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10 Spirituality Books That You Must Have On Your Shelf

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Spiritual Books to Read

There is a direct link between spirituality and health. According to medical studies spiritual people have less chance of getting addicted to smoking, drugs, alcohol or any other self destructive habit.

A spiritually enlightened individual even has less chance of getting depressed and committing suicide. This is mainly because spiritual learning can help people find a greater purpose in life and help them look at everyday challenges from a different point of view. This greatly reduces their stress levels and improves their quality of life.

From Confucius to Osho the world has seen a long list of spiritual leaders. Their teaching and writings have helped many people discover themselves and understand the world around them.

To help you find your inner self, here’s our top 10 list of spiritual books for real spiritual and personal growth.

 

1. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

the seven spiritual laws of successThis book by Deepak Chopra talks about achieving success with ease. Most of us believe that success only comes through unrelenting hard work and thus we devote our lives in the pursuit of achieving our personal goals.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success gives a different take on success and how it can be achieved with ease and grace. This book let’s you in on the 7 basic principle and how it can help you achieve all your goals without getting stressed out or working like a maniac.

The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success is practically oriented and the guidance provided can easily be understood and applied to real life.

 

 

2. The Book of Secrets

the book of secrets oshoThe word ‘Tantra‘ often gives rise to the feeling of mystery and is often misinterpreted by many people. However, this book by Osho demystifies this ancient science and presents in a manner that it can be applied to modern life.

The Book of Secrets talks in detail about meditation and how it can help improve self awareness and improve the daily functions of life. Each meditation and exercise is explained in detail discussing its history and effects on the mind and body. The instructions provided in the book are practical and are easy to follow and implement.

 

 

3. The Celestine Prophecy

The celestine prophecy james redfieldThis book by James Redfield has the power to change lives. Presented in the form of an adventure which starts in the rain forest of Peru, this book is both riveting and eyeopening.

An ancient manuscript discovered in the forest reveals 9 ancient insights of life. The story also helps you connect these insights to your everyday life. The Celestine Prophecy can help you make a sense of what’s happening around you and help you understand what’s in store for you in the future.

Published in 1992, The Celestine Prophecy went on to become one of the most successful self published book in the history.

 

4. The Road Less Traveled

The ROad Less Traveled M Scott PeckWritten by Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, the book explores different ideas that’s drawn in from his experience in Psychiatry and his Christian ideology.

This book is divided into three parts. The first part is about discipline and how it can help in human spiritual evolution, the second part is about love and its role in spiritual growth, and finally the last part talks about grace.

Even though some of the ideas are a bit dated, the overall book is a certainly a great spiritual read.

 

 

5. The Places That Scare You

The places that scare you - pema chodronThis is a no holds barred guide to not only face every difficulties in life but also to overcome them.

Author Perma Chodron is known for her direct approach towards life and thus her books are practical and uncomplicated.

This book talks about fear and how it inhibits us to achieve greatness in life even though we posses everything we need to succeed.

 

 

 

6. The Four Agreements

The Four agreements don miguel ruizFeatured in Oprah Magazine, The Four Agreement teaches ancient Toltec principles.

This is Don Miguel Ruiz masterpiece!

 

The Four Agreements talks in details about the belief and inhibitions that hold us back and can prevent us from achieving the goals we set. These negative believes are also the source of depression and self loathing. Acting as light in a dark tunnel, the book sheds light on the basic codes of conduct that can help eradicate these feelings forever.

This book possesses the power to open your heart towards new experiences, love, freedom and overall happiness.

 

7. The Power of Now

The power of now - eckhart tolleEckhart Tolle is certainly one of the top spiritual writers of the modern times and his book, The Power of Now has featured in the bestseller list in almost every book store spanning all across the country.

The Power of Now talks about transcending into the ‘Now’, leaving inhibitions, doubt, ego, and fear forever. In a typical Eckhart Tolle style, the book guides readers through this difficult spiritual journey using simple words and uncomplicated instructions.

This book contains all the stuff required to radically alter lives of the readers and help them step into a world of happiness, peace, and enlightened perception.

 

 

8. My Spiritual Journey

My-Spiritual-Journey-The-Dalai-LamaThe Dalai Lama is undoubtedly one of the biggest spiritual leaders of our time.

Written by Dalai Lama himself, My Spiritual Journey is his life’s story and his understanding of the world around him.

Even though this book is not a typical spiritual guide book and contains no direct instructions, it provides an insight into eastern philosophy and spirituality.

