A good book, tea and a comfortable place to relax (preferably outdoors) and you have your very own mini wellness retreat. From tidying up and living well the Danish way to meditation and whole food recipes, I have a collection of the best wellness books to add to your reading list.
I’ve started the countdown to summer break and that break will mean more time to unplug, sit outside and read a great book. Some are new and some are long time favorites that I love and I think you will love them too.
These books fuse life-changing advice and guidelines with actionable tips to improve your mind, body, and soul. Topics include everything from creating a morning routine to finding personal freedom, as well as embracing uncertainty and imperfection.
Spark your imagination and inspire your dreams and the possibilities of your potential with these amazing wellness books:
Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams. – Hal Elrod
Miracle Morning was (and is) my guide to creating a sustainable self-care practice and to wake up ready for the day with more energy, motivation and focus. Miracle Morning is the simplest approach to creating the life you’ve always wanted and it doesn’t take hours a day.
Fearlessly accept the reality; then fearlessly set about transforming what needs to change. -Elena Brower
Art of Attention is the most beautiful yoga book I own and it’s easily one of the most inspiring and meaningful.
A workbook and work of art that guides you through pose-by-pose practices, journaling, and luminary wisdom to enliven your body, open your heart and sooth the soul. Designed for practice, contemplation and creativity to convey the beauty and exploration of contemporary yoga practice.
We have to be willing to give ourselves a break and appreciate the beauty of our cracks or imperfections. -Brené Brown
With numerous titles, and I’ve read them all, Brené Brown challenges everything I have ever believed to be true about vulnerability.
Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. Based on twelve years of research, Dr.Brown argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. Find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage your whole heart.
Denmark is often said to be the happiest country in the world. That’s down to one thing: hygge.
This is one of the newest books on my nightstand.
According to the Little Book of Hygge, you know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.
Acknowledging the good you already have in your life is the foundation for abundance. -Eckhart Tolle
Tolle explains exactly what “living in the now” means in an uncomplicated concrete language. As I read through this book the more I realized how much and how often thoughts and emotions get in the way of the ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.
Eckhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. This book is for people who feel stuck in their past, people who can’t get out of their own head, and people who feel like they’re waiting around for happiness to come to them.
The space we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past. -Marie Kondo
I haven’t read this book…yet. It’s #2 on my summer reading list.
Marie Kondo takes tidying and organization to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method is a lifestyle phenomenon that will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home – and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
Choose happy. It feels good and looks good on you. -Rebekah Boruki
I use this book in my Yoga 101 6-week workshop series that I teach locally. It never fails when we start talking about creating a meditation practice, the students, atleast some of them, are hesitant and skeptical at first and usually more than one person comments, “I don’t have time to meditate!” I get it. I’ve been there and done that. Multiple times without success. With Bex’s approach to meditation I have created a meditation practice that is consistent without fail and a non-negotiable in my morning ritual. And yes, you’re reading that right, just 4-minutes.
Rebekah “Bex” Borucki is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, who taught hundreds of thousands of people how to create simple yet powerful meditation practices. Bex’s 4-minute meditations combine mantras, affirmations, breathing and bodywork techniques, and they’re designed so that even the busiest people can fit them into their lives.
Let it all go. Expect miracles. Wait without anxiety. And know the universe has your back. -Gabrielle Bernstein
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up is second on my summer reading list right after The Universe Has Your Back. I’m intrigued by the concept of shifting from fear to faith and a belief that I can relax into a sense of certainty. Especially given that my sense of certainty has never been grounded in faith.
Gabrielle says, “My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy. In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love. These words can no longer be cute buzz phrases that we merely post on social media. Rather, these words must be our mission. The happiness, safety, and security we long for lies in our commitment to love.”
Wholesome, plant-based, one-bowl meals that not only taste delicious, but ignite every other sense simultaneously. -Allison Day
The perfect book for my bowl-meal obsession and a nutrition philosophy of nourishing my body with delicious whole food recipes. And, the Bowl Formula Guide makes it easy to to prepare my own bowl creations.
Using real, fresh ingredients, Allison offers straightforward and approachable creations that can be made ahead of time or whipped up quickly on a weeknight. With vibrant and exciting photography shot by Allison herself, you’ll be eager to cook and eat her fun, foolproof, and inventive whole bowls.
Also, go inside and listen to your body, because your body will never lie to you. Your mind will play tricks, but the way you feel in your heart, in your guts, is the truth. -Miguel Ruiz
This is one of the first books I read on the reading list for yoga teacher training. The concept is so simple and the simplicity made me wonder why the ah-ha moment was so elusive before reading this book. Right after the ah-ha moment there was a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment.
don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements are a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, happiness, and love. Ruiz’s message is simple, practical and when implemented, even incrementally, changes lives.
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Have you read any of these books? What was the last book you read? What are your plans for summer?
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