43/52: Book Review – Self Help Books

I have lately been into self help books, so here are two of them that I learned something to use everyday.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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This was recommended to me by my friend, Mika and its a guide to be fully present, tuning out the past and present and being at inner peace with yourself. The process of being fully present is an ongoing learning experience as our brain is wired nowadays to think ahead or self reflect on the past. I am an over thinker by nature and tuning out those unnecessary thoughts are hard but I try to get about 30 minutes everyday to be fully present. There are tips in the book on how to do it, how to be fully present in body and mind and so far my practice sometimes can be fulfilling and other times the mind takes over and it wanders to day dreaming but as the book states, you need to control the mind and not the other way round and this takes time. I can’t say it has fully transformed my life as some reviews on this book have said but when you realise that your time is limited, being present and enjoying things as it comes by is the most fulfilling way to live. Give the book a read if you are feeling incomplete, coz right now at this very moment, everybody out there can feel complete and at peace.

The Art of Happiness by His Holiness Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler

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I read this after the Power of Now and they both complement each other as this book generally talks about how to be happy and being present is one of them.  The book is a conversation between Howard and His Holiness, and they discuss variety of topics ranging from the source of happiness, facing suffering and overcoming obstacles. The lesson I learned from this book was the patience and tolerance we need to generate with other beings as well as with yourself. Self love is important so that you can convey it to others. It does go on to more of a Buddhism way of life but I think people can put that into their own spiritual practice whether you are religious or not.

Let me know if you have read any of above books or if you have any to recommend, I currently am looking for a Tao book but have yet to get it.

35/52: Book Review: Life On Earth By Mike Dooley

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I am normally not one for non-fiction but I had to get this book when it popped into my amazon recommendation. It only came out this year and has received rave reviews. I had to wait for about 2 months to get the paperback but it was worth the wait. It is in a questions and answers story layout where you can find about how you can view your life, dealing with failures or setbacks, going towards your dreams and how to get it. There are a few things in it regarding how we just are in earth and have lived a lot of lifetimes before and how we are going to live a thousand of lifetimes after we die that does have a kind of religious inclination towards it but other than that, the book is a treasure troves of positive thinking, living life one day at a time, doing what you want to do because you can. Overall, it leaves you with a sense of belonging so you can live a life full of adventure and create your own happiness.

2/52: 5 Books I Recommend for the New Year

I love reading books but mostly thriller fictions but I have been reading other books rather than fiction over the year so here is my list of books that I gift or recommend to my friends, they are of varying topics so you can choose one or the other. Let me know if you have read any of them or recommend me some others to look into.

Skincare

The Little Book of Skin Care by Charlotte Cho

I got introduced to Korean skin care through the youtuber joankim and she is the one who recommended this book on her  skin care video. This book is insightful without being overbearing for beginners who wants to delve into the 10 steps skincare. Charlotte Cho, the author and founder of Soko Glam goes through each chapter with tips, products and loads of information on how you can take care of your skin. I mostly recommend it to my friends who are into beauty and are looking to change up their skin care routine but please be mindful that most of the products recommended are from Korea and can be quite expensive but there are alternatives you can use and I will be writing up a post regarding where I get most of my Korean skincare products from, really soon.

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Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba

If you are working and stuck in a rut or are going into work soon, just take a moment to read through this book, its a little book but is packed with information regarding productivity, networking, money and wisdom from inspirational women. I gifted this book to my friends and costing only £5 (£2 for kindle), it doesn’t even break your bank.

 

Ikigai

Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

The word for last year was Hygge, the Danish word for acknowledging the moment while Ikigai, similar to it, is a reason you get up in the morning, a reason to simply live. The authors went to Ogimi, a rural town which boasts the highest life expectancy to find the secret to a long and happy life. To be honest, there is no secret formula, but the book does show how you can use what residents do and have there,  in your everyday life to find your own purpose or flow. It helped me see the bigger picture, rather than duelling in negative emotions, so if you are one like me who overthinks and is down, read this book, it wouldn’t be a a-ha moment but it would lead you to understand what it means to be happy and healthy.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Everybody knows about Rupi Kaur, her instagram posts are liked and shared by millions. The countless social media posts regarding her debut book did stir me to buy the book but also because I could relate to some of the poems there. It talks about love, heartbreak, abuse, trauma and loads more. I read it when I am feeling down and need something to cheer me up and is my favourite bedside reading . This has led to me buying more poetry books but its a good thing when you can condense your thoughts into 4 simple lines and let it all out.

Gut

Gut by Giulia Enders

This one was recommended to me by some strategic re-marketing as I suffer from IBS issues and I wanted to fully understand my internal structure. If you have sat through human biology, you can pretty much understand how digestion works but this book goes a bit further and explains about the microbes, the enzymes and all that goes on in your gut. It has given me more knowledge on what happens with IBS and how you have to feed your gut accordingly. I just finished this book but am gonna recommend it to all my friends who are going through similar issues.