Here are 10 trending Self-Help books that will change your perspective of life.
We are fortunate to live at one of most peaceful times in history with the added bonus of leading increasingly comfortable, long and healthy lives. Yet there is a deep sense of dissatisfaction and restlessness in most peoples’ lives as they ask themselves: “Is this all there is to life?”
I have been working as a spiritual healer for more than two decades now and I have come to believe that this ennui and boredom arises out of the complete absence of personal rituals in our modern day lives. Personal rituals, as opposed to community rituals (that serve to offer us a sense of belonging, security and comfort, a feeling of being part of something bigger) are far more important as they give us the ability to find our place in the grander scheme of the Universe.
A personal ritual makes us part of the sacred for it temporarily disengages us from our role in the profane world of humdrum existence and helps us enter into a zone of connecting more closely with the divine.
This book is an endeavour to introduce a personal ritual involving triangular work of Yantra (the geometric pattern of the Sri Chakra as it is considered the mightiest amongst all yantras), Mantra (chanting with specific focus on sounds related to the Sri Chakra) and Tantra (using a specified procedure laid out in a prescribed order).
A personal ritual involving the Sri Chakra can only be embarked upon after gaining a better understanding of its metaphysical aspects which are reflected in the philosophies underlying Shaktism, Tantra, Dasa Mahavidya and Sri Vidya. Once these concepts throw some light on the basis of Sri Chakra worship, we study the nature of sacred geometry and the significance, structure and meaning of the Sri Chakra Yantra. This is followed by two chapters that focus upon the relationship of the human body to the Sri Chakra and the connection of the Pineal Gland to the personal ritual. There is also a brief note on healing and the Sri Chakra.
This is followed by an analysis of the use of sounds in the path to spiritual growth. Special attention is given to the sounds (mantras and stotras) associated with the Sri Chakra Yantra. The next part of the book deals with the role of mudras and contains details about specific mudras that are commonly used as part of the Sri Chakra puja modality. The book then lays out in simple terms the process of the personal ritual and gives details about the initial infusion of energy into the yantra, the method of worship, path to visualisation and meditation on the Sri Chakra.
There has been a huge surge in the popularity of Sri Vidya in recent times and many self-professed gurus are charging huge sums of money to share their knowledge of this esoteric and mysterious subject to eager learners. There are a few books written in English (notable among them are V. Ravi’s “Understanding and Worshipping the Sri Chakra” and S. Shankarnarayanan’s encyclopedic “Sri Chakra”) on the subject but they are aimed at the advanced practitioner and will leave a novice confounded by their profundity and depth.
The author’s main aim writing this book is to offer all the information that a novice is seeking to get him/her on to the practice of Sri Vidya Sadhana and involve in self-learning rather than seek it from external sources. The information is laid out in a non-dogmatic manner keeping in mind practical aspects of modern day living, thereby allowing everyone an opportunity to learn and experience the benefits of the precious Sri Yantra. The process outlined in the book equips the readers with the skills necessary to harness the tremendous cosmic energies available in the Universe and channelize it to make life’s dreams come true.
This book is not meant to be a comprehensive study of the Sri Chakra. In presenting the Sri Chakra Yantra as a tool for self development, the author has kept in mind sensibilities of the modern spiritual seeker, their needs and interests and has desisted from venturing into the realm of mythological references, the inclusion of which would distract and obfuscate from the subject of study.
The Obstacle is the Way has become a cult classic, beloved by men and women around the world who apply its wisdom to become more successful at whatever they do.
Its many fans include a former governor and movie star (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a hip hop icon (LL Cool J), an Irish tennis pro (James McGee), an NBC sportscaster (Michele Tafoya), and the coaches and players of winning teams like the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Cubs, and University of Texas men’s basketball team.
The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Ryan Holiday shows us how some of the most successful people in history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—have applied stoicism to overcome difficult or even impossible situations. Their embrace of these principles ultimately mattered more than their natural intelligence, talents, or luck.
If you’re feeling frustrated, demoralized, or stuck in a rut, this book can help you turn your problems into your biggest advantages. And along the way it will inspire you with dozens of true stories of the greats from every age and era.
