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Pearls of My Mind

In Pearls of My Mind the author compares us and our emotions with Pearls in an inspiring and thought-provoking way. This enlightening book also provides readers with author Preethi Saravanakumar’s wisdom and thoughts, and thus we get the title of the book Pearls of My Mind. This book beautifully explores every state of mind through a colored pearl that represents that part. It gives readers a look beyond the chaotic emotions we feel daily and looks at the root of each emotion. The author also explores how those emotions affect us, and how we react to them.

I enjoyed the simple language that is used throughout the book. It made the material inviting and easy to grasp while still building towards larger and more profound ideas. It is obvious that Preethi Saravanakumar has a passion for the subject as it shows in her writing.

The book places people into three different categories: Spiritual Newbie, Seeker, and Sage. These provide readers with the standard upon which they can place and measure themselves. I liked this idea because this made it easy for me to visualize them. There are workbooks at the end of each chapter where readers can describe their experiences and then sort out their emotions. This makes the book engaging and really helps to cement the ideas that are presented in the book. This informative spiritual guidebook does a fantastic of explaining ideas and goes a step further and provides an opportunity for readers to exercise those ideas.

Pearls of My Mind: A Rainbow of Thoughts explores spirituality using a unique concept that will help readers understand their emotions using nature and obtain a clear mind. This is an illuminating book that will leave readers feeling enriched and spiritually in tune. Author Preethi Saravanakumar helps put readers in a better state of mind with her accessible and instructive spiritual self-help book.

Pages: 134 | ASIN: B0B29J1RHC

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The Journey Through Which We Find Joy

Michele L. Sayre Author Interview

A Heart Full of Joy: Daily Perceptions on Life is a book with a year of daily reflections to help people see how they can make the world a better place for themselves and others. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I have always loved reading daily inspirations and reflections. One day, I just got it into my mind that I had something to say based on my own experiences and my unique view of the world, so why not share that with whomever was interested in reading it? About sixty percent of this book was written during my mother’s deteriorating health, death, and dealing with her estate. It gave me something more positive to focus upon and I wanted people to know that sadness and pain are part of the journey through which we find joy. Feel the emotions and let them go. These are the things that remind us how great it is to be alive.

How hard was it to come up with 365 separate perceptions to fill the book?

Actually, it wasn’t too hard to come up with topics to discuss. I would pull from my life, my feelings, the news – everything. What I did find a little hard was trying to not repeat the same messages or wording. I had to really think about the topic and why it was important to discuss, and how to go about it in a way that would open hearts and minds to lasting change.

What perception or reflection has the most meaning to you and why?

“Mommy Dearest” (May 20). That was my mother’s birthday. Our mothers are our teachers – they teach us how to behave or how not to behave. Good or bad, their lives are the parameters we set our own lives to live by.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have two projects that I’ll be starting this summer and hope to have completed by the end of the year. One is an account of how we can help our aging parents and some of the trials and tribulations that may result based on my own experiences with my mother’s prolonged illness and death. The other project is a play based on some of the unbelievable things my family went through during my mother’s illness and our interactions with doctors and facilities. The phrase that truth is stranger than fiction would be applicable here.

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If you are looking for more ways to fill your life with joy, then this book is for you. Three hundred sixty-five days of daily reflections that make you think about the world around you and how every one of us can do our part to make this world a better place in which to live.

Each entry is a new thought for the day about the human condition. Each day leaves you with a one-word mantra to focus upon to help you take steps towards a positive and permanent change for your life.

A Heart Full of Joy

A Heart Full of Joy contains 365 daily perceptions on life, the world, the universe, or whatever divine being you resonate with. Each day includes a new mantra to help you take on the day. Each reflection will make you think of how you can make a change in this world and helps others around you. We all have the power to take care of problems that may prevent us from experiencing joy and happiness. Financial debts, mistreatment, lack of job satisfaction, and inner conflict are just a few examples. Author Michele L. Sayre inspires us to live our lives differently by taking charge of our destiny, addressing our fears, and embracing our unique individuality.

