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Book Review + Final Thoughts: The Untethered Soul

This book, this book....

I'm trying to see where i should even start. If you saw my last what I'm reading post, you saw that this was on the list for June. However, things came up on my end, so it took a backseat for a minute. Now, you've probably heard people ranting and raving about how life-changing and amazing this book is, and let me just say, they're not lying. Believe the hype. If you've never heard of this book or Michael Singer in life, please check it out. You'll for sure gain some type of insight and inspiration towards living a freer life. I finished this bad boy last week and I find myself still referring back to pinpointed sections and notes I took. The time it took for me to actually get around to giving this one my undivided attention was perfect; life was coming at me fast--oh, but I was ready. As i was going through certain things, I'd later come across similar scenarios in this text. Mind blown.

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer...

live ya life full out EVERYDAY. 

live ya life full out EVERYDAY. 

I remember I was cozied up with this book and a glass of wine one Friday night and was SHOOK ten minutes into reading. See, Singer is witty and intriguing but will DEFINITELY pull your card and take it there. I take the subtitle, "the journey beyond yourself" as a subtle force for change. You've chosen to embark on the journey of reading the book, so get ready to have some of your ideals challenged. Get ready to get uncomfortable. Y'all just don't know how many times i scrambled around for a highlighter, or said, "oh shit, why is he speaking my life right now?!" 

Right in the midst of your daily life, by untethering yourself from the bondage of your psyche, you actually have the ability to steal freedom from your soul
— Michael Singer

The most important thing i got from this book is how we need to live fearlessly and GO HARD every single day we're blessed with. Nothing is promised, so I had to hold myself accountable for procrastinating and saying, "I'll do it later" so often. As long as we're living a purpose driven life and committed to remaining present, we'll always win.

peace and blessings,

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Book Talk: What Am I Reading?

I'm always reading something. Always.

Getting lost in a good book is one of my favorite past times that seems to bring me the most peace. So, I want to share with y'all some books I've read over the past few months, what i'm currently reading, AND what i'm going to read next. I read a lot, so these are just a few of my faves--not all of them. I have links up for all these books so please check them out if you find them even a little interesting! You won't be disappointed.

APRIL/EARLY MAY:

This book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear really helped push me out of my complacent, creative rut. I no longer make excuses for why certain things i say i want aren't getting done; I'm either going to do it or not, and that's that. In this book, Gilbert speaks out about some of her frustrations and triumphs as a creative and puts emphasis on pushing past being afraid. You have to be bold and believe in yourself.

I heard so many good things about The Power of Now , so i had to get my hands on it and see for myself. I'm glad i did. In this book, Tolle mentions how in order to live truthfully in the Now, being completely present, we must let go of our ego. We, as humans tend to create a bunch of issues that never need to exist in the first place, because they're not relevant to what's right in front of us. I really think you should read this if you're looking for a life changing book, and if you're willing to put the work in to see those changes come about.

Fiction is my first literary love.

When i was younger, i would gravitate towards stories with elaborate plots and well developed characters, and get lost in the imagery for hours. Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk is a gem and definitely one of my faves now. Palahniuk (my favorite author btw) takes readers on a journey of trying to do away with a song that is responsible for killing harmless children that then it becomes a threat to any person outside of those protected who hears it recited. With so many interesting characters, and his intriguing writing style, you'll find yourself unable to put this one down.

 

CURRENTLY:

The 28-day practices that are shown in The Magic (The Secret) by Rhonda Bryne will help you expand just how grateful you are for things in your life. It's cool to look forward to doing a new exercise daily to improve on my gratitude. It's really one of the most important things in the world; be gracious and watch abundance flow into your life in a major way. I can attest to this-- changing my thoughts have brought some awesome opportunities and people into my life in just a few short months. 

A few weeks ago, i went to a book signing at the Community Book Center here in New Orleans. I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of work by this young writer from my hometown. Brittany was so sweet and inspiring, and I connected with her words on such a deep level. If you're into poetry, definitely check out Bloom by Brittany Traveste. Hopefully you'll be just as enlightened by it as i am so far.

From BLOOM by Brittany Traveste.

From BLOOM by Brittany Traveste.

EARLY JUNE:

So, as i wrap up my current reads, these next two are my first picks for the month of June. I was inspired by Chasity of anaturalbeaut.com to read The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer. She mentioned it in a recent post of hers and in a self care one a few months ago. I finally got it and am ready to dive in. I love books that encourage deeper thinking and possible deconstruction of paradigms in order to promote growth.

Finally, I'm going to read The Appointment, a book I've had for way too long that i want to turn the pages on. 

 

So, enough about me.. What are YOU reading right now? Let me know (:

peace and blessings,

Lyndsey 

Book Review + Final Thoughts: Radical Forgiveness

Hey y'all! if you checked out my recent favorites post, you saw i was reading Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping at the time. I finished that book last month and it was amazing. I talked it up on my snapchat so much that a few people who follow me on there ended up going out and getting the book for themselves. On top of that, i put together a little group chat to discuss our favorites parts, what we learned and how we'd try to use some of the mentioned practices in our everyday lives. It was great to connect with like minded folks that were moved by the same piece of work. I want to talk about a few of my favorite sections and why. I'll also leave a link to the book below so you can check it out if you'd like (:

This book came right on time for me. I'm currently going through some pretty tough times in my personal life that serve as a constant test for me, and allows me to use things that i learned in Radical Forgiveness to my advantage. 

Instead of looking at unfortunate events that occur in my life as something bad happening to me (immediately playing the victim role), I decided to look at it like, what can i take from this situation. Shifting my perspective has been one of the best things i could do for myself. Change your thoughts, change your life. When things happen, good or bad--it is what it is. The only other thing i can do is control my reaction to them. In Radical Forgiveness, there was a section titled Radical Forgiveness Therapy that really spoke to me. In this section, a few questions were asked that forced me to view situations in a different light.

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these questions were specific to Jill, a woman Tipping was using as an example, but i just removed the she and her and fit it to me, specifically.

staying present is one of the keys to happiness. constant worry about the future or never-ending replaying of the past will only rob you of joy and leave you feeling like you're never enough--never where you  need to be.

staying present is one of the keys to happiness. constant worry about the future or never-ending replaying of the past will only rob you of joy and leave you feeling like you're never enough--never where you need to be.

Instead of always crying victim or making it seem like everyone is coming at you, attempt to think differently. Ask yourself this:

What could be learned from these unfortunate events?

How can it make you better?

How can it strengthen you as a person? 

There's a bright side in even the darkest situations; you just need to be open to accepting it.

This above worksheet is a good and positive way to work through your emotions fully. Be completely honest while filling this out, and watch how much more free you'll feel. Just getting something out on paper is powerful in itself.

This is just a snippet. Get this book, y'all.

This book can be found here, check it out!

peace and blessings,

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