February 2020 New Spiritual and Self Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” 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!

 

“Energy Healing for Empaths: How to Protect Yourself from Energy Vampires, Honor Your Boundaries and Build Healthier Relationships,” by Lisa Campion
In today’s crazy world, understanding if you are an empath and highly sensitive is more important than ever so you can protect yourself and create a healthier life. We are ALL effected by the energy around us, but some of us more than others.

Energy healer and psychic trainer Lisa Campion created this book as a guide to help you cultivate the energy management skills you need to cope with energy vampires and narcissists, increase your own vitality, and fully embrace your unique gifts. She shares the three types of energy vampires, basic energy management skills, psychic self-defense and more!

 

 

“Four Gifts of the Highly Sensitive: Embrace the Science of Sensitivity, Heal Anxiety and Relationships and Connect Deeply with Your World,” by Courtney Marchesani
This is another great option for those of you who are sensitive and empathic! It utilizes the science of sensitivity to help you maximize your gifts of empath, intuition, vision, and expression, and is by integrative health coach Courtney Marchesani. It includes a sensitivity quiz to help you recognize where your strengths lie, and her Mind-Body Method to help you heal from the past and current trauma affecting your sensory processing, as well as employ coping skills to manage what can be an overwhelming onslaught of intense emotions and sensations.

 

 

“Good Morning Intentions: Sacred Rituals to Raise Your Vibration, Find Your Bliss, and Stay Energized All Day,” by Britt Deanda and Tara Schulenberg
I talk and teach about the importance of a morning ritual and have for years, so I love the focus of this book written by two yoga and meditation teachers and entrepreneurs. They share 21 rituals to help you make each morning really matter and set you up for daily success. It includes energy-boosting exercises, breathwork, simple meditations, and intention-setting practices, and I’m sure you will find something to add to your morning routine (or it will inspire you to start one!)

 

 

“High-Vibe Feng Shui: 11 Steps to Achieving Your Best Life,” by Ashley Cantley
The title of this book caught my attention because I love Feng Shui and when you add high vibe to it I feel like you can’t go wrong! This offers a fresh interpretation of the ancient art of Feng Shui by certified practitioner Ashley Cantley, who outlines an 11-step program to break down the foundational ideas and practices of Feng Shui. It includes guided exercises for creating intention, tapping into intuition, cleaning and decluttering, and balancing and enhancing energy in your home.

 

 

 

“How to Heal Yourself from Depression When No One Else Can: A Self-Guided Program to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t,” by Amy B. Scher
This book is the third in the series “How to Heal Yourself,” series by my go-to energy therapist Amy B. Scher and this one is focused on Depression — from feeling exhausted or blue to not being able to get out of bed.

Amy teaches depression is the literal depression of self and shares a proven approach of using energy therapy for releasing emotional stress and trauma to one of the most widespread mental health challenges of our time. You will learn how invisible emotions may be negatively affecting you, how to let go of the emotional baggage (even if you don’t know what it is!), how to use emotional healing techniques to clear stuck emotions and subconscious beliefs from the mind and body, get answers from your subconscious mind and so much more!

 

“In the FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life,” by Alisa Vitti
I interviewed Alisa Vitti years ago when her book “WomenCode,” was first released, and I was excited to see she had a new book out! This book offers a “biohacking” program for women, teaching them how to use their natural 28-day cycle to optimize their time, diet, fitness, work, and relationships.

Women have an important biological rhythm they experience every month that affects productivity, weight, sex drive, energy, and mood, and it’s essential to be aware of and take care of this rhythm. This book offers a 4-week solution to manage your energy and time according to your female biochemistry, and includes a variety of tools including meal plans and recipes for each phase, charts for phase-specific exercise, work tasks and relationship activities, a daily planner and a toolkit to navigate period problems and hormonal birth control.

