Elevated Existence January 2018 Spiritual / Self-Help Book Picks

Each month, a ton of new spiritual and self-help books hit the market. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or miss out on some new releases.

I created Elevated Existence Monthly Book Picks to help narrow down your search, and make sure you don’t miss some great options!

Here are the picks for January 2018. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

“Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying,” by Light Watkins
From one of America’s top meditation teachers comes a revolutionarily simple approach to everyday practice—especially if you don’t think you have the time or the patience. When properly understood and practiced, meditation should feel easy, calming, and comfortable. In Bliss More, Light Watkins provides the tools for making it E.A.S.Y. (Embrace, Accept, Surrender, Yield), dispels the biggest myths and misunderstandings, and shares real-world tips and straight talk for hacking into this ancient practice. Watkins also shares candid testimonials from people whose lives have been enriched through his method, and extensive resources for transforming a daily chore into an enjoyable activity.

“Get Over It!: Thought Therapy for Healing the Hard Stuff,” by Iyanla Vanzant
Today, many of us face fears about the future, struggle with tragedies, anxiety and more. In her new book, New York Times best-selling author and life coach Iyanla Vanzant challenges us, asking: What if it’s not them—what if it’s you? What if you need to “get over it” — and get over yourself?

Vanzant offers a unique spiritual technology called “thought therapy,” a process that harnesses proven spiritual tools with the science of neuroplasticity. The 42 prayers and affirmations, and complementary energy-clearing tools at the heart of the thought therapy process are designed to neutralize and eliminate the unconscious, unproductive, soul-destroying dominant negative thought patterns (DNTPs) and discordant emotional energies, allowing you to get to the root cause of your personal suffering, and make life-affirming choices.

“Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living a Better Life,” by Gabrielle Bernstein
New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein offers a step-by-step process to release the beliefs that hold you back from living a better life. This interactive, six-step process calls on spiritual principles from the text A Course in Miracles, Kundalini yoga, the Emotional Freedom Technique (aka Tapping), meditation, prayer and metaphysical teachings. Each lesson builds upon the next to support healing, and letting go, so judgment, pain and suffering will begin to dissolve.

 

“The Tapping Solution for Parents, Children & Teenagers: How to Let Go of Excessive Stress, Anxiety and Worry, and Raise Happy, Healthy, Resilient Families,” by Nick Ortner
In this new book, Nick Ortner encourages readers to first take a look at their own stressors and worry as parents, reminding them self-care is vital to helping others. In the first section of the book, parents are guided on using the revolutionary technique known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Tapping to release parental overwhelm, quiet worry, manage conflict and transform their experience of parenthood. And in the second section, it moves on to specific uses for Tapping with children, ranging from releasing negative emotions like anger, fear and phobias, sadness, grief, guilt, and shame, to overcoming specific challenges such as anxiety disorders, sleep, nightmares, performance anxiety, bullying, school jitters, divorce and much more. It includes diagrams, links to videos and more.

“Thriving Through Uncertainty: Moving Beyond Fear of the Unknown and Making Change Work for You,” by Tama J. Kieves
Tama Kieves shares that the moment your plans fall apart is precisely when your true destiny begins. In her new book, she guides readers to take hold of the blessings and opportunities hidden within uncertain transitional periods and begin to move forward. Weaving together practical exercises and techniques, along with anecdotes from her own experiences, readers will learn how to control their mindset and mood to stay focused and happy; how to have faith in themselves and their journey; how to allow themselves to feel pain and discomfort; and how to continue to thrive through future obstacles.

“Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness,” by Madisyn Taylor
The cofounder of the holistic lifestyle website DailyOM presents a gentle and accessible step-by-step guide to moving from excessive reliance on medications to fundamentally healing yourself through four pillars of natural wellness. Madisyn Taylor was plagued by depression and anxiety, suffering from chronic physical problems. At first, she turned to the medical community, which put her on a rollercoaster course of numerous doctors, tests, and an unhealthy reliance on medications that left her numb and lifeless. Then she made the decision to become unmedicated, reaching out to the natural, holistic health realm. And after years of practice and research, Madisyn developed an integrative wellness program that put her back in the driver’s seat of her health, and ultimately, her life.

