November 2020 Self-Help and Spiritual Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author and founder of Elevated Existence, Tammy Mastroberte, chooses her picks for new books, audios and card decks in the spiritual and self-help field. None of these picks are sponsored or paid for — they are her honest picks that she shares with others!

“Andrew Carnegie’s Mental Dynamite: How to Unlock the Awesome Power of You,” by Napoleon Hill, Don Green and More
Based on a series of booklets written by bestselling motivational writer Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie’s Mental Dynamite outlines the importance of three essential principles of success: self-discipline, learning from defeat, and the Golden Rule applied.

In 1908, Napoleon Hill met industrialist Andrew Carnegie for what he believed would be a short interview for an article. Instead, Carnegie spent hours detailing his principles of success and challenged Hill to devote 20 years to collating a proven formula that would propel people of all backgrounds to happiness, harmony, and prosperity. Hill accepted the challenge, which he distilled in the perennial bestseller Think and Grow Rich. Now, more than a century later, the Napoleon Hill Founda

tion is releasing this epic conversation to remind people that there are simple solutions to the problems troubling us most, everything from relationships and education to homelessness and even democracy.

 

“Empty Out the Negative: Make Room for More Joy, Greater Confidence and New Levels of Influence,” by Joel Osteen
Release the negative thoughts and feelings that are weighing you down and make room for the good things you should have in your life with #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen. You were created to be filled with joy, peace, confidence, and creativity. But it’s easy to go through life holding on to things that weigh you down-guilt, resentment, doubt, worry.

When you give space to these negative emotions, they take up space that you need for the good things that move you toward your destiny. Osteen shares how every morning you have to empty out anything negative from the day before and put on a fresh new attitude. Power up and get your mind going in the right direction, and you’ll step into all the new things God has in store for you.

“The Greatest Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne
From Rhonda Byrne, the author of the worldwide phenomenon The Secret, this new book is a quantum leap that will take the reader beyond the material world and into the spiritual realm, where all possibilities exist. It included wisdom from spiritual teachers from around the world, past and present who discovered the greatest secret; healing practices that can be put to use immediately to dissolve fears, uncertainty, anxiety and pain; the ultimate key to end suffering and discover lasting happiness, and more.

 

“Grow Rich with the Power of Your Subconscious Mind,” by Joseph Murphy
From the renowned bestselling author of “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind,” this is an authorized collection of writings that unlock the secret to extraordinary success that lies within each of us — focused on prosperity and the simple yet powerful ways we can focus our attention and beliefs to achieve life goals, obtain riches, and live the life of our dreams.

It includes original writings, including some that have never been published in book form, along with modern-day updates, examples, and insights for the contemporary reader. It goes beyond what we’ve already heard about the Law of Attraction and the power of positive thinking to reveal the ability that each of us has to manifest remarkable change in our lives.

 

“Messages of Grace: 111 Notes of Love and Guidance from Your Angels,” by Anna Grace Taylor
Do you ever wish you could feel more connected to your Angels? Are you in need of some Divine guidance, clarity and peace?

This book is filled with loving messages to help you navigate all aspects of life: your purpose, relationships, sensitivity and so much more — intended to be your oracle, companion and confidant, and includes space for your own journaling throughout.

 

 

“The Mindflow Method: How You Can Achieve Anything by Not-Wanting and Not-Doing,” by Tom Moegele
The MindFlow Method is meant to help people overcome anxiety, combat stress, and tackle emotional blocks, thereby releasing an infinite source of life energy. Through a powerful yet simple combination of movements, you can trigger energy shifts and reconnect to the natural flow of life.

The MindFlow Method uses movements similar to Qigong to tap into the energy field within and around us, bringing us to a higher state of consciousness (the G4 state) where our bodies release ‘happy’ hormones that help us relax. In this state, we can harness any toxic energy that comes our way and use it as our own strength. This brings us into alignment with our own inner power, calm in the knowledge that we are connected to life energy. This method and book will teach you how to release your resistance to challenges, raise your energy level, and move into a state of flow and deep inner peace.

