Elevated Existence August 2018 Spiritual and 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 August 2018. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

 

“Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence — The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice,” by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
From New York Times bestselling author, Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., introduces readers to his pioneering, science-based meditation practice in this new book, providing practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one’s day-to-day life.

An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation’s effectiveness, this book teaches readers how to harness the power of the principle “Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows.” Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can literally help you grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in your life.

No matter what level of experience you have with meditation or mindfulness, this book is a hands-on guide to becoming more focused and present, as well as more energized and emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the everyday challenges life throws your way.

 

“The 5 Essential Principles of Think & Grow Rich: The Practical Steps to Transforming Your Desires into Riches,” by Napoleon Hill
Drawn from the modern-day classic, “Think and Grow Rich” ― this new edition dives deeper into the 5 core secrets that have shown the greatest success. With these 5 lessons, you have the power to change your life and set you upon the path of learning and self-development. Originally published in 1937, Napoleon Hill draws on stories from Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and more than 500 other men of great wealth to demonstrate his moneymaking philosophies. With simple and practical techniques, Hill teaches that great and lasting success is possible with nothing but thoughts, ideas, and organized plans.

 

“The Five Hurdles to Happiness: And the Mindful Path to Overcoming Them,” by Mitch Abblett
A practical approach to becoming aware of the “five hindrances” or negative qualities that inhibit living an awakened life, and how to break free of them in order to live more mindfully, effectively and compassionately, author Mitch Abblett draws from Buddhist traditions to offer a modern, secular interpretation to identify the hurdles blocking contentment — desire, hostility, sluggishness, worry, and doubt and how you can take your first steps to overcoming them.

Combining traditional wisdom with contemporary psychology and using examples from his psychotherapy practice, Abblett uses the hurdles as a frame for engaging you in a process of contemplating your own life and learning to lean into your experience rather than merely repeating bad habits. By doing this, you can break free from the hurdles and live more mindfully, effectively, and compassionately.

 

“Hack Your Anxiety: How to Make Anxiety Work for You in Life, Love and All That You Do,” by Alicia H. Clark, PsyD
What if the way we’re thinking about anxiety is off base? What if there’s something about anxiety that can be used for you instead of against you?

In this revolutionary new book, Dr. Alicia H. Clark recognizes anxiety as an unsung hero in the path to success and wellbeing. Anxiety is a powerful motivating force that can be harnessed to create a better you, if you’ve got the right tools. This book provides a road map to approach anxiety in a new ― and empowering ― light.

Weaving together modern neuroscience, case studies, interviews, and personal anecdotes, Clark demonstrates how anxiety can be reclaimed as a potent force for living our best lives.

 

“How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute,” by K.J. Dell’Antonia
An encouraging guide to helping parents find more happiness in their day-to-day family life, from the former lead editor of the New York Times Motherlode blog, KJ Dell’Antonia.

In this optimistic, solution-packed book, Dell’Antonia asks: How can we change our family life so that it is full of the joy we’d always hoped for? Drawing from the latest research and interviews with families, KJ discovers it’s possible to do more by doing less, and make our family life a refuge and pleasure, rather than another stress point in a hectic day.

She focuses on nine common problem spots that cause parents the most grief, explores why they are hard, and offers small, doable, sometimes surprising steps you can take to make them better. Whether it’s getting everyone out the door on time in the morning or making sure chores and homework get done without another battle, this book show having a family isn’t just about raising great kids and churning them out at destination: success. It’s about experiencing joy — real joy, the kind you look back on, look forward to, and live for — along the way.

 

“Journey to the Afterlife: Comforting Messages & Lessons from Loved Ones in Spirit,” by Kristy Robinett
Revealing the true nature of heaven, hell, and the in-between from spirits who are there, Kristy Robinett shares soul-stirring messages from her many years of practice as a professional psychic medium. This book answers the most persistent questions about the afterlife, showing what kinds of lessons are learned as spirits evolve and grow in light and peace. Have you ever wondered what heaven is like? Or how a child’s experience of the afterlife is different than an adult’s? Is there such a thing as hell or purgatory?

