Every single thing you give your attention to changes you in some way. Reading books cover to cover can require a lot of attention and focus (especially in the digital age), but I believe it’s one of the best ways to tap into your inner world, change your beliefs, and adopt a new perspective.
Books have been my best friends for as long as I can remember. There’s nothing I love more than immersing myself in the pages of both fiction and non-fiction, and over the years, I’ve read some gems that have truly shifted the way I think about the world.
Books are food for your mind. I find that when I don’t read, my consciousness literally starts to shrivel up like a prune! I’ve really come to rely on books for mindset food, inspiration, and in a general sense, an escape from everyday life.
I always try to keep one non-fiction and one fiction book in my rotation at all times because I think they feed the brain in different ways. Although I love reading fiction, I’ve found that some of the most transformational experiences in my life have come from reading non-fiction.
I know there are a lot of non-believers who will say “self-help” books are a bunch of bunk. Heck, I would probably be on their side, too, if I hadn’t witnessed firsthand the changes that have taken place in my consciousness, my mind, and my overall life as a result of the books I’ve read.
These are the books that have shaped me, changed my perspective, and set me on this path of self-discovery. I know I’ll keep coming back to them again and again each time life presents a new challenge, and I hope they bring you some inspiration, too!
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. Louise was one of my first introductions into the world of new wave thought, positive thinking, and the mind-body-spirit connection. I read this book in third or fourth year university, and I remember being so comforted by her words in a stressful time. The book includes positive affirmations, and there’s also an entire section devoted to certain physical conditions and the emotional causes behind them. Louise remains one of my biggest inspirations, and I still listen to her audiobooks on YouTube from time to time.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenmentand A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. Although they’re separate books, I’m putting these two in the same bullet point because they are both essential Tolle classics. These books taught me about the ego’s games, the insanity of past and future thinking, and the fact that the present moment is the only moment that is truly real. When I read the Power of Now two years ago, my mind was truly blown by Tolle’s simple yet powerful message, and my experience with a New Earth was no different. Tolle’s teachings really made me wake up to the reality of well, reality. I highly recommend his books for anyone suffering from anxiety, depression, or severe overthinking.
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer. This book was a real life-saver during an unhappy time of my life. Similar to Tolle, Singer writes about detaching from thought forms and stepping away from the ego to connect with your true self. The one suggestion from this book that really sticks out in my memory is to make a lifelong commitment to happiness. Singer taught me that we really can choose happiness over everything else in our lives, we just have to make it our first priority, no matter what’s going on. I love the simple yet profound messages in this book, especially since our culture tends to overcomplicate things so much.
Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny by Tony Robbins. I read this book when I was stuck in a super negative cycle of binge eating, drinking to excess, committing to things I didn’t really want to do, and just generally putting my life on hold. I saw it in the book store and it called out to me, and it truly pulled me out of the depths of myself when I needed it most. Tony is all about self-empowerment, action, and taking life by the reins, and he teaches people how to take control over their lives. If you feel like you’re stuck in a negative rut of obsession, disempowering thoughts, or just not living up to your potential, this book is for you.
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson. I just finished this book yesterday, but I know that its teaching will have an effect on me for years to come. Based on the teachings of A Course in Miracles (which I’m also working my way through slowly but surely!), A Return to Love is exactly as its title suggests. Williamson’s teachings are sometimes a tough pill to swallow for your ego because they emphasize the importance of owning up to your own darkness, but they are ultimately what we all need. At its core, this book is only suggesting one thing: that we focus on the love in our hearts as often as we can, in any and every situation. This book is so full of timeless wisdom that still very much applies today, so it’s hard to believe it’s almost 30 years old.
The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham by Abraham Hicks. I really think Abraham Hicks (composed of Abraham, a group of non-physical entities floating up in the ethers somewhere, and Esther and the late Jerry Hicks) are the best spiritual teachers in the game. They teach following your joy in any and every situation, staying in your own lane, and living an unlimited life. Abraham Hicks make manifestation and spirituality so fun, simple and easy, and I’ve never once gotten bad vibes from them. Their teachings may seem radical at first, but as you listen to more and more of them, you’ll find your paradigm beginning to shift completely and your life will change. I have The Essential Law of Attraction Collection which also includes The Vortex and Money, and the Law of Attraction, but I also listen to their videos on YouTube all the time and read their quotes on Pinterest.
There are so many other books I could mention, but I’m already past the 1,000-word mark, so I’ll leave them for another post.
These books have gotten me through tough times, reminded me of what’s truly important, and shaped me into who I am today, and I’m eternally grateful to these authors. What are you favourite books? I would love to hear your recommendations below!