If you need a shift in perspective to begin approaching life with more positivity and possibility, the following books address different areas of life. Each will change the way you live it.
1. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
True transformation begins with healing. Louise explores how subconscious and unexpressed pain and patterns manifest themselves in dis-ease. I see this book as the holy grail of transformational work and a great place to begin clearing whatever blocks you from living a fully present life.
2. A New Earth by Eckart Tolle
If you've ever felt like drama, negativity, or "bad luck" find you wherever you go... or, if you've experienced a bad morning that spirals into a bad day, Tolle's description of "the pain body" will be a revelation.
3. Colors & Numbers by Louise Hay
"Your Personal Guide to Positive Vibrations in Daily Life" this is packs a one-two punch of numerology and color psychology for high vibes. When I was going through a difficult time in my life small acts, even choosing a daily color, went a long way to lift my spirits.
4. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
Deepak explains how success and spirituality work hand in hand in a simple and digestible way. I keep the pocket sized version in my purse because it has a way of making me feel centered and peaceful - especially when I'm in my go-getter boss babe mode.
5. Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women by Maya Angelou
One of the highlights of my life was meeting Ms. Angelou in my senior year of college. If you need a lesson in owning it, here you go. After reading her poem Phenomenal Woman for the first time, I felt like...a woman, phenomenally.
6. The Prophet by Khalil Gilbran
Gilbran offers the most beautiful wisdom on all the main areas of one's life. On love: "Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls." On daily life "Your daily life is your temple and your religion." My very favorite is his quote on work: "Work is love made visible." It's a must read.
7. The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
I slept so hard on Gabby B. but after getting schooled by a dose of her spiritual realness she officially became a mentor in my head. Her meditations cause powerful shifts and some of them even come with warnings.
8. Throw Out 50 Things by Gail Blanke
Without this book I might have moved across the country with a load of physical and emotional baggage. The things you keep have weight - whether you realize it or not. Blanke goes room by room to help us discover see the difference between the the attachments we have to the things and the things themselves. Freedom awaits.
9. Super Rich by Russell Simmons
Simmons offers a down to earth take on the Bhagavad Gita and a beautiful perspective on the true meaning of abundance.
10. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
The ultimate tale of triumph over circumstance and a reminder to let your inner child come out to play. Who's up for a trip to Hogwarts?!
Bonus: Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
If you're struggling to heal deep wounds, going through heartache, getting over heartbreak, or throwing a "thank God it's over" celebration party this book of poems is all the things. A women's manifesto in four parts: The Hurting. The Loving. The Breaking. The Healing. Rupi Kaur's writing offers the ultimate gift of catharsis.
Which of these selections is resonating with you (or not) and why? I'd love to hear your thoughts and preferences in the comments section!