With dozens of moving case studies and remarkable examples, the book shows how our loved ones are given the opportunity to grow and find happiness on the other side. These messages are a great comfort to Kristy’s clients, and they will touch your heart while helping you move forward on your own personal journey.

 

“The Pomodoro Technique: The Acclaimed Time-Management System That Has Transformed How We Work,” by Francesco Cirillo
Francesco Cirillo developed his famed system for improving productivity as a college student thirty years ago. Using a kitchen timer shaped like a pomodoro (Italian for tomato), Cirillo divided the time he spent working on a project into 25-minute intervals, with 5-minute breaks in between, in order to get more done, without interruptions.  By grouping a number of pomodoros together, users can tackle a project of any length, and drastically improve their productivity, enhance their focus, and better achieve their goals.

Originally self-published, and shared virally online, this new publication of “The Pomodoro Technique” includes several new chapters on how teams can use the method to save time and increase productivity. The process underlying Cirillo’s technique includes five stages: planning the day’s tasks, tracking your efforts, recording your daily activities, processing what you have done, and visualizing areas for improvement. With this tried and tested method, readers can simplify their work, find out how much time and effort a task really requires, and improve their focus so they can get more done in the same amount of time each day.

 

“The Practice of Pure Awareness: Somatic Meditation for Awakening the Sacred,” by Reginald A. Ray
A respected teacher, Reginald A. Ray presents the core and essential wisdom of Tibet and shows us the possibilities of “enlightenment in this present life” through the meditative and somatic practice of Pure Awareness — a unique kind of meditation thoroughly grounded in the body and in ordinary experience. This fundamentally transformative practice offers the possibility of enlightenment in this present life and invites us into the immensely powerful journey that Tibetan tantric spirituality has to offer. Includes a link to a free download of audio meditations.

Elevated Existence June 2018 Spiritual and 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 June 2018. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

 

 

“The Archetype Diet: Reclaim Your Self-Worth and Change the Shape of Your Body,” by Dana James
In working with thousands of women who wanted to lose weight and change the shape of their bodies, leading nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner Dana James observed a striking trend: no matter how diligent they were in sticking to their diet and exercise plans, old behavioral patterns and self-doubt sabotaged their efforts.

In The Archetype Diet, James helps readers escape the seemingly endless psychological tug-of-war hampering their ability to care for themselves and explains which hormones cause the storing of body fast on the belly, thighs and hips — and what to eat to change it. Through her holistic approach to weight loss, James guides in readers in discovering which of four archetypes they embody: The Nurturer, Wonder Woman, Femme Fatale and Ethereal. She also offers a 10-day meal plan, recipes and a step-by-step psychological intervention.

 

“Everything is Here to Help You: A Loving Guide to Your Soul’s Evolution,” by Matt Kahn
In this book, spiritual teacher and intuitive Matt Kahn redefines the spiritual path for the modern-day seeker, and offers new ways to resolve fear, unravel judgments, and learn how to view life from a clear, expanded perspective. Each chapter highlights his teachings and loving wisdom from how to unravel blame by exploring the four stages of surrender, to providing step-by-step energy clearings and recited activations to amplify the power of one’s consciousness, this book offers a clear road map to explore the magic, mysteries, and miracles that reside in every heart.

 

“Fail Until You Don’t: Fight Grind Repeat,” by Bobby Bones
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bare Bones, host of the marquee morning program “The Bobby Bones Show,” comedian and dedicated philanthropist delivers an inspirational and humorous collection of stories about his biggest misses in life and how he turned them into lessons and wins.

Bobby Bones is the youngest inductee ever into the National Radio Hall of Fame alongside legends Dick Clark, Larry King, and Howard Stern.  As “the most powerful man in country music” (Forbes), he has reached the peak of his profession and achieved his childhood dreams. Each weekday morning, more than five million fans tune in to his radio show. But a lot of what made him able to achieve his goals were mistakes, awkward moments, and embarrassing situations. In this book, he includes ideas and motivations for finding success even when seemingly surrounded by impossible odds or tough failures.

