There is absolutely no way that I would be where I am today without the guidance and hand-holding that I've received over the years by authors, books, podcasts, and websites. There are too many to note them all, but here are a just a few that have made a profound difference in the trajectory of my life.
Without a doubt, these teachings have impacted my life the most! I highly recommend anything written (or spoken) by this Infinite Intelligence. If I could only have one book, it would be Ask and It Is Given. This book changed my life in the most powerful and positive ways—it’s a HUGE claim, but is so true. Again, I say, anything written by Abraham-Hicks is well worth reading and re-reading and re-reading and…Oh, and be sure to sign up for their Daily Quotes to help keep you on an inspired track.
You Can Heal Your Life is a terrific book to read when embarking on The Self-Love Diet. I recommend it to all of my coaching clients and the students I mentor. Louise (who passed away in her 90th year) introduced me to the concept that when we Love ourselves unconditionally, everything else falls into place. She also introduced me to the mind-body connection and the power of affirmations. I will be forever grateful to Louise for all she has taught me about Self-Love.
I was drawn to the title and read The Power of Now when it was first published. Years later a friend gifted me with A New Earth because she "happened to have" an extra copy. She had no idea that I was in a pretty dark place at that time, giving it to me the day before I started what I called my spiritual sabbatical. The life affirming messages in this book were exactly what I needed—no surprise! If we’re awake and open to it, we can see that Life is always guiding us. I also Loved listening to Eckhart’s calming, melodious voice as he read his Stillness Speaks audio book. It’s true nourishment for the soul.
Katie, as she is referred to, has the most remarkable life story and how "The Work" came to her (Click here for free access to the process and work sheets). I was introduced to the The Work, many years ago when I read her book, Loving What Is when I was hating what was. More recently I was reacquainted with Katie when a dear friend gave me her book, A Thousand Names for Joy. Accounts from her own life illustrates how Katie is able to see the good in the apparent not-so-good and Love what-is. Choosing to Love what-is has become one of my most profound and life-enriching practices.
The first new-age, self help book I ever read was Your Erroneous Zones. Wayne, has since passed and has left a legacy of many books, most of which I've had the privilege to read. I also learned so much from listening to his weekly radio program on HayHouse Radio and watching his PBS specials.
When I went through what I called a “cancer scare” the two books that held me together during the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep were Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal and My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging. I don’t even know how I ended up with these treasures during that frightening period, but they were like a comforting friend when I really needed one—especially during the darkness that comes with the night. These books inspired me to write my own book: Something Showed up on my Mammogram…and How I Kept my Sanity While Waiting for the Results. I wrote my book to be the friend that’s there 24/7, to hold the hand of any woman while she’s going through a rough or scary time. If you would like a free copy of my e-book, just let me know and I’ll be happy to send it to you.
I was introduced to Marianne Williamson many years ago when I was interested in A Course of Miracles. Based on the teachings of "The Course," Marianne's book, A Return to Love, is where the passage “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.…” is found. It's such a powerful verse and has been often credited to Nelson Mandela, who recited it in his 1994 inaugural speech. Click here for the full paragraph. I encourage my coaching clients and mentees to read it every day.
Listening to these podcasts have been integral in undoing and re-programming old, negative, and untrue beliefs I've held about food and diets. They've played a pivotal role loosening the grip that diet culture had on me and opened my eyes to my fat phobia, disordered eating, weight stigma, and how all of this is a social justice issue. I'm forever indebted to these courageous activists.
Hosted by Christy Harrison a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified Intuitive Eating counselor. This podcast is dedicated to helping you make peace with food and your body. Christy talks with inspiring guests—including leaders in the body-positive and Health at Every Size movements—about Intuitive Eating, body image, eating disorder recovery, weight stigma, fat acceptance, nutrition, and more. She courageously calls out diet culture for the "life thief" that it is, and challenges it in all its sneaky forms—including the restrictive behaviors that often masquerade as wellness and fitness.
Hosted by Summer Innanen, body image coach and best-selling author of Body Image Remix. This podcast is dedicated to body image, body positivity, self-worth, anti-dieting and feminism, offering practical tips to help you feel better in the body you have, break free of food obsession, and live life on your own terms.
Hosted by Julie Duffy Dillon, Nutrition Therapist and Eating Disorder Specialist with a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Want food freedom? This podcast examines the complicated relationship with food in the form of a Love letter. Julie often reminds us that the world hasn't recovered from its own eating disorder. She generously champions the body positive message, offer tools to help you navigate Intuitive Eating, and guides your food peace journey.
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