Sayre’s writing style is not only beautiful, it is also inspiring. The forward of this book explains how while there are references to “God” in parts, it is not meant to be exclusive to any one religion or belief. The concepts and ideas apply to everyone no matter where they fall in the spiritual realm. This allows this spiritual book to be a guide to everyone and not just to those that follow organized regions.

The concept for this thought-provoking book is to be read as a daily activity at the start of one’s day to get a dose of positivity and to prepare mentally for what the day holds. My favorite section is where readers learn that it’s ok to do nothing for an entire day. The author helped me to realize that we need to take moments to relax and rejuvenate, even if it is little moments here and there.

I also enjoyed the section “Our Gift of Health”, in which the author brings to readers’ attention that they should live each day with gratitude and a positive attitude. Part of living a life of gratitude is to care for one own body. Self-care is a key element in developing a positive and gracious attitude. Another area that the author reminds readers to pay attention to is the ability to take a moment and step back in order to open their hearts to others and show kindness.

We tend to lose sight of many things in our busy lives, like the importance of self-care, showing kindness to those around us, and expressing gratitude. Michele reminds us through the use of the daily prompts of all the different things we have at our disposal to help us work on understanding ourselves and on the importance of spreading positivity to others.

A Heart Full of Joy is the kind of work that will leave readers better than they were before reading it. At one point or another, everyone needs to take some time for personal growth. This self-help book is not meant to be read in one sitting but rather is beneficial to carry with oneself and be read daily for reflection. Life is short, and this stunning book encourages readers to make the best of it.

Pages: 548 | ASIN : B09CPQZGF6

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A Heart Full of Joy: Daily Perceptions on Life – Book Trailer

If you are looking for more ways to fill your life with joy, then this book is for you. Three hundred sixty-five days of daily reflections that make you think about the world around you and how every one of us can do our part to make this world a better place in which to live.

Each entry is a new thought for the day about the human condition. Each day leaves you with a one-word mantra to focus upon to help you take steps towards a positive and permanent change for your life.

The Magic of Mindfulness

The Magic of Mindfulness (Life Magic Series Book 1) by [K P Weaver]

What happens when we start to believe in magic? Do we fall prey to fantasy and make believe? Or are we able to create something from that pure energy of imaginative knowing? These are the very questions that The Magic of Mindfulness is trying to answer. Based off of real experience and years of dedication, the author, Karen McDermott, shows us what happens if we open our minds to the idea of possibility. We’ve often heard the word “manifest” thrown about as a way to attract what we desire to ourselves. That if we simply wish it, it can come into being. The truth however is a bit more complicated. Yes, we can manifest things into being but it is a matter of dedication. Whether we actually believe in its power makes all the difference.

When I started The Magic of Mindfulness, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. However, the more I thought about it and the more I read, the more it started to make sense. People like to idealize “hustle” culture and that if we want something, it has to cost us everything we have. After reading this book, I have come to believe that it does not necessarily have to be true. Most people try to limit their thinking by saying that if only they had enough they could buy so and so. If we redirected our thinking to simply accepting that our goals will come, we save energy that can be sent out into doing the very thing we achieve to do. Karen Weaver does a fantastic job of explaining this idea and illustrating it in her well crafted book. Everything about this book is intentional, even down to the book cover. At first I thought, ‘oh what a neat looking cover’, but as explained in the books introduction the image represents something much greater.

While the book is filled with lots of intellectually invigorating content, there were moments where I felt like somethings were repeated. But this is a minor issue in a book that is replete with compelling and potentially life changing information that will enable you to reach your highest self.

The Magic of Mindfulness is overflowing with love and kindness. You can feel it in all of Karen’s words. In this potent personal development book readers will discover the power of intention and will be provided with practical guidance, including exercises and a notes section, that they can use to reach their highest potential.

