I have always been fascinated by why some people reach their potential and others don't. Everyone surely wants to. So what is the difference? I reallyI have always been fascinated by why some people reach their potential and others don't. Everyone surely wants to. So what is the difference? I really enjoyed this book which addresses this question head on. Carol S. Dweck is a Stanford University psychologist who has spent decades of research on achievement and success. In the end the differing factor for her came down to the concept of mindset. Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?
This book was recommended to me by the headmaster of my son's school. She recommended it to all of the parents for their children to foster their academic success. I found the author's findings to be helpful and revelatory, though I wasn't crazy about the writing. At time I felt it was choppy and abrupt, and almost too simplistic, but I think this book is worth reading regardless as her research is important to help people breakthrough their own barriers to achieve their full potential.
Ann Hood-- one of my favorite contemporary authors! I fell in love with her words and her style of writing when I read her memoir Comfort, about the gAnn Hood-- one of my favorite contemporary authors! I fell in love with her words and her style of writing when I read her memoir Comfort, about the grief and loss of losing her daughter Grace from a sudden and unexpected illness at the age of five. And I adored her acclaimed novel The Knitting Circle.
The Book That Matters Most is her latest novel, just published this past August. It's about a woman with two grown children whose husband has left her for another woman. So what does she do? She joins a book club, where every month each member gets to chose the book that matters most to them. Choices include The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice. And well, as we all know, amazing things can happen when you join a book club, immerse yourself in the world of books, and meet fellow book lovers!!! What a great premise for a story! Sadly, the rest of the book, for me, did not deliver.
I wish I could have given this book more than three stars since I love this author, but there were too many problems with the book. The characters were undeveloped, and too much of the plot was disconnected. There was too much cliche, and though moments shined, when the voice of the author came through, there were many parts that just drifted. The book club section was almost completely divorced from the rest of the story until the end, and it seemed forced, not fluid. I think the author could have edited this manuscript further to make it tighter and more cohesive. I also found the entire story to be farfetched and unrealistic. It started out so promising, but sadly, in the end, I was disappointed-- the best I can give it is three stars!...more
"Your destiny is written by you unconsciously. If you have mastery over your physical body, fifteen to twenty percent of your life and destiny will be"Your destiny is written by you unconsciously. If you have mastery over your physical body, fifteen to twenty percent of your life and destiny will be in your hands. If you have mastery over your mind, fifty to sixty percent of your life and destiny will be in your hands. If you have mastery over your life energies, a hundred percent of your life and destiny will be in your hands."
How can we can reach our full potential? I am endlessly curious about this question. As I explore, read books and excavate this topic, I will continue to share my insights, and most importantly, the books that can help us get there--to our full potential. One of them is Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy. It is a recent release, published last fall. It became a bestseller and Spirituality & Health Magazine named it as one of its top ten books of 2016. I read it within 24 hours and found it to be full of wise insights. I know superficially about yoga, but I didn't know its principles in detail or how I could apply them to daily living. "The science of yoga," he writes, "is quite simply the science of being in perfect alignment, in absolute harmony, in complete sync with existence."
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is an Indian yogi and mystic and founder of an organization that does incredible humanitarian projects. His story is quite remarkable as are his teachings. He shows how yoga is really a sophisticated system of self empowerment. I think for anyone interested in yoga, spirituality or just empowerment, this book is worth reading. One of its most powerful themes, though it may seem so simple--Take responsibility for your life. If you take responsibility, you feel empowered, because you are in control of your destiny.
"It is time to reclaim for ourselves the extraordinary transformative power of the single word: responsibility. Apply it to your life, and watch the magic unfold."...more
I had first heard about the Akashic Field or Akashic Records when I read the book Science and the Akashic Field by Ervin Laszlo many years ago. At thiI had first heard about the Akashic Field or Akashic Records when I read the book Science and the Akashic Field by Ervin Laszlo many years ago. At this time I had also read The Field by Lynne McTaggart, a book that explored this topic as well. I was on a spiritual quest, and had learned about these books during a meditation retreat. The Akashic Field is a vast field in the Universe that holds all the information that ever is, was or will be. The information that lies within it is "the records." Some say the Akashic Field is the quantum physics version of God, the secular way to explain the Universe and how it operates. You could say it's the life force, or "the force," as we refer to it in popular culture. But it's more than just a force, or a higher power, it's a storehouse of information and data!
Sandra Anne Taylor does a wonderful job explaining it and how each and every person can access it for guidance on their own path. The meditations offered to access these records are helpful and transformative! For anyone interested in this topic, this is a wonderful primer and guide. I love Hay House, and I feel their books are always well written and realized with a greater purpose to humanity. Sometimes the writing is a bit redundant, and the book could still use a good edit, so I gave it four stars instead of five. But all in all, a good read on the topic and recommended!...more
"I am the daughter of a water goddess. I am a woman with water in her veins and power in her breeding. I am a woman who makes things happen, and I am"I am the daughter of a water goddess. I am a woman with water in her veins and power in her breeding. I am a woman who makes things happen, and I am not defeated yet. I am not defeated by a boy with a newly worn crown, and no man will ever walk away from me certain that he won't walk back."
The White Queen is based on the real life story of 15th century Elizabeth Woodville, a widow with two young boys, who miraculously becomes the Queen of England during the Wars of the Roses. I loved this historical novel!!! Queen Elizabeth is a true heroine, a woman of courage and action! This is my first novel by Philippa Gregory, one of the most coveted writers of this genre. I've wanted to read one of her books for some time with my interest in historical fiction and British history (many of you know me for my spiritual predilection and passion, but my second favorite genre of books is historical novels-- as I'm writing one myself!).
