"Nature literally has the power to heal. By slowing down and letting yourself notice the smell, sound and fell of nature, you become present, aware, and often experience less stress. You become unbusy."
– Lettie Stratton
It seems every week I find a new book or podcast that happens to tell me exactly what I needed to hear in the moment. Although there is no equal substitute for in-person coaching/mentoring, we’re incredibly fortunate to live in a time where amazing resources are readily available to us, just a click away. We are given the opportunity to expand our minds, strengthen our knowledge and find peace in our hearts. It’d be a shame to waste that.
I’ve made a list of some of my favorite books and podcasts, each of which spoke deeply to me and enlightened me at a time when I needed it most. If you love to read or listen to podcasts, I know you will love these. If you’re not keen on reading or podcasts, I encourage you to pick one of these and give it a try. Find a quiet, comfortable space to read or listen. Enjoy learning from these people and embrace the stories they tell and the lessons they’ve learned.
Things to Read
Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor and thought leader on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. All her books are a must read, but if I had to pick only one, it’d be The Gifts of Imperfection.
World renowned Zen master, spiritual lead Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us through practice of mindfulness.
This is a powerful book that will delight and challenge you. It’s accessible and provocative and is guaranteed to speak to the cheetah inside you.
This is a great book, and I think it’s even better as an audiobook. It’s narrated by Matthew McConaughey himself. Don’t assume this is just another celebrity’s dull biography. This book has a ton of valuable lessons to share.
This storytelling book is filled from front to back cover with wisdom and teachings through the story of Santiago. It is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts on our journey to becoming our greatest self.
This short book has massive impact as it reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.
Things to Listen to
Brené Brown is so relatable and vital in the current state of the world. Her words and reflections help us to remember what it means to live wholeheartedly with a strong back, a soft belly and a wild heart.
You can’t go wrong with anything put out by Mel Robbins. She has an incredible story of overcoming in her life and has a podcast on so many different topics all to help you along your path to happiness.
Nothing is held back in these podcasts. If you’re a straight-to-the-point person and you appreciate people who say it like it is without sugarcoating, this is for you. There is graphic vocabulary/content in most episodes, but if you’re open to it, you’ll learn all about the attitude and actions you need to take to become your best self.
Covering topics to bring awareness into key areas of fitness, nutrition, personal development and both inter and intrapersonal relationships to help you to evolve into living your best life. Even segments that may appear to be geared to physical fitness will have a life lesson you can extrapolate and apply to other aspects in life.