Pages: 159 | ASIN: B08HR6NRZD

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Committed to Continuous Self-Improvement

Nance L. Schick Esq.
Nance L. Schick Esq. Author Interview

DIY Conflict Resolution provides practical and actionable advice readers can use to resolve conflict and improve their life. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Even before the pandemic, too many people around me were hurting, and too often the hurt was exacerbated by their own doing. This is not to blame the victim, but to empower the survivor.

I have been one of those people stuck in a cycle of hurt and self-limitation. I was reminded of this as recently as Sunday, while finally going through some personal items from my late mother’s house. Tucked in a book was a letter from a friend I often wrote while he was playing hockey in Hungary. He gently told me how negative I usually was and how I needed to focus on gratitude. It probably hurt my feelings at the time, but I must have kept that letter because I knew he was right.

It’s hard for me to recognize that version of myself at this stage of my life, and I am so glad! It has taken a lot of work, but I have created healthier brain patterns and taken more productive actions. These have given me a far better life than I had back then. I want that for everyone who’s interested. A book seemed a good way to get them some tools to help them start creating better lives with small, easy-to-take steps they can take immediately.

What is your professional experience and how has that helped you write this book?

I’ve been practicing law in New York City since February 2002. I started my own practice in June 2003, as a result of a “last straw” conflict with an employer I had been very loyal to. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

I had begun my legal career litigating, mostly personal injury and workers compensation cases. Occasionally, I went to small claims and criminal court. A few times, I had been in family and surrogate’s courts, including the special part for mental hygiene cases. Regardless of the forum, there seemed to be a huge disconnect between the ideals sought by the parties and the results produced. I had seen this as a plaintiff, too, in my own lawsuit against a prior employer. I was confused by the results because I knew how effective mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) could be. Yet I rarely saw parties opting for them. So, I did what I normally do when I’m looking for answers. I went on a knowledge quest.

I got certified in mediation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM). I served two years as ICERM’s Main Representative to the United Nations. I completed the Curriculum for Living at Landmark Worldwide and coached Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. I committed to continuous self-improvement, so that I could better serve the people around me.

This all came in quite handy after I was violently assaulted on my walk home from Landmark in January 2014. (I tell that story in the book.) Thank goodness I was no longer who my friend wrote to from Hungary in 1997! Instead of treading water from the tears of my sad story (like I would have before), I was able to look more objectively at the situation and more compassionately at the 14-year-old boy who injured me. I found courage to consider what was best for me, him, his family, the courts, and more. I also found the motivation to finally write a book—something I had wanted to do since I was at least 12 years old.

I wasn’t expecting the defining moment of my “writing career” to come with a body slam to the sidewalk, multiple injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Perhaps I wrote the book because I don’t want others to wait for a traumatic experience to remind them to live. I want them to have tools now, and I want us all to have less trauma.

What were some ideas that were important for you to explore in this book?

The most important message I want readers to get is that they can build skill in resolving their own conflicts, and this will improve how they see and feel about their lives. This causes exponential improvement over time. I’m not the most patient person either and I would prefer a more immediate solution. Yet I can see how much easier it is to take small steps consistently toward lasting change. This book is written to keep us all taking those actions, even when we aren’t sure what’s next. As Dr. David J. Schwartz wrote in The Magic of Thinking Big, “Action cures fear.” I hope this will help readers get back in action.

What is a common misconception you find people have about conflict resolution?

People often think conflict resolution is when someone else tells you who is right, who is wrong, and who gets what. There is a place for that process, but the majority of us want more of a say in our lives. We just need to help figuring out how to express ourselves effectively and take effective actions despite our fears, concerns, frustrations, boredom, and doubt. We are all a lot more powerful than we realize, especially when emotions get high.

