books to inspire

I get asked for book recommendations all the time. I absolutely love telling others about books I think they’ll enjoy, so I wanted to start sharing them here too. I’m usually reading at least 3 books at any given time, and lately at least one of them is something spiritual or thought-provoking. Here are three great books that have influenced and inspired me lately:

one: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown is a worldwide favorite. I can’t sum it up any better than this, via Amazon: “Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough, And to go to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging. I wish I had read this years ago! (Check out Brene’s TED talk if you haven’t already.)

two: I love this book! Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein features 108 techniques for overcoming stress, achieving peace within yourself, and experiencing miracles (aka love) in these tumultuous times. Gabby is recognized as a modern day thought leader who is working to turn the tide of negativity and stress in the world. She presents simple meditations, mantras and short + sweet lessons that I find myself applying daily.

three: Dr. Lissa Rankin’s Mind Over Medicine explores how our thoughts and emotions can alter our physical bodies – potentially causing or healing disease. Its a concept that may sound a little out there at first, but I love how Dr. Rankin accepts and unites so many philosophies of Western and alternative medicine, and she backs everything up with extensive research. I highly recommend this one.

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