4 Books for Soulful Growth

March 13, 2018

4 Books for Soulful Growth

When we are seeking soulful growth, books can be one of the most powerful tools.

We have compiled a list of 4 of our favorites that will encourage you to dig deeper into your own truth, breathe fuller breaths, and help you settle even more into the present moment.

Anatomy of the Spirit, by: Caroline Myss

Girl reading Anatomy of the Spirit, by: Caroline Myss

"Everything that is alive pulsates with energy and all of this energy contains information. While it is not surprising that practitioners of alternative or complementary medicine accept this concept, even some quantum physicists acknowledge the existence of an electromagnetic field generated by the body's biological processes. Scientists accept that the human body generates electricity because living tissue generates energy."

In Anatomy of the SpiritCaroline Myss shows us that the body, mind, and spirit cannot be separated. When one part is hurting, the rest suffers as well.

Myss explains that illness occurs in the body as a result of emotion and psychological patterns. She introduces us to these three principles for energy healing: biography becomes biology, personal power is necessary for health, and you have the power to help heal yourself.

Before you decide this is over your head and check out, here’s why her work is important: our personal healing is within our own hands. She shows that we have the ability to reclaim this power of awareness to find more balance with our energy and that lack of awareness and misunderstanding of energy leads to disease within the body.

One of our favorite pieces of this book is the way the author provides tangible and practical steps you can take to create more awareness around your energy and where your energy may be leaking.

This book may be for you if you are:

  • wanting to take more responsibility for your own healing
  • desiring to understand the energetic body more deeply
  • seeking healing but aren’t sure how to approach it

No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering, by: Thich Nhat Hanh

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“When we know how to suffer, we suffer much, much less.”

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk who believes that it is impossible to eliminate emotional pain. This thought may be a relief to those of us who have tried to do just that for years and feel like we may never be doing enough to rid ourselves from the “negative” in our lives.

Like the title suggests, he shares that without the mud, a lotus cannot grow. In the same way we do not grow without suffering to teach us happiness. If you are wanting to learn to transform the hardships in your life into beautiful flowers, this book is for you.

Thich Nhat Hanh suggest that our goal should be to become aware of our emotional pains and work to transform them by choosing the present moment, which leads to happiness. This can be a beneficial view in the western world where numbing is often the tendency when discomfort arises.

This book gives us meditations, breath techniques, and mantras to begin a practice of transforming suffering.

Written in a simple and accessible way, Thich Nhat Hanh shows that we can choose another way by pausing to notice the discomfort, finding an intentional breath, and thus surrendering to a mindfulness which can bring us into the present moment and out of suffering.

This book may be for you if you are:

  • looking for a basic understanding of mindfulness
  • wanting to transform the hardships in your life into peace
  • wanting to breathe more intentionally

The Four Agreements, by: Don Miguel Ruiz

Girl reading book The Four Agreements

“You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward”

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz introduces four personal agreements that can be used to find a deeper peace in life and more personal freedom.

In this book, Don Miguel speaks about the freedom that we all desire but many are held back from finding because they are consumed with fear.

Through these principles Don Miguel Ruiz encourages us to hold integrity in the words we say, both to ourselves and others, because these words can become realities. He shows that the things that others do or say to us have more to do with them than they do with us and a strong sense of self can prevent us from assuming that everything in life is a personal affront.

This book presents ideas that can easily be applied to our lives to find differing outcomes depending on what our own idea of freedom is.

The beauty is that the author allows space for you to decide what freedom means to you and acknowledges that this may look different from person to person, and even at different periods in one’s life.

This book may be for you if you are:

  • looking for to develop more positive self-talk
  • wanting to free yourself from dependency on the opinion of others
  • seeking to embrace empowering beliefs 

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, by: Brené Brown

Girl reading Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, by: Brené Brown

True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”

Set against the current backdrop of political and social division, Braving the Wilderness tackles the topic of “true belonging” and learning to live in a world that is becoming increasing more and more isolated by differing opinions and lack of understanding for others.

Brené Brown suggests that we have the choice to do what we must to fit in, or to accept that should we choose our own way, we may find ourselves in the “wilderness.”

Brown creates a real picture of what it can look like to “stand alone” and how to find the balance between living your personal truth and still remaining connected to those who choose other ways of being.

Though you may at times find yourself in the “wilderness,” Brené Brown shows that you are never truly alone. She provides strategies for dealing with those who see life differently as well as hope for how we can find true belonging within ourselves.

This book may be for you if you are:

  • looking to navigate divisions in relationships
  • feeling like you are all alone
  • interested in finding true belonging

4 Books for Soulful Living

If you check out these reads, we would love to hear your thoughts.

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We would also love to hear if you have any other favorite reads for inspiring soulful living!

Grab a warm cup of tea, diffuse some essential oils, get cozy, and happy reading!

Girl reading books for soulful living

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