This book is her account of how she broke free and a guide for how to apply her practical techniques to your own healing journey. She offers a daily program of easy-to-follow actions based on four pillars that will build a lifelong foundation for health: clear your mind; strengthen your body; nurture your spirit; and find your tribe.

“The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store,” by Cait Flanders
In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again — until she realized nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy. So she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year.

This book documents her life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping — decluttering her apartment; getting rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learning how to fix things rather than throw them away; researching the zero waste movement; and completing a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt.

“Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals,” by Michael Hyatt
If you are tired of not seeing progress in your personal, intellectual, business, relationship, or financial goals then New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt’s new book, “Your Best Year Ever,” is for you. Readers learn how to design their best year ever in just five hours, including three simple ways to triple the likelihood of achieving goals; how to quit-proof goals; what to do when feeling stuck; and more.

Elevated Existence September 2016 Self-Help Book Picks

Each month, a ton of new spiritual and self-help books hit the market. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or miss out on some new releases.

We created Elevated Existence Monthly Book Picks to help our readers narrow down their search, and make sure they don’t miss some great options!

The books for this month were chosen by our editor’s as their picks for September 2016. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

believe-ask-act“Believe, Ask, Act: Divine Steps to Raise Your Intuition, Create Change and Discover Happiness,” by MaryAnn DiMarco — Psychic medium, intuitive counselor and spiritual teacher, MaryAnn DiMarco shares her teachings for developing intuition to us to control life using three powerful steps: Believe, Ask & Act. This includes belief in a higher power, asking the right questions to our personal team of angles, guides and departed loved ones, and take action to create change. She also shares how to identify and remove the spiritual, emotional and real-world obstacles holding us back.

the-book-of-joy-small“The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World,” by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams — Two great spiritual mentors His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, share their wisdom about living with joy, even when faced with adversity. Both have been tested with personal and national adversity, and they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal, as well as the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness and daily practices to anchor our emotional and spiritual lives.

let-your-spirit-guides-speak-small“Let Your Spirit Guides Speak: A Simple Guide for a Life of Purpose, Abundance and Joy,” by Debra Landwehr Engle — Are you ready to build a relationship with your spirit guides? Learn how to connect to them for help with everything from simple to challenging life decisions. Learn how to utilize spirit guides to fulfill your life purpose, make decisions to move forward faster, stop sabotaging and judging yourself and more.

 

making-friends-with-your-mind-smallMaking Friends with Your Mind,” by Pema Chodron — Bestselling author Pema Chodron help us stop fighting with our thoughts and reopen ourselves to wonder as naturally as we breathe. During the sessions in this audio, she helps the listener bring awareness to inflexible thoughts through meditations, daily practices and small changes that can impact our lives.

 

marrow-a-love-story“Marrow: A Love Story,” by Elizabeth Lesser — New York Times bestselling author of “Broken Open,” Elizabeth Lesser’s new memoir,” Marrow: A Love Story,” chronicles the journey of donating bone marrow when her sister needs a transplant, and the lessons learned, including acceptance, authenticity and love. The sisters delve into what Lesser calls a “soul marrow transplant,” examining family history, having difficult conversations, offering forgiveness and more. When her sister’s body is not strong enough to fight, the story evolves into how even our most difficult experiences offer opportunities for spiritual growth.

 

radical-beauty“Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out,” by Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder — Bestselling author Deepak Chopra teams up with Hollywood nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder to teach their six pillars of healthy living focused on internal and external nourishment, sleep, living naturally, avoiding excess stress and better understanding the relationship between emotions and inflammatory foods. The authors offer practical tips, tools, innovative routines and foods to help us reaching our highest potential of beauty and health, including do-it-yourself home skin care and beauty remedies and delicious recipes.

 

the-recovering-spender-small“The Recovering Spender: How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life,” by Lauren Greutman — After years of struggling with too many bills and not enough money to pay for them, Lauren Guetman found herself drowning in debt until she finally faced her extreme spending habits and took action. Now she shares the strategies she developed to change her own life and bring her family budget back to black, including taking inventory of spending, decluttering finances, doing an expense audit, curbing spending and defining values.