 

“Judy Hall’s Complete Crystal Workshop,” by Judy Hall
Crystal expert Judy Hall has a new book out that goes far beyond a typical reference guide and leads readers through the key ideas and concepts of using crystals with hands on exercises and rituals. The book features interactive exercises that help you to tailor the book to your needs, journaling sections for you to write down your own experiences, and a step-by-step learning program that guides you to revision work and more advanced exercises.

 

 

“Meditations and Affirmations: 64 Cards to Awaken Your Spirit,” by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
If you are a card deck lover, then check out this new one by bestselling author and spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra. He has been at the forefront of meditation in the West for 30 years, and this new deck lets you boost your meditation practice with meditation/affirmation cards featuring daily teachings from him. You’ll learn to cultivate a clear mind, heal the mind and body, and practice mindfulness in a completely unintimidating way. Each of the sixty-four cards has a meditation on one side and an affirmation on the other, both embellished with original three-color art.

 

“Stronger Than You Think: The 10 Blind Spots That Undermine Your Relationship . . . and How to See Past Them,” by Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., PhD
I am someone who is always looking to learn and improve different aspects of my life and that includes all relationships, so I love that this book shares 10 blind spots that could be undermining a relationship. Dr. Gary W. Lewandowski Jr. is a nationally recognized expert on the psychology of relationships and in his first book, he blends hot-off-the-press science with examples and stories. You will discover how men are the real romantics in heterosexual relationships, not women; the amount of sex you should have to keep your relationship strong (it’s lower than you think); it’s O.K. to be selfish, and so much more!

 

 

“Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times,” by Lodro Rinzler
We are living in a time of anxiety for most people in the world, and this book offers a way out of that. Buddhist meditation teacher Lodro Rinzler teaches that you can train the mind to feel contentment, peace and joy — even in the midst of difficult circumstances. He shares how to work with the mind so that you don’t hold ourselves in a state of stress and learn to relax into and appreciate our world once more. This is a guidebook with practical and easy-to-implement steps for how to take back your mind.

 

January 2021 New Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” 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!

 

 

“100 Ways to Calm: Simple Activities to Help You Find Peace,” by Adams Media
I love books that break thing down into simple practices you can try out each day and decide which to adopt as part of a routine or just to add to your spiritual toolbox, and this is definitely one of them. It offers 1—activities, quotes, exercises and more to help you stay calm and find more peace in your everyday life!

 

“100 Ways to Happy: Simple Activities to Help You Live Joyfully,” by Adams Media
Another one of those books offering simple practices and this one is focused on happiness! The publisher pulled together 100 activities, quotes, exercises and more to help you tap into joy. From creating a vision board to a joyful mediation, this book will give you a lot of ideas of ways to bring more happiness into your life.

 

“The A to Z of Mindfulness: Simple Ways to Be More Present Every Day,” by Anna Barnes
Follow the alphabet to discover new mindfulness practices to help you get back to the present moment. [A]ppreciate the little things, [B]elieve in your personal power, [C]onnect with nature and more! It features interactive prompts and reflective activities, quotes and mantras provide the perfect dose of inspiration.

 

“Big Money Energy: How to Rule at Work, Dominate at Life and Make Millions,” by Ryan Serhant
This hit my radar because I’ve watched Million Dollar Listing NY on Bravo in the past – since I live in NJ and love watching things that take place in my area! Ryan Serhant is one of the real estate agents in the show and he has written other books and his social media is always encouraging people to live at their highest potential. This book is about what he calls “Big Money Energy,” which you get by being 100% committed to making your vision a reality, and that vision has to be BIG!

Ten years ago, Ryan, now a billion dollar broker was living paycheck-to-paycheck and didn’t even own a suit. He realized that while he couldn’t change his circumstances or the balance of his bank account, there was one thing he could change — his energy. The energy you give off impacts every area of your life, from how much money you earn and how much power you have, to who you socialize with and the jobs you get.

Determined to leave his low-rent lifestyle behind forever, Serhant took life-changing steps that resulted in his getting cast on television, graduating to seven-figure sales, and doubling his income every year for the next decade. He is now the CEO and Founder of SERHANT., a multi-dimensional real estate brokerage and media company, and averages a billion dollars in sales every year.