 

“Mind to Matter: The Astonishing Science of How Your Brain Creates Material Reality,” by Dawson Church
In Mind to Matter, award-winning researcher Dawson Church explains the science showing how our minds create matter. Different intentions produce different fields and different material creations. The thoughts and energy fields we cultivate in our minds condition the atoms and molecules around us. We can now trace the science behind each link in chain from thought to thing, showing the surprising ways in which our intentions create the material world.

The science in the book is illustrated by many authentic case histories of people who harnessed the extraordinary power of the mind to create. The book also includes over 150 photos and illustrations that explain the process, while an “Extended Play” section at the end of each chapter provides additional resources.

 

“Modern Guide to Energy Clearing,” by Barbara Moore
Transform your life with Barbara Moore’s complete guide to working with energy. Usable by anyone, regardless of spiritual path, this friendly and down-to-earth book shows how to make a personalized toolkit of techniques for any circumstance, from clearing long-standing blocks to cultivating the energy you want.

You’ll first learn to clear inappropriate energy and maintain healthy energy within yourself. Then you’ll expand that energetic wellness into your home, your workplace, and other shared or public spaces. Explore numerous techniques, including personal clearing, cording, shielding, clearing clutter, setting intentions, and addressing the elements. Build good energetic habits using a variety of tools, including sage, incense, runes, candles, wind chimes, crystals, drums, and blessings.

 

“The Three Questions: How to Discover and Master the Power Within You,” by Don Miguel Ruiz
The beloved spiritual teacher builds on the message of his enduring New York Times and international bestseller The Four Agreements with this profound guide that takes us deeper into the tradition of Toltec wisdom, helping us find and use the hidden power within us to achieve our fullest lives.

In this new book, Don Miguel Ruiz goes deeper asking us to consider essential questions that drive our lives and govern our spiritual power. Three eternal questions can help us into our power and use it judiciously: Who am I? What is real? How do I express love?

At each stage in our lives, we must ask these simple yet deeply profound questions. Finding the answers will open the door to the next stage in our development, and eventually lead us to our complete, truest selves. The three questions provide a practical framework that allows readers to engage with Ruiz’s transformative message and act as a vehicle for overcoming fear and anxiety and discovering peace of mind.

 

“You are Psychic: Develop Your Natural Intuition Through Your Psychic Type,” by Sherrie Dillard
Join bestselling author Sherrie Dillard as she guides you in discovering when and how your intuition works. Filled with easy-to-follow exercises, guided meditations, and illuminating stories from Dillard’s years of teaching, this book shares the secrets of the four psychic types and shows you how to identify your spiritual strengths while overcoming the doubts or fears that may be standing in your way.

Learning to trust the elusive energy of psychic awareness can be an important step in your life’s journey. This book helps you interpret the intuitive information you receive, opening the gateway to support, guidance, and love from the realm of spirit. Whether you desire to improve your relationships, career, health, or finances, You Are Psychic helps you move beyond the five senses and embrace your deep inner wisdom.

 

“Zen in the Age of Anxiety: Wisdom for Navigating Our Modern Lives,” by Tim Burkett
Wrestling with fear doesn’t have to be a negative experience. This book offers an approach to life that unlocks a new way of thinking and being in the world, one that leads directly through the center of the anxieties we seek to avoid.

Written in the style of an owner’s manual, a guide to being human, Burkett focuses on areas of pain and anxiety as they tend to manifest for modern people: feelings of unworthiness, and issues surrounding sex, money, failure and even death. Providing wisdom from Zen (channeled through his many experiences as a psychotherapist) and using language and metaphors from popular culture, he takes anxiety and teaches us to turn those fears into the building blocks of a fulfilling life.

Elevated Existence February 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 February 2018. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

 

The Abundance Project: 40 Days to More Wealth, Health, Love and Happiness,” by Derek Rydall
In his new book, Derek Rydall offers a step-by-step guide to design and create abundance in any area of life, including money, time, love, creativity and more. Built on universal, proven principles, the author teaches the laws of giving and circulation that will release the channels of abundance-creating energy in your life through his Seven Gifts that Give You Everything. He will help you identify Abundance Blind Spots and Shadows that get in the way and walks you through the step-by-step Abundance Boot Camp so you can design and master the life you’ve envisioned.

