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Deep in spirit

Last night I opened up what might be the “bible” of any spiritual self-improvement section of a book store and shared a photo on Instagram. It got me thinking…

I’m a spirit junkie, as author Gabby Bernstein would call it. I’ve been deep into spirituality for as long as I can remember – and not the kind of religious holy-spirit spirituality, but rather my inner self, my inner spirit, and the ways in which we connect and commune with the universe around us.

stack of spirituality and mindfulness books

There are several layers of books and authors (and podcasters and YouTubers) to this journey. It’s estimated to be a $12-13 BILLION dollar industry. But when I shared what I was reading last night, or when I mention authors by name to my friends, maybe it’s not always understood by all.

Wherever you are is beautiful. Here’s a little diddy about my favorites to inspire the next books on your shelf!

Inspiration. Perhaps you pick up a book by Brené Brown (Daring Greatly), Elizabeth Gilbert (Big Magic), Glennon Doyle (Untamed), Gabby Bernstein (Super Attractor, The Universe Has Your Back), Rachael Hollis (Girl Wash Your Face), or you may be drawn more to Mark Manson (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck) and Dan Harris (10% Happier). These are excellent books to listen to, because they’re almost always read by the author and full of inspired thinking. I personally could never have too many of these books.

Learning. Core to this list I would suggest are Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now, A New Earth), Deepak Chopra (The Book of Secrets), Michael Singer (The Untethered Soul), Pema Chödrön (When Things Fall Apart, Welcoming The Unwelcome) and more. Here I would purchase the books in print, because they’re for circling, underlining and returning to again and again. You’ll always find one or two of these on my nightstand.

Living. Because I mentioned this category on Instagram this week as well, I thought I’d separate out a few about the mind-body connection. If you’re experiencing physical pain, ailments and even disease, a surprising element of your healing may lie within the pages of Dr. John Sarno (Healing Back Pain, The Divided Mind), Louise Hay (How to Heal Your Life), or Steven Ray Ozanich (The Great Pain Deception).

Immersing. This is the deep end, and probably a little intimidating if you try to start here. Once you’re introduced to the works of a collective known as Abraham Hicks (The Law of Attraction), you could spend hours more on YouTube. Oprah has certainly buddied up to Gary Zukav (Seat of the Soul). Then there’s this Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman) that keeps coming up in all the “inspiration” books above. I assumed it was a costly and possibly culty certification course – and it probably is – but you can actually purchase the whole nearly-1400 page “course” in book form. I opened my copy last night and upon first glance can confirm that it’s not for the faint of heart.

If this sounds like your jam, I invite you to jump on in! The water’s fine.

Or if you’ve been here a while, am I missing any of your favorites? Please do share!

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