Diane’s Short List is a guide to my favorite offline and online resources including books, articles, websites, DVD’s and blogs. Each month, I’ll feature one offline and one online resource to review which has made a difference in my life. Ghandi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Please feel free to share personal recommendations of resources which have been life-changing for you at www.livingselfcare.com or via Facebook, www.facebook.com/realmomexperts.
“This month, I’m featuring Diane’s Short List-Five All-Time Favorites, books which have been life-changing for me. I’ve read each one multiple times and keep them close at hand for advice and inspiration. They never disappoint. Here are my Favorite Five:
Melody Beattie-The Language of Letting Go. The best book of daily meditations I’ve ever read. Beattie understands the emotional challenges and spiritual dilemmas which face us everyday and writes in a way which touches us deeply-body, mind, heart and soul. Her advice is golden. It’s as though she reaches inside us to find words which describe why we’re struggling and how to let go.
Don Miguel Ruiz-The Four Agreements. I wish I’d written this book in which Ruiz pinpoints the “The Four Agreements,” principles for us to live by. They are: 1) Be impeccable with your word; 2) Don’t take things personally; 3) Don’t make assumptions; and 4) Always do your best. The book is a beautiful blend of common sense ideas and practices with spiritual wisdom from his Mexican ancestors. I enjoy listening to the audio version narrated by Peter Coyote.
Deepak Chopra-Life After Death. The clearest book I’ve read about the scientific evidence for life after death interwoven with a mythic tale from India about a young woman’s quest to save her husband from the Lord of Death. I have listened to this audiobook so much that the CD skips. Whether one agrees with Chopra’s conclusion or not, his mastery of western science, Vedic wisdom and the soulful voice in which he speaks, is a gem.
Kahlil Gibran-The Prophet. The popularity and longevity of this book is a testimony to its importance. Written in 1923, The Prophet is Gibran’s masterful study of life. It includes conversations about all aspects of life (work, death, love, children) imparted by “the prophet” to his beloved countrymen on the eve of his departure. Pure poetry for the heart and soul. I first read this as a teenager and have never put it down.
Christiane Northrup, MD-Women’s Bodies; Women’s Wisdom. The best book I’ve read about women’s health and the mind-body connection. Northrup’s knowledge and wisdom shine through as a physician and healer. It provides a helpful, concise description of different aspects of women’s health, common health problems, and how to treat them. Perhaps the most powerful part of the book is when she discusses how we must heal our emotional wounds to improve our health and how to achieve this.”