practicing yoga daily has really encouraged me to want to better myself from the inside out. there’s just something about practicing yoga that allows you to accept yourself as you are in the moment, but also want to constantly be improving & living out your best self at the same time. through my practice i have learned to honor myself & that means taking care of myself (body, mind, & spirit) & doing what is best for each of these aspects of me.
books have helped greatly with this process. many authors can speak to my mind & heart in ways i often find trouble with expressing. i often feel things, but have trouble expressing them to other people or even to myself. there have been so many books that i have read recently where underlining, highlighting, & writing the excerpt out on a post-it note to hang on my mirror isn’t even enough to express how much i agree with the statement. it’s like i want to shout, “yes! this is it! this is 100% what i believe in/think/feel/want to live by!” it can be like someone went into my mind & heart & so eloquently put my thoughts & beliefs into words. books, to me, can end up being a plethora of mantras to design my life around.
so what are some of these books i have been indulging in that have helped change, shape, & form me? i thought you’d never ask…
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
The Universe has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein
Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen
Wanderlust by Jeff Krasno, Sarah Herrington, & Nicole Lindstrom
Scary Close by Donald Miller
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
as of two days ago, i just ordered Rise, Sister, Rise & Light is the New Black (both by Rebecca Campbell) & The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, and i have a really good feeling about those as well–will keep you updated 🙂
if you give any of these a read, let me know & tell me what you think. also, if you have any recommendations for me that didn’t make the list, let me know! i’m always on the hunt for more good reads.
peace + love,