Book reviews, Health, New Age, Self Care, Yoga

A Little Bit of Mindfulness by Amy Leigh Mercree

3.5/5 stars

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My Review:

This book is short.  I must say that for me, I find short books on these topics more appealing than heavy tomes.  I want to know more, but I really prefer reading fiction, so if I can learn about it quickly, I am in.  But if it’s going to be a long time commitment, I will watch a TED Talk.

This book starts out with an explanation of mindfulness and an exercise to center and focus the reader.  But then there is a lot of information on the history of mindfulness, Hinduism, Buddhism, how yoga became a part of Western culture, oxytocin and nuerotransmitters.  Once you wade through all of that, there are more exercises.  I found the exercise parts useful.  I practiced the Loving Kindness Exercise and found it very empowering.  The last part of the book shows the reader ways to incorporate mindfulness into their everyday life, from eating and drinking to emotions and relationships.  There were different exercises for each section.  I found it helpful and interesting.  There was a lot of good information in this book.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Sterling Ethos for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

To purchase this book: Amazon.

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4 star reviews, Book reviews, Health, New Age

Tough Truths: The Ten Happiness Lessons We Don’t Talk About by Deirdre Maloney

4/5 stars

D1B60F47-AA60-41A9-9B70-5BD04AC04B50.JPGThis is a tiny little book.  It’s the size of my hand only about 100 pages.  You can read it in one sitting if you want.  I chose to read a chapter, digest it and then read the next.  My husband read it with me and we discussed it, which was interesting.

There were a lot of interesting things in here.  A happy person is happy at least 70% of the time.  Some of our unhappiness may stem from our beliefs about what we “should” do.  I really like that the author keeps it quick and to the point, with one simple example.  This book is easy to read and understand and easy to apply the principles of happiness to your own life so you can be happier.

My husband and I read this book together.  When he would get home from work, I would read a chapter and we would discuss it and discuss how it applied to ourselves individually and as a couple.  It was helpful to discuss this book with someone and to see their perspective on things.  This book really doesn’t take long to read so I recommend it to everyone because I am sure we would all like to be happier!

From the Publisher:

Let’s get down to it. Everyone wants to be happy. Seriously.

Happiness may mean different things to different people, and those different people may go about it differently, but in the end we all want it. We all want to feel good.

Despite this…despite us all working so hard to find it, the reality is that many, many of us aren’t happy. Or we’re not as happy as we could be be…as often as we could be. Somehow happiness, a simple concept we learned as children, has become an elusive and frustrating aspiration. And, far too often and without even knowing it, the thing standing smack dab in its way is us.

Tough Truths is a little book that packs a happiness punch, tackling the topic by giving the straight scoop on how we tend to contribute to it…and get in its way. It also provides specific tips, examples, and even one simple mathematical ratio to help you get to greater happiness.

Because, seriously, who doesn’t want that?

I received this book from GetRedPR, Deirdre Maloney and Business Solutions Press in exchange for my honest review.

 

Book reviews, Chakras, New Age

The Ultimate Guide to Chakras by Athena Perrakis

3/5 stars

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My Review:

I know some people might not believe in chakras and find it all a bunch of malarkey.  I was always intrigued by the idea.  Then, last year, a friend and I did a Chakra Yoga Challenge with Journey Junkie.  After the second day, she called me crying and we sat there and both realized we were emotionally a mess.  We needed self-care bad and we had been warned that a lot of emotions could come up when activating this chakra.  We both experienced it.  We were raw.  We had to take care of ourselves.  Over the next few days, as we activated the other chakras and aligned them, we felt better than we ever had.

I also had the opportunity to take an Energy Healing workshop that was amazing!  If you ever have the opportunity to take one and you are at all inclined — just do it, don’t hesitate!  We learned about our chakras in that workshop and we worked through healing them and aligning them.  We learned about positive and negative energy and people, thoughts and actions that can zap that energy.

All of this is to say that I have some experience with chakra and there was nothing new or exciting in this book.  I didn’t care for the way it was laid out.  It felt like a textbook, very wordy with a lot of words on each page, not a lot of diagrams or drawings to keep your interest as is the current trend in non-fiction. The exercises were good and well-thought out and easy to follow and I did appreciate that the author included which gemstones, essential oils and herbs went with each chakra and how to use them.  I also appreciated the mantra for each chakra.  The introduction of tarot I found to be almost off-topic, tarot can be it’s own book.

From the Publisher:

With The Ultimate Guide to Chakras, tune in to your chakras, the power centers connecting your physical body and the world of energy.

