Elevated Existence December 2018/January 2019 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 December 2018 and January 2019. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

 

“The 5-Minute Recharge: 31 Proven Strategies to Refresh, Reset, and Become the Boss of Your Day,” by Lynne Everatt and Addie Greco-Sanchez
Science has proven that you have the power, through your habitual ways of thinking and behaving, to renovate the space inside your head, making it brighter, more resilient, and a more enjoyable place to be. In “The 5-Minute Recharge,” the authors share 31 techniques (backed by research) for thriving and at work and in life, including a mental fitness technique that is better than magic mushrooms; the best way to grow new brain cells and ensure you continue to look good in your genes as you age; the easily accessible trait that’s associated with the high-performance personality; what George Clooney can teach you about tapping into your inner wisdom; and the Navy Seal tactic you can use to trigger relaxation even in tense situations.

 

“The 30-Day Money Cleanse: Take Control of Your Finances, Manage Your Spending, and De-Stress Your Money for Good,” by Ashley Feinstein Gerstley
In just one month you can create lasting happiness in your financial life while also doing what you love. Ashley Feinstein Gerstley changed her relationship with money for good and is now helping others align their money with their own values; change their money mindset; and find more money for the things they love.

Even with a finance education and years of expertise in financial services, Gerstley was still stressed out about her personal finances. Why was she unhappy? She understood that, as a society, we don’t discuss matters of money enough. Many of us even punish ourselves with blistering budgets. But The 30-Day Money Cleanse” turns all those ideas around. Following the author’s advice, you will learn to Clear yourself of negativity and create a new mindset of abundance in only 30 days!

If you want to eliminate money stressors; finally know where your money is going; break panic-inducing, bad money habits; learn the basics of how and where to invest; and make a plan that you can not only live with but enjoy, then this is the book for you!

 

“Crystal Bliss: Attract Love. Feed Your Spirit. Manifest Your Dreams,” by Devi Brown
Feeling worn out, unmotivated and uninspired? You can change your energy with help from Mother Nature using crystals.

Devi Brown walks readers through the crystal selection process, cleansing and preparing them for use, and incorporating them into meditation and healing practices. You will discover how to banish negative vibes, manifest wealth, promote good health and open your heart to love.

 

“The Divine Energy Oracle: A 63-Card Deck to Get Out of Your Own Way,” by Sonia Choquette
In this new oracle card deck, Sonia Choquette is helping users to become more Divinely awakened. It’s designed to connect one with Divine Energy, and each card offers a “personal invitation to become more Divinely awakened and empowered,” while also addressing the soul shift necessary in order to achieve what they desire.

“By following the guidance on the card you pick, you’ll find the answer you need to best meet every situation in life,” Choquette says in the guidebook. “Each card offers small, manageable steps that you can achieve day by day, steadily advancing toward your highest goals on a spiritual level. In the process, you’ll get out of your own way and begin to experience the personal success and satisfaction that you seek in your life, as well as bring your special gifts and energy to the planet.”

 

“I’ve Been Thinking . . . The Journal: Inspirations, Prayers, and Reflections for Your Meaningful Life,” by Maria Shriver
As a follow-up to her bestselling book, this inspiring, interactive journal by Maria Shriver encourages readers to explore what they’ve been thinking, the same way she explored it for herself in her book. She created a journal that encourages readers to write about themselves and what truly matters in their own lives.

With a new introduction, creative thought-provoking prompts, and complete with many of Shriver’s own prayers and quotes, I’ve Been Thinking is gives readers the space to reflect on what a meaningful life looks like to them.

 

“The Journey into Yourself: A Retreat to Deepen the Realization of Your Essential Nature,” by Eckhart Tolle
In this new audio, Eckhart Tolle invites you to join him on an odyssey beyond the “horizontal dimension” of thought and into the often overlooked “vertical dimension,” somewhere beyond the reach of the mind. According to Tolle, the vertical dimension might be better understood as the current moment or the Now—all that ever actually is. And this includes the self—the real you.

Recorded in front a live audience at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, this program presents a rarely heard talk from Eckhart’s early teaching career. With this you will encounter over eight hours of practical, thought provoking, and occasionally hilarious teachings for becoming who we are beyond the physical. This includes why the phrase “life is a dream” is more accurate than you might expect; piercing the veil of self-made suffering; the gentle and fierce aspects of embodied Presence; why setbacks and discomfort are the most potent teachers and more.

