Looking for a good summer read? Something simple to squeeze into your day, but meaningful, too? If so, you’re in luck. We’ve put together a list of 5 books to change your life. Based on some of the most popular teachers and topics, these are easy-to-read books you won’t feel intimidated by, yet guaranteed to shift your perspective, improve your well-being, and dare-say, change your life!
We hope you enjoy!
5 Books to Change Your Life
1. The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice, by Deborah Adele
Written in a clear framework, this book explains the ethical guidelines and foundation to yogic thought. Deborah uses relatable examples from her own life and others to walk you through Yamas and Niyamas, which are the first two limbs of the eight-fold path of the Yoga Sutras. If the mention of The Sutras scares you, don’t be alarmed. She breaks down all of the attributes in a way that’s easy to absorb and great for future reference. Without demeaning the integrity of this book, it’s almost like a “Yoga Ethics for Dummies.” It’s definitely a worthy investment.
2. You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, by Thich Nhat Hanh
In this introduction to the practice of mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen monk, author, and meditation master, provides insight on the essentials of Buddhist thought. In an easy to understand way, he offers a range of simple, everyday practices for cultivating mindfulness. The gems of wisdom he offers will help you to transform your suffering, (both internal and external) into compassion and peace. They will encourage you to appreciate aspects of yourself in a new way. The gentleness of his teaching can be felt on the pages of this book like a familiar hug.
3. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, by Michael Singer
Exploring the challenging question of who we really are, The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions. This book will helps you examine and uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. Which, in turn, helps you to recognize your emotional triggers and reactions. The writing delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. It offers a perspective that empowers you to detach from the chaos of your mind. It’s mind-opening, to say the least.
4. Be Here Now, by Ram Das
Written by 20th century spiritual teacher, Ram Das, Be Here Now describes his spiritual enlightenment and personal transformation. In his book, Ram Das revisits the importance of the spiritual side of human nature. With the addition of metaphysical illustrations, he gives practical advice on how to implement a yogic regiment, and a chapter dedicated to quotes and book recommendations. Be Here Now is sure to enrich your life.
5. The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz gives four principles to practice in order to create love and happiness in your life. They are:
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.
While in theory these agreements sound simple, they challenge your mindset and actions with a code of conduct for daily living. In working with these principles, you can remove self-limiting beliefs that steal your joy and create needless suffering.
You’re All Set!
Now that you have the list, head to your local bookstore, fill your Amazon cart, or begin downloading to your kindle, and get started on reading to improve your life! These are treasures you’ll reference again and again.
If you have any other recommendations for our readers, please feel free to mention them in the comments! Or share any personal experience you have with the books we’ve listed.
Enjoy your summer reading!