A Year of Good Books

2018 was a year of learning, practicing, sharing and teaching. Reading and writing played a very important part in everything I learned last year.

Before we get too far into 2019, I would like to share with all of you the book and tools that helped me grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You can conveniently order the books on Amazon right here!

If you are a fan of The Wizard of Oz or not, The Wizard of Us is a spiritual journey through Oz. This is my number one for 2018. After all these years of watching The Wizard of Oz, it finally makes sense! This book is filled with ways to open your heart, fill your brain with more knowledge, surrender and have the courage to make necessary changes and realize that everything you are looking for is in your own backyard.

Are you living in the present moment? Everyone talks about living in the moment. It is not as easy as we think. I had a hard time finding complete stillness and really taking time to be 100%, fully present. I needed a book and I couldn't have found it in a better book. Not only do I love Eckhart Tolle books, I watch and listen to his videos often. The Power of Now is the best daily guide on how to live in the NOW and stop living in the past and trying to stop using a crystal ball to see the future.

Once you get the hang of Living in the Now, now try to find complete stillness throughout your day!! Now this is challenging. Thanks to SuperSoul Conversations with Oprah, I found stillness. Oprah had Pico Iyer on as a guest and the interview was so amazing; not only did I listen to it six times, I had to buy the book. The Art of Stillness is small book with stories and information on how to unplug and find stillness in our lives.

Most of you that know me, are fully aware that I don’t like bullshit. No sugar coating. Real and authentic. I have a few books on The Chakras, but this is by far my favorite. Not only because I know the author personally, because this book is A Real-Life, No BS Guide to the Chakras. Lindsay Carricarte-Jones is authentic, honest, a Life Coach, Author, Yoga Instructor and friend. This book is “No Bullshit”. Are you stuck and can’t figure out why? Did you ever think about your chakras? Chances are they are blocked and need some help.

Many people ask “Why SUKHA”? “What does it mean”? “How did you choose the name”? Well, during my teacher training we were required to read The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

I have blogged many times about this and I continue to flipped through the Sutras for a refresh.

Pantanjali gives four keys. He says that if we always keep these four keys with us, when we come across any of the four locks, we will have the proper keys to open.

  1. SUKHA (happy people)

  2. dukha (unhappy people)

  3. punya (the virtuous people)

  4. apunya (the wicked)

Patanjali gives 4 keys to open these locks. He says that if we always keep these 4 keys with us, when we come across any of these four locks, we will have the proper key to open it. The four keys are: maitri (friendliness), karuna (compassion), mudita (delight), and upekshanam (disregard). Patanjali reminds us that there is a Yogic way of approaching all people, no matter what behaviors and attitudes they may be exhibiting at the moment.

When you see a happy person, use the “friendliness” key. This means being able to share in another person’s happiness or good fortune, instead of being jealous or trying to destroy their joy through a bitter attitude or negative verbal comments. Through jealousy, you will not disturb the happy person but you disturb your own serenity. So we should always have the friendliness key when we see happy people.

When you see an unhappy person, use the “compassion” key. When someone is upset, try to help them or comfort them if you can. If they need space, then leave them alone after letting them know you will be there for them when they are ready. Don’t take pleasure in seeing someone else suffer, but remember how it felt when it happened to you and have compassion for them. By doing that, you will retain the peace of your own mind. “Through compassion you find that all human beings are just like you.” – HH The Dalai Lama

When you see a virtuous person, use the “delight” key. If you see a virtuous person, feel delighted. Do not envy the person, but rather appreciate the virtuous qualities and try to cultivate them in your own life. As we rejoice in and appreciate their qualities, we are inspired by knowing such greatness is possible. Observing noble qualities in others is a virtue of the heart.

When you see a wicked (non-virtuous) person, use the “disregard” key. We need to develop equanimity towards those whose actions oppose our values. It would be wonderful if all people always acted with honor and consciousness, but unfortunately this is not always the way. We ourselves, may have acted, spoken, or thought unkindly or hurt another person. So become indifferent to the person who is wicked at the moment.

There are more books from 2018. Stay tuned for part 2!!

Have a great week my friends. Happy Reading!

Chalk Talk from 2018

Have a seat at your desk, grab a pen and a notebook and take some notes. Here are a few lessons that I have learned in 2018 that will make 2019 even better.

  1. Everything starts in your gut. Illness and intuition. Listen to both very carefully.

  2. Facebook and Instagram listen to you just like Spotify. So listen carefully.

  3. Many women use the hashtag “#empowerwomen, according to stats; women scroll, men actually read, and like. Come on ladies. Get it together. We are all one!

  4. If you think they’re shady, you are probably correct.

  5. Don’t let anyone threaten you, bully you and take your money if you are not sure where it’s going.

  6. Boundaries: Have them and never let them go.

  7. Celery Juice, Yarrow Pom, Coffee Enemas!! Enough Said.

  8. Busy is negative. Productive is positive.

  9. I run my business, you mind your own.

  10. Never let social media bring you down. Connect with people outside of your bubble. There are beautiful, authentic people all over the world. Use social media to expand your bubble.

  11. High School is no joke. It has changed since 1989.

  12. Hire a study habits coach. (Helpme FIND ONE PLEASE)

  13. Stick with your philosophy. ALWAYS

  14. Church has certainly changed. Check it out! You will be surprised.

  15. Contemplative Prayer.

  16. There is a angel looking over my angel.

  17. Get your BOOBIES checked.

  18. Sports bras are painful. Coobie is like wearing nothing! (shop local)

  19. I have the coolest pets. SPIRIT ANIMALS.

  20. Find people that inspire you, not bring you down.

  21. Essential Oils work. FOR EVERYTHING.

  22. Menopause is not bad and it DOES NOT make you fat. (#1)

  23. Always remember the past, it dictates your future. Don’t get stuck there.

  24. Haters are a reflection of themselves. Keep in mind it is a sign that you are on a path towards success.

  25. Stillness.

  26. SUPERSOUL Conversations.

  27. Grey hair is another sign of authenticity.

  28. Creativity ROCKS at 4:00am. So does the algorithm.

  29. Journals are therapy.

  30. Don’t be scared to create and share. There’s a whole world out there that will find you inspiring.

  31. You never know what someone else is going through.

  32. Utah is loaded with nature, beauty and healthy places to eat.

  33. Wizard of US

  34. Grapes are good for your kidneys.

  35. Anthony Williams.

  36. Declutter your house to declutter your mind. Sometimes you need a local pro to do the job!

  37. Renting a home ROCKS!!

  38. Never let anyone take you off your path.

  39. Podcasts are fun.

  40. Doctors really don’t know much about mystery illnesses. Let’s keep it that way so they don’t put regulations on holistic healing alternatives.

  41. Chlorella is a game changer. (buy local)

  42. Holistic Healing is the way to go. Maryjo is the best!!

I hope everyone has a great holiday and the best 2019!!!

There will be bumps like every year, but keep going. Be authentic always.

Create but don’t steal. Look for genuine, real inspiration.

Smile always. Resting bitch faces are not attractive.

SHINE Bright.

Stay focused.

Be You.

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