 

“Already Here: A Doctor Discovers the Truth About Heaven,” by Leo Galland M.D.
In his new book, Dr. Leo Galland tells of his son Christopher’s death at the age of 22, and the direct visual evidence Christopher showed him that our souls do go on. In life, Christopher was a brain-damaged special needs child who challenged everyone he knew with his unpredictable behavior and uncanny insights. After his death, Christopher’s wisdom was revealed to Leo over the course of a year, coalescing into three themes, which Leo calls the Gift of the Opposite, the Gift of Presence, and the Gift of Timelessness. This book offers a unique dialogue in which an analytical, scientific mind tries to comprehend truths from another plane of existence — one that, nonetheless, is inseparable from our own.

 

“Anything Is Possible: 7 Steps for Doing the Impossible,” by Dr. Joe Vitale
In his new book, bestselling author Joe Vitale reveals “The 7 Steps for Doing the Impossible,” which Joe demonstrated when attending would famous strongman grandmaster Dennis Rogers’ Strongman seminar. By the end of the day he had twisted a horseshoe, bent a steel bar into the shape of a fish, and with one blow of his fist, drove a nail so far through a piece of construction lumber that he surprised everyone. The book is about bending your mind so you can achieve dreams that others will marvel at.

 

“Bridging Two Realms: Learn to Communicate with Loved Ones on the Other Side,” by John Holland
Whether you’re a student of psychic studies or a practicing medium, a believer or a skeptic, or someone who is bereaved as a result of a loss, John Holland’s newest book was written to provide you with all the answers to your questions about the Other-Side, and learning to communicate with loved ones there Holland offers one of the clearest pictures anyone could have of the Spirit World, and draws on his decades of personal experiences with Spirit.

He also includes inspirational stories and real-life case studies to help you pursue the unfoldment of your own spiritual abilities safely and wisely. You will learn that mediumship is not just about connecting to the Spirit World. It’s just as much about helping and healing the living. There are spiritual bridges that can be built to connect to your loved ones who have passed, as well as the most important bridge of all: the bridge to your own spirit.

 

“Food: What the Heck Should I Eat,” by Mark Hyman M.D.
Did you know that eating oatmeal actually isn’t a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn’t build bones, and eggs aren’t the devil? Even the most health conscious among us have a hard time figuring out what to eat in order to lose weight, stay fit, and improve our health. And who can blame us? When it comes to diet, there’s so much changing and conflicting information flying around that it’s impossible to know where to look for sound advice.

In his new book, bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman takes a close look at every food group and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat. From grains to legumes, meat to dairy, fats to artificial sweeteners, and beyond, Dr. Hyman debunks misconceptions and breaks down the fascinating science in his signature accessible style. He also explains food’s role as powerful medicine capable of reversing chronic disease, and includes wholesome recipes too.

 

“From Anxiety to Love: A Radical New Approach for Letting Go of Fear and Finding Lasting Peace,” by Corinne Zupko
Author Corinne Zupko undertook her study of psychology out of necessity when debilitating anxiety threatened to derail her life. Seeking ways to do more than temporarily alleviate her symptoms, she began to study A Course in Miracles (ACIM), mindfulness meditation, and the latest therapeutic approaches for treating anxiety. In this book, she shares what she learned and gently guides you through the process, helping you undo anxiety-based thinking and fostering mindful shifts in your thoughts and actions. Whether struggling with everyday stress or near-crippling discomfort, you will find a new way of healing from — rather than just coping with — fear and anxiety.

 

“Heal Your Drained Brain: Naturally Relieve Anxiety, Combat Insomnia, and Balance Your Brain in Just 14 Days,” by Dr. Mike Dow
Are you anxious, frazzled, exhausted? Do you find yourself constantly worrying? Do you feel like you’re “running on empty”? Like millions of people living today, you could be experiencing brain drain. The short-term effects of brain drain are uncomfortable, but the long-term effects can be life-threatening. Living with a drained brain increases the risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke and cancer. In his latest book, Dr. Mike Dow offers a 2-week plan designed to help you naturally boost your brain health. He explains how brain drain works and why we’re wired for brain drain, and provides helpful tools and remedies to get you back on track. Features nutritional information and supplements, as well as breathing techniques, self-hypnosis, and mindfulness.

