Are you ready to become the best and highest version of yourself? Growth not only comes through age and experience, but it also comes from within one’s soul. Spirituality is all about the self: our mind, body, and spirit. Our experiences shape how we show up in the world. When we begin to heal our trauma and work through our wounds, the world begins to feel lighter and more enriching.
Here is a list of spiritual books to read that can open up the portal for you to transform into the best version of yourself. These are people who have been through similar, if not the same experiences as you, here to support you through your journey of life.
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Written from a scientific perspective, it offers an objective tone on meditation and its benefits for the mind and body. Every chapter brings a new perspective and ends with a key takeaway for us to embody the practices into our lives. It dwells on the idea of Awareness and how awareness is. Everything comes back to finding your awareness and coming back to it.
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, “Mindfulness means paying attention [to the world] in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” He proposes the challenges and solutions to remain constantly present and ways to come back to self.
With the help of Eastern philosophy, this book deals with the constant worries we face as we either live in the past or the present. He speaks about the future as a goal point that is always changing and how our minds are constantly anxious about it. This as he suggests applies to financial security too, in which man races to be secure and feel at ease but is unable to do so.
In it he writes, “If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o’-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp, until the future, and ourselves, vanish into the abyss of death” This books explores the themes of what reality is, the need for security and the never ending pursuit of the future.
Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
By travelling to three countries, Elizabeth Gilbert in her memoir leaves behind everything she has and knows. This is the tale of her journey to heal from her divorce and the life she knew. From learning Italian in Italy, to studying yoga and meditation at an Ashram in India and finally learning about spirituality in Indonesia, she begins to come back to herself and open her heart again.
Through self introspection and her experiences, we begin to dive into her thoughts and her world, finding our own similarities whilst admiring her truth. As she travels she learns to slow down and be more present with her feelings and the world around her.
“But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.”
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A tale of Santiago, a shepherd who travels in search of worldly treasure. Paulo Coelho tells a story full of adventure, self discovery and wisdom. As the narrative is simple, so are the lessons that are found within the boy. This book focuses on making decisions and encourages you to follow your destiny with an unwavering determination.
As Santiago natives the challenges on his path, we are able to understand the importance of staying true to oneself and one’s own path. “‘The mysterious force… appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realise your Personal Legend.’
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk
Trauma is the truth of life and lives in the body. Dr. van der Kolk writes about how trauma physically affects the brain and the body, forcing victims to lose control, full of powerful case studies. By breaking down scientific cases, he begins to unravel how deep the effect of trauma is on an individual and describes the ways in which that can be reversed.
“Trauma has nothing whatsoever to do with cognition…It has to do with your body being reset to interpret the world as a dangerous place….It’s not something you can talk yourself out of.” He writes about the importance of language, nature of one’s memory and eventually about self empowerment to those who suffer through their trauma.
Connecting to yourself is one of the most crucial ways to fully experience the world around you. As you are within, so you are outside and it all begins with how well you know and love yourself.
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