My Body My Temple | Top 5 Books of 2011

Here are some lasts minute gift ideas.  Hot hint:  Get these for yourself!

In September I bought an iPad2 and since then my reading has gone through the roof.  It’s portable and I can have an entire library at my reference on the subway ride home.  I love this.  Some of the books below I read the classical way (in bed)  and the others I downloaded onto my iPad.  Here they are in no particular order.

1.    When things fall Apart – Pema Chodron

If you’re brave enough to identify where you are – this is book for you.  It is simple, elegant and is full of complete strategies for getting through the roughest of times.  When you emerge on the other side, and you will, life will feel much better.  Pema was one of the first western women to teach on Tibetan Buddhism.

2.    The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman

Honestly, I had lots of challenges with how this book was written.  If you can get past the heteronormative language  – this book has some useful information.  Essentially, everyone communicates love differently.  Do unto others is not the best MO.  It is much more effective and less ego maniacal if you can understand, appreciate and acknowledge how another person gives and received love.  I found that part inspiring.  So much so that I designed a yoga course around it.  Click here to find out more about the Love Series.

3.    Loving What Is – Byron Katie

A thought is harmless unless we believe it.  The root cause of suffering is how we use those thoughts to relate to the world around us.  With 4 simple questions, this book helps to literally undress our belief systems.  Once you understand your beliefs, you can make a decision to change how you interact with the world around you.  Freedom!

4.    Manifesting Change – Mike Dooley

Mike has a great sense of humor and a fun and candid way of relaying information.  The catch phrase that he uses is “Thoughts Become Things”. This book is inspiring and a great way to start of 2012.  You can catch Mike in the movie, The Secret.

5.    You can create an exceptional life by Louise L. Hay and Cheryl Richardson

Louise L. Hay was the pioneer in the mind-body connection.  She understood and taught us that our thoughts influence everything around us and manifests as either sickness or health.  In her early work she developed affirmations associated with different illnesses.  Fascinating.  Her life story is incredible.  In this book, Cheryl Richardson, career coach and author, uses Louise as a muse for this book.  It is eye opening and offers a glimpse into how affirmations can be used in just about every circumstance.

Each of these books are an amazing investment.  If you have recommendations – please send them through.  Me and my iPad2 are most grateful.

Happy Holidays and lots of love,

Salimah

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