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Amidst big-time life changes, I have turned to a few key books to open my mind and deepen my understanding of self.  And you know what?  They helped.  A lot.  Don't get me wrong, reconnecting with your inner being is no casual undertaking.  Especially because sometimes what you find surprises you, makes you sad, or just plain old hurts.  But pain is an essential part of knowing yourself.  And once you pin-point it, you can let it go.  Educating yourself about who you are, what makes you tick, what your limitations are, is empowering.

The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle:  My dad has been on my case to read Tolle's work for years.  Years, people!  So many of our late night talks are based on the principles outlined in this book.  The Power of Now teaches you to recognize the difference between your mind and your Being; to distinguish between the narrative of the past/future and that of the present moment.  After all, it is only in the present moment that we live and breathe.  I am only in the early chapters of the book but I am already utilizing Tolle's teachings in my day-to-day.  If you are going to read one of my recommendations, this is it.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho: My grandma gifted this to me.  It's been read around the world and it changed Pharrell's life, so why not mine?  Let's just say I read this novel from start to finish on a single plane ride.  Coelho writes about the power of listening to your heart and following your dreams, "When you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you achieve it."  It's true and that is magical.

Think on These Things, Jiddu Krishnamurti:  This book is a collection of talks Krishnamurti gave to students, teachers, and parents in India about our culture, politics, education, religion, and tradition.  What I loved most is the simplicity and directness of his observations.  He has a way of illuminating and breaking down social norms that compel you to see them in a new light.  I audibly sighed, gasped, and laughed my way through the entire book.

I'm curious—have you read any of these?  I'd love to hear your takeaways!

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