Your chakras are the power centers that translate between the seen world of the physical body and the unseen world of energy. First discussed in ancient Hindu texts and studied for thousands of years in numerous spiritual traditions, including acupuncture, meditation, and yoga, chakras hold the key to our well-being. By tapping into the power of our chakras, we can live healthier, balanced, and more abundant lives.

Athena Perrakis, leading metaphysical teacher and creator of the world’s largest online metaphysical resource website, SageGoddess.com, addresses the nine major chakras we can tap into to balance, heal, and manifest. This guide explains how and why different crystals, essential oils, and sacred plants help to support each chakra.

Each chapter of The Ultimate Guide to Chakras includes magical exercises for accessing the energy of each chakra, including meditations, journal exercises, and working with goddesses and spirit guides. Readers will even learn how to create a dedicated chakra altar. Lavishly photographed and illustrated, this guide promises to be an essential volume for beginners and experienced energy workers alike.

4 star reviews, Book reviews, New Age

Crystals: Your Personal Guide by Bernice Cockram

4/5 stars

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When I was in college, I bought rose quartz earrings at a craft show because the woman from whom I bought them, who sold crystals, said they could help bring love into my life.  I met my husband a couple of weeks later.

When my daughter was in school, she had trouble concentrating and became nervous on tests.  I went to a jewelry making class with friends and made her a necklace of green adventuring, fluorite and clear quartz, which she wore to school and it did seem to help.

I believe that crystals do have a vibration or frequency and are connected to the earth, just as we all are.

This book doesn’t get bogged down with lengthy geologic discussions as soon crystal books do and although it does have a section that groups crystals by color, it is not an identification guide.  Rather this book explains how to use crystals to your best benefit, how to properly care for crystals, how to create nets and dowse using crystals.  I think this is a great book for anyone interested in crystals – whether they are new to crystals or have been using them for some time.  Crystals are a powerful energy source and can be very helpful in healing and grounding, but there is so much more than just looking up what crystal will help with what ailment, going to the store and purchasing a piece of jewelry with that crystal and this book explains how to best utilize the properties of crystals to get the most out of the benefits they offer.

I am so thankful to Netgalley and Wellfleet for granting my wish to be able to view and read this very informative book.

4 star reviews, Book reviews, New Age

Palmistry: Your Personal Guide by Roberta Vernon

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I have always been fascinated by palm reading.  I remember as a kid on the playground, we would look at each other’s hands and try to tell each other’s future.  Of course, we didn’t know what we were doing.  So when I saw this book available on Netgalley, I really wanted to check it out and was so happy when Wellfleet Press granted my wish!!

I appreciated the layout of this book.  There is a mix of illustrations, boxes, diagrams and text.  I found it interesting to identify both the shape and element style of my hands and learning what the radial and ulna sides of the hand are.  I found the idea behind busy and empty hands fascinating.  I found it interesting to learn about the mounts and different parts of the fingers.  There was information on finger shapes and fingerprints. I felt like I learned a lot about myself.  I will be honest, I had a hard time finding some of the lines on my own hands, but I don’t think that was the book, I think it is my hands.  And, indeed, the author states that not everyone has all the lines. I found this book fascinating, easy to read and understand and recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about reading palms.

Book reviews, New Age

Tarot Made Simple by Liz Dean

3.5/5 stars

FullSizeRender-5Several years ago, our family went to Salem, Massachusetts for a long weekend.  My older daughter was 15 or 16 at the time and she became fascinated with tarot cards.  My brother had them when we were younger, and I know that you were not supposed to buy them yourself, but they were supposed to be a gift.  So I bought her the tarot card set that a store clerk recommended.  She was excited buy them, but found the instructions and learning how to read the cards difficult.  Periodically, she gets them out and tries again.  Over the years, she has acquired several tarot books to help her learn to read the meaning behind the cards.  So, when I saw that Netgalley had a book called Tarot Made Simple, I requested it.

My daughter and I looked over the book together and used her deck to do several readings.  We thought this was an excellent book for someone just starting to read tarot.  The explanations were easy to read and understand.  The author went into details about how to care for cards, different kinds of readings, and encouraged journaling your readings.  I don’t think this is a book for someone very experienced with tarot, as it is very simplistic and doesn’t go into great detail about the meaning of each card. But, for someone just starting to read tarot, this book is perfect. I also think for the average user who doesn’t want to get really in-depth with this book, this book is great as it doesn’t get weighed down with deep analysis of things, but it keeps it simple and straightforward.  This would make an EXCELLENT gift for someone interested in learning tarot!