My go-to book for natural healing from ailments. Packed with picture guides to break down poses, yoga with props and routines based on ailments. A mus...moreMy go-to book for natural healing from ailments. Packed with picture guides to break down poses, yoga with props and routines based on ailments. A must have go-to guide for any practicing yogi.(less)
Although I loved the message of this book, Eckhart Tolle's writing style is a bit boring. It took me over a month to read this and by the last chapter...moreAlthough I loved the message of this book, Eckhart Tolle's writing style is a bit boring. It took me over a month to read this and by the last chapter I couldn't wait to finish it and be done with it.
I have read many books on the same subject and have found that other authors have a better way of grabbing the reader's attention. Although Tolle did have me highlighting certain points and gave me a few "aha" moments; his over use of quotes and repeating the same message about how the ego is to blame for all our problems throughout the book made it seem repetitive and poorly written. You basically can get the same message from any book on enlightenment.
I will try a stab at his other book a Power of Now in hopes that it's not too know-it-all and more to the level of his readers.(less)
**spoiler alert** "Within each of us there is an Owl, a Rabbit, and Eeyore and a Pooh. For too long, we have chosen the way of the Owl and Rabbit. Now...more**spoiler alert** "Within each of us there is an Owl, a Rabbit, and Eeyore and a Pooh. For too long, we have chosen the way of the Owl and Rabbit. Now, like Eeyore, we complain about the results. But that accomplishes nothing. If we are smart, we will choose the way of the Pooh. As if from far away, it calls to us with the voice of a child's mind. It may be hard to hear at times, but it is important just the same, because without it, we will never find the way to the forest."
It took until the end of the book to see any relation to Taoism through Pooh. That paragraph is the only piece in this book that links it. The rest was just an attempt to share Hoff's views. A true Taoist would never put down Owl, Rabbit or Eeyore for being who they are. A true Taoist would simply tell you to look at the way of Pooh. Simple.
I did enjoy reading the excerpts from the Pooh series and it has made me want to buy the classic and re-read it as an adult so I can thank this book for that.
If you are looking for a lesson in Taoism, this is not the book for you. (less)
Lantern Books offered me the opportunity to read and review The Wisdom of the Chakras by Ellen Tadd which I graciously accepted. I started reading it,...moreLantern Books offered me the opportunity to read and review The Wisdom of the Chakras by Ellen Tadd which I graciously accepted. I started reading it, got about halfway through and noticed I had so many post-its sticking out of my book, that I might as well start over with a highlighter. So, I did.
The book is filled with insights on how the chakra system affects our thoughts, words and actions; and how we can use simple practices to create harmony and balance in our daily life.
I have read quite a few books on the chakra system and this book is very unique. This book is written with all levels of experience with the chakra system in mind; through experience not just information. This style of writing makes balancing the chakras more attainable to those just starting their meditation practice as well as beneficial for those with a deeper practice. It is also beneficial to those who have no attachments spiritually and are just looking for ways to divert their focus from everyday challenges and struggles.
Ellen Tadd wrote the book in reverse, starting with the Crown Chakra, whereas most start with the Root. Tadd reasons that, "Starting from the base, we must do all the work ourselves. When the crown is open and functioning well, we connect to spirit, and we become aware that we are never alone in the process of growth and transformation." This ideal is a wonderful way to visualize and open the chakras.
A Must Read!! I recommend this book to everyone. (less)
Loved this book. Such a tiny little book holding such big obvious clues to help the reader stop running from and instead enjoy their plain, simple, or...moreLoved this book. Such a tiny little book holding such big obvious clues to help the reader stop running from and instead enjoy their plain, simple, ordinary life. (less)
The Happiness Project.... written by someone who seems to already be happy, trying to figure out that she is.....already happy? This book was terrible...moreThe Happiness Project.... written by someone who seems to already be happy, trying to figure out that she is.....already happy? This book was terrible. I can't understand how this got so many good reviews.
You can read a simple blog post on intent.com or thedailyzen.org or any other mindfulness website and get more of an understanding on happiness than this book offers.
First off, happiness should not be a project. I mean, yeah the idea of finding something to be happy about every day is wonderful. Or better yet, don't try -- and then note at least 1 think that made you happy every day of the year. (Wait! Whata great idea, maybe I should write a book about it.) [insert eye-roll] But making a project which is too much work, causing more stress by putting more on your plate, and dragging it on?? BLEH!
Not to mention, that every paragraph has a random quote or statistic.... BORING!! AND, this is coming from someone who LOVES quotes, collects quote books, and has blogs dedicated to quotes I love.
Lastly, there is a chapter on BUYING happiness. Yes, B-U-Y-I-N-G happiness. Seriously?? Happiness doesn't have to be bought! Don't even get me started on this...
PASS THIS ONE UP! You aren't missing anything.
Want a run down without wasting time on this book when there are better ones out there?
1. Clean your closets 2. Be nice to your husband 3. Enjoy your work 4. Make time for your children 5. Make time for yourself 6. Be good to your friends 7. Live for today