 

“Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More,” by Elizabeth Emens
Desperate to survive in her household with two young children and an endless to-do list, and to help others along the way, Elizabeth Emens set out on a journey to conducted interviews and focus groups to gather popular tips and tricks, admin confessions, and other secrets of admin-happy households.

Life Admin
 tackles the admin problem in every one of its forms, from everyday tasks like scheduling appointments and paying bills, to life events from planning a wedding or birth to a funeral. Emens explores how these labors are created, how it affects our lives, and how we might avoid, and redistribute admin whenever possible.

 

“Millionaire Success Habits: The Gateway to Wealth & Prosperity,” by Dean Graziosi
Renowned business coach and entrepreneur Dean Graziosi takes you from where you are to where you want to be in life in this newly revised and updated book – with all new chapters on productivity. Using the simple tools taught in the book, readers can learn how to reshape their daily routines and open new doors to prosperity. With Dean’s 30-day Better Life Challenge you can catapult yourself into your new life.

This book is not about finding more time in your day. It is about switching those things that are not serving your future with successful habits designed to assist you on your journey. In this text, you’ll:

  • Dig deep to identify your “why”–the true purpose that drives you and why you want to succeed.
  • Expose and overcome the “villain within” that holds you back.
  • Unlock the biggest secret to being productive.
  • Believe in your own massive potential–so you can make it a reality

 

“Mind Detox: Discover and Resolve the Root Causes of Chronic Conditions and Persistent Problems,” by Sandy C. Newbigging
Suffer from physical or emotional conditions? Stuck with the same patterns in your life? Don’t know why you react the way you do and can’t seem to help it? Much of our chronic, repetitive behaviors, and emotional trauma can be traced to unresolved events stuck in the unconscious mind.

In Mind Detox, Sandy C. Newbigging reveals a simple 5-step method for detoxing the unconscious mind and resolving those life problems. He explains how to turn back time to find the significant emotional event, the main experience, that shaped the core beliefs that trigger your chronic conditions and patterns, and describes how to reflect on why this event was a problem at the time. Then he teaches to meditate on the experience in light of your present-day self, allowing you to create new results about what happened.

He also offers guidance on how to use EFT in conjunction with the Mind Detox method, and practical healing tools like the “decision destroyer.” You will also learn what the most common unhealthy beliefs are that negatively impact health, wealth and happiness — and how to heal them — and success stories of how Mind Detox successfully cleared skin conditions, erased chronic pain and healed digestive disorders.

 

“Sleep Rituals: 100 Practices for a Deep and Peaceful Sleep,” By Jennifer Williamson
Do you have trouble getting — and staying — asleep? Healthy sleep rituals can help set the mood for a satisfying slumber and help you drift off in peace, and Jennifer Williamson offers 100 easy rituals for you to choose from in this new book. These include sleep-friendly recipes, like nutmeg-spiced warm milk; soothing practices like dry brushing; relaxing yoga poses, such as Child’s Pose; breathing exercises, such as alternate nostril breathing; calming meditations; and soothing writing exercises. They are made to mix and match for a completely personalized bedtime experience.

 

“Success Habits: Proven Principles for Greater Wealth, Health, and Happiness,” by Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill, author of best seller “Think and Grow Rich,” has been celebrated for his role in the self-help genre, and in this never-before-published work, Hill shares all his principles of success — key habits that provide the basis for a life altering success. Hill explains his fundamental rules that lead to a successful life.

The book is filled with Hill’s personal anecdotes written in an understandable, conversational style. His understandings apply to every facet of life, inspiring readers to achieve their own ambitions and create the positive change in their lives they have always dreamed of.

 

“You Are a Badass Every Day: How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest for Transformation Unstoppable,” by Jen Sincero
If you have ever had trouble staying motivated while moving towards badassery, You Are a Badass Every Day by Jen Sincero is the companion to keep you renewed, optimism, and driven. Realign your mind and keep an unwavering focus with one hundred exercises, reflections, and cues that will teach you how to maintain the breakthroughs catalyzed by Sincero’s iconic books “You Are a Badass” and “You Are a Badass at Making Money” going.

Owning your power to achieve to badassery is just the first of a few steps in generating the life you deserve and this book will help you power through obstacles, overcome the doubts that hold you back, and keep that determination inside roaring while you achieve your goals.

