Start with these timeless Books that have proven to be healing and inspiring!
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I have had the joy and pleasure of being with Sharon Salzberg a few times and have followed her work for many years. The love, compassion and beautiful light heart you will find in her work will make following her suggestions a breeze!
Real Love: The Art Of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg
"You are a person worthy of love. You don’t have to do anything to deserve all the love in the world.
Real Love is a creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you to truly engage with your present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, your partner, friends and family, and with life itself." -Amazon
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg
"Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greater calm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challenges our habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect the brain against aging and improves our capacity for learning new things. Meditation opens the door to real and accessible happiness." -Amazon
Rick Hanson was our guest on episode 176 and my favorite book of his is Buddha's Brain so I highly recommend you give it a try of you are interested in neuroscience meets mindfulness!
"By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life." -Amazon
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
"For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much--just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully." -Amazon
You all have heard me refer to Tara Brach's work many many times because coming to know self acceptance and eliminating the trance of unworthiness is key to finding our inner peace and calm. This book will change you!
Full Catastrophe Living
Jon Kabat Zinn wrote the book on stress and how it can interrupt our life. But he also gave the way to deal with this stress through mindfulness, meditation, and igniting our own healing. This classic, now revised and updated after twenty-five years is a must read in my opinion :)
Take the time to not only read this gem but to immerse yourself in the exercises and practices that Jon so brilliantly outlines for you. By adopting these mindfulness practices and integrating them into your life from moment to moment and from day to day, you can learn to manage chronic pain, promote optimal healing, reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, and improve the overall quality of your life!
This book's first edition had a huge impact on my own healing and clearing of anxiety-panic and I know this second updated edition will be a treasure in your life too!
"Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that it’s time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind" offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life." -Amazon
Self-Compassion is an invitation to kindness, mindfulness and common humanity all of which keeps us far from triggering danger reactions and anxiety! Another Gem :)
The Wisdom Of Menopause
This one is a MUST read for women from peri-menopause on up! The way to go through this transition with or without anxiety is to embrace the intuition and power this time of life offers, if we will just listen. Dr.Northrup has made this an exciting read and guides us through all the potential we have in this trimester of wisdom. You will thank me for suggesting this one for sure!
A Mind Of Your Own
If you are on medications or thinking of starting them you will be wise to read psychiatrist Kelly Brogans book. This can help you make your mind up about what to do next. How to look at tapering off medications and what to do so you will not need to take the medication path as your first option.
"According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, antidepressants not only overpromise and underdeliver, but their use may permanently disable the body’s self-healing potential. We need a new paradigm: The best way to heal the mind is to heal the whole body.
In this groundbreaking, science-based and holistic approach, Dr. Brogan shatters the mythology conventional medicine has built around the causes and treatment of depression. Based on her expert interpretation of published medical findings, combined with years of experience from her clinical practice, Dr. Brogan illuminates the true cause of depression: it is not simply a chemical imbalance, but a lifestyle crisis that demands a reset." Amazon
Dr Brogan was on episode 258 so listen in and then read the book!
"The Divided Mind is the crowning achievement of Dr. John E. Sarno's distinguished career as a groundbreaking medical pioneer, going beyond pain to address the entire spectrum of psychosomatic (mindbody) disorders. The interaction between the generally reasonable, rational, ethical, moral conscious mind and the repressed feelings of emotional pain, hurt, sadness, and anger characteristic of the unconscious mind appears to be the basis for mindbody disorders." -Amazon
Anxiety is considered one of TMS's equivalents and as you read this book you will see how your mind and body working together and why they take you to anxiety!
Hope and Help For Your Nerves
"In Hope and Help for Your Nerves, Dr. Claire Weekes offers the results of years of experience treating real patients—including some who thought they'd never recover. With her simple, step-by-step guidance, you will learn how to understand and analyze your own symptoms and find the power to conquer your fears for good." -Amazon
Mind Over Medicine
"We’ve been led to believe that when we get sick, it’s our genetics. Or it’s just bad luck—and doctors alone hold the keys to optimal health. For years, Lissa Rankin, M.D., believed the same. But when her own health started to suffer, and she turned to Western medical treatments, she found that they not only failed to help; they made her worse. So she decided to take matters into her own hands." -Amazon
This is a must read to learn how you do have the power to heal your own mind and body!
Joy On Demand
"In Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan shows that you don’t need to meditate for hours, days, months or years to achieve lasting joy—you can actually get consistent access to it in as little as fifteen seconds. Explaining joy and meditation as complementary things that naturally reinforce each other, Meng explains how these two skills form a virtuous cycle, and once put into motion, become a solid practice that can be sustained in daily life." -Amazon
This is an awesome book that will give you background and down to earth explanations on meditation peace and joy!
When Things Fall Apart Heart Advice For Difficult Times
"The beautiful practicality of her teaching has made Pema Chödrön one of the most beloved of contemporary American spiritual authors among Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. A collection of talks she gave between 1987 and 1994, the book is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties." -Amazon
Reading this book when you are struggling with anxiety or any challenge you will find yourself lifted up and renewed.
Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart by Mark Epstein, MD "shows us that happiness doesn't come from any kind of acquisitiveness, be it material or psychological. Happiness comes from letting go. Weaving together the accumulated wisdom of his two worlds--Buddhism and Western psychotherapy--Epstein shows how "the happiness that we seek depends on our ability to balance the ego's need to do with our inherent capacity to be." He encourages us to relax the ever-vigilant mind in order to experience the freedom that comes only from relinquishing control." -Amazon
Fabulous insight into how we think and how to be!
This book by George Kao is an awesome way to make work and the to-do lists not only less stressful but make you more creative and joyful all along the way! George was on episode 383: REDUCING STRESS WITH JOYFUL PRODUCTIVITY AN INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE KAO where he shares his wisdom on balance and joy without guilt and joyful productivity.
This book will help you quiet your inner critic and ease your social anxiety!