I’ve always been an avid reader, a lover of all things to do with books- you know - the smell of a new book, the sound of opening a brand new book, the feel of a crisp new page.
The excitement of diving into a whole new World....
Spending time in a large bookstore soothes my soul and cracks open my heart.
As I’ve grown older and, hopefully, wiser, I’ve come to appreciate just how much a good book can change your life.
My taste in books change, but the lessons I learn stay with me.
One of my favorites was May Cause Miracles, by Gabrielle Bernstein. Over the course of six weeks, I learned to choose Love over Fear, to be open to the many miracles this Life has to offer.
I learned to make Love, the mainstay of who I was, what I did, and how I lived.
My life opened up to infinite possibilities. I saw my family, my friends, and my patients in a whole new way.
Each encounter, no matter how brief, was seen as a chance to make a difference, a chance to see the Love that was at the core of each and every one of us.
Life became more about being, rather than doing.
About connecting to my Divine self, about becoming what one of what Gabby called a Light worker.
Life felt good…
Enter Brene Brown. I stumbled across her TED talk a few years ago and was hooked. She came into my Life at a crucial moment, when the student is ready… the teacher will come???
I read The Gifts of Imperfection in one sitting, followed shortly after by Daring Greatly.
Wow!! Talk about being smacked in the face ( in a good way).
I learned to lean in to my vulnerability, into courage, into a more meaningful life.
Daring to be vulnerable led me along many a path. A path of daring to be great, daring to be more authentic, more compassionate, more ME.
Her words jumped out of her books , grabbed hold of my heart and wrung it dry – dry of guilt , of shame, of self-reproach, and again, of fear. These were replaced by self-love, contentment, and a renewed sense of purpose.
I was in love with this new view of Life!
I meditated, became a tad more courageous and vulnerable, and became more open to a miraculous way of living.
And when I least expected it, the Magic appeared… Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
She had already transported me to Italy, India and Bali in Eat, Pray, Love. Now she came crashing in to remind me of the creativity I'd left behind.
Yes, I’d learned to love, to walk my walk. Now it was time to talk my talk, to be brave, to create.
To open up to the words that were waiting to jump out of my heart, out of my soul.
To open up to the colorful images that danced in my head.
I wanted to write, to talk, and to paint and colour.
I had to.
I’m ever so grateful for these women, for Bernstein, Brown and Beth, for the Miracles, their Messages and their Magic.
I can't wait to see what my next trip to Barnes and Noble will reveal….
Please feel free to share some of your favorite books with us and how they have changed your life.
I cant wait to hear your stories.