 

“I’ve Been Thinking . . . Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life,” by Maria Shriver
As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In this moving and powerful book, Maria Shriver shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field — a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion — a place of joy. Whether you feel like you’ve got it all together or like it’s all falling apart — whether you’re taking stock of your life or simply looking to recharge, this is the book you will turn to again and again.

 

“Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation,” by Bob Roth
Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Dalio, Ellen DeGeneres, Gwyneth Paltrow, Howard Stern, Tom Hanks and Gisele Bündchen all practice Transcendental Meditation and learned form Bob Roth. Roth spent that last 45 years helping people learn this meditation technique — a simple practice that dramatically changes how we respond to stress and life’s challenges. With scientifically proven benefits— reduced stress and anxiety, and improved focus, sleep, resilience, creativity, and memory, to name a few — this five-thousand-year-old technique has a clear and direct impact on our very modern problems.
In this book, Roth breaks down the science behind Transcendental Meditation in a new, accessible way, and highlights the three distinct types of meditation — Focused Attention, Open Monitoring and Self-Transcending. And he showcases the evidence that the third, Self-Transcending, or Transcendental Meditation, is a uniquely accessible, effective, and efficient way to reduce stress, access inner power, and build resilience.

 

“Soulpreneurs: Live Your Purpose, Lift Your Platform and Leap into Prosperity,” by Yvette Luciano
From rockstars and record companies, to bestselling authors and celebrity chefs, Yvette Luciano has worked with thousands of Soulpreneurs internationally in the past two decades to achieve soulful success. Whether you wish to start up (or supercharge) your business, create your blog or book, attract abundance as an artist, or transition from your day job to your dream career, Soulpreneurs is your instant life and business coach. Filled with inspirational stories, lessons, practical tips, action steps and easy exercises for developing your clarity, courage and platform, this book is a guidebook to living your purpose, lifting your platform and leaping into prosperity.

Elevated Existence September 2017 Spiritual and 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!

Here are the picks for September 2017. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

 

“Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body,” by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson
Two New York Times–bestselling authors team up to unveil new research showing the truth about what meditation can really do for us and our brain, as well as exactly how to get the most out of it. The authors demonstrate the real payoffs from meditation are lasting personality traits that can result. But we need smart practice, including crucial ingredients such as targeted feedback from a master teacher and a more spacious, less attached view of the self — all of which are missing in widespread versions of mind training. They also reveal the latest data from Davidson’s own lab that point to a new methodology for developing a broader array of mind-training methods with larger implications for how we can derive the greatest benefits from the practice.

“Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone,” by Brene Brown
A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations and culture, social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. Brown argues we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other, offering the clarity and courage we need to find our way back. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”

“The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles that Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too),” by Gretchen Rubin
During her multibook investigation into understanding human nature, Gretchen Rubin realized that by asking the seemingly dry question “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers and Rebels. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress and engage more effectively. More than 600,000 people have taken her online quiz, and managers, doctors, teachers, spouses, and parents already use the framework to help people make significant, lasting change. This book will help you get happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative because it’s far easier to succeed when you know what works for you.

“The Happiness Prayer: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for the Best Way to Live Today,” by Evan Moffic
Turning to an ancient instruction manual — a prayer for life composed 2000 years ago — Rabbi Evan Moffic shares 10 practices, any person of any faith can follow. The prayer has helped thousands of people-couples, teenagers, empty nd,esters struggling with loss, divorce, and ruptured relationships, find renewed meaning and purpose in their lives. But it’s not a typical prayer in that you just say it. It is an active prayer because you live it. The magic is not in the words. It is in the way you use the words to change yourself. You will discover those words in this book–and the ten life-changing practices it reveals.

 

“High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way,” by Brendon Burchard
After extensive original research and a decade as the world’s highest-paid performance coach, Brendon Burchard finally reveals the most effective habits for reaching long-term success. Based on one of the largest surveys ever conducted on high performers, it turns out that just six habits move the needle the most in helping you succeed. Adopt these six habits, and you win. Neglect them, and life is a never-ending struggle. Anyone can practice these habits and, when they do, extraordinary things happen in their lives, relationships, and careers. Whether you want to get more done, lead others better, develop skill faster, or dramatically increase your sense of joy and confidence, the habits in this book will help you achieve it. Each of the six habits is illustrated by powerful vignettes, cutting-edge science, thought-provoking exercises, and real-world daily practices you can implement right now.