In Big Money Energy, Serhant shows readers how he tapped into his Big Money Energy to crush his goals and achieve huge success, earning his first million before he turned 30 years old. Whether you’re a self-made entrepreneur, a corporate executive or barista, Serhant will teach you how to climb the ladder to success better and faster than anyone else.

 

“Clean Mama’s Guide to a Peaceful Home: Effortless Systems and Joyful Rituals for a Calm, Cozy Home,” by Becky Rapinchuk
I don’t know about you, but I am always looking at how I can make my home more peaceful and calming to create a place of serenity, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to check it out! Becky is the creator of the popular cleaning website, Clean Mama and author of the book “Clean Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Home,” in this book she shares how to establish systems and rituals to transform your home into a clean, organized and comfortable space for you and your family. She walks readers through each room of the house, and the book features decision trees, checklists and more!

 

“Discover Your Dharma: A Vedic Guide to Finding Your Purpose,” by Sahara Rose
I was introduced to ayurvedic medicine years ago when I attended a Chopra Center Perfect Health retreat in New York City (I’m a Pitta-Vata) and I love how it can be used in so many facets of our life. In this book, bestselling ayurvedic author, Sahara Rose shares her unique approach to discovering your dharma or purpose through the Doshas (the Ayurvedic mind-body types) and the chakras (energy centers of the body). Readers will take the “What’s Your Dharma Archetype?” quiz and use their Dharma Blueprint to unlock the code of what they are meant to do next, in relationships, business, and every facet of life.

  

“The Fifth Phrase: The Next Ho’Oponopono and Zero Limits Healing Stage,” by Joe Vitale
I love Ho’oponopono as a clearing method and even talk about it in my book “The Universe is Talking to You.” Building on the wisdom of Ho’oponopono – a Hawaiian healing spirituality of profound wisdom and power based on four phrases, bestselling author Joe Vitale reveals the Fifth Phrase, and what he calls the most powerful healing and cleaning statement of all! He also shares new secrets, insights and methods for faster results, deeper awakening and more magic and miracles. The book will teach you the four phrases of Ho’oponopono; how to develop your own phrases; advanced clearing methods, higher-level healing philosophies, and the fifth phrase.

  

“Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age,” by Sanjay Gupta
I’ve been a neuroscience nerd for years! I’m fascinated by the brain, what it controls and how we can change it, so I’m excited about this new book by Neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta. He shareshow to keep your brain young, healthy and sharp with his science-driven guide to protecting the mind from decline, debunks common myths about aging and cognitive decline, explores whether there’s a “best” diet or exercise regimen for the brain, and explains whether it’s healthier to play video games that test memory and processing speed, or to engage in more social interaction. You will also discover what you can learn from “super-brained” people who are in their eighties and nineties with no signs of slowing down—and whether there are truly any benefits to drugs, supplements and vitamins.

He even addresses brain disease, particularly Alzheimer’s, answers all your questions about the signs and symptoms, and shows how to ward against it and stay healthy while caring for a partner in cognitive decline. He also provides you with a personalized 12-week program featuring practical strategies to strengthen your brain every day.

 

“Know Yourself, Know Your Money: Discover WHY You Handle Money the Way You Do, and WHAT to Do About It!” by Rachel Cruze
I’ve always been someone who wants to understand WHY I do the things I do, so the subtitle of this book grabbed me right away. Personal finance expert Rachel Cruze brings an all-new approach to the traditional money rules, and it all starts with your mindset and getting to the root of all of your decisions—your mind, your behaviors, and your beliefs— so you can change your money mindset for good.

You may already know how to make the right money decisions, BUT you probably still find yourself slipping into impulse purchases, dipping into savings, disagreeing on your budget with your spouse, and wondering “Why did I do that?!” If so, this book is for YOU. Rachel explains the psychology, strengths, and challenges that come with each of her brand-new Seven Money Tendencies, which are Saver or Spender; Nerd or Free Spirit; Experiences or Things; Quality or Quantity; Safety or Status; Abundance or Scarcity; and Planned Giving or Spontaneous Giving.

