BOOK REVIEW: Emotional Wisdom by Mantak Chia & Dena Saxer

What is the role of human emotions? What can they tell us about our health and well-being? Are they good or bad? Have you thought about emotions and how they impact your life? Should they be managed or prevented at all costs? These are some of the questions you will be invited to ask and seek answers to when you start reading the book Emotional Wisdom by Mantak Chia and Dena Saxer.

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One of the aspects I loved about this book is that it introduces you to Taoism, a Chinese philosophy that teaches us how to go through life in harmony. The most basic principle of Taoism is that there’s a universal cosmic force that flows through all things. This energy constantly binds and releases itself, contributing to the greater natural order of the cosmos. Emotions are not excluded from this dynamic.

There are positive and negative emotions. Positive emotions are usually an indicator that we are in harmony with cosmic energy. Negative emotions mean there is something out of balance and which needs some tender loving care. They help us identify when we are out of balance and need to recalibrate. They can also work as a sign or compass for decision-making and pursuing creative endeavors (e.g. painting).

Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to face and move through your own pain… you are using something or somebody to cover up your pain (Eckhart Tolle)

Emotions are a form of energy and they are part of our human existence, no matter how much we try to deny them. I would like to know exactly when human beings decide that emotions are ugly and bad. This false belief has taken a toll on us. We have grown to reject emotions and disregard the value of emotions, especially the negatives ones. Negative emotions are messages from our soul saying there is something that is just not right.

According to Chinese Philosophy, the internal root cause of ill-health is the existence of an emotional imbalance, and Western medicine has finally caught up with this valuable insight. Studies have shown that negative emotions make our blood thicker and more acidic, making it more difficult to circulate in the body. A lot of findings like this have been discovered in the field of Psychoimmunology, which studies the mind-body connection and its impact on health and well-being.

Today’s problem is that most of us don’t want to feel and process negative emotions. Instead of sitting with them and learning what they want to tell us, we either get paralyzed or seek ways to numb ourselves (e.g. food, violence, sex). In the long term, it is our body that pays the highest price through discomfort and disease. Emotional Wisdom addresses these emotions and teaches you techniques to deal with and release them. One of these techniques is the inner smile meditation.

The inner smile meditation is a Taoist practice that has you visualizing and experiencing an event that makes you smile in your mind’s eye and extend the energy of that smile to all your organs and body parts. It takes you about ten minutes to perform this practice and the result is that you will feel more relaxed, more at ease, and also kinder to yourself. This occurs because you will be helping your body reduce stress hormones: adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol.

There are other very interesting and useful concepts and techniques in this book, Emotional Wisdom. I strongly recommend it if you are already familiar with eastern philosophy, or you want to learn more about it.

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BOOK REVIEW: Creative Journal Writing by Stephanie Dowrick

I did enjoy Stephanie’s book a lot and I strongly recommend you to peek on it, if you are into journaling and writing as a method of self-expression and personal transformation. You will find many interesting prompts across the entire book so that you can work your writing flow and perhaps discover more about yourself within specific topics to which you never really paid much attention to.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Resilience Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi

What is Resilience, and why does it seem so important in today’s fast-paced society? Have you considered what resilience means to you? Do you think you are resilient enough? Is it possible to have more resilience? And if so, how can you build more of it? These are some of the questions you will see answered once you pick The Resilience Workbook written by Gleen R. Schiraldi, one of the books I selected to read throughout 2022.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Resilience Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi

What is Resilience, and why does it seem so important in today’s fast-paced society? Have you considered what resilience means to you? Do you think you are resilient enough? Is it possible to have more resilience? And if so, how can you build more of it? These are some of the questions you will see answered once you pick The Resilience Workbook written by Gleen R. Schiraldi, one of the books I selected to read throughout 2022.

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Resilience includes both inborn and developed mental and emotional skills that allow us to cope and respond to adverse experiences. These experiences may vary in severity and can represent different realities to different people. For some people, getting into a plane is terrifying while for others it’s an exciting moment. The first group can benefit a lot from developing their resilience skills so that their flight experience doesn’t impact them so negatively.

Instead of giving in to stress, anxiety, and depression, resilient people have a greater capacity to process and transform negative life events. They can’t control what happens to them but they can choose to respond from a more collected head and heart space by working on a few techniques. Resilience is an indicator of mental and emotional fitness, and thus helps us:

  • bounce back more quickly,
  • navigate through complex situations, and
  • manage and prevent stress-related emotions

When you build up your resilience muscle, your health and well-being tend to benefit as well. This occurs because the mind and body are not separate from each other. They are connected, which means negative mental and emotional conditions can be manifested in the body, making us more vulnerable to disease and several medical conditions. Some of these conditions include heart disease, chronic pain, and fibromyalgia.

Heart diseaseRheumatoid Arthritis
HypertensionThyroid disease
Irritable bowel syndromePsoriasis
Chronic painObesity
FibromyalgiaMetabolic Syndrome
CancerGynecological complaints
Stress-related medical conditions

So what can you do to enhance your resilience? The Resilience Workbook offers you plenty of ideas and techniques you can learn from and put into practice. Mindfulness is only one example of a tool you can learn more about with this book. Mindfulness gives you the opportunity to reduce mental and emotional stress by making you grounded in the present moment. You learn to become the observer of your human experience and less reactive to what is.

Expressive Writing is another useful tool presented in this book. By writing down your thoughts and feelings for twenty minutes a day, you give yourself the opportunity to process and transform your experiences into something more positive. You gain a wider perspective on what happened and how you can brainstorm ways to move on from there, reducing the risk of falling into overwhelming levels of anxiety or even depression.

