For someone who eats a Standard American Diet (SAD) and would like to be more knowledgeable about nutrition, this is a good guide to the basic element...moreFor someone who eats a Standard American Diet (SAD) and would like to be more knowledgeable about nutrition, this is a good guide to the basic elements of nutrition and creating a healthier lifestyle. The title of Elisa Zied's book may be a little too "salesy" and promising more than you're getting, as there's no miracle food or practice to erase wrinkles, or revitalize your organs in a week. But Zied does provide an overall Vitality Program based in conventional medical/scientific advice.
I liked Zied's focus on stress relief as a way to slow aging, as stress has been found to be the root of all disease, including premature aging. While this isn't a diet book per say, the author does explain how overeating and caving in to cravings can contribute to elevated cortisol and insulin levels, while suppressing certain hormones, thereby causing skin aging and even a shortened lifespan.
Lacking in this volume is the most current information on how genetically modified (GMOs) and processed foods can contribute to health issues and symptoms of aging. I find it hard to refer to a recommended food chart that includes Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats, which no doubt contain GE wheat and high fructose corn syrup. But, I applaud Zied's insistence on including whole grains in the diet, eating your fruits and vegetables, finding time to exercise, meditate and strike some yoga poses, and getting a good night's sleep.
If I didn't already have many nutritional guides on my bookshelf, the charts and lists of essential vitamins would be of interest. But the author lost me when she recommended the foods most likely to cause food sensitivities and reactions, from dairy to gluten, with no caution that these might deplete your vitality and well being.
Namaste! Becca Chopra, author of Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life and The Chakra Diet(less)
Healthy Joints for Life is a well-researched and documented plan from Richard Diana, M.D., who retired from the Miami Dolphins after Super Bowl XVII t...moreHealthy Joints for Life is a well-researched and documented plan from Richard Diana, M.D., who retired from the Miami Dolphins after Super Bowl XVII to attend Yale School of Medicine, going on to become a surgeon and orthopedic consultant to the Boston Red Sox. It's inspirational to have a physician recommend holistic alternatives to avoid surgery and other diseases caused by our Standard American (SAD) Diet and sedentary lifestyles.
Dr. Richard Diana has compiled a thorough guide to change your lifestyle and lessen the inflammation that causes joint pain and many other health problems.
I totally agree with his diet recommendations, as the processed foods he takes off the "to eat" list are detrimental to everyone's health. More and more, data supports his recommendations of a diet of grass-fed beef (and I would include organic or free-range chicken and turkey too), wild-caught salmon, a rainbow of vegetables and low-glycemic index fruit, and complex carbs in the form of starchy vegetables, whole grains and beans. He offers options for vegetarians, vegans (excluding dairy), and those who don't like fish.
I don't think anyone can really argue with or not benefit from his suggestions to minimize sugar and simple carbs, maximize fiber, eat more fruit and vegetables, eat the "right" proteins, avoid unhealthy fats, maximize healthy omega-3 fats, eat smaller portions more frequently throughout the day to prevent uncontrolled hunger, and forgive dietary lapses when they happen and get back on the horse or plan.
The supplement list is a little daunting; the readers have to decide for themselves how far they want to go with Dr. Diana's suggestions in this regard, based on their level of pain and the degree of inflammation they are experiencing.
I read this book for my own interest in health, as well as to look for suggestions for my mother who has arthritic joints. Like many of the patients Dr. Diana has encountered, I find her lacking in motivation to change. "Why not just pop another extra-strength pain reliever?" she asks. As a proponent of natural alternatives, I have motivated my mother with some of his suggestions, like being able to travel to visit your grandchildren and play with them, looking your best, and being able to sit in the theater or church without crippling stiffness when getting up. His exercise regimen is a bit rigorous for her, but she has been able to follow some of his suggestions with increased flexibility now, and I have enjoyed incorporating his recommendations into my regular fitness routine to stave off joint paint.
What motivates you to exercise or change your diet? I'm very interested in this as I finish writing The Chakra Diet. Dr. Diana recommends digging deep and finding the key that will motivate YOU, whether it is:
Being able to play with your kids/grandkids. Being active with your friends, spouse and loved ones. Wanting to look your best. Rewarding yourself - perhaps with a shopping spree or day at the spa. Being able to play a sport that you love, such as tennis, golf or running. Being able to engage in daily activities free of pain.
The science in the book is compelling, but if you find it a little too complex or dry, you can skip past the technical info and toward Dr. Diana's interesting stories, case studies and scientifically sound plan, and give it a fair try.
Through this book, Dr. Diana hopes to be able to extend his unique expertise on the non-conventional treatment of joint pain to a large population, one that he would otherwise not be able to reach.
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life Becca@thechakras.org(less)
This is an excellent guidebook to help you find the right relationship or improve an existing one, no matter what your age. It takes you through the s...moreThis is an excellent guidebook to help you find the right relationship or improve an existing one, no matter what your age. It takes you through the steps to rediscover who you really are and how to be your "true self" to achieve "true love."
Why is this book geared toward people over 40? The authors, in their therapy sessions, have learned that while people of all ages need and want a loving partner, those over 40 are looking more for partners who are kind, caring, thoughtful, and capable of intimacy, rather than those just driven by their hormones. They want someone genuine, someone real. And since we get what we project, the authors take us by the hand on an interesting discovery into who we really are and what is behind our feelings and actions.
I learned a lot from the information on how our dysfunctional families (the authors state 80% of childhoods can be classified this way) can leave us with toxic beliefs and ways of relating that sabotage our efforts to have a good relationship.
Luckily, it's never too late to marry, remarry or revitalize an existing relationship, and the authors provide the tools: Seven steps to finding and happily keeping a life partner, Ten hidden beliefs that destroy intimacy, plus worksheets, exercises, meditations and visualizations on how to express feelings, how to communicate, and how to forgive. With this help, we can achieve a relationship that will honor what's in our best interest and serve as a vehicle for our transformation and growth into our best selves.
The stories included from the authors' years of counseling couples and individuals make the book very relatable to any reader, while their well-referenced guidance makes the book an invaluable tool for other counselors and life coaches to use as well.
Good luck, Becca Chopra, author of Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life(less)
Can you forgive everyone that’s ever hurt you, including yourself? With Iyanla Vanzant’s help in her new book, Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyon...moreCan you forgive everyone that’s ever hurt you, including yourself? With Iyanla Vanzant’s help in her new book, Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything, I was able to recognize emotions I thought had been long ago dealt with, and deal with them as I traveled the forgiveness journey with her.
Spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant takes you headfirst, soul deep into the practice of forgiving yourself, your body, your life, your parents, your choices, your relationship with money, and more… no stone or grudge is left unearthed.
What is the benefit of following Iyanla’s forgiveness protocols in this book? Practicing forgiveness, as she demonstrates, helps you keep your energy clear and manifest what you truly want… living your life with more love for yourself and others. Through the journaling pages and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping instructions in the book, and the soothing meditations in the accompanying CD, you are given the tools to eliminate any excess mental or emotional weight that keeps you stuck in repetitive situations, circumstances and experiences that are not healthy or productive.
You can simply read this book for its wonderful insights and interesting “Forgiveness Stories” in each chapter. Or you can take it one day at a time with Iyanla and spend 21 days following her system of total forgiveness. It’s work, but it’s worth it. As she says, “Forgiveness helps to transform and eliminate the energy blockages that we hold in our minds about who we are and who others are, and the subsequent issues or upsets that grow from the thoughts, beliefs and judgments we hold.” If found the part on letting go of judgments to be very powerful, as they create needless suffering.
tapAlthough I practice Dynamind, a simplified version of EFT that I describe in my books Chakra Secrets and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life, I found the tapping effective in eliminating the stress caused by energetic blockages from negative thoughts that needed to be forgiven.
Day 1 in the Forgiveness Ritual is “Forgiving Myself for Judging Myself,” the most self-loving, self-affirming practice you can do, opening the heart, mind and spirit to greater possibilities. Once you reach Day 18 and “Forgive the World,” you spend the last three days of the program writing forgiveness letters that you never send, because acknowledging your emotions and writing them is what is important. Once completed, forgiveness will be a new tool in your skill set to live your life to the fullest.(less)
Monica Ortiz helps us answer the questions: Why are we here? How can we be better people? How can we relieve ourselves of any spiritual baggage carrie...moreMonica Ortiz helps us answer the questions: Why are we here? How can we be better people? How can we relieve ourselves of any spiritual baggage carried forward from the past - whether a past life or our childhood? How can we truly love ourselves, those we are in relationship with, and the world in general? If you're ready to be truly honest with yourself, take a look at any past errors you have made, give up judgments of others, and evolve into the best you can be, please pick up Universe 101: Learn, Grow, Evolve.
Monica Ortiz, a self-described "seer," spiritual guide and life coach, asks tough questions and delivers thoughtful advice and specific steps you can take to develop into a better person and progress on your spiritual path. She shares secrets learned from her Grandfather, and his spirit after he passes, as well as lessons she learned growing up in a difficult family and surviving several difficult relationships.
Ortiz says that we come into this life with our Core imprinted with who we are supposed to be in this life and what we are supposed to achieve. However, life circumstances can pull us away from our true path and happiness. If you feel this may have happened to you, Ortiz offers a way to reconnect to "The Core of Your Being." She offers concrete advice, as if she were your personal life coach, advising that you answer these questions with complete honesty: Who am I? and Who do I want to be? Then, you must find and dig out the roots of any damage that has kept you from your destiny. She believes that with honesty, love, good communication, and deep understanding of yourself and the others involved, you can move forward in your path of evolution. Ortiz explains how you will find inner peace and better health once you get through your Spiritual Baggage and reconnect your mind, body and spirit.
I like Ortiz' strict guidelines on learning to love yourself, first of all by not doing things that make you dislike yourself. She gives great advice on how to be a righteous person who keeps to your word and shares the goodness inside of you with the world as part of your universal responsibility.
Whatever form of spiritual or religious beliefs you may have, this book will touch you with its wisdom. Whether it's how to forgive, or how to pray honestly from your heart, Ortiz' advice will help you lead a happier, healthier life. The stories woven into each chapter make it an interesting read that makes the advice easy to relate to. Namaste! Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets (less)
One Mind by Larry Dossey M.D., is a perfect book to read as the new year dawns. Why is this discussion so needed today? Because as Dr. Dossey explains...moreOne Mind by Larry Dossey M.D., is a perfect book to read as the new year dawns. Why is this discussion so needed today? Because as Dr. Dossey explains, the collective One Mind of which we're all a part, is a vision that is powerful enough to confront the threats to our existence that we now face… from climate change to terrorism and war.
In his beautifully written and well researched book, Larry Dossey explores the many ways of experiencing a transcendent, unifying state of being called One Mind... in altered states, mystical experiences, reverie, epiphany, psychic and highly creative moments. He explores the fascinating topics of Near Death Experiences and reincarnation, mediums, savants, twins, telesomatic events, healing energy and other examples of the manifestation of One Mind, the source, the all, the whole, the absolute, the universe, the collective unconscious, God, or Allah.
Reading this book, I was convinced that I am only one of many, many people who have felt extraordinary experiences, that I am connected to all. The many anecdotes and stories contained in his book help to explain the concept of universal consciousness, and also offer the concept of universal consciousness as an explanation for the extraordinary experiences that science cannot explain.
We can perhaps save ourselves and the earth by realizing our connection to everything else and play the One Mind's calling card of love and caring. A beautiful message from Larry Dossey and one I was very thankful to read.
Namaste! Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, and Balance Your Chakras - Balance Your Life my link text (less)
Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is about growing inner strengths through positive experiences. It applies the new findings of the brain’s...moreHardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is about growing inner strengths through positive experiences. It applies the new findings of the brain’s neuroplasticity to our everyday contentment, peace and confidence.
According to Dr. Hanson, the brain has an ancient negativity bias – hardwiring dangerous and traumatic events into our brains for survival reasons. He gives a very studied explanation of how our nervous systems have been evolving for millions of years, and solutions to survival problems faced by our ancient ancestors are still active in our brains today. To balance this bias, the book provides a simple method to put more focus on positive events to build more neural structures full of happiness. These provide inner strength to handle stress, heal psychological wounds, and improve your resilience and well-being.
It’s very good news that we can develop inner strength – we don’t need to be born with it. Because the brain takes its shape from what the mind rests upon, Dr. Hanson gives us techniques to rest our minds on good events and conditions, pleasant feelings, physical pleasure, and our good qualities, rather than hurts, worries and self-criticism. The effect will be strength and resilience hardwired into the brain, providing more optimism, a more positive mood and sense of self-worth.
In mere minutes each day, we can use Dr. Hanson’s four simple steps to taking in the good: Have a positive experience, Enrich it, Absorb it, and even Link positive and negative material to soothe, reduce and potentially replace negative ones. The fourth step may be difficult for those with severe trauma, and may best be done with the assistance of a health care professional.
There are excellent guided visualizations and exercises in the book to experience the three important needs we all have – to feel safe, satisfied and connected. Anyone who chooses to do them will feel their heart chakras open, and fill with love. As Dr. Hanson says, “As you love in ways large and small, the effects will ripple outward to touch others both known and unknown, helping to bring both them and you home to happiness.”
A Street Cat Named Bob was a very sweet story about two homeless creatures, James Bowen and a ginger cat, finding each other and providing each other...moreA Street Cat Named Bob was a very sweet story about two homeless creatures, James Bowen and a ginger cat, finding each other and providing each other with unconditional love. More than that, it gave insight into James' backstory - how he lost his way, became a heroin addict, and found his way back. Without the "cuteness" of Street Cat Bob, he may never have made a living as a street performer or magazine seller - women were attracted to Bob and wanted to stroke his fur and hear his story and make contributions to his welfare. And James may never have received the help to totally get off addictive drugs and fight for a real life for himself. So yes, Bob did save James Bowen's life. He found transformation in his life and health thanks to Bob. He wrote, "It was as if someone had drawn back the curtains and shed some sunlight into my life."
Sure I like cats, but I found James' backstory much more important. I liked the insights given into why James became a heroin addict - pure and simple loneliness was his explanation. He was alone without family or support, and heroin was his friend, allowed him to anesthetize himself to his isolation. He felt invisible to all those walking past him on the streets of London, until there was a pretty ginger cat on his shoulder.
As James sat playing his guitar on the street for money in Covent Garden, or then sold magazines outside the Islington Tube Station, James found that Bob stopped the rushing commuters, lightened their day, and also their pocketbooks. Bob has been a goldmine for James. And James has taken care of Bob in return. Nice, cute story. Now, how can we help all those homeless or helpless people in our society that we rush past, as there's nothing soothing and purring there to look at? This book made me more aware of strays - whether animal or human - and I found it more valuable in that way than just as an entertaining read.
I wasn't initially pulled into the story, as the heroine Alex wallows in misery after her husband leaves her (for his yoga teacher it is assumed). But...moreI wasn't initially pulled into the story, as the heroine Alex wallows in misery after her husband leaves her (for his yoga teacher it is assumed). But, since I was stuck on a plane during my yoga tour this summer, I kept turning my Kindle pages until I couldn't put the device down. Once "Oregon," as she is nicknamed by someone who sees her for who she is -- the down-to-earth cowgirl from a ranch in Oregon, rather than a rich Marin socialite wannabe -- decides to take the yoga path, I was totally pulled in. Alex's stabs at meditation after reading Ram Dass put pearls of wisdom into the story that made me appreciate it all the more. And although I knew how the ending would work out (we all expect a happy ending, don't we?), the suspense leading up to it was well-written and each miss-step made the story all the more entertaining. Namaste, Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries and Chakra Secrets www.thechakras.org(less)
Amit Chaudhuri makes Calcutta come alive as in a news report, work of fantasy, memoir or political thriller. He writes with poetic emotion, as an emig...moreAmit Chaudhuri makes Calcutta come alive as in a news report, work of fantasy, memoir or political thriller. He writes with poetic emotion, as an emigre revisiting a magical milieu from childhood. In comparing Calcutta of 2009-2011 to the Calcutta of his parent's youth and his own, readers are drawn into the fabric of the city, its people and its politics - complicated, passionate, painted in vivid hues.
Once I began reading and understanding more of modern India and its people, I simply had no choice - I had to keep reading. Calcutta was no longer just a character in a story, but someone/something we either understand, or must get to know.
Having recently revisted my own childhood home and family for an extended period of time, I understood Chaudhuri's expectation of the original setting reappearing, and his need to delve into the discrepancies of the new reality and the old. A beautiful read. Namaste! Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries and Chakra Secrets(less)
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D., takes us on a journey with him out of normal consciousness.
I wis...moreProof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D., takes us on a journey with him out of normal consciousness.
I wish everyone could experience the unconditional love and acceptance that he experienced on his journey. It’s available to us all – meditation and prayer are recommended ways to experience this oneness. Opening the Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra in my experience have also allowed people to feel at one and in tune with higher consciousness and “knowing.”
As he lay in a coma, Dr. Alexander journeyed “beyond this world” where he recalls that he met angelic beings and the Divine source of the universe itself. The fact that Eben Alexander, M.D., is a neuroscientist and had a near-death experience (NDE) while miraculously recovering from bacterial meningitis, has made his book a best-seller as well as brought up much discussion on NDEs and the feeling of oneness and happiness that are usually experienced in this state.
I’ve already read rebuttals, such as from Steven Novella on the Neurologica blog that, “Alexander claims there is no scientific explanation for his experiences, but… they occurred while his brain function was either on the way down or on the way back up, or both, not while there was little to no brain activity. During this time he would have been in an altered state of consciousness, with different parts of his cortex functioning to different degrees. This state is analogous to certain drug-induced mental states, or those induced by hypoxia and well documented, and there is even some overlap with the normal dream state.”
I’m interested in the science vs. faith issue and feel they can be compatible. I don’t believe science can actually explain what happened to Dr. Alexander during his NDE – such as being guided by a biological sister he had never met during his life as an adopted child. I am fascinated by the revelations he had while in his NDE, where he experienced above all else, LOVE.
He writes that he learned, “Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything.” He writes that he found this the most single important emotional AND scientific truth in the universe.
Dr. Alexander claims that our brain is a barrier to our higher knowledge. Shamans and medicine men have long used mind-altering drugs to draw back the curtain of the rational mind to connect with spirit and the energy of the universe, love. They do this for healing purposes, and I found Dr. Alexander’s book healing as well.
Science still has much to discover about the mechanism of consciousness. There are still profound mysteries surrounding the spiritual or divine realm, our experience of reality, and whether there is a God. Dr. Alexander writes an intriguing story of his experiences before, during and after his coma and NDE, all ending with the beautiful message that we are connected as One through our divine link with God.
I found it a very interesting read, and basically embrace his message, whether or not NDEs can be scientifically validated. I’m passing the book on to my mother who is still mourning the loss of my father. Who doesn’t want the comfort of believing that our souls go on and experience wonder and beauty in the next life?
I applaud Dr. Alexander for sharing his story at the risk of criticism from his colleagues and the scientific community in general. It is well-written and inspirational, two very important criteria for me when judging a book.
For those interested in more info or sharing their own NDEs, Dr. Alexander has set up www.Eternea.org as a resource to foster cooperation between science and spirituality.
Namaste! Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries, Balance Your Chakras www.thechakras.org
We are all one - what one person does affects others and the Earth we live on. Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, brings home this message i...moreWe are all one - what one person does affects others and the Earth we live on. Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, brings home this message in an eloquent, poetic, heartbreaking story of how she suffers through ovarian cancer and the chemical assault of chemotherapy, quite like the tortured, violated women she had so tried to help her work in war-torn areas like the Congo.
Ensler has fought violence against women throughout most of her adult life, connecting her activism to her own abuse as a child. Here, she brings us into her own personal agony as she fights to survive cancer, connecting her own illness to the abuse of Mother Earth.
Her story touched me very deeply, perhaps because my own best friend Julie died of cancer, certainly due to chemical exposures while in the military. I dedicated my two novels to Julie, because as Ensler related, cancer can lead to a transformation that deepens your soul and opens your heart, as it did for both Eve and Julie and I'm sure many others... no matter the physical outcome.
While Ensler's story brought tears to my eyes, and I may never be able to forget the atrocities she described in the Congo, I closed the book feeling more hope than when I opened it. Ensler completes her goal to open the City of Joy for the women of the Congo although more funding will be needed. She says that if she doesn't close off her heart, that love will cut a path, a plan will be revealed, and she will find the money and everything that is necessary. Her activism continues, and her shout can be joined by all our shouts until they are a roar - to stop violence and genocide. Perhaps we are all part of the plan; we are all on the same path.
Namaste! Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets and The Chakra Diaries (less)
The Word Is Love is a beautifully written memoir in which the author turns life's tragedies into a wake-up call to see every moment as a gift, and to...moreThe Word Is Love is a beautifully written memoir in which the author turns life's tragedies into a wake-up call to see every moment as a gift, and to start a love affair with life, herself and what makes her happy. Lucky for us readers, this includes writing.
It's not easy to get a diagnosis of lupus, experience the pain associated with it and with fibromyalgia, to lose one's self-esteem when it is based on a beautiful exterior and career success. But it's not easy even for those without a disabling illness to feel self-acceptance and self-love. That Allyson achieves that and offers us her wise guidance is truly a gift we should gratefully accept. Oh yes, the author also covers the healing power of gratitude and forgiveness, all an expression of LOVE.
Losing her father, Allyson realized that "We have a finite amount of time to make our dent in the universe." With this book, she has definitely made a dent in helping us all realize that every moment counts, and inspires all her readers to move beyond fear and reach for their dreams.
When talking of her journey, Allyson is exceptionally eloquent when she realizes she still has the chance to make a difference in the world. "As long as there is breath in you, never stop breathing. Never stop hoping. Never stop wishing." What more can I say, but buy this book and live its message.
Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries, and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life(less)
How do you keep your spirit alive when your environment is inbred with drug addiction and abuse? Susan Torres grips the readers in her beautifully and...moreHow do you keep your spirit alive when your environment is inbred with drug addiction and abuse? Susan Torres grips the readers in her beautifully and entertainingly written memoir, Living on Three Spoons, a tale of growing up in the most dysfunctional household possible, while holding on to her "true self." The life lessons she learned to survive and thrive are ones we can all benefit from - standing up for what you believe to be good and true in your heart, and that the only way to truly fulfill the need for love is by loving ourselves.
Yes, Susan made some of the same mistakes as her mother - her first husband a drug addict, her second husband violent and controlling - until she disengaged from being one of those "dysfunctional women whose family histories creeps into the present, replaying their childhood experiences." When her mother lay dying from AIDS, Susan forgave her and ceased the years of judging and condemning her. This gave her the freedom to live her own life, on her own terms, without hatred or regret. "Somehow I stumbled upon a healing process for myself," writes Susan, "I learned to accept (my mother's) failed life and understood clearly that I was separate from her, completely separate."
Susan's acceptance that life was and always would be imperfect - imperfect people living in an imperfect world - allowed her to forgive and to grow emotionally into the kind of mother for her own four children that she had always wanted. Taking this journey with the author leaves you truly believing that no matter how many times you are knocked down, you can keep getting back up and succeeding.
The author begins this book by explaining that a shift is occurring that is raising our level of vibration to a higher state of consciousness, in whic...moreThe author begins this book by explaining that a shift is occurring that is raising our level of vibration to a higher state of consciousness, in which we can become more in touch and aligned with our purpose.
"It is now time to work from the heart, to connect with each other, to change our ways, thoughts and actions and give unconditional love," he writes. Now It Begins then guides the reader to understand how all these things are possible.
The book shows how to gain strength and help the world emerge from the chaos of greed, selfishness, anger and blame that we've been experiencing. Author Gary Markwick shares how to gain practical and spiritual knowledge and awareness through Ten Phases, starting with "Changing Your Life" to serve one another, which starts with unconditional love.
Phase Two is "Changing the Way You Think," important because our thoughts can transform the world. The author advocates positive thoughts as the key to happiness, accepting and being grateful for all we've been given. His recommendations throughout the book guide one to change, e.g., beginning every morning with gratitude for what you have.
Putting his spiritual guidance to work, we reach Phase Ten, "The Higher Self," in which Gary explains how we can tune into our inner awareness, our spirit guides, our unconscious minds, to find all the answers we need. We can attune to a higher frequency and develop our higher self, he instructs, by remaining in present time, thinking positive thoughts for yourself and others, enjoying your life and allowing yourself to feel good.
He advocates the practice of yoga, eating natural foods, drinking plenty of water, exercising, being in nature, and laughter, to become aligned within yourself and raise your energy. Gary also provides detailed guidance in the practice of meditation, visualization, and information on chakra balancing and kundalini energy.
In essence, Gary offers ways you can tap into the limitless energy of the moment and be part of the world's great spiritual awakening... to be guided from your heart, to remember what you have only forgotten.
Toward the end of Caroline Shearer's anthology, Love Like GOD: Embracing Unconditional Love, she wonders, "What is the point of our existence?" and ex...moreToward the end of Caroline Shearer's anthology, Love Like GOD: Embracing Unconditional Love, she wonders, "What is the point of our existence?" and explains that the answer always comes down to love. "We are rewarded with a richer, fuller existence when we remember love," writes Shearer, "and when we embrace it in all its forms."
Reading Shearer's book will also reward the reader with an easier path to embracing love. As a self-proclaimed student of unconditional love, she compiled the musings of over 40 well-known authors, speakers, and regular people, who have discovered unconditional love and were willing to share their secrets. Each contribution is just a few pages long, but worthy of a lot of thought and practice if we want to make their advice on love come alive for us.
The chapters touch on subjects ranging from how to love ourselves, to learning how to love the unforgivable - as Lisa Gibson recounts how she reached out with love and forgiveness to the Libyan perpetrators of the terrorist attack that killed her brother on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. "Forgiveness is a direct path to unconditional love," affirms Shearer.
Every chapter is preceded by Thoughts from Caroline, as well as an Affirmation that sums up the wisdom of the story we are about to read. Prior to Gibson's chapter, Shearer writes, "Even in the face of unspeakable tragedy, love is greater... The knowledge that good can come from all, that good is in all, helps us make that choice."
The starting point, as many of the contributors to the book point out, is to unconditionally love ourselves without judgment or criticism. Part of Shearer's philosophy is that when we begin to love ourselves unconditionally, we see beautiful transformation in our lives, as one contributor recounts in her story of going from a manicurist to a millionaire.
"Through the empowerment of ourselves, we are able to empower others," writes Shearer, in her introduction to Dr. Matthew B. James' chapter on the Hawaiian Huna technique of Ho'oponopono, a process of forgiveness. "Forgiveness is not just a byproduct of learning to love unconditionally - it is a requirement for learning to truly love others and ourselves," writes Dr. James.
Other chapters touch on how even disease, whether autism or Alzheimer's, can be seen as a gift. "We erase pain when we are in a state of unconditional love," writes Shearer.
There are also chapters on how to deal with addictions; what every husband should know in loving their wives; and how to put love ahead of everything, even your medical career.
Love Like GOD contains many, many quotations, affirmation and stories that make unconditional love seem possible for us all. They provide food for thought and action that can affect all our lives if we envision a world without fear, judgment or pain.(less)