2017 Reading List Pt 1: Personal Growth Optional

The power of applied wisdom gained through what we read and listen to, is potentially phenomenal.

Recently I referred to my latest reading in an Instagram post which resulted in quite a few people getting in touch to enquire further.  As a result, despite it feeling quite personal, I have decided to share the first four books I’ve been reading this year.

Good tea and a good book

Reading with the purpose of growing is an individual choice to UPDATE our ‘default settings’.  As with our personal phones, if we choose not to UPDATE, our ‘device’ can only ever continue to operate at the level of the original factory settings. It will still be the same amazing device, but we just can’t do anything new with it.

‘Human-being updates’ aren’t anything we are offered externally, so unless we deliberately seek out improvements, change is not going to happen.

With that said, here’s Januarys’ reading list.

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The Untethered Soul, Michael A Singer.

First read five years ago and then again at the start of 2017.  This book has been a game changer both times I’ve read it.  Highlights everywhere.  May just re-read in February!

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The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav.  

Appeared in the ‘you might like this’ at the end of Untethered Soul and will require reading numerous times, simply to take it all onboard.  Talks about aligning the personality, with the soul and learning to tune-in to the other senses we have that are beyond our five physical senses.  Need to be in the right head space for this book in order to be able to think and process as you read.

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A Year of Yes

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A Year of Yes, Shonda Rimes.

A little bit OTT for me but a fast-paced easy read.  Finished in just over a day.  Didn’t require much ‘leaning-in’ which was a good change after the above two books.  Not many highlights but an insightful read from the woman who is responsible for writing thousands of TV hours. (Writes the script for Greys Anatomy which is my guilty pleasure as and when I want to watch something).

You might enjoy if you want a gentle challenge.

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What I know for sure

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What I know for Sure, Oprah Winfrey.

Soulful book written in one-to-two page bite-sized chapters.  Another easy read but more relaxed pace than ‘A year of YES’.  Enjoyed identifying with Oprahs’ delight in the simple pleasures of everyday life.  Some little take-away pearls of wisdom from a remarkable woman.

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Bit of a different post this week, but given my passion for synergy in daily life, had to share as certainly the first two books, have shaped my January so much.

It’s worth remembering that our understanding of a book is such based on our lifes ‘ narrative at the time.  A book is never understood by two people the same according to our inner processing when the words leave the page and enter our being.  Hope you enjoy!

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The Camera or The Creativity: Which Came First?

It has occurred to me over recent months, as it may have you, that social media ok Instagram, has opened up a whole world of creativity to people who didn’t even know they wanted to take photos.  In none of my school years or further education did I know I wanted to take pictures of pretty things, and ultimately it be a way of making a living.

Whilst upside down the other night in downward dog (err Yoga?!) the two questions below came to me:
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How am I creative?   If you want to get a little bit further behind this thinking you can watch a video that inspired the above (here) it’s by Sir Ken Robinson, great thinker and totally my take on things too.
In Harrogate last week with my cousin and our kids, I was aware that, on a regular (albeit lovely) day I was walking along taking photos of most things; the children, the flowers, the townhouses.  I have not always been this way inclined.
Lavender and BlackBeautiful DoorsTwisted Trees Hide and Seek
It wasn’t that I was trying to capture every moment to brag about on Instagram (hello!) nor that I was so busy trying to capture the ‘perfect shot’ that I couldn’t be in the moment, but to me it is enjoyable to walk along snapping away!
Town Houses in HarrogatePink and Black, stunning contrast Black DoorLavender and RailingsFine Door at 108Huge HydrangeasWhat a PorchWellington Street
The Royal Baths
This is a new thing.  Taking pictures of beautiful things followed by the process of creating a feed or stream with them… I LOVE it!  Confession: I’m a little picky and if, after posting, I check my feed and I don’t like how the latest pics sits with the others, it comes down!
The purchase of a new camera a few months ago (Panasonic Lumix GF6) and discovering Instagram have definitely been instrumental in the desire to create something beautiful.  Yet to think that ten years ago this was not available?  Amazing!  We have Apps and editing tools at our fingertips, once only afforded to ‘designers’, now we can all experiment.  This is not idling away the time, it is being CREATIVE.
Creativity is ideas, it is new territory and is definitely the discovery of OUR STYLE OF LOVE.  I’m discovering my STYLE OF LOVE all the time.  Maybe you’re more creative than you realise….?  Can I encourage you to see the time spent doing things you love not as wasted time, but as time exploring your creativity which is vital to your STYLE OF LOVE.  The world needs it!
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