Elevated Existence November 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 November 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 Buddha’s Guide to Gratitude: The Life-changing Power of Every Day Mindfulness,” by Becca Anderson
The Buddha had much to say when referring to gratitude, and nowThe Buddha’s Guide to Gratitude, by Becca Anderson, can jumpstart the journey towards Zen and gratefulness. Within these pages readers will learn to count their blessings, increase their own happiness, find ways to shift their thinking, and discover more about the four keys to the Gate of Heaven.

One of the key components, studies have shown, for generating our own happiness, is gratitude. People who are grateful for their experiences are typically the ones to find more satisfaction in the present moment- and rarely worry of the past. Something as simple as saying “Thank you” every day will generate positive feelings, such as love, compassion and hope. This book offers positive thinking “power tools” including mindful meditations, hands-on exercises, and more.

 

“Crystal Rx: Daily Rituals for Cultivating Calm, Achieving Your Goals, and Rocking Your Inner Gem Boss” By Colleen McCann
Since the beginning of time, cultures have been drawn to gemstones, using them in divination practice, healing rituals, spiritual attunement and more. These gems have been believed to restore not only spiritual balance, but mental, physical, and emotional balance as well. Even today they are a primary trend in regards to wellness and mental well-being.

Colleen McCann, certified Shamanic Energy Practitioner, has travelled the world teaching the ancient art of crystal healing, and in “Crystal RX,” she offers her knowledge, insight and clear directions for harnessing the power of these magical minerals. In this down-to-earth, beautifully illustrated guide you’ll discover the top 20 crystals every girl needs, how to care for crystals, how to create a “medicine bag” using crystals and more.

 

“Feel Better Fast and Make It Last: Unlock Your Brain’s Healing Potential to Overcome Negativity, Anxiety, Anger, Stress, and Trauma,” by Dr. Daniel Amen
Dr. Daniel Amen, renowned physician, psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, and founder of Amen Clinics understands the necessity of wanting to know what will help you feel better fast, now and later. In “Feel Better Fast and Make It Last, you’ll find powerful brain-based strategies to quickly gain control over anxiety, worry, sadness, stress and anger, strengthening your resilience and giving you joy

It’s normal to go through emotional crises or have times when you feel anxious or out of sorts, but Dr. Amen teaches that it is how you respond to these challenges that will make the difference in how you feel. Unfortunately, many people turn to self-medicating, toxic behaviors. And although these behaviors may give temporary relief, they only prolong the problems. In this book, Dr. Amen shares how to feel better for the long haul.

 

“The High Performance Planner,” by Brendon Burchard
The High Performance Planner was created by Brendon Burchard, a #1 New York Times best-selling author based on the research and information shared in his book “High Performance Habits.” This 2-in-1 day planner and journal helps readers organize their lives and bump up their performance via writing prompts, calendars and self-assessments — and is backed by science.

Based on the world’s largest study of high performers increase productivity, set goals, prioritize projects, outperform their peers and more, the Planner will help you think more strategically, prioritize properly, reach goals quicker, and become more focused and productive. It even includes a free online assessment to track your habits.

 

“Making Sense of Mindfulness: Five Principals to Integrate Mindfulness Practice into Your Daily Life,” by Keith Macpherson
Mindfulness has become a buzzword in today’s world, and yet few people understand what this concept means and how helpful it is to integrate this into their lives. In “Making Sense of Mindfulness,” Keith Macpherson offers an accessible, five-step system that clears up the concept of mindfulness and shares a formula to fight the high stress anxieties that plague daily life.

With noise and distractions everywhere we turn ― including cell phones, advertisements and increasing pressure from society ― it is no wonder there is such a large increase of anxiety and depression cases reported. This book will the tools and techniques to introduce a daily practice of mindfulness into your life.

 

“The Monkey Is the Messenger: Meditation and What Your Busy Mind Is Trying to Tell You,” by Ralph De La Rosa
Offering vast, evidence-based and trauma-informed insights and practices drawn from Ralph De La Rosa’s study of neuroscience and psychology, “The Monkey Is the Messenger,” introduces a cure for all those who want to meditate, but think they can’t because of their restless minds.

These days most of us know we should be meditating, but that doesn’t make it an easy process. It could be frustrating, seemingly pointless, sometimes hurtful, and rather hard to control. But instead of quitting meditation, Ralph De La Rosa suggests asking yourself this: If you were to stop demonizing your mind, could you learn from it? And could repetitive thoughts be pointing us in the direction of personal transformation? In this book, you will learn the remedy for meditation struggles.