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DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of the Masters by [Nance Schick]

In DIY Conflict Resolution, Nance L. Schick, Esq. draws from her proprietary conflict mediation process to create an invaluable step-by-step guide to workplace conflict resolution. Informed by Schick’s extensive experience as an employment attorney, diversity trainer, and conflict resolution coach, this groundbreaking guide to listening effectively in the workplace teaches you how to become a compassionate listener and instructs you in resolving conflicts at work on your own. Schick shows you how to navigate your past experiences with conflict and discover practical solutions to define the dispute, understand the interest of each individual involved, and find a satisfactory outcome through specific, measurable actions.Whether you are a leader struggling to adapt to diversifying workforces or just interested in becoming a better listener, troubleshooter, or influencer, DIY Conflict Resolution offers simple mediation techniques for work that will ultimately show you how to listen and lead without fear.

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The Road That I Found

Edward  Scott
Edward Scott Author Interview

Hidden Unknown Truth is a guide to consciousness, spiritual awakening, and helps readers discover the joy of living. Why was this an important book for you to write?

For most of my childhood and young adult life I struggled with fear. This fear caused anxiety which was at times quite overwhelming. It stopped me from living as my true self. I did whatever I could to fit in and gain approval and acceptance from others. I would compromise my integrity just to feel accepted. It stopped me from taking healthy risks and from many opportunities. This fear eventually brought me to a place of despair by the time I was 30. With a child on the way I decided that I needed to find a solution. I began seeking. I found that seeking a solution to my ever chatting and fearful mind was actually the solution itself. When I focused my attention on hope that there was a solution to my fear, I had already begun to set in motion the manifestation of the solution. The road that I found myself on was practicing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to challenge my thoughts and help me with seeing the truth about any irrational fear.. This eventually brought me to meditation which has enabled me to contact something within me that is void of fear. A neutral state of being that brings relief and fresh perspective. From here I had questions, a lot of questions which lead me to seeking spiritual guidance. I experimented with contemplative and selfless prayer, gratitude journaling, and giving of myself to help other people. I found that when I focused on meeting the needs of other people, I was not focused on my own fear or unquenchable thirst to feel content. This was the turning point. This is when I realized that I only have a problem when I think I have a problem. To the degree that I try to contribute to life, are my own struggles taken care of, seemingly without my intervention.

The reason it was important for me to write this book is due to a decision I had made, that if I ever found out how to have peace of mind, that I would share it with anybody who was seeking it.

What do you feel is a common misconception people have about spiritual enlightenment?

It seems to me that society has the idea that spiritual enlightenment is reserved for the mystics. That we can only achieve enlightenment after we have solved our outer worldly problems or after years of intense spiritual teaching and practice. I believe wholeheartedly that spiritual awakening or enlightenment is available to us all now, if we seek it.

What were some ideas that were important for you to focus on in this book?

I hoped to produce a complete spiritual guide laid out in a step-by-step fashion using everyday language, so that anybody can make contact with their own conception of a higher power, that will solve any difficulty they face and give them purpose and direction.

Another important idea is that when we focus on a solution, it becomes bigger. When we focus on a problem, it becomes bigger. When we do what we think is good, we attract good. When we do what we think is bad, we attract bad. If we have any problem, the key is to stop thinking about it and focus on what you believe is good. Whenever the problem arises is your thinking, again, stop thinking about it and focus your attention on what is good, such as your higher power. Eventually, your problem will be taken care of if you are persistent with this powerful technique.

Our mind is the creator of our daily struggles. We create our own problems. When we live in fear, we react in fear and this sets us on a path of unconsciously creating our own self-fulfilling prophecy. When we live in faith, we respond in faith, and unconsciously create peace and emanate love.

What is one thing that you hope readers take away from your book?

The most important idea that I wanted to impart was to watch our thoughts. As soon as we become aware that we are thinking about something, we are no longer controlled by that thought pattern. We have a choice let it go or not. Our thoughts lose all power when we bring them into the light of awareness. They are just thoughts. This one practice will change how we think, feel, and act. We do not have to act on any thought that enters our mind, ever, provided we are aware of the thought.

