Seven Books You Need to Add to Your Collection x Holistic Melanin
Hey Holistic Beings!
I hope you're having an excellent week thus far. I am working on creating a balance between my work life, studies and sharing my journey with you all. I can't just talk about balancing my mind, body and spirit, I have to actually work to balance the rest of my life.
So one of my favorite things to do to keep my head on straight, as my dad would say, is read. I have been in love with books since I was a little girl, and I still love them. I love being able to experience parts of the author's journey within my mind as I turn the pages of a good book (or e-book).
I thought it might be interesting to share some of the books that I'm currently reading. Now if you read My Holistic Goals for 2017 post, then you know that anything that I feel does not resonate with my soul will be put to the side. Some things just don't feel right or click, and you don't have to force yourself to keep reading the material. If it doesn't feel right, walk away.
That being said, here are some of the books I'm reading.
Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield
So this book is all about, you guessed it, body kindness. This book has been helping me figure out what makes me tic and what I can do or stop doing to make myself a happier individual. A lot of the things we do to get the body we want actually set us up for failure in the long run. This book helps you see that it's okay to have the doughnut if it's going to make you feel good.
Deliberately Receiving: Finally the Universe Makes Some Sense by Melody Fletcher
This is another Law of Attraction book. Now I know, I know what you're thinking. How many more people are going to write books about the Law of Attraction and how to get what you want? Well this one is different. It doesn't have all of that flowery speech that makes you feel like you're reading a bunch of hippy crap. This book is written for the everyday man and woman to be able to understand their feelings, the Law of Attraction and how to get what you want in life.
The YUSA Guide to Balance: Mind Body Spirit by YUSA LIFE
Now where the previous book is written for the common man or woman, this book is written for the serious deep diver. I definitely don't think this book is made for those that are just dipping their toe into spiritual knowledge. This book packs a lot of information, and if you're not ready to receive it, some of it may not make a lot of sense. I can admit that I have restarted this book multiple times or put it down because I wasn't ready for the information it contained. If you're serious about your soul and your spiritual journey, pick this book up.
Do Your OM Things by Rebecca Pacheco
By now, a lot of you know that I am going to begin YTT (yoga teacher training) in September. With that being said, I am buying a lot of different books about yoga. I wanted to be able to read the works of different yoga instructors and how they use the practice to shape their lives. I downloaded this book on a whim back in November (I think it cost me less than $4 at the time) and forgot about it. Fast forward to February when I realized that I wanted to become a yoga instructor, I started reading it. It's not really frilly and it gives you a idea of how to create a practice for yourself.
Whole Health by Mark Mincolla
Since I began looking into holistic living and working to change my life for the better, I've been looking into a lot of books on the matter. This one was also a steal ($0.99) on kindle when I discovered it. This book lets readers get a taste of Chinese medicine. It's interesting learning about how to take care of yourself based off of your personal energy. Definitely check this one out.
How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People): Spiritual Advice for Modern Relationships by Meggan Watterson and Lodro Rinzler
Everyone goes through at least one shitty relationship in life. It's almost like a right of passage into being an adult. Well some of us are scarred by our relationships past. I count myself as a part of this category. I am looking for ways to learn to love myself, and that quest led me to this book. I'm not very far into it, but I can tell you that it's very unique. It's written from two very different view points. It's has something for everyone and that's what makes it such an interesting read.
Dedicant: A Witch's Circle of Fire (Course of Study in the Old Religion) by Thuri Calafia
Originally I wasn't sure if I wanted to include this book on my list, but I want to be open and honest about who I am. So during my high school years, I was introduced to paganism by my current boyfriend. After we broke up, I continued to study on my own and dedicated myself as a solitary practitioner. My biggest problem was that it paganism, especially Wicca, tends to be dedicated to Caucasian deities. Which is fine...if you connect to Caucasian deities...which I don't. So I began to explore working with African deities. But I didn't connect 100% with the african style of worship and ancestor veneration. So I'm back to working with my pagan "roots" but working with African (specifically Yoruba and Kemetic deities). So I decided to go back into my pagan knowledge and cover what is considered basic knowledge again. This book is designed to help you study for a year and a day to give you the knowledge that you would have if you were to be initiated into a coven. I prefer being a solitary practitioner, but I think the knowledge is a good foundation.
BONUS: A Plant-Based Life by Micaela Cook Karlsen
So I even though I said seven books, I couldn't leave this one off of my list. I recently announced in a previous video, that I'm planning on transitioning to a plant-based diet. This book is going over the benefits of living a plant-based lifestyle and helping me figure out how I want to transition. I also shared that I was a little concerned about transitioning because I became really sick when I went vegetarian. This book will help me figure out how to make sure I get all of my nutrients.
Well that is all of the books I am currently reading and that I think you need to add to your library. If you want me to go more in depth on any of the books, just leave me a comment down below.
As always, thank you all for joining me on my journey of learning to love myself and live holistically as a black woman.
See you next time,