 

“The Mindfulness Journal: Exercises to Help You Find Peace and Calm Wherever You Are,” by Corinne Sweet
The simple, calming exercises in this guided journal will help you stay mindful and centered despite the uncertainty of modern life. It offers an introduction to mindfulness and easy exercises that can be done whether you are sitting at your desk or standing in line at the supermarket.

Subjects include dealing with difficult emotions, preparing for a busy day, and sharing your space with others mindfully.

 

“My Pocket Self-Care: Anytime Activities to Refresh Your Mind, Body and Spirit,” by Adams Media
Filled with 150 activities to help you feel refreshed, refilled, and refocused every day. This allows you to focus on your own personal needs wherever you are — at home, at work, or on the go. From making your own facial cream to creating a mission statement to soaking in the moonlight and celebrating an unbirthday, there are so many enjoyable ways to reconnect with yourself.

 

 

“Pocket Therapy for Stress: Quick Mind-Body Skills to Find Peace,” by Clair Michaels Wheeler MD, PhD.
Drawing on the book, “10 Simple Solutions to Stress,” this on-the-go pocket guide offers simple, evidence-based strategies for coping with stress and overwhelm.

Grounded in positive psychology, mind-body medicine, and cognitive behavioral therapy, the 10 simple but effective strategies in this book are a powerful antidote to stress.

 

 

“The Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur: An Unconventional Success Plan for the Highly Creative, Secretly Sensitive, and Wildly Ambitious,” by Christine Kane
Can you succeed in business when your strength is more about sensitivity than swagger? If you’re moved by meaning, more than manipulation? A former songwriter and performer, and then founder of Uplevel YOU—a multi-million-dollar business coaching company—Christine Kane shows a new class of entrepreneurs another way.

Readers will learn how to toss out ineffective, old-school goal-setting models; reframe intuition and sensitivity as valuable assets; examine old patterns for clues into what is holding you back; clean up spaces and distractions draining energy and power; break free from fear-based decision making and more.

 

“Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted,” by Kristi Nelson
Author Kristi Nelson, executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, unlocks the path to recognizing abundance in every moment, and gives readers the tools to bring this transformational shift in perspective into their daily lives. She goes beyond the proverbial question of whether the glass is half full or half empty, and encourages readers to awaken to the gift of having a glass at all. It includes questions for reflection, daily exercises, and perspective prompts for appreciating the fullness of life as it is, right now, and promises personal change through the practice of taking nothing for granted.

 

“Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times,” by Katherine May
Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For Katherine May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. This book explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered.

May’s story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat and invites readers to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear.

October 2020 Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author and founder of Elevated Existence, chooses her picks for new books, audios and card decks in the spiritual and self-help field. None of these picks are sponsored or paid for — they are her honest picks that she shares with others!

 

“Exhale: 40 Breathwork Exercises to Help You Find Your Calm, Supercharge Your Health and Perform at Your Best,” by Richie Bostock
Breathwork coach Richie Bostock shares more than 40 exercises to use the breath to feel and perform at your best. He combines strategies researched in a lab with practices used by ancient cultures and even the Navy SEALS, you will find solution to reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy levels, improve sleep, rejuvenate creativity and more.

 

“Greenlights,” by Matthew McConaughey
Based on his diaries over his 50 years, Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey created this memoir based on his successes and failures, joys and sorrows and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction. In the book he writes, “I found a relatable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges — how to get relative with the inevitable – you can enjoy a state of success I call ‘catching greenlights.’”

 

AUDIO: “Guided Meditations for Deepening Stillness: Every Day Practices for Raising Consciousness,” by Kim Eng
Teaching for many years with her partner Eckhart Tolle, Kim Eng shares some of her most effective meditation practices, including selections previously only available to retreat participants. Whether a beginner or avid meditator, this series offer practices for accessing the infinite potential of the present moment, exploring origins of the pain-body and more.

 

Mindful as F*ck: 100 Simple Exercises to Let That Sh*t Go!
Learn how to be present, centered and positive so you can live in the “now” regardless of what is going on and how you are feeling with the exercises in this book. Some include “Slay Your Fear with Lion’s Breath,” “Set Your Intention Right F*cking Now,” and “Write a Badass Haiku.”