 

“How to Own Your Mind,” by Napoleon Hill
Locked in a vault since 1941, “Think and Grow Rich” author Napoleon Hill’s definitive lesson on how to organize your thinking to attain success I found in the pages of this new book — a master class in how to think for success. In three chapters, Hill demonstrates how to organize, prioritize, and act on information so that it translates into opportunity. Knowledge is not power. Only applied knowledge is power. This book teaches you how to use what you know, and how to know what’s worth knowing.

 

“A Mind at Home with Itself: How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around,” by Byron Katie
In her new book, spiritual teacher Byron Katie illuminates one of the most profound ancient Buddhist texts, The Diamond Sutra (newly translated in these pages by Stephen Mitchell) to reveal the nature of the mind and to liberate us from painful thoughts, using her revolutionary system of self-inquiry called “The Work.” She doesn’t merely describe the awakened mind — she empowers us to see it and feel it in action. It offers us a transformative new perspective on life and death.

 

“Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within,” by Latham Thomas
Celebrity wellness and lifestyle guru, Latham Thomas provides soulful principles that offer an illuminated path for examining life’s challenges, helping you curate your path to greatness, while embracing your uniquely feminine attributes. Packed with rituals, meditations, and snackable lifestyle tips — combining spiritual, psychological, and self-reflective tools — Thomas provides a clear framework for harnessing your passion, developing spiritual fitness, and embracing true vulnerability. This guide is for anyone who wants to witness her own life transform and contribute to the positive change of the world around her.

 

“Practice You: A Journal,” by Elena Brower
When the way forward seems uncertain, where can we turn for guidance we can trust? For yoga luminary, meditation teacher, and artist Elena Brower, the answer has always been close at hand. “Whenever I’ve needed direction, strength, or centering, I’ve so often turned to my own journals. Why? Because many of the answers we seek are found within ourselves,” she says in the book. The author invites us to gather our own wisdom through writing, self-inquiry and reflection. Practice You is a portable sacred sanctuary to record our flashes of insight, find our ground, create and clarify our goals, and bear witness to our own evolution. With more than 150 beautiful pages of questions, teachings, inspiring imagery, and plenty of space to write, draw, and reflect, this journaling adventure guides us into nine compelling portals to our highest ways of living.

 

“Spiritual Graffiti: Finding My True Path,” by MC Yogi
Before he was one of the most well-known yoga teachers in North America and an international hip hop artist, MC YOGI was a juvenile delinquent who was kicked out of three schools, sent to live at a group home for at-risk youth, arrested for vandalism, and caught up in a world of drugs, chaos and carelessness. At 18, fate brought him to his first yoga class, and he devoted himself to the practice. From traveling to India to study with gurus to living and learning with many American yoga masters, MC YOGI soaked in the knowledge that would revolutionize his entire life and put him on the path to healing, wholeness, and peace. Through stories of graffiti and guns, mystics and musicians, love, loss, and finding his soul’s purpose, MC YOGI’s journey is saturated in spiritual wisdom, illuminating the potential for transformation within us all.

Elevated Existence July 2017 Spiritual and 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!

Here are the picks for July 2017. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

 

“The Compassion Revolution: 30 Days of Living from the Heart,” by Amy Leigh Mercree
Author Amy Leigh Mercree offers uplifting stories, contemplation prompts, meditations and other fun activities, to immerse yourself in compassion while drawing inspiration from her positive perspective. The Compassion Revolution includes practical ideas like technology curfews, personal dance parties, rewiring your brain, and social media hashtags and quotes to help you connect with the compassion movement, and return to you innate, kind self with 30 days of self-love, peace and living from the heart.

