Top 5 Inspirational Books

I think it’s pretty clear to anyone who has met me that I’m a natural book worm. I always get asked for book recoomendations so here’s my top five books I’d recommend to anyone. Some for different reasons than others but all have left there mark on my life.

5: The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield

Okay lets start light shall we..

If you’re like me an mostly read books that are deep with heavy meaning. Do yourself a favour and get this book to give your mind a break. James Redfield writes a compelling tale of a mans quest to find and ancient manuscript filled with spiritual prophecies and insights. This book is compelling with underlining spiritual teachings that’s bound to make you think. The books main message: There are no such thing as coincidences, the universe is talking but are you listening.

Literally couldn’t put it down and finished it within 4 days!

Favourite quote:

“the more beauty we can see, the more we evolve. The more we evolve, the higher we vibrate” 

4- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin S Sharma


Oh how I love this book!

Here is the classic tale of how money cannot by you happiness. Julian Mantle is a hot shot lawyer who literally had everything you could want. But why couldn’t he enjoy it? he was missing THE most important thing. Himself. This book tells of his journey is seeking spiritual fulfilment and unlocking the secrets to a purposeful, passionate and ultimately peaceful life. Even though its set as a novel this book can also be a guide on how to live simply and make space in your crazy routine for you, to get connected to yourself again. I know this book made me look at my own routine and how I can implement things into my everyday too make me feel more connected and content.

Favourite quote:

Do the right things. Act in a way that is congruent with your true character. act with Integrity. Be guided by your heart. The rest will take care of itself.

3- The Bhagavad Gita – Trans. Stephen Mitchell

Definitely one for all you yogis. As we know yoga isn’t just exercise. It’s a spiritual practice and ultimately a way of life.

The most famous part of the Mahabharata (An ancient Hindu scripture): The Bhagavad vita (Or “Song of the spirit”) is the tale/poem of  the dialogue between Arjuna (a great warrior) and Krishna just before a great battle. Here Krishna explains universals themes and ultimately provides an instruction manual for spiritual practice and way of life.

This scripture is beautiful, the words I read still echo in my mind.  This isn’t  a “book” you read and then leave on the shelf. It demands respect, to be picked up, studied again and again for the more you grow in life the more Krishna’s words unlock a new meaning and under standing of life.

Favourite quote:

Even the wise man acts

                         in accordance with his inner nature.

          All beings follow their nature.

         What good can repression do?

2- The Power of Now – Eckard Tolle

How many times a day are you stuck in the fabrications of your mind? Reliving past events or simple living a future tale that might never exists. Here is A book dedicated to making you aware of the present moment. This book was conducive to me “waking up.” It was  June last year (on “holiday”) and I was in a bad place because I was holding onto pain: words that hurt, actions that hurt even deeper. I was truely a victim in my own head, only to read these words:

“you will vehemently claim that you do not want pain. But look closely and you will find that your thinking and behaviour are designed to keep the pain going … /if you were truely conscious of it, the pattern would dissolve, for to want more pain is insanity, and nobody is consciously insane.”

It was an instant awakening. And one I think most people need when their brain is stuck in a not so pleasant place . This book made me conscious that I was doing it all to myself, because in that moment what exactly was wrong? I was at fault for reliving my own torment. I could choose here. Eckhart Tolle literally switched a light bulb on in my head, I packed my bag and was on a plane that night. That was both the End of a chapter for me but also the beginning of the path I am walking now.

For anyone struggling with anxiety, fears and controlling their negative mind this with this book is a must!!

Favourite quote:

The more you are focused on time – past and future – the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is… Life is Now

1- Conversations with God – Neale Donald Walsh

I know this is where I’ll loose most of you, any mention of the big guys name and people scamper. I beg you read on, with the motto in mind: never judge a book by its cover. For the only religion this book speaks of is living you’re own truth and experiencing fully who you are.

This book is what gave me courage to start this blog and still gives me courage now when doubt creeps in about my journey in life. Its part of a trilogy and each book has brought inspiration to my life.

Neale Donald Walsh for me bridges the gap so many of us are battling too. The gap between believing in god/the universe/the divine (whatever you conceive him/her or it to be) without the constraints of religion. without the guilt, rules and     that provent us from living our own truth.

But most of all it’s a message of faith, because if you don’t have faith in anything, if you don’t believe in your self, then what exactly are you living for?

In publishing this I truely believe I’m doing my piece in communicating the messages of this book to whoever needs it and trust me when the time is right you’ll find this book in your hands.

It’s not you against the universe. It’s you working with the universe and God.

Favourite Quote:

Each to his own, Without Judgement – that is the motto. The end of your question is answered this way: You don’t need to have a reason for anything. Just BE cause

Be the cause of your experience

 

 

So there you have it! My Top 5 (so far) best books for self transformation and inspiration. If any of you read any of these reccomendations, please let me know how you get on!!

Peace and love

SJ x

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