 

Uncharted final.pdf“Uncharted: The Journey Through Uncertainty to Infinite Possibility,” by Colette Baron-Reid — Our September YouTube interview, Colette Baron-Reid shares how we can all learn to sail into uncharted waters, away from the familiar ways not working for us anymore, to discover the infinite potential we have access to in order to co-create the life we desire along with Sprit. She teaches us how to draw our own map of the soul for an inward journey through five interconnected realms of co-creation — Spirit, Mind, Light, Energy and Form.

 

the-universe-has-your-back-small“The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Your Fear to Faith,” by Gabrielle Bernstein — The New York Times bestselling author teaches readers how to transform fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson guides readers to release blocks to happiness, security and clear direction, and explain how to find strength, support, safety and joy, while unleashing the power of their true presence.

 

what-if-this-is-heaven-small“What if This is Heaven? How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven on Earth,” by Anita Moorjani — Elevated Existence September 2016 cover story interview, and author of “Dying to Be Me,” Anita Moorjani reveals the biggest myths that are holding us back from being authentically who we are, and who we planned to be before incarnating in this life. She uses examples from her own life and others to break these common myths, including spiritual people don’t have egos and we get what we deserve in life.

Emerging Women Live Part 4: Danielle LaPorte – You Are Worthy of Your Desires

At the 2nd annual Emerging Women Live conference “Changing the World Through Feminine Leadership and Entrepreneurship,” in New York City, author of “The Fire Starter Sessions,” and “The Desire Map,” Danielle LaPorte took the stage on last day of the summit and offered laughter, advice and inspiration to the audience.

“Everything in your life had led you to right now,” she started off her talk saying to the audience, explaining the importance of self-love. “When you really practice self love, and really protect yourself, honor yourself and protect your ideals, and when you make your desires your prayers, you will not necessarily be very popular. Loving yourself does not guarantee that you will get loved. But I can guarantee that loving yourself that way you will be misunderstood. You will look to some, unloving. You will look like a crazy lady.”

When we begin to wake up to what we want, and what we deserve, there are things that become unacceptable to us, and we can begin to make more conscious choices in our life, she said.

“The short hand for self-love is this — you have a choice,” said LaPorte. “Joy is a choice, and there is so much to be grateful for in life. We learn through contrast and fear, and for self-love, all you need to say to yourself in every moment is ‘ I have a choice. I have a choice.’ Sometimes you will choose to do things that are uncomfortable, but you can make those choices consciously.”

She then asked the audience to throw out words and  improv speak based on the words. Here is what she said:

Grief — It catches you off guard and can be an uncontrollable feminine, said LaPorte. “She comes in waves when you least expect it, and she demands your full presence,” she said, explaining sometimes we have responsibilities to handle and have to hit the pause button and compartmentalize, but make sure we feel the grief within the first 24 hours. “You have to make a date for the tears.”

Grace — “Grace is the cousin of synchronicity,” said LaPorte. “Every single thing is the universe communicating with you.”

Obligation — This goes back to self-love and choice. We believe we are obligated to pay our mortgage, take care of ailing parents, feed our children, but these are really choices. “Reframe obligation into choice, and the stress of the situation will heal itself,” LaPorte shared.

Ambition, Money and Power — These are all from the second chakra, and we should never apologize for our ambition, she told the audience. “Be fierce, but flexible,” she said, recalling a conversation she had with a Lama, where she explained she found it ironic we all pursue enlightenment with a certain intensity, but Buddhism teaches about detachment, and it always puzzled her.

“He explained there will always be desire,” said LaPorte. “You will always be attached. The question is are you being pushy about it. I’m a pushy bitch, and she usually shows up at 11:30 at night, where I will just check five more emails. She loves to look at her dayplanner and make sure everything is in order, and make sure everyone is doing what they are suppose to be doing.”

She learned to stop pushing, and at first felt naked because who would she be if she was not pushing, but realized “you will hire good people, meditate, take your supplements, be in the intelligent hear and will allow.”

Regret — For most people regret is for the things they did not do. For La Porte, it is the times she didn’t say ‘I love you,’ and she does that now and it makes a big difference in her life. “Always choose your friends over the deadline,” she shared. “Choose your friends over your credit card. Put the airplane ticket on your credit card and make the flight. Go to the wedding. Go to the baptism. surprise them. You don’t need to re-carpet your house, you need to take a vacation with your friends.”

