Inspirations for the Body, Mind & Soul

I started writing an article for this month, but am inspired to share some of my favourite books with you instead. I’m imagining these books being added to your Christmas list or bought and read as you snuggle up under a blanket on a cold winter’s day. Some of these are recent books that I’ve read, some that I read awhile ago that I would reread over and over again; in no particular order. I would also recommend any book by these authors. Enjoy!

Embers by Michael Wagamese

This book came highly recommended and I understand why. Each page is rich with wisdom about life. It is written with a “meditation” on each page; personal reflections by one of Canada’s foremost First Nations authors. The old woman sounds like the Cailleach to me.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

How well do you know the stories of the Norse Gods? How did Thor get his hammer? What about Odin? And what trouble is Loki up to now? This book is written with each chapter being a myth so it is easy to read and stop and start. I’ve been drawn to learn more about these Gods and Gaiman’s book is very accessible.

You Are The Universe by Deepak Chopra and Menas Kafatos

This book is not an easy read, but it is mind-blowing. It’s a great mix of science bridging to the spiritual world. All of us live in a participatory universe. “What these two great minds offer is a bold, new understanding of who we are and how we can transform the world for the better while reaching our greatest potential.”

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

Full of ways to develop your relationship with self this book helps you be free of limitations to find peace and freedom.

Yearning for the Wind by Tom Cowan

This book is about the mystical pathways between the worlds and connects soul and nature. It is beautifully written, but must admit it took me awhile to read it since I would get altered with each turn of the page.

Anam Cara by John O’Donohue

Anam Cara is Gaelic for “soul friend.” This book of Celtic Wisdom touches on all themes of life and love and friendship through Irish stories. Such profound insights are in this book. “Anam Cara is a rare synthesis of philosophy, poetry and spirituality. This work will have a powerful and life-transforming experience for those who read it.”

The Mist-Filled Path by Frank MacEowen

Another teacher of Celtic spirituality explores traditions and myths and explains how we can use them today to reach our potential.

Animal Speak by Ted Andrews

Animal Speak provides techniques for recognizing and interpreting the signs and omens of nature. Meet and work with animals as totems and spirit guides by learning the language of their behaviors within the physical world.”

E-Squared by Pam Grout

Includes 9 energy experiments that help prove your thoughts create your reality.

   Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation by Sandra Ingerman & Hank Wesselman

To include a book by Sandra Ingerman I will include this book about shamanic spirituality .

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Conquer your hidden fear and take your life to the next level. This book encourages everyone to step past their boundaries to really live their life.







For a bit of fiction:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Powerful life lessons that help you improve your thoughts and your life. This book is all about living your dream and listening to the teachings along the way.

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel  + sequels by Michael Scott

These books are full of mythology, even more so than The Harry Potter series. They are easy reading teen fiction, but there are deep life themes if you are willing to look into these perspectives.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom had me with Tuesdays with Morrie. His latest book has a larger life lesson that resonates with cosmic connections as Frankie travels through music history.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A beautiful novel that is historical fiction.

Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint

This Canadian author writes mythic fiction in which supernatural worlds overlap with contemporary society.


Of course, there are so many more inspiring books out there and these are just a few. Happy Reading!





Be True to Your Heart

Be True to Your Heart

listen to heartPlain and simple, Listen to your Heart. It truly is what you need to follow. Your Heart will not lead you astray like your mind and ego do. And that is the tricky part, how to follow your heart, know you are in tune with your heart and not be distracted by the rest. This article is a follow-up from January so go back and read that one if necessary. In January’s Elements I talked about figuring out what you want, but this month we go deeper and talk about determining whether that goal is true for you and is your heart’s desire.

Your Soul Purpose

Part of finding your soul purpose is understanding your heart’s desire. What is it you truly want? What is right for you? What will make you thrive, be excited and full of joy? What will help you evolve into who you were meant to be? Yes, this is all part of the journey, but sometimes you need to figure out what direction to start in. When you are on the right track, things fall into place and it all feels so easy, even if there is work involved, because you don’t mind spending the time doing it.

So where you do start?

First, take some time to get to know yourself. What are your values? Really think about what is important to you. Next, think about what you want to accomplish in this life? How do you want to evolve? These can be small or big goals, depending on where you are at this time. What is it that you would want to be remembered for, whether this is for your next birthday or at your funeral?

speak to your soulTo figure out if this idea works for you, you need to stop and feel it. Take some time to breathe into your heart. Be still, perhaps meditate and breathe. Now think about your goal or idea. How does it feel? Does it feel light or heavy? Light is true for you. Don’t let your mind start analyzing. Don’t let your ego start saying you are not good enough. Don’t let other thoughts about what other people would say about it interfere. No judgement. No shoulds. Be with your heart soul and ask. Be aware of where else in your body you “feel” this decision. If something is sitting in the bottom of your gut this may not be right for you. Be in tune with your higher self and the best way to do that is through your heart. This is where you find your deeper purpose. There may be some fear involved, but that is just your mind worried about change. Your mind likes to take the easy route and stay the same.

Now start thinking about that goal as if you have already done it. How does that feel? Do you feel excited and powerful with the thought of it? Do you feel confident that this is great for you and brings you joy? Do you get that sense of fulfillment? Do you feel valued?

To start acting on your true desire is following your heart. It is also being true to you. This is part of self-love. Realize your power and make it happen. Of course, a bit of coaching along the way will help you define that purpose and then plan the action steps.


Be True to You

Continue to be mindful and as you go the path that is true to you be aware of the feelings. Stay heart-centred, practice self-care, forgive and love yourself, be responsible for yourself and live with intention and purpose. Be authentic to yourself. And be grateful for all that you learn along the way. This is the way to attract more to be grateful for. Be true to your heart and yourself.true

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