Along with discovering where you land on the scale of Seven Money Tendencies, this book also introduces new ways to understand how your parents, your fears, and your beliefs impact your money mindset. She covers which of the four childhood money classrooms shaped your personality; how the six core money fears can drive your most common money mistakes; and why you handle money the way you do and what to do about it.

 

“The Listening Path: The Creative Art of Attention,” by Julia Cameron
Julia Cameron is known for her book “The Artist’s Way,” and she is now releasing her newest, “The Listening Path,” which is a six-week guide to deeper, more profound listening and creativity. You will be given the tools to become a better listener―to the environment, the people around you, and yourself, heightening your attention to gain healing, insight, clarity – and most of all igniting creativity! Each week, she challenges you to expand your ability to listen in a new way, beginning by listening to the environment and culminating in learning to listen to silence.

 

December 2020 Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” 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!

“101 Ways to Be Less Stressed: Simple Self-Care Strategies to Boost Your Mind, Mood, and Mental Health,” by Dr. Caroline Leaf
Bestselling author and neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf helps readers change their life by changing their mind with 101 simple ways to reduce stress. With simple strategies for mental self-care, we can change the way we think and how we live our lives.

It is so important that we focus on mental self-care and reducing daily stress, since mental toughness and resilience will get us through difficult times and help us achieve success in every area of our lives. Using the incredible power of our minds, we can persist and grow in response to life’s challenges.
 

Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick,” by Jen Sincero
New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero gets to the core of transformation: habits–breaking, making, understanding, and sticking with them.

Badass Habits is a look at how our habits make us who we are, from the measly moments that happen in private to the resolutions we loudly broadcast (and, , often don’t keep) on social media. Habit busting and building goes way beyond becoming a dedicated flosser or never showing up late again–our habits reveal our unmet desires, the gaps in our boundaries, our level of self-awareness, and our unconscious beliefs and fears.

This new book includes interviews with people who’ve successfully strengthened their discipline backbones, new perspective on how to train our brains to become our best selves, and offers a simple, 21-day, step-by-step guide for ditching habits that don’t serve us and developing the habits we deem most important.

 

Breakup Bootcamp: The Science of Rewiring Your Heart,” by Amy Chan
Amy Chan hit rock bottom when she discovered that her boyfriend cheated on her. Although she was angry and broken-hearted, Chan soon came to realize that the breakup was the shakeup she needed to redirect her life. Instead of descending into darkness, she used the pain of the breakup as a bridge to self-actualization. She devoted herself to learning various healing modalities from the ancient to the scientific, and dived into the psychology of love. It worked. Fast forward years later, Amy completely transformed her life, her relationships and founded a breakup bootcamp helping countless women heal their hearts.

In this book, Chan directs her experience as a relationship columnist and as the creator of Renew Breakup Bootcamp into a practical, thoughtful guide to turning broken hearts into an opportunity to break out of complacency and destructive habits. Dubbed “the Chief Heart Hacker,” Amy Chan grounds her practical advice and tried and tested methods rooted in cutting-edge psychology and research, helping first her bootcamp attendees and now her readers most effectively heal and reclaim their self-love.

 

 “Daily Calm: 100 Daily Reminders to Help You Build a Mindfulness Habit,” by Padraig O’Morian
The Daily Bell is a mindfulness reminder – a sort of ‘thought of the day’ – that mindfulness expert Padraig O’Morain sends out to his 15,000 subscribers every morning, and he has done so for the last 5 years. Following on from the success of this, Padraig has compiled 100 brand new reminders and easy exercises into this new book. By picking up the book and dipping into the short exercises, readers will learn to integrate mindfulness into your life, improve personal resilience and build up a regular mindfulness habit.
 

“Divine Abundance Oracle Cards: A 52-Card Deck,” by Tosha Silver
From the author of “Outrageous Openness” and “It’s Not Your Money,” comes a new oracle card deck that helps readers put her teachings into practice.

