FEBRUARY EDIT: OUR RECOMMENDED BOOKS TO NOURISH THE MIND AND FIRE THE SOUL…
This month, we select our best reads for all things love, self-love and relationships.
A smart, hip guide for spiritual seekers who want to experience more love and stability in all forms of relationships. Told from the unique vantage points of authors Meggan Watterson and Lodro Rinzler, this book explores staying anchored in the foundation of self-love as you navigate the natural (and often stormy) cycle of a relationship. Their dual perspectives as teachers and scholars of Christian mysticism and Buddhism make for a rich and fascinating dialogue that covers everything from sex, self-worth, falling in (and out of) love, deep friendships, to breakups and how to maintain an open heart through it all.
Every time we are introduced to someone new, try to be creative, or start a difficult conversation, we take a risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable. Most of us try to fight those feelings – we strive to appear perfect. In a powerful new vision, Dr. Brene Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability, and dispels the widely accepted myth that it’s a weakness. Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across every area of our lives including home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees. This is daring greatly.
A unique and practical step-by-step programme to help you dramatically improve your relationships, feel more confident and become the best version of yourself – both inside and out. With our lives being overrun by social media and celebrity culture, being twenty-something has become pretty complicated. Wanting things we can’t afford, finding ourselves stuck in a job we don’t enjoy, or still living at home with mum and dad, we reach for things to try to perk us up (sex, booze and drugs) – but eventually, they turn out to be the very things that bring us down. With tools and exercises to work through at your own pace, The Inner Fix is guaranteed to teach you how to stop worrying and start living.
Are you looking for The One? Well, according to Dr Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and relationship expert, you don’t have to look any further for the way to find that special someone than your very own brain chemistry.
Based on Dr Fisher’s groundbreaking personality type study, in which she analysed the personalities of more than 28,000 people, Why Him? Why Her? provides a formula for long-term love that is based on cutting-edge discoveries in evolutionary neurology. Once you’ve identified yourself as one of the personality types (explorer, builder, negotiator, or director) Dr Fisher provides a detailed plan of how to find, fix, or maintain your ideal love match.
The mega-bestselling spiritual guide in which Marianne Williamson shares her reflections on A Course in Miracles and her insights on the application of love in the search for inner peace.
Williamson reveals how we each can become a miracle worker by accepting the expression of love in our daily lives. Whether psychic pain is in the area of relationships, career, or health, she shows us how love is a potent force, the key to inner peace, and how by practicing love we can make our own lives more fulfilling while creating a more peaceful and loving world for our children.
Have you ever dreamed of a life full of laughter, love and sequins… but felt totally clueless about how to make it happen? You’re not alone. Bestselling author and speaker Gala Darling spent years in soul-sucking jobs, battling with depression and an eating disorder. Her life was filled with chaos and disaster – simply because she didn’t know how to create the life she dreamed of. In the pages of this book, you’ll begin to discover exactly what makes you so magnificent, and you’ll uncover a litany of tools and techniques to help you manifest a life that bursts with magic, bliss and adventure. This book will take you from learning to fall madly in love with yourself, to loving others, to making your world a more magical place through style, self-expression and manifestation.
By Greg Behrendt, author of He’s Just Not That Into You, this is another hilarious, wry and wise take on relationships and how to move on when one goes sour. It will help you get over anyone and move on. Behrendt’s voice is unique – combining tell-it-like-it-is advice with humour and the ‘guy’s eye view’. The book is filled with solid advice to help you let go of your ex. Each insightful chapter is complemented with a Q&A with Greg on what he’s thinking, case studies, and games. Greg and Amiira tackle tough issues such as break-up sex, how not to lose your friends during a break-up, and 10 great places to cry. It’s the ultimate read and reference for anyone who has ever been in a relationship.
If you are one of the 20 percent of people who are born highly sensitive, the risk of an unhappy relationship is especially high. Your finely tuned nervous system, which picks up on subtleties and reflects deeply, would be a romantic asset if both you and your partner understood you better.
Based on Elaine N. Aron’s groundbreaking research on temperament and intimacy, this book offers practical help for highly sensitive people seeking happier, healthier romantic relationships. Complete with illuminating self-tests and the results of the first survey ever done on sex and temperament, you’ll discover a better way of living and loving.
A healing journey through the terrain of what it is to be a woman. When a woman isn’t in alignment with her feminine essence, she may experience exhaustion and overwhelm, lack sexual desire or passion for life, and generally feel “out of sync”. In this book, Lisa Lister uses a myriad of tools and practices to teach women how to reconnect to their feminine wisdom in order to start rebalancing all aspects of their lives. Love Your Lady Landscape will move women into a fiercely loving and healing relationship with their body and will teach them how to use its cycles and signs to create a life of vitality, fulfillment, and creation.
Bestselling author and mindfulness guru Oli Doyle reveals a practical, six-week plan to prove that relationships are fertile ground for growth, learning and development. This simple introduction to mindfulness in relationships gives readers the chance to turn every interaction with other human beings into an opportunity to discover inner peace. Key learnings include: how to leave the history of your relationships behind and enjoy others as they are now; how to move from trying to influence and control to allowing others to be as they are; and how to bring lightness into your mind by relating to people in a different way.