I would love to share with you some of my favorite books that have helped me tap into a better version of myself. I love to read great books that challenge the way I see the world. I can promise you these books will shift your perspective and make you re-evaluate the way you live your life. They will leave you with a sense of empowerment and realization. Can’t wait to hear what you think, and I would also love to hear about your favorite life-changing books!
1. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
We live our lives trying to behave according to what society tells us we should do. Being somewhat of a perfectionist myself, this book was liberating to read. In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brown shares her own story as well as years of research in order to show us how we can live a fuller life through the cultivation of courage, compassion and connection.
“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” - Brené Brown
2. Brida by Paulo Coelho
Brida is the story of a young Irish girl who wishes to becomes a witch. During her path toward enlightenment, she encounters great challenges including the fear of pain, loss and separation which allows her to tap into her most powerful self. I particularly liked this book because it resonates with any journey to become great at something. Sometimes our paths challenge us to let go of things and people who no longer serve a purpose on our new life.
“Even in that most important area of her life, love, she had failed to commit herself. After her first romantic disappointment, she had never again given herself entirely. She feared pain, loss, and separation. These things were inevitable on the path to love, and the only way of avoiding them was by deciding not to take that path at all. In order not to suffer, you had to renounce love. It was like putting out your own eyes in order not to see the bad things in life.” - Paulo Coelho
3. Fear: Understanding and Accepting the Insecurities of Life by OSHO
This book explores different kinds of fears and how we can see them as stepping stones to greater self-awareness and trust. It will guide you step by step through the understanding of what makes human beings afraid. OSHO says only by bringing understanding into the most basic fear— The fear of death, can we begin to live with joy. There are for sure some very valuable lessons to take from this reading!
“If you want to avoid pain, avoid pleasure. But then what is the point? If you want to avoid death, avoid life—but then what is the point of it all? You will be dead.” - OSHO (Fear)
4. Ask and It Is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks