This is my first year-end review and it wasn’t easy to choose among 80+ books. Every book that I read has at least a few nuggets of wisdom.
I view books as a way of looking through the lens of the author and experiencing life from their perspective. That’s why I feel I’ve never read a bad book.
But to come up with this list, I’ve decided that these are the books that inspired me to take action in some way.
The Emotion Code
Dr. Bradley Nelson created the healing method known as “The Emotion Code” in the 1990s. In the book, he reminds us that everything in the universe is made of energy. This is even true for our emotions.
Since reading this book a few months ago, I have done extensive work on releasing trapped emotions and healing my body.
Dr. Nelson says that all you have to do is believe that you can do it and be grateful to God that you are doing it. Energy is intelligent and it can obey or cooperate with your intention.
“Ashley’s War“ is the story of Second Lieutenant Ashley White and her female comrades’ journey to the battlefield in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2011. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon did an excellent job of capturing the experiences of these strong and brave women.
The women in the CST program selection process were the best of the best of the National Guard and Military Police. Each of these individuals had incredible strength, endurance, and passion for serving their country.
Since reading this book, I have a new outlook when life gets tough. I’m able to dig deeper and find that inner strength to get things done and keep moving.
How To Do The Work
In her book, “How To Do The Work,” Dr. Nicole LePera explains that doing the work means embarking on a journey of transformative healing. This journey doesn’t end because the work is never done.
When I finally understood that healing is a journey and not a destination, life became so much simpler. I noticed how I was making things harder than they needed to be.
The one constant in every healing modality is that healing is a conscious effort. I’ve realized that I have to be present in each moment and make a choice on how I will react to situations or how I will advance my healing journey.
“Stealing Fire” gives us a glimpse into what we can experience beyond the superficial and how these experiences can lead to transformation in how we live and work.
Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal explain that we all can gain access to altered states of consciousness through four forces: psychology, pharmacology, neurobiology, and technology.
When we experience selflessness, timelessness, effortlessness, and richness of life through non-ordinary states of consciousness we can speed up learning, make healing more effortless, and create concrete change in our lives.
Seeking out non-ordinary states of consciousness has changed my life for the better.
The Creative Cure
Jacob Nordby’s book “The Creative Cure” explains how he was able to use some heartbreaking experiences to come home to himself and cultivate the creativity that was always a part of him.
Jacob utilizes his Creative Formula, which is:
Imagination + Feelings/Intuition + Story = Action/Results
We can strengthen our imagination in many different ways, such as:
- Shifting perspective
- Welcoming randomness
- Setting certain kinds of limits
Honoring our feelings and emotions will help us listen and follow our intuition.
Writing our story in a way that creates energy for us will bring us to our full potential.
Since reading this book, I have taken action by getting back into experimenting with poetry and journaling.
These have both been very therapeutic for me.
It isn’t every day that I read a book that makes me want to implement changes in my life.
I’m forever changed by these books.
I would love to hear what others read this year. Drop a comment below!
Thanks so much for reading today and this entire year. You all make the work I put into this blog well worth it!
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