My hope is that the information on this page provides support on your journey, as they have on mine.
- A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle: This book was a birthday gift 11 years ago and it began my stirring. I remember reading a line about how once you realize that you are not the voice of your ego, all of your relationships that are not conducive to this new way of being become like oil and water. It was in that moment that I knew deep within that my marriage wouldn't last. Awakening is often quite uncomfortable because we are asked to choose what our soul is here to do over the "comforts" of fear. However when fear begins to feel like living in a tiny container with no air, we're ready to choose the path of our soul.
- The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks: Provides a framework that has been a part of me ever since I read it years ago; four categories or "zones" that help discern where to invest your time and energy. It helps push you out of being complacent and into living a passionate life of your dreams.
- Ask and Is Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks: At some point on my journey I became absolutely fascinated with the Law of Attraction and listening to Abraham Hicks on YouTube. This book literally helps you speak a new language. When we think a worrisome or fearful thought over and over again, it is as if we are asking the universe for that to happen and then we say "see, this is why I was worried!" The universe wants to say back, "no, it happened because you couldn't stop thinking about it, you basically asked for it to happen!" Imagine what happens when we use the same theory and ask for what we DO want?
- How to Love Yourself (and sometimes other people) by Lordo Rinzler and Meggan Watterson: I was heartbroken and walking through O'Hare when I was brought to this quaint little gift shop with a rack of Hay House books outside. This book practically jumped into my hands and was exactly what I needed. It is an insightful discussion between Rinzler and Watterson about their personal journeys of self love.
- 10% Happier by Dan Harris: Whether you're new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner, this book is intelligent, honest and vulnerable. Harris' self-deprecating humor and courageous recounting of his own journey makes a convincing case for why meditation is such an important part of everyday sanity.
- Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown: Brene Brown's wildly popular TedTalk on The Power of Vulnerability was one of the first rungs on the ladder that helped me climb out of my first dark night of the soul. Her words and wisdom awakened me to my heart energy and allowed me to see that my misery was caused by blaming my heart for loving too much. I picked up Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection shortly thereafter and both are beautifully grounded guides on how to live a heart-centered life.
- The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes: This book is incredibly transformative and had a profound impact on my view of the ego's masks on behalf of both myself and the men in my life. Howes gives so generously of himself from a place of raw vulnerability. He interviews men who have worn these masks like no other and have come to learn how much they cause disconnection and loneliness. Spirituality is wonderful and it means nothing if we don't translate it into being openhearted, loving human beings.
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck: I read this for the first time as a junior in high school and it is still one of my favorite books. Steinbeck depicts the grey in life in such a way that it can't help but get under our skin and into our blood. It is the black and white view of the fear that keeps us separate. Once we embrace the inherent grey of life, the both/and of all things, we can expand into the oneness of shared humanity.
videos and ted talks
- Steve Jobs' Graduation Speech: I am re-inspired, often to tears, every time I watch this speech. I first saw it not long after my first dark night of the soul and he is speaking directly to the heart. This gave me, and continues to give me, the confidence to follow the not-so well-worn path, the path that is uniquely mine.
- Brene Brown's "The Power of Vulnerability": As I mentioned above, this was one of the first rungs of the ladder that helped me climb out of darkness. Her raw authenticity mixed with scientific research speaks has profoundly impacted so many who, like myself, thought that left brain logic was all we needed.
- Simon Sinek's "How Great Leaders Inspire Action": Consciously and clearly knowing why we are doing what we are doing is the basis for creating purpose and fulfillment in all aspects of life.
- Elizabeth Gilbert's "Your Elusive Creative Genius": She is self-deprecatingly hilarious and most importantly talks through what gives us creative spark and how to get fear and ego out of the way so we can do what we are put on this earth to do.
- Tony Robbins' "I'm Not Your Guru": This Netflix documentary is so powerful, I happily watch it over and over and sob every time. What he does to encourage and support transformation from fear into love is absolutely miraculous and inspiring.
- Teal Swan's "Twin Flames and Soul Mates (Do they exist?): If you are on a Twin Flame journey, this video talks through nuanced concepts that help in understanding the journey from an expanded perspective.
- The RobCast: Rob Bell is a NY Times bestselling author and speaker. Not being religious, I didn't think one of my favorite teachers would end up being a former mega-church pastor, but Rob Bell is beyond incredible. He is funny, extremely intelligent, well-read, and interesting. He talks about the Jesus story as I believe was intended, all about love and grounding them into daily existence. Prepare to be delighted!
- From the Heart, Conversations with Yoga Girl: Rachel Brathen intially gained Instagram fame through modeling yoga poses on the beaches of Aruba, but has become a force of love on the earth, dedicating her life to honest conversations, self reflection, and changing the world through philanthropy.
- The Rich Roll Podcast: Rich Roll is a plant-powered ultra endurance athlete and spiritual seeker. He and his wife Julie have an incredibly inspiring story about changing your life no matter how hard and uncomfortable it is and week after week Rich invites inspiring guests to share their stories.