5 books that helped me experience more peace, pleasure, and abundance.
If you know me, you know I have a passion for reading. Whether it’s blog post, magazines, or a fictional novel. I pretty much like to read any, and everything. As I look back on how this love for reading manifested, I think it’s safe to say it has a direct correlation to my thirst for knowledge. And I feel that this thirst for knowledge, is a result of me having this deep desire to be the very best version of me, that I can possibly be. But now that I think about it, my goal isn’t to just be this utopian version of my old self. It is to also understand how being my best self of is not only benefit to me, but how it also helps others as well.
I would like to think that over the past few years I have grown as an individual. I mean, it seems like the only logical answer as to why as of late, I’ve been able to experience a life filled with pleasure( it’s as if I was unconsciously experimenting with Hedonism). As I’ve taken the time to grow as an individual, I’ve noticed that I have experienced healthier relationships(my exes would probably disagree), more success in all my endeavors, and most importantly, I’ve seen a significant increase in my mental and physical health(I’m not where I want to be, but I’m certainly not where I used to be).
I’ve been able to make these changes in my life, because I’ve been able to apply most of my new found knowledge. And this knowledge that I’ve been able to acquire, has come mostly from books. I wish I could say I learn “how to be”, from the people that I am around, but that’s just not the case. I mean my elders do teach me a lot, and for that, I am grateful. But to be honest, when I’m learning from people, I’m learning “how not to be”. It’s when I’m reading books from people that I admire, or find interesting, that is when I am given the guidance to achieve the things I would like to achieve, and to be the person I would like to become.
But enough of my yammering. The point of this article is for me to expose readers to some books that I feel have played a huge role in increasing the quality of my life. Whether it’s been teaching me how to process my emotions, or deal with racism in the work place. These are the books that helped me create a new reality for myself. I hope it can do the same for you.
- The Celestine Prophecy- James Redfield
The Celestine Prophecy is like a modern day bible(I don’t identify with any religion, but you have to admit, the Bible is pretty good fiction). The protagonist goes on a journey to find and understand 9 spiritual insights that are scattered throughout South America. Through the narrative of the main character, The Celestine Prophecy gives readers a blue print as to how we should live our lives if we wish access our inner creator and live life on a higher vibration. This book also touches on Synchronicity, and how everything in life happens for a reason. The best way I can describe it is “a spiritual thriller with hidden messages”. Please get updated on this book ASAP!
2. The Alchemist– Paulo Coelho
This is an all time favorite of mine because it talks about the importance of people following their dreams. Or as Coelho likes to calls them, “our personal legends”. I read The Alchemist when I was broke in junior college with hopes of earning a Division-I scholarship to play football, and I feel as if this book was the turning point in me making that dream a reality.
The Alchemist follows the story of a boy named “Santiago”, who feels like he was born to be so much more than what he is (I’m sure we’ve all felt this before). After having dreams of finding a treasure, and being told by a gypsy to go pursue the treasure, Santiago quickly finds out that anything worth having, is not going to come easy. The Alchemist taught me about the importance of hard work, dedication, and rising above circumstance. It truly is a MUST READ!
3. Three Magic Words– Uell S. Andersen
This book is one of the more direct “self-help” books. Three Magic Words enlightened me on the many ways our thoughts and emotions shape our realities, and how there are physical and mental side effects to our emotional lives. While reading this book I often felt like I was conducting my own therapy sessions. I think the most valuable lesson I learned from this book is how I am always in control of what I think and how I feel(although it doesn’t always feel like that. Especially with me being in Black person in white supremacist society, but that’s another story, so let me turn to another page). Three Magic Words gave me a better understanding on how are thoughts and emotions shape the course of our lives.
4. How To Be Free– Joe Blow
The title says it all. This book is about freeing yourself from all judgements and false perspectives. How To Be Free speaks on the importance of total self-acceptance and breaking free from the boundaries and limitations that others have imposed upon us. It helped me understand some of the ways that I have held myself back subconsciously. If you deal with self punishing emotions such as shame and guilt, this is the perfect book for you.
5. Revolutionary Suicide-Huey P. Newton
I put this book on the list strictly for Black folks trying to navigate their way through this white world. Revolutionary Suicide is the bibliography of Huey P. Newton, co-founder and one of the leaders of The Black Panther Party. Huey address the mental stress and trauma that accompanies fighting for Black liberation. I don’t like calling myself an “activist” or “organizer”, but by definition, it is what I am, and what I do. Although Huey makes it clear the undeniable fate that is in store for martyr’s like myself, this book brought me peace because I know that the fight for freedom is a necessary one. It brought me abundance because it added more tools to my tool belt.I can learn from the mistakes of Huey and others like him, and also learn from their successes. So if you’re an activist and organizer, you can definitely benefit from reading Revolutionary Suicide.
So there you have it. These are some of the books that have helped me “grow” and change the way in which I see the world. By no means do I feel as if I have this life shit all figured out, but I do know I’ve been feeling better, creating more fun filled experiences, and most importantly, wanting to be here on this planet! And from what I see and read, more people would like to feel that way. If you have some time, check out some of those books I just posted. You can find them at your local library, book store, or online. And if you’ve already read some of them, feel free to comment what you learned from them below. Thanks for reading!
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