On the path of self-discovery and personal development? We all are, whether we are actively pursuing it or not. Evolution is our birthright and every experience we have has the power to fuel and stretch us to be more conscious and evolved human beings. Learning how to harness every challenge into an opportunity for growth is accessible to each and every one of us. It starts with a willingness to change our perceptions and be open to a new, more peaceful way of moving through every moment of life.
I have put together a list of some of my favorite books that have encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and look at my own life through a different set of lenses. If there are books here that you have already read a few or more years back, I invite you to re-read them. I believe that every time we read a book, we pick up on different lessons based on where we are at in our lives at that time. Picking up a book for a second or third time offers us different learnings and different meanings and furthers our potential for growth.
In this transformational book, psychiatrist and neurologist Viktor Frankl shares about his experience as a concentration camp inmate during the Second World War. As his world was being rocked, he was able to make the great discovery that those who survived the longest in concentration camps and in other life-threatening circumstances were not those who were physically strong, but those who were able to find purpose and meaning, even in the face of the least desirable circumstances.
A course in miracles states that a miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love. In this incredible book by Gabrielle Bernstein, you will be provided with myriad miracle moments and opportunities to help move you into a peaceful state within minutes. Some examples of the tools she uses are acronyms, meditations and mantras, all memorable ideas that you can keep in your back pocket for those challenging moments when you need a quick self-empowerment fix.
In this brilliant book, the late Dr. Wayne Dyer introduces the idea that by using the power of intention, we can train ourselves to tune into an ever-present universal energy that is available to all of us. By tuning in to this space of possibility, he teaches that we can move beyond our minds and our egos while co-creating a life that helps us to feel our best.
An eye-opening book by the brilliant Louise Hay, in which she explains in very simple language the innate power we each have to change the circumstances of our lives. She shares how our thoughts, our language and our actions create our own personal reality. This has been the single most influential book in my own life and I make sure to reread it every couple of years.
Learning how to communicate effectively with our loved ones is instrumental. Learning how to speak to them in their very own love language, one that resonates with them and that they can meaningfully respond to, has the potential to elevate each and every one of our relationships. If you are looking to take your relationships to the next level, Dr. Gary Chapman’s book is a must read for you and your loved ones.
This book that was written by Don Miguel Ruiz some 20 years ago teaches us of four sacred contracts that we must hold ourselves responsible for in order to reach personal and spiritual empowerment. Understanding that we are all born as loving and peaceful human beings helps us to unlearn some of our fear-based actions and behaviors and step into a more elevated way of living. This book has changed many lives. Many people have found that committing to these four agreements has had a transformational impact on their lives.
In this inspiring book, Brene Brown, vulnerability and shame expert, breaks down how we can use courage and self-compassion to authentically embrace who we are. Her words support us to own our story and become active participants in learning from and growing through each and every “imperfection.”
Melody Pourmoradi is a life and wellness coach at Life Evolutions Coaching. Check out www.girllifeempowerment.com to learn more.