Some of My Favourite Books to Inspire You
These books, listed and linked below, are the ones that are most dear to my heart.
They have inspired me to Awaken Grace; the books that have guided me in opening, healing, realigning and becoming more conscious in life, through my choices and my relationships with myself and others.
I find that books tend to appear in one’s life, just in time, right on time! Like the saying goes 'when the student is ready the teacher appears', books seem to pop up in my life in this manner!
I have found over the years that I have felt into what I have needed, explored, practised and then intellectualised it by picking up the relevant book, or by participating in a course with a reputable teacher to go deeper into the teachings and personal understanding and integration of a given topic.
Below you will find a list of such books, that appeared just as I needed them and served me in (hopefully) becoming more conscious and aware throughout my life.
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This book is a bible for women to grow with! My copy is dog-eared, underlined, the pages folded and pencilled in notes abound throughout my copy. I devoured the book one summer about ten years ago (no easy task as it’s quite a weighty book) and ever since I pick it up, rummage through the pages and take inspiration.
This book came into my life at a time when I was struggling immensely with debilitating back pain and the resulting binding up of my body. By creating a roadmap of the physiological and emotional connection of the mind-body and spirit and the resultant symptoms we may be experiencing Louise Hay guides us to take charge of our thinking, our lives and our beliefs so that we may live the life we were born to. She shows us that we are not victims of our lives and teaches us how to empower our thinking for our good and the greater good.
This is a gem of a book, both enlightening and practical! Sally Kempton leads us on a journey with the Divine Feminine, to both inspire and ignite our awareness, practices and love of the feminine. I believe that the more we awaken our inherent beauty, power and love as women, the more likely that the imbalances within our patriarchal society will be redressed and the Earth will flourish.
This book has been a lifelong friend to me. I first read it a s a teenager and numerous times since. The message is one of hope, that to live ones full potential is a must, and to trust in the process and prompting of our own inner calling and desires so that we may sour spiritually.
I absolutely love this book, it is by far one of my all time favourites. Khalil Gibran speaks to my heart with his beautiful poetry, his philosophy and wordsmanship. It is a book I never tire of, it both inspires me and facilitates my deepening questioning into the desires of my heart, my understanding of the nature of life, love, and my place in amongst the cast wonder of the Universe. I find the simple wisdom expressed within Khalil's words and poetry inspire me to open wider, fuller and deeper to the meaning of life.
This is the first ever yoga book that I stumbled across on my path at age 19. I would recommend this easy to read book to anyone who may be realising that yoga isn’t just about stretching or getting a ‘yoga bum’ and that there is a whole field of potential, practices and inspiration awaiting their attention. Judith presents us with simple easy to follow and integrate practices for a deeper understanding of oneself and what engaging with a full yoga practice my do for them.
This book makes up part of the recommended reading for our Ambassador Yoga Teacher Training Course.
I was so ready and open to hearing the message that Eckhart Tolle teaches in his book, to be more present, be here NOW! That this is it, we only have this present moment; so, live it fully, deeply, completely! This translates in to being both the power and the guide to a more fulfilling life of connection, depth and understanding. I first read this book whilst going through divorce and navigating life as a newly single mum, I was Home Schooling my three children and self employed teaching yoga to both adults and children – life was full, and I was constantly juggling things – so this book helped me to slow down, realign my needs and start living fully in the present.
No book list of mine would be complete without at least one about the Chakras! This was my first book about the Chakras, and I was hooked immediately. Anodea sets forth a wonderful study with practical tools to work through, understand and clear the Chakras. I revisit this lovely book time and time again. It is so clearly presented that you can’t help but do the work too! I am endlessly curious about and inspired by Chakra psychology, and the use of this ancient yogic system as a vehicle to self-actualisation, spiritual development, and self-awareness.
Another book that I love to pick up and dive into randomly, I read it once years ago cover to cover and since then it has become one of those books on my bookshelf that I like to return to regularly for beautiful quotes, pearls of wisdom and inspiration.
Bruce Lipton is an engaging, passionate teacher dedicated to bridging the gap between science and spirituality. As a cell biologist Bruce began to be aware of the impact his thinking, beliefs and emotions were having on his experiments and now inspires others to change their beliefs to effectively change their lives. So if you are ready for an upgrade this may just help you – it certainly inspired me and continues to do so today!
I love the practice of Yoga Nidra, it is so powerful and easily accessible for those times that you need extra nurturing or you are ready to explore your Spiritual potential a little more deeply. The beauty of this book is that it is backed up by solid scientific research for those that like to satisfy their intellectual hunger for the facts!
This is, to me, a fantastic book about the heart of Tantra and would be a wonderful read for anyone curious about what is often considered mystical and misunderstood sacred tradition. I would recommend it as a fascinating start for all Tantric seekers of enlightenment.
This is such a great book full of practices to help you cultivate more sexual energy, power, and awareness. I found, when I first started practicing ovarian breathing, for example, as outlined in the book, that it was both healing and enervating. I’d say that it is a wonderful resource for those who wish to become more energetically awake in their lives.
I first came across this book when my eldest son was a baby, it was and continues to be a wonderful resource for those times when I feel somewhat creatively stumped, when I am ready to expand again and receive greater insights into my own processes and creative endeavours. The book is full of insightful, leading practices for guiding you onwards to greater creative expression – enjoy!
This book offers us a framework for what is possible for all those awakening, conscious and awakened souls, so that we may create the life we truly desire, by dissolving any sense of separateness, and ego. To co-create with the universe as we respect ourselves, the planet and each other more fully, consciously with determination.
This is a relatively new book to me, it was recommended to me when participating in breathwork training. I have been fascinated for some time by resilience, why some people seem to be more resilient than others, how they deal with trauma, no matter how life disrupting or minor in nature and how trauma affects us on a daily basis if not dealt with effectively. The information presented in Waking the Tiger is easy to understand and practice, I would recommend this to anyone who is working therapeutically with others or indeed suffers of trauma, depression and anxiety.