Our in house book reviewer and totally woke soul Kelly Moran, shares her wisdom and knowledge on reading material to open our hearts and minds. Check in each month to see Kellys recommendations.
Don Miguel Ruiz is descended from the ancient Toltec civilization which flourished in Mexico circa 900 - 1150 CE. Due to this, he has access to ancestral knowledge that has been lost to society. Yet do not fret for he is generous enough to share his insight with the world. The Mastery of Love describes the conditioned suffering that the human race endures and how we hold the power to emancipate ourselves by embodying love. As children, we are filled with innocent curiosity. However, as time goes by we are domesticated into fear and rejection leaving us vulnerable and afraid. The first step to mastering love is accepting that everything we experience is nothing but a dream. Dreaming is the main function of the mind. Before our time, the humans already inhabiting the world created the dream of the planet which constructed what we know today as humanity. The Dream of the planet includes all of society’s rules. The rules are enforced by using family, schools, government, and religions. All of these systems teach us what to dream, what is good, bad, and what is ugly. Once we recognize that we have the capacity to control our own personal dream we are able to free ourselves. After this we can start the process in order to revert back to our authentic self, a fearless life force. Don Miguel Ruiz explains that love is supposed to be fun. We are capable of choosing a partner that brings us joy who will gladly play on the same team instead of attempting to compete. A lover who respectfully builds us up, not someone who does not share a similar dream of the world. I can not praise this book enough. I feel it is an even more necessary read than his more popular The Four Agreements. Especially if attuning to the frequency of Love is a topic of interest. After all, to love is what we are here to do.
World-renowned 13th-century Persian poet, Rumi, produced many pieces filled with an array of emotion. However, The Spiritual Poems of Rumi will take you even deeper into the depths of the human experience. Translated by Nader Khalil The spiritual Poems of Rumi contemplate themes of Love, Kinship, and self-exploration. With classic Pieces like Do Not Sit Still and Every Moment, this hard-covered treasure is a delightful read from beginning to end, certain to take you down a path that will lead you face to face with the spirit of Rumi himself.
There are few books that harness the harsh reality of life, Memoirs of a Geisha wields the grim aspects of existence with an optimistic balance. Set in a small town in Japan circa 1920’s the novel begins with a family who has settled on hard times. With the mother sick and the money dwindling the father is quick to sell his unusually beautiful young daughter Chiyo to the wealthiest man in town. He sells young Chiyo into the geisha boarding facility where she is meant to learn all that it means to behold the honor of becoming a true geisha. Feeling disconnected from her life, Chiyo suffers greatly until she meets a handsome man who shows her extraordinary kindness. This interaction sparks a flame inside young Chiyo and she is inspired to become a Geisha so she may one day see this man again. Once she has made up her mind events fall into place to transform young Chiyo into Sayuri, the most sought after Geisha in the city. Memoirs of a Geisha. This novel is worth reading due to the fascinating Japanese customs alone. Yet the inspiring story of Chiyo will inspire anyone who dares to redefine what it means to be a woman.
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