Ever since I started my weekly newsletter, I have been loving taking a much more personal approach through my channels. This particular approach may seem unprofessional because I’m not overly editing what I’m sharing or censoring myself. I’m also writing the way I talk, which I know isn’t for everyone. But, here we are.
Anywaaaaays, I thought I would start a monthly blog post where I talk about a book I’m reading. What do you think?! Let me know in the comments of this post.
To kick things off, I want to start with a book that is not only excellent, but I have a personal connection to, Empowered Body by Michele Theoret. Why am I personally connected to this book? Well, I like to think of Michele as a personal mentor of mine. We connected over a year ago, and I have had the opportunity to take her trainings, and her classes. We even took a kickboxing class or two together.
In short, Empowered Body is about empowering you to become more engaged in your moment-to-moment experiences, changing the way you show up every day in your body and life.
I am all about that life.
This book is an incredible guide for kick-starting a mindfulness practice that helps you connect with your body, mind, and life. It combines the principles of yoga with psychology which I absolutely love.
Michele starts the book by exploring four beautiful mantras to live your life by: show up, step to the edge, radiate love and let go and flow.
She explains showing up as the act of becoming a conscious and engaged participant in your life. This has been a huge game changer for me. Over these last 6 months, I have been busier than ever, yet I am completely present with whatever I’m doing at that moment. I believe this is because I’m choosing to be more actively engage in my life. This mantra is seriously spot on. A question to explore for this mantra is… Am I actively engaged in my life? Something to think about, for sure.
Next, when Michelle discusses stepping to the edge, she shares how the way through the obstacle is normally the obstacle itself. Confused? Essentially, helping yourself in the way you actually need is difficult. I can attest to that. My journey of working through the panic attack that derailed my personal life and my brand was much more difficult than the flight experience itself. But, it was necessary to work through it to actually get through it, not just avoid it and pretend it doesn’t exist. This mantra is an incredibly one to come back to when you’re going through something heavier. For this mantra, take the time to explore the question, what would you do if you knew you could not fail?
The next mantra the book discusses is radiate love. It explains how there is only fear and love and it is our choice where we move through life from. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m all about radiating that love. Because I’m alllll about that self-reflection, for this mantra explore the question… How has love shown up in my life lately?
Lastly, let go and flow partly comes back to the showing up mantra of engaging in the process of your life but also touches on letting go of the need for any specific result. This is a mantra I have been living my life by for a while. I strongly believe that there is a force much bigger than us that’s guiding us through every moment. I like to trust in that force and trust that it’s guiding me where I’m meant to go. Take the time to reflect on the question: what do I need to let go of right now?
Throughout the rest of the book, Michele talks about different meditation practices, different breathing exercises and how to have a more empowered yoga practice. This book is a great resource to have to help you start your mindfulness journey. If you’re interested in embarking on that journey, you can order the book here.
I’d love to hear from you, what book are you reading right now that you love? What ones should I check out for my next review?