it.
Hmm – I sense a theme. This is another practical guide for creating a life worth living rather than one that is slowly killing you. Telling the truth – says Brad and I believe him – is one of the keys to freedom, success, and happiness. The more radically honest I get, the more my life energy flows and the happier I am. But don’t take my word for it. Start practicing today. Just be careful of ‘drive by honesty’. Once you open up and share your truth with someone, stand in the fire of compassionately witnessing their response. Then keep going. Keep sharing.
This fictional novel is inspiring and breathtaking for two major reasons. 1) It’s the first time I’d seen anyone write about relationships and sexuality that were both loving and respectful and free of ‘ownership’ or a sense of owing someone else. It still has the most erotic lovemaking scene in it that I’ve ever read. And 2) when the peaceful utopian culture is invaded with violence it finds a way to see the humanity in the invaders and to conquer them through transforming them from ‘enemy’ to ‘friend’. The phrase “There is a place for you at our table if you choose to join us.” is one that I think we need to apply liberally right now.
David Deida anchors the same vision of loving creation as our true nature that are shared in the other four books I mentioned here. And then he takes it to another level by offering practical ways to use sex as a vehicle to learn how to live open as the love we are. While he admits that it’s challenging to stay open in the face of hurt, rejection, or closure he challenges each reader to take ultimate responsibility for their own opening or closing. This is the book sitting beside my bed right now.