This controversial e-book phenomenon became a best-seller and landed its author, a certified marriage and family therapist, on The O’Reilly Factor and the Rush Limbaugh radio show. Dr. Robert Glover has devoted his career as a psychotherapist to freeing men from what he was dubbed the “Nice Guy Syndrome”-trying too hard to please others while neglecting their own needs, thus causing unhappiness and resentfulness. It’s no wonder that unfulfilled Nice Guys lash out in frustration at their loved ones, claims Dr. Glover. He explains how they can stop seeking approval and start getting what they want in life, by presenting the information and tools to help them ensure their needs are met, to express their emotions, to have a satisfying sex life, to embrace their masculinity and form meaningful relationships with other men, and to live up to their creative potential.
No more quitting.
No more procrastinating.
Develop good habits and achieve your goals in life.
Best-selling author Jennifer Alison brings your her new book for 2018 dealing with self-discipline. A realistic document on how to easily and effectively achieve more in life and develop the sort of everyday habits that will help you reach your goals.
Learn how to stop quitting things, how to eradicate the curse of procrastination and how to not let pressures and anxieties hold you back.
Discover how to move forward in life, get over failures and rise again to be a stronger, more efficient and ultimately happier person.
The 2018 edition is available now on Paperback and Audiobook.
Warren’s Finest author Danny Range follows up his electric, shocking debut memoir with Make Success Your Addiction, a Self-Help book that introduces its audience to a “Process” that allows them to achieve their dreams. Through a unique blend of creative writing and motivational speaking, Danny provides to his readers an awakening in the form of passion, self-belief, and positivity that removes self-doubt and transforms them into the ambitious person they’ve always dreamt of becoming. And after the audience learns the principles of Danny’s Process, they are left space to complete exercises that will allow them to create a life-changing Process of their own using his example. Whether they’re struggling financially, addicted to a substance, or just thirsty for new knowledge, MSYA is a ‘home run’ for any reader that wants to enhance their life in a positive way.
Broken Bleeding but still Beating is a collection of modern poetry, prose and short essays about healing after a broken heart. It is accompanied by 30 photographs taken around the world by the author. It deals with the heartache, pain, accountability and healing after the heart has been broken.
We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it’s ever been—we are freer, healthier and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked—the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. At this moment in history, when we have access to technology, education and communication our ancestors couldn’t even dream of, so many of us come back to an overriding feeling of hopelessness.
What’s going on? If anyone can put a name to our current malaise and help fix it, it’s Mark Manson. In 2016, Manson published The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, a book that brilliantly gave shape to the ever-present, low-level hum of anxiety that permeates modern living. He showed us that technology had made it too easy to care about the wrong things, that our culture had convinced us that the world owed us something when it didn’t—and worst of all, that our modern and maddening urge to always find happiness only served to make us unhappier. Instead, the “subtle art” of that title turned out to be a bold challenge: to choose your struggle; to narrow and focus and find the pain you want to sustain. The result was a book that became an international phenomenon, selling millions of copies worldwide while becoming the #1 bestseller in 13 different countries.
Now, in Everthing Is F*cked, Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics and the uncomfortable ways they have come to resemble one another. He looks at our relationships with money, entertainment and the internet, and how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive. He openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom—and even of hope itself.
With his usual mix of erudition and where-the-f*ck-did-that-come-from humor, Manson takes us by the collar and challenges us to be more honest with ourselves and connected with the world in ways we probably haven’t considered before. It’s another counterintuitive romp through the pain in our hearts and the stress of our soul. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda for years to come.
Understand your real value – you’re worth more than you think! Anyone can look successful with the right watch on their wrist or car parked in the driveway – but what is real success, and how much are you really worth?
In this fascinating, liberating audiobook, best-selling author Rob Moore takes you back to basics and examines how to realise your real value – your self-esteem, your ambitions, your reputation and your income.
No longer will you doubt yourself, make self-defeating comparisons or make assumptions about how others see you – instead you will maximise your opportunities and love yourself for who you really are.
Rob will show you that no matter what you think you’re worth, you’re worth more.
This book talks about one of the mental health illnesses and leading causes of death in the United States. Over 43,000 Americans die from suicide every year. Some people who are depressed, some people think of suicide, and some people attempt suicide. Depression and suicide are not limited to a particular race or age. Children, adolescents, young adults, mid-lifers, boys, girls all get affected because no one is immune. This book brings a fresh approach to tackling the challenge of depression and suicide in society.