 

 

“Mindfulness Meditations for Stress: 100 Simple Practices to Ease Tension and Find Peace,” by Denise G. Dempsey MEd
Learn simple, straightforward meditations that cover a wide spectrum of stressors so you can east tension and create calm in your life no matter what. You will learn the basics on mindfulness and meditation; explore meditation for managing stress related to specific events, from sitting in traffic and paying bills to job loss and becoming a parent; and discover, quick, 5-minute meditations to fit into a busy schedule that will reduce anxiety and stress quickly.

 

“Oracle of the 7 Energies Journal,” by Colette Baron-Reid
This companion to Colette Baron-Reid’s “Oracle of the 7 Energies” card deck offers you a space to write, reflect and create as you dive deeper into the essence of the seven energies. You wil find key concepts and themes for each energy; affirmation for each of the energy centers; thought-provoking journaling questions and writing prompts; exercise and activities; 21 oracle card spreads; and guided meditations for each energy center.

 

 

“Overwhelmed and Over It: Embrace your Power to Stay Centered and Sustained in a Chaotic World,” by Christine Arylo
Explore the external forces and internal imprints that push us into overwhelm and self-sacrifice, and learn how to access your power to achieve what matter most, including receiving what you need and desire. Learn to release the old approach to working, succeeding and managing a full life, and embrace a new way that gives you clarity and courage to make choices in your day-to-day and overall life design that support and sustain you.

 

“The Power of Awakening: Mindfulness Practices and Spiritual Tools to Transform Your Life,” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Restructuring content from audio lectures of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s teachings from the 1990’s and 2000’s to help others transcend their current circumstances and old patterns in order to reach true fulfillment. Learn to become awake and aware of the power within you to shift your thought processes, release attachments, tame your ego and more. He will walk you through the stages of enlightenment and instruct you in mindfulness practices such as visualization and meditation to reach a higher consciousness.

 

“The Prosperity Bible: The Greatest Writings of All Time on the Secrets to Wealth and Prosperity,” by Wallace D. Wattles, Napoleon Hill, James Allen and More
This one-of-a-kind resource collects the greatest moneymaking secrets of authors from every field — religion, finance, philosophy and self-help — and makes them available to offer guidance, ideas, know-how and inspiration. It includes advice from Napoleon Hill, P.T. Barnum, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Filmore, Florence Scovel Shinn and more.

 

 

“Spirit Junkie: A 52-Card Deck,” by Gabrielle Bernstein
Based on her “Spirit Junkie” book, these 52 cards featuring empowering messages to provide divine guidance, inspiration and support to strengthen your spiritual connection. Find support as you release old fears and patterns, step into your power and choose love – remembering that miracles are available to you in every moment.

 

“Success Is a Choice: Make the Choices That Make You Successful,” by John C. Maxwell
Abridged from his New York Times bestselling book, “Beyond Talent,” this teaches how you can learn to make the right choices that lead to success, as well as the steps successful people chose, such as believing in yourself, firing up passion, initiating action, focusing your energy, cultivating good relationships and embracing practice.

Drink Good Vibes

Whether it’s a crystal or gemstone, or words on a container, we can consciously raise the vibration of what we drink! Here are some options for you to consider!

The Lotus Glass Tea Tumbler & Strainer
This double-walled, glass tea infuser features “Listen to your soul,” in writing on it, with an etched lotus flower, and can be used for fruit infusions, coffee, water and more. www.amazon.com; $27.99

 

 

Glacce Crystal Water Bottles
Choose from clear quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, smoky quarta and black obsidian removable crystals in these glass and stainless steel bottles. Each holds approximately 18 ounces of water and is intended for use with water. www.glacce.com; $80

 

 

Gem Water Crystal Straws
Infuse your drink with the high vibration of crystals with these stainless steel straws. Available in amethyst, rose quartz and clear quartz, there is also a choice of rose gold, silver or yellow gold straws, and each comes with a microfiber bag and cleaning brush. www.gem-water.com; $40.

