Books That Bring Us Joy: May 2017

Our 5 Favorite Books for Practicing Self-Care

Here are some of our fave books for May, organized around the idea that springtime is about renewal and growth. Time for self-care, in all its forms: financial, physical, spiritual.

Forget New Year resolutions, spring is the best time to make change in your life. Align yourself with the earth’s energy as it transforms itself and use this time to sweep out the old and bring in the new. These books will give you what you need to spring forward!


GROW YOUR MONEY

Broke Millenial: Stop Scraping by and Get Your Financial Life Together

Millenials face unique financial challenges, and while I’m most definitely not a twenty- or thirty-something, I learned so much from this book. And it made me laugh! How often can you say that about a finance book? It’s smart and funny and sassy, and it makes financial planning doable. Learn how not to overspend because of #FOMO. Learn how to get “financially naked” with your partner. Negotiate the salary you deserve. Manage your student loans without having a panic attack. Most of all, get to know your own financial mindset, so you can use your strengths and move past your blind spots. Go from budgeting basics to financial badass with a book that won’t put you to sleep.

>> DON’T MISS! Chapter 5: Picking the Right Financial Projects (aka the Chapter in Which This Book Pays for Itself)


TAKE CARE OF YOUR SPIRIT

Essential Kundalini Yoga: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential

Kundalini yoga is different. It’s not Core Power, it’s not ‘gym yoga,’ it’s not about looking good in your Lululemons. It’s a profound spiritual practice that can sometimes seem esoteric and unapproachable. That’s why Karena Virginia and Dharm Khalsa combined their more than fifty years of yoga practice and teaching to write this book together: to make kundalini practices accessible. It’s gorgeous, filled with photos of Karena demonstrating all the poses and commentary that gives you a sense of what’s happening in your body – both physically and energetically – when you practice. It’s a perfect primer for exploring kundalini, “the concentrated living energy that opens up our potential.”

>> DON’T MISS: Chapter 10: Unlocking Energetic Doorways (Protective Energy Shield)


EAT HEALTHY AND INDULGE

Food Swings: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue & Vice

This cookbook solves a problem I’ve had for years: which cookbook do I reach for, Ina Garten or Moosewood? Delicious and decadent, or healthy and light? Now, at last, I have a cookbook that does both. And isn’t that how we all eat? Sometimes healthy, sometimes indulgent? Jessica Seinfeld knows what she’s doing. Here’s a nice pairing that’ll give you an idea of what she’s up to: how about roasted plums with honey and pistachios with buttermilk panfried chicken? Or ginger salmon with sesame cucumbers followed by chocolate fudge cake? The photos are stylish and cozy at the same time, and I love that the recipes are all simple one-pagers.

>> DON’T MISS: Morning Salad (made with a Spiralizer, which Jessica calls “the new Play-Doh Fuzzy Pumper Barber & Beauty Shop from my youth”)


BE A GLOW WARRIOR

Kicking Sick: Your Go-To Guide for Thriving with Chronic Health Conditions

More than half of Americans are living with a chronic health issue. More than half! That hit me hard while reading Kicking Sick because I kept thinking of all the women in my life who need this book. Amy Kurtz went from “sick chick” to “glow warrior” and her book is all about showing us how to thrive no matter what. She coaches us on how to advocate for ourselves with our doctors and how to explore alternative treatments. Her step-by-step practices will help anyone feel better. I learned so much (dry-brushing is my new go-to), and I was impressed with the big-name experts in the book who share their own wise advice: Kris Carr, Gabrielle Bernstein, Elena Brower, Mark Hyman, Joel Evans, and more.

>> DON’T MISS! Chapter 3: Self-Care is Health Care (tapping magic/the tapping sequence)


LIVE IN THE PRESENT

The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love

I could not put this book down. I’ve spent thousands of hours over the past 25+ years in meditation, seeking my way to the present moment. This is the story of Lonni Sue Johnson, a woman who only has the present moment due to an illness that wiped out her memories and rendered her incapable of forming new ones. She lives in the “perpetual now,” which for her lasts no longer than ten or fifteen minutes. Her story is masterfully told, and we are invited to think about what exactly makes us us? Who are we without a past? Where does our sense of identity come from? The science is fascinating and the story of her family is heartwarming. It’s a truly transformative book that will change the way you understand your own brain – and maybe yourself.

>> DON’T MISS! Chapter 3: Where Does Memory Live? (could have been called, where does your sense of your self live?)


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