I believe this is likely one of the most useful books I have on my 2022 reading list. It is fully packed with tools and techniques to help you navigate through stressful and depressing times. Whether you are more mentally or emotionally wired, I’m sure you will find a resource in it that fits your needs and personality. If you are a mental health professional or you work to improve your clients’ well-being, this is definitely a book you must have in your personal library as it gives you both the science and the practice you need to help others become more resilient.

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BOOK REVIEW: Creative Journal Writing by Stephanie Dowrick

I did enjoy Stephanie’s book a lot and I strongly recommend you to peek on it, if you are into journaling and writing as a method of self-expression and personal transformation. You will find many interesting prompts across the entire book so that you can work your writing flow and perhaps discover more about yourself within specific topics to which you never really paid much attention to.

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The 7 Spiritual Laws Of Success

I have been reading a very interesting book called Quantum Success, written by Sandra Anne Taylor, and published by Hay House. I believe it is a powerful and insightful book for anyone who likes to read and learn more about the spiritual aspects of success, happiness, and wealth. The first part of the book describes and explains the seven laws of success which, according to the author, are transversal to any human endeavor. These laws are the law of Manifestation, the law of Magnetism, the law of Pure Desire, the law of Paradoxical Intent, the law of Harmony, the law of Right Action, and the law of Expanding Influence.

A powerful and insightful book for anyone who likes to read and learn more about the spiritual aspects of success, happiness, and wealth.

The Law of Manifestation

This law suggests that we create our own reality from our consciousness. This means that whatever happens in your life can be traced back to your own stream of consciousness and most people are not aware of such human capacity. In fact, many of us perceive reality as something totally random and out of our control. According to this law, we can manage our lives better if we consciously choose where our awareness and attention go. In other words, if we choose to prioritize what is truly important, and life-enhancing, then we are shaping and creating our future.

The Law of Magnetism

This law tells us that we attract the same type of energy we emit. This energy is imbued with what we think and feel about ourselves, and it is always flowing outward from us. We are continuously broadcasting information about ourselves and the way we perceive life. Based on the Law of Magnetism, it is within our control to change our energy. If we don’t like the situations or life events we attract, then we must pay attention to the signals we have been broadcasting and change our frequency in order to be more aligned and in tune with what we desire. To produce effective changes, there are three aspects to be aware of: your emotional energy (the vibration of your feelings), your cognitive energy (the vibration of your thoughts), and your physical energy (the vibration of your body).

The Law of Pure Desire

The Law of Pure Desire states that if your intention is pure and therefore not manipulative, fear-based, or desperate, then you are in the right energetic vibration to attract and manifest what you desire. Negative emotions and intentions cloud all the potential positive energy you hold toward the accomplishment of your goals and wishes. This happens because negative emotions tend to be more highly charged, a fact that has been demonstrated by science countless times. It has been even proposed that we need at least three positive emotions to counteract the impact of one negative.

The Law of Paradoxical Intent

This law resembles the previous one, the Law of Pure Desire. It suggests that the emotional state driven by the reason why we desire something dictates whether we will be successful or not. In other words, this means that if we desire something and yet we feel desperate about it, then we are generating a repulsive vibration and will push away the desired results. If we trust, however, we will generate a more peaceful vibration and therefore pull in the desired results.

The Law of Harmony

By consciously choosing to create balance and alignment in your life, your intuition and personal energy are almost automatically aligned with abundance, opportunities, and precious insight – or, what Jung called, synchronicities. When we are out of harmony, however, we remove ourselves from such a blissful current and we start to stagnate and find too many hardships. As you may guess, harmony starts with you and your daily choices in terms of thoughts, feelings, and actions.

The Law of Right Action

This is one of my favorite laws and, if you are familiar with Buddhism and more specifically with the Eightfold Path, it will ring a bell for sure. According to the Law of Right Action, every bad or good thought or action you engage with will become part of you and leave an impression in your energy field. In order to have a clear energy field, you must listen to your heart and look for the option which resonates with your own personal sense of dignity. It is not always easy to do what is right, but doing what is right is always the option that generates the best outcome for everyone involved.

The Law of Expanding Influence

As you now know from the previous laws, our vibration depends on the quality of our thoughts, emotions, and actions. The Law of Expanding Influence basically states that our vibration or resonance influences others and vice-versa. This means our thoughts, moods, sense of well-being and choices have an impact on other people’s vibrations and energy. Don’t think you are a prisoner of other people’s influence though. Use this knowledge to create and generate what you desire most. For instance, if you want your family’s life to be more peaceful, you must start working on yourself first and become more peaceful. Your energy will then have an impact on your family and you will see that your family’s dynamic will inevitably change as you change as well.

Concluding Thoughts

I believe by understanding and applying these laws, we can achieve greater well-being. These laws may be unfamiliar to many but they do seem to resonate when we think about past situations and experiences. The quality of our consciousness and the way we look after our five koshas, or bodies, is key to living a life in which we can accomplish what we most desire and thus live happier. These are not easy laws to put into practice but the more mindful you are about them, the easier it will be to respect them and obtain the outcomes you wish for.

Is Happiness a Realistic Goal?

realistic goal and a desirable one. It is rather impossible to be happy all the time, of course, and it is rather difficult to be in a pure state of bliss on a regular basis. However, we can aim to develop skills and strategies that enhance our level of consciousness.

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