Read Part 1 with Kris Carr on Resilience

Read Part 2 with Sera Beak on Unleashing Your Soul’s Voice

Read Part 3: Gabrielle Bernstein – Miracles Now

Emerging Women Live Coverage Part 3: Gabrielle Bernstein – Miracles Now

On Sunday of the 2nd annual Emerging Women Live conference “Changing the World Through Feminine Leadership and Entrepreneurship,” in New York City, Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times bestselling author of “May Cause Miracles” and “Miracles Now,” took the stage to discuss the power of our presence.

Bernstein shared how she was once running a PR company and on the outside it looked like she had all she desired to be successful and happy — but on the inside her world was falling apart. She was addicted to drugs and alcohol, and when she woke up at 25 years old in a stranger’s apartment not knowing where she was or how she got there, she realized she needed to change.

She went home, opened her journal and wrote — “there has to be a better way.” She then heard the voice of her intuition for the first time — an inner voice — tell her to “get clean and you will live a life beyond your wildest dreams.” She realized she needed to stop looking outside herself for what she already had within her.

“I got clean. I found a recovery group, and immediately spun back into this childlike faith I had forgotten,” she shared with the audience. “Within a month I was guided to a beautiful mentor in my recovery group who said, ‘I have a book for you.’ She handed me Marianne Williamson’s ‘A Return to Love,’ which is basically the cliff notes for a metaphysical book ‘A Course in Miracles.’ I read the entire book in one night.”

Bernstein decided to become a student of “A Course in Miracles” and began doing the workbook. The Course teaches that “through the experience of forgiveness we reorganize our beliefs systems and shift to love…the moment we choose again, to forgive, to see as situation with a loving lens instead of a fearful lens,” is when miracles occur, she said.

She shared five principles with the audience that she has been using to change her perceptions and shift from fear to love for the past nine years. These include:

1. Become the Non-Judgmental Witness of Your Fear — She asked the audience to be willing to take a fearless inventory of what is going on in their lives and take full ownership of what it means to be in negativity and fear. “Yes I am an addict I’m not stepping into my power. I’m talking a lot of shit about people. I am stuck in fear. I am stuck in a bad relationship,” she said. “But in a non judgmental way so you don’t get stuck in fear. Get brutally honest with yourself and your notebook. What is it that you want to transform?” It’s about owning if you are not showing up for your husband, business, etc. and accepting where you are first.

gabby-72. Invite In a Higher Power — She shared a line from the Course that says: The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are relying on your own strength. “How are you blocking and controlling the natural flow of your life by relying on your own strength, and how do you get to a place where you can start to redirect?” she asked, explaining we can all tap into a higher presence, whether we call it God, inspiration, energy or the Universe. She shared a daily prayer she uses every morning directly from the Course: “Where would you have me go, what would you have me do, what would you have me say and to whom?”

She also urged the audience to take up a meditation practice, as she has found it to be the most important tool she has in her life. “What I find to be most important to me in my life, more than husband, work, family and friends, is the time I spend on my meditation pillow,” she said. “My meditation has offered me everything. Why I’m standing here today, why I’m a New York Times bestselling author, why I have a healthy relationship, why I have a healthy body, and why I can live in this city [New York]. Do you want to go big in your life? My answer is meditate.”

3. Measure Your Success By How Much Fun You Are Having — “Joy is your responsibility,” she said. “We need to elevate joy in our own lives. If you are feeling powerless, lean toward joy . . . release the littleness, the story of ‘I’m not where I want to be yet,’ or ‘my guy sucks’ and say  I’m going to show up.’”

4. Our presence is Our Power — It’s not how well we are dressed or what it says on our business card or even what we say or do for a living — our power is how we be, said Bernstein. “Have you even been in the presence of someone who is really embodying who they are? You feel good. Because you can recognize yourself,” she said. “ In every given situation, if you are leaning toward joy, you will be guided to show up, and you will be guided to your power and to be.”

5. Be the Light — “In any given moment we have the capacity to show up with our darkness or we can be the light,” she explained. “Any given moment offers the opportunity to show back up, to choose again. You can smother the darkness and dissolve all boundaries with love. Take ownership and bring the light.”