This book is divided into two parts. The first part, chapters one to five, focuses on depression and suicide.
Chapter one talks about depression. It gives a basic introduction, identifying the symptoms of depression, knowing the causes of depression and the types of depression that exist.
Chapter two talks about why people choose suicide, the causes of suicide and the different views of people and how they think of suicide.
Chapter three looks into the way out. It talks about how people can help those who are depressed or suicidal, the myths about suicide and what everyone who is suicidal should know.
Chapter four looks into the medical view on depression and suicide. It looks at the types of treatment available, antidepressants medication and the research carried out on it, and therapy.
Chapter five is a detailed description of the author’s view of depression and suicide. It looks into the many perspectives of the causes of depression, imagination, the truth, mistakes people make, the spiritualists angle to suicide versus the author’s view and a fresh approach into suicide.
The second part of this book, chapters six to eight, focuses on the mind.
Chapter six talks about the power of imagination. It looks into how to make your imagination work for you, the power of positive and negative thinking and the dos and don’ts of your imagination.
Chapter seven talks about journaling to help the mind. It talks about effective journaling, how journaling can be used to relieve depression, benefits of journaling, using journaling to answer some specific questions, describing your experiences through journaling and when to write.
Chapter eight talks about gratitude. It talks about the lessons learned from gratitude and how gratitude can lighten depression.
In Chapter nine, the writer gives his conclusion.
What happens when the normal rites of passage to adulthood become something more potentially deadly. What do you do when your child refuses to eat, self-harms or becomes deeply depressed?
How do you protect your child from bullies, gangs or grooming from predators? What happens when they run away from home, get addicted to drugs, alcohol or engage in criminal activities. What do you do when your child seems so set on pressing the self-destruct button and nothing you say has any effect?
This book is written by a parent for parents who are facing this difficult situation now. It covers not only some useful tools to use in guiding your child but also gives you the parent some help in coping with an often terrifying and deeply upsetting scenario. It doesn’t matter what issues or multiple issues you are being confronted with, there is something to help within these pages. This book aims to give hope when hope is in short supply and remind parents that even though they may be weathering the storm from hell right now calmer waters are not far away.
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Me, Myself, and Life’s Characters
I am “Thought” the adventurer
Let me tell you a tale about your birth…
Long ago, in a thorough search for more, Logic the separatist broke away from his roots and gave birth to his own children of madness. As Thought lays the foundation, Logic the capitalist begins to Rise and Rule. Hence, the beginning of the here and now.
We have lost our guide while many have turned to spirituality; the big business hoax to reclaim themselves only to find how crippled they are. Hence, it is “Time to fire the Guru.”
Have you ever felt that there was more to life than the 2D images we’re used to seeing? Well, there is. Life is full of colourful 3D characters like Logic, Thought, Fantasy, and Emotions.
This book is also about Greed, Logic the planner and soul destroyer, money, holy phantasmagoria and crass materialism.
What these characters do is to form a synergy, working together like a well-oiled machine to ensure that our lives go smoothly.
Ready to get in touch with them? You’re in luck because I can help you do so! There’s no need to make drastic changes to realise your potential; all that’s required is patience, willingness, and commitment to make the necessary changes. You needn’t feel bad if getting to your desired endpoint takes more time than you’ve budgeted for, simply go one step at a time, and you’ll amaze yourself with your level of measurable progress in no time!
Awareness is the ultimate form of recognising all things around us. It helps us review all that we’ve done, and also shows us new ways to improve our states.
This book will help you figure out all the various ways to be at one with all of life’s characters because that’s the sure-fire way to discover yourself and live a stress-free existence. It’s only when you’re conscious of yourself that you’re able to see the world for what it is, and not what society has painted for us.
With the aid of this manual, you’ll be able to embrace every part of your life and not just the ones you like. We wouldn’t be at peace if we didn’t at least try.
In summary, this book is: Food for thought and a captivating story about the birth of attitudes. Sit down, enjoy a good read, and be radically transformed.
Find out why you put things off-and learn to conquer procrastination for good!
