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Sunday Spotlight: Books, Courage Ring, and Love Stones

Posted Aug 05 2012 1:06pm

I have to say that I am so happy that it is Sunday.  This week has been unbelievable between my personal life struggles and one of my best friends being in the ICU.  I’m really grateful that my Dad is flying out today so that I can have some emotional support.

Oh and by the way did you see my new Free Mini Affirmation E-book? —————->                Feel free to download it and let the pretty colors and motivations/affirmations lift you up when you are sad or need a reminder that you aren’t alone and you have the power to heal.  You can also click here to download it. Also, please check the new Freebies! tab at the top of the page for new upcoming goodies :) I hope you enjoy them!

Today I thought I’d take a break from the emotional cornucopia that my week has been and just share some things that bring me joy in my life.  I really want to be more consistent with spotlights because one of my favorite things to read about is what other people love.  I always get good ideas from others about what their favorite things are and it helps me gain a little insight into their world as well, so here we go.

One thing that I have a huge passion for but haven’t really shared on the blog is reading.  I’ve always been an avid reader and one thing my parents always did was make sure that my sister and I had plenty of books around the house growing up.  Even as teenagers they wouldn’t hesitate to buy us books because they really encouraged us to read and find things we were passionate about.

I went to a liberal arts high school and we read A LOT of books every year.  I always had at least two books for summer reading and I was lucky enough to read a lot of wonderful, classical literature.  I still enjoy reading the greats (some of my favorites are Paradise Lost and various works by Nikolai Gogol–the Arabesques changed my life), but now I like expanding my literary horizons by choosing non-fiction works and lots of books on spirituality.

My current favorite author is Paulo Coelho.  The first book of his I ever read was The Witch of Portobello, given to me by one of my best friends my first time in inpatient treatment.  I finished half of it then and it wasn’t until my last treatment that I reread the entire book and fell in love.  I quickly ordered The Alchemist, which I read immediately out of treatment and it was so profound and left such an indelible imprint in my mind and soul that I started to think about my own Personal Legend and my purpose in life.

I am currently rereading it (along with approximately five other books–I like variety, ok?).  I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an enticing, enchanting read about spirituality that can only add to anyone’s own journey with the divine without conflicting with religious or spiritual beliefs.  It’s a fantastic read with profound messages and I recommend reading it once at your own pace, and then going back and savoring it bit by bit.

I’m also rereading another favorite, Eating in the Light of the Moon by Dr. Anita Johnston, who co-founded the Anorexia and Bulimia Center of Hawaii.  This book is a MUST READ for anyone struggling with food or body image.  It uses myths, legends, and stories to illuminate the sacred power of femininity and how it has been lost, devalued, and disregarded by the rise of the patriarchy.

Don’t get the wrong idea–this isn’t some uber-feminist read (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but it suggests that what we need is a balance of both masculine and feminine power.  When women are able to regain their strength and inherent connection to nature and fortify their internal power, and then balance that with the masculine force that is also necessary (a balance of yin and yang if you will), then we will be able to make peace with our bodies and ourselves.

It is an incredibly powerful book for any woman, because I think we have all had issues with our bodies at one point or another.  It’s beautifully written and saturated with essential lessons and reassurance for every woman who wants to better her relationship with herself and the vehicle that carries her soul.

And the last book I’m going to share with you is a daily meditation book.  It’s called Days of Healing-Days of Joy, Daily Meditations for Adult Children.

I first saw this book in the collection of books at the Borderline Personality Disorder treatment center I went to briefly last fall .  I remember seeing the book and asking, “Is ‘adult children’ a nice way of saying someone with BPD?” I had been diagnosed only two short weeks before and was still learning the vernacular of the disorder. The counselor looked at me surprised and said, “Well, I don’t think that’s what they meant, but it definitely could apply.”

The book is part of the Hazelden Meditation series, which are mostly based on the 12 step program.  I like a few of them and this one caters to helping “give voice to the often timid, unsure, and frightened child within.”  I like that they are short and concise, and have good quotes and words of wisdom.

Next up is something I’m REALLY excited about.  Remember this post?  Remember how I ordered some recovery gifts for myself from The Vintage Pearl ? IT’S HERE!!!! I wasn’t expecting it for another few weeks and surprise surprise, I open my mailbox yesterday to find an envelope that just made me SO HAPPY.  Here is the ring that I ordered with the phrase “Courage to keep going”: 

 

Oh how I have a love affair going with this ring.  It fits me perfectly, the copper part spins, the hammered look reminds me of a ring I used to have, and the phrase is a constant reminder especially during this time that it takes courage to keep going.  Courage has always been an important word to me  and it’s been the word that helped me through my recovery.

I’m actually not super crazy by lavish jewelry, but is the unique, vintage looking pieces that I love.  I love jewelry that has meaning behind it, a history, a message.  I’m very happy to have this ring to remind me not to give up because I’ve come so far.

And last but not least, I would like to share a little about the Rose Quartz crystalsthat I’ve recently purchased.  The thing that I like about crystals is that they are tangible reminders of things I want and need in my life.

For my DBT group last week, I made little gift boxes for each of the ladies. I gave out little gift boxes with a rose quartz crystal in each box and homemade laminated cards explaining the significance of them, as well as letting them pick a tea-light candle of their choice.  I hope they enjoyed it and it also made me feel good/useful.

In case you aren’t into crystals, rose quartz is good for/represents self-love, opens the heart chakra to unconditional love, heals emotional wounds/trauma, symbolizes gentleness, compassion, kindness, and tolerance. It also eases overwhelming/unreasonable guilt and enhances inner awareness.  Plus they are pretty :)

Well everyone, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and I’ll be back later this week.  I’m going to snuggle up to my pup on my new loveseat :) I finally have furniture in my living room!! Thank you for all the kind comments on my last few posts, they were so lovely and brought me to tears.  I promise to respond to them very shortly! I haven’t forgotten about you all!

Alex

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