 

“One Minute to Zen: Go From Hot Mess to Mindful Mom in One Minute or Less,” by Ali Katz
Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and exhausting, especially for busy moms. With the third in her Hot Mess to Mindful Mom series Ali Katz offers,“One Minute to Zen to provide various tools to help deal with stress in just one minute. Her goal is to put these tools into the hands of every mother who needs them and teaching them how to pass these tools on to their children to create in each family a chain reaction of calm and confidence when faced with any challenge. The tools in this book will help readers recalibrate, achieve balance and recover from stress quickly and with ease in order to live a more mindful and joyful life.

 

 

“Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women: 20th Anniversary Edition,” by Iyanla Vanzant
The 20th-anniversary edition of Iyanla Vanzant’s first published work, “Tapping the Power Within,” is now revised and expanded offering a powerful path to self-empowerment. Featuring basic breathing and meditation techniques, instructions on setting up a home altar, connecting with ancestors and guardian spirits, and teaching the power of forgiveness, this edition also features Iyanla’s special “What I Know Now,” commentaries and an original CD.

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

“Chris Beat Cancer: A Comprehensive Plan for Healing Naturally,” by Chris Wark
Colon cancer survivor who opted against chemotherapy and radiation provides the toxin-free diet, lifestyle, and therapy guidelines he used to help himself heal in this new book. Two days before Christmas and at 26 years old, Chris Wark was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. He had surgery to remove a golf ball-sized tumor and a third of his colon. Instead of the traditional chemotherapy, he decided to radically change his diet and lifestyle in order to promote health and healing in his body. Readers will follow his healing journey, as he exposes the corruption and ineffectiveness of the medical and cancer industries, sharing the strategies he and many others have used to heal cancer. These include adopting the Beat Cancer Mindset; radical diet and lifestyle changes; and mental, emotional and spiritual healing, as well as advanced integrative therapies.

 

“The New Relationship Blueprint: 10 Steps to Reframe the Way You Love,” by Nancy Levin
Are you ready to turn the spotlight on your love life and move to the next level–something more fulfilling than you’ve had before? Nancy Levin show readers how to build relationships better from the ground up, or perform some skillful renovations.

Whether single and looking for a new relationship; happy alone, but looking for something in the future; divorced and determined to never have a relationship; or recovering from the death of a partner. And, it’s also for those who are in an unsatisfying relationship looking for a refresh.

Based on the essential truth that relationship is first and foremost where we learn to love ourselves, Levin draws on many of the same exercises used with her clients, as she walks readers through a 10-step process to work through emotional and psychological roadblocks to self-love and the relationship they truly desire.

 

“The Hashimoto’s Healing Diet: Anti-inflammatory Strategies for Losing Weight, Boosting Your Thyroid and Getting Your Energy Back,” by Mark Ryan, L.A.C
If you’ve been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, it can be hard to know where to start with your diet. In this book, Marc Ryan, L.Ac., will help you deal with the changes frequently involved with chronic conditions like Hashimoto’s. He shows how to use dietary inventions strategically to adapt the plan in different circumstances, and guides readers through complications associated with the disorder — along with the recommended diet and treatment protocols for each one, including Candida, histamine intolerance, intestinal problems, Epstein-Barr virus, and more.

In much the same way he explored the five elements of thyroid health in his first book, “How to Heal Hashimoto’s,” he explores the five elements of digestive health here (earth, metal, wood, water and fire). Readers will also learn a brief history of Chinese medicine and “yin fire,” one of the most important concepts in internal diseases, and an action plan for readers to continue on their journey toward total wellness.

 

“Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health and Find Peace in Everyday,” by Matthew Sockolov
With over 75 essential meditations—that take between 5-20 minutes from start to finish — this book is an approachable way to easily apply mindfulness in your day-to-day life routine.

Reduce stress, improve mental health, and stay present no matter what the day holds when you practice mindfulness, with clear explanations of what mindfulness is, along with why and how it helps in your day-to-day life; meditations organized by difficulty; advice for overcoming obstacles to your mindfulness practice, including how to deal with distracting noises or fight off sleepiness.

