Welcome to spring! Despite the current issues faced across the whole planet, the world continues to turn, and now the flowers have started to bloom too.
But when the world is in crisis – how do we focus on the joyful things in life? How are we all not just lost in an ocean of despair and anxiety?
Well, first of all, if you are in an ocean of despair, then spend a little time with us here… maybe we can help you. And if you are coping as well as can be with the sudden changes, then I’d take an educated guess that it has something to do with your perspective and level of consciousness.
When we are truly conscious, our perspective is greater. We are by no means unflappable – humans are emotional beings. But we have more faith in the Universe, and we are typically better at focusing on what we can control, rather than worrying about what we can’t.
We can always choose where to focus, and if you read enough biographies of brave, inspiring people, you will pick up on choice as a strong theme.
With that said, being conscious can also be a little painful for the highly sensitive among us. If you are picking up a lot of pan and despair from the world around you right now, then we know where you are coming from. Many of our readers (and some of our team) are empaths or highly sensitive people.
Wherever you sit on the consciousness scale; from those first glimpses of life beyond the matrix (hey there, welcome to the party), to the sometimes uncomfortable flashes of light that push you up your ascension path, we would like to suggest some great reads to keep you company on your journey.
Without further ado, this season’s book list theme is Conscious Awakening, Bravery and Choice – so let’s get into it!
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
When Eckhart Tolle talks about life on the streets and sleeping on a part bench, it sure gives you a perspective shift. Personally, it made me ask myself the question; “If I had nothing to lose, what would I be doing now?”
Things get really interesting when we question how much fear is holding us back. Most people, I think, are afraid to loosen their grip on their current ‘okay-ness” in pursuit of possible greatness. I’ve certainly lived in that camp for a long time.
Oprah Winfrey described this book as “essential spiritual teaching” – and I agree. This is a must-read.
Proof of Heaven – Dr. Eben Alexander
I read this so many years ago, yet I still remember the author’s vivid descriptions of both the pain he suffered through the brain swelling that put him into a coma, and the beautiful imagery from the Heaven he experienced while in his coma.
Dr. Alexander’s near death experience was a game-changer for his whole approach to life. This is both a fascinating and heart-warming read – and ideal escapism from the current world crisis.
Thrive – Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington was quite famously a workaholic – hands up if you can relate? Like may super-driven career people, it wasn’t until later in life that she woke up to the trap of overworking, and started to look at life through a different lens.
Talking about deeper meaning, she describes a Third Metric for defining success.
Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl
Another classic, and one I heard about long before I picked up a copy. I actually have a cringe-worthy memory of an old colleague of mine naming this book among a long (and I mean long) list of existentialist / philosophy books, with a little too much pride in himself!
So while this memory makes me chuckle, and as long as you don’t start quoting from this book during work meetings, I think it’s a safe bet. It’s actually one to really make you think, and that’s what this is all about.
Meta Human – Deepak Chopra
I am a Deepak fan, so pretty much anything is says or writes is going to make one of my lists. But for this topic of conscious awakening, this is the Deepak book to choose.
So is it possible to venture beyond daily living and experience heightened states of awareness?
The Untethered Soul – Michael A. Singer
Are you your physical body? How about your memories and consciousness? It’s a little overwhelming when we stop and really consider how much of what makes us human is immeasurable.
Perhaps that’s why we don’t talk about it all that much. The author offers methods of observing ourselves, such as through meditation, to enable self-realization.
Life’s Golden Ticket – Brendon Burchard
Now this is an unusual one, but I love it!
I love non-fiction, and I rarely read something like this. To be honest, I only picked it up because it’s by Brendon Burchard, but boy was I pleasantly surprised.
Life’s Golden Ticket is a parable… and one that I can say little about without totally spoiling it. Suffice to say that I laughed and cried, and sometimes I laugh-cried – which is not a good look, but if felt great.
Reading this book is an experience, and to be honest, by the end of it I felt like I’d just stepped off a rollercoaster… There, I’ve said too much!
It does leave you with a perspective shift, and a warm fuzzy feeling. Also perfect escapism during a lockdown!
The Book of Soulful Musings – ChriSOULa Sirigou
With over 30 contributors to this book, you will find meaningful conversations and snippets of deep realisation in this beautiful book.
Once you’ve had an awakening experience of your own, there is nothing more appealing that hearing about the awakenings of others! This book is full of beautiful photographs as backgrounds to the stories, conversations and poems. I think it would make a lovely gift as it’s something you could pick up and dip into time and time again.
Ready for more? We like to keep you busy with our challenges, and the next one ready to begin is the 21 Days of Compassion Challenge!
Compassion is an amazing tool in a crisis, and we’ve never needed it more than during this pandemic. Sign up for a daily meditation MP3 sent to you via email, and embrace a little more compassion in your daily life.