“What if I make a bad decision?” “What if I fail?” “I’m better under pressure.” There are all sorts of reasons people procrastinate. What are yours? This book draws on scientific research on procrastination conducted over more than twenty years by the author and his colleagues, to help you learn what stops you from getting things done so that you can find the solutions that will really work.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, chronic procrastination is NOT about poor time management, but about self-sabotaging tendencies that can prevent you from reaching your full potential. This book gives you the knowledge and tools you need to understand and overcome these tendencies so you can start achieving your goals-not next week, next month, or next year, but TODAY!
Exposes the hidden causes of procrastination, including fear of failure, fear of success, and thrill-seeking
Identifies types of procrastinators and helps determine which type describes you
Shares surprising information on how factors such as technology and the time of day affect procrastination
Examines specific issues related to putting things off in school and at work
Shares more than twenty years of research on the causes and consequences of chronic procrastination
Written by a psychologist who is an international expert on the subject of procrastination
Are you still procrastinating? This take-charge guide will help you stop making excuses and start transforming your life-right now!
Since Mindfulness in Plain English was first published in 1994, it has become one of the bestselling — and most
influential — books in the field of mindfulness. It’s easy to see why.
Author Bhante Gunaratana, a renowned meditation master, takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and
benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. The book showcases Bhante’s trademark clarity and wit, as he explores the tool of meditation, what it does, and how to make it work.
This expanded edition includes the complete text of its predecessor along with a new chapter on cultivating loving
kindness, an especially important topic in today’s world. For anyone who is new to meditation, this is a great
resource for learning how to live a more productive and peaceful life.
In the groundbreaking national bestseller The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, internationally respected author and speaker Robin S. Sharma showed us a powerful way to dramatically improve the quality of our personal and professional lives based on timeless success principles form both the East and the West. In doing so, he helped many thousands and sparked a phenomenon.
Now, in Leadership Wisdom, his much-awaited follow-up, Sharma has a new mission: to help you become the kind of visionary leader you deserve to be and transform your business into an organization that thrives in this age of dizzying change. With deep insight and compelling examples, this truly innovative thinker shares an ageless yet eminently practical blueprint for effective leadership that is certain to manifest the highest human gifts of the people you lead and unlock loyalty, commitment and creativity in the process.
Written as an easy to read and highly entertaining fable, Leadership Wisdom is the powerful story of Julian Mantle, a hard-driving corporate player who, after suffering a massive heart attack one Monday morning, decides to embark on an odyssey to the Himalayas in search of the great truths for effective leadership in business and in life. In a tale that will change the way you think about leadership forever, Julian discovers eight timeless rituals practiced by every truly visionary leader, eight rituals that you, as a leader seeking to excel in these information-crazed times, can easily use to energize your team and elevate your entire organization to world-class levels of productivity, performance and passion.
Leadership Wisdom is a unique treasure of a book that will awaken the fullness of your leadership potential, transform your company and deeply enrich the quality of your professional as well as your personal life.
What woman doesn’t want her relationship to be romantic? With all the millions of romantic fantasy novels read every year by women, why can’t romance be transferred to real life and real relationships? Romance… Push The On Button! author, Paul Gaughan does exactly that. He bridges the gap between romantic fantasy and romantic reality. The subtitle explains the main thrust of the book – How To Turn Your Man Into A Romantic. It informs in detail the differences between men and women especially when it comes to romance and why this is so. For the first time, the author makes the compelling assertion that romance is actually a need for a woman in her intimate relationship that should be recognised. Paul goes on to reveal that the resistance to romance men have is rooted in their caveman DNA but how a woman can work with this to not only increase romance in her man but also his intimacy tolerance so the two of them can become romantically connected at a very deep level.
Throughout the book Paul draws upon his counselling experience with couples to explain the blocks to romance but also the solutions to flood romance into a long term relationship. It also teaches in detail how romance can also increase the sexual pleasure for a woman and how she can immunise herself from low sexual desire. It reveals the two different switches women need to switch on to unlock the pleasure of deeper intimacy. Exercises are provided to increase intimacy and connection for any relationship.
Archaic, traditional views promoted by men ditch romance in the fantasy category based only on immature, emotional and initially physical attachments. However, Romance… Push The On Button! explains the science behind romance in intimate relationships where successful couples can actually keep romance flourishing for decades. The science is surprising as positive actions romantic couples take actually change their DNA.