 

 

Hasana Energy Crystal Water Bottle
Bring positive energy and love to your drinks using rose quartz crystals in this glass bottle that are actually separate from the water. You can also swap out the crystals and use whatever you would like each day. www.amazon.com; $69.97.

 

 

Wellness VitaJuwel Gemwater Decanters
This set incudes an Era glass Decanter, with a stainless steel lid, plus and original VitaJuwel Gemstone Vial. The Wellness option pictured here includes amethyst, rose quartz, and clear quartz. Other options include Love, Balance, Fitness, Five Elements, Vitality and more. www.vitajuwel.us; $148 – $258.

Music to Raise Your Vibration

The Chinese character for medicine stems from the character for music – and here are a few picks to raise your vibration and decrease stress and anxiety.

 

Crystal Realms by Jill Mattson
Listen to the frequencies of uplifting flower essences and crystal healings to raise your vibrations and usher in positive emotions with musician and composer in the field of sound and color healing Jill Mattson. The music transports listeners to the crystal and fairy realms, and includes sounds from the water world, including whales, dolphins and giant turtles. www.amazon.com; $9.49 for mp3 or $24.51 for CD

 

Awakened Mind System 2.0 by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson
With only two tracks that are 30 minutes each, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, brainwave entrainment pioneer, created this musical soundtrack using inaudible pulses of sound along with ambient music to help people access the brainwaves of higher consciousness known as the awakened mind. www.amazon.com; $9.49 for mp3 or $11.98 for CD

 

Grace and Gratitude by Olivia Newton-John
Originally recorded when she was healing from breast cancer years ago, this audio CD features beautiful lyrics based on spiritual concepts, but also has musical interludes in between each track meant to heal the body. www.amazon.com; $9.49 for mp3 or $15.99 for CD

 

The Essential Snatam Kaur: Sacred Chants for Healing
Filled with her favorite and well-known songs for healing, strength and peace, Snatam Kaur – known in the tradition of Kundalini yoga – offers beautiful chants set to music and carried by her beautiful voice. www.amazon.com; $12.49 for mp3 or $17.98 for CD

 

 

The Essence by Deva Premal
The popular New Age musician Deva Premal includes the healing power of chants ad mantras, including The Gayatri Mantra to achieve success and happiness in life, there are eight tracks perfect to raise a person’s vibration and balance the mind and body. www.amazon.com; $9.49 for mp3 and $12.19 for CD

The Crown Chakra Reset

When it comes to taming chaos, getting yourself grounded and shutting off the energy flowing in from the outside can do wonders. The crown chakra not only links us to the Universe, Spirit and higher realms, but it blends energy from the physical realm of everyday life well. When it becomes overactive, a person can feel flighty, anxious and overwhelmed. But there is a quick way to rest it and it’s called the Crown Chakra Reset.

Step 1: Place your hand (dominant hand) over the top of your head to temporarily block out any external stimulation and energy.

Step 2: Close your eyes and gently breathe in and out as you relax your body and ground yourself in the present moment.

Step 3: When you feel more centered, open your eyes and release your hand.

As a bonus to this, you can also inhale a grounding essential oil – either a blend or singular oil such as Frankincense – and/or hold a grounding crystal in your other hand such as black tourmaline or hematite.

Chaos Taming Books – Summer 2020

 

 

 

Learn to make space in your everyday routine for self-care with Getting Away: 75 Practices for Finding Balance in Our Always-On World,” by Jon Staff. With 75 easy practices you will discover how to slow down no matter what chaos is ensuing around you.

 

Find a bit of serenity in your busy life with Calm: Meditations and Inspirations by Mandala Publishing. Featuring 150 quotes quotes, inspirations and contemplations from writers, seekers and leaders including Marcus Aurelius, Thich Nhat Hanh and Oscar Wilde.

 

 

Do you have trouble sleeping, or just need help winding down after the day? Sleep Meditations: To Help Anxious Adults Drift Off, by Danielle North. With the audiobook version you will get to hear the meditations to help you slow down, relax and let go. Meditations include “Calling in Cleansing Energy,” “Cutting Threads,” and “You’re Ok, It’s Ok.”