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Trade fear for spiritual enlightenment and inner peace

Fear is the cause of our separation and suffering. It blocks us from living as our true selves and from a hidden inner source of wisdom and power. Hidden Unknown Truth covers simple techniques and daily exercises to firmly connect with this higher power, release fear and anxiety, and harness the motivation and energy to unleash your true inner self.

Features:

Consciousness—Change your life and be who you really are, the one who sees your thoughts
Spiritual Awakening—Quiet your mind and awaken to your inner higher power for guidance and serenity.
Joy of Living—Cultivate gratitude and form deep connected relationships living as your authentic self.

Bring fear into the light of awareness and live confidently as your true self using mindfulness-based exercises in consciousness, meditation, prayer, forgiveness, gratitude cultivation, and altruistic action. Unlock your hidden, higher consciousness, today.

All Of My Human Fragility

Paulette Bodeman Author Interview

Paulette Bodeman Author Interview

The BreakAway Girl: Secrets of a Tantric Yogi is a memoir about your life and how you found peace through hard times. What was the inspiration that made you want to put your story into a book?

Great question. As I mention in the book I’ve been blessed over the years to have the privilege of teaching yoga to so many remarkable students. As a result, in many ways the book is a response to questions I’ve been asked over time. I also believe it’s important that as a teacher you’re seen as a human being. Who can be just as frightened at times, unaware at times, and who may have struggled with insecurities just like the person next to you on the mat, or in front of you at the grocery check-out. It’s all part of this human embodiment.

What I enjoyed was that you didn’t shy away from retelling the difficult moments in your life. Was there anything that was difficult for you to write about?

Ha – yes! Quite honestly revealing all of my human fragility was difficult. It’s not easy to rip open your heart and expose your vulnerabilities so intimately. Knowing that most likely there will be judgement and commentary. Yet, as a writer it’s how I make sense of my world. I teach the whole of yoga, not simply poses. So, for me it’s a way that I’ve learned how to not spiritually by-pass and one way to be self-accountable. By doing that I’ve also learned, that in the right context, you allow others to see that they are not alone in the messiness that is life. And hopefully they feel more accepting of their own cracks and breakaways.

Writing a memoir forces you to look back and analyze life choices. Do you see things in your life differently now that you’ve written about it?

I love this question. I could write a lot about this, but one main analysis is that I’m more forgiving of myself. I realize that I was doing the best I could at the time. However mis-guided it might look like in retrospect. Plus, I’m even more grateful that I finally found my way to the path of yoga that continues every day to help me step more fully into my own essence.

This book is inspirational as well as functional in that you give some yoga pose instruction in the back of your book. What do you hope readers take away from The BreakAway Girl?

I hope that readers are inspired by my story of self-reflection, and ultimately as I see it, redemption. If they recognize themselves in any small way, I hope that my story might provide insight and motivation into their own breakaways. And to never give up on themselves. Also, if a reader is searching for a tool or a modality that might move them forward perhaps it is yoga – the myths, meditation, mantra, or asana might just be that something that will support their spiritual growth and personal transformation.

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Paulette Bodeman is a certified integrative life coach and an Anusara® certified yoga teacher and trainer. When Paulette’s students asked her if she’d always “had it all together”, The BreakAway Girl – Secrets of a Tantric Yogi, was born. Through self-reflection, a sacred yogic practice, Paulette realized that she’d had many significant “breakaway moments” – moments when she made conscious decisions to change her life. Throughout her 20+ years of study, Paulette moved through many phases overcoming numerous personal challenges.

The BreakAway Girl is divided into sections that she named for the Hindu Goddesses – Kali, Saraswati and Lakshmi. Only through introspection was Paulette able to understand the meaning the goddesses brought to her life, and how their energetic archetypes supported her personal growth and transformation. In keeping with a relatively new breed of contemporary writing, part memoir – part self-help, Ms. Bodeman reveals with raw honesty and humor the secrets that held her hostage and the secrets that helped to set her spirit free. While she writes with fearless determination from the trenches of personal experience the author’s ultimate message is not only universal, but life-affirming.

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