Tosha Silver’s message about money is counterintuitive, fresh, and different from the norm. So many people push toward their goals, chase the means to meet their needs, and yearn for an ever-elusive feeling of security. Fear and worry are constant. Tosha takes a radical new approach: offer those desperate wishes and financial fears directly to Love, to the Divine itself–whatever that means to you. The result can bring freedom, spaciousness, and yes, even a sense of security unavailable any other way. Aligning with Divine Source as the foundation of All is the key.

Drawing inspiration from her book “It’s Not Your Money,” this deck contains 52 quotes that will help readers reflect on their relationship to money, career, and abundance.

 

“Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good,” by Tina Turner
Tina Turner’s new book is deeply personal and inspiring revealing the wisdom behind her journey to joy, while providing a practical guide to finding happiness in one’s own life. She shows how anyone can overcome obstacles in life–even transform the impossible to possible–and fulfill our dreams. She shows how we, too, can improve our lives, empowering us with spiritual tools and sage advice to enrich our unique paths. She illuminates the practical principles of Buddhism and how they have helped her elevate from despair, adversity, and poverty to joy, stability and prosperity.

 

“Happy Habits: 50 Science-Backed Rituals to Adopt (or Stop) to Boost Health and Happiness,” by Karen Salmansohn
Forming new habits can improve your mood and invigorate your daily routine, but we have to figure out which ones to adopt or drop. How can we successfully create habits—and what new habits will actually increase our happiness and fulfillment?

“Happy Habits” presents 50 habits that span body, mind, relationships, work, home and play. Salmansohn shares the tools we need to master fundamental habits (daily meditation; practicing gratitude), surprising happiness-boosting techniques (crying regularly; strategic complaining), and tips for easily incorporating new habits into your daily life. Filled with fascinating studies and simple rituals, this illustrated guide offers fun, accessible ways to uplift your life.

 

“Hard Work for Breakfast: How to Make It and Make It Look Easy,” Nick Cannon
Part biography, part philosophy, part inspiration, and all comedy, “Hard Work for Breakfast” shares the so-crazy-they-must-be-true stories from Nick Cannon’s remarkable life, from being bullied on the school yard as a skinny, nerdy kid in the projects to making millions of dollars right out of high school (with zero experience!), becoming the youngest CEO in television history, attracting millions of loyal followers, and marrying one of the most famous women in the world—all the while expanding his brand and media empire at warp speed with no end in sight.

Revealing a touching and hilarious look into his family life with Mariah Carey and their twins, Nick also gives us a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of modern celebrity and entertainment with equal doses of wit, candor, and self-deprecation. From style, to sex, to business, to managing setbacks and obstacles, to his next adventure—becoming a billionaire by forty—Nick offers a powerful message about life, success, and “having it all.”

 

“It’s Never Too Late: Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life,” by Kathie Lee Gifford
When Kathie Lee Gifford stepped down as cohost of the fourth hour of the Today show with Hoda Kotb, you might have thought her best days were behind her. It turns out, she was just getting started. As Kathie Lee says, “I’m not retiring; I’m refiring!”

Taking us from her Chesapeake Bay childhood when she first heard God’s calling, to her skyrocketing fame with Regis, to her decision to leave television for Nashville, Kathie Lee inspires us to pursue what really matters. Because it’s never too late to forgive, to dance the cha-cha, or to make a difference in the world.

God placed His dreams in your heart for a reason. And like Kathie Lee, you might just discover the best is yet to come. Whether you’re an empty nester, newly single, navigating a career change, or just eager for any change, Kathie Lee helps you hear God’s loving calling because It’s Never Too Late to . . .

  • Begin Again
  • Make Sparks Fly
  • Leave a Good Thing
  • Have a Party
  • Change the Ending, Then Change It Again

 

“Lessons on Success: 17 Principles of Personal Achievement Through Action and Attitude,” by Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill’s 17 Essential Principles of Personal Achievement have served as an encouraging and illuminating guide for those seeking to improve all areas of their lives for more than half a century. In this new book, readers will get keyed into Hill’s distinct thought process—this is THE complete and unabridged mind-power method for achieving your goals.

