Books, books and more books! Sometimes I get stuck in a rut and all I do is read magazines - all the time. I walk into Barnes & Nobles and I buy books but then they sit on my coffee table and...just sit. So I decided if I purchase a book then I MUST read it - do not let it sit - read it!!! Here are three of my favorites that I recently purchased.
1. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself - Dr Joe Dispenza - I was on Instagram one day and stumbled across @believe.commit.live and its just so weird how things are sometimes so simple. Someone makes a suggestion and then...this book was magical. I am always trying to better myself - always! I’ve read plenty of self-help books and always get great lil nuggets but this book was filled with so much. I literally felt energized and ready after reading this book. Two nuggets that really stuck out for me were:
1. “When we repeatedly re-create the same emotions until you cannot think any greater than how you feel, your feelings are now the means of your thinking. And since your feelings are a record of previous experiences, you’re thinking in the past. And by quantum law, you create more of the past” - what??? This is me to the T - anchored in the past.
2. GIving thanks before receiving an outcome. In general we are usually thankful for things that have already happened. But when you give thanks for something before its occured “you transmit a signal into the field that an event has already occured.” “You have to feel as though whatever you want is in your reality at this very moment.”
I’m pretty much finsihed with the book and have moved on to the meditation portion. I am on week 2 - Recognizing. Choosing an emotion(s) that you want to unmemorize. Observing how the unwanted emotions feel in your body. Admit who you have been, what you want to change about yourself, and what you have been hiding. Declare what emotion(s) you are releasing so as to free the body from the mind and break the bonds to the elements in your environment. And finally, Surrendering the self-limiting state to a greater mind and ask that it be resolved in a way that is right for you.
Its a lot but...so far I feel like all of this has been medicine to my body - something that I have really been needing for a while. I am so grateful!!!
2. The Rosie Project- Graeme Simsion - I went into Barnes & Nobles looking to get Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and I always get got by the table of books in the front of the store . I spotted this book and remember reading something on Refinery 29 about how Jennifer Lawrence will be playing Rosie in the movie version of the book. I figured hey why not? I am also a sucker for a love story. Not only was it a love story but it was quirky, funny and smart as well - which made for a really quick read. Its a story about Don Tillman who is genetics professor who is socially inept. He decides its time that he finds a wife and thus the Wife Project begins. Then Rosie enters the picture - she posesses all the qualities on Don’s list but he doesn’t consider her a candidate - at all! But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s quest to find her biological father and thus the two of them embark on the Father Project which leads to a unlikely realtionship. I just love stories that aren’t perfect, with people who aren’t perfect in them - it makes me feel hopeful - very hopfeul!!!
3. 9 Days - a Jamaican country mystery - Conrad Dyer - Okay so...I didn’t exactly buy this book. My uncle wrote it and I helped design the book cover so...lucky me I got a free autographed copy. This book literally sat on my coffe table for a good 6 months - if not more. There was no reason why it sat for so long at all other than I was reading damn magazines. I decided one day - just pick it up and read it. In the beginning I was a lil thrown off because one it had quite a bit of Jamaican vernacular (patois) and two there were quite a few characters. Once I got the characters straight and got into to it....what??? Why diid the book stay on my coffee table for so long? I found myself not being able to wait to get on the train so I could read it and few times I opted to sit across the street at the Brooklyn Museum as opposed to my apartment just so I could read more. I’ve never read anything my uncle has written. I know that he is really smart and he has been writing this novel for a while. I had no expectations but I also didn’t know I was gonna like it as much as I did. Its the story of a hurricane which hits the tiny village of Waiting in Jamaica. The village doesn’t suffer any major damage but the morning after the body of a young woman is found in the community tank. A murder in a quite close knit community which then has to be investigated by hastily appointed District Constable - a man who hold no prior experience - at all! The mystery then unfolds and is told through the eyes of Bighead, a young boy, who at the time is trying to find his place in his family and community. All the characters were great and it was especially interesting the relationships they had with one another being that it was a small community. The mystery itself almost seemed secondary at times compared to Bigheads relationship with his family but it was still a true mystery all the same. My uncle and I don’t speak on the regular but as soon as I finished reading his book I callled him and he couldn’t get me to shut up. Loved it!