 

 

 

9. The Ultimate Happiness Prescription

Deepak Chopra The Ultimate Happiness PrescriptionHappiness is the ultimate goal of human life. Most people toil for happiness for their entire lives yet has no clue on where to find. This is exactly why, this Deepak Chopra masterpiece is such a good read.

The Ultimate Happiness Prescription prescribes 7 secret tips that can help you find joy even in the most difficult times.

Aiming at changing helping his readers, Deepak Chopra talks about happiness being the source of success and wealth and not the other way around.

 

 

10. A New Earth

Eckhart-Tolle---A-New-EarthEckhart Tolle makes it twice in our list with his book A New Earth.

Eckhart talks about ending our inner conflicts, and goes into details about ego holds us back and keeps us from achieving mental peace and happiness.

A New Earth encourages and guides the readers to transcend to a higher state of mind. It also guides them on how to dispose their ego based consciousness which result in jealousy, anger, and overall unhappiness.

 

 

 

 

This is our collection of the Top 10 Spirituality books based off sales, ratings and recommendations.

What Spirituality books have changed your life? Which ones deserve to be in this collection? Leave your recommendations in the comment section below.

Charlene Barry is the fun loving founder of This Is Project Me, a wellness, spiritual and inspirational channel on YouTube that inspires others to live the life of their dreams with passion, love and joy.Charlene believes in serendipity, wellness and spirituality and is an Ayurvedic and Lifestyle coach; helping people live their ideal life through Ayurvedic medicine, Meditation, Yoga and Balance.

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15 Comments

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  1. Luke Smith

    Jun 8, 2016 at 2:37 am

    this is a great list of spiritual books, and from many different points of view. The Power of Now seems like it would be very powerful, and full of good information. I would have to agree that looking for inspiration from books like the Bible or other scriptural books.

  2. Shamas

    Jan 11, 2015 at 4:24 am

    The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman would be another nice addition to your list.

  3. Prince

    Dec 19, 2014 at 9:09 am

    The Bible should be on that list it’s all round truth . These other books have a lot of nonsense. Not all

    • Angelo

      Jan 3, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      hahaha that book is a religion not spirituality

    • SRJ

      Jan 11, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Agreed!

  4. Shawn

    Nov 25, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I love that you included the book “The Four Agreements.” My mom recommended I read it and it really resonated with me. Great list 🙂

  5. sexanzeigen18

    Nov 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Pretty! This has bren a really wonderful post.
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  6. Kiki

    Nov 15, 2014 at 8:24 am

    The Bible

  7. Max

    Nov 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

  8. NITIN MAHAJAN

    Oct 29, 2014 at 10:18 am

    YOUR LIST IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS YOU I REALLY LIKE IT

  9. Joy Hinman

    Oct 24, 2014 at 3:04 am

    “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” written by Mary Baker Eddy over 100 years ago — relevant today.

  10. Hemant

    Oct 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    It is The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck.

  11. Mart

    Oct 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren @saddleback

  12. Margaret Lewis

    Oct 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I recommend Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the pioneer of spirituality and health.

  13. vdandreavictor dandrea

    Oct 21, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Alan Watts The Book On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. The Best Book!

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How 8 Minutes of Meditation Can Give You the Productivity Boost You Need

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Of all the productivity hacks I’ve tried over the years, none has had as much of a positive impact relative to the time I put in than meditation. Just 8 minutes per day to be precise. Meditation is a practice that has been around for centuries. Once primarily used by practitioners of Buddhism to reach a higher level of consciousness, science has since shown it has a lot of more earthly benefits as well.

As Healthline reports, meditation improves concentration, reduces fatigue and stress, brings a sense of relaxation and improves sleep patterns, among other benefits. All the above reasons explain why some of the most successful people rely on meditation to thrive in their professions. Jeff Weiner, former Yahoo executive and the current CEO of Linkedin says that meditation has made a huge positive impact on his productivity. Similarly,  Ray Dalio, who is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, attributes a big part of his success to meditation.

5 Ways Meditation Helps with Productivity

Before I get to my own meditation routine that takes just 8 minutes of my time daily, let me first go over in general how meditation can give you a huge leg up in your career and business, backed by studies.

1. Improves Your Attention Span

There are tons of factors that improve productivity, but one that plays a very important role is the ability to focus. Being attentive enough to complete the task at hand means you’ll finish your work with higher accuracy and better efficiency.

According to Pubmed, several studies have shown the efficacy of meditation in reversing parts of the brain that cause mind wandering and the inability to concentrate. Russell Simmons, the CEO of Rush Communications, says that meditation is one of the things that has helped him focus the most.

2. Increases Neuroplasticity

For a long time, scientists believed that brain development only happened during childhood and then ceased. But recent discovery regarding the neuroplastic nature of the brain concludes that our brains actually continue to change and adapt through experiences. In other words, the brain is continually reorganizing itself by creating new neurons and new connections.

Meditation is one practice capable of changing your brain’s structure and functions. In fact, Harvard Researchers at MGH have shown that meditation increases grey matter volume in your brain. What this means is that it causes more neurons to accumulate in one space.

Another theory that explains how meditation boosts neuroplasticity is that it increases cerebral blood flow (CBF). By placing you in a state of relaxation, blood is able to flow more freely leading to better oxygenation and nourishment in your brain. With increased neuroplasticity, your ability to acquire new skills and positive habits increase.

3. Sharpens Your Memory

A major benefit of mediation is that it boosts one’s working memory capacity. The working memory determines how much information the central nervous system can hold and process at any time. It’s like the Random Access Memory in a computer.

A study was done to investigate the effect of active meditation on individuals’ working memory capacities. Researchers had the participants take part in a 45-minute meditation exercise twice per week. After a couple of weeks, they recorded the results and discovered that the respondents’ working memory capacities had increased by more than 30%. Put simply; they could hold and process 30% more information than the average person.

The study proved that meditating increases the working memory capacity. With a larger working memory, you can take on more sophisticated tasks and handle them efficiently.

4. Improves Cognitive Thinking

As you age, your cognitive functioning deteriorates gradually. The resulting deficit weakens your ability to reason, remember and process information. All these are factors that can make you less productive at work and in other areas of your life. Good news is, practising meditation and mindfulness can help with that.

To examine the impact of meditation on cognitive function, researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara conducted a study. They asked 48 undergraduate students to attend one of two classes: a nutrition class or a mindfulness class. The result? Those who attended the mindfulness class saw marked improvements in their exams afterwards, while the nutrition group saw no statistically significant improvements.

One factor that can explain this outcome is that meditation improves the balance of the left and right sides of the brain. Synchronizing both brain hemispheres allows for greater processing power and neural communication.

5. Reduces Stress

Stress is something that people experience on a daily basis, and more so at work. According to the American Institute of Stress, work-induced stress is the most common form of stress. Based on a recent survey they did, at least 80% of Americans experienced stress at work, hampering productivity and leading to mistakes.

Thankfully, having a meditation practice as part of your routine can lower stress and make you more productive. It goes beyond just stress reduction, however. According to the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, meditation has been shown to reduce the symptoms of social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and panic attacks.

How 8 Minutes of Meditation Daily Has Changed My Life

My personal journey with meditation has been nothing short of life changing. What if I told you there was a productivity hack that only required 8 minutes of your day, and as a consequence, will double your attention span, mental stamina, and ability to function under stress? What if I told you, thanks to just 8 minutes a day, a once self diagnosed ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) sufferer now frequently loses track of time as he ticks off one item after the next on his daily to-do lists? Yes, that’s what meditation has done for me, and I believe it can do that for anyone.

The meditation routine I follow is based on the best selling book “8 Minute Meditation” by Victor Davich. As a meditation guru, Victor sought out to devise a meditation program that fits in with the ultra busy lifestyles of Westerners while still delivering the main benefits the practice at its fullest provides.

Here is the gist of the “8 minute meditation” that I practice every day right before I go to bed:

  • Set a timer for 8 minutes.
  • Find a comfortable sitting pose. This could be in a cozy meditation chair or sitting with your legs crossed on a yoga mat
  • Close your eyes slowly as if you were planning to sleep. Avoid squeezing them or shutting them involuntarily.
  • Next, start taking slow, deep breaths.
  • With every inhale, envision that you are breathing in light. Follow the light as it enters your body.
  • With every exhale, imagine breathing out all the tension and negativity that you have been harbouring. Relax every muscle from those on your face, chest, back, legs all the way to the tips of your toes.
  • As you breathe in and out, your mind will most likely start to wonder. Do not get upset. Just slowly bring your awareness back to your breathing. Imagine catching a fish and just letting it go.
  • Continue this until the timer goes off. Then, slowly open your eyes again..

A big part of the magic happens in meditation when you do it consistently. For me, with every day of practice, my ability to stay focused on my breathing and stay present increased during those critical 8 minutes. And as my ability to do those seemingly simple things improved, that’s when I started to notice all the tangible benefits of meditation I mentioned earlier.

Meditation is not a new concept. And it doesn’t require you to invest anything that you don’t already have. This is one of the greatest benefits of meditating; it doesn’t require any special equipment or registration for training. Essentially, you have nothing to lose but so much to gain. To me, meditation dare i say is the greatest productivity hack of all time.

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5 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Hitting Rock Bottom

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At one time, the term rock bottom was completely foreign to me. I can remember feeling really bad for anyone who claimed to have ‘hit rock bottom.’ What devastation they must feel. Their whole world must have just collapsed. How will they go on? I was soon to find out.

My journey to rock bottom

I’m not gonna say I had it all but for the most part, my world was pretty good. It wasn’t perfect and I’ll admit, I was sailing through on a song and a prayer. I lived in a nice house in a posh neighbourhood with my partner and in 2010 I purchased my first business, a hair salon.

I belonged to an amazing networking group of successful women. I was well respected in the community and had lots of friends. You could say my life was pretty good. However, this didn’t last for long.

Three years after the purchase of the salon I closed the doors and declared bankruptcy. Six months after bankruptcy, I walked out of my abusive relationship with nothing to my name.

I was a shell of a person. I had nothing and in my eyes, I was a complete and utter failure. At 52 years old, my whole world came crashing down on me and I for the first time in my life, was absolutely terrified.

I walked around in a daze for months. I was completely empty inside, both emotionally and mentally. I had no desire to rebuild my life. There was little life left in me to work on. I secured my old job at the salon I was at prior to my business purchase. Every day I had to face people who I’m sure were disappointed in me and most likely laughing at me behind my back.

I was a loser. They knew it and so did I. When you hit rock bottom, any and all self respect and self confidence you ever had goes right out the window. You’re constantly embarrassed and feel worthless all the time. However, one day something snaps when you look in the mirror and can’t stand to look at the person looking back at you. This is without a shadow of a doubt the moment some confidence and hope arises to change.

I looked in the mirror one day and I didn’t recognize the person staring back. She was sad, empty, blank and lifeless. This wasn’t Iva and I so desperately wanted her back. I missed the optimistic, bubbly and outgoing girl that used to stare back at me in the mirror. And I was determined to get her back.

I had reached a point where I was tired of crying and feeling sorry for myself. I was tired of telling myself I was a loser and a failure and that I would never amount to anything. But I was mostly tired of just existing with no purpose or passion.

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

The climb out of rock bottom

I started devouring self help books and reading any and all blogs I could on how to get your life back on track and how to find self love and self worth again. I read inspirational quotes and listened to motivational YouTube videos day in and day out. I journaled and cried and prayed and meditated. All the things I have never done in my life, I was doing daily without fail.

Slowly, Iva was emerging but she was so much different this time around. She had hope, faith and determination and nothing was going to stop her or stand in her way of rebuilding her life. My journey out of rock bottom took almost a full year to complete but in that time, I learned so much about myself, people and life.

Here are the 5 life lessons I learned from hitting rock bottom:

1. Failure isn’t real

There’s no such thing as failure. I’m not even sure why this word exists. You had an idea or a plan, tried it, and it didn’t work. You learn lessons from this and you move on. Always remember one very important thing: you tried. Most people don’t even bother. Believe in yourself.

2. You’re not stuck anywhere

If something isn’t working or isn’t good for you, leave it. I was terrified to leave my abusive relationship because I knew it meant I would lose everything. And I did. When I finally took the plunge and left, everything in my life changed for the better. Have faith!

3. Change is fun and scary, but do it anyway

Although change is terrifying, it’s necessary. We don’t grow in our comfort zone or in our misery. Sometimes you have to do things that will scare the daylights out of you..do them anyway. This is where you learn and grow. You meet people and you experience things you never would have if you stayed in your comfort zone. Take the leap.

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

4. Everything is temporary

The good and the bad. Nothing is forever. No matter how horrible your situation is, it won’t last. It will eventually go away or maybe even turn out great! Embrace all the good life has to offer you and learn the lessons the bad will give you. Have patience.

5. You have great power over your life

I was determined to change my life any way I had to. I did whatever I had to do to turn my life around. Was it easy? No. Is it impossible? No. I knew I had the power to change and it was up to me, and only me, to do that. No one could do it for me.

No matter where you are in your life right now, if things aren’t working out the way you expected, don’t worry. Things will always get better if you try to make them better. You can do anything you want. All you have to do is find the power that’s in you and unleash it.

Have you ever hit rock bottom? What advice do you have for someone who’s there? Share your ideas and advice below!

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9 Personal Growth Lessons I Learned From Being Bullied

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Wherever I went, bullying seemed to follow me. Whether it was school, work or even family, I could never seem to find any kind of escape. For years, I was stuck in the victim mindset, constantly asking myself what I did to deserve this kind of behaviour towards me. I decided to turn my struggle into a personal growth strategy to help others who might be silently struggling with what I did.

Here are some of the key personal growth lessons I learnt from my harrowing experiences:

1. Be the victim

Be the victim but put an early as possible expiration date on this. Realise that it is okay to feel sorry for yourself; it is okay to validate yourself by reinforcing the fact that you didn’t deserve what happened to you. This will help you give yourself the compassion that you need in that moment. Recognition of the hurt and validation are the first steps towards starting the healing process, but the key is not to hang around there for too long otherwise you will be stuck with a victim mentality.

2. Why?

This is a question that is often asked – why did this happen to me? Were the stars misaligned or is this karma for sneaking the last doughnut from the party? Rather than getting bogged down analysing why you went through the harrowing experience, focus on what you learnt from the experience. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as finding your voice and setting boundaries. Every difficult situation offers an opportunity to learn.

3. Focus on the lesson, not on the pain

Whenever faced with a tough situation, ask yourself, “What am I learning from this?” Often, when drowning in dire circumstances, we cannot see light and we fear that any light might be an oncoming train. The best way to deal with this fear and overwhelm is to refocus your thoughts. Oftentimes, the lesson falls under one of the following categories: perseverance, patience, consistency and my personal favourite – staying true to who you are.

4. Control the controllable

Within every difficult situation, there are always factors you can control: your responses, your disposition and your actions. Using what you can control, redirect your energy on what you CAN do instead of what you can’t do. Sometimes, what you can do is simply getting through your day and giving everything you can. This helps in building self-confidence and self-esteem.

“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” – Steve Maraboli

5. You do you

It is a normal human desire to be liked by those around us. Avoid trying to change who you are based on what others say about you. It is very tempting to do this because we all want to feel accepted and want to feel that we belong. The more you do you, the more you will attract people who love you for the “real” you.

6. It is not about you

When people criticize you incessantly, recognise that they are battling their own demons and they are easily triggered. You are not the real reason for their hurtful behaviour, they are filled with fear, anger and hurt which they vent out to others. You can only give what you have and if fear, anger and hurt is all you have, it is the only place from which you will function.

7. You have the power to choose

It is easy to forget that we always have the power of our choices and decisions, while our circumstances may be overwhelming, we can still make wise choices so as not to become victims of our circumstances. We should never forget this power as this is what keeps us afloat and breathing when caught in a flood of difficulties.

8. Revenge is not the answer

While it is perfectly normal and human to wish revenge on those who have hurt us, it is crucial to note that what we wish upon others, mirrors back to us. Wishing your culprits to battle incessant sneezing while stuck in traffic controlling explosive diarrhea might give a moment of satisfaction, but is this something you are willing to risk mirroring back to you? I certainly am not. Put quite simply – negativity breeds negativity while positivity breeds positivity. Remember, you have the power to choose.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

9. Forgive

Don’t gasp so loudly. Yes, forgive those who have hurt you. Why? It definitely doesn’t absolve them of the hurt they caused you, but it releases you from the chains of negativity that are binding and rooting you in place preventing you from moving on. How do you forgive? Ask whatever higher power you believe in to filter those who have hurt you out of your life, sending them blessings and healing wherever they may need it in their lives while also blessing over positive outcomes for all of you.

I have used this technique personally and I swear by it. Sending blessings and healing while asking for positive outcomes, results in all these wonderful things happening to you as well. Giving what you have mirrors back to you. You have the power to forgive, let go and move on. This is a choice that you also happen to have the power to choose.

The next time you feel stuck and overwhelmed by your circumstances, revisit these personal growth lessons and apply them to your unique situation. You will be glad that you did.


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6 Reasons Why You Should Never Glorify Failure After You’ve Failed

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Many people are ashamed of failure. If they so much as smell a whiff of failure, they quit instantly because the public notices it quickly. But you shouldn’t be ashamed of failure. A lot of people have failed. I’ve failed over and over again in my career, business, relationships and more. Yet, I keep trying because failure isn’t the final verdict. (more…)

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