Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure to get to know two of the authors featured in the compilation book, Pearls of Wisdom: 30 Inspirational Ideas to Live Your Best Life Now!
Though the book starts of with some pearls from bestselling authors, Jack Canfield, Marci Shimoff, Chris and Janet Attwood, I found the fun part of the book to be the chapters from, as the publisher states, “some of the best and brightest up and coming self-help authors of today.”
The chapters themselves are quick reads that get you thinking. Getting you inspired to try some of the ideas presented by the authors. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Liz Bryne: Just Sit Down: A Premeditation Routine
I always wanted to develop a meditation practice, but my mornings are so inconsistent. Some days I need to leave my house at 4:30am to get to a client site. Those mornings, I know if I sat to meditate, I would just fall asleep. But, what I encourage to try from reading Liz’s chapter is developing some type of routine. So I found some meditation music and developed a little ritual that I do before I put it on. I also journal when the music is over. I feel like because I have a routine, I am more inclined to start the routine be it the morning, afternoon, evening it doesn’t matter to me.
- Siobhan Coulter: Just Being You: The Secret to Inner Bliss
Siobhan starts her chapter by posing a question; Do you glow from the inside out? When you are connected to your inner bliss you do. You can’t help it. How do you do it? Just be you. Connect to those things that make you happy, that you like to do. When you do this and feel the positivity oozing from your pores, you’ll want to experience it more. After reading Siobhan’s chapter I started thinking about times when I am glowing from the inside and times when I am not. I am now evaluating those times when I am not glowing and asking myself some hard questions: Why am I doing the activity? What can I bring to the activity to get my glow on? And the big question, should I just eliminate this activity?
- Patricia Cohen: Redefining the Great American Ritual
When I saw this title I thought, “Oh sh*t. I have no idea what the great American ritual is. Is there something that I should have been doing for the last 44 years.” My critical inner voice was quickly put to rest when I continued reading Patricia’s piece. America, being the melting pot, has blended so many cultures and rituals, “melded into a country without a uniform formal practice for acknowledging growth and what is sacred.” Patricia has an idea us. A ritual we all can do with our family and friends and it centers around the birthday celebration. You can learn more on her website: http://www.sacredamerican.com/
I could go on and on. I loved Asia Voight’s chapter on trusting the body’s intuition. Asia shares with us how after a terrible car accident she defied her doctors and walked again. Stephanie Bennet Vogt has a great chapter about the energy in your home. Lisa Merrai Labon explains how her family took a sabbatical.
It’s a great little book. By little I mean it is the perfect size to stash in computer bag or desk at work to give you a little boost of inspiration whenever you need it.
Here’s hoping you find that pearl you’ve been looking for.