After interviewing dozens of industrialists, diplomats, thought leaders, and people who are at the top of their game, Hill distilled what he learned and converted his study into seventeen core lessons that will set you up for success in every facet of your life.

 

“Living Your Dreams: Your Personal Success Program,” by Mark Victor Hansen
Discover the proven concepts, powerful skills, easy-to-use techniques and step-by-step action items needed to define your dreams and live them―whatever they are from bestselling author Mark Victor Hansen.

No one knows more about how to live their dream than Mark Victor Hansen. He achieved his success when he was well into his 40s―knowing that dreams don’t have deadlines. After reading this inspiring book, you’ll know it too!

Now a sought-after dynamic keynote speaker and entrepreneurial marketing maven, Mark has spoken to over 6,000 audiences worldwide and is best known as the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and brand setting world records with over 500 million books sold.

With a guidebook and a personal goal planner, readers will learn:

  • Believe It to Achieve It
  • Positive Self-Talk
  • How to Turn Problems into Opportunities
  • The Fundamental Secrets of Prosperity
  • How to Gain Financial Freedom
  • To Create a Dream Team
  • Achieve Total Well-Being
  • Develop a Winning Spirit
  • 10 Instant Steps to Success

 

“Mindfulness Workbook for Stress Relief: Reduce Stress Through Meditation, Non-Judgement, Mind-Body Awareness and Self-Inquiry,” by April Snow LMFT
Ease stress and achieve balance through the healing power of mindfulness — a powerful and proven method for reducing stress and its negative health effects. This Workbook shows you how to relieve tension and find calm using soothing, restorative techniques like meditation, non-judgment, self-inquiry, and mind-body awareness.

Featuring helpful exercises and simple meditations, this hands-on stress management workbook delivers a wide variety of effective mindfulness tools that you can add to your self-care toolbox like breath awareness, body scans, mindful walking, and more.

It includes:

  • A beginner-friendly focus that covers a spectrum of everyday situations and science-based solutions.
  • Engaging mindfulness-based exercises that are proven to help relieve stress, anxiety, chronic pain, and sleep issues.
  • How to address stress triggers in many areas of daily life like relationships, at work, and beyond.

 

“Release: Create a Clutter Free and Soul Driven Life,” by Peggy Fitzsimmons
Most of us are overwhelmed by stuff that is not essential to our lives and is out of alignment with our true spiritual nature. Although our souls are inherently free, we also have an ego mind that orients us toward fear, scarcity, self-preservation, and holding on. With the ego mind in the driver’s seat of our lives, we accumulate clutter. Physical clutter is the most obvious, but we are also burdened with mental, emotional, energetic, and relationship clutter.

All forms of clutter reflect the same thing; a soul not being true to itself. This book provides practical strategies to release clutter in your inner and outer environments and create a more soul-directed life. It introduces the skills of presence, mindfulness, resonance, and inspired action to put you on the road to freedom; free to live with only the things that help you share your love with the world in your unique ways.

 

“Take Care of Your Type: An Enneagram Guide to Self-Care,” by Christina S. Wilcox
Discover the self-care tips specifically designed for your Enneagram type from popular Enneagram expert Christina S. Wilcox. Many of us have used the Enneagram of Personality to understand ourselves on a profoundly intimate level. But despite what our Enneagram type reveals, it’s not always easy to know the best ways to take care of ourselves according to our unique personalities.

In this book, Christina uses her knowledge of the Enneagram to illuminate how each of the nine Enneagram types can practice better self-care. Answering questions ranging from “What is the best morning routine for my type?” to “What boundaries are important to set based on my individual personality traits?” this handy guide filled with beautiful color illustrations will help you re-center and reconnect with yourself amid the stress of daily life and will leave you feeling happier and healthier in mind, body, and spirit.

 

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.