 

“The Tapping Solution to Create Lasting Change: A Guide to Get Unstuck and Find Your Flow,” by Jessica Ortner
Why do we fear the unknown so intensely that we’re willing to shy away from our deepest desires and settle for playing small? Why do we get enthused when we first start something, only to burn out the moment things feel challenging? Why does getting what we want sometimes feel just as scary as not getting what we want? And why, even with new outcomes we desire, do we often struggle to sustain them and instead slip back into old, self-sabotaging patterns?

Jessica Ortner asked herself these question and realized it all came down to change — an unavoidable constant in our lives. In this new book, the latest in the best-selling Tapping Solution series, she shares the lessons she’s learned about what it feels like to flow through change and how to create positive, lasting change in ways that feel both authentic and empowering.

Readers will learn how to use Tapping (also known as Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT) to navigate the unknown with new energy, hope and an open heart, covering topics such as fnding our way through fear and uncertainty; discerning whether our inner critical voice is friend or foe; learning to release the doubts and fears that cloud our judgment; getting past procrastination; and letting go of “goals” and finding a new way to focus on what you desire.

 

“The Ultimate Guide to Chakras: The Beginner’s Guide to Balancing, Healing and Unblocking Your Chakras for Health and Positive Energy,” by Athena Perrakis
Our chakras are the power centers that translate between the seen world of the physical body and the unseen world of energy, and they hold the key to our well-being.

Athena Perrakis, leading metaphysical teacher and creator of the world’s largest online metaphysical resource website, SageGoddess.com, addresses the nine major chakras we can tap into to balance, heal and manifest. This guide explains how and why different crystals, essential oils, and sacred plants help to support each chakra.

Each chapter includes exercises for accessing the energy of each chakra, including meditations, journal exercises and working with goddesses and spirit guides. Readers will even learn how to create a dedicated chakra altar.

 

“Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying,” by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush
Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush began their friendship more than four decades ago at the foot of their guru, Neem Karoli Baba, also known as Maharaj-ji. He transmitted to them a simple philosophy: love everyone, tell the truth, and give up attachment to material things. After impacting millions of people through the years with these teachings, they have reunited once more with this new bok to enlighten and engage readers on the spiritual opportunities within the dying process. They share intimate personal experiences and timeless practices, gently exploring every aspect of this journey. And, at 86 years old, Ram Dass reminds us, “This time we have a real deadline.”

Readers will learn guidelines for being a “loving rock” for the dying, how to grieve fully and authentically, how to transform a fear of death, leaving a spiritual legacy, creating a sacred space for dying, and more. Join these two lifelong friends and spiritual luminaries as they explore what it means to live and die consciously, remember who we really are, and illuminate the path we walk together.

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

 

“Healing the Soul of America – 20th Anniversary Edition,” by Marianne Williamson
In the twentieth anniversary edition of Healing the Soul of America, now updated with a new introduction, and updated material throughout, New York Times bestselling author Marianne Williamson reclaims her powerful voice for social conscience in American society. This is a time, according to Williamson, for Americans to return once again to our first principles, both politically and spiritually. Here, Williamson draws plans to transform the American political consciousness and encourage powerful citizen involvement to heal our society.

Williamson explores the current state of American politics, reminding us of her theory of holistic politics — the convergence of political activists looking toward spiritual wisdom and spiritual contemplatives extending their service into the political landscape. She believes that a morally concerned American must now take an active stand in turning this country away from its current identity as a nation obsessively in love with its money to a nation more seriously invested in all of its children and the potential brilliance of every citizen.

 

“The Heart of the Shaman: Stories and Practices of the Luminous Warrior,” by Alberto Villoldo
In his latest book, bestselling author Alberto Villoldo sets his focus on the dreaming and time-travel practices of the medicine men and women of the Andes and Amazon, whose wisdom radically changed his worldview. He shares some of their time-honored teachings that emphasize the sacred dream: an ephemeral, yet powerful vision that has the potential to guide us to our purpose and show us our place in the universe.

The practices in this book will help readers forge a sacred dream for themselves and craft a destiny infused with courage and driven by vision. Follow the footsteps of the luminous warrior and learn how to break out of the three nightmares surrounding love, death, and safety that have held us captive, and transform them into the experience of timeless freedom, known as the Primordial Light. This creative power exercised by shamans will lead readers to create beauty and healing, and dream a new world into being.

 

“Juice Guru’s Juicing for Rapid Weight Loss,” by Steve Prussack
Based on his proprietary Juice Guru Method, Steve Prussack (aka the Juice Guru) shares how to juice for weight loss. Packed with information on not only juice fasting, but the importance of juicing every day, Prussack packs more than 50 recipes into this new e-book specifically designed for weight loss!