This revolutionary volume reveals how any woman can once again experience the romance that young lovers have when they are entirely smitten with each other. But more than that, it provides the insight, the tools and the know how, in order to keep romance burning in your relationship for the rest of your life.
Bring Minimalism to Your Home, Work, and Relationships
Discover how to apply the minimalist mindset to every aspect of your life by changing the way you think about your home, career, relationships, family, and money. The Minimalist Way will help you take it one step at a time with simple exercises and activities. Ease into minimalism at your own pace and learn how to let go.
Filled with practical philosophy and easy-to-use strategies for removing unnecessary distractions and stress, this is the essential guidebook for anyone looking to clear out their physical, mental, and emotional clutter.
The Minimalist Way includes:
MINIMALIST PHILOSOPHY—outlines the principles of minimalism and shows you how to define the practice to fit your life.
THE MINIMALIST LIFESTYLE—teaches you how to apply minimalism to your spending, food, clothing, family, leisure time, work, and more.
REAL SOLUTIONS—that help you spend time and energy wisely, including checklists, activities, and troubleshooting tips.
Live simpler. Live better. Live minimalism.
In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
• A New York Times bestseller for over a decade
• Over 7.4 million copies sold in the U.S.
• Translated into 40 languages worldwide
“Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
“An inspiring book with many great lessons.” — Wayne Dyer, Author, Real Magic
“In the tradition of Castaneda, Ruiz distills essential Toltec wisdom, expressing with clarity and impeccability what it means for men and women to live as peaceful warriors in the modern world.” — Dan Millman, Author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior
About the Authors
Don Miguel Ruiz is the international bestselling author of The Four Agreements (a New York Times bestseller for over a decade), The Four Agreements Companion Book, The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, The Circle of Fire, and The Fifth Agreement (with don Jose Ruiz). The teachings of Ruiz are best known for transforming complex human issues into simple common sense — a talent that has earned him millions of fans, international acclaim, and a vote of approval from Oprah Winfrey. Sales of his Toltec Wisdom Series have soared to over 10 million copies in the United States.
Janet Mills is the founder and editor of Amber-Allen publishing. She is the coauthor, with don Miguel Ruiz, of six books in The Toltec Wisdom Series, creator of “The Four Agreements for a Better Life” online course, and editor of Deepak Chopra’s bestselling title, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Her life’s mission is to publish books of enduring beauty, integrity, and wisdom, and to inspire others to fulfill their most cherished dreams.
We’re all struggling to find time in our lives, but somehow there’s never enough to go around. We’re too tired to think, too wired to focus, less efficient than we want to be, and guilty about not getting enough time with our loved ones.
We all know that we feel starved for time, but what are we actually doing about it? Precious little. In The Art of Stopping Time, New York Times bestselling author Pedram Shojai guides us towards success with what he calls Time Prosperity—having the time to accomplish what you want in life without feeling compressed, stressed, overburdened, or hurried.
So how do we achieve this Time Prosperity? We learn to Stop Time. To do that, Shojai walks us though a 100-day Gong, which is based on the Chinese practice of designating an amount of time each day to perform a specific task. The ritual helps you become mindful, train your mind, instill new habits, and fundamentally transform your relationship with time. We can find moments of mental awareness while in the shower, eating a snack, listening to podcasts, and even while binge-watching our favorite TV shows.
He shares how to use Gongs to reprogram your habits, reduce stress, increase energy, exercise the ancient practice of mindfulness, and become a master of your time. Whether you do one per day, a bunch at a time, or read the whole book in one sitting, practicing the Gongs is a dedicated act of self-love that snaps us out of our daily trance and brings the light of awareness to our consciousness. The more we practice, the more we wake up, and the better off we are.
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up)
The follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, from the star of the hit Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.
Discover your inner powers and destroy your inner demons and take control of your destiny. This book shows you how to conquer the battle inside of your soul.Make today the day that your demons bow down to you whilst you gain inner peace and power.Find out why you are the true master of your reality in this short but powerful book.Your destiny is yours alone but only you can bring it into existence.This book is not recommended to those individuals who come from a religious background