Self-Care

The Ultimate Grounding Workshop Manual »

by Sarah Weiss
SpiritHeal Institute, 2014
downloadable pdf file – 45 pages
www.spirithealonline.com/products-page/ebooks/

This remarkable manual is the best introduction I have ever read to the foundational self-care practice of grounding.  Medical intuitive and spiritual teacher Sarah Weiss has devoted over forty years to understanding and refining this foundational practice for healthy living, and her book vividly describes both the essentials of this practice and the sacred, living relationship we have with Mother Earth that is at its core.

The manual can be appreciated on many different levels as you evolve.  It is a thorough guide to the practice that promotes health, vitality, clarity, emotional balance, healthy boundaries and much more in daily life.  It also offers an excellent introduction to understanding human beings as energy beings in physical form, and helpful guidance for those wishing to explore their true spiritual essence and opportunities for growth.  Most remarkably, it introduces Mother Earth in a way that can help you to appreciate her love, strength, beauty and wisdom as a living, conscious being with whom you are in a constantly renewing and evolving relationship.

Included are step-by-step instructions for the grounding process, explanations of the deeper aspects of each grounding step for greater support, self-awareness and spiritual growth, firsthand accounts of the life-changing and enhancing effects of grounding, and helpful Q and A sections.

Breath: The New Science of A Lost Art »

by James Nestor
Riverhead Books, New York, 2021
280 pages
“By your 10,000th breath, and the close of this book, you and I will know how the air that enters your lungs affects every moment of your life and how to harness it to its full potential until your final breath.”      James Nestor

James Nestor’s personal quest to improve his health led to a journey deep within and around the globe to understand the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our most essential practice for living:  breathing.  He calls this book “a scientific adventure into the lost art and science of breathing”, and makes it a highly informative and engaging one.  The author describes how breathing has changed over the course of human evolution, and how modern living since the dawn of the Industrial Age has not only affected our physiology, but continues to impact breathing and its effects on our health and every other aspect of our lives.  Readers will enjoy accompanying him as he uncovers the discoveries of a Civil War surgeon, a French hairdresser, a choral director, Olympians, Buddhist monks, a master yoga instructor, deep divers , health clinicians and many others who all contribute to our fuller understanding of breathing.   From ancient burial ruins and texts to the scientific labs of prestigious universities, dental offices and places you might not expect, James Nestor’s journey reveals an amazing array of knowledge and information lost and re-discovered, newly recognized and still unfolding that inform modern day breathing and healthy living.  Most importantly, this book offers helpful information, resources and tools to inform and support your own practice of healthy breathing, and its many benefits in restoring and elevating health and well-being on all levels.

 

It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff »

by Peter Walsh
Free Press, 2007
230 pages

Much has been written about getting rid of clutter for good reason: it takes energy to maintain what you have. When you release the stuff you no longer need/want/use, you have more personal energy for yourself and the life you’d truly like to live.

This book is about far more than clutter or your home: it’s a call to re-envision your ideal life and what belongs in it. Professional organizer Peter Walsh offers an excellent framework for looking at your home room-by-room, assessing what’s important according to each room’s function and your personal priorities, and recognizing what’s just stuff. Those who are feeling challenged by the idea of letting go of their stuff may find Peter’s discussion of where people get stuck not only enlightening but empowering.

While not shying away from the clutter issue, this book’s real strength is its positive focus that asks readers to focus their attention and intention on how they truly want to live, rather than on what they don’t want to have. Filled with real-life stories, helpful techniques and new rituals for maintaining a clutter-free home, this book offers those who feel overwhelmed by their stuff a helpful road map for taking their life and their home to a new level of wonderful.

Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home »

by Lauren Rosenfeld and Dr. Melva Green
Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2014
261 pages

 

“In the pages of this book, we will help you look deeply at the clutter in your home so that you can see that, just beneath the clutter, illuminating spiritual lessons and emotional ah-has are waiting to help you not only liberate space in your home, but also in your heart, as well as give flight to your spirit and rock your world. “  Lauren Rosenfeld and Dr. Melva Green

Lauren Rosenfeld describes herself as a “soul declutterer and spiritual treasure hunter”.   In this unique book, she and psychiatrist and spiritual healer Dr. Melva Green introduce readers  to a heart-centered way of viewing their  possessions  and home.  Readers are invited to become spiritual detectives uncovering the hidden meanings, memories, history, fears and other emotions that have become attached to their possessions and spaces.  Relating the real-life decluttering experiences of Lauren’s clients, they take readers on a journey room by room illuminating the spiritual and emotional  importance of each, how to create a meaningful intention that is aligned with its sacred purpose, and offering helpful exercises for decluttering and transforming them.  Their approach and the ten principles of soul decluttering they share beautifully reflect the heart’s wisdom and perspective, so different  from the mind’s view .   Along the way, the authors show how this process can take readers into the deeper decluttering of their heart, emotions, relationships, roles and responsibilities, obligations and schedules with compassion,  gratitude, grace and acceptance.  By finding what is truly valuable and creates happiness, freedom and ease, readers will be able to create their own breathing room, a sacred space of peace, comfort, compassion, and spiritual expansion.