Readers will find both juice and smoothie recipes for their weight loss journey, and they are designed to not only be healthy and healing (and of course encourage weight loss) but are also delicious.

 

“The Magic of Meditation: Stories and Practices to Develop Gratitude and Empathy with Your Child,” by Marie Champeaux-Cunin
More and more children are experiencing the benefits of mindfulness practices at home and in school to reduce stress, regulate emotions and improve concentration. But true mindfulness practice also opens the heart and increases compassion and empathy. This new book is not only a guide for parents to the basics and benefits of meditation for children, but also a concise practice program of mindfulness meditation for children, ages three to seven. The program includes stories, bedtime rituals, and an audio download, featuring Yupsi, a magical dragon. Yupsi’s boundless optimism and good nature will inspire children to feel confidence in their emotions and help them develop natural kindness and altruism.

 

“More Together Than Alone: Discovering the Power of and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World,” by Mark Nepo
The #1 New York Times bestselling author and popular spiritual teacher presents a poignant and timely meditation on the importance of community, and demonstrates how we live more enriching lives by cultivating connectedness.
Nepo draws from historical events, spiritual thought leaders, and the natural world to show how, in every generation, our tendency is to join together to accomplish our greatest achievements, from creating education to providing clean drinking water, and preserving the arts.

His historical snapshots, from ancient times to contemporary examples, show how community creates a light in the darkest of times, and gets to the heart of how we come together in varied and beautiful ways, whether forming resistance groups during the Holocaust or rebuilding after the nuclear devastation in Nagasaki. These inspiring stories teach us that even in the bleakest days, we have the power to create connections and draw strength from one another.

 

“Natural Meditation: Refreshing Your Spirit through Nature,” by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Offering easy-to-follow meditation cues for meditating in natural settings or on natural images or objects, this guidebook also offers sidebars throughout to provide suggestions on how to incorporate nature into one’s mindfulness practice. Using short entries, it allows readers to open to a page during a lunch break, at home in the evening, or on the weekend for a short “retreat,” setting off down a quiet, natural path.

This book acknowledges that nature has a lot to teach us about going with the flow, letting go, awareness, calm, silence, and pausing. Whether you practice these meditations in actual natural settings or on a cushion at home, the book’s entries will inspire you to spend more time in nature.

 

“The Tao Made Easy: Timeless Wisdom to Navigate a Changing World,” by Alan Cohen
In his newest book, Alan Cohen delves into one of the world’s most venerated wisdom texts bringing the lofty and enigmatic concepts of the Tao Te Ching down to earth in fresh, easy-to-grasp language with practical, personal examples we can use to uplift our daily lives.

Most other interpretations of the Tao march through the stanzas one by one. Here Alan Cohen calls forth the ancient verses around themes that are central to our modern lives — from love to work to the lessons we learn from pain. Then he brings each message to life in short vignettes where he imagines himself a student of Lao Tse and interacts with the master directly and intimately. He invites you to join the ancient sage and the contemporary seeker as they wend their way through the challenges and triumphs of the same journey you’re taking yourself.

 

“A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh,” by Dr. Joseph Parent and Nancy Parent
This book features life lessons grounded in the simple act of slowing down, observing what is around us, and being present in our lives moment by moment. In our frantic world, who better to guide readers through this transformative practice than a long-beloved bear who has perfected the art of simply being? And, not coincidentally, he lives in the woods.

There is a growing acknowledgment of the benefits of deeply experiencing nature. The calming quality of sounds like running water and rustling leaves; the soothing properties of smells like lavender and chamomile; and the emotional comfort of beautiful natural vistas are well known.

Dr. Joseph and Nancy Parent share stories with clearly stated goals and easy-to-follow exercises, providing all the tools readers will need to take the first step, or continue on their journey, toward a quieter and calmer way of living.

 

“Wishes Won’t Bring Riches,” by Napoleon Hill
In this lost classic, the pioneering motivational coach, Napoleon Hill teaches how to make the crucial leap from faith to action in bringing your dreams to life. In three hard-hitting chapters, Hill teaches readers how to transform belief to action, and faith into real-life plans. Application. Enthusiasm. Action. These are the three keys required to do more than just “believe in yourself,” but to actually BE the person you want to be. It provides you the missing link necessary to go from visualizing your dreams to living them.

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.