I wanted to give a snippet of Elizabeth's voice, so I chose the passage above. From the first page to the last, I was held completely engrossed in this soulful, magical and compelling story! I only have one disclaimer for my fellow readers and that is that The White Queen reads more like mainstream historical fiction than literary historical fiction, the latter is more my thing. The writing is simple, light and fast-paced, very much plot driven. The pages go by fast and furiously! Still, I found it riveting and wildly entertaining. I love being lost in another time and place while following the path of a powerful woman in history. It's all great fun! ...more
As someone who has psychic abilities herself, and has always had one foot in this world and one foot in the other, I have to sadly say that I was veryAs someone who has psychic abilities herself, and has always had one foot in this world and one foot in the other, I have to sadly say that I was very disappointed by this book. My biggest problem with it was that I didn't find it believable at all!
Now I have no doubt that Dr. Weiss is a brilliant and accomplished psychiatrist. He and his patient Catherine spent much time together while she underwent past life regression therapy (Catherine was under hypnosis by Dr. Weiss) to cure anxiety and other psychological issues. In the end, Dr. Weiss does cure Catherine of her ailments. However, the meat of this book is supposed to be the experiences revealed of her past lives and I found none of her accounts believable. Her recounts all sounded the same, the details were so basic and bland, anyone could have used the same details to describe the times from a previous era-- for instance people wearing togas and sandals for the Greco Era, and bonnets for the colonial days. We need details to believe, intricate details!!! And sadly, I didn't find the kinds of details that would make me believe that she truly lived and recounted past lives. I am surprised this book was a bestseller.
The spiritual beings called "the Masters" that Catherine seems to act as a medium for seemed too far fetched and fabricated. They seemed like characters out of a movie, almost too stereotypically New Age-like to be believed. I apologize if I keep repeating myself, but I just didn't believe any of it, and attributed their experience to the mysteries of the mind, not the soul. Perhaps their intense togetherness (Dr. Weiss and Catherine) created some psychological relief. What may have cured Catherine was Dr. Weiss's determination to make her better, his love and care for her!
However, I am not giving up on this author. I will read another book of his to give him another chance. Just as a book can't be judged by its cover, an author should not be judged solely by one book!
Meanwhile, my dear Goodreads friends, if you wish to read this book, please borrow from a friend or take it out of the library. You may love it, but you may not, and if you're like me, you won't want to keep it on your bookshelf.
This book was incredibly disappointing for me! No substance here and not much of a tale; I don't know what to make of this book. Is it a book? No, it'This book was incredibly disappointing for me! No substance here and not much of a tale; I don't know what to make of this book. Is it a book? No, it's more of a short tale (less than 40 pages each for the two tales). The characters were flat and there was not much of a story or plot. It's incredibly short and devoid of any details. I found it insipid and cliche and do NOT recommend it to my Goodreads friends!...more
I'm going to let the title do all the talking here. It is a wonderful blessing and a sense of peace to know that the Universe is behind you, that it iI'm going to let the title do all the talking here. It is a wonderful blessing and a sense of peace to know that the Universe is behind you, that it is not cruel or playing tricks on you. I have to be honest with you, there were moments in my life when I questioned the benevolence of the Universe. I'm sure many of us have experienced this kind of doubt at some point. For me it was when I watched the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapse right before my eyes. I was just two blocks away and ran for my life. I questioned everything from that moment on, and began to operate in a very fear-based way, a way that was very much opposite to my true nature. I turned to the comfort of books, many gave me the courage to believe that things would get better. And I began a search of my own through many different avenues including books, a steadfast meditation practice and a spiritual pilgrimage. In the end I was convinced wholeheartedly that the Universe DOES have our back, if we have faith in it. I believe Gabby had a similar experience of her own and made the journey to discover whatever truths the Universe had to offer.
I enjoyed my time with this book very much! Gabby is a wonderful thinker, spiritual activist and inspirational figure. She is a follower of A Course in Miracles, a type of non-dogma spirituality that Marianne Williamson also follows. Gabby's book is brimming with positivity both inside and out; much love and light beams through her pages. She is right that we can live our lives fear-based or love-based. I never thought of this dichotomy, but it's true. One way gives us freedom to soar and progress, the other bounds and limits us. I believe courage is the key, when fear switches to love. And Gabby does what she can to guide the reader to courage and love. I believe she sincerely and deeply cares for her readers and wants them to live their full potential.
I would try this one, at least to remind yourself that the Universe DOES have your back!!! I truly believe that if you are reading this, it is a sign to you that it does!...more
I have always been fascinated by Carl Jung and the concept of synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence. This was the first book I had ever read by himI have always been fascinated by Carl Jung and the concept of synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence. This was the first book I had ever read by him though I had read several books about him. I must say that thought the famous psychiatrist and writer of the soul and this topic are truly compelling, reading Jung himself is difficult in that his language is awkward and not written for a general lay audience. It is a difficult and cumbersome read and I do not recommend it unless you are someone in the field of psychology or a scientist. For those interested in Carl Jung and this topic I have heard from several people that it is best to read books about him than by him to truly understand his work.
In this book Jung was attempting to show how synchronicity works with the psyche, to prove its existence. I could not understand it as the language was too awkward and hard to follow. I am on a mission to find a book about this author and this subject that can explain it well for a general audience. I will share it when I find it!