 

“Heartwork: The Path of Self-Compassion — 9 Practices for Opening the Heart,” by Radhule Weininger
The technique called self-compassion can be the greatest of blessings because the compassion you learn to apply to yourself naturally extends to all the other people in your life. With nine simple mindfulness practices Radhule Weininger provides a step-by-step course in self-compassion to live from that place of intelligent kindness in the face of life’s difficulties. Using stories drawn from her own life and those of others she shows that, with the right intention and practice, we can all deepen our capacity to respond skillfully to our own suffering and thus to that of others and our world.

 

“The Joy Plan: How I Took 30 Days to Stop Worrying, Quit Complaining and Find Ridiculous Happiness,” by Kaia Roman
As a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when the business she cofounded collapsed, she found herself crushed by depression. And with a husband and two kids relying on her to get out of bed, she didn’t have a plan to move forward.  Determined to turn her life around and put her ingrained habits of stress and anxiety behind her, she decided to put everything else on hold and dedicate 30 days to the singular pursuit of joy. The results were astonishing-and lasted much longer than the initial month-long project.

In this memoir, she uses her business savvy to create a concrete Joy Plan to get back on her feet fast. Using scientific research on hormones, neurotransmitters and mindfulness, along with the daily dedication to creating a more joyful existence, she teaches readers how to move past temporary happiness and succeed in creating joy that lasts. Complete with advice, exercises, and key takeaways, this book offers a step-by-step guide to how she, and everyone else, can ditch the negative and plan for the joy in their lives.

 

“Making Love Last: Divorce-Proofing Your Young Marriage,” by Laura Taggert
With 30 years experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist, Laura Taggart understands the unique struggles of newly married couples who find marriage much more difficult than they imagined. In this practical and hopeful book, Taggart offers the wisdom and help she would share as a counselor with a couple beginning their marriage. She helps couples examine their true expectations for marriage, provides six action steps for improving the way couples relate, and gives couples a new picture of what it means to enjoy marriage for a lifetime. And each chapter includes discussion questions for couples or small groups as well as additional questions for personal reflection.

 

“The Path to Personal Power,” by Napoleon Hill
In this lost manuscript from the “grandfather of self-help,” Napoleon Hill provides timeless wisdom on how to attain a more successful and wealthy life using simple principles. He first wrote this book in 1941, intending it as a handbook for people lifting themselves out of the Great Depression. But upon the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America’s entrance into World War II, these lessons were put aside and largely forgotten–until today. The book is a powerful roadmap that leads to a single discovery — we already have the power to attain whatever wealth, success and prosperity we desire in life.

 

”The Present Parent Handbook: 26 Simple Tools to Discover that This Moment, This Action, This Thought, This Feeling is Exactly Why I’m Here,” by Timothy Dukes
If you can recognize your child needs to be witnessed, held and loved by you, he or she will have a chance to thrive. With all the distractions of work, technology, and life in general, The Present Parent Handbook invites parents to be mentally and emotionally available to their children. With an easy-to-follow A to Z format, every parent will be able to implement the 26+ simple tools to become a more present parent for their children.

 

“Soul Journeying: Shamanic Tools for Finding Your Destiny and Recovering Your Spirit,” by Alberto Villoldo
Psychologist and medical anthropologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., explains the practices for healing outside of ordinary time and space. It shows how to enter the timeless “now” to heal events that occurred in the past, and to correct the course of destiny. Villoldo discusses ways to heal yourself and loved ones by employing intention through practices used by shamans of the Americas —w hich, until now, have been inaccessible to most of the world. The shamans of old called this “journeying.”

In this book, you’ll discover in the same way you have a four-chambered heart, you have a four-chambered soul. In the first chamber, you store away the memory of a wound that derailed your destiny. In the second, you keep the limiting beliefs and soul contracts that you entered into at the time of your loss. In the third, you recover the grace and trust that will make you whole again; and in the fourth, you remember the calling and mission that you choose to unfold in this lifetime.

 

“The Subtle Body Coloring Book: Learn Energetic Anatomy from the Chakras to the Meridians and More,” by Cyndi Dale
Coloring is more than just an enjoyable way to learn about the energy systems that govern our health—it’s also an effective practice to help awaken your intuitive connection to your chakras, meridians, and more. With The Subtle Body Coloring Book, Cyndi Dale joins illustrator Richard Wehrman to bring you an illustrated resource on healing modalities from a variety of traditions, inviting you to tour the major energy structures of the subtle body — fields, channels and centers; the body’s auras and electromagnetic biofield; the meridians; chakras, acupressure points; organs and more.

