"Summer afternoon; to me have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." ~ Henry James
The summer months are dwindling, but there is still time to lounge for an afternoon and catch up on your summer reading. I've recommended so many books for so many reasons to so many of you over the years. So today I'm compiling my Top 10 Summer Self-Help Reading List.
1. Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield: This is one book I keep by my bedside for whenever I feel 'stuck'. Jack Kornfield teaches the dharma of leading life with our hearts with the pragmatism of 'everyday' situations and accessible tools.
2. The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron: One of the opening lines of this book is about Chodron reminiscing about something a neighbor told her when she was a child, "Little girl, don't you go letting life harden your heart." This book teaches us to be open, present and fearless during the most challenging times.
3. Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach: What if we could love ourselves the way the Buddha would? This book teaches us to cultivate self-worth and acceptance in light of the trauma we've experienced in life. She also has some great videos on her web site: tarabrach.com
4. Healing Rage by Ruth King: One of the emotions we (particularly women) feel when we're angry is shame. Therefore when we get angry we feel ashamed and try to get away from it rather than effectively expressing it. This book helps us to identify how we engage with underlying issues of anger and how to finally heal it.
5. The Marriage of Spirit by Leslie Temple Thurston: Leslie is a truly magical being and was one of my early spiritual teachers. Her book provides a comprehensive what, why and how of our emotional patterning and how to get 'unstuck'.
6. After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield: Another wonderful book by Kornfield which discusses the importance of integrating the world around us with our own awakened spirit.
7. Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller: This book looks at our 'north node' which defines who we are, our path and our patterning in this lifetime. It is an invaluable book to help us understand more about our spiritual makeup.
8. The Instruction by Ainslie MacLeod: A renowned psychic guides you through your Soul Type, Past Life Fears and Soul Age. A great book explaining where we are in our spiritual existence.
9. The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton: We are what we think and Bruce Lipton, a cell biologist from Stanford brings the science to back this up.
10. The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale: A comprehensive book guiding you through the body'e energetic system and how to heal it.
What's your favorite self-help book of all time? Tell me about it in the comments below: