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Books to Bring Peace

It’s no secret that we have all been searching for some peace in 2020. Now as the holidays approach we are searching even more for ways that we can find and create peace in everyday life. From how to create intentional habits to learning more about the power of your own breath these books will help you not just survive this holiday season but thrive in it. 

Think Like a Monk – Jay Shetty

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Understand how to overcome negativity, stop overthinking, find your purpose, use your fear and so much more from former monk Jay Shetty. In this inspiring, empowering book, Shetty draws on his time as a monk to show us how we can clear the roadblocks to our potential and power. Combining ancient wisdom and his own rich experiences in the ashram, Think Like a Monk reveals how to overcome negative thoughts and habits, and access the calm and purpose that lie within all of us. He transforms abstract lessons into advice and exercises we can all apply to reduce stress, improve relationships, and give the gifts we find in ourselves to the world. Shetty proves that everyone can—and should—think like a monk. Download and start listening now!

Breath: The Lost Science of Art – James Nestor

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There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again. Download and start listening now!

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself – Michael A Singer

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We all have dreams and wishes, goals and ambitions, but all too often we feel as though these desires are forever beyond our reach. But what if this was an illusion? The barriers in life are not external, but internal and self-constructed. By making the inward journey and thoroughly examining our own consciousness, we can unchain our minds from the limitations we ourselves create and realize the serendipity of a free conscience. Utilizing various Eastern philosophies and meditative traditions, Singer passionately explores the inherent energy that dwells within all of us, and how we can maximize our use of this energy by knowing and controlling its fluctuations. By exploring the depths of our own sub-conscious, Singer shows how the reader can identify and eliminate the negative perceptions that prevent us from reaching our goals.  master in the realm of inner space, Singer provides the reader with helpful ways to effectively explore the self, a seemingly daunting task that can be incredibly rewarding if done with the instruction of a master. Listen to The Untethered Soul today.

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert 

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This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls “Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans. Download and start listening now!

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert 

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Elizabeth Gilbert digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy. Download and start listening now!

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