Courage: The joy of living dangerously - Osho
Whenever someone asks me if I have any book recommendations I always ask if they have read anything by Osho. He is by far my favourite author and guru, he writes such deep thoughts yet they are so simply written that anybody can grasp them. I suggest you check out Courage: The joy of living dangerously, it focuses on developing your inner courage to help lead you to a more authentic and fulfilling life and sets a fantastic foundation for going after your goals and exploring what might be setting you back from achieving them. Not only that, but the book provides different meditations to guide you on that fearless path. This book was one of the first spiritually focused books I read and it remains one of my favourites today.
The path to love: Spiritual strategies for healing - Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is another one of my favourite authors, he always provides deep insight into life and this book is no exception. This book focuses on healing and learning to love ourselves so that we may foster and grow relationships with others. Some of my favourite things about this book are the amazing exercises he provides leading you to question your desires, wants, needs and behaviour. One of my favourites he presents is sutra writing. A sutra expresses a fundamental truth about consciousness and at the same time weaves in a thread that no one else has added in before, it is about expression, inspiration and insights. His beauty in his ability to thread words together led me to start writing, appreciating poetry and also myself.
The spontaneous fulfillment of desire: Harnessing the infinite power of coincidence - Deepak Chopra
Another great read by Chopra, explores our desires, beliefs and our ability to fulfill them. He writes that it is very important we hone in on our thoughts as we are the ones that create the reality around us, so it is important that they are a positive influence. Chopra brings in ideas from both science and spirituality to support his thinking and I really appreciated that he brought in ideas to support both sides as a lot of books tend to lean to one side; I suggest a quick look at quantum physics so that you can better understand the concepts presented. He focuses a good portion of the book on how meditation helps to quiet the mind, which in turn assists us in being able to filter our thoughts and alters them for the better. Meditation can be a saving grace and is often prescribed to those that have explored all avenues to remedy themselves of stress, anxiety and depression so it is a great practice to bring into your life.
The wisdom of yoga: A seekers guide to extraordinary living – Stephen Cope
This book focuses on the teachings of the philosophy of yoga, not just the physical component, but all the branches. I found this a breeze to read as it is discussed through a story of a group of friends that are confronting their careers, dysfunctional relationship & family dynamics, instead of the information being laid out and presented formally. He dives into the causes of suffering, how we can achieve freedom, happiness and goes into detail on practices that build character & mental power all the way to spiritual realizations.
The dark side of the light chasers – Debbie ford
This book explores your shadow self – the part of you, you wish to push to the side and ignore most of the time, the person you would rather not be. Rather than reject the undesirable parts of ourselves Ford suggests we embrace this part of ourselves, love and welcome it into our whole being and by doing so then we can come into harmony and shine. She offers many exercises to dive into the dark hidden aspects to help illuminate our strengths and by doing so the undesirable parts of ourselves stop persisting to be seen as they are now accepted as a part of the whole. She recently put out a great documentary called, The Shadow Effect, so if you don’t have time read the book, definitely check out this beautiful transformational video.