As a result of practicing these principles, Bernstein said she truly has created a life far beyond her wildest dreams and just celebrated nine years of recovery and one year of marriage. She also shared a mantra mediation for people to use to bring them out of negativity. It is “Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad,” and the music she played was from “Meditations for Transformation: The Expansive Spirit,” by Jai-Jagdesh.”

Read Part 1 with Kris Carr on Resilience

Read Part 2 with Sera Beak on Unleashing Your Soul’s Voice

Read Part 4 with Danielle LaPorte

Emerging Women Live Coverage Part 1: Kris Carr on Resilience

The 2nd annual Emerging Women Live conference “Changing the World Through Feminine Leadership and Entrepreneurship,” took place October 9-12, 2014 in New York City — the brainchild of Chantal Pierrat, who served as vice president of sales and marketing for Sounds True publishing company for more than 10 years. She opened the conference explaining how fierce competitiveness used to be the way to achieve success, and now it’s about partnership and collaboration.

“In 10 years women are inheriting two-thirds of this nations wealth and it means working together collectively and empowering ourselves as an individual,” she said opening the conference Thursday night. “Emerging means to come into being, transformation, to become manifest, to come into view, to come out from under. It’s not just happening to women. It’s happening to the feminine.”

She quoted statistics such as 17 percent of boards have women represented, and only 3 percent of women are CEO’s in the United States. But assured the audience, the trends are changing at an amazing rate.

“Right now so we have momentum behind us, and that momentum is turning into an emergence,” she said. “Some studies of major corporations show those most inclusive of women at the top are performing 35 percent better than their counterparts. Diversity is the future. Polarity breeds creativity.”

Kris Carr: The Feminine Side of Resilience
Bestselling author of “Crazy Sexy Diet” and “Crazy Sexy Kitchen,” Kris Carr — known for her passion around green juice and wellness — started her keynote speech talking about the concept of emerging, and explaining like healing, emerging is a process.

“Emerging happens in cycles, it happens in seasons, and your job is to know what season you are in,” she said. “When you know the season you are in you don’t force it. You don’t push the river.”

When we honor our natural rhythm and cycle we get closer to our purpose, which has nothing to do with our vocation or mission, she shared. Our purpose is joy, and we need to evaluate everything we do in our lives from our relationships to our businesses, and ask is this bringing us closer to joy our further away from it? The same is true for the people we are hanging out with — “are they inspiring you or are they tiring you?” she asked the audience.

kris-carrOur spiritual assignment is to have a dialogue with ourselves on a regular basis to check in and see what we need to feel “sturdy, strong and empowered,” because the more we have this dialogue the more we will become connected with ourselves. For Carr, she knows she needs more time alone and embracing the fact that she is an introvert rather than an extrovert, to hang with solid girlfriends, men in her life that support her, to play on a regular basis, and to have a three-dimensional life, she said.

“What is one thing you need in order to connect with your resilience and with yourself,” she asked the audience.

Carr shared her story of being diagnosed with an incurable form of Stage 4 cancer at age 30, and how she revamped her self-care and diet to learn how to thrive with the disease — eventually giving up the desire to cure it.

“Self-care became my spiritual practice at 31,” she explained, recalling the time she first met the divine feminine in herself. “I met the divine feminine and she said ‘surrender it all. There is a difference between curing and healing. Curing is the physical body — the body you will not have forever. Healing is the spiritual body, and that is what you need to focus on my love, my darling. Learn to accept yourself, my darling.’ You have to love the broken parts of yourself as well. It’s all you, and it’s all teaching you something. It’s all magnificent.”

And acceptance or surrender does not be giving up or putting up with things that you should not from others. It means we never abandon ourselves. It means making our relationship with ourselves — that connection or spiritual assignment — the most important endeavor and commitment we will ever make, said Carr.

“From that place your resilience shines. Nothing can topple you over. As you go for those dreams, take with this mentality you will and enjoy the entire process, not just the accomplishment,” she said. “My challenge I want to offer you is that as you experience this beautiful weekend, and as you get lit up and inspired by all the new tools you want to try, that you remember what you already have …  remember to celebrate something you already have. The more you do that, the more you will give permission to this world to do the same.”

Read Part 2 with Sera Beak: Unleashing Your Soul’s Voice HERE

Read Part 3 with Gabrielle Bernstein: Miracles Now HERE

Read Part 4 with Danielle LaPorte HERE

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