Elevated Existence June 2017 New Spiritual and 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!

Here are the picks for June 2017. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

“Discovering Your Soul’s Purpose: Finding Your Path in Life, Work and Personal Mission the Edgar Cayce Way,” by Mark Thurston Ph.D.
This new edition of the classic guide to using the spiritual and psychological insights of renowned mystic and psychic Edgar Cayce can help readers find their authentic mission in life. Mark Thurston, one of the most significant teachers of Cayce’s work as a medical clairvoyant, updated and revised this book to help readers use Cacye’s teaching in the 21st century for greater purpose in relationships, career and mission in life.

“The Headspace Guide to a Mindful Pregnancy,” by Andy Puddicombe
From the co-founder of Headspace, known for its online meditation, this book offers a new approach to pregnancy, birth and new parenthood. It will teach women and their partners how to calmly navigate the anxieties and demands of parenthood. It includes exercises for both partners, including tools to live mindfully during it all.

 

 

“The Humming Effect: Sound Healing for Health and Happiness,” by Jonathan Goldman
Offering a guide to the practice of the self-healing method of conscious humming, Jonathan and Andi Goldman detail both conscious humming and breathing exercises from simple to advanced — including online access to examples of these practices. It also examines the latest studies on sound, revealing how humming helps with stress levels, sleep and blood pressure, increases lymphatic circulation, releases endorphins, creates neural pathways in the brain and boost blood platelet production. The book also explores the spiritual use of humming, including the sonic yoga technique.

“Napoleon Hill’s Success Principles Rediscovered,” by Napoleon Hill
Learn to take action and see the results with the timeless wisdom on Napoleon Hill, author of the well-known book “Think and Grow Rich.” Success starts with achieving and maintaining a positive mental attitude, and then taking action to achieve all the success we desire in life. This book offers the teaching on how to do it.

 

 

“Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom,” by Suzanne Scurlock Durana
Having spent 30 years studying the gifts of the body and teaching thousands how to reclaim them, Suzanne Scurlock-Durana offers a guided tour through the body’s innate haling powers. She explains what she calls the gifts of the body as a strength, which she likens to a GPS, based on her own experience with al life-threatening trauma, and walks readers through different areas of the body, revealing wisdom found in each and how to reconnect with it.

 

“Rushing Woman’s Syndrome: The Impact of a Never-Ending To-Do List and How to Stay Healthy in Today’s Busy World,” by Libby Weaver
Do you often feel overwhelmed, and in a daily battle to keep up — like you rarely get on top of your to-do list, and at times feel out of control and unable to cope? If so, you may be experiencing the first signs of Rushing Woman’s Syndrome, and in her new book, nutritional biochemist Dr. Libby Weaver shares how stressful, fast-paced lifestyle can have dangerous effects on all areas of women’s health. These include the nervous system, adrenal glands, reproductive system, digestive system, emotions and more. And she offers solutions to restore health to stay productive and healthy at the same time.

AUDIOS
“Rising Strong As a Spiritual Practice,” by Brene Brown
Bestselling author Brene Brown defines spirituality as something not reliant on religion, theology or dogma, but as a belief in interconnectedness and a loving force greater than ourselves. Based on her book, “Rising Strong,” this audio program explores where we find the strength to get back up after we fall — and based on her research — it shares how rising back up is a spiritual practice bringing a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.

“Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-Commitment — A Way to Be fully Together Without Giving Up Yourself,” Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks
This new program can help clear away unconscious agreement patterns that undermine even your best intentions. Through their own marriage and through 20 years experience counseling more than 1,000 couples, therapists Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks developed precise strategies to help create a vital partnership and enhance the energy, creativity and happiness of each individual. They share how to let go of power struggles and need for control; balance needs for closeness and separateness; increase intimacy by telling the “microscopic truth”; communicate in a positive way that stops arguments; make agreements you can keep; and allow more pleasure into your life.