I swapped out a pair of heels from my suitcase to squeeze in one last book. A good book is my church. I find solace and direction in some. I laugh out loud with the characters in another. I repeat over + over to my clients and my girlfriends the teaching that I’ve read in book.
And now you know.
These books. Put them on a wish list. Purchase them as an act of self-love. These books are magic.
After a full day of clients and group coaching calls, these books are strewn around my office. I read passages, quotes, and meditations to bring us together and to share practices that deepen a connection to self and to the world.
This is the book I ditched my heels for. This book is permission to tap into your Wild Woman. This is a cry for a connection with all that you are, an honoring for what rests deep within your soul. This book is a collection of stories and an analysis of myth by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. There are chapters on sacred sexuality, on finding your home, your lover, your soul. She speaks to the wild that every woman feels and she has methods of honoring these truths.
Our bodies are always sending us signals, but often in the hustle and bustle, we don’t take the time to listen. There were many years where I didn’t understand the messages. One year, I lost my voice every week by Wednesday. What was literally happening was that I was trying to muscle my way through depression. The laryngitis was telling me that I wasn’t speaking my truth. I wasn’t sharing with anyone or reaching out for support. At the time, I was just confused and not sure what to do. This book gave me mantras to clarify what my body was saying.
This book is a revolution in designing a life you love. Oriented around the question, “How Do You Want to Feel?” this book helps you claim how you want to fill and ONLY THEN write your goals + big visions for your life. This book transformed the way that I was living, helped me heal my patterns of emotional eating, and find my voice to take the stage and share my work.
Embrace your emotional guidance system. Abraham teaches that we are here on this planet to experience “outrageous joy.” But that you can’t go from anxious and depressed to OUTRAGEOUS joy. Bummer. However, you can move up the emotional guidance scale. Reach for the next best feeling that you have access to. This book has the power, in words alone, to uplift me. Even just reading a few pages has me feeling powerful by its end.
Over the Christmas holiday last year, I cried about money to Pam Jarboe, who also happens to be a healer (read : chiropractor AND business coach). She plopped this gem in my lap. I spent my entire winter break reading this book and the calm that washed over me as I read about Money was something I had never experienced before.
I always tell people that when I’m not ready, the words in books appear scrambled. Sometimes, I can’t understand what I’m reading. The first time I picked up this book, it sounded like gibberish. But a year later, as a teacher during my summer off, I was bored. Drinking a Corona by the pool and having chewed through all of my beach reads, I picked this one up. Tolle speaks to learning how to be present in this MOMENT. That NOW is all we have. There was an exercise where you notice how your hands feel in this moment. Everything about them. My hands came alive, there was a warmth I had never noticed before. I felt so connected to my body.
Tami Lynn Kent goes deep on a woman’s body, specifically what she refers to as a woman’s pelvic bowl, her center for creativity. She says that women go through a natural cycle of creation and destruction every month and that in order to be in their fullest and richest versions of themselves, women must learn to recognize and use those cycles by tuning in to their pelvic bowl. She details a number of rituals, routines, and questions to help you build a relationship with your body and harness your feminine energy so that you can create the life that you love. And by the way, there’s an entire chapter on acknowledging your ancestors. Specifically, she teaches that we carry the wounds of our mothers and grandmothers etc. This is really important to know for most women in my practice and my life. You must develop a practice of forgiveness for yourself and realize that you are healing generations of stuff in your body.
I believe that when we share, we learn. I’d love to hear from you. Have you read any of these and what did you take from each author? What are some books that I need to add to my MUST-HAVE list?
Jessica Leigh Lyons brings a tender + fierce style to coaching. Her clients have been known to go on to start a biz, open their arms to a new love life, and take big leaps to new locations with new jobs.
She is also a facilitator, a writer and a